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SNL: Jamie Foxx Spoofs Tyler Perry-Madea

By | Sunday December 9, 2012 @ 6:05am PST

This Jamie Foxx send-up of Tyler Perry in the bomb Alex Cross is deliciously mean since it’s hard for Perry to escape his Madea alter ego:

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‘Paranormal Activity 4′ Opens With $30M For $56.5M Global Weekend; Tyler Perry As ‘Alex Cross’ Low $12M; Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ Holds

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: (Top Ten below) This is another good weekend as domestic box office turns the corner on the holiday grosses – $125M total moviegoing, or +12% more than last year. Paramount‘s R-rated hit Halloween franchise came in an easy #1 through Sunday. Paranormal Activity 4 (3,412 theaters including 286 IMAX locations) scared up around $30M for the weekend, which included a big $15M Friday haul including $4.5M of Thursday night/Friday midnight shows. (*I use an asterisk because Paramount so far has failed to separate the Thursday late shows from the Friday midnights. So PA4 actually dipped below $30M.) But the take was down -38% for  Saturday. Overall PA4 grossed far less than Hollywood estimates, disappointing compared to PA2‘s hefty debut of $40.7M and PA3‘s even huger $52.6M. New pic only received a ”C’ CinemaScore which hurt word of mouth. But overseas was a different story: Paranormal Activity 4 opened day and date in 33 markets outside of the U.S. and grabbed $26.5M internationally through Sunday for a $56.5M worldwide cume. In fact, Paramount focused its marketing globall. In the weeks leading up to release, fans from the top 25 winning locations around the world saw the film first at pre-release screenings on October 16th through the “Want It” contest on Facebook. Of course, the U.S. Halloween market overall is more crowded this year than last. Audience makeup was 50%/50% male/female, 60% under age 25/40% age 25 and over.

Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Alex Cross’

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 10:08am PDT

Deadline’s readers have been split from the beginning about the casting of Summit Entertainment’s Alex Cross, based on the James Patterson detective novels. It certainly is a jolt to see Tyler Perry and even Lost‘s Matthew Fox in dramatic-action tough-guy modes in this trailer, so it will be interesting to see whether audiences get past it when the whole film is released October 19.

Related: Tyler Perry As Alex Cross In James Patterson Franchise Reboot

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Summit Sets Release Date For ‘Alex Cross’

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 10:17am PST

Summit Entertainment announced today that it will premiere Alex Cross wide on October 26, 2012, joining Dimension’s Halloween 3D and Fox’s surfing pic Of Men And Mavericks on that date. The adaptation of the James Patterson novel stars Tyler Perry as the detective/psychologist protagonist who meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox) who viciously murders Cross’ wife when Cross thwarts his earlier attempt to commit a murder. The drama becomes a mano a mano battle between cop and the killer who is one of the most memorable villains in Patterson’s novels. Perry’s casting has created quite a stir among the books’ fans, some of whom question whether he has the dramatic chops to pull off a dramatic role like Cross — especially based on his prior work on the comedy side in his Madea movies. Plus, he has to fill the shoes of Morgan Freeman, who played Cross in two previous Patterson adaptations. Rob Cohen directed Alex Cross, and Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols and Jean Reno co-star. Summit nabbed distribution rights to the franchise reboot last year, beating out among other bidders Lionsgate, which has a longstanding relationship with Perry and bought Summit last month.

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‘I, Alex Cross’ Sparks Producers’ Lawsuit Over Claims Of Credit By Rivals

Producers of Summit Entertainment’s upcoming release I, Alex Cross, directed by Rob Cohen with Tyler Perry stepping into the role created by Morgan Freeman, have filed suit against other producers who claim they should receive compensation and screen credit for the movie. Bill Block and Paul Hanson are partners in QED, which produced the project that Summit has acquired for distribution. QED claims in the suit that prolonged negotiations that began in 2008 with potential producers Jan Korbelin and Marina Grasic (who with Mark Lindsay have launched Cargo Entertainment) and their company Visitor Pictures failed to come to an agreement on Visitor’s involvement with the development of I, Alex Cross. QED claims it drafted and redrafted multiple memorandums of understanding for Visitor’s involvement that were all rejected and no agreement was reached or signed. In 2009, QED says it formally notified Visitor that all previous offers were withdrawn. QED asserts that development of the movie proceeded without Visitor, who “indeed sought to have no involvement,” according to the suit.

Now that principal photography on I, Alex Cross has finished and the movie is expected to be released next year, QED claims that Visitor has resurfaced and is demanding compensation and screen credit, probably in preparation for legal action of their own. QED and other plaintiffs Suejack Inc and JPB Businesses are seeking a court ruling in the case to remove the “cloud” cast over I, Alex Cross by Visitor’s claims before the movie is released. Read More »

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Summit Captures U.S. Rights To James Patterson’s Alex Cross Reboot With Tyler Perry And Matthew Fox

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment has acquired domestic distribution rights to I, Alex Cross, the reboot of the James Patterson franchise. Tyler Perry stars as the title character, with Rob Cohen directing. Lost‘s Matthew Fox was just set to play Michael Sullivan, a psycho serial killer who viciously murders Cross’s wife when the detective thwarts his earlier attempt to commit a murder.  The drama becomes a mano a mano battle between cop and the killer who is one of the most memorable villains in Patterson’s novels. Ed Burns will play Cross’s partner Tommy Kane.

Three distributors chased the picture. One was Lionsgate, which has the long relationship on all the hit films that Perry has directed and starred in. But Summit Entertainment had an “in” as well: Summit co-chairman/CEO Rob Friedman. Friedman, former Vice Chairman and COO at Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group, had an active hand in Paramount’s release of the first two Alex Cross films, Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider, which starred Morgan Freeman. He personally oversaw the acquisition and has a relationship with the author. Read More »

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Tyler Perry As Alex Cross In James Patterson Franchise Reboot

By | Monday January 31, 2011 @ 6:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

QED has packaged an adaptation of I, Alex Cross, the James Patterson novel that is essentially a reboot of the James Patterson mystery series that starred Morgan Freeman as the detective/psychologist based in D.C. Tyler Perry will headline this version, and Rob Cohen will direct. Distributors are circling the project right now. In fact, Paramount, which distributed the Cross mysteries Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider, is interested in taking the project off the table. It will be interesting to see if Lionsgate steps up after Perry has consistently turned in winners for the minimajor, which collects a distribution fee on pictures that Perry owns. The Alex Cross reboot was originally conceived as a vehicle for actor Idris Elba, who was going to play the character in the novel Cross, with David Twohy directing. Perry became the lead in recent weeks. It’s likely to be a controversial choice, and the key will be whether Perry can bring the considerable following that follow his directing vehicles. His biggest successes came when Perry played the female alter ego, the stereotypical matriarch Madea.

He last directed For Colored Girls, an adaptation of the iconic 1975 play by Ntozake Shange. His movies usually have a strong female following, and the Cross mysteries are action mystery which appeals to a male viewing audience. It is a radical departure for Perry, who usually stars … Read More »

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