The Tyler Perry name-brand provokes an impulsive knee jerk response. Either you’re on the bandwagon or you’re vehemently against. This Friday’s Peeples presents quite the conundrum for the Perry-less faction of viewers. While the film sports Perry’s name on the one sheet, the man didn’t direct the film instead serving as producer. The credit here belongs to Tina Gordon Chism, the writer behind the much-better-than they-ought to-be Drumline and ATL. Peeples – her first stab as writer/director – is no exception to this norm. I’ll admit a certain amount of trepidation before the lights dimmed; but within the first reel, I was quickly won over by the film’s quick and gentle wit.
Much of the film’s merit can be laid onto its game cast – in particular David Alan Grier (In Living Color)and S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) as the patri/matri-arch to potential son-in-law Craig Robinson. In the following interview with the duo, Merkerson and Grier talk acting opposite film-legends Melvin Van Peebles and Diahann Carroll and reveal the art in using comedy to deal with serious subject matters. In addition Grier discussed the planned reboot of the classic sketch-comedy In Living Color and why ultimately it failed. For the full interview, hit the jump.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up. During this interview, he talked about the impact that recent violent events will have on his decision-making process, as they go into pilot season, the status of the In Living Color reboot, how he feels the dual stories are going on Glee, why they’re pairing up Bones with The Following on Monday nights, and that they definitely plan to continue developing genre shows, after the end of Fringe. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
In the indie drama Pariah, opening in limited release on December 28th, actress Kim Wayans takes her first heavily dramatic turn as Audrey, the mother of 17-year-old Alike (Adepero Oduye), a young woman learning to fully embrace her identity as a lesbian, with her mother’s obvious disapproval. Audrey is a very domineering presence who loves her daughter, but also wants to control every aspect of her life. She’s a desperate mother, struggling to save a daughter that doesn’t need saving, and who would just prefer to have support for who she already is.
At the film’s press day, Kim Wayans talked about the desire she’s had to do dramatic work, making the less obvious choices with her performance, being moved by the beauty and power of the story, that she hopes the film will be received with love and acceptance, and how the greatest reward from her involvement with the film has been having people come up to them to tell them how the film has affected their lives or transformed them, in some way. She also talked about how she will not be a part of the cast for the return of In Living Color but that she would love to make a cameo, if asked, and that she is currently shopping a comedy pilot, called Growing Up Wayans, to networks. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
The classic sketch comedy series In Living Color is getting a reboot. The series, which ran from 1990 to 1994 on Fox and featured fresh-faced talent like Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and David Alan Grier, is returning once again to Fox. THR reports that Keenan Ivory Wayans, who created the series, will produce the rebooted version. Wayans is set to make two half-hour specials that will air this spring, giving the network the chance of picking the show up to series next fall or mid-season.
The new In Living Color will be a contemporary version of its predecessor, with new young talent and musical guests. The original series was pretty groundbreaking stuff, and fell victim to increased censorship from the network as the sketches got more and more “controversial.” Hopefully Wayans can bring rope some of the original show’s actors for guest appearances. Hit the jump to see some of In Living Color’s more famous characters.
Back when Jim Carrey was raucously hilarious throughout the 90′s, it was my pleasure as a younger lad to enjoy his comedic stylings not just in films like Liar, Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective but also as host of Saturday Night Live. Carrey took to the sketch comedy show like wildfire by appearing in great sketches with the Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as the head-bobbing duo from A Night at the Roxbury and as an old frail Jimmy Stewart on the Joe Pesci Show. Now it looks like he’s returning to his sketch comedy roots (since Carrey got a big break on the series In Living Color) for his second sting hosting SNL. On January 8th, Carrey will take to the stage with musical guest The Black Keys for a run on late night TV that will hopefully be funnier than his recent work in films like Yes Man. You can bet I’ll be cautiously looking forward to this episode. How about you?
In what I can only pray is a kind of “That would be fun, we should make that movie someday,”-story because I can’t fathom why Jamie Foxx would want to go back and make a movie starring his stand-up/”In Loving Color” character, Wanda Wayne. You don’t see Jim Carrey angling for a Fire Marshall Bill movie and Foxx has far more respect and critical appreciation than Carrey.
On the other hand, I completely understand Martin Lawrence digging his stand-up/”Martin” character, Sheneneh Jenkins for a movie since Lawrence has shown he has no interest in expanding beyond the “College Road Trip”/”Big Momma’s House”-type films he’s done for the past several years. But regardless of their career trajectories, Lawrence and Foxx are planning to star in a feature film crossover of their 90s, ugly women character, “Sheneneh and Wanda”. Hit the jump for details.