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Screenwriter Sues Tyler Perry Over “Temptation”

Published by Smriti Mundhra on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:35 am.

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Did Tyler Perry get tempted to steal the idea for his film Tyler Perry’s Temptation? A screenwriter from Gary, Indiana claims so.

William James, a small town scribe, is suing Perry for stealing the script for the critical bomb from him, reports TMZ. James says Temptation is a rip-off of his script Lover’s Kill, which he wrote in 2009. The synopsis for James’ original work is a woman, tempted by a man who ruins her picture-perfect marriage.

Um, isn’t that a tale as old as time? If James intends to pursue this in court, he’ll have to name virtually every author, screenwriter and filmmaker in history as co-defendants.  To make matters worse, James admits he doesn’t even know if Perry ever read his script. He submitted it blindly to Oprah Winfrey, hoping it would reach Perry.

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From Old Spice to Madea

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 12:00 am.

isaiah_mustafa_old_spice_sceneFor everyone on the grind in the entertainment industry, Isaiah Mustafas story should be an inspiration. His “I’m on a horse” Old Spice commercial made him a media sensation, and on April 22 he will release his first film, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.

Mustafa landed the role when he talked to Oprah via Skype in his bathroom. Mustafa explained how the commercial changed his life. Then, Tyler Perry chimed in and said, “I just wanted to say you got the part. You did a great job.”

Mustafa is a former NFL football player and has been in small roles on Ugly Betty, Days of Our Lives and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Side note: I’m still wondering if those rumors of Mustafa dating Kathy Griffin are true.

Check out the trailer to Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.

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Idris Elba on Tyler Perry and Oscars

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 12:00 am.

A few weeks ago we reported that Malcolm D. Lee, the director of The Best Man, wasn’t a big fan of Tyler Perry. Now Idris Elba has sounded off on Perry as well. As a guest speaker at Rutgers University’s Newark campus, Elba said:

“Can I be candid?” he asks before turning to face the audience directly. “I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for “Daddy’s Little Girls” because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”

Some are shocked at Elba’s comments. But is there an unspoken rule that Black actors and directors cannot express themselves on the Tyler Perry phenomenon?  Of course there will be rants that he is a “hater,” but maybe Elba, a Golden Globe–nominated actor, made an informed opinion. It’s not as if he is a novice or known for ridiculous work. Idris Elba is probably one of the most respected actors out there today.

The London native also gave some insight on the lack of Black actors nominated for an Oscar this year. Halle Berry and Idris Elba were the only Black actors nominated for a Golden Globe this year.  Elba said, “The Oscars aren’t designed for us … Let’s focus on making more films.”

I think that perfectly sums up this year’s award season.

Speaking of awards, check out the list of Oscar winners from last night.


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“The Best Man” Director Chops Up Tyler Perry

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

On Wednesday night in Manhattan, Malcolm D. Lee, Spike Lee’s cousin and the director of 1999’s The Best Man, was featured at Broadway Night Out’s “The Filmmakers View.” The discussion ranged from writing a script to developing characters and the hustle of Hollywood. However, no discussion about Black film is relevant without a mention of the Tyler Perry phenomenon.

When asked about Perry by the host, Raqiyah Mays, Malcolm answered, “Tyler Perry is a very shrewd businessman. This dude has built an empire off of what he does and people support him.” He continued: “I have to admit, I enjoy some Madea. Madea’s funny to me. All the other stuff and the morality tales, I could do without. Just bring me more Madea!”

When talking about the merit of Perry’s work, just like his famous cousin, Lee didn’t hold back. “It’s not as terrible as people say it is, but it’s not as good as the box office numbers are. Just because something makes money doesn’t mean it’s good, it’s just popular, it taps into something people respond to. I don’t do what he does.” He continued: “He’s not interested in art, he’s interested in turning out a product. There is value in that, building up a studio and being independent. I wish he would get better as the movies go on. Maybe he will, I don’t know, but I don’t think that is his focus right now.”

Do you agree?

Photo Credit: Kevin Winters / Getty Images

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2Pac, Anthony Mackie and Madea

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:00 am.

It’s official! The 2Pac film starts filming this summer in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Brooklyn’s Finest), the movie will be distributed by Morgan Creek and appropriately titled TUPAC. However, there is no word on the cast and who play the legendary hip-hop icon.

Anthony Mackie is a name in the mix but he told back in December, “I am sure Fuqua has a very precise vision that he has for that film. So, I don’t know. I haven’t talked to him. I have not seen him. The first I’d heard of it was a few weeks ago. It is still early in the process, I don’t even know if they have a script. By the time it comes around I will probably be too old, but Black don’t crack!”

Speaking of Mackie, this brother is steadily working. According to, he is in talks to star in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox — yep, a Vampire film based on Abe Lincoln. Mackie would play Lincoln’s best friend.

Lastly, Madea is officially back and the trailer for Madea’s Big Happy Family has hit the web. Check it out below!


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Tyler Perry Is The New Morgan Freeman?

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Morgan Freeman’s film credits are endless. Two of his biggest films are 1997’s Kiss The Girls and 2001’s Along Came a Spider where the Oscar winner played detective-psychologist Alex Cross in the James Patterson created crime franchise. Now, word is out that Tyler Perry will be the new Alex Cross for the film I, Alex, Cross, which will be directed by Rob Cohen, who was behind The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.  Rumor has it Perry has signed on for three films.

Supposedly, Idris Elba was the original choice for the role — there are no details on why he is no longer on the project.

For awhile I’ve been saying I wanted to see Tyler Perry in a film that wasn’t directed or written by him. I think he might surprise audiences in this completely new genre that isn’t comedy.


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Tyler Perry Gives A Belated Christmas Gift

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 12:37 am.

Finally some good news! After a woman’s home burned down in Atlanta, Georgia Tyler Perry vowed to build her a new house and pay for all of her utilities for a year. According to the Associated Press:

Rosa Lee Ransby and her 4-year-old great-granddaughter escaped the fire Tuesday that destroyed her home of 40 years in Coweta County, southwest of Atlanta. Coweta County firefighters began soliciting donations, and calls flooded in.

The Atlanta-based filmmaker visited Ransby’s neighborhood Thursday and pledged to rent her a house for a year, pay for her utilities, buy her furniture and then build her a new home.

This is some needed good news, especially after the passing of Teena Marie.  Madea returns in 2011 with Madea’s Big Happy Family, which is due in theaters April 22nd.


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J’Nara Corbin Guest Blogging: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm.

Poetry is my second language. Prior to moving to New York, I had the pleasure of performing spoken word at Fuzzy Wednesdays, an open mic night in my hometown in Virginia. I was living my own personal version of Love Jones, all while trying to get my hands on anything written by my poetic sheroes. My introduction to Ntozake Shange was met with mild hesitation. I had heard nothing but praise for Colored Girls; however, seeing the word “suicide” in the title was quite daunting. My sheroes didn’t use words like suicide! They all would surely side with Chris Rock’s comedic satire: “If you haven’t contemplated murder, you ain’t been in love!” But, challenging myself, I began reading the tales of the rainbow and officially bowed down to Shange’s genius.

Once I heard word of Tyler Perry heading up to Harlem this past summer to shoot the exterior scenes for the film adaptation of For Colored Girls, I knew it would be a must-see flick. The movie is in theaters tomorrow, but I had a chance to get an advanced sneak peek a few weeks back. Just a few seats away was Sherri Shepherd of The View!

I was fully engrossed in the emotional commotion onscreen and the shameless sobs coming from Sherri. I wish I could remember all of the rhymes that pointed out pearls of wisdom wrapped in poetry. I do remember finally allowing my tears to fall freely while listening to Loretta Devine recite the line, “After you put my heart in the bottom of your shoe, you just walked back to where you hurt…and I didn’t have nothing.” I have been there and don’t plan on going back!

The real place to be was at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery for Tim Palen’s Living Portraits Exhibit. Janet Jackson played hostess with other ladies in the building including Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine and Thandie Newton. I stood in awe surrounded by “superstars” that simply gathered as a newfound family, openly welcoming newcomers such as myself.

The conversations continued the next day during the press conference. You couldn’t help but feel the pride Tyler Perry held for the actors. Whether they played victim or villain, the reward was a red carpet premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre and a party at the Plaza! Now, there ain’t no party like a Tyler Perry party — if you don’t believe me, feel free to ask Chris Tucker, Sugar Shane Mosley, Niecy Nash, Estelle, Macy Gray or any of the countless celebs who were in the building.

All of the mixing, mingling, and media duties meshed together in a brilliant blur that left me with an even clearer picture of my future. One woman’s decision to write exquisite words that eventually became For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf is still inspiring girls of color over 30 years later. I now see that dreams may be lived out loud and revered in vivid multicolor. The sky is the limit and my rainbow will be seen in all its splendor.

For Colored Girls is in theatres tomorrow.

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All Things ‘For Colored Girls’

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm.

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls is in theaters on Friday.  We here at got you covered on interviews, photos, exclusives and more. Click away on the links below to get your For Colored Girls fix!

Color yourself beautiful with these beauty buys inspired by the For Colored Girls cast.

For Colored Girls grace the cover of Essence Magazine.

Get the full red carpet rundown for the For Colored Girls premiere.

On the scene: For Colored Girls New York premiere, Ciara, Kerry Washington, Estelle and more!

Disney’s first Black princess, Anika Noni Rose, tackles For Colored Girls.

Kerry Washington talks Nicki Minaj, For Colored Girls and more!

Kimberly Elise explains her raw acting skills, reuniting with Perry in For Colored Girls and more!

Exclusive images from ‘For Colored Girls’ Living Portraits, Janet, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington

Get the full red carpet rundown for the For Colored Girls premiere.


Check out the trailer!

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EXCLUSIVE: New Pics of ‘For Colored Girls’

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 12:00 am. got an exclusive look at the latest images from Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, which is in theaters Friday, November 5th. The film is based on the iconic 1974 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

The movie is directed and written by Tyler Perry with a powerhouse cast that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington and Macy Gray. It’s one of the biggest cast of Black actresses since Oprah Winfrey’s Women of Brewster Place in 1989.

Check out the exclusive images below!

Thandie Newton as Tangie, a role that was originally for Mariah Carey.

Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg as Alice, a religious woman and the mother of Thandie Newton’s character.

The legendary Janet Jackson as Jo.

Are you excited to see For Colored Girls?

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