Thursday, April 24, 2008

Rudy Sellin' Booty? Say It Ain't So, Coz!

You guys know I run hot and cold when it comes to Tyler Perry. He's put out some pretty decent stuff, put out some lousy half-assed stuff, and he's put out some sh*t so bad that Al Jolson can't even bear watching, all in one year, which is quite a coup if you think about it.

Perry's a pretty polarizing character. Some folks applaud his most "positive" portrayals of blacks, and his insistence on employing black actors and actresses whom Hollywood doesn't usually give a fair shake. Others think his chittlin' circuit plays, movies, and TV show are low level pandering that would be protested if produced and directed by a white man.

I'm guessing both camps will have some fuel to add to the fire when Perry's next movie drops.

Little Rudy from "The Cosby Show" all grown up and playing a hooker? Yes indeed, thanks to Tyler Perry.

Keshia Knight Pulliam will star as an imprisoned prostitute in "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail." Derek Luke also stars in the Lionsgate comedy, which is set to begin filming in Atlanta next month for a tentative early 2009 release.

Writer-director Perry returns to the front of the camera as the irrepressible matriarch Madea, whose penchant for trouble-making lands her behind bars. She comes to the rescue of Candy (Pulliam), a fellow inmate preyed upon by a large woman. Luke will play an attorney who has a past with Candy.
Damn, Rudy as a hooker? What Would Cosby Think?

I've recently supported many of Perry's better efforts, but I think I'll be taking a rain check/barbershop matinee for this one.

Question: What is your initial impression of Madea Goes To Jail? What is your overall impression of Tyler Perry?

Bonus: video from the stage version of Madea Goes To Jail. Man, this one has UPN written all over it.

Cosby daughter hooks up with "Madea" comedy [AP]

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