The First Wives Club meets Fatal Attraction in the overwrought Tyler Perry's Acrimony

“Every time a black woman gets angry, she’s a stereotype.” This statement is spat out early on in Tyler Perry’s Acrimony by Taraji P. Henson, as she lights up a cigarette in her court-ordered anger management therapist’s office. (She doesn’t ask first. She just does it.) Henson, appearing in her third film with …

The animated trifle The Star passes the Nativity through its ass

It’s a cute idea, making an animated film about the animals of the Nativity—Mary and Joseph’s donkey, the wise men’s camels, the shepherds’ sheep, and so on. Never mind that most of these are later inventions; the texts of the gospels and the Old Testament teem with animals and animal metaphors (not to mention all…

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween doesn’t even deserve its own exclamation point

The grim reaper needs to fire his agent. Though the humanoid manifestation of death has drawn acclaim for minor yet memorable roles in such fine films as The Seventh Seal and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, he’s now been reduced to slumming it with a cameo in Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, a sequel so wholly anodyne that it…

Tyler Perry wants to make a Madea movie about police brutality

The latest entry in the wildly popular Madea Universe, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, just opened in theaters on Friday, but Tyler Perry is already looking to the character’s future. On an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Perry explained that he’s been able to use the Madea character…

What role has already been definitively portrayed?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Seal to play Pontius Pilate in Tyler Perry’s live Jesus musical

Multi-platinum recording artist and notorious kisser of roses Seal has joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s The Passion, the live Jesus musical that’s set to debut on Fox on Sunday, March 20. Seal—whose more recent career includes 2015’s 7 and a stint as a judge on the Australian incarnation of The Voice—will play…

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Tyler Perry to host a live musical presentation about Jesus on Fox

The recent fad of TV networks putting on elaborate live musical presentations has certainly been thrilling (mostly in terms of the hilarious tweets they inspire), but this whole trend has been lacking a certain something that could boost these musicals from “occasionally tolerable” to “extremely marketable.” No, not…