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February 20, 2015
CELEBRITY newborns, time to up your game. Tyler Perry 's 2-month-old just received what might be Beverly Hills' most epic christening ever. After a somewhat top-secret pregnancy, Gelila Bekele and her Madea-making beau pulled out all the stops for son Aman Tyler Bekele-Perry 's first religious introduction. Those stops: Constructing a church replicating the one Perry's late mother, Willie Maxine Perry , attended. In his back yard. You know, near the amazing pool. Also, including celebrity guests in the ceremony.
NEWS
November 12, 2010
RE DAVID TISCHMAN'S Nov. 4 "Poster Child" movie review: Who are you to try to put Tyler Perry and his movie "For Colored Girls" down? I realize that your opinion is just that. . . yours. However, are you upset that Tyler Perry (despite his unpleasant childhood) has been so blessed to "make it," and become super rich? He also "gives back. " If he wants to use Janet Jackson in his movies, what's it to you? Everyone I know loves Tyler Perry's movies and plays. What's your problem - other than being a hater?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2007 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
DON'T MESS with Tyler Perry or anyone close to Tyler Perry? Mark S. Allen of Sacramento CBS affiliate KOVR-TV learned that the hard way. Perry and Janet Jackson were on "Good Day Sacramento" answering questions about their new movie, "Why Did I Get Married?" when Allen went off topic and peppered Jackson with questions on "Why Did I Flash my Nipple at the Super Bowl?" While Janet sat stone-faced, Perry tried to change the subject. "I had to maintain my composure because we were live on the air," Perry said on tylerperry.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2008 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
YOU WON'T LIKE Madea when he's/she's angry. Tyler Perry went to court in Texas to answer a lawsuit from Donna West claiming that he had stolen material from her play, "Fantasy of a Black Woman" for his movie, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman. " West is suing Perry for copyright infringement and wants a jury to award her family all profits made from the film. "I can't put my play on because the stories are basically the same and nobody wants to see that again," she said. West testified Tuesday that she had developed her play primarily from her own experiences.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
If you haven't considered suicide before you see Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls," you may by the time it's finished. This is the movie for those who thought "Precious" was too Apatow. Indeed, it borrows Lee Daniels' rape scene - contrasting the assault with a shot of meat frying on a stove - and extends it by a minute or so, just in case you want to stretch that moment. You also have kids dangled out of windows, deranged vets, back-alley abortions, and other horrors. Hamlet complained of the thousand indignities flesh is heir to, and at least 900 are covered here.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
There's little question that any list of contemporary pop culture's most beloved fictional characters would have the name "Madea" at or near the top. As played by her creator, show-biz mogul Tyler Perry , Madea - a/k/a the fictional character Mable Simmons - is an elderly, take-no-crap African-American woman who comes off - in a comical way, of course - as more than slightly unhinged. As in, she isn't afraid to threaten gunplay if crossed. Madea is the star of a series of wildly successful films and stage plays, the newest of which, "Madea on the Run," opens a six-day run Tuesday at the Merriam Theater.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
YOU CAN'T drive five blocks in the city without seeing a giant "Alex Cross" billboard with Tyler Perry in Shaft's raincoat, shotgun at the ready. With this new thriller, the erstwhile Medea makes the bold bid to crossover from cross-dressing comedian to movie tough guy. How does he do? Well, you can't tell from "Alex Cross," a shockingly incompetent major studio release that strands Perry in a poorly written and poorly executed police procedural. Perry has the title role here (based on James Patterson's character, but on no particular book)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2011 | By Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
The quarterly dividend from Tyler Perry Inc. is out, and fans/investors will be happy to see that the company has renewed its focus on its core business - putting Perry in a wig, dress, and oversized glasses. Madea's Big Happy Family is stuffed to the gills with Perry's mix of the sacred and the silly and a serious dose of self-help for the self-absorbed. It's as messy as any of Perry's Madea comedies - assorted characters doing weakly connected one-off scenes that are little more than extended riffs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When Torn Between 2 Fathers attacks the cycle of absentee fatherhood with sympathy, disgust, and inspiration at the Merriam Theater this week, it will be another victory for the play's writer, director, and costar Priest Tyaire. The 41-year-old Delaware native started his theater career from scratch at the age of 34 with Tears of a Teenage Mother , intending it only as a tribute to his mother, who had her first child at 15 and went on to earn a master's degree. But it sold out its several performances, so Tyaire kept writing.
NEWS
September 12, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
I Can Do Bad All By Myself , Tyler Perry's endearing adaptation of the melo-comedic stage play that introduced his alter ego Madea, is a double shot of Saturday-night lowdown chased by a cheery chug of Sunday-morning uplift. Starring that spitfire Taraji P. Henson ( The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ) as a lounge singer who resists assuming guardianship of her late sister's children, the film is a variety show that successfully prompts laughs, tears, and song, culminating in heaps o' hope.
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March 20, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
Fox, the network that let the Prince of Darkness out of Hades to fight crime in Lucifer , presents The Passion , a two-hour musical retelling of the Easter story that will air live at 8 p.m. Sunday from New Orleans. There's probably more at work here than balancing some cosmic scales, the way the late producer Aaron Spelling tried to do in capping a career of sexy schlock like Melrose Place, Dynasty, and, yes, Satan's School for Girls with the prudish schlock of 7th Heaven . They don't call it broadcasting for nothing, and in the age of time-shifting, those who need a bigger-than-cable audience to pay the bills are looking to live events.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Jonas on his gay fans Joe Jonas says he's been to gay dance clubs - quite by accident - but always had a great time. "We went out with some of our friends who are gay," Jonas tells Pride Source. "I just think we live in a world where obviously it's not a big deal . . . you can have fun wherever you go. " Jonas, whose former lovers include Victoria's Secret model Gigi Hadid , is fully aware his new disco band, DNCE , draws plenty of gay fans. "A lot of guys come out to the shows, some gay guys as well, and I love that," he says.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
The news release for Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run claims "the title says it all," but that's not exactly true. Aside from entrances and exits, Madea remains in her friend Aunt Bam's daughter's living room, dispensing hard truths, breaking the fourth wall, and occasionally bursting into song. Bam (played by longtime Perry collaborator and House of Payne star Cassi Davis) is a grandmother here, not an aunt, and after 2 1/2 hours, I'm still not sure what Madea did to end up on the streets.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
There's little question that any list of contemporary pop culture's most beloved fictional characters would have the name "Madea" at or near the top. As played by her creator, show-biz mogul Tyler Perry , Madea - a/k/a the fictional character Mable Simmons - is an elderly, take-no-crap African-American woman who comes off - in a comical way, of course - as more than slightly unhinged. As in, she isn't afraid to threaten gunplay if crossed. Madea is the star of a series of wildly successful films and stage plays, the newest of which, "Madea on the Run," opens a six-day run Tuesday at the Merriam Theater.
NEWS
February 20, 2015
CELEBRITY newborns, time to up your game. Tyler Perry 's 2-month-old just received what might be Beverly Hills' most epic christening ever. After a somewhat top-secret pregnancy, Gelila Bekele and her Madea-making beau pulled out all the stops for son Aman Tyler Bekele-Perry 's first religious introduction. Those stops: Constructing a church replicating the one Perry's late mother, Willie Maxine Perry , attended. In his back yard. You know, near the amazing pool. Also, including celebrity guests in the ceremony.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When Torn Between 2 Fathers attacks the cycle of absentee fatherhood with sympathy, disgust, and inspiration at the Merriam Theater this week, it will be another victory for the play's writer, director, and costar Priest Tyaire. The 41-year-old Delaware native started his theater career from scratch at the age of 34 with Tears of a Teenage Mother , intending it only as a tribute to his mother, who had her first child at 15 and went on to earn a master's degree. But it sold out its several performances, so Tyaire kept writing.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
IF YOU'RE reading this, you now know for certain your invitation got lost in the mail. Don't feel alone. So did mine. As 150 who's whos of boldface names - apparently Angelina Jolie , Brad Pitt , Mrs. and Mr. Cindy Crawford , Andrea Bocelli and Bono , and, sigh, Matt Damon - gather in Venice, Italy, for the weekend-long (really long-weekend, not to mention long-awaited) wedding of one Mr. George Clooney to some Ms. Amal Alamuddin , you and Temporary Tattle have no choice but to register complaints to the U.S. Postal Service.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2014 | The Inquirer staff
Push comes to sell-out Rapper Tyler, the Creator , played a sold-out show at Dallas' House of Blues just hours after being freed in connection with a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. The Odd Future rapper (real name: Tyler Gregory Okonma) was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Saturday. Inciting a riot carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Tyler, 23, was released Saturday after securing a $25,000 bond.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
And the loser is ...   Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over. Both won Razzies (son for worst actor, dad for worst supporting actor) for their performances in M. Night Shyamalan 's sci-fi flop After Earth . At Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards, organizer John Wilson noted the pair was "stranded on Planet Nepotism. " Movie 43 , a raunchy comedy anthology featuring the likes of Halle Berry , Richard Gere, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts earned Razzies for worst picture, screenplay and director.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
PERENNIAL Golden Raspberry favorite Adam Sandler is once again first in worst.   His very immature "Grown Ups 2," a silly comedy sequel about four childhood friends, led the Razzie lineup yesterday with eight nominations, including worst picture, sequel, ensemble, screenplay, lead actor for Sandler, supporting actor for Taylor Lautner , supporting actress for Salma Hayek and director for Dennis Dugan . Sandler is no stranger...
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