We’ll level with you: we haven’t totally accepted the fact that Keisha Knight Pulliam, better known to the world as Rudy Huxtable from The Cosby Show, didn’t just remain an adorable 7 year-old forever. We don’t care how many episodes of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne she appears on! But if these new rumors are true, it looks like we might have to wake up and face the facts that Rudy is all grown up. Reports are circulating that the former child-star has been tapped to join the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta! According reports on MediaTakeOut.Com, Keisha will be filling the spot left by Kandi Burruss, who bounced from the series to take on her own spin-off show, The Kandi Factory. Although there has been no official press release as of yet, a “high ranking Bravo producer”confirmed the story. One snag, though: her never-married status doesn’t exactly qualify her as a “real housewife.” But hey, she does live in the Atlanta area, so you never know… Stay tuned!
Kim Kardashian haters, stand down! The backlash to the backlash has begun, and it’s nice to see some other celebs rush to Kim’s defense. Well, maybe not rush; she did announce her divorce over two weeks ago. Olivia Wilde, herself newly divorced, repped Kim super-hard to the New York Post this week, explaining, “People judge you because divorce is seen as failure. [Kim] took a risk. No one should be attacking her. Our attention should be focused on things that are truly scandalous.” See, in Hollywood, Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage isn’t scandalous at all. Olivia is just trying to show us what Kim looks like…through famous eyes!
Meanwhile Tyler Perry responded to a proposes boycott of his upcoming film The Marriage Counselor over Kim’s minor role. “She literally has millions of young people following her. I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices,” the director wrote in a statement. Is anyone else now picturing Kim, Olivia and Tyler breaking into some kind of fabulous First Wives Club musical number? If so, why not? Discuss your reasons below.
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While Spike Lee spent Tuesday sniping with Celtic fans at the TD Garden (and on Twitter), fellow writer/actor/director Tyler Perry gave Spike a piece of his mind at a press conference. “I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee,” said Perry, ostensibly promoting Madea’s Big Family. “Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘this is a coon, this is a buffoon.’ I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘you vote by what you see,’ as if black people don’t know what they want to see.” Lee had suggested that Perry’s sitcoms Meet The Browns and House Of Payne were “coonery and buffoonery” in 2009, cracking “We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”
While Perry is an easy target (none of the films he’s directed have scored higher than 55/100 on Metacritic), the infamously argumentative Lee has also gotten into verbal scuffles with more critically acclaimed directors like Clint Eastwood (who told Lee to “shut his face” after Lee complained about whitewashing in Clint’s Iwo Jima films). Steven Spielberg mediated the beef between Eastwood and Lee—is anyone going to step forward to get a truce between these two, or should we expect Spike to tweet off once he gets over last night’s Knicks loss (“The Sun rises in a Orange and Blue Sky in AM”)?
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Janet Jackson hasn’t had the easiest time since that infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004. In the five years since, she’s lost her brother, broken up with long-time boyfriend Jermaine Dupri (though not before he vomited on her in public), suffered vertigo on stage and left her last record label after only one (flop) album. With all the great music she’s given us, we’re glad to see her smiling away at the special screening for Why Did I Get Married Too? in NYC last night, joined by everyone from Jill Scott and the Rev. Al Sharpton to Ice-T and CoCo (yes, star/writer/producer/director Tyler Perry was there too). While the film is unlikely to top the box office when it’s released in April (a little flick called Clash Of The Titans comes out the same day), Perry’s track record suggests Jackson should have another hit on her hands. She’s earned it!
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In an email to fans, writer/actor/producer Tyler Perry has revealed that he is the survivor of childhood abuse and molestation. The Madea star says he was inspired to pen his note after viewing the film Precious for the first time, a movie he then went on to co-produce with pal (and fellow abuse survivor) Oprah Winfrey, and which tells the story of one teenager’s struggle with sexual and physical violence. “It gave me so much hope after watching it,” writes Perry. “For everyone who has been a Precious, male or female, this movie will make you so glad you made it through.”
He goes on to discuss physical violence at the hands of his alcoholic father and sexual abuse by a female neighbor at the age of ten (she locked him in her house, put the door key inside her vagina and told him to “come get it”), and references a male member of his church who molested him. As if that wasn’t horrific enough, his grandmother once bathed him in ammonia to “cure” him of his allergies. How did he get through these years of terror? “GOD,” writes Tyler, “only GOD.”
Read Tyler’s letter in its entirety here. [Photo: GettyImages]
A woman is being held without bail after breaking a restraining order from Tyler Perry. According to TMZ, Dawne Wilson sent life-threatening e-mails to the actor/director in 2008 (“You need to check your heart condition because it is filled with murder….your love has been but costly and deadly….Murder I say is the verdict”). In his restraining order, Perry claimed he “immediately feared violent injury.”
Wilson, spotted outside of Perry’s Atlanta production studio last Wednesday, was arrested at the scene. She is scheduled to appear in court on April 30th.
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Now the mischief-makin’ grandma has really done it. Her wise-talkin’ and hell-raisin’ ways have landed her in the slammer in Tyler Perry’s latest comedy, Madea Goes To Jail. Sneak a peek of Madea’s latest adventure with our EXCLUSIVE trailer above.