November 13, 2015 |
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.
November 5, 2015 |
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.
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.
February 18, 2015 |
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.
September 26, 2014 |
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.
March 18, 2014 |
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.
March 4, 2014 |
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.
January 17, 2014 |
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...
December 14, 2013 |
I must admit, with some trepidation (lest her legions of fans tear me apart), that I've never understood the appeal of Tyler Perry's wildly popular Madea, the six-foot-four bully-girl of a busybody Perry first introduced on stage in 1999's I Can Do Bad All By Myself and on the big screen six years later in Diary of a Mad Black Woman . She's the last person I'd ever want as an aunt or, heaven help me, a mom. She scares the daylights out...
July 18, 2013
By Steve Young Eliott Spitzer, Mark Sanford, Anthony Weiner are all disgraced, former elected officials who are back in the news. All cheaters. All liars. All seeking forgiveness and providing a plethora of middle-school sexual puns for New York tabloids. These bona fide betrayers of the public trust trudge on in quest of redemption and a return to the soapbox and spotlight. Spitzer, Sanford, Weiner. Are they all about serving the people, or do Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have lobbyists forcing these punch lines back into the public eye?