Lionsgate has just signed a new two-year first-look deal with Tyler Perry, and no wonder: the guy is a machine who turns out films that cost little and make a mint. The director’s latest for Lionsgate will be Good Deeds, which he’ll write, direct, produce and star in, as Glen Deeds, “an affluent and successful entrepreneur who’s about to get married when he becomes enamored with a down-on-her-luck single mom.” That basic plot setup is as well-worn as most of the character types in all Tyler Perry’s films, but that never seems to matter when it comes time to find an audience. Probably helps, in fact. A lot. The film will shoot later this month in Atlanta.   [Variety]

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Author James Patterson releases a new novel almost every other week. At least, that’s what it feels like. Murder mystery after murder mystery get turned out and devoured by legions of fans. In those novels, his most famous character is Alex Cross, a Washington D.C. detective and psychologist who was famously played by Morgan Freeman in two films: Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Producers recently decided to reboot the Cross franchise, casting Tyler Perry as the lead in I, Alex Cross, which will also star Matthew Fox and Ed Burns. After a few months of negotiations the project, which will be directed by Rob Cohen, has just been picked up for distribution by Summit Entertainment. Read more after the break. Read More »

James Patterson‘s Alex Cross character was brought to the screen by Morgan Freeman in two films, Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. Now there is a reboot of the character being assembled at QED. Rob Cohen will direct an adaptation of I, Alex Cross with Tyler Perry playing the psychologist/detective that appears in over a dozen novels.

Now I, Alex Cross has a bad guy: Matthew Fox will make his first big screen appearance following the end of Lost as Michael Sullivan, “who kills both for money and thrills.” Ed Burns has also signed on to the film, and will play Tommy Kane, partner to Alex Cross. Read More »

Update: It has been pointed out that this article contains factual inaccuracies. In fact, it was originally the Delaware Human Relations Commission that ruled that the theater should be fined a total of $80,000. That ruling has since been overturned by the Delaware Supreme Court. According to Delawareonline, the Supreme Court ruled that “there was no racist language in the announcement, no specific group was singled out and the non-racial explanation for the announcement — that it was part of a since-discontinued company policy at sold-out shows to ensure that all patrons would enjoy the movie — was reasonable.” Apparently, the policy of telling audiences to be quiet has been discontinued.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Briefly: A package is now going around Hollywood to reboot James Patterson‘s Alex Cross franchise with Tyler Perry as the lead and Rob Cohen directing, I, Alex Cross. The character was previously played by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Before Liz Lemon and Peggy Olson struggled with single life in the big city, two strong, unrelated, independent women named Wanda Wayne and Sheneneh Jenkins ruled the cable airwaves (and the crack game). And I’m not sure what zillionth worm hole Richard Kelly opened up last weekend with The Box, but apparently these characters are making a fast-tracked comeback, and in movie theaters nationwide no less.

In case you missed a recent BET Awards, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx reprised Sheneneh and Wanda—’90s characters that originally appeared on Martin and In Living Color, respectively—to create a trailer for a mock action comedy called Skank Robbers. Response was so positive and loud that Screen Gems and the actors are now making it a reality. The title stays! “Oh no youuu dinnnnit!” The Tyler Perry-skewering trailer and clips and info await.
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The Highest Paid Men In Hollywood 2008

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A couple weeks ago Forbes revealed their yealy list of the top earning women in Hollywood, which revealed the unsurprising statistic that Harrison Ford earned almost two and a half times more than the top earning actress (Angelina Jolie). Forbes Magazine has now published their listing of Hollywood’s highest-paid men and guess who made the most amount of money in 2008….
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