The Lionsgate comedy stars Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") as a hard-drinking nightclub singer forced to care for her delinquent niece and nephews. Besides directing and writing the film, based on his stage play of the same name, Perry co-stars as his brash, cross-dressing alter ego, Madea.
It's Perry's second film this year to open at No. 1. In February, "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" debuted at the top spot with $41 million, which stands as the biggest opening of his eight films.
"Tyler Perry has a special way of speaking to his audience, and it's unbelievable," David Spitz, Lionsgate's executive vice president and general sales manager, said Sunday. "He always knows what his audience wants, and I never underestimate him."
Spitz said the presence of the popular Madea character, plus a cast that included Henson, Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight and Pastor Marvin Winans, helped put the movie on top. It also had the best critical reception of all of Perry's films, with 58 percent positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes Web site.
Perry, who's known for his productivity, has the sequel "Why Did I Get Married Too" coming out next spring. And in a rare adaptation of someone else's work, he's preparing to go into production on a film version of the Ntozake Shange stage play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf."
Hollywood.com box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian joked that his latest movie should have been called, "Tyler Perry's I Can Do No Wrong at the Box Office."
"Eight theatrical films, five No. 1 debuts — Lionsgate has a perpetually successful franchise in Tyler Perry," Dergarabedian said. "He is the brand. He's a very rare example of a director-writer-acto r who is completely synonymous with his work and with the success of his movies."
Coming in second was the dark, animated "9" from Focus Features, which made $10.9 million this weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Since its Wednesday opening — on 9-9-09 — the movie has made about $15.3 million. The voice cast includes Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer and Jennifer Connelly as hand-stitched dolls who represent the last vestige of humanity after a war between man and machine.
In what is traditionally a slow time at the box office between the summer blockbusters and the fall prestige films, two other new releases had so-so openings. The Summit Entertainment horror flick "Sorority Row" came in at No. 6 with about $5.3 million, while the Kate Beckinsale thriller "Whiteout" from Warner Bros. followed in seventh place with $5.1 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Tuesday.
1. "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself," $24.03 million.
2. "9," $10.9 million.
3. "Inglourious Basterds," $6.5 million.
4. "All About Steve," $5.8 million.
5. "The Final Destination," $5.5 million.
6. "Sorority Row," $5.3 million.
7. "Whiteout," $5.1 million.
8. "District 9," $3.6 million.
9. "Julie & Julia," $3.3 million.
10. "Gamer," $3.15 million.
Bollywood stars are selling paint? When Konkona Sen Sharma and Irrfan Khan signed on as brand ambassadors for Kansai Nerolac Paints I immediately thought give me a break! All I could think is, what next, endorsements for nail clippers?
It's possible that celebrity endorsements have gone too far. We may no longer be able to purchase mundane products like paint and counter tops without thinking about our relationship to Bollywood. We may ask how this cabinet could bring us that much closer to our favorite stars. What would Akshay Kumar think of this wood stain? Will we consider buying anything that a celebrity isn't selling to us again?
Then I watched the ad. I take back my concerns because I like it. When Konkona and Irrfan are angry at life and each other then find that long lost flute as they repaint their home and reconnect over it, I'm hooked. It makes me want to reconnect with my enthusiam for life too. It's my own little Bollywood movie in my everyday existence.
I figure why not, Bollywood stars should sell us everything! I want a little Bollywood in every moment of my day. I want to decide which toothpaste to buy after watching Deepika Padukone brushing her teeth before being on the set that day. I want A.R. Rahman to show me what radio station to play after connecting with an old friend.
I initially wanted Bollywood to be more glamorous than my everyday purchases. We seem to be headed toward more reality television and celebrities in our everyday lives. I've decided to enjoy it! Maybe I'm pushing things a little far, but why not? Bollywood is about excess!
John Abraham told DH! editor that Abhishek Bachchan is his favorite co-star even though he's a little hairy. A good guy can see past the facial hair!
Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, the adorable Slumdog lovebirds showed up in matching outfits. It's too much. I mean really, it's too much.
Rani Mukherji said her favorite scene in "Dil Bole Hadippa" was the dance with Rakhi Sawant. Maybe Rani will compete for Rakhi's drama spotlight next!
Jennifer Aniston is an in-demand actress, but the downside of that is that she's not getting enough "me" time.
The "He's Just Not Into You" star says that she's planning to put acting on hold, at least for a little bit, reports FOX News.
"I'm going to go on an adventure, take myself somewhere. I won't start another job until at least January," says Aniston. "I want to take time off. I'm going to throw myself into [my production company] Echo and just keep plugging away."
When she returns to work, Aniston will have plenty on her hands. She already has quite a roster of films to produce: "The Baster," about a woman who turns to a turkey baster to inseminate herself; "The Goree Girls," a musical set in the 1940s that centers around a group of incarcerated female country-and-western performers; "Holler," based on a true story of a bi-racial teen being barred from a segregated prom; and "Pumas," about thirty-something women who unexpectedly find romance while courting younger men at a ski resort.
Swami have created their own sound and signature style as the years have progressed. Their videos for "Electro Jugni" and "Hey Hey" were artistic and unique; so what does Swami have in store for us with their video for "Sugarless"?
Just as the name suggests, the video has no sugar coating. The "Sugarless" video has no special effects or graphics, rather it is a simple and organic one as we see Swami performing on a stage and having a good time. The band is loving the crowd and enjoying themselves. It is refreshing to see no flashing lights, crazy costumes, and club scenes.
Check out the video for "Sugarless" and let us know what you think of it.
TORONTO - Lee Daniels has an Oscar-winning movie to his credit, but he still needed some big-time help to draw attention to his latest film about a girl who overcomes crushing abuse.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Winfrey said she was happy to help bring more attention to the film.
"Everyone needs someone to help them navigate," the TV talk show host explained. "I had Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier and Maya Angelou who I look to. You can't do that on your own. Someone has to show it to you."
Daniels produced "Monster's Ball," which won Halle Berry an Oscar for best actress in 2002. She adapted "Precious" from Sapphire's novel "Push." It tells the story of an illiterate black girl who manages to rise above poverty, sexual and mental abuse. The film, which stars Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton and others, won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and has been generating Oscar buzz.
Still, Daniels believes the cachet of Oprah and hit filmmaker Perry will help the film, which comes out on Nov. 6, build a greater audience.
Perry's latest movie, the comedy "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," opened at the top of the box office this weekend. Besides directing and writing the film, based on his stage play of the same name, Perry co-stars as his brash, cross-dressing alter ego, Madea. Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail" also opened at No. 1 in February.
"My movies are art films. So many people don't see art films. People do see Oprah and Tyler's movies and they do hear Oprah's word, so it is really good," Daniels said.
Carey, Patton, and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, who plays the title role, gathered at a private cocktail reception prior to the movie's Toronto premiere where they later joined Winfrey on the red carpet.
"I couldn't wait to get here because I love it so much and I couldn't wait to see it again. I am just really excited," said Carey.
Oh my Bollywood! Aamir Khan has agreed to become an animated figure! But fans shouldn’t worry; it’s only for the "Coca-Cola Open Happiness" campaign. The ad shows Aamir being so into his video game that he actually becomes part of it! The animated Aamir only exits the screen when his two friends pop a bottle of Coke.
"It is a very interesting concept as for the first time my features have been replicated as an animated character through special effects. I think the robotic animated look has really come out well in the film and I hope that my fans will like me in this new animated avatar," said the always experimental Khan.
Check out the ad and let us know what you think! Does Aamir Khan make a good animated figure? Or should he stick to more realistic commercials? Drop us a line!
With the paparazzi on the prowl 24/7, TV shows being shot in high definition, and gossip rags constantly critiquing them, it's not surprising to learn that today's celebs are more concerned than ever about their looks.
While some stars such as Sharon Osbourne swear by the magic of injectable botulism and acid, others such as Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson have tried and failed.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, A-listers like Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon refuse to go near the needles.
Check out this episode of "The Thread" to find out who's using, who's abusing, and who doesn't want to mess with their moneymaker!
Bollywood beauties Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor are both buzzing about getting hitched! But it’s not what you think. What the two attractive actresses actually have in common is that they don’t want to get married!
Rani Mukherji is tired of all the rumors surrounding a possible wedding date because they stop her from pocketing her dream roles.
"These rumors have been going on for three years and they have started to affect my career. A lot of film makers who approach me for roles start by asking if I am planning on getting married. They have apprehensions about my commitment to their project," said an upset Rani.
As for Kareena Kapoor, she is simply too busy these days to even think about tying the knot with beau Saif Ali Khan. Besides, the "Main Aur Mrs Khanna" star says that the roles she is going for right now don’t match the image of a married woman!
Wow! I guess in B-town there’s a fine line between your private life and public persona.
What do you think? Should these lovely ladies stop worrying so much about their careers and make a move, or are they better off focusing on their acting ambitions? Share your thoughts!
Kareena Kapoor busy working with boyfriend Saif Ali Khan on the set of "3 Idiots"
Kareena Kapoor busy working with boyfriend Saif Ali Khan on the set of "3 Idiots"
You know that saying, it takes a village to raise a child?
Apparently, Kanye's village has failed him. He obviously doesn't have a real friend in the world. There does not appear to be anyone who can get through to him, to make him understand that he needs to curb his obnoxious behavior.
I thought it was a joke when Kanye showed up on the MTV Video Music Awards stage next to Taylor Swift, right in the middle of her acceptance speech for Best Female Video for "You Belong With Me." It was the first Moon Man for the 19-year-old country starlet, who has become an equally huge star in the pop world.
"I always dreamed about what it would be like to win one of these one day," Taylor said with surprise. "I never thought it would happen."
As Taylor continued, Kanye interrupted, saying he thought Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video was wrongly overlooked. "Hey Taylor, I'm really happy for you, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time."
I didn't expect Taylor to win that award, and I'm not upset about Kanye's opinion. However, bum-rushing the stage wasn't the appropriate time and place to express his disagreement.
Not only was Kanye's approach disrespectful, it was especially disrespectful because it was directed towards a woman--a teenage girl, actually. Taylor won't turn 20 until December. I can only imagine how her father feels. I'm sure he would like to have a talk to Kanye. I'm not related to her, and I'd like to have a talk with him.
If Kanye wants people to win the awards he thinks they deserve, he should create his own event. He should name it after his website, KanyeUniversecity.com, and webcast it.
Kanye is a guest at the MTV Video Music Awards. He does not determine the winners. The winners are determined by popular vote. Furthermore, aside from the fact that Taylor Swift is a top-selling artist, who has revolutionized teen country pop, she did not have any competition in this category as her competitors Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Pink, and Kelly Clarkson split the pop vote. Taylor had to get 100 percent of the country vote, plus some of the pop vote as well.
It's simple math that even a "College Dropout" should be able to figure out.
Ironically, a MTV writer joked that Kanye's rant was an indication that he might be inebriated. "Kanye West ruins Taylor Swift's big moment," the MTV.com editor wrote. "Further proof that he's on the Hennessy. In my humble opinion, that is."
MTV also reported that Perez Hilton and Hayley Williams started a #TeamTaylor trend on Twitter.
Pink tweeted about her annoyance with Kanye. "Kanye West is the biggest piece of sh-t on earth. Quote me," she wrote. "My heart goes out to Taylor Swift. She is a sweet and talented girl, and deserved her moment. She should know we all love her."
Kanye has previously made award show rants about Gretchen Wilson, Justice and Simian, as well as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, but this was the worst.
I give credit to Taylor. She handled it gracefully. The audience countered him by giving her a standing ovation, and booed Kanye throughout the night whenever his name was mentioned.
Taylor performed "You Belong With Me" live just minutes later. I watched, wondering if she would feel flustered, and if it would show in her performance. But it didn't.
I think she channeled that negative energy into a positive. Good for her.
Fortunately, Taylor got another chance to complete her acceptance speech. When Beyonce accepted the Best Video Award for "Single Ladies," she invited Taylor back on stage.
"Wow, this is amazing," Beyonce said when receiving her award. "I remember being 17-years-old and up for my first MTV award with Destiny's Child. It was one of the most exciting moments in my life. So, I'd like for Taylor to come out and have her moment."
Taylor then joined Beyonce on stage and recited her acceptance speech, only making a subtle reference to the incident. Before rattling off her special thanks, she said, "Maybe we can try this again."
After the awards, Kanye posted an apology to Taylor on his website, KanyeUniversecity.com. "I'M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM," Kanye wrote on his site, AP reported. "I SPOKE TO HER MOTHER RIGHT AFTER AND SHE SAID THE SAME THING MY MOTHER WOULD'VE SAID. SHE IS VERY TALENTED!"
Still, MTV should have thrown Kanye out of the event. Had any other heckler had the audacity to interrupt the broadcast, they would have been thrown out and probably charged. He should not be treated any differently.