Monday, June 17, 2024

Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” Will Have November Debut


Tyler Perry is making an Oscar run on November 5th with his much anticipated “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.”

Lions Gate just announced they’ve moved up their release from a planned January 14th.

The film has a bevy of possible Best Supporting Actresses including Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Janet Jackson.

There are plenty of other big names, like Whoopi Goldberg, in what could be the “Precious” of 2010.

This was the film Mariah Carey had to drop out of last spring. You can see why now.

Nevertheless, this is Tyler Perry’s first attempt to try and get into the Oscar race. The question is will critics and awards voters treat this movie as they did “Dreamgirls” and “Precious.” Last year, the National Board of Review ignored “Precious.” It went on to get 6 Oscar nominations. “Dreamgirls” produced only an Oscar win for Jennifer Hudson, and no other key nominations.

“For Colored Girls” is based on the play by Ntozake Shange. It’s been in development for more than 30 years. The play opened on Broadway in September 1976 and played 742 performances. I just hope the film’s ads and one sheets retain the gorgeous iconic poster from the play. It’s a classic.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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