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Latinos Like Tyler Perry - Home Media Magazine
By Angelique Flores | Posted: 19 May 2009 Tyler Perry has made a splash with black audiences, but it seems he's gaining popularity with Latinos too. Perry's latest theatrical film, Madea Goes to Jail, was his most popular movie with Latino audiences to...
Tyler Perry makes cameo in 'Star Trek' - Baltimore Sun
Known for his gospel musical plays and movies that feature gospel music and faith, Tyler Perry is now spreading his talent into a totally different movie genre. This time Perry has become a trekkie of sorts, making a cameo in the new Star Trek movie....
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A Fulton County grand jury has indicted a 35-year-old Marietta woman, accused of stalking Atlanta-based movie mogul Tyler Perry. Dawne Wilson was formally charged Tuesday with one count of aggravated stalking, a felony. Wilson was arrested on April 15,...
Tyler Perry's I Can do Bad All By Myself (Teaser Trailer) - 2SNAPS.TV
Check out the official teaser trailer from Lionsgate for Tyler Perry's I Can do Bad All By Myself below. When Madea, America's favorite pistol-packing grandma, catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home,...
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According to Perry, the band is frustrated that despite Perry's need for knee surgery and singer Steven Tyler's pneumonia, they haven't finished their new album in time. “This is about the third time I've had to make excuses why the record isn't out,”...
Tyler Perry blogs about his cameo in 'Star Trek' - Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Tannehill salutes valedictorians and salutatorian - Mcalester News Capital
John Tyler Perry has been selected as a co-valedictorian of Tannehill's eighth grade class. He is the son of John and Amy Perry, and George and Mandi Watkins, of McAlester. His grandparents are William and Sharon Perry, of Scipio, and Dean and Jenelle...
Review: 'Star Trek' soars by melding old, new - Bellevue Leader
One of the biggest audience reactions came when Tyler Perry - yes, that Tyler Perry - popped up as a Starfleet admiral at an inquiry hearing. The movie's weakest spot is probably its convoluted plot. Not much original about a Romulan villain (Eric...
THS track athletes sign with colleges - Tahlequah Daily Press
At Coffeyville, Ward will not only join a successful program but also Tahlequah alum Tyler Perry, who is just finishing his freshman season with the Ravens. “I'm very excited about it,” said Ward. “When I was looking for a college, I tried to find a...
Jaguars get a sidewinder of their own - and a title - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Two years ago, Oak Grove used submariner Tyler Vanderheiden (now at Samford) to stymie the Jags. "When you don't see pitchers who throw like that, it's hard to adjust and hit them. It really looks different if you don't see it," Perry said....

Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry (born September 14, 1969) is an American playwright, screenwriter, actor and director and producer of indie films and stage plays. His best-known character is "Madea", who is a physically imposing and overbearing but well-intentioned woman who serves both as comic relief and as the loud voice of conscience for the protagonists of Perry's works. He is currently single and has never been married.

Perry was born Emmitt R. Perry, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana (he now lives in Atlanta, Georgia). He changed his first name to Tyler because of his troubled relationship with his father. His father, Emmitt, Sr., was a carpenter and construction worker, and his mother, Maxine, was a pre-school teacher who worked at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for most of her life. Perry dropped out of school when he was 16, but later went back to obtain his GED. Perry is a Christian. He is good friends with rapper/actor Will Smith.

One day in 1992, while he was watching The Oprah Winfrey Show, Perry took the advice that it can be cathartic to put feelings down on paper, which inspired him to write letters of his painful childhood. These letters eventually became his plays. This was Perry's first foray into writing, when he began keeping a journal, in part to cope with the repercussions of abuse. He developed different characters to voice different ideas in the journal. This work eventually became the musical I Know I've Been Changed about child abuse.

Perry moved to Atlanta in 1992, and worked in a restaurant and as a used car salesman. He managed to save up $12,000 to stage his first play. It was not a success and over the next six years he struggled living in Atlanta, but persevered until the play finally had a successful run in 1998, first at the House of Blues, also known as the Tabernacle, located near the CNN Center and the Georgia Aquarium, and later at the Fox Theatre. His following play, a staging of Bishop T. D. Jakes's book Woman Thou Art Loosed, was an immediate hit, grossing over $5 million in five months. A film version was later created starring Kimberly Elise and Loretta Devine, and was released in theaters in September 2004.

Perry, whose work is aimed at a primarily Black audience, ultimately created a successful touring theater company. Recordings of some plays were subsequently sold on video and DVD. As of March 2005, Perry's plays had grossed over $75 million in ticket and DVD sales.

Perry stated in a January 2004 interview in Ebony magazine that his theater productions were designed to be a bridge between the traditional urban theater circuit—historically and pejoratively referred to as the "chitlin' circuit"—and a more traditional theater format.

Perry's other highly successful plays include Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Class Reunion, and Madea Goes to Jail. He also wrote and created the hit plays/DVDs Why Did I Get Married? and Meet the Browns. Why Did I Get Married? featured R&B singers Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley and Tony Grant, famous artist Jill Scott and world renowned singer and performer Janet Jackson. Meet the Browns featured Terrell Phillips, Terrell Carter, and David and Tamela Mann.

On Christmas of 2004, Tyler Perry did an original special on stage for the Christian Television Network (CTN) called Madea's Christmas. He starred in the special as Madea and also portrayed both Madea's next door neighbor, Brown, and her saved daughter, Cora, who visit a rich christian family's mansion for Christmas dinner. In 2005, Perry returned to the stage with another successful hit, Madea Goes to Jail. Another play, What's Done in the Dark, which Perry wrote and directed but does not appear in, went on tour from September 2006 through May 2007 and returned for another run in September 2007. The video was filmed in Charlotte, NC, and was released on February 12, 2008. Perry's most recent stage production is The Marriage Counselor, which premiered in January 2008. This production features Tony Grant, Palmer Williams, and Tamar Davis. Perry is now penning a new play called My Brother's Keeper based on the bible parable of the same name, which he plans to put into production by August.

Perry has full ownership of his movies; Lions Gate Entertainment serves as his distributor.

His first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, produced on a budget of $5.5 million, became an unexpected commercial success prompting widespread discussion among industry watchers about whether middle-class African-Americans were simply not being addressed by mainstream Hollywood movies. Its final gross box office receipts were $50.6 million, although it was critically panned scoring only 16 percent approval rating on the website, Rotten Tomatoes. On its opening weekend, February 24, 2006, Perry's film version of Madea's Family Reunion opened at #1 with $30.3 million. The film eventually grossed $65 million and, like Diary, almost all of it in the United States. The film was jump-started by an hour-long appearance by Perry and his co-stars on the influential Oprah Winfrey show.

His next project for Lions Gate, Daddy's Little Girls, starring Gabrielle Union and, Idris Elba was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2007. It grossed over $31 million. Perry wrote, directed, produced and starred in his next movie, Why Did I Get Married?, which was released on October 12, 2007. It opened #1, grossing $21.4 million at the box office that weekend. It is loosely based on the play. Filming began March 5, 2007, in Whistler, British Columbia, Vancouver, then Atlanta, where Perry opened his own studio. Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott and Tasha Smith appear in the film. Perry's 2008 film, Meet the Browns, which was released on March 21st, opened at #2 with a $20,082,809 weekend gross. The Family That Preys opened on September 12, 2008, and grossed over $35.1 million as of October.

Madea Goes to Jail opened #1 on February 20, 2009, grossing $41 million and becoming his largest opening to date. This was Perry's seventh film with Lions Gate Entertainment. At the request of director J. J. Abrams, Perry will also have a cameo appearance in the movie Star Trek, which will open on May 8, 2009. This will be his first movie appearance outside of his own projects. Tyler's next movie project, A Jazzman's Blues is scheduled for a late 2009 release. The movie is centered around World War II and is a drama romance movie. It will be followed by Perry's Madea's Class Reunion. It is set to star Golden Brooks and Chris Tucker.

Playwright Donna West filed suit for $50 million against Perry, contending that he stole material from her 1991 play Fantasy of a Black Woman for Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Veronica Lewis, Perry's attorney, said her client doesn't have the original copy of his script because he sends all his work to the Library of Congress for a copyright. West's attorney, Aubrey "Nick" Pittman, suggested that Perry copied ideas from other movies and incorporated them into his box office hit. Pittman asked Perry whether he had taken concepts from Mrs. Doubtfire, The Color Purple, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Big Momma's House. Perry testified by saying, "I never stole anything from anybody—never." Perry also claims his screenplay is an original work. On December 9, 2008, West lost her federal lawsuit against the entertainer because she did not present evidence to support her claim of copyright infringement.

Tyler Perry Studios is the first African-American owned studio in the country and had its grand opening on October 4, 2008. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the studio occupies two former airline-affiliated buildings and includes 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of sets and office space. The opening was attended by Sidney Poitier, Will Smith, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey and Hank Aaron among others. Through 34th Street Films, a production arm of Tyler Perry Studios, Perry will guide the work of other filmmakers.

Perry produces a television show entitled Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which follows an African-American household with three generations of family in it. The show seeks to illustrate struggles with faith and love, as well as showing how to coexist with the generation gap. The show ran briefly in spring of 2006 as a 10-show pilot. After a successful pilot run, Perry signed a $200 million, 100-episode deal with TBS. On June 6, 2007, the first two episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne ran on TBS. Due to high ratings, House of Payne is now in syndication. Reruns were played through December 2007 before the second season began. The third season will begin on March 5, 2008, and the fourth season will begin on June 4, 2008. House of Payne now airs on The CW and has aired 100 episodes.

In early October 2008, four writers of the House of Payne were fired after trying to get a union contract with Tyler Perry’s production company, House of Payne, LLC. The Writers Guild of America, West has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that House of Payne unlawfully fired four writers in retaliation for their union activity.

Meet The Browns, another sitcom that is written, directed, and produced by Perry, premiered on TBS January 7, 2009.

Perry's first novel, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, hit bookstores April 11, 2006. The book sold more than 25,000 copies. The hardcover hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list and stayed on the list for 12 weeks. It was voted the "Book of the Year" and "Best Humor Book" at the 2006 Quill Awards.

Perry always uses possessory credit in his works' titles (e.g., Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?). Several recurring narrative themes surface in Perry's work and they feature a predominantly African-American cast.

The recurring character of Mabel "Madea" Simmons surfaces in many of Perry's work. Perry portrays Madea by cross-dressing in his plays and films. Perry based Madea on an aunt who lives in Georgia, as well as his mother, according to Perry himself. In Madea's appearances, she dispenses wisdom in a "no-nonsense manner", and is usually involved in physical comedy and/or a sight gag. The nickname "Madea" comes from a Southern African-American contraction of the words "mother dear", which is commonly used as a term of affection. It is also used as a reference to a great-grandmother.

Tyler often references Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple, which he notes as one of his favorite movies. Perry's plays also make references to 1970s R&B and soul music, and the differences between that and the current state of rap/hip-hop music and other music popular among the black community.

Other references include singers Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, R. Kelly, Ike & Tina Turner, the movie Forrest Gump, the television sitcom Good Times, rapper Missy Elliott, and the singer Tweet.

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Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry Studios is the first African-American owned studio in the country and had its grand opening on October 4, 2008. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the studio occupies two former airline-affiliated buildings and includes 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of sets and office space. The opening was attended by Sidney Poitier, Will Smith, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey and Hank Aaron among others. Through 34th Street Films, a production arm of Tyler Perry Studios, Perry will guide the work of other filmmakers.

Perry has full ownership of his movies; Lions Gate Entertainment serves as his distributor.

His first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, produced on a budget of $5.5 million, became an unexpected commercial success prompting widespread discussion among industry watchers about whether middle-class African-Americans were simply not being addressed by mainstream Hollywood movies. Its final gross box office receipts were $50.6 million, although it was critically panned scoring only 16 percent approval rating on the website, Rotten Tomatoes. On its opening weekend, February 24, 2006, Perry's film version of Madea's Family Reunion opened at #1 with $30.3 million. The film eventually grossed $65 million and, like Diary, almost all of it in the United States. The film was jump-started by an hour-long appearance by Perry and his co-stars on the influential Oprah Winfrey show.

His next project for Lions Gate, Daddy's Little Girls, starring Gabrielle Union and, Idris Elba was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2007. It grossed over $31 million. Perry wrote, directed, produced and starred in his next movie, Why Did I Get Married?, which was released on October 12, 2007. It opened #1, grossing $21.4 million at the box office that weekend. It is loosely based on the play. Filming began March 5, 2007, in Whistler, British Columbia, Vancouver, then Atlanta, where Perry opened his own studio. Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott and Tasha Smith appear in the film. Perry's 2008 film, Meet the Browns, which was released on March 21st, opened at #2 with a $20,082,809 weekend gross. The Family That Preys opened on September 12, 2008, and grossed over $35.1 million as of October.

Madea Goes to Jail opened #1 on February 20, 2009, grossing $41 million and becoming his largest opening to date. This was Perry's seventh film with Lions Gate Entertainment. This will be his first movie appearance outside of his own projects. Tyler's next movie project, A Jazzman's Blues is scheduled for a late 2009 release. The movie is centered around World War II and is a drama romance movie. It will be followed by Perry's Madea's Class Reunion.

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Characters in Tyler Perry plays

The following characters are characters in Tyler Perry plays including I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea's Family Reunion (play), Madea's Class Reunion, Meet the Browns, and Madea Goes to Jail.

Brian/Jackie's ex.

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Tyler Perry's House of Payne

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Tyler Perry's House of Payne is an American sitcom/comedy-drama TV series that airs on TBS. Created and produced by playwright, director, and producer Tyler Perry, the show revolves around a multi-generational family living under one roof in Atlanta, Georgia. The family is often involved in hectic and dramatic situations. The show premiered in syndication on June 21, 2006, and has been broadcast exclusively on TBS since June 6, 2007.

The sitcom ran in first-run syndication for 10 episodes during the summer of 2006 on the broadcast version of WTBS, along with 9 other broadcast outlets across the country, as a limited run, with additional episodes to be available for national distribution on TBS in June 2007. An order of 100 episodes was requested by TBS.

A cable record for sitcom airings was broken with 5.2 and 5.8 million for the two premiere episodes on TBS on June 6, 2007. However, the audience has declined to a recent 4.3 million as of the week ending September 30, 2007.

The principal cast remained the same (with the exception of Lance Gross being added), led by Allen Payne. The original format of the series centered around C.J. and his family moving in with his Aunt Ella and Uncle Curtis, (Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis). Rochelle Aytes originally had a recurring guest stint as Malik and Jazmine's principal, Nicole Jamieson, whom C.J. soon began dating. She was replaced by Robinne Lee. In the test run, Ella and Curtis were originally C.J.'s parents but in its current format, Calvin is their son and C.J. their nephew.

The show is well-known for its frequent advertisements during NBA on TNT broadcasts. Since its initial association with the NBA on TNT during the 2008 NBA Playoffs, House of Payne has developed a symbiotic relationship with the NBA on TNT, and the two serve as ambassadors for each other's promotion.

At the beginning of the fifth (and current) season, China Anne McClain (Jasmine) and Denise Burse (Claretha) were removed from the series. The characters were written out, with Jasmine going away to a school for gifted children in North Carolina and Claretha marrying a prince and moving away.

The show revolves around the misadventures of the multi-generational Payne family.

Many of the actors in the main cast have been affiliated with or worked with Tyler Perry in the past. LaVan Davis and Cassi Davis appeared in the stage play Madea Goes to Jail together; Cassi also appeared in the play Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Demetria McKinney appeared in the plays Meet the Browns and Why Did I Get Married? (the latter also featured LaVan Davis) and had a non-speaking role on Daddy's Little Girls. Cassi Davis was featured in the films Madea's Family Reunion and Daddy's Little Girls. China Anne McClain began working as an extra on the film version of Madea's Family Reunion before being cast in Daddy's Little Girls alongside her real-life sisters. Actress Keke Palmer played a role in the show's first episode. Keke Palmer appeared in Tyler Perry's movie Madea's Family Reunion and will be in the film Madea Goes to Jail along with Keshia Knight Pulliam. Lance Gross starred in the film version of Meet the Browns.

Locations include the Payne's home, a firehouse located across the street from Curtis' house, a barbershop, and the school Malik and Jazmine attend. The Payne home is a one-story building, and 4 rooms are featured throughout the series: Curtis and Ella's bedroom, Malik and Jazmine's shared bedroom,the spare bedroom (which was Calvin's until he moved out) the kitchen, and the living room,and the outside patio. C.J. and Janine's rooms are never seen. The only part of the firehouse seen on camera was its day room. The firehouse and its characters have not appeared on any recent episodes to date. The barbershop is a setting often used in more recent episodes, and it is similar to that of the Barbershop movies.

Tyler Perry's claim to fame is with the popularity of character Mabel "Madea" Simmons, who has appeared in numerous Tyler Perry plays and their film adaptations. When the series debuted on TBS in June 2007, Perry made a guest appearance as Madea. Actor David Mann reprised his Mr. Brown role, and Keke Palmer returned as Nikki, a bully who stole $20 worth of Malik's lunch money over a period of time, money which Madea, Nikki's foster mother, used at a casino. Perry returned as Madea for a Christmas episode of the show on December 5, 2007. Perry again returned as Madea to act as Curtis's wife on March 5, 2008. She has appeared in one episode every season, save seasons 4 and5.

In the series, Janine's drug problem and going to rehab are possible references to Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The events of the episodes "Sad, Sad, Leroy Brown" parts 1 and 2 came directly before the movie Meet the Browns, when Brown learns his father has died. The events of the episode "Weeping May Endure for a Night" happened somewhere in the middle, directly after the funeral and the reading of the will, where Brown found out that his father left him a broken-down house which Brown turned into a retirement home. Even though in the episode "Weeping May Endure for a Night" the Paynes claim to have attended the funeral of Brown's father, in Meet the Browns, they are nowhere to be seen. This may be because Lance Gross, who plays Calvin Payne in the series, plays a character named Michael in the film and LaVan Davis, who plays Curtis Payne, plays a bus driver. Curtis claimed Brown made them wait in the cemetery for two hours while he gave his father a tour of Atlanta (his last request), but in the movie, Brown stayed the entire time.

USA Today criticized the show early in its run calling it "one of the worst of the modern era".

The show has been criticized for having "too much drama for a sitcom" as it deals with topics such as divorce, drug addiction and other family issues.

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List of Tyler Perry's House of Payne episodes

The following is a detailed account of each episode plot during the course of Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

This season had a limited run in syndication. There are canonical and considered as test pilot episodes. "Ella and Curtis were originally written as C.J.'s aunt and uncle and there was a younger Calvin Payne".

This season began airing on the cable network, TBS.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Calvin's newest attempt to propose to Miranda hits a snag when he misplaces the engagement ring. Also, a secret romance blooms at the barbershop making things even hairier. Janine also returns to tell CJ that he is the father of her baby.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Jazmine gets a perfect score on an aptitude test which wreaks havoc on the family. After CJ tells Tanya that he's the father of Janine's unborn child, they break up.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Curtis and Malik are left to chaperon Jazmine's slumber party when CJ and Janine get held up at the barber shop.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Grandpa Kelly comes to town and upon meeting Miranda, realizes he knew her in a past life. Meanwhile, the barbers befriend a homeless man who is searching for his son.

Directed by: Tyler Perry When things start to go awry with Calvin and Miranda's wedding plans, Calvin gets cold feet. Meanwhile we see that Curtis has gained weight since his last tuxedo fitting.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Although Calvin has promised Miranda that his bachelor party would be canceled, his family and friends go on with the celebration anyways.

Directed by: Tyler Perry The wedding day has arrived for Calvin and Miranda as a number of issues threaten to ruin their day. One major complication arises as Miranda's father helps birth triplets.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Janine suffers from Postpartum Depression after she comes home with the twins.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Calvin and Miranda move into their new digs, but Miranda s shadowy past life as a con artist comes to the fore. Elsewhere, it gets snippy at the barbershop when the couple quarrel over business plans.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Claretha gets the royal treatment when she becomes engaged to an African prince. Planning a move to Africa, she sells her home to a new family. Meanwhile, Curtis blows a gasket when he receives a slew of parking tickets. Jasmine leaves the household as she goes off to a school for gifted children in North Carolina.

Directed by: Tyler Perry It's a culture clash and a culinary conflict when the Paynes have dinner at the Hernandez home. At the barbershop, Dana's falsehoods come back to haunt her.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Striving to lose weight, Ella enters a health-and-wellness ranch---with Curtis in tow. There, the two happen upon Ella's erstwhile trainer, Francois.

Directed by: Tyler Perry CJ interviews for a fire-chief post in New Jersey. This elates Curtis, but only because the younger Paynes might finally move out of the house. At the barbershop, Kiki tries to persuade Floyd to hire her brother---who was just released from prison.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Peanut discloses that he's illiterate. In kind, Malik sets out to teach him how to grasp the written word. Elsewhere, Dana and Kiki have eyes for a handsome new stylist at the barbershop.

Directed by: Tyler Perry The eldest Hernandez son returns home from Iraq. In barbershop developments, Floyd's extensive time spent at a casino comes back to haunt him.

Directed by: Tyler Perry Kiki's brother, Darnell, arrives and tries to put his drug-dealer life behind him. When Kiki's ex-flame stirs up trouble, Darnell stands tall to protect his younger sister. Meanwhile, Malik's romantic interest in his neighbor advances to the next level when they go out on a date.

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