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Release Date: February 24, 2012
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Tyler Perry
Screenwriter: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton
Genre: Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13



TYLER PERRY'S (Writer, Producer, Director) inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows.

It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, "I Know I've Been Changed," and in 1992 Tyler gathered his life's savings and set off for Atlanta in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Tyler once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith - in God and, in turn, himself - only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked "I Know I've Been Changed" for a limited run at a local church-turned-theatre. This time, the community came out in droves, and soon the musical moved to Atlanta's prestigious Fox Theatre. Tyler Perry never looked back.

And so began an incredible run of thirteen plays in as many years, including "Woman Thou Art Loosed!," a celebrated collaboration with the prominent Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes. In the year 2000, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" marked the first appearance of the now-legendary Madea. The God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-smoking, loud-mouthed grandmother, Madea, was played by Perry himself. Madea was such a resounding success, she soon spawned a series of plays – "Madea's Family Reunion" (2002), "Madea's Class Reunion" (2003), "Madea Goes To Jail" (2005) - and set the stage for Tyler's jump to the big screen. In early 2005, Tyler's first feature film, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," debuted at #1 nationwide.

His ensuing films, "Madea's Family Reunion," "Daddy's Little Girls," "Why Did I Get Married," "Meet The Browns," "The Family That Preys," "I Can Do Bad All by Myself," and "Why Did I Get Married Too?" have all met with massive critical and commercial success, delighting audiences across America and around the world. 2006 saw the publication of Tyler's first book, "Don't Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries On Life And Love," which shot to the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and remained there for eight weeks. It went on to claim Quill Book Awards® for both "Humor" and "Book of the Year" (an unheard-of feat for a first-time author), and spread Tyler Perry's unique brand of inspirational entertainment to a devoted new audience. It is a brand that is quickly becoming an empire.

In 2007, Tyler expanded his reach to television with the TBS series "House of Payne," the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time, which went into syndication after only a year. His follow up effort, "Meet the Browns," was the second highest debut ever on cable - after "House of Payne." Not one to rest on success, Tyler Perry and his 300 Atlanta-based employees have been hard at work. His latest film, "Madea's Big Happy Family," hit the big screen in April 2011 to wide success. "For Colored Girls," based on Ntozake Shange's 1975 play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," was released in November 2010 and featured an all-star cast including Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, and Kerry Washington. Perry also helped release Academy Award®-nominated "Precious," a movie based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire, in conjunction with his 34th Street Films banner, Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films and Lionsgate.

He can next be seen playing the title character in the recently wrapped Rob Cohen film "I, Alex Cross." Perry is set to direct the upcoming Lionsgate drama based on his stage play of the same name, "The Marriage Counselor." In the fall of 2008, Perry opened his 200,000 square foot Studio in Atlanta, situated on the former Delta Airlines campus of more than 30 acres. The Studio consists of 5 sound stages, a post production facility, a pond, a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room, and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events.

But listen to Tyler Perry and you'll hear a man who hasn't forgotten about the people that have helped him reach the top of a mountain he could once only dream of climbing. He has been intimately involved in civil rights cases, including the trial of the Jena 6 in his home state of Louisiana. He has donated generously to charities that focus on helping the homeless, such as Feeding America, Covenant House, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Project Adventure, and Perry Place - a 20-home community that Tyler built for survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In July 2009, Tyler sponsored a trip to Walt Disney World for 65 children after learning that a suburban swim club had turned them away because of the color of their skin. Tyler Perry has also built 2 churches and has donated generously to the NAACP.

In January 2010, Perry pledged $1,000,000 via The Tyler Perry Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti. Tyler Perry practices what he preaches, and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work.

In March 2008, OZZIE AREU (Producer) became the president of Tyler Perry Studios, located in Atlanta, the first African-American owned major motion picture and television studio. The mission of Tyler Perry Studios, a place where even dreams believe, is to build worlds, inspiring audiences with real-life, and thought provoking issues with aspirations to transform lives.

Areu's functions as president include overseeing all facets of film, television, and play productions at Tyler Perry Studios. The studio is nestled on 60-acres and houses over 200,000 square feet of studio space. The studio occupies 5 sound stages, a full post-production facility, a 5-acre pond, back lot locations, a 400-seat theater, private screening rooms, and designated areas for entertainment and hosting events. Studio production facilities emphasize the innovative use of technology with the highest standards in filmmaking software and equipment.

Prior to assuming his duties as president of Tyler Perry Studios, Areu began his career with Warner Bros. in Burbank, California. He worked on set and closely with cast members on NBC's "Veronica's Closet" and "Jessie" along with one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, Emmy® award-winning "Friends" for nine years. TV guide ranked "Friends" #21 on their list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time.

Following his years of service in television, Areu became the executive assistant, from 1999 to 2005, to the biggest powerhouse couple at that time in Hollywood, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Next, Areu worked with Daytime Emmy® winner for "Outstanding Talk Show," "Ellen DeGeneres" for two years.

In addition to his duties as president of Tyler Perry Studios, Areu produced numerous Tyler Perry films and television shows. Films produced include, "The Marriage Counselor" starring Jurnee Smollett, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood and Kim Kardashian; "We the Peeples," starring Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and Ana Gasteyer; and "For Colored Girls." "For Colored Girls" received honors at the NAACP Image Awards including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Kimberly Elise, Outstanding Directing for a Motion Picture/Television Movie - Tyler Perry, and Outstanding Motion Picture. At the 2011 BET Awards show "For Colored Girls" received top honors for Best Picture. Areu also produced "Madea's Big Happy Family" starring Loretta Devine, Cassi Davis, Shad "Bow Wow" Moss, Tamela and David Mann, and Tyler Perry.

Ozzie oversees Tyler Perry's "House of Payne," a comedy series about a multi-generational, working class family who experiences all of life's struggles with faith, love and most importantly humor. The show premiered on TBS as the highest rated first-run sitcom in basic cable's history with the biggest audience ever. "House of Payne's" national premiere drew in over 5.9 million viewers. The show remained basic cable's #1 sitcom until TBS's August 2008 premiere of Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns." For the first quarter of 2011, "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" ranked among television's Top 5 primetime sitcoms with African-American adults 18-34 and 18-49. "Meet the Browns" has the second highest debut ever on cable, after "House of Payne."

Areu also heads up 34th Street films, a Tyler Perry Production arm that discovered the film, "Precious" while at the Sundance Film Festival.

PAUL HALL (Producer)

MICHAEL PASEORNEK (Executive Producer) has been President of Motion Picture Production at Lionsgate since the company's inception in 1997.

In addition to being a key member of the senior management team that has guided Lionsgate from a startup into the leading independent film company and winner of the Best Picture Oscar® for Crash, Paseornek has served as an executive producer or producer on over 60 films.

According to Variety, "If there is a Lionsgate model, then Paseornek has to be considered one of the chief architects."

In 2004, Paseornek met Tyler Perry and forged a relationship that brought audiences blockbusters such as "Madea's Big Happy Family," Madea Goes to Jail," "Why Did I get Married?," "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," and "Madea's Family Reunion," all of which opened number one at the box office. Lionsgate has been the home to all 12 of Tyler Perry's movies and has distributed his entire collection of plays on DVD.

Paseornek also executive produced Urban themed films ranging from dramas such as "For Colored Girls," "Pride," and the critically acclaimed "Akeelah and the Bee," to the upcoming family comedy "We the Peeples." He played an important role in bringing "Precious" to the studio and is developing a slate of micro budgeted films directed at African American women.

In the genre arena, building on the success of the SAW series, Paseornek broke new ground with "My Bloody Valentine 3D" the first horror film utilizing the new 3D digital technology. Lionsgate has been a leader in the horror arena. Paseornek is currently overseeing Sam Raimi's Ghost House Production, "The Possession," is in post on a remake of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and the thriller, "Nurse" and is executive producing the U.S. debut of famed Korean director Kim Ji-woon's, "The Last Stand," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Over the past 25 years, Paseornek has played an important role in the emergence of the independent film scene developing slates of modestly budgeted, highly targeted genre, action and comedy films. He founded Cinepix/Famous Players (CFP's) U.S. operations in 1992 which brought American audiences acclaimed films such as Academy Award® winner Ang Lee's first feature "Pushing Hands," James Mangold's directorial debut "Heavy," James Coburn's Oscar® winning performance in "Affliction," and Bill Condon's Oscar® winner "Gods and Monsters." When CFP went public it was renamed Lionsgate in 1997. The first films under the new Lionsgate banner were critical successes, including films Paseornek executive produced such as "Monster's Ball," "American Psycho," "Buffalo 66," and "Shattered Glass," The film division has won over 25 Oscar® nominations and its films have been invited to every major festival.

Outside of Lionsgate, Paseornek serves on the board of directors of UCLA Mattel's Children's Hospital, is on the advisory board of Hearts of Hope, a foundation sending doctors to Latin America, and the board of Del Corazon, a year round charitable camp for children with heart disease.

Paseornek began his career after graduating from New York University in 1974 when he became the writing partner of former "National Lampoon" editor Michel Choquette. He then became a humorist-speechwriter for some of the nation's leading business executives and worked as a script-doctor on a number of feature films.

Paseornek is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Writer's Guild of America. He has been a guest speaker at a number of institutions, including Harvard, New York University, and the American Film Institute and has served on numerous industry panels for organizations such as the NAACP and the Director Guild of America.

As producer and manager of more than 50 feature films and television productions in a dozen countries, JOSEPH P. GENIER (Executive Producer) is a man of experience. His credits include "Perfect Christmas," "War," "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?" "Peaceful Warrior," "The Cookout," "Down In the Valley," "American Pie: Band Camp," "Rockets' Red Glare" and "Au Pair."

In 2008, Genier co-founded Push Worldwide, the new distribution division of Capital Arts Entertainment, with his partners Mike Elliott and Rob Kerchner.

Genier began his production career with Eastman Kodak in New York, before moving to multi-national projects with Hartmann International, and then line producing locally and internationally for Fox Family and Showtime. He moved on to cover international sales for independent companies at the AFM and Cannes film markets.

Returning to filmmaking, Genier joined Maple Palm Productions as its head of production, before joining Capital Arts in 1998 in the same capacity. At Capital Arts, he continues to successfully oversee both in-house productions as well as outside productions for such companies as Warner Bros, Universal, Lionsgate and Fox.

ALEXANDER GRUSZYNSKI, A.S.C. (Director of Photography) was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where he was accepted to film school and spent the next ten years shooting numerous documentaries and feature films. After relocating to New York, he made his American film debut photographing the comedy "Almost You," directed by Adam Brooks.

Among his credits are films he shot in collaboration with director Andrew Fleming such as "Threesome," "Dick," "The In-Laws," "Hamlet 2" and "Nancy Drew." Other credits include "54," "Maximum Risk," "Promised Land," "Brothers," "Deliver us from Eva," "Tremors" and "I Like it Like that," for which he received nomination for Independent Spirit Award. His most recent credits are movies directed by Tyler Perry including "Medea Goes to Jail" and "I Can Do Bad All by Myself."

Gruszynski's television work includes telefilms "Surviving," "Cast a Deadly Spell," "By the Dawn's Early Light," "The Last Innocent Man," "The Women Of Brewster Street," among others. For his work on the television movie "Kingfish," Gruszynski won the Cable Ace Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography and was nominated for same by the American Society of Cinematographers.

INA MAYHEW (Production Designer)

began her theater training in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada. She studied improvisational theatre in San Francisco with "The Wing" and "The Committee." Upon returning to Vancouver, "The Good Will Store" an improvisational company was formed and she was the artistic director. For the next two years, her troupe performed and taught Viola Spolin's theater games in schools and correctional institutions. During this time she was cast in Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller."

When the movie was over she left for Los Angeles with only a backpack and sleeping bag. She knew only two people in L.A., a friend who offered her a place to stay and Robert Altman. For the next eight years she learned the art of filmmaking by working for him in research, costume and production design. She also acted in several of his films, including "California Split," "Nashville," "Three Women" and "A Wedding."

It was on Altman's "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" that she landed a job as an apprentice. There she discovered her passion for film editing. She moved up quickly to a film assistant. After which she worked as a film and sound assistant on many Altman films and on projects that he produced with directors Alan Rudolph and Robert Benton.

Her editing credits include, for Tyler Perry, "For Colored Girls," "Why Did I Get Married Too?," "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," "Madea Goes to Jail," "The Family That Preys," "Meet the Browns," "Why Did I Get Married?" and "Daddy's Little Girls;" along with "The Joy Luck Club," "The Player" (co-edited), "Smoke," "What Dreams May Come" (shared credit), "Freedom Song," "Crazy in Alabama," "Lovejones" and "Freeway."

Ms. Hoy is an alumna of the American Film Institute's Directing Women's Workshop. She is on the Board of Directors in both the Motion Picture Editors Guild and American Cinema Editors. She has been featured with thirty accomplished craftswomen in a book called "Great Women in Films."

Starting as an aspiring art student at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, JOHNETTA BOONE (Costume Designer) has served as stylist and designer for the still photography, television, commercial and feature film arenas for more than three decades. Her fashion imprint is brought to bear on designs running the gamut--everything from turn of-the century, classic, contemporary, and retro to various uniforms, including sport attire.

Boone began her career working with such notable photographers as Ruven Afanador and George Holtz, while creating spreads for German Vogue, Entertainment Weekly and Us Magazine. She spent many years developing her craft while studying in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology. With Edith Head as her inspiration, her dream of someday designing images for the motion picture industry soon became her reality.

The nation's capital served as backdrop for her expert skills when she costume designed for HBO's original television series "K Street," directed by Steven Soderbergh and executive produced by George Clooney. There, she infused flair into the bland Washington, D.C. political arena.

Boone's design mastery is also displayed in period attire for "The Notebook," as well as 1940-60's pieces in "Cadillac Records" featuring Beyonc é, and Hallmark Hall of Fame's "The Lost Valentine" with Betty White. Boone is securing rave reviews from the ‘tween' audience as well with the launch of the Z2 Wear Elite Tween Collection clothing line which she designs.

She's a person wrapped in the New York/Hollywood culture who is now poised to enjoy game-changing success in a variety of fields.

H.H. COOPER (Co-Producer)

JOEL C. HIGH(Music Supervisor) is a music supervisor and producer who has worked on over 100 films and television projects and also is chief executive for a company he founded in 2006. Over the last decade, he created and supervised the music departments for two of the leading independent studios in the industry: Trimark Pictures and Lionsgate. He built the publishing catalog for both companies and started the boutique soundtrack label Lions Gate Records. In addition to his acclaimed work in motion pictures working with directors such as Tyler Perry, Marc Forster, Peter Bogdanovich, Don Roos, Roger Avary, James Foley, Bill Paxton, Billy Ray, Mario Van Peebles, and Rob Zombie, he oversaw the music for the growing Television group at Lionsgate, including "The Dead Zone" and the Golden Globe®-winning series "Weeds."

Joel is the music executive behind such films as "Saw," "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and the Leonard Cohen documentary, "I'm Your Man." He oversaw Lionsgate's first Academy Award® nomination in the Original Song category, for Best Picture winner "Crash" and the Golden Globe® nominated score from "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Alexandre Desplat. Joel has been the music supervisor for all of Tyler Perry's films including "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Madea Goes To Jail," "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" (for which he was nominated as the Outstanding Music Supervisor of the Year), the ground breaking "For Colored Girls" based on the prizewinning seminal play and most recently "Madea's Big Happy Family." Joel has co-produced and supervised two films in a row for Mario Van Peebles including the upcoming coming of age dance film "We the Party."

He is the music supervisor for films ranging from "In the Mix," starring Usher, Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects," "The Wash" with Snoop and Dre, "Strangers with Candy," Oscar® winner "Monsters Ball," "The Other Woman" starring Natalie Portman and the HBO series "Little Britain – USA." Joel is currently the principal executive at Creative Control Entertainment, a multi-faceted music supervision, consultation, live event and production company, with offices in Los Angeles and New Orleans and diverse clients ranging from independent studios to international governments.

AARON ZIGMAN (Music by) is quickly proving to be one of the most prolific and versatile composers in film music today.

A classically trained pianist since childhood, Zigman began his musical career as a session keyboardist, arranger, and as a producer to popular music stars. Soon his resume boasted names like Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, Oleta Adams, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Chicago, Nona Gaye, Carly Simon, Huey Lewis, Christina Aguilera and Seal.

Zigman got his start in feature film composing in 2002 when director Nick Cassavetes, a friend who knew of his pop background and his orchestral works, offered him a shot at "John Q," starring Denzel Washington. He wrote an extravagant six-minute opening montage, recorded it with a 55-piece orchestra, and submitted it as a demo. The director, editor and studio were impressed, and he got the job. Not too long after, the two collaborated again on "The Notebook," starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. Their most recent collaboration was "My Sister's Keeper," starring Cameron Diaz.

Zigman's credits include the family adventure fantasy film "Bridge to Terabithia;" "Akeelah & The Bee," starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett; "Mr. Magourium's Wonder Emporium," which he co-scored with Alexandre Desplat; the period drama "Flash of Genius," starring Greg Kinnear; and the dark drama "Alpha Dog" with frequent collaborator Nick Cassavettes. In the past few years, Zigman composed the scores to three romantic hits – "Sex And The City," "The Proposal" starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and "The Ugly Truth," starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. In addition, Zigman scored the last eight Tyler Perry films, including Perry's comedy "Madea's Big Happy Family." Other scores by this very talented musician include "Sex And The City 2," "The Last Song," "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper, and "What's Your Number?," starring Anna Faris.

After a stint at Creative Artists Agency, KIM TAYLOR-COLEMAN, C.S.A. (Casting by) began her casting career as an intern on the feature film "SE7EN." She worked as an assistant and associate on a variety of diverse projects including "Enemy of the State," "High Fidelity," "Ali," "Bringing Down the House," "The Last Samurai" and "Amistad." She has gone on to cast movies such as "Inside Man," "Public Enemies," "Miracle at St Anna," "Akeelah & the Bee," "The Secret Life of Bees," "We The Peeples" and "The Marriage Counselor." Kim also casts TV pilots, among them "Da Brick" for HBO, "Everybody Hates Chris" for CW, "Shark" for CBS and "Sleeper Cell" for Showtime.

Kim is based in Los Angeles, but she casts at least one project per year out of New York.

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