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A White Christmas For Real: Tyler Perry Preps “A Madea Christmas” With Larry The Cable Guy And Chad Michael Murray

January 18th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Madea Christmas

It’s 2013, and just when you thought you were safe, news breaks that Madea will be back for another year of foolery. *sighs*

Tyler Perry has announced his new project, A Madea Christmas. The movie will hit theaters on December 13 of this year, and per the usual, Perry will continue to write, direct, and star as crazy Mabel “Madea” Simmons. This is not out of the ordinary. But it seems by the casting that Perry wants to continue to diversify the people in his projects as opposed to just continuing to cast black people and appealing solely to the black audience (particularly, black women). It all started changing with Madea’s Witness Protection, and it continues with A Madea Christmas. According to Shadow and Act, the cast will include everyone from the comical Larry The Cable Guy (“Git-R-Done!”), former One Tree Hill star, Chad Michael Murray, Kathy Najimy from throwback Hocus Pocus and Sister Act fame, and actor Eric Lively, who is the brother of former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively. If it helps, actress Tika Sumpter will also reportedly be part of the cast according to Shadow and Act…so that’s one if you were keeping count. This is a big contrast from the stage play cast, which featured Cheryl Pepsi Riley and a bevvy of other black stars. But hey, this movie is in the early stages, so things could change.

As for the plot of the movie, Madea helps a friend visit her daughter in the country for the holidays, but when they get there, the run into some very “interesting” people and scenarios that we’re sure Madea will cuss out and pull a gun on for sh**s and giggles. As the synopsis says, “As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.”

But of course. Would you check out the movie based on the story and the cast so far? While I’m all for Tyler trying to do what he can do to reach the mainstream audience and that mainstream money, it’s going to be hard with these same ‘ol, same ‘ol storylines. And the last thing he wants to do is start alienating the audience who has gone out of their way to spend their hard-earned money on his films. I’m all for mixing it up, but hopefully he can do so more evenly. Just saying…



First Look At Another Tyler Perry Production: ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’

April 18th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Tyler Perry has three projects slated for release in 2012, and with “Good Deeds” already in theaters, Tyler is getting ready to debut film number two, “Madea’s Witness Protection.”

The film stars TP as Madea of course, and American Pie funny man Eugene Levy as George, “a high level CFO at the center of a Ponzi scheme in New York City who is enrolled in the Witness Protection program along with his family in the one place that absolutely no one will think to look for them: Madea’s house down South.”

Starring alongside Levy are Denise Richards, Doris Roberts, Danielle Campbell, and Devan Leos as his family, and Tom Arnold will play his business associate. As a supporting role, Master P’s son Romeo will play Jake, a friend of Brian (an attorney also played by Tyler Perry who places the family in Madea’s care) who was affected by the scam. John Amos and Marla Gibbs also co-star as Jake’s father and Madea’s neighbor, respectively.

Once this film drops June 29, Tyler will go on to focus on his 15th film with Lionsgate, and the third of this year, Alex Cross, which is due out in the fall. Next year, he’ll release “The Marriage Counselor” with Jurnee Smollett. Check out the trailer for “Madea’s Witness Protection.” Do you plan to see it in theaters?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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