In Tyler Perry’s morning, Tyler Perry feeds an infant, helps a 4-year-old brush his teeth and savors some gluten-free toast with avocado in a Dumbo office—all while recovering from dental surgery. This may sound like the set-up for a hit film, but in fact it’s just a regular day in the life of Tyler Perry: executive, wife, mother and more.
Yes, this Tyler Perry is a woman. She is not that Tyler Perry, the prolific and ubiquitous entertainer whose latest project, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, hits theaters next week.
“Believe it or not, I didn’t know who Tyler Perry was before I got married,” said Tyler Perry, 36. “I think it was the first trip we took with my new I.D., and a person at the airport just couldn’t get over it.”
“I’ve been begging for years to be here, and Russell finally invited me to perform,” rejoiced neo-soul recording artist Maxwell at Danny and Russell Simmons’s 14th annual Art for Life benefit last Saturday. “I knew early on that music was for me, and if we can bring that to children, it can change the world,” the Brooklyn native continued, wearing a three-piece suit for the festivities at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton.
Plenty of other stars turned out to support the cause as well, proving once again that the Hamptons is undoubtedly king when it comes to splashy summertime philanthropic events.
“Arts education gives kids an escape from the streets—that’s why I’m here,” explained actor Anthony Anderson, who hosted a Rush Kids auction during the evening. “As a kid, anything that got me in front of an audience was my outlet.”
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Despite the low viewership for Oprah’s OWN network, the execs have added a lot on their lineup for next season, including two Tyler Perry series: a drama called The Haves and the Have Nots and half-hour comedy Love Thy Neighbor. And so, so much more! (In case that wasn’t enough.)
Future Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award winner Kim Kardashian has landed herself the role of a lifetime (or at least one that’s going to be paying higher residuals than her own wedding did). She’s “starring” in Tyler Perry’s latest film, Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Although honestly, “starring” might be too strong of a word. She’s definitely in the film–check out the trailer below–and she gets her own credit (along with Vanessa Williams’s Indian accent), but all the clip reveals about her character is that she likes to wear tight dresses and works in a marriage counseling office.
At least one of these character traits will not be a big stretch, acting-wise. (Pun semi-intended, inasmuch as we just can’t really bring our brains to process much of anything after the holidays, and especially not this.)
Think Like a Man, the new ensemble film based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, won several notable distinctions this weekend. Not only did it knock Hunger Games off its top slot at the box office–where the popular film about children killing other children had been residing since it premiered five weeks ago–but its opening weekend gross made more money than any Tyler Perry premiere, save one.
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