The stock market might be spinning down the toilet, but that doesn’t affect Tyler Perry’s bankroll. With Madea Goes to Jail coming off yet another week at the top of the box office charts, Tyler Perry is planning a duo-celebration this September. For his 40th birthday he’s going to rent/buy a private island. Tyler Perry recently vacationed in the Great Exumas islands in the Bahamas and was hooked by the solitude.
“I’m a loner by nature, so when I’m out there on these islands, I just feel like the only person in the world. Renting an island is the best place for me to work uninterrupted.”
With the purchase Tyler Perry will join an exclusive club of fat pocket celebs that include Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson, and..more..
Friday morning I was checking movie listings, looking for the big weekend movies. You know, do I have to pencil in a few hours of popcorn and soda time. Only two this week: Madea Goes to Jail and Fired Up. I’ve only seen two Tyler Perry movies, one play, and wasn’t all that motivated to make it three. Though if we were guessing which movie would be number one for the weekend, Madea would be the obvious choice. Still, talking dollars and cents, who would have guessed it would pull in $41 million for the weekend?
Quick comparison: Fired Up, the former Las Vegas girl Molly Sims’ semi big screen debut, was playing in relatively the same number of theaters and managed just $6 million. We’re talking $20k per screen vs. $3k. Results like that is why, critics be damned, Tyler Perry continues to befuddle Hollywood executives.more..
Last night Tyler Perry premiered his newest film “The Family That Preys” at Loews theater in New York. The movie is an original screenplay with a familiar feel. I really want to dig into dude for his predictable plots, but I can’t do that when he’s giving so many actors and actresses work they wouldn’t find any place else in Hollywood.
Not much in the way of pics this time: let’s hear what they have to say.more..
As part an ongoing investigation of steroid distributors around the country, the names of tens of thousands of people are waiting to be exposed to the media. So far baseball has been hardest hit by the investigation, but wrestlers, police officers, football players and body builders have all been named in the last year. Today the Times Union revealed that some of hip-hop and R&B’s finest have also allegedly received steroids. They would be: 50 Cent, Timbaland, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef and film director Tyler Perry.
None of them have been targeted for breaking the law. Law enforcement is focusing on the distribution network, which has resulted in 10 guilty pleas, including convictions of three physicians and the operators of anti-aging clinics in Texas, Florida, and New York.more..