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By RON DICKER and RON DICKER,HARTFORD COURANT | February 24, 2006
Madea, the sassy grandma in Tyler Perry's inspirational plays and movies, no longer packs a pistol. When a young fan approached the writer-director with his thumb and forefinger cocked and said he would shoot him like Madea, Perry figured it was time to change the message. So the movie version of Madea's Family Reunion opens today sans granny gun. Perry, who also plays the beefy matron and a few other roles, has made millions by understanding his audience. Touring his plays keeps him in touch.
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March 26, 2012
April Fools' Day is Sunday. So we asked: Which prank would you consider cruel and unusual punishment Sorry, Tyler Perry. Getting one of Baltimore's (now infamous) exorbitant water bills. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun If someone made another "American Pie" movie. Wait. What? No ... Anne Tallent, editor, b Someone once told me Shamrock Shakes were going to be available year-round. That friendship was nice while it lasted. Wesley Case, reporter, b Handing someone a strawberry milkshake - made from pink slime.
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March 26, 2012
April Fools' Day is Sunday. So we asked: Which prank would you consider cruel and unusual punishment Sorry, Tyler Perry. Getting one of Baltimore's (now infamous) exorbitant water bills. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun If someone made another "American Pie" movie. Wait. What? No ... Anne Tallent, editor, b Someone once told me Shamrock Shakes were going to be available year-round. That friendship was nice while it lasted. Wesley Case, reporter, b Handing someone a strawberry milkshake - made from pink slime.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | November 25, 2009
Observers say the $1 million donated by Tyler Perry to the NAACP on Monday might spark several other hefty donations from wealthy black philanthropists, gifts that could help revive the civil rights organization as it continues to face questions about its relevancy. Perry's donation marks the largest gift from an individual in the Baltimore-based organization's 100-year history. Maxim Thorne, the NAACP's senior vice president, said he hopes it will mark a shift in black charity.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | September 7, 2008
You'd think world domination would be enough. But, no, Tyler Perry isn't satisfied by his box-office-busting success in four artistic genres: film, TV, books and live theater. He's not content that, in the past 15 years, he's gone from living in his car to living in a 26-room mansion in Atlanta. It isn't sufficient that next month will see the opening of the Tyler Perry Studios, a 30-acre complex with five soundstages southwest of Atlanta, where Perry hopes to nurture undiscovered talent.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic | March 13, 2005
More than three decades ago, Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song opened eyes in Hollywood, not only introducing a uniquely African-American viewpoint to American movies, but making a ton of money while doing so. That film, which by some estimates cost only $150,000 to make and brought in more than 100 times that at the box office, opened the door for movies steeped in the gritty urban experience of many African-Americans. It led to a genre -- blaxploitation -- where hard times were the rule, oppression the coin of the realm and survival, against a society where the odds are decidedly not in the hero's favor, the only goal.
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By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY and MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER | June 12, 2006
Don't offer Tyler Perry a penny for his thoughts. Though there was a time when he might have jumped at that bid, his going rate is much higher these days. Perry is a writer and performer of stage plays, movies, a book - and, starting today in Baltimore, of a television show. His stories, which typically center upon African-American characters and use humor to grapple with painful issues such as drug abuse and unfaithful spouses, have struck a chord with members of his ever-widening audience.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,Orlando Sentinel | February 16, 2007
Tyler Perry almost gets out of his own way with Daddy's Little Girls, his second film as director, third as screenwriter. He's gotten comfortable behind the camera. And without Madea, the obese, smart-mouthed alter-ego auntie of his earlier work, the man shows he really can direct. Daddy's Little Girls (Lionsgate) Starring Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Louis Gossett Jr. Directed by Tyler Perry. Rated PG-13. Time 95 minutes.
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By WESLEY MORRIS and WESLEY MORRIS,THE BOSTON GLOBE | February 27, 2006
It's probably useful to think of Madea's Family Reunion as a department store. There's something for almost anybody. Shopping for a paperback melodrama? It's on the first floor. Looking for a gospel sermon? Try the third. Bawdy physical comedy? The cellar, obviously. Some parts of Tyler Perry's new movie are better than others - and all of it is better than Diary of a Mad Black Woman, his last one. Perry wrote, directed, produced, and scored Family Reunion and plays three characters in the film.
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September 11, 2008
Burn After Reading : Two gym employees stumble upon the memoir of an ousted CIA official and attempt to exploit their find. With George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and Richard Jenkins. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Righteous Kill : Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star as 30-year-veteran New York police detectives assigned to a murder case that appears to be connected to one they solved years earlier. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys: Two families from different sides of the tracks become intimately involved in love and business.
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March 20, 2009
Race to Witch Mountain *** ( 3 STARS) $24.4 million $24.4 million 1 week Rated: PG Running time: 96 minutes What it's about: To ensure the survival of Earth as we know it, an unlikely trio (including Dwayne Johnson, above) must outmaneuver some grim avengers. Our take: This is one kids' movie that doesn't go all gooey with "a sense of wonder" or all gaga with special effects. That's no small feat. Watchmen * 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS) $17.8 million $85.8 million 2 weeks Rated: R Running time: 163 minutes What it's about: A disbanded superhero team (including Billy Crudup, above)
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By FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES | February 23, 2009
Richie's pregnant again Nicole Richie and Good Charlotte's Joel Madden are expecting their second child, Madden announced in a blog post over the weekend. The couple have a daughter, Harlow Winter Kate Madden, who was born in January 2008. Madden posted this announcement on the band's blog: "I am so happy to tell everyone that Harlow is going to be a big sister! God has truly blessed my family. Hope [you're] all feeling as good as I am right now." Richie, who is the daughter of singer Lionel Richie, found fame when she starred in the reality show The Simple Life with Paris Hilton.
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February 19, 2009
Must-sees Slumdog Millionaire : **** The film is about the unlikeliest epic hero ever: a ragamuffin (Dev Patel) in Mumbai who becomes a contender on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Coraline: *** 1/2 An 11-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) follows a path through a tiny, square door into a house that looks mysteriously like her own, including almost-identical parents - except her "Other Mother" and "Other Father" have buttons for eyes. Wendy and Lucy: *** Wendy (Michelle Williams)
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 18, 2008
The CW has started fast this fall, and tonight it returns two more series, Smallville and Supernatural, before the network season officially gets under way. In Smallville, the Justice League goes looking for Clark (Tom Welling) in the Arctic. Meanwhile, on Supernatural, Dean (Jensen Ackles) is freed from Hell. Smallville airs at 8 p.m., followed by Supernatural at 9 p.m. on CW. ** for both. THAT'S A CAKE: Tonight, Baltimore-based Ace of Cakes features a confectionary version of the Lincoln Memorial.
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September 11, 2008
Burn After Reading : Two gym employees stumble upon the memoir of an ousted CIA official and attempt to exploit their find. With George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and Richard Jenkins. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Righteous Kill : Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star as 30-year-veteran New York police detectives assigned to a murder case that appears to be connected to one they solved years earlier. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys: Two families from different sides of the tracks become intimately involved in love and business.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 3, 2005
Blair Underwood has spent his career refusing to kowtow to Hollywood stereotypes. And that's why he's proud to be starring in G, a movie dominated by African-American characters and set in the upscale, moneyed world of the Long Island shoreline. The 40-year-old actor and his co-stars, Richard T. Jones and Andre Royo, are scheduled to be in Baltimore on Tuesday night for an invitation-only screening at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. G opens in theaters Sept.
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February 19, 2009
Must-sees Slumdog Millionaire : **** The film is about the unlikeliest epic hero ever: a ragamuffin (Dev Patel) in Mumbai who becomes a contender on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Coraline: *** 1/2 An 11-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) follows a path through a tiny, square door into a house that looks mysteriously like her own, including almost-identical parents - except her "Other Mother" and "Other Father" have buttons for eyes. Wendy and Lucy: *** Wendy (Michelle Williams)
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