April 1, 2011 |
Lionsgate has renewed its movie and home entertainment agreement with its most prolific supplier, filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry. The new contract keeps Perry, whose films such as "Madea Goes to Jail" and "Why Did I Get Married?" are hugely popular with African American women, in business with the Santa Monica studio for three more years. Over the last six years, Lionsgate has released 10 movies produced by Perry. Since his debut in 2005 with "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," Perry's films have grossed an average of $52 million domestically, although they typically take in very little overseas.
October 18, 2012 |
Dr. Alex Cross isn't the kind of guy who should need a comeback. The hero in novelist James Patterson's book series, Cross is a formidable detective, an African American family man who uses his training as a psychologist to track down society's baddest seeds. But Friday's new movie about the crime fighter, "Alex Cross," could be his hardest case yet. Not only is it a test of actor Tyler Perry's appeal beyond his own brand of comedies, but also of director Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious")
February 20, 2013 |
Tyler Perry's sitcom "For Better or Worse" is moving from TBS to OWN this fall. The move extends the growing relationship between the actor/director and OWN, the cable channel owned by Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications. Perry signed a deal to create two new sitcoms for OWN last year. " 'For Better or Worse' is a great addition to our growing lineup of scripted programming from Tyler," said OWN President Erik Logan in a statement. The move of "For Better or Worse" from TBS to OWN officially ends Perry's long-standing relationship with the Time Warner subsidiary.
December 16, 2013 |
Box office observers have long credited Tyler Perry's "Madea" franchise with at least one thing: reliability. As surely as Christmas comes once a year, a movie with Perry directing himself in drag as the volatile matriarch Mabel "Madea" Simmons is expected to generate $20 million to $25 million, and occasionally more, in ticket sales in its opening weekend. So it was a little surprising to see "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" open in...
October 1, 2012 |
Tyler Perry's new exclusive deal to create programming for Oprah Winfrey's OWN means he is shelving his ambitions to launch his own cable network. Perry had been toying with the idea of creating his own network and even had talks with Lionsgate and One Equity Partners, the co-owners of the TV Guide Channel. The plan under discussion would have had TV Guide becoming a platform for Perry and there was even a name - Tyler TV - being floated. However, that plan is now off the table, people close to the matter said.
July 19, 2012 |
Actor and model William Levy brought his Gorgeous Man Routine to Glendale earlier this week to play bartender to a lucky few folks. The third-place “Dancing With the Stars” alum, who was recently named People en Español's “sexiest man of the year” and is sometimes referred to as the Latino Brad Pitt, made a SoCal stop Monday to greet fans, flex his biceps, serve new limited-release, fruit-flavored Pepsi Next sodas and generally exist...
March 17, 2014 |
Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" was greeted over the weekend with disastrous box office and horrible reviews. Most networks that had been planning to base a series on the film might be having second thoughts about those plans after seeing the evidence that the movie not only tanked with Perry's core audience, but marked his worst showing ever at the box office. But OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, isn't most networks. Perry apparently can do whatever he wants at OWN, with Winfrey's blessing.
March 13, 2014 |
DreamWorks Pictures' "Need for Speed" is expected to outpace Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" for a box-office victory this weekend. The $65-million, stunt-filled picture, starring Aaron Paul of the AMC series "Breaking Bad," could generate $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That will muscle the PG-13 car flick to a win before Summit Entertainment's highly anticipated dystopian teen adventure "Divergent" hits cinemas next week. PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 | Biggest flops of 2013 Lionsgate's "Single Moms Club" could debut with $18 million, while last week's No. 1 "300: Rise of an Empire" could bring in around $20 million domestically in its second weekend.
October 22, 2012 |
"Alex Cross," Tyler Perry's box-office flub this weekend, is, in many ways, easy to explain. The typical audience for Perry's household "Madea" movies is older women. The typical audience for a detective procedural is older men. When you try to get the latter to see a star who appeals to the former, it doesn't work. The movie grossed $11.8 million, Perry's lowest opening total in the dozen films he's made as an actor. What it doesn't explain is how so many other actors have been able to redefine their base in a way that seems to elude Perry.
October 18, 2012 |
With "Paranormal Activity 4" expected to dominate the box office this weekend, Tyler Perry may be haunted by his decision to star in "Alex Cross. " The fourth installment in the popular horror franchise will easily claim No. 1, debuting with around $50 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That figure includes ticket sales from the film's debut at 9 p.m. Thursday on about 3,000 screens. Paramount Pictures, which is distributing "Paranormal Activity 4," is projecting a softer wide opening of $35 million to $40 million -- though that would still be enough to win the weekend race.