We’ve rather missed out on Tyler Perry here in the UK. While his self-written and directed movies have proved big hits amongst African-American audiences in the US and turned him into a multi-millionaire, many of his films never got cinemas releases in Britain. Some did get belated DVD releases, but a few have never come out here at all. Alex Cross is Perry’s attempt to segue over into the worldwide mainstream cinema success, as well as being the first film to have him in the lead that he didn’t also write and helm himself (he did pop up in a small role in Star Trek though). [Read more…]
After writing and starring in Kissing Jessica Stein, Jennifer Westfeldt’s popped up in all sorts of projects. Now she’s making her directorial debut with Friend With Kids, and has enlisted the likes of John Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Edward Burns, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd to star in it. A comedy of modern relationships and children rearing sees Westfeldt and Scott as two best friends who decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships. Their friends don’t think it can possibly work, but it seems to, until they start dating other people once the baby is born.