Tyler Perry dedicates new studio soundstage to one-time critic Spike Lee

Tyler Perry has dedicated a soundstage at his new Atlanta, Georgia film complex to former critic Spike Lee after revealing the two moviemakers have patched up their differences.Lee, who once accused Perry of promoting black stereotypes in his Madea mov…

Tyler Perry has dedicated a soundstage at his new Atlanta, Georgia film complex to former critic Spike Lee after revealing the two moviemakers have patched up their differences.

Lee, who once accused Perry of promoting black stereotypes in his Madea movies, has been honoured alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, and Oprah Winfrey with his own soundstage at the Tyler Perry Film Studios.

But in spite of his rocky history with Lee, Perry has now told TMZ Live that he had to include the director because of what he has done to advance African-American cinema.

“You cannot deny what he has done in the film industry and how he has been at the forefront to help me and everybody else get to the place where we are… I just wanted to honour him for what he has done,” Perry commented, revealing he and Lee once thrashed out their differences during a face-to-face meeting. “He came to my house and we sat down and we had a great conversation… This moment for me and Spike was a huge moment.”

Perry opened his new studio complex over the weekend and welcomed Beyonce, JAY-Z, Winfrey, Goldberg, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, to the new site, which features the first full-scale replica of the White House.

During a discussion in 2009 with Ed Gordon on Our World with Black Enterprise, the Do the Right Thing director equated Perry’s work to minstrel shows.

Lee argued popularising characters like Madea is a disparaging action that spreads the idea of “buffoonery” in relation to black culture.

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Tyler Perry delivers powerful speech at 2019 BET Awards

Director Tyler Perry received a standing ovation after delivering an inspirational speech as he accepted an honour at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday. The filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for creating and performing as the character Madea, took to …

Director Tyler Perry received a standing ovation after delivering an inspirational speech as he accepted an honour at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday.

The filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for creating and performing as the character Madea, took to the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to accept the Ultimate Icon Award, and during his speech, he spoke about how he’s always sharing opportunities and trying to help the likes of Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba get a break by casting them in his movies.

“When I started hiring people like Taraji, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, they couldn’t get jobs in this town, but God blessed me to be in a position to be able to hire them. I was trying to help somebody cross,” said Perry, who continued to explain that he helped his mother cross by making films which “let black women know they are worthy, special, powerful, amazing.”

The Gone Girl actor went on to detail why he chose the location of his film studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

“When I built my studio, I built it in a neighbourhood that is one of the poorest black neighbourhoods in Atlanta, so that young black kids could see that a black man did that and they could do it, too,” he continued. “That studio was once a Confederate Army base – and I want you to hear this – which meant that there were Confederate soldiers on that base plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved. Now that land is owned by one Negro.”

After receiving applause and a standing ovation for his comment, the 49-year-old concluded, “While everybody was fighting for a seat at the table, talking about #OscarsSoWhite, I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that, but while you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own’… Rather than being an icon, I want to be an inspiration.”

Other winners on the night included Regina King and Michael B. Jordan, who won Best Actress and Best Actor, while BlacKkKlansman was named Best Movie.

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Tyler Perry looking to revamp Madea film franchise by taking character back in time

Tyler Perry is considering taking his beloved Madea character back in time to revamp the movie franchise. The actor/director will retire his challenging pensioner after new movie A Madea Family Funeral, but he isn’t killing off the character completel…

Tyler Perry is considering taking his beloved Madea character back in time to revamp the movie franchise.

The actor/director will retire his challenging pensioner after new movie A Madea Family Funeral, but he isn’t killing off the character completely, and is hatching plans to revisit her in the 1970s.

“That’s an idea that I’m thinking of doing,” Perry told Entertainment Tonight. “Letting it go back to the 70s and seeing an actress actually play her in that time… I got some people in mind, but we’ll see.”

Perry has played Madea in 11 films, which began with Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005. His final outing as the character will hit cinemas on Friday (01Mar19).

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter,” Perry added. “I’m turning 50 this year and I don’t want to be her age, playing her.”

The final Madea outing comes hot on the heels of Tyler’s performance in filmmaker Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated movie Vice, for which he was transformed into former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the star reveals he actually reached out to former President George W. Bush’s one-time cabinet member to seek his permission before taking on the role.

“It was pretty surreal,” Tyler confessed on U.S. breakfast show Today. “There are not a lot of living African-American heroes, so before I said, ‘I’m going to do this’, I wanted to call and say, ‘Is this OK?'”

Powell, who was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State, couldn’t have been more receptive to the idea, much to Perry’s delight.

“It was really, really powerful,” he shared of their talk. “He sent me his book (memoir); we had a great conversation. It was pretty good to be able to pick up the phone and call.”

Powell served under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.

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Tyler Perry ‘immediately’ answered Regina King’s equality call

Tyler Perry was among the first stars to reach out to actress Regina King and show his support for her Golden Globes call to employ an equal split of men and women onset. The If Beale Street Could Talk star revealed she would only be producing project…

Tyler Perry was among the first stars to reach out to actress Regina King and show his support for her Golden Globes call to employ an equal split of men and women onset.

The If Beale Street Could Talk star revealed she would only be producing projects which really champion equal rights for the next two years as she accepted her Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture on Sunday (06Jan19), when she challenged fellow power players in “all industries” to do the same.

“I am making a vow, and it’s going to be tough, to make sure that everything that I produce that is 50 per cent women,” she said.

Regina’s big declaration earned her a loud round of applause from her Hollywood peers at the ceremony, and as soon as she stepped off stage, she began receiving similar pledges from stars like filmmaker Perry and True Blue writer/producer Bert Salke.

“Bert Salke has (reached out), Tyler Perry, immediately, and those are men,” Regina told U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight.

“Those are just a couple of the men. I haven’t even finished going through all my congratulations emails, so I’m sure there’s a couple of others.”

But Regina reveals some people actually tried to talk her out of delivering such a bold speech at the awards: “(People have told me) that to take the risk of saying something like that and putting something on myself (like) that was too big,” she explained.

“I don’t feel like it is. I feel like it’s possible, and the reality is all I had to do was say it.”

The actress admits she received similar unsolicited advice when she decided she wanted to expand her career and try directing.

“All I had to do was start saying it out loud, and the amount of support I got and people that helped find workshops and programmes for me to go through to hone those directing skills, it happened as soon as I said it,” Regina shared.

She made her directorial debut back in 2013 on the set of her crime drama series Southland, and went on to shoot episodes of Scandal, Being Mary Jane, and The Good Doctor, among others.

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Tyler Perry wants to make Sister Act sequel

Actor/director Tyler Perry is eager to reunite Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish on the big screen for a new Sister Act sequel. The filmmaker brought the two funnywomen together to play mother and daughter in his new comedy Nobody’s Fool, and they h…

Actor/director Tyler Perry is eager to reunite Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish on the big screen for a new Sister Act sequel.

The filmmaker brought the two funnywomen together to play mother and daughter in his new comedy Nobody’s Fool, and they had such a good time together on and off set, Tyler is already working on new ideas for the actresses to team up again – and reviving the Sister Act franchise is at the top of his list.

“We’re talking about a few things,” he teased. “I think there should be a (new) Sister Act… Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 3. That could happen!”

Tyler shared the proposal during an appearance on Whoopi’s U.S. talk show The View, and the Oscar winner was all for returning to the classic comedy and reprising her role as Deloris, a lounge singer who joins a convent and poses as a nun to hide from the mob.

Meanwhile, Tyler reveals landing Whoopi as the matriarch in Nobody’s Fool was a huge get, as he had penned the part with her in mind.

“As I was writing it…, I thought, ‘Oh, if she could do this I’d be so honoured…,'” he shared, “so I called and when she said, ‘Yes,’ we (he and his team) were all like, ‘Oh my God! She’s coming!’ It’s great.”

The film marked their third project together to date, after also working together in 2010’s For Colored Girls and in 2009 comedy Madea Goes To Jail, in which Whoopi makes a cameo as herself.

“I don’t get to often repeat with folks…, so it was really nice to get to work with him again,” the veteran actress said.

Sister Act first hit the big screen in 1992, and spawned a sequel, 1993’s Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, featuring the return of original stars Whoopi, Dame Maggie Smith, and Kathy Najimy.

It was also adapted as a stage musical and launched on London’s West End and Broadway in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

It’s not yet known if Tyler will be able to realise his dream of making a third Sister Act, as in 2015, studio bosses at Disney began developing plans for a remake, hiring the writers behind Legally Blonde and The House Bunny to work on a script.

The status of that project is currently unclear.

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Tyler Perry ready to put Madea to rest

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Madea movie franchise next year (19) by bidding farewell to the beloved comedy character. The Gone Girl star has been cross-dressing as the tough family matriarch ever since in…

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Madea movie franchise next year (19) by bidding farewell to the beloved comedy character.

The Gone Girl star has been cross-dressing as the tough family matriarch ever since introducing his 68-year-old alter ego onstage in a 1999 production of I Can Do Bad All by Myself, a play he also wrote and directed.

He has since reprised the character in various theatrical shows and movies, including 2009’s Madea Goes to Jail, Madea’s Big Happy Family in 2011, and 2016’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, as well as guest appearances on Tyler’s TV series House of Payne, and Love Thy Neighbor.

However, the 49 year old has since declared his next Madea outings, in the suitably-titled Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral and a stage tour, will be his last.

“I’m sick of that old broad (woman), man…!” Tyler quipped on breakfast show Good Morning America on Tuesday (30Oct18). “Madea’s Family Funeral (sic) comes out in… March, and that’s the last one (film).”

Perry admits the main reason for putting Madea to rest is his advancing age, and his desire to focus on a variety of other projects.

“I don’t want to be her age playing her!” Tyler confessed. “Listen, she’s had a great run. She’s had a really, really great run, so it’s time to move on.”

“That’s why I’m doing something like Nobody’s Fool with Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg…,” he shared of his latest film, his first R-rated comedy. “It’s just so much fun.”

Tyler will have starred as Madea in 10 movies after A Madea Family Funeral, while he also made a cameo as the grumpy grandma in 2008’s Meet the Browns. Ahead of the final film’s release, the franchise has grossed over $500 million (£393.5 million) worldwide.

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Tiffany Haddish to star in Tyler Perry comedy The List

Tiffany Haddish has been tapped to star in Tyler Perry’s upcoming film The List.After making guest appearances on a series of TV programmes, including sitcom The Carmichael Show and the Real Husbands of Hollywood, the actress scored her Hollywood break…

Tiffany Haddish has been tapped to star in Tyler Perry’s upcoming film The List.

After making guest appearances on a series of TV programmes, including sitcom The Carmichael Show and the Real Husbands of Hollywood, the actress scored her Hollywood breakthrough when she landed the part of Dina in 2017’s Girls Trip, also starring Queen Latifah and Regina Hall.

Now, Haddish is set to appear alongside Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick in Perry’s next project, which he will direct from his own script.

According to Deadline, the 38-year-old will play a woman who gets released from prison and reunites with her sister Danica, who discovers she is in an online relationship with a man that may be “catfishing” her.

No other casting details have yet been announced but executives from Paramount Players are looking to release the film on 2 November (18).

Haddish is quickly cementing herself as a major star, becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live last November and releasing her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn, the following month.

She is currently working on Ike Barinholtz’s comedy-thriller The Oath and recently wrapped on new TBS sitcom, The Last O.G., which also features Tracy Morgan and Cedric the Entertainer.

In addition, the California native has signed a first-look deal with HBO, will voice one of the main characters in Netflix show Tuca & Bertie, and will next be seen onscreen in Kevin Hart comedy Night School, which saw her reunite with Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee.

Paramount Players is a film studio division of Paramount Pictures, focusing on contemporary projects, and is also producing What Men Want starring Taraji P. Henson, developing a biopic about hip-hop star Gucci Mane, as well as making Action Man, a live-action film about the Hasbro action figure.

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The Emoji Movie wins big at Razzies

The Emoji Movie scooped top honours at the Golden Raspberry Awards on Saturday night (03Mar18). The animated movie, which featured the vocal talents of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden and Patrick Stewart, landed the dubious gongs for Worst Pictu…

The Emoji Movie scooped top honours at the Golden Raspberry Awards on Saturday night (03Mar18).

The animated movie, which featured the vocal talents of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden and Patrick Stewart, landed the dubious gongs for Worst Picture, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Director for Tony Leondis, and Worst Screenplay.

In a statement, Razzies organisers branded the film a talking poop opus, and said “Hollywood’s recycled trash heap attained an all-time high” and saw a “toxic-level lack of originality” in movies in 2017.

Ahead of the awards, organisers said 87 of the top-earning 100 films last year were “sequels, remakes or rip-offs”.

Other winners at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards included Worst Actor Tom Cruise for The Mummy, Worst Supporting Actress Kim Basinger for Fifty Shades Darker, and Tyler Perry, who landed Worst Actress for playing Madea again in BOO 2!: A Madea Halloween.

The worst supporting actor award was given to Mel Gibson for comedy Daddy’s Home 2.

The tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony is traditionally held in Los Angeles the day before the Academy Awards.

Awards organisers courted controversy this year, as they introduced a special In Memoriam section for those in Hollywood who have been named in sexual misconduct scandals.

Featuring in the video included Harvey Weinstein, Steven Seagal, James Toback, Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, James Franco, Casey Affleck and Russell Simmons, among others.

The famous men have all faced allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault, with even more women and men coming forward since the New York Times expose on film mogul Weinstein in October last year.

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