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'Best Man Holiday': Does its success change the future of black film?

The Best Man Holiday, the R-rated sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, opened to $30.6 million this weekend, surprising box-office watchers who had predicted the $17 million film wouldn’t generate half of its ultimate take home. Yet to director Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote and produced the film along with its predecessor, the only surprise is how Hollywood hasn’t evolved its thinking toward films featuring black actors.

“I’m tired of the dismissive, marginalized way that movies starring African-American actors who don’t happen to be Will Smith or Denzel Washington or Kevin Hart, [are talked about when they] perform well at the box office,” Lee says. “Tyler Perry makes a movie and it’s number one almost every time. Think Like a Man was number one two weeks in a row. People talk about [Best Man Holiday] over-performing, but I feel like we got under-estimated.”

The majority of the audience for Best Man Holiday (87 percent) was African-American females,  90 percent of whom saw the original film. More important, the sequel generated an A+ with exit pollster Cinemascore indicating that the film should broaden out to a wider audience.

Lee is counting on it.
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Tyler Perry joins the cast of 'Gone Girl'

Tyler Perry has joined the cast of Gone Girl, EW has confirmed.

Perry will play defense attorney Tanner Bolt, the man who reps Nick (Ben Affleck) after his wife disappears. Deadline, which first reported the news, also says Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit are nearing deals to star as the detectives investigating Amy’s (Rosamund Pike) case. Neil Patrick Harris is currently in talks to play Amy’s old boyfriend, Desi Collings, EW has confirmed.

The David Fincher-directed thriller, based on Gillian Flynn’s popular novel of the same name, centers around the disappearance of Amy and the case against her prime-suspect husband, Nick. Reese Witherspoon optioned the novel in 2012 and is producing the film, which is set to begin production later this month.

New trailer for Tyler Perry's 'Peeples' features Craig Robinson and family reunion antics

Meeting your girlfriend’s parents is never easy, but it can make for a lot of antics and physical comedy worthy of a Tyler Perry-produced movie.

That’s the subject of Peeples, where Craig Robinson (The Office) stars as Wade, the boyfriend of Grace Peeples (Scandal‘s Kerry Washington), who has yet to introduce Wade to her family even after a year and a half of dating. It’s a tough introduction to make when your family is very successful — her dad’s a federal judge — and might not be too welcoming of your Average Joe boyfriend.

Despite Grace’s insistence that she go to her upcoming family reunion in the Hamptons alone, Wade decides to show up in hopes that he’ll cozy up to her family enough for them to welcome his planned marriage proposal. Check out what happens next in the trailer below, which hit the web today. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'G.I. Joe' wins Easter Weekend with a muscular $41.2M; 'The Host' can't generate 'Twilight' heat

Turns out putting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into the lead role is a good idea to keep a franchise going. G.I. Joe: Retaliation soldiered into the top spot over Easter weekend, piling up $41.2 million over three days and bringing the four-day cume to $51.7 million. Retaliation didn’t quite set the record for Easter weekend — those bragging rights belong to 2010’s Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million) — and it didn’t quite match the opening of G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra‘s $54.7 million bow in 2009. But Johnson and Channing Tatum’s starpower helped keep the attrition from the poorly received Cobra to a minimum. Plus, the overseas figures are far out-pacing Cobra, bringing Retaliation to a healthy $132 million global total, roughly matching the $130-plus million budget for Paramount. Not surprisingly, the testosterone-heavy action pic attracted a 61 percent male crowd who gave it a strong “A–” CinemaScore.

Also having a good Friday and good run in general was Dreamworks’ animated Stone Age comedy The Croods, which grossed $26.5 domestically in its second weekend and sailed past the $200 million mark internationally for a 10-day total of $229.1 million. Tyler Perry turned far away from Madea with his steamy thriller Temptation, which paid off for Lionsgate with a voluptuous $22.3 million. Starring Friday Night Lights‘ Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Kim Kardashian, who brought the film outsize media attention, Temptation didn’t reach the heights of Madea’s Big Happy Family opened ($25.3 million) or Why Did I Get Married Too? ($29.3 million), which were both sequels, but it did outperform industry expectations. Tyler Perry’s name still means money, even if precedes the full title Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. It’s the ninth Perry film to debut over $20 million; the only other directors to have reached that distinction are Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.

Despite its Twilight connections, no one had overly high hopes for the alien invasion romance The Host, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer. Neither the novel nor the three leads — Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel — were nearly as squeal inducing to the largely female audiences that made Twilight popular. Weighed down by laughably bad reviews and unappealing trailers, The Host disappointed with $11 million in sixth place.

1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $41.2 million
2. The Croods – $26.5 million
3. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – $22.3 million
4. Olympus Has Fallen – $14 million
5. Oz the Great and Powerful – $11.6 million
6. The Host – $11 million

In the limited market, the Derek Cianfrance-directed The Place Behind the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Bradley Cooper, grossed $270,184 in only four theaters. The per-theater average of $67,546 is the second-largest of the year behind the buzzy Spring Breakers.

Box office preview: 'G.I. Joe' ready to duke it out with 'Temptation' and 'The Host'

It’s Easter weekend, which means that families are together, candy is getting unwrapped, and off-of-work Americans across the country are planning to hop on over to the movies. Family films tend to thrive on Easter weekend, thanks mostly to the Sunday holiday and the fact that extended family members visiting one another need something to do — other than argue. This year, Easter falls in the thick of March Madness, which may keep basketball fans on the bench couch, but a trio of high profile new releases will help counteract that distraction, and the box office should earn a respectable sum.

Here’s how the weekend rankings might shake out:

1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $35 million ($43 million four-day total)
Many were surprised when Paramount ordered a sequel to the 2009 under-performer G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The action film, which starred a pre-A-list Channing Tatum, earned $150.2 million domestically ($302 million worldwide) against a $175 million budget. Certainly no great shakes. But Paramount, MGM, and Skydance Productions pressed on with a follow-up, shifting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into the lead role (Tatum was reportedly killed off in the original version of the film, which was mysteriously pushed back from summer 2012 to 2013 following Tatum’s breakout spring in The Vow and 21 Jump Street so paramount could “add 3D”) and tightening up the budget to $130 million. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Robin Williams boarding drama 'Boulevard.' Plus: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ellen Page, Larry the Cable Guy

• Robin Williams will star in Boulevard, a drama about a man whose marriage is called into question after he encounters a mysterious younger man (newcomer Roberto Aguire), the films producers announced late Wednesday. Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your SaintsFighting) will direct from a script by Douglas Soesbe (The Wrong Woman).

• Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick AssSavages, Anna Karenina) is currently the frontrunner to play the lead in the reboot of Godzilla. No deal is in place yet, or even close; Taylor-Johnson is reportedly awaiting Frank Darabont‘s pass on punching up the script by upcoming screenwriter Max Borenstein. Monsters director Gareth Edwards is helming the gritty take on the beloved Japanese fire-breathing giant lizard. [Deadline]

• Ellen Page is attached to headline an adaptation of Jean Heglan’s novel Into the Forest, about two sisters living in the California wilderness who have to cope when civilization begins to collapse. No other information about the project (writer, director, producer) has been released. [Variety via Twitter]

Chad Michael MurrayLarry the Cable GuyTika Sumpter (Sparkle), and Kathy Najimy (The Guilt TripRat Race) have joined the latest Tyler Perry production, A Madea Christmas. Murray will play a redneck antagonist, Sumpter a teacher, and Larry a man in an interracial marriage. Perry will write, direct, and star as the irascible Madea. [THR]

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'Temptation' trailer: Kim Kardashian in Tyler Perry's new movie

Tyler Perry’s new movie prominently features Kim Kardashian in the role of someone who, presumably, does not have the last name “Kardashian.” She plays a dismissive marriage counselor who uses blank stares to communicate emotions like “confusion.” Alas, this is not a movie about an alien space-robot visiting from the future when emotions have been replaced by curves. This is Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, which stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell as a marriage counselor whose marriage could use some counseling of its own — what the Greeks referred to as “irony.” The counselor falls for another guy, there’s some jogging, and terrible things happen. So, it’s basically Why Did I Get Married?, Part 3: Why Did I Get Mar3d? Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Careless smoking' caused latest Tyler Perry Studios fire

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The cause of a small fire Monday at Madea franchise actor-director Tyler Perry’s Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios – the second fire there in four months – was accidental due to smoking, an Atlanta Fire Department spokeswoman said.

“It was determined to be accidental, due to careless smoking,” Atlanta Fire Department Capt. Marian McDaniel told EW.com on Tuesday.

“The fire was on a roof of one of the buildings being renovated, an adjacent building that caught fire before, in May,” said McDaniel. There were no injuries, or major damage.
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Box office preview: Will 'Ted' or 'Magic Mike' strip 'Brave' of its box office crown?

Princess Merida hit the bullseye during her first weekend at the box office, but she’s got a new bear to fight this time around.

His name is Ted. He’s a stuffed animal. And he’s the main character in just one of four new wide releases hitting theaters this weekend. Also opening is stripper showcase Magic Mike, Tyler Perry offering Madea’s Witness Protection, and family drama People Like Us.

Will any of them be able to take out Brave? It’s going to be close. Here’s how I think the box office may shake out: READ FULL STORY

'Alex Cross' trailer: Tyler Perry turns action star -- VIDEO

The trailer for Alex Cross, the James Patterson adaptation in which Tyler Perry assumes the titular detective role made famous by Morgan Freeman (Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider) has arrived. Watch it below. It also features Lost‘s Matthew Fox as the sadistic killer Cross is chasing.  READ FULL STORY

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