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")
June 22, 2010 |
Aaron McGruder of "The Boondocks" and Tyler Perry of "Meet the Browns" and TBS' "House of Payne" are unlikely allies, but they have a common link. Both are the key creative forces behind some of Turner Broadcasting's popular hits. Still, executives for the broadcaster, which owns both TBS and the Cartoon Network (home to "Boondocks"), might be wise not to sit the two men together at the same table during the next company picnic. The latest episode of "The Boondocks," the satirical animated TV series that airs on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim slate, takes brutal aim at Perry and his brand, which blends melodrama, raucous comedy and religious themes.
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.
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.
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 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.
February 25, 2012 |
Even as Tyler Perry the industry grows more and more stable and certain, reliably putting out cost-effective cultural products across a number of platforms, Tyler Perry the filmmaker remains a work in progress. There is still something both oddly thrilling and endlessly frustrating about his work as writer, director and performer. When Perry sets films within the universe of broad tones steered by his signature character of Madea, veering madly from comedy to melodrama, he seems more sure-footed than when he makes films set ostensibly in the genuine contemporary here and now. In "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" he plays, indeed, a character named Wesley Deeds III who learns how to be genuinely good.
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.