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Just the other day, I was reminiscing about the goodness of the ’90′s show “Moesha,” and now the rumor mill is swirling with news that a show based loosely on the show might be coming to a television screen near you.
According to Kempiredaily.com, Brandy and Tyler Perry are collaborating on a new television show.
Here’s what the report, which has no verification from… anyone, has to say about the possible new show.
Brandy has been talking about doing her own TV show for a while now, and everything is finally falling into place for her! She recently teamed up with Tyler Perry and is working on her own TV show slightly based off of her old show “Moesha”. We’re not sure if it will be a continuation or a completely different show, but we do now that William Allen Young and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Frank and Dee from Moesha) will be portraying her parents again in this new show. Sources say it will be more mature but will still be comedic and family orientated. Tyler is negotiating with Oprah to get it on OWN but if that doesn’t work out, BET or TBS would be a great back up.
Right now, all of this is really shaky. But we’re reporting it because it would be such a great thing for all parties involved…especially if it ends up on OWN. Annnd it would be great to get answers to the loose ends in the last episode like who was really pregnant and what the hell happened with the Myles kidnapping?
What do you think about the reemergence of Moesha? Are you down?
‘Best Man Holiday’ Almost Didn’t Get Funding! Find Out Why Black Films Have Difficulty Getting Financed
With all the buzz and praise surrounding Best Man Holiday, can you believe the film barely made it to the silver screen? Investors were hesitant about funding the all-black cast movie. They labeled it too “depressing” and too much of a departure from its 15-year-old sequel, Florida Courier reports.
Malcolm D. Lee, the writer-director behind the box office hit, had to resort to a lot of persuasion to convince financiers to back the sequel. It was only after a table-read, a run-through of the script with the cast, that investors relented and supported Best Man Holiday.
“I remember one of the executives saying: ‘Listening to Terrence Howard deliver dialogue live, out loud, can really turn people around,’” Lee said.
He adds, however, that if it weren’t for wave of Black films in recent years, Best Man Holiday might not have existed. Lee referred to the 2008 to 2011 time slot as the “Black Movie” desert — a three-year dry spell for actors of color. But 2013, in his eyes, couldn’t have been a more convenient time to pitch the sequel.
A few years back, Lee says, “I’ve had many, many people declare that Black movies are dead. Except for Tyler Perry movies.” Now, he says, “We’re seeing a gaggle of ‘em.”
Lately, as we’ve seen a myriad of triumphant films featuring a predominant Black cast (such as Fruitvale Station and Think Like a Man), Lee alludes that he’s profited from their success by scoring funding from hesitant investors. But film flops such as Just Wright, Soul Men, and Miracle at St. Anna’s, FLCourier adds, have caused investor’s to avert their eyes away from African-American casts in the film industry.
“Both hits and misses [from all-black cast films] are analyzed unduly, because there aren’t enough of them,” it says.
Despite the boom in Black film, like Jumping the Broom grossing $37 million on a $6.6 million budget and Think Like a Man reeling in $96 million on a $12 million budget, Hollywood executives are still reluctant to put their money on all-black cast movies. They’re more at ease with tent poles — movies, that without a doubt, are expected to “hold up” and bring in the dough.
Will Packer, the film director behind the upcoming Think Like a Man Too, using a baseball analogy, says the film business is fueled by “grand slams, not singles and doubles.” He adds that Hollywood execs neglect to consider that America is a diverse marketplace.
“You can’t effectively run a full-service Hollywood studio right now without having content that appeals to that diversity,” Packer explains.
“Look at the numbers for “Think Like a Man.” Consider the results for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which cost around $30 million to make and has grossed around $140 million. The audience is there,” Florida Courier says.
Fortunately, as Lee says we’re out of the “Black movie desert” and Packer predicts that if all-black cast films continue to produce quality films such as The Butler and 12 Years a Slave, the black film industry will be bursting with support.
Most black folk can tell you about their most memorable shopping experience -and I’m not talking about that fly pair of boots they purchased or how much they paid for it – but how they were treated from the moment they set foot inside the store. We are watched with hawk-like eyes by store clerks, yet ignored as if we don’t even exist when looking for assistance. Our money isn’t the same, even if we have plenty of it.
Look at what just happened with Trayon Christion at Barneys New York. He purchased a $350 Salvatore Ferrago belt with his hard-earned money, but was arrested by undercover cops. He was told black people don’t have that kind of money and that he was part of some sort of credit card scam — even after he produced the receipt for the merchandise and his ID.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new under the sun and celebs’ superstar status doesn’t make them immune to racial discrimination. Here’s a look at celebs who’ve been racially profiled while shopping, as well as those who were stopped just for being black period.
After being pulled over for making an illegal left turn, Perry says police officers roughed him up. He says he only made that turn because he was being followed. Perry complained about his experience on his Facebook page. Thank goodness he wasn’t his gun wielding, alter ego Madea, because that situation would have gone from bad to worse real quick.
A couple of months ago I attended a screening of “Baggage Claim” here in New York which featured a Q&A with the actors in the film and director David E. Talbert immediately following the viewing. As the discussion took off, a great deal of the chatter centered on the idea that “Baggage Claim” was not a “black movie,” despite having an all-black cast — save for the hilarious flight attendant side-kick of Jill Scott — but rather a romantic comedy and should be referred to as such.
As I listened to the lengthy explanation I internally rolled my eyes, thinking why are we always trying to run away from our blackness and fit into the mainstream? But after seeing the reviews that rolled out for “The Best Holiday” in its opening weekend, I can finally say I get it.
I should preface this entire article by letting you know “The Best Man” is near and dear to my heart. I grew up watching the movie obsessively and fantasized that the experiences they had would be what my life would be like (the good parts at least) when I became an adult. Despite the sequel just coming out on Friday, I’ve already seen it twice. And I’ve watched the original flick four times this week alone. It would be an understatement to say I wanted “The Best Man Holiday” to win in its opening weekend; and it did. For obsessive fans like me, the numbers this sequel did 14 years after it’s original debut likely weren’t surprising, but as I’ve read in reviews over and over again this weekend, it is apparently still shocking that (a) black people go to the movies, (b) black people like to see themselves on-screen when they go to the movies, (c) Tyler Perry is not the only writer/producer/director who can draw black audiences, (d) a movie featuring all black people doesn’t have to be about “black stuff.”
I’ll focus on that last point first as I examine USA Today’s embarrassing faux paus this weekend. Yesterday, the newspaper wrote a review acknowledging “The Best Man Holiday’s” stellar box office performance which read, “’Holiday’ Nearly Beat ‘Thor’ as Race-Themed Films Soar.” Keeping in mind that I’ve seen this film twice, I sat for all of 0.2 seconds trying to figure out the race theme being referred to before I realized it was nothing more than the fact that the movie had an all-black cast. Looking at the headline alone, one would get the picture that “Best Man” was the sequel to “12 Years a Slave” if he didn’t have half a brain. Thankfully, USA Today found their other half when Twitter went in on them for their ridiculous word choice and they changed their headline to “‘Holiday’ Nearly Beats ‘Thor’ as Ethnically Diverse Films Soar.” I still could’ve done without the “ethnically diverse” reference there, but all I’ll say to that is you have to crawl before you walk and this was indeed a baby step.
Aside from that misstep, something else that rubbed me the wrong way over and over, and unfortunately, over again was the fact that every single review I read had to reference Tyler Perry when critiquing “Best Man.” Now I’m no anti-Perry radical, but I know the cinematic excellence of Malcolm D. Lee far surpasses anything Tyler Perry has been able to do. The two aren’t even in the same category in terms of comedy, particularly if we’re bringing Madea into the discussion. And though I could handle a comparison to “Why Did I Get Married?” because there are similar elements, when blanket statements like ”Best Man Holiday is expected to play primarily to African-Americans, similar to Tyler Perry’s pics,” I get frustrated. Tyler Perry appeals to a particular segment of the African American community and while those fans would likely enjoy the “Best Man Holiday” all the same, the crowd that favors the latter would likely not have the same affinity for a TP production. A more accurate comparison would have been Will Packer’s “Think Like a Man,” the similarities between which some reviews did acknowledge, but this all still falls under the assumptive guise that these films portray black experiences to which no one else can relate and that simply isn’t accurate.
Looking at these incidents, it was evident to me that identifying something as a “black movie” means two things in the world of film: Tyler Perry and race baiting. I personally wouldn’t pay $16 for either of those experiences and I’m black, so I’m not surprised white people don’t run to theaters to watch these movies when they’re framed as they are. Forbes reviewer Scott Mendleson said it best when he wrote, “It’s well-past time we noticed that black audiences like seeing themselves onscreen. More importantly, and this is arguably the key, they really like seeing black characters onscreen in starring roles in films that don’t necessarily revolve around racially-based adversity.” I would go a step further to argue white people like seeing black characters on screen in starring roles that don’t necessarily revolve around racially-based adversity. Hello Will Smith and Denzel Washington! I personally saw “The Best Man” and it’s sequel as introspective explorations of the male ego more than anything else, and yes, what appealed to me even more was that in experiencing that, the people on-screen looked like men I know. You could call that the icing on the cake, I suppose, and I won’t apologize for that. White people have had their cake and been eating it for years, let’s let someone else get a piece.
If America wants us all to buy into this whole “we are one” ideal when it comes to diversity, they’re going to have to do some heavy PR when it comes to cinema. These reviews almost pull a black card when there is none and alienate movie goers who would see so-called “black films” if they weren’t being set up to see black pride fists and women dressed as men before they even get a chance to see what the flicks are really about. And while I’m not one to ever want to pander to white audiences, I can certainly appreciate more of their dollars being directed towards black filmmakers, which will in turn allow more black actors to be employed and more of said movies to be made– and hopefully some diversity lessons instilled as well.
All that said, “Best Man Holiday” is an excellent romantic comedy and “12 Years a Slave” is a phenomenal historical drama. Labeling either of these flicks with a watered down title such as “black movies” does them no justice and it’s high time we stopped doing so — at least in the company of “others.”
Back in 2011, Best Man Holiday director Malcolm D. Lee decided against taking the politically correct route when asked about fellow film director, Tyler Perry. Though he confessed to have taken a liking to the Madea franchise, Lee didn’t hold back on feelings about Tyler’s other projects.
“Tyler Perry is a very shrewd businessman. This dude has built an empire off of what he does and people support him. 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!” he said.
He went on to say that Tyler’s movies aren’t as bad as some make them out to be, but box office numbers aren’t an accurate indicator of how good his films are either. Malcolm also added that he hopes Tyler does a better job of honing his craft in the future.
“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’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.”
Two years have passed since then, and unsurprisingly, Malcolm still stands by his statement. In a recent interview with BET, the 43-year-old screenwriter expressed that he will continue to stand by his statement without regrets.
“There are no real regrets about it. I think that has really been his focus, you know, getting a lot of product out there. He has what, four television shows on the air? Two movies per year? God bless him, you know? That’s what he’s doing. That’s my interpretation of it. That’s just my opinion. But I don’t have any regrets about saying that, no.”
Watch Malcolm’s interview on the next page. Is he throwing shade or simply being honest?
Author Charing Ball just said the other day that it would probably be a good idea if Tyler Perry hung up his Madea costume for good. But of course, seeing as much money as these movies make, you might be able to understand why Perry is having a ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ mentality. The trailer for his upcoming Madea movie, “A Madea Christmas,” has just been released and it actually had us chuckling.
If you need a reminder, the plot goes like this:
“Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. 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.”
So basically, Madea goes with her friend Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford) and they find out that the woman’s daughter (Tika Sumpter) is dating a white man (Eric Lively), living on a farm, and doing the whole rural thing. Madea of course struggles to get along with the white fella’s family (who is a little bit backwards/redneck-ish), and comedy ensues.
Check out the trailer for yourself and let us know what you think. A Madea Christmas comes out on December 13, just in time for the holidays. Will you go see it?
Apparently Tyler Perry has another film coming out, just in time for the holiday season, which is said to be a well acted and produced heartwarming tale of some of the most respectable black and gender progressive characters ever witness on screen. Just kidding, it’s another Madea film:
From Shadow & Act:
“Initial word was that another YouTube celeb Sweet Brown (“Ain’t nobody got time for that”) had been cast in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, which is due out this X-mas holiday.But, that still hasn’t been officially confirmed, whether by Sweet Brown herself, or Tyler Perry. While we wait with bated breath for that confirmation, another YouTube celeb, Antoine Dodson, has revealed for the first time, in an interview with Hip Hollywood, that he will appear in that Tyler Perry film. Remember Antoine Dodson from 2 years ago or so – Mr “Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband…”Might both Dodson and Sweet Brown appear in A Madea’s Christmas?”
Honestly, if you thought the joke here is that both Sweet “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That” Brown and Antoine “Hide Yo Wife, Hide Yo Kids…” Dodson are possibly going to utter their catch phrases on the big screen, you are wrong – okay, I’ll settle for half-right. But most definitely, the other part of the punchline here is that after raking in millions; inking lucrative deals with Oprah and helping Lionsgate reach a company milestone at the Box Office, why the heck is Perry still making Madea flicks?
Some of you are likely thinking: “why exactly would he stop making Madea films, especially if they are making him money?” Good point. Excellent point actually. If someone paid me a gazillion bucks to do the same task for the rest of my life, no matter how monotonous it would become, I would have a pretty hard time justifying saying “no.” However, I also think that as an artist, Tyler Perry should be accountable to his craft. And a part of that is giving his fans quality work – even if it is the monotonous confides of Madea.
And this is not a dig at the Madea character. Nor a slight about black men in dresses. Although not one of my favorite Perry creations, I can definitely see what makes Madea both charming and relatable. On those rainy Sundays, I have been known to line up a Madea flick or stage play and cackle too at her wise-cracking yet whimsical down-hominess. And although the films’ stories themselves are often seen as low quality, preachy and regressive, there are certain nuances there, which let you know that at the very least, Perry has put some thought into his message and his craft. Well, he used to put thought into them anyway.
More specifically, the last two films Madea’s Happy Family and Madea’s Witness Protection Program, were just unbearable to even watch. I don’t care if it was a thunderstorm with hail and 80mph wind gust, I would rather find an activity outside in that before being forced to finish watching the half-hearted Madea’s Witness Protection Program. In fact, the last couple of Madea films had plots, which were so rushed and thrown together, that it makes you wonder if Perry has run out of ideas or he just does not care about the Madea character anymore? Either way, the reality is that Madea has become an old gag, whose time has come. And as someone, who sees herself as sort of a fan of Madea, I kind of feel insulted that Perry would ruin his most treasured staple character, just for the sake of squeezing every single monetary value out of her.
In a recent conversation with a friend, we came up with our very own list of potential Madea themes which Perry hasn’t explore yet, including: Madea visits the country of Africa; Madea goes to Mars; Madea drives a church van; Madea runs with the bulls; Madea tries out Zumba for the first time; Madea finds a quarter; Madea cuts a rap album; Madea sees a movie; and my personal favorite, Madea Pope. Of course, we were being factitious but ten bucks says that within that lot of ideas, and possible film titles, is Perry’s next Madea flick.
If not a full retirement, at least Perry should consider giving her a break for about a decade. You know, until some new ideas come to fruition. I mean, I know we are just talking about campy flicks here but even camp has standards. Perhaps it is time to let someone else don the paisley-printed moo-moo for a change? I know Orlando Jones made a tongue-and-cheek pitch for the job last April Fool’s Day. The irony is that Perry didn’t find Jones’ Madea joke very funny…
Antoine Dodson is having a very interesting/blessed year. After deciding that he wasn’t going to be gay anymore due to his decision to become a black Hebrew Israelite, he started dating women, and since then, he found at that he’s going to be a father. But that’s not all he’s got going on! In an interview with HipHopHollywood (via Skype), Dodson revealed that he has a role in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, which comes out December 13. Clearly excited about the opportunity, he spoke on what it was like to work with Perry, and how he never expected to have so much success from just talking to the news about that crazy a** rapist a few years ago that he alerted folks to hide their wives and their kids from.
“I did the Madea’s Christmas with Tyler Perry, and that’s coming out December 13 so I’ve been working, putting in work. It’s so crazy, he’s serious about his work I love being around him and he cast. Everybody was so great, they treated me like I’ve been doing this for years. You know what I’m saying? It’s awesome. It’s awesome. I just can’t believe all this accumulated and happened off of one interview. It wasn’t even meant to be put on YouTube and stuff like that, it was just an interview alerting the people in the community. The people in the community never thought I would be alerting people worldwide and everybody else around the world was like, yeah, I’m having those problems too.”
Ironically, earlier in the year it was reported that Sweet Brown, another Internet sensation, was going to have a part in this same Tyler Perry film. All that made sense considering that Perry is reportedly the one that spread the original video of her news interview about the fire she encountered while trying to get a cold pop. And with his most diverse cast in years (aka, a slew of white folks), it seems Perry is giving everybody a chance to shine in his latest Madea movie. Congratulations to Dodson, because he definitely is putting in work to keep his 15 minutes on the fame clock running!
Last month a peculiar photo surfaced of Hollywood producer Tyler Perry laying hands on Bishop T.D. Jakes. It turns out that that the photo was taken the day after the annual Christian conference, MegaFest.
“I can’t even explain what happened today at #TPHDallas…u have to see it for yourself!,” Bishop Jakes tweeted about the photo.
While some credit the occurrence as an awesome move of God, others gave both Bishop Jakes and Tyler the super side-eye, insisting that it was pretty ironic how Tyler laid hands on Bishop Jakes and sowed a seed of $1 million into The Potter’s House ministry all in the same night. During a recent interview with JET Magazine, the Let It Go author responded critics, insisting that everyone is in need of prayer–regardless of who may be doing the praying.
“When you start talking about prayer, no one is exempt from the need of it,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter who it comes from as long as it comes from a place of purity,” he continued.
Bishop Jakes–who has been quite successful since venturing into the film industry–also defended himself against those who question his motives for filmmaking.
“When I’m asked what does filmmaking have to do with being a member of the clergy, I often direct them back to Jesus who told parables.”
“If those stories were put to screen, they would be movies. The great commission calls Christians to go into the world and spread the Good News. We can use television, we can use books, but there are more people in the theaters on Friday nights than the pews on Sunday morning.”
What do you think of his response?
Tyler Perry has come a pretty long way since his humble beginnings, putting on local stageplays. He has done pretty well for himself in the film and television industries, now it appears that he’s looking to venture into children’s programming.
According to AlwaysAList, Tyler is in the process of putting together a new film project titled Madea’s Kids, starring an animated version of his brainchild, Madea. Details surrounding the project are still pretty scarce, but Jawn Murray says that talk show host Rolanda Watts is already connected to the film. There’s no word on what Rolanda’s role will be, but we’re guessing that it’s some kind of voice over job, since it’s an animated film and she’s well known for her voice over work.
Tyler is always on the move! As previously reported, he’s also gearing up to bring Madea back to the big screen with heartfelt hoilday film, A Madea Christmas, which is slated to hit theaters December 13, 2013. The cast includes actors Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter, YouTube sensation Sweet Brown and many others.
What do you think of Tyler’s idea to animate Madea? Do you think it’s something you’d bother taking your kiddies to the theater to see?