Tyler Perry: Why I cast Kim Kardashian
November 18th, 2011
09:11 AM ET

Tyler Perry: Why I cast Kim Kardashian

Filmmaker Tyler Perry has been criticized for casting Kim Kardashian in an upcoming film, and Movieline reports he’s taken to his blog to explain why the 31-year-old reality star landed the role.

After news broke last month that Perry had cast non-actor Kim in his new project, "The Marriage Counselor," he says the outcry poured into his inbox.

"I could not have imagined I’d be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian. I HAVE SEEN THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!!" he tells his fans. "Y’all gave me a new movie title, Tyler Perry’s 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**.'"

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Tyler Perry highest-paid man in showbiz
September 13th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Tyler Perry highest-paid man in showbiz

Knowing the success of his "Madea" franchise alone, it's not too surprising that Tyler Perry tops Forbes’ “Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Men” list this year. According to Forbes, Perry pulled in $130 million in 12 months, beginning in May 2010.

TV shows “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne” are huge moneymakers, as are Perry’s wildly popular movies. The actor/producer/director/screenwriter will star in the upcoming film adaptation of James Patterson’s Alex Cross detective novels.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer earned his spot at No. 2 with some help from the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, which raked in $1 billion globally. This pushed Bruckheimer’s yearly haul to $113 million.

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Tyler Perry to play James Patterson detective Alex Cross
February 1st, 2011
05:58 PM ET

Tyler Perry to play James Patterson detective Alex Cross

"Madea" star Tyler Perry is ditching the drag and the dress for his next project. The hit filmmaker is set to play detective-psychologist Alex Cross in a film adaptation of James Patterson's novel "I, Alex Cross."

According to Deadline.com, the casting could prove controversial, as Perry's projects — such as 2010's "For Colored Girls…" — usually draw a largely female audience while Patterson's mysteries appeal mostly to men.

"I, Alex Cross" — Patterson's 16th novel —follows Cross as he attempts to track down barbaric serial killer Zeus. The project was originally conceived for actor Idris Elba before Perry, 41, landed the lead.

Morgan Freeman previously portrayed Cross in the films "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider."

What do you think of Perry being cast as Alex Cross?

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February 1st, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Tyler Perry to receive NAACP Chairman's Award

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To a list of honorees that includes Al Gore, Aretha Franklin, Bono, Danny Glover and President Barack Obama, add Tyler Perry. The filmmaker has been selected to receive the NAACP Chairman's Award during the 41st NAACP Image Awards.

"Tyler Perry is a tremendous inspiration to people on many levels," NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond said in a statement. "His remarkable life experiences, which inform his extraordinary body of work in film, television and stage, have also shaped his focus on significant charitable causes and civil-rights initiatives."

Perry is known for a host of successful films, including "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Madea Goes to Jail," "Why Did I Get Married" and "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." He also produces two TV shows, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns." (The shows air on TBS, which - like CNN - is a unit of Time Warner.)

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September 9th, 2009
03:20 PM ET

Perry to Chris Brown: Let's talk 'man to man'

Madea’s alter ego, Tyler Perry, was in New York today doing press interviews for his new film, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself." During my time with Perry I asked him what advice he would give to Chris Brown.

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Without hesitation he told me. “I would love to have a conversation with Chris. A real conversation on television where he sits and he talks because I think…people want to forgive him. People want Chris Brown to be better, but the only way he’s going to get there is to admit everything that he did, put it all out there judge it for himself and feel bad for it - for himself really truly have animosity about it.

And then I think people will be able to move on. But as long as there’s this: 'I don’t remember’ and there’s this being ambiguous about a lot of things or not sure or not clear hmmm (shakes head no). But if he and I talked on television one-on-one, man to man, I think that a lot of people would understand.”

Perry was so calm and certain in his answer. I asked him why he would be the right person to speak with Brown.

“Because of my father... His mother was in an abusive relationship and my mother is too. She’s still married to the - I almost said something really awful but he is my father so I respect him. I had to make a choice early on because I know what it’s like to be so angry and then to love so passionately and to love so hard to be angry that you feel out of control but that when there is a moment when you can cross that line where you have to grab everything that’s in you and have to pull yourself back. So I think we would be able to relate on that level sure. I’ve never hit a woman. I’ve never hit anyone for that matter, but I understand being that angry and that frustrated and ready to go."

Would you like to see Tyler Perry speak with Chris Brown?

September 7th, 2009
08:30 AM ET

Perry to produce 'For Colored Girls'

Tyler Perry has a new project, Kevin Costner is giving back to South Dakota and Timbaland is sharing his beats. CNN's Jennifer Wolfe has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:


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