*A woman is suing Tyler Perry in Georgia claiming the filmmaker/playwright stole her idea for his theater production of Madea Gets A Job.
According to RadarOnline.com, Lisa Daniels filed the civil action on Feb. 5 in a Georgia superior courthouse for theft of a literary piece and/or play.
“I was the sole creator of a literary piece ‘Madea Gets a Job’, and this literary piece was featured in the form of a Tyler Perry play,” Daniels wrote in the court docs. “This play had the same title that my play had, and this play had similar themes as my play.”
Actor Will Smith presents Best Picture during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California
*One day before Will Smith handed out the Academy Award for Best Picture to “12 Years a Slave,” his movie “After Earth” was announced as the co-winner of this year’s Worst Picture at the 34th Golden Raspberry Awards “honoring” the worst movies and performances of the year.
Halle Berry in “Movie 43″
The other co-winner was sketch comedy pic “Movie 43,” featuring multiple Razzie winner Halle Berry. In addition to Worst Picture, “Movie 43” also earned Worst Director for its 13 directors (including Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, Brett Ratner, and Bob Odenkirk), and Worst Screenplay for its 29 screenwriters.
Additional Razzies for “After Earth” include Worst Supporting Actor for Will Smith and Worst Lead Actor for son Jaden, who also teamed up to nab the Razzie for Worst Screen Combo.
*Whoa! This is kind of a big deal.
And speaking of deals, it seems Tyler Perry and Lionsgate are calling theirs off. The association, which dates back to 2005, has ended and will not be renewed.
With the announcement, the actor-writer-producer-director is closing the Los Angeles offices of his 34th Street Films, consolidating operations at his Atlanta headquarters. Continue reading
Director Tyler Perry attends the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California
*”This is historic!” a photographer yelled as he surveyed the image before him — Sidney Poitier in the center, Spike Lee to his right, Tyler Perry to his left and more than two dozen other black men in Hollywood, from Blair Underwood to Omar Epps, huddled tight around the legend, posing with a purpose, reports the AP.
“We made it!” shouted out one participant as the men broke out into knowing laughter.
It was a night of many emotions as Essence magazine, known for celebrating black women, held its first ceremony honoring the achievements of African-American men in Hollywood in the days leading up to Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.
OWN: The Haves and The Have Nots
*OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network delivered the most-watched month in network history in primetime for the month of February (538,000 total viewers), the cable channel announced Tuesday.
OWN’s prime average in the key W25-54 demo marked a six-month high, up +11% versus January and up a whopping +86% versus one year ago. This makes OWN the fastest-growing cable network for W25-54 versus a year ago.
The drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” from Tyler Perry is cable’s most-watched show on Tuesday nights and the No. 1 original cable series for African-Americans. It also ranks in the top 10 original primetime series overall on ad-supported cable nets in W25-54, making OWN Tuesday nights the No. 2 cable network for W25-54, nearly tying with TBS.
*A civil case against Da Brat is on its way to court as jury selection starts today.
The rapper (born Shawntae Harris) is accused of accused of breaking a rum bottle over an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader’s head during a 2007 Halloween party altercation.
The party took place at a club owned by So-So Def Recordings CEO Jermaine Dupri. A civil suit was reportedly filed two years later in 2009.