Tyler Perry Hosts “Rise Above” Gala

Following the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, director Tyler Perry held his first ever “Rise Above” celebration at Boulevard3 in Hollywood, California. The prolific film maker, who took home three awards at last night’s event, was joined by Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Mary J. Blige and many others.

“For Colored Girls” Official Movie Poster

So here it is! Your first look at what I am told will be the official poster for Tyler Perry’s upcoming film “For Colored Girls.” Starring Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise and Kerry Washington, the film deals with the lives of 8 black women, each representing a color, dealing with a range of issues- including abuse, abandonment and betrayal. Set for a November 5th release date, the movie is already one of the most highly anticipated films of the season. Word is early dailies from the film had Lionsgate executives so excited, they decided to move the release date up by six months so the movie would be eligible for Oscar contention. Janet Jackson and Thandie Newton in particular are already being mentioned as standouts in the film.

If you haven’t yet seen the movie trailer, click here to view it.

Thandie Newton Added To “Colored Girls” Cast

Thandie Newton has officially replaced Mariah Carey in Tyler Perry’s film adaptation of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.” Due to doctor’s orders Mariah dropped out just five days before shooting was to begin- further prompting speculation that the singer was pregnant.

In an open letter on his website, Perry told fans “What I do know of [Carey] is that she is a professional and wouldn’t back out of a deal unless it was a major issue. So, what ever is going on, I wish her and Nick [Ca non] the best and she has all my love, prayers and support.”

Thandie joins an A-list cast that includes Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington and Kimberly Elise.

Dramatic “Colored Girls” Set Pics & New Video

Check out these dramatic on the set pics of singer Janet Jackson and actress Phylicia Rashad filming their new movie “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” The movie started shooting earlier this week in New York City and so far Janet, Phylicia and Kimberly Elise have been spotted shooting their scenes. Janet’s character I have been told plays some sort of business woman, which I guess explains the power suit she sports in this scene.

“For Colored Girls” Casting News

While attending the premier of their latest movie “Why Did I Get Married Too,” Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson announced that they would once again be teaming up. The pair will reportedly start production on their next venture “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf,” in June. The project will be the film adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s poem-play featuring 20 Black women speaking on the challenges they face in modern society. Other names associated with the film include Whoopi Goldberg, Jurnee Smollett, Mariah Carey, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Macy Gray, Kerry Washington and Phylicia Rashad. Kimberly and Mariah are the only two that made the cut from Perry’s initial wish list that he mentioned back in September 2009, which initially included Beyonce Giselle Knowles, Halle Berry and Oprah Winfrey.