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Tyler Perry’s thriller A Fall from Grace has been watched by 26 million on Netflix in the first week after its January 17 debut on the streaming service. The writer-director-producer took to social media Monday to reveal the number, which Netflix confirmed.a
Crystal Fox, Mehcad Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Cicely Tyson and Perry star in A Fall From Grace, about a divorced woman Fox disheartened since her ex-husband's affair who feels restored by a new romance. But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace's vulnerable side turns violent.
Perry wrote and directed the pic, which was originally announced in November.
“My heart is full. I'm grateful, I'm humbled by it,” Perry said in the video released Monday see it below. “I've always wanted my movies to open around the world, and that was the first time, so thank you Netflix. Thank you. I saw you all around the world watching, so thank you.”
Netflix rarely reveals user data. But by comparison, Netflix’s 10-time Oscar-nominated The Irishman was watched by 17 million in its first week last fall. Bird Box, the buzzy thriller starring Sandra Bullock, was also watched by 26 million in its first week on the platform last year. More than 23 million accounts worldwide watched Netflix’s When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the so-called Central Park Five, in its first month.
Murder Mystery starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston was watched by 30.87 million accounts when it bowed last June, which made it the biggest opening weekend for a Netflix film.
I HAD TO SAY THIS ABOUT A FALL FROM GRACE! Thank you to the 26 million of you who chose to watch in the first week! #AFallFromGrace @netflix @NetflixFilm @strongblacklead pic.twitter.com/JQPkuVmRPN
— Tyler Perry @tylerperry February 3, 2020Source: deadline.com
The Empowerment in Entertainment gala will be held May 6 in Los Angeles and is accompanied by a dedicated issue of THR that spotlights leaders of change.
Tyler Perry is set to receive The Hollywood Reporter's Oprah Winfrey Empowerment Award at its annual Empowerment in Entertainment gala in May.
The award honors those who have created opportunities for people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and the next generation of the entertainment industry. Winfrey will present Perry with the award, which she first received at last year's event, where it was renamed in her honor. WME is the presenting sponsor of the Empowerment in Entertainment event and Amazon is the platinum sponsor.
“I'm honored to be recognized with this award, named after the woman who was instrumental in helping me forge my own path in Hollywood,” said Perry. “Oprah has been a North Star for me as well as countless others.”
“I am so deeply proud of the ways that Tyler Perry has created opportunities of inclusion for so many people in entertainment through all of his work,” said Oprah Winfrey. “He is a self-taught, self-sustaining, self-made industry force that embodies the Empowerment Award.”
The event will be held May 6 in Los Angeles and is accompanied by a dedicated issue of THR that spotlights entertainment's leaders of change. A media mogul and philanthropist, Perry has been at the forefront of spearheading change. In October 2019, he opened the 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, one of the largest studios in the United States. Each of the 12 soundstages is named after an esteemed African American and the studios are home to numerous film and television productions, including Perry's own Netflix feature, A Fall From Grace.
“Tyler Perry epitomizes the characteristics of the Oprah Winfrey Empowerment Award, with not only what he gives back to the industry but in how he models what you can achieve,” said THR editorial director Matthew Belloni. “And we extend our gratitude to Oprah for her generosity in lending her name and contribution to this honor.”
As a philanthropist, Perry leads The Perry Foundation, which aims to transform tragedy into triumph by seeding individual potential, supporting communities and harvesting sustainable change. The foundation partners with more than 30 organizations across education, sustainability, agriculture, health, human rights, technology, arts and culture and economic development.
For the second year in a row, THR's Young Executives Fellowship — a sister initiative to THR's Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, now in its 11th year — will select around 20 of the best and brightest high school juniors, chosen on a highly competitive basis and all from underserved schools in Los Angeles, Compton and Inglewood.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...