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Watch New Trailer for ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Madea is back at it again in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. The new trailer was released just in time for Halloween along with teaser posters and more.

“A joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as MADEA and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets.”

A Madea Family Funeral stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Ciera Payton, Joel Rush, David Otunga, Kj Smith, Jen Harper, Chandra Currelley, Courtney Burrell and more.
Rumor has it, this is the last “Madea” film as Perry will be retiring the character in a new stage production. Stay tuned for that!

Watch the trailer below:

A Madea Family Funeral opens in theaters on March 1, 2019.

 

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WATCH my #UPFRONT Interview with ‘The Paynes’ star Cassi Davis (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This morning edition of UPFRONT was packed with stars from beginning to end

I continue our celebration of Black History Month with interviews from the cast of TV One’s original movie Behind the Movement. Isaiah Washington, Loretta Devine and Roger G. Smith open up about their characters that helped shape the iconic Civil Rights Movement. The film airs tomorrow night at 7 p.m. EST.

UPFRONT also catches up with the cast of Horizon Theatre Company’s The Ballad of Klook and Vinette. Brittany Inge and Amari Cheatom discuss their sexy new musical production that has everyone talking.

Closing out the show is my exclusive interview with TV and film star Cassi Davis. The Spelman College alumnus chats about her return to primetime as “Ella” in OWN’s new series The Paynes. We also take a trip down memory lane and commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Spike Lee’s School Daze.

Watch my entire interview with Cassi Davis below + click here for the entire show:

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‘The Haves and the Have Nots,’ ‘If Loving You is Wrong’ + ‘The Paynes’ casts host Meet & Greet [PHOTOS]

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Cast members from Tyler Perry‘s hit series “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong” and “The Paynes” hosted the ultimate fan experience Tuesday in Harlem, NY to promote the shows’ new season which began this week on OWN. The event was co-presented by the network and the iconic radio station—WBLS.

The event included sneak peeks of “If Loving You is Wrong” and “The Paynes” and a full episode screening of “The Haves and the Have Nots.” WBLS midday personality Shaila Scott moderated the post-screening Q&A with the cast which was followed by fan photos and a reception.

Talent in attendance included Tika Sumpter, Angela Robinson and Tyler Lepley from “The Haves and the Have Nots; Eltony Williams and April Parker Jones from “If Loving You is Wrong” and Jackée Harry, Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis from “The Paynes.”

An all-new season of “If Loving You is Wrong” premieres tonight on its new day – Wednesday – at 10pm ET/PT on OWN. “The Paynes” premieres Tuesday, January 16 with two back-to-back episodes at 10pm and 10:30pm ET/PT. “The Haves and the Have Nots” airs Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.

See more photos + a recap of the last season of “If Loving You is Wrong” below:

Photo Credits: Bernard Smalls

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RC attends preview of ‘Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the unique pleasure of attending a “first look” performance of Mark E. Swinton‘s new musical production, “Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?” this past Friday evening and all I can say is “hold on to your seats, you’re in for a wild ride.” The exclusive viewing took place at the spectacular Tyler Perry Studios and stars “The Paynes” actress Cassi Davis along with “Saints and Sinners” actor Clifton Powell.

“Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?” is a hilarious tale of Sugarbread Robinson (Tony Hightower), an a L.A. musician who decides to journey back to his hometown of Moncks Corner, South Carolina to find some inspiration for his new music project. Robinson also plans to surprise his family by proposing to his Puerto Rican fiancée, Alejandra Perez (Claudette Ortiz). However, shenanigans ensue when Alejandra’s is delayed by two days and the family thinks that Robinson’s best friend, Ronald Perez (Benjamin D. Sims) is actually his lover. It’s a modern take on the classic, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” with a twist.

“Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?” also features stage, film and singing star Chandra Currelley as the gossiping Sister Helen Moore, gospel music sensation Zebulon Ellis as the holier than thou Deacon James, Durrell Lyons as Feldman, Wes Lee as Prince and CAU Alum Deance’ Wyatt as Stan the mailman.

A number of Atlanta notables were in attendance including Tyler Perry, “The Have and the Have Nots” actress Crystal Fox, Joel Rush from “If Loving You is Wrong,” media maven Karyn Greer and radio personality/comedienne Wanda Smith.

Swinton is an award-winning writer, director, producer and playwright. He is the assistant director behind Perry’s hit stage productions and has served as the producer for Perry’s OWN series—“The Haves and the Have Nots,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “For Better or Worse,” “If Loving You Is Wrong” and TLC’s “Too Close to Home.”

“Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?” will debut in February 2018!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com and Instagram/Joel Rush

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Tyler Perry’s ‘The Paynes’ debuting on OWN January 16, 2018 (VIDEO)

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GUESS WHO’S BACK?

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is pleased to announce that Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis are returning to prime time as Ella and Curtis Payne in Tyler Perry‘s new series, “The Paynes.” The show premieres on Tuesday, January 16 with two back-to-back episodes beginning at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

As Curtis and Ella are enjoying their retirement, a death in the family takes them on the road to Florida, where Curtis is roped into a real estate deal that will tumble their lives like clothes in a dryer – with plenty of laughs and life lessons along the way. “The Paynes” also stars Emmy-winner Jackeé Harry as well as Stephanie Charles, Markice Moore, JD McCrary, Sanai Victoria and Anthony O. Dalton.

Check out a sneak peek below + click here and listen to my #UPFRONT interview with Cassi Davis earlier this year where she talked about the show and much more.

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Tyler Perry Hosts ‘BOO2! A Madea Halloween’ Trailer Premiere Event + Q&A (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Tyler Perry teamed up Kevin Hart‘s LOL (Laugh Out Loud) Network recently for a special Trailer Premiere Event for his upcoming film, “BOO2! A Madea Halloween.”


The exclusive event included Perry along with some of his cast—Lexy Panterra, Patrice Lovely, Diamond White, Taja V Simpson—for a Facebook Live Stream unveiling the film’s official trailer and poster. Comedian and actor Emmanuel Hudson served as moderator.

In “BOO 2!,” Madea (Perry), Bam (Cassi Davis) and Hattie (Lovely) head to a haunted campground and must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed. The sequel also reunites other original cast members including Brock O’HurnYousef Erakat, Jc Caylen plus Chandra Currelley-Young.

See the trailer + poster below:

Tyler Perry + Cast of “BOO2! A Madea Halloween”

Photo Credits: Facebook/BOO2: A Madea Halloween

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WATCH New Teaser Trailer for ‘BOO 2! A Madea Halloween’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

SHE’S BACK!

Check out the new teaser trailer for “BOO 2! A Madea Halloween.” Lionsgate released this earlier today along with the film’s official poster and first look images.

In “BOO 2!,” Madea (Tyler Perry), Bam (Cassi Davis) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) head to a haunted campground and must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed. The sequel also reunites other original cast members including Diamond White, Brock O’Hurn, Yousef Erakat, Jc Caylen plus Chandra Currelley-Young.

“BOO” enjoyed major success last year and was number one at the box office two weekends in a row with a $74 million-dollar worldwide box office.

When I talked to Davis in January for #UPFRONT, she opened up about how much she enjoyed doing the first movie, so I know this is one is going to be even funnier.

“BOO 2! A Madea Halloween” opens in theaters October 20, 2017:

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#UPFRONT talks to Robi Reed, Craig Stewart and Cassi Davis (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Just in case you missed it, here is link to this morning’s edition of “UPFRONT.” This week’s show featured legendary casting director Robi Reed and her important message about testing on this coming Tuesday’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We also talked about her Reed for Hope Foundation and the work she does with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. We also chatted about current position with BET and her most memorable casting story.

LGBTQ author and playwright Craig Stewart stopped by to talk about his books, Words Never Spoken and OneThing for Certain, Two Things for Sure: A Memoir Continued. We also discussed the importance of the Oscar nominated film, “Moonlight” and what a “Best Picture” win could mean for other LGBTQ stories of color.

Comedic actress Cassi Davis had me cracking up as she talked about working with Tyler Perry in “Boo! A Madea Halloween” + her new OWN series, “The Paynes,” which debuts in 2018. She also talked about marrying her high school sweetheart and finding laughter in everything.

“UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the new “Entertainment Capital of the South.” It airs on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz station, Jazz 91.9 WCLK and WCLK.com

Click here to check out past shows!

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Cassi Davis talks marriage, movies, Madea and more with ‘UPFRONT’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

NAACP Image Award winner and beloved television and film actress Cassi Davis has a lot to be smiling about these days. For starters, she will be returning to prime time television next year in a reboot of Tyler Perry‘s popular series, “House of Payne” for the Oprah Winfrey Network. The newly titled show, “The Paynes” will reunite Davis with her TV husband, LaVan Davis and will focus on the couple’s life after retirement.

In addition to the new project, Davis is also sporting a beautiful wedding ring as she recently jumped the broom in Las Vegas (20 days ago) and married her long-time friend and high school sweetheart, Kerry Patton.

“I am so excited. We met in the third grade and of course you grow up and you go your separate ways and we were apart for about twenty years and divinely God brought us back together in 2007. You know, you think you’re committed and you say you’re committed but life just has to live itself and then afterwards, were good. And so now, were married,” said the Spelman College alumnus.

Davis began her career in Spike Lee‘s classic film, “School Daze” and later appeared on episodes of “Living Single,” “Married…with Children” and “Kenan & Kel.” But its has been her stage work with Tyler Perry and her TV and film roles as Ella Payne and Aunt Bam, that have kept her in the spotlight over the years. For Davis, every opportunity to work with the entertainment mogul has proven to be a blessing from above.

“It’s a dream every time he calls. It’s like, ‘you’re calling me again?’ Oh, God thank you! So listen, I live for Aunt Bam and I live for Aunt Ella.”

You can catch the rest of my interview with Cassi Davis this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. Also, don’t forget that “Boo! A Madea Halloween” and “Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run” are available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

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Tyler Perry to receive the ‘Agent of Change Award’ on October 6 in Atlanta…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Mega film writer, director and producer Tyler Perry will be honored this Sunday, October 6 during the 92nd Birthday Celebration of Civil Right Leader Joseph E. Lowery. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College and will be hosted by Steve Harvey.

Perry and his TP Studios will receive the inaugural “Joseph E. Lowery Agent of Change Award” for his outstanding contributions to the world of television, film and mankind.

“Tyler Perry serves as the perfect example of someone who has worked tirelessly as a champion for the common good,” said Cheryl Lowery. “Central to the mission of the Lowery Institute is to empower, inspire and train current and future leaders as “change agents” to explore the moral, ethical and theological imperatives for justice and human rights. Mr. Perry has persevered in spite of personal and professional challenges and has achieved incredible results in an industry that has historically limited minority participation. As an actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer and author, he has used his vast business network to employ hundreds of people in underserved areas of our community. He has been involved in civil rights cases, donates generously to charities, children’s issues, homelessness and feeding the poor. We can think of no one more suited to receive the first Joseph E. Lowery Agent of Change Award than Tyler Perry,” she said.

The event will include a theatrical presentation entitled I’ve Known Rivers  with special appearances by Cassi Davis, Terri Vaughn, Rolanda Watts, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins, Kenny Leon,  Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs.

This year’s birthday celebration for Lowery will be a bittersweet one for Lowery. His wife of nearly 70 years, Evelyn Lowery, passed away on the morning of September 26 after she suffered a stroke on September 18. She will be laid to rest on this Wednesday, October 2 at the Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.

Tickets for the Lowery 92 Birthday Celebration are available at www.loweryinstitute.org/Lowery92. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights.

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