Putting on a wig and fake boobs to portray Madea has brought Tyler Perry more fame and fortune than most of us could ever dream of, but even so it seems the filmmaker/actor is eager to explore new horizons. Earlier this week, we got to see him play cat and mouse with a crazed Jack Shephard in the Alex Cross trailer, and now Perry’s talking about moving on to a sci-fi project. Because, it turns out, he’s a huge fan of the genre — though like many other sci-fi aficionados, he was somewhat less than enthralled with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Read his comments after the jump.

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Ever since Tyler Perry was first cast as Alex Cross in Summit’s James Patterson franchise reboot, fans have understandably been pretty skeptical. Remember, this is a role once played by the great Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Any actor would have his work cut out for him following an act like that, but Perry in particular — who’s best known for his cross-dressing, comedic performances as Madea — seemed like an odd fit.

But the more optimistic among us were willing to give Perry the benefit of the doubt until we saw some footage, and now that the first trailer has hit we have a better idea of what Perry’s capable of in the part. The upcoming Alex Cross features the DC detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with Picass0 (a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Fox), a psychotic killer. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Holy crap, look at Matthew Fox! The Lost star plays a serial killer in Alex Cross, the Rob Cohen-directed adaptation of James Patterson‘s novel I, Alex Cross. In the title role is Tyler Perry, in a rare gig outside of his own filmmaking oeuvre. He’s taking over for Morgan Freeman, who played Cross in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.

The first images from Alex Cross have shown up today, and while it’s neat to see Perry out of his Madea getup, it’s really Fox that steals the spotlight here. Because, at the risk of repeating myself, holy crap. He’s really Christian Bale-ing here. More images are below. Read More »

Getting tired of all those Avengers clips and in the mood for something a little… weirder? After the jump, we’ve got a trailer for Nazis at the Center of the Earth, which is exactly what it sounds like, as well as Madea’s Witness Protection and the genetic thriller Errors of the Human Body.

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With just days to go until This Means War was scheduled to hit theaters, Fox has shifted its release date yet again. Less last-minute is Summit’s announcement of a fall release date for Alex Cross (formerly I, Alex Cross), which sees Tyler Perry ditching the Madea costume for once. But the biggest piece of news, which remains unconfirmed at the moment, is a possible 2013 release date for The Wolverine. Hit the jump for details on all three pictures. (Update: Fox just confirmed with us that the release date for The Wolverine is legit.)

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Let’s start off this casting break with a quick one: Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) is putting together a diamond heist movie called Brilliant, written by Blood Diamond producer Gillian Gorfil. He’s now got Eric Bana set to star. The plot follows “a small-time criminal who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist,” with Bana presumably playing the small-timer. I can’t say that Luketic is the most inspiring choice — I don’t expect a serious heist movie here — but Bana could be a good choice for the lead. [Variety]

After the break, Liongate wants more of what Tyler Perry’s got, and Jason Bateman goes back to the land of the indie for two films. Read More »

Hey, remember when I shared with you that list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors and how depressing that was? Well, it turns out Leonardo DiCaprio‘s $77 million is small potatoes compared to the incomes of some other, even more powerful players. Forbes has just released its list of the highest paid men in entertainment, and multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry has come out as the top earner with $130 freaking million. DiCaprio did manage to make it in the top 10 — down at #8 — making him the only actor besides Perry to do so.

The rest of the top 10 are actually a fairly varied bunch, hailing from a wide range of industries. In addition to movies and TV (obviously), sports, publishing, sports, music, and radio are all represented here. Find out which ten men earned the most after the jump.

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Casting! Here’s info one one potentially great project, one that will probably find an appreciative audience, and one that will perhaps just make you hungry. I’ll let you figure out which is which:

  • Wentworth Miller joins Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film, Stoker,
  • John C. McGinley will realize his destiny by playing police chief to Tyler Perry in I, Alex Cross,
  • and Tyler Posey will go to war with rival taco vendors in Taco Shop.

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You could probably make a pretty fun movie by cutting together footage from all the different films that feature actors playing Andy Warhol — his own I’m Not There, as it might become. If you wait a few months you’d be able to add Bill Hader‘s performance, which looks, physically at least, to be pretty spot-on. This is from Men in Black III, the troubled Barry Sonnenfeld sequel starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. There has been no small amount of bad press about the film, much of it centered around the fact that no one could figure out what the movie is supposed to be, even after a big chunk had already been shot. But hey, at least Bill Hader looks pretty good as Warhol. Don’t expect his appearance in the film to add up to much more than an extended cameo, but I’ll take it. [more pics at Daily Mail via ComingSoon]

After the break, Jean Reno makes I, Alex Cross look good, and Alec Baldwin may not sing for Rock of Ages after all.

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He began his career in comedy, but Kevin Durand is becoming a good, reliable tough guy character actor. He did well as The Blob in Wolverine, and made a good impression as Martin Keamy in Lost and as Little John in Robin Hood. He’s got a role in the upcoming Real Steel, and now he’s been cast in David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis. He’ll play the cheif security offer for Robert Pattinson‘s main character, a young billionaire who makes a bad business play and spends the movie dealing with the ramifications. Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast. David Cronenberg wrote the script based on Don DeLillo‘s novel. [Variety]

After the break we’ve got new cast additions for Odd Thomas and Arbitrage, and Jamie Kennedy’s consolation prize for not being in Scream 4 is apparently a gig with Tyler Perry. Read More »