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RC talks to Tyler Perry and cast of ‘A Fall from Grace’ (VIDEO)

Check out this past weekend’s edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It features Stephanie Heydt from the High Museum of Art, AAFCA’s Ed Adams plus Tyler Perry and the ladies of the Netflix movie, A Fall from Grace: Crystal Fox, Bresha Webb and Phylicia Rashad

Curator Stephanie Heydt stopped by to chat about the High Museum’s current exhibition, Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series. The show, which is now in its final weeks, features work from the iconic artist that go back as early as the 1910s all the way to the 1940s and beyond. Stephanie also opens up about an event associated with the exhibition that takes place on 1/25. (Click here for more information). 

Edward Adams from the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is here to chat about this week’s Oscar nominations including snubs and the lack of diversity and inclusion amongst the nominees. 

Closing out the show is my exclusive interview with Tyler Perry and the cast of his new Netflix movie, A Fall from Grace – Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad and Bresha Webb. I got a chance to chat with them about their roles and more at the new Tyler Perry Studios.

Listen to the show and watch the full Tyler Perry interview below: 

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Watch Crystal Fox, Bresha Webb and more in ‘Tyler Perry’s A Fall From Grace’ (VIDEO)

Check out the trailer for Tyler Perry‘s upcoming Netflix thriller, A Fall from Grace. The drama features all of my favs—Crystal Fox, Bresha Webb, Phylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson and debuts on January 17.

A Fall from Grace features Fox as Grace Waters, a divorced woman whose faith in love is restored by a new romance with Shannon, played by Mehcad Brooks. But when secrets surface, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent.

A Fall from Grace was written and directed by Tyler Perry.

Will You Be Tuning In?

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BET+ adds Tyler Perry’s ‘Bruh’ and ‘Ruthless’

BET+ is adding two original Tyler Perry productions to its robust programming roster—Tyler Perry’s Bruh and Tyler Perry’s Ruthless. The news comes on the heels of Perry’s hit series The Oval claiming the #1 spot as the new scripted series for general market P18-49 for all of cable TV.

“I’m so grateful for the millions of fans who have been watching the new shows on BET. And this is only the beginning. I’m excited to bring these two new dynamic series to the BET+ family and continue to tell stories of high stakes drama with emerging talent,” said Tyler Perry.

Tyler Perry’s Bruh is a comedy that will unravel the stereotypes of African American men and manage to maintain their brother-like relationships, while finding love and fulfilling careers. It stars Barry Brewer (“Games People Play”) playing John Watts, Mahdi Cocci (“The Gifted”) playing Tom Brooks, Phillip Mullings Jr. (“American Soul”) playing Mike Alexander, Monti Washington (“Games People Play”) playing Bill Frazier, Chandra Currelley (“Madea’s Big Happy Family”) playing Alice Watts, Candice Renee (“BODIED”) playing Regina and Alyssa Goss (“The Bobby Brown Story”) playing Pamela.

Tyler Perry’s Ruthless is a new one-hour drama about a young woman who becomes entangled in a scandalous cult of powerful sex crazed fanatics, who she must now play along with until she can find a way to free herself and her young daughter. It features Melissa L. Williams (“Tyler Perry’s The Oval”) as Ruth Truesdale, Matt Cedeño, (“Power”) as The Highest, Lenny Thomas (“The Blacklist”) as Dikhan, Yvonne Senat Jones (“The Bobby Brown Story”) as Tally, Baadja-Lyne Odums (“This is us”) as Marva, Jaime Callica (“Unreal”) as Brian, Nirine S. Brown (“Wicked: The Musical”) as Lynn, Blue Kimble (“Being Mary Jane”) as Andrew, Stephanie Charles (“The Paynes”) as Sarah, Herve Clermont (“One Life To Live”) as Mack, Anthony Bless (“Tyler Perry’s Sistas”) as Malcolm Green and Bobbi Baker James (“House of Payne”) as Cynthia.

 Principal photography for Tyler Perry’s Ruthless is underway at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

“Our landmark partnership with Tyler Perry is off to a fantastic start with the breakout success of The Oval, the #1 new scripted series on cable, and Sistas,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks “We’re thrilled that Tyler has created these two exciting new series exclusively for our rapidly growing streaming service, BET+. Bruh and Ruthless will join BET+’s other hit original series, including Tracy Oliver’s First Wives Club, Will Packet’s Bigger and BET’s American Gangster, and allow us to continue to super-serve our subscribers’ demand for premium original African American content.”

Stay tuned…

PHOTO CREDIT: BET.com

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‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ return January 7th (VIDEO)

Tyler Perry‘s The Haves and the Have Nots return to OWN for its seventh season beginning Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m.

The popular series comes back with a vengeance as the Cryer, Harrington and Young families fight for their very existence. Did David and Jeffrey survive Veronica’s gun slangin’ goons? Is this the end of the Cryer clan? Did Candace ever transfer that money? Will Hannah ever love or trust again?

So many questions Tyler!!!!!

The Haves and the Have Nots is the #1 original cable series among African- American Women total viewers. It is also among the Top 5 original scripted series on ad-supported cable. 

The series stars John Schneider (Jim Cryer), Tika Sumpter (Candace Young), Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington), Renee Lawless (Katheryn Cryer), Crystal Fox (Hannah Young), Peter Parros (David Harrington), Tyler Lepley (Benny Young), Gavin Houston (Jeffrey Harrington) and Aaron O’Connell (Wyatt Cryer). 

Watch a sneak peek below:

https://youtu.be/ysb7BYg3bWE
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Tyler Perry hosts ATL Premiere of ‘Sistas’ + ‘The Oval’ [PHOTOS]

The stars aligned on Sunday evening for the exclusive Atlanta premiere of Tyler Perry‘s new BET series SISTAS and THE OVAL. The private event took place at the posh new event venue—The Southern Exchange.

As previously reported, SISTAS follows a group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single? The series is led by four brown beauties: KJ Smith, Ebony Obsidian, Mignon Von and Novi Brown.

Tyler Perry + SISTAS cast

SISTAS also features some dope brothers as well including DeVale Ellis, Chido Nwokocha, Anthony Dalton, Brian Jordan Jr., and Kevin A. Walton.

SISTAS cast

Tyler Perry’s other series—THE OVAL—tells the story of a family placed in the White House by people of power while also highlighting the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most iconic residence.

TPS President Michelle Sneed + THE OVAL cast

THE OVAL stars Ed Quinn, Kron Moore, Paige Hurd, Daniel Croix Henderson, Javon Johnson, Ptosha Storey, Vaughn Hebron, Teesha Renee, Lodric Collins, Ciera Payton, Taja V. Simpson, Walter Fauntleroy, Brad Benedict, Travis Cure and Matthew Law.

Other notables in attendance for the premiere included BET President Scott Mills, Tyler Perry Studios President Michelle Sneed, Tyler Perry Studios Vice President Mark Swinton plus actress Bresha Webb, actress Dawn Halfkenny, actress and director Terri J. Vaughn, RHOA diva Marlo Hampton and HAHN actress Crystal Fox.

See the full gallery below:

SISTAS premieres TONIGHT night at 9 p.m. followed by THE OVAL at 10 p.m. on BET.

PHOTO CREDIT: MARCUS INGRAM

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Tyler Perry’s New BET Series ‘SISTAS’ to debut 10/23 (VIDEO)

BET has released a trailer and official poster for Tyler Perry‘s new dramatic series SISTAS.

As previously reported, SISTAS features KJ Smith along with Ebony Obsidian, Mignon Von, and Novi Brown and follows a group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single?

Viewers will get to watch these women navigate their “complicated love life” status, careers and friendship through the ups-and-downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals.

SISTAS also features Anthony Dalton, Kevin Walton, Chido Nwokocha, DeVale Ellis and Brian Jordan Jr.

Will you be tuning in?

PHOTO CREDITS: BET.COM

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Highlights from ‘Screening Room ATL’ 3rd Anniversary Party [PHOTOS]

Some of the biggest names in Georgia’s TV and film industry gathered on Wednesday evening to celebrate the third anniversary of Screening Room ATL. The event was held at the trendy Gallery 992 in the West End district of the city.

Screening Room ATL, created and hosted by actress Khalimah Gaston, is an incubator for aspiring filmmakers, actors, directors, producers and anyone else looking to get into the highly competitive entertainment industry. It is also a place for content creators to screen their projects and get immediate feedback from peers and industry professionals.

Screening Room ATL

The evening included a lively panel discussion featuring James Seppelfrick (President of Swirl Films/Studios); Rhavynn Drummer (Casting Director/Tyler Perry Studios); Darrell Thompson (Entertainment Attorney) and Rashawn Cash (Location Assistant).

TV and film actors Shaun Mixon (ATL Homicide) and Racquel Bianca John (Acrimony) were spotted in the crowd along with three cast members from Tyler Perry‘s forthcoming BET series – KJ Smith, Anthony Dalton and Kevin Walton.

See all of the photos below:

Screening Room ATL
Khalimah Gaston + Rashawn Cash + James Seppelfrick
Darrell Thompson + Rhavynn Drummer
Shaun Mixon
Shaun Mixon
Raquel John Khalimah Gaston
Racquel Bianca John + Khalimah Gaston
Rhavynn Drummer
Rhavynn Drummer
Kevin Walton KJ Smith Anthony Dalton
Kevin Walton + KJ Smith + Anthony Dalton
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James Seppelfrick
Rashawn Cash
Rashawn Cash

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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First Look at Tyler Perry + LisaGay Hamilton in ‘VICE’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Movie mogul Tyler Perry is stepping in front of the camera this holiday season not as Madea but as former United States National Security Advisor Colin Powell in the upcoming movie VICE.

Tyler Perry as Colin Powell

The film explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider, Dick Cheney, quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

LisaGay Hamilton as Condoleeza Rice

VICE stars Christian Bale as former Vice President Cheney along with Amy Adams as his wife Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Bill Pullman as former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Lily Rabe as Liz Cheney, Bill Camp as Gerald Ford and LisaGay Hamilton as National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.

VICE opens in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day (December 25).

Photo Credits: BlackFilm.com

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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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‘Nobody’s Fool’ Cast attends NYC Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars aligned this past weekend at the AMC Lincoln Square for the New York City premiere of Tyler Perry‘s newest comedy Nobody’s Fool. All of the film’s actors joined Mr. Perry for a star-studded red carpet screening.

Trying to get back on her feet, wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on track. As these polar opposites collide — with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results — Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life — including her mysterious boyfriend — may not be what it seems.

Nobody’s Fool also stars iconic EGOT performer Whoopi Goldberg, Power actor Omari Hardwick, stage and music diva Amber Riley and film heart-throb Mecad Brooks.

Other celebrities in attendance included media mavens Gayle King and Bevy Smith, versatile actors Micheal K. Williams, Malik Yoba and Leon, hip hop icon Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, OITNB actress Danielle Brooks, fashion icon June Ambrose, film legend Cicely Tyson and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Nobody’s Fool opens in theaters this Friday Nov. 2. Click here to watch the trailer.

Check out all of the red carpet photos below:

Whoopi Goldberg + Cicely Tyson +  Tyler Perry + Rev. Al Sharpton

Tika Sumpter + Omari Hardwick

Tiffany Haddish + 50 Cent + Malik Yoba

Tyler Perry + Omari Hardwick + Gayle King

Danielle Brooks

Michael K. Williams

LEON

June Ambrose + Tika Sumpter

Tyler Perry + Mark Swinton + Will Areu

Amber Riley + Tiffany Haddish + Tika Sumpter

Photo Credits: Dave Allocca/Starpix

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New Poster for Tyler Perry’s ‘Nobody’s Fool’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Paramount Pictures has released the new poster for Tyler Perry‘s upcoming dramedy Nobody’s Fool starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg.

Trying to get back on her feet, wild child Tanya (Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Sumpter) to help her get back on track. As these polar opposites collide — with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results — Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life — including her mysterious boyfriend — may not be what it seems. 

Nobody’s Fool also stars Omari Hardwick and Amber Riley.

It arrives in theaters on November 2.

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Watch Trailer + More Images from TP’s ‘Nobody’s Fool’ [VIDEO]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

As promised, we have the official trailer for Tyler Perry‘s new comedy Nobody’s Fool starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Amber Riley and Whoopi Goldberg.

As previously reported, Nobody’s Fool was originally titled The List and features Haddish as Tanya, a wild child who is trying to get back on her feet with the help of her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Sumpter).  As these polar opposites collide — with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results — Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life — including her mysterious boyfriend — may not be what it seems.  Nobody’s Fool opens in theaters on November 2.

Check out the hilariously funny trailer below + more images:

Photo Credits: YouTube/Nobody’s Fool

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First Look Image for Tyler Perry’s ‘Nobody’s Fool’

Posted by  | Ray Cornelius

Paramount Pictures, Tyler Perry Studios and BET Films have release a first look image of Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg in Tyler Perry’s upcoming project Nobody’s Fool. The film arrives in theaters on November 2.

Tika Sumpter, Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish

Nobody’s Fool was originally titled The List and features Haddish as Tanya, a wild child who is trying to get back on her feet with the help of her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Sumpter).  As these polar opposites collide — with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results — Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life — including her mysterious boyfriend — may not be what it seems.

Nobody’s Fool also stars Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks and Amber Riley.

The trailer comes out on June 18, so come back here and watch it.

Photo Credits: Paramount Pictures

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RC attends NYC Premiere of ‘Acrimony’ [PHOTOS +VIDEO]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Last night was literally a dream!

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of attending the New York City premiere of Tyler Perry‘s new romantic thriller Acrimony. I was the “plus one” of my friend and blogger boo Xaviera Bryant of Ice Cream Conversations, who was invited to the screening by Lionsgate.

Taraji P. Henson

The event took place at the Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts Theatre and began with a dazzling red carpet featuring most of the film’s stars: Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Crystle Stewart, Ajiona Alexus, Antonio Madison, Jay Hunter, Nelson Estevez, Kendrick Cross, Racquel Bianca John, Jazmyn Simon and Ptosha Storey.

Tyler Perry

Of course, the man of the hour—Tyler Perry—was in attendance along with Tyler Perry Studios executive, playwright and producer Mark SwintonGMA’s Robin Roberts, media maven Gayle King, music mogul Kevin Liles, veteran actor Leon, reality starlet Laura Govan, The Haves and the Have Nots star Angela Robinson, celebrity stylists Tameka Raymond and Jason Bolden and CNN‘s Don Lemon. 

Taraji P. Henson as Melinda in ACRIMONY

Acrimony is one of Perry’s best film’s to date.  It features Henson as Melinda, a faithful wife who is tired of standing by her devious husband, Robert (Bent) and is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat and has a few twists and turns that you don’t expect. Only Perry could envision a story and plot like this and Henson truly delivers a performance that you won’t soon forget! I also love how the music of jazz icon Nina Simone is weaved throughout the story. It adds a nice touch that Simone fans will enjoy.

Ray Cornelius + Crystle Stewart attending the afterparty

Following the screening was the private afterparty at NYC’s famed “Boom Boom Room” overlooking Manhattan. (When I tell you that view is spectacular). I was able to get a few selfies with some of the film’s stars as well as a few other special invited guests including Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough, Kindred the Family Soul and Broadway actor Bryan Terrell Clark.

Check out all of my photos below + a video of Tyler’s pre-screening speech:

ACRIMONY TICKETS 

Ray Cornelius with Kindred Family Soul

Tyler Perry 

Lyriq Bent 

Crystle Stewart 

Antonio Madison

Racquel Bianca John

Tyler Perry + Gayle King 

Jay Hunter 

Kendrick Cross 

Nelson Estevez 

Laura Govan 

Ray Cornelius 

Tyler Perry with ACRIMONY cast

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com + Lionsgate