Tyler Perry Presents Peeples hasn't been bringing in the peeples to buy tickets, but let's not celebrate about that. The fact is, it's actually a challenging work that breaks new ground for Perry in that it doesn't pander to conservative church values. Writes Stephen Schaefer in the Boston Herald: ... More >>
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor--based on one of Tyler Perry's old plays--snuck into theaters without press screenings, as per usual with his flicks. The one review that I saw condemned the casting of Kim Kardashian as a shallow worker at a dating agency. But a source who's seen th ... More >>
After watching Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard belt her way through "Hold On" and "Always Alright" on Saturday Night Live, I did what I always do--peruse Twitter to see what people have to say about SNL's musical guest--and CHRIST that was an infuriating exercise. In a perfect world, Howard's glorio ... More >>
Relax! I'm talking about the Razzie awards, for worst of the year. The latest vamp epic scored 11 nominations, making it the Lincoln of the Razzies (or maybe the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
Even worse than for Madea's Witness Protection. He's gotten some scathing notices for Alex Cross, the thriller in which he's the homicide detective/psychologist once played by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman. But if there's any killing to investigate, it could be to Perry's career after this turkey lu ... More >>
Before meeting the director of The Skinny for lunch recently, I had seen Patrik-Ian Polk refer to himself on his Twitter profile as "The gay Tyler Perry. Shut up." But I'd also heard of him referred to as the gay Spike Lee. So which is it, I inquired when we met, especially since many people consi ... More >>
The 1962 Granny Guignol classic Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? is being remade by Walter Hill, and it's time to line up two stars who are over the hill to play the parts. You know the drill. Jane is a nutjob who's stuck in her cutesy-pie kiddie routine and is so adorable except that she viciously ... More >>
The Sound of Music is a perfect movie, no matter what Christopher Plummer has been muttering for decades. It happens to be sweeping, enchanting, funny, adorable, and scary--the perfect mix of puppets, moppets, and Nazis. And now that it's been announced to come to TV in a whole new version, I want ... More >>
Tyler Perry's mammy gets less melodramatic but not less grotesque
Here are the highlights from my very vivid three-hour viewing experience. Hold your applause till the end: Interviewed on the red carpet, Tyne Daly dismissively said the Tonys are a race meant for everyone else, "not for us." She wasn't nominated. How bad were the musicals this year? So bad that ... More >>
In his new movie, Tyler Perry's Good Deeds! And it looks as shocking as Pee-wee Herman in a tuxedo! From the trailer, this one looks pretty serious and at times dour, with none of the wigs, frocks, overheated hijinks, and fun of a Medea flick. (There are no screenings, so I have to rely on guessw ... More >>
"Nothing separated her from God!" said an impassioned speaker. "She loved the Lord!"
This is the biggest must-see tragic viewing since Michael Jackson's memorial (though her family wants quite a different feeling -- something smallish and intimate). It will be poignant, tearful, and filled with people who loved and felt for Whitney, as well as some who probably asked too much of he ... More >>
Ralph Richard Banks is the author of the new book Is Marriage for White People? While Banks, a Stanford Law professor, was in town for an event at Cardozo Law School, we met him for lunch in the West Village to talk about why black folks marry so much less often than whites, why black women a ... More >>
Whether they were playing drag queens or women, a lot of name actors have been willing to step into the heels and do it up. Who's your favorite? Liev Schreiber in 'Taking Woodstock'
A journalist friend of mine just saw Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family--he paid, seeing as there were no press sreenings for some reason--and told me the fascinating way the movie starts: A pot-smoking aunt comes right out and asks a doctor in a hospital, "Are you straight?" ("Can you ... More >>
I swear I didn't hallucinate this. I was flipping through a copy of Jet magazine in a drugstore and checking out the cover story about drag enterpreneur Tyler Perry. And Perry said in the interview that his lady love had thought she was pregnant recently, but it turned out not to be the cas ... More >>
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Home is, as they say, where the heart is. So who's the guy selling you your Lipitor and what the hell are all these rats doing everywhere? In this week's Village Voice cover story, join staff writer Elizabeth Dwoskin for a rousing, fun, morbid round of the game New Yorkers everywhere can rela ... More >>
I haven't been invited to see Tyler Perry's new film, For Colored Girls, a melodramatic adaptation of a Pulitzer winning stage work from the '70s about various victimized African American women. But--SPOILER ALERT--some people have been allowed in, and they tell me that one of the plot lines ... More >>
I hope Tyler Perry wasn't watching Adult Swim a few nights ago. The latest episode of The Boondocks had a character named Winston Jerome, whom the L.A. Times describes as "a cross-dressing cult leader whose love of the Christian faith is a mask for his true sexuality."
It's in the infamous "Who's Gay & Who's Not" issue, which you can read on the checkout line at D'Agostino. It reads: "Is Tyler Perry gay?
2007s Why Did I Get Married? was his best. The sequel is not.
A lot can happen in 10 years. Here, the highlights.
Who knows if James Perry has any chance to be elected Mayor of New Orleans? But we like his style. The executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center sued Ray Nagin for hiring expensive lawyers. And he has this ad going around which is like Millie Jackson meets Tyler Perr ... More >>
So Tyler Perry--you know, the Madea guy--is writing and directing a film called For Colored Girls, based on the brilliant series of monologues called For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. (The play surfaced in '75, when you had to have long, interesting title ... More >>
Rob Harvilla on The Roots, hip-hop's favorite live backup and Jimmy Fallon's house band. Tim Elfrink and Jesse Hyde on how Guantanamo's custodians are coping with their mission and prisoners in the infamous prison's last days. Scott Foundas calls the new Harrison Ford vehicle, Wayne Kramer's Cro ... More >>
And Mamet books Broadway revivals, and several people reveal altered states.