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dailyphoto090223“Madea Goes to Jail” Wins Big with $41.1M
If anybody had a reason to doubt whether Tyler Perry has become one of the most bankable brands in all of movies, be skeptical no longer. The domestic dramedy maestro’s latest release, Tyler Perry’s “Madea Goes to Jail,” ran away with a big victory on the typically slow Academy Awards weekend, grossing a hefty $41.1 million, according to early estimates from Media by Numbers. That opening sum is the biggest of all time for a Tyler Perry film, besting the $30 million debut of 2006’s “Madea’s Family Reunion.” Too, it’s the top bow in the history of indie studio Lionsgate, improving upon all the Tyler Perry and “Saw” flicks that came before it. The movie’s per-theater average of $20,236 ranks in the top 40 for all wide openers ever. (Continue Reading…)

NAACP Calls for Firing of N.Y. Post Cartoonist
Leaders of the NAACP on Saturday called for the firing of the New York Post cartoonist whose drawing lampooning the federal stimulus bill has drawn charges that it’s racist and encourages violence toward President Obama. Speaking at the civil rights group’s annual meeting in New York, NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said that if Sean Delonas is not fired, the group will call for protests of the paper and Fox television affiliates, which are owned by Post parent company News Corp. “There is consensus that if the Post does not … get rid of the journalists who are responsible for this bit of hate speech seeing the light of day, that we will move this from a local, regional issue to a very national issue,” Jealous said. (Continue Reading…)

Obama Aims to Cut Deficit in Half by 2013
Now that his $787 billion stimulus bill is law, President Obama plans to spend this week promoting a budget plan designed to cut the federal deficit in half by the end of his first term. The president will host a “fiscal responsibility summit” at the White House on Monday and will give a prime-time speech to Congress on Tuesday before unveiling a budget overview Thursday. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that the administration pegs the current deficit at $1.3 trillion, or 9.2% of the overall economy, and projects that in four years the deficit will be down to $533 billion, or 3% of the economy as measured by the gross domestic product. (Continue Reading…)

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