‘Tyler Perry’s Temptation’: Kim Kardashian Consults a Marriage Counselor (PHOTOS)

In Temptation, Tyler Perry teams up with Hollywood’s hottest gossip magnet, Kim Kardashian, to explore a subject tailor-made for melodrama: the challenges of holy matrimony.

Officially titled Tyler Perry’s Temptation: The Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, the film focuses on a couples therapist (Jurnee Smollett) whose professional and personal lives become increasingly complicated after she gets involved with one of her clients.

Celebuzz, meanwhile, has teamed up with Lionsgate to premiere the official one-sheet for the film, which is set for release March 29, 2013.

Click here to check out the film’s final poster as well as a handful of other images from the film.

Kardashian and Smollett are joined by a cast that includes Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Lance Gross and Robbie Jones among many others.

Although he wrote and directed the film, Perry himself does not appear on screen, suggesting that the auteur’s latest is more serious fare, a la Good Deeds or For Colored Girls.

Watch the trailer below for Tyler Perry’s Temptation, which opens March 29, 2013. And then let us know in the comments below: how eager are you to see Kim K. in a dramatic role on the silver screen?

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KIm Kardashian Teams With Tyler Perry for the Marriage Counselor Melodrama ‘Temptation’ (PHOTOS)

In Temptation, Tyler Perry teams up with Hollywood’s hottest gossip magnet, Kim Kardashian, to explore a subject tailor-made for melodrama: the challenges of holy matrimony.

Officially titled Tyler Perry’s Temptation, the film focuses on a couples therapist (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) whose professional and personal lives become increasingly complicated after she gets involved with one of her clients.

Celebuzz, meanwhile, has teamed up with Lionsgate to premiere the official one-sheet for the film, which is set for release March 29, 2013.

Click here to check out the film’s final poster as well as a handful of other images from the film.

Kardashian and Smollett are joined by a cast that includes Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Lance Gross and Robbie Jones among many others.

Although he wrote and directed the film, Perry himself does not appear on screen, suggesting that the auteur’s latest is more serious fare, a la Good Deeds or For Colored Girls.

Watch the trailer below for Tyler Perry’s Temptation, which opens March 29, 2013. And then let us know in the comments below: how eager are you to see Kim K. in a dramatic role on the silver screen?

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Kim Kardashian’s Trailer for Tyler Perry’s ‘Temptation’ Released (VIDEO)

Kim Kardashian is about to add another title to her ever-growing list of accomplishments: movie star.

The 32-year-old co-stars in Tyler Perry’s latest film, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, which is slated to hit theaters in 2013.

The famous Kardashian sister shared the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated film on her blog, as well as the movie poster. She wrote:

I’m so excited to reveal the trailer for the new Tyler Perry movie I am in called ‘Temptation,’ which debuted on Yahoo! Movies today! This has been an incredible experience for me and I’m so excited for the movie to come out on March 29, 2013

The film, which also stars Brandy Norwood and Vanessa Williams, centers around a marriage counselor’s drama-filled personal and professional life.

Kardashian announced that she signed up for the role in Oct. 2011 when the script was originally titled The Marriage Counselor, which was based on Perry’s famous play.

In the film, Kardashian will play Ava, a co-worker who gives the main character a new lease on life with a larger-than-life makeover.

It’s been a busy year for Kanye West’s girlfriend.

From romantic trips to Europe with her beau to filming her latest spinoff Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, she hasn’t been off her fashion forward A-game one bit.

Celebuzz celebrated all of Kardashian’s fashion highs and best looks in the gallery above and the video below.

What do you think was Kardashian’s best look this past year? Weigh in below.

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‘House of Lies’ Snags Adam Brody for Guest Role; Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving Pops up on ‘The Office’

The O.C. alum Adam Brody has been tapped to guest on the sophomore season of Showtime’s House of Lies. Brody’s character is the owner of an adult toy company who engages in a relationship with Jeannie (Kristen Bell). Season 2 of House of Lies premieres Jan. 13 at 10 PM on Showtime. [Showtime]

Basketball Hall of Famer, Julius “Dr. J” Erving is going to play some ball with Jim Halpert (John Krasinkski) on NBC’s The Office. The episode, set to air Jan. 17, will feature the basketball player as an investor in Jim’s sports marketing business. [EW]

TV Land is picking up The Soul Man for Season 2 and The Exes for Season 3. The Soul Man, which stars Cedric “The Entertainer,” will also be getting a new showrunner in the form of Yvette Lee Bowser (Living Single). Both shows are set to return in June 2013 with 10 new episodes. [Deadline]

Cable network Bravo delivered its seventh consecutive best year ever in 2012 among total viewers and the 25-54 age demographic. The network also nabbed the most viewers and remained No.1 for viewers age 18-49, and 25-54. In a statement, Frances Berwick, president of Bravo said, “With over 400 hours of high quality original programming, 2012 was marked by record achievements across returning and new series, digital innovations like Play Live, Transmedia and Zeebox, brand extensions like the Top Chef Kitchen and multi-platform partnerships. We are in great shape to launch an exciting new slate of programming for 2013, which includes our first scripted original series.” [Bravo]

Season 2 of Randy to the Rescue is set to premiere in May 2013 on TLC. The network has confirmed that hair stylist Lindsay Yamashita and makeup artist Raychel Wade as the new beauty team for the second season.
This season, Randy will be visiting Denver, Seattle, Oklahoma City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, Savannah, D.C., and Chicago to make brides’ fantasies come true. [TLC]

Did you love NBC’s American Dreams? Well if so, you’re in luck, as much of the cast of the show will be attending the second annual ATX festival in Austin, Texas in June. Brittany Snow, Parenthood’s Sarah Ramos and Glee’s Vanessa Lengies among others will be on hand during the weekend long event. For more info on the ATX festival, head here. [TVLine]

With ratings down all around, CBS still won the night. CSI hit a series low while Survivor and Criminal Minds were also down. All of the comedies on ABC also hit season or series lows. Meanwhile, FOX’s The X Factor nabbed 7.7 million viewers. [TV Guide]

It’s time for the Best Funeral Ever. TLC has ordered a special/backdoor pilot of the show that goes behind-the-scenes of an unconventional funeral home. At the home, funeral director John Beckwith asks families to create a special theme for a memorial and then throws a big party to celebrate the deceased The special, which airs on Dec. 26, will feature Christmas-inspired and BBQ-themed funerals. [EW]

Just a couple of months after Tyler Perry made a deal with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), the network has now announced the two series the star will oversee. Perry will have a hand in new drama, The Haves and the Have Nots, and comedy, Love Thy Neighbor. Both shows are set to begin production next year and slated to premiere in mid 2013. [THR]

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‘Alex Cross’ Star Matthew Fox Finds Fun in Playing a Serial Killer (VIDEO)

Looking at the intensity with which Matthew Fox throws himself into each role, it’s hard to imagine the actor just sort of joking around – especially when, as in Alex Cross, he’s playing a sociopathic serial killer.

But Fox insists that there are a lot of different ways to enjoy yourself, even if the work you’re doing seems dark, complicated and difficult.

“I guess it comes down to how you define fun,” he told Celebuzz, laughing. “Some people find fun like funny, ha-ha fun… but in the work, I find fun figuring things out and trying to break things down.”

That said, Fox’s idea of a relaxing evening still sounds a little more intense than, say, a bottle of wine and a Lost marathon.

“I’m that guy who every time I come across a Ted Bundy or a Jeffrey Dahmer documentary or interviews, I always watch it,” he reveals. “I’m fascinated by how people rationalize very extreme, socially deviant behavior.

Alex Cross is in theaters now. You can watch the rest of Fox’s interview with Celebuzz below.

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‘Alex Cross’ Star Tyler Perry on Tackling Co-Stars, New Challenges and Returning for ‘Star Trek 2′ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

In the films that he’s written, directed and starred in, Tyler Perry’s biggest challenge was usually getting support-top hosiery to stay on while he throttled his co-stars as Madea. But in Alex Cross, where he plays a homicide detective and serial killer profiler, Perry recounted that it was just the throttling that kept him on his toes.

“The biggest challenge for me was letting go in the fighting,” he told Celebuzz. “I’m always careful because I’m a nice guy, but that guy lives down inside me, that UFC guy, but I keep him under wraps. So letting go of that was the biggest challenge for me.”

What does his new role mean for the future of Madea?

Despite the 180 Perry makes with Alex Cross, he insists that his iconic matriarch isn’t going anywhere.

“Just like [Alex Cross author] James Patterson has a very loyal audience, so do I, and I like to give them what they want,” he said. “So if they like Madea, Madea will be around. If they love this, this will be around. I don’t think there has to be a choice between one or the other. But as an actor, you should be able to do many different things.”

Meanwhile, one of the “different things” that Perry will apparently not be doing in the near future is returning to the Star Trek movie series, after enjoying a cameo in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 franchise reboot.

“No, we couldn’t work it out – couldn’t work out the timing of it all,” he revealed. “But I spoke to J.J. a few days ago, and I’m very excited for it and for him.”

Alex Cross opened in theaters nationwide Friday, October 19. Watch the film’s theatrical trailer below.

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‘Paranormal Activity 4′ vs. ‘Alex Cross’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

Whether you’re looking for a good scare or plenty of butt-kicking action, this weekend’s box office has got it all.

The fourth installment of the highly-successful Paranormal Activity franchise opens in theaters on Friday, along with Tyler Perry‘s interpretation of Alex Cross, novelist James Patterson’s iconic FBI agent once made famous by Morgan Freeman.

What are these movies all about? Celebuzz is breaking it down.

Paranormal Activity 4 sees the return of Paranormal Activity actress Katie Featherston.

The new installment is set five years after the disappearance of Katie (Featherston), and a suburban family witnesses strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

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Meanwhile, Alex Cross stars Perry as the titular character, homicide detective and psychologist who is pursuing a serial killer. In the chase, the killer pushes Cross to his psychological limits as he assassinates the officer’s pregnant wife.

Which movie will you go see this weekend? Sound off below.

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Tyler Perry is ‘Fatherly Mentor’ for Whitney Houston’s Daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown (EXCLUSIVE)

Bobbi Kristina Brown is getting emotional support from one of her late mother’s famous friends: Tyler Perry.

According to Maxine Gordon, grandmother of Bobbi Kristina’s fiance, Nick Gordon, the famed director has been looking out for the 19-year-old since her mother Whitney Houston died tragically in February.

“Tyler is there for her,” Maxine told Celebuzz exclusively. “Tyler promised Whitney he’d watch out for her and take care of her. I think he is a fatherly mentor for her, and he loves her.”

Will Tyler make an appearance on Bobbi Kristina’s much-hyped new reality show?

While the 19-year-old recently starred in Perry’s sitcom For Better or Worse, it’s doubtful the director will be on Lifetime’s The Houstons: On Our Own. Maxine, however, was invited to participate in the show — but refused.

“I was asked to be in a reality show, and so was Bobbi’s grandmother Cissy,” she revealed. “We both didn’t want to do it. I wish they wouldn’t do it [either]. It only creates problems.”

Case in point: the 2005 reality show Being Bobby Brown, which starred Whitney and her then-husband (and Bobbi Kristina’s father) Bobby Brown. Said Maxine of the show: “All he did was insult her, and it showed their demons.”

 

Despite her concerns about the television venture, Maxine approves of her grandson’s decision to walk down the aisle with Bobbi Kristina, telling Celebuzz: “We are supportive and we’re not going to abandon them.”

But she still believes Gordon — who informally adopted by Whitney when he was 12 — should wait a few years before tying the knot.

“They are too young to get married,” Maxine said. “He’s 23 and is a man, but he’s still young and her too. Bobbi Kristina needs to go to school. I know Nick is trying to encourage her, but she has her own mind.”

The Houstons: On Our Own will focus on how Bobbi Kristina has moved on since her mother was found lifeless in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Perry, meanwhile, is set to release his new film, Alex Cross, on October 19.

Do you think agree with Maxine? Is Bobbi Kristina’s reality show a bad idea? Sound off in the comments.

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‘Alex Cross:’ Tyler Perry’s Serial Killer Movie Feels Like an Attack on Audiences (MOVIE REVIEW)

It was an unenviable task for Tyler Perry to follow no less than Morgan Freeman with his portrayal of Alex Cross, the title character in the latest big-screen interpretation of novelist James Patterson’s iconic FBI agent.

But with more than a decade between the last Cross film, Along Came a Spider, and Rob Cohen’s clumsy new installment, Perry should only endure comparisons between this and his performances in his own highly-successful if often artistically-dubious Madea movies, in which he hams it up as a comically volatile matriarch.

And unfortunately, he doesn’t fare well even in that weighted competition: bereft of the comfort of his own writing, Perry fails to breathe new life into the character, even as co-star Matthew Fox’s scenery chewing eviscerates whatever traces of a script existed for this ham-fisted and mindless thriller.

Where do audiences find Alex Cross at the beginning of the film?

Perhaps obviously younger than Freeman’s version of the character, Perry plays Cross during his stint as a Washington, D.C. homicide detective, where his partners Tommy (Ed Burns) and Monica (Rachel Nichols) are quietly stumbling their way through the early stages of a romantic relationship.

Happily married himself with a baby on the way, Cross still has plenty of time for his wife Maria (Carmen Ejogo), even when his days are filled with the pursuit – often literally – of violent criminals. But when he and his team come across a gruesome murder scene adorned with the artwork of a sociopath they dub Picasso (Fox), Cross finds himself in the killer’s crosshairs.

Sadly, the cat-and-mouse game that emerges between Cross and Picasso is of the variety that only the movies can conceive, which means it comes down to terse phone conversations between the two in which the hero succinctly diagnoses the villain’s psychological neuroses as the villain taunts the hero, threatens his loved ones, and performs some kind of “crazy” self-abuse to himself – simultaneously. As written by Marc Moss (whose previous credit was Along Came a Spider), both characters barely flirt with two dimensions, and the shy away from the richer complexities of their respective obsessions.

That said, Cohen does such a poor job in rendering the visual details of either of their accomplishments, or the world around them, that it’s impossible to develop any sense of compassion or understanding of the characters, much less effective dramatic momentum. Cross’ increasing obsession with finding Picasso offers the promise of a Searchers-style moral quandary – when does the pursuit of justice turn into self-righteous revenge? – and then abandons it in favor of a shockingly conventional, falsely upbeat and shamelessly sequel-minded resolution.

But even just the straightforward depiction of action is so poorly handled – including an incomprehensible fight scene that looks like it was shot by an epileptic – that it’s impossible to be swept along by the visceral thrill of the hunt. If cinematically speaking his films since 1993’s Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story have seemed like the increasingly desperate attempts for an aging, unwed uncle to relate to his adolescent nieces and nephews, Alex Cross is the cocaine before the intervention – the most misguided effort yet for Cohen to seem hip or relevant in an industry he no longer seems to understand.

Still, there is something promising about this franchise – both in terms of the title character’s potential, and Tyler Perry’s future as a performer in non-Tyler Perry-oriented projects. But nothing in this film properly utilizes or explores either of those assets, and in fact feels even more mindless and derivative than Freeman’s films, not to mention more poorly acted.

Ultimately, Alex Cross is just a bad movie, plain and simple, but the real tragedy would be if it became a bad franchise. That doesn’t mean that Perry and co. shouldn’t make another film; notwithstanding its commercial potential, there are some genuinely interesting ideas to examine in Patterson’s creation. But if audiences are expected to want to watch Cross hunt serial killers for years to come, the experience shouldn’t feel like they themselves are the true victims.

Watch Celebuzz‘ exclusive video interview with stars Ed Burns and Rachel Nichols below.

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‘Alex Cross’ Author James Patterson on Tyler Perry: ‘He’s Terrific’ (VIDEO)

When Morgan Freeman played Alex Cross in the films Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, author James Patterson seemingly hit the casting jackpot in finding a terrific actor to bring his iconic detective to life.

But Patterson says he thinks that actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry (Madea’s Witness Protection) is equal to the task of inhabiting the role, as he’s doing in the new film Alex Cross.

“He’s younger, he’s more physical,” Patterson tells Celebuzz of the film’s leading man. “Alex is a big man. He’s more a man of the people. I think he’s a terrific Alex Cross. And I think it’s great to have had two terrific actors in the part.”

How instrumental was Patterson in picking his new Alex Cross?

Patterson has always exerted a considerable amount of control over the film adaptations of his books. In this case, he enjoyed approval of virtually all parts of the production, although he admits that it’s a good idea to get out of the way once filming actually starts.

“I had a say over the casting, the script and the director choice,” Patterson explains. “And then once it starts rolling, unless something is drastically wrong, you should just stay out of the way.”

As for what inspired the film in the first place – especially after Freeman had played the character so memorably – Patterson says that he simply wanted to continue exploring the character on the silver screen.

“What motivates me is doing something well,” he says. “So it’s trying to make a thriller as good as we can make it, and with this movie, I wanted to make a good movie. And I think we succeeded.”

Alex Cross opens nationwide October 19. Watch the film’s trailer below.

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TV Buzz: ‘Dexter’ Gets Biggest Season Premiere Ratings Ever; ‘Liz & Dick’ Premiere Date Announced

With so much competition on the tube Sunday nights, Showtime seemed to do just fine with its two premieres. Dexter scored its biggest premiere ever for its Season 7 opener with more than 3 million viewers for the two telecasts. Homeland also seemed to benefit from its Emmy love with a 50 percent jump in the ratings from last year’s series premiere with 2.1 million viewers. Both premieres are available to watch on YouTube. [EW]

When will see Lindsay Lohan’s new TV movie?

It’s almost here! The premiere date for Lindsay Lohan’s Liz & Dick has been announced. The Elizabeth Taylor biopic will air Thanksgiving weekend on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 9 PM at Lifetime. The film will feature Lohan as the Taylor in addition to Grant Bowler as Richard Burton. [EW]

Tyler Perry has made a deal which will bring scripted series to the OWN network for the first time. The actor/writer/director has formed an exclusive partnership with Oprah Winfrey‘s network, which will make it the only destination for all of his new projects. Two scripted series are expected to premiere in mid 2013. Perry has had three previous television series, Meet the Browns, For Better or Worse, and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. [OWN]

TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is headed to the TLC network for a new reality show. The show will focus on T-Boz’s attempts to reignite her music career as she heads back to Hollywood. The singer, who survived a life-threatening brain tumor is ready to return to the big time. Also featured in the show will be T-Boz’s daughter, cousins, best friend, and business manager. The network has ordered four episodes of the docu-series. [TLC]

Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose is heading back to TV on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. The appearance will be the singer’s first televised interview in more than 20 years. He’ll appear on the late night show on Wednesday, Oct. 24, just a week prior to the band’s month long “Appetite for Democracy” residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. [The Wrap]

Christina Applegate. The Up All Night star, will return as host on Saturday Night Live’s Oct. 13 with musical guest Passion Pit. The Oct. 20 broadcast will feature Bruno Mars doing double duty as both host and musical guest. [NBC]