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The Cast for Lee Daniels's Richard Pryor Movie Is Comically Good

13 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Richard Pryor biopic has been gestating for a long time. 48 Hours director Walter Hill was set to co-write and direct the movie back in 2005, when Pryor was still alive. Mike Epps gave a killer audition and won Pryor's approval. Pryor died shortly thereafter and the movie went stagnant. Then Epps was supposed to play Pryor in a Nina Simone biopic that's had so many problems it might as well be cursed. Now the Pryor film has finally been green-lit, Deadline reports. Lee Daniels is at the helm, filming a script by Bill Condon and Empire collaborator Danny Strong. The cast is stellar: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, Eddie Murphy Pryor’s father, and Kate Hudson Pryor’s widow. Pryor, the man who once said, “I’m not a movie star, I’m a booty star,” will still be portrayed by Epps, ten years after he initially won the role. »

- Greg Cwik

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'Richard Pryor' Biopic Begins Shooting in Spring 2016

28 August 2015 6:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After years of starts and stops, director Lee Daniels has finally gotten the green light on his biopic, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? The main cast has been confirmed, with previously announced actors Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy and Kate Hudson still attached. New to the cast is Oprah Winfrey, who has long been attached as a producer. The movie will shoot in March, after Lee Daniels has wrapped on Empire Season 2. The Weinstein Company is producing.

Mike Epps is officially locked to headline Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, starring as the iconic comedian. Eddie Murphy is playing Richard's father Leroy 'Buck' Pryor. Kate Hudson is starring as Richard's widow Jennifer Lee Pryor. Oprah Winfrey is set to play Pryor's grandmother, who is infamous for running a brothel while raising Richard.

Lee Daniels worked with both Oprah Winfrey and The Weinstein Company on his blockbuster smash Lee Daniels' the Butler, »

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Empire Boss Opens Up About Lessons Learned, Season 2 Guest Star Concerns and the One Twist Pulled Out of a Hat

27 August 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It was some 15 months ago that Ilene Chaiken was recruited to help build a mighty Empire.

What the L Word alum (pictured at right), as showrunner, proceeded to develop with series creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong was a frothy sudser set in the music business, one that would churn buzz at the proverbial watercooler as well as grow its audience every single week throughout its 12-episode run.

Every. Single. Week. Culminating in a same-day finale audience of 16.7 million total viewers.

RelatedFX to Air Empire Season 1 Marathon

As one could imagine — especially since Empire lives on a network that has »

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Celebrates Anniversary Of Suzanne Collins’ Final Book With New Banner

24 August 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“The game is coming to its end.”

Today marks the five year anniversary since the release of Suzanne Collins’ final Hunger Games book, Mockingjay.

To celebrate, fans were encouraged to click the map of The Capitol on the all-new microsite: Squad451.TheHungerGames.movie. This website empowered them to ‘tap to reveal’ the exclusive new “Fallen Snow” banner for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Following a cumulative 11,202,015 clicks from fans around the world in just one hour, fans can now view the banner and explore this vision of a toppled regime via your cursor or phone’s accelerometer.

The final installment of the epic Hunger Games series – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, with Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.

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- Michelle McCue

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'Empire' Sued Again -- They Stole My Show ... And I Want $500 Million!

24 August 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Imagine "Empire" with Shaft in the lead role ... that was the vision one guy had, but it never got made ... and now he believes the creators of the show owe him $500 million for stealing his idea.  A guy named Jon Astor-White is suing EPs Danny Strong and Lee Daniels -- as well as Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox -- claiming he shopped around a show called "King Solomon" back in 2007 ... which bears a lot of similarities to "Empire. »

- TMZ Staff

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Gabourey Sidibe Gets a Love Interest for Season 2 of 'Empire'

21 August 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Mo McRae, who was recently cast to play Stokely Carmichael, opposite Bryan Cranston in "All The Way," HBO’s adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play, has also now been cast as Gabourey Sidibe's love interest in Fox's hist series “Empire,” when it returns for its second season this fall. McRae's character’s name will be J-Poppa, who Variety describes as "a handsome, easygoing guy" who "develops a strong connection with Andre (Trai Byers)." McRae (who can be currently seen on TNT's "Murder in the First" with Taye Diggs) last worked with "Empire" creators and producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong in 2013's “The Butler.” The guest-star-studded second season of "Empire" returns to Fox on September 22.

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Gabourey Sidibe Gets a Love Interest for Season 2 of 'Empire'

21 August 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Mo McRae, who was recently cast to play Stokely Carmichael, opposite Bryan Cranston in "All The Way," HBO’s adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play, has also now been cast as Gabourey Sidibe's love interest in Fox's hist series “Empire,” when it returns for its second season this fall. McRae's character’s name will be J-Poppa, who Variety describes as "a handsome, easygoing guy" who "develops a strong connection with Andre (Trai Byers)." McRae (who can be currently seen on TNT's "Murder in the First" with Taye Diggs) last worked with "Empire" creators and producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong in »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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‘Empire’ Casts Gabourey Sidibe’s Love Interest for Season 2 (Exclusive)

21 August 2015 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Empire” has cast Mo McRae to appear in season two, Variety has learned exclusively. He will do a three-episode arc, playing a love interest for Becky (Gabourey Sidibe).

The character’s name is J-Poppa, who’s described as a handsome, easygoing guy who is seeing Becky, assistant to Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) at Empire Entertainment. J-Poppa also develops a strong connection with Andre (Trai Byers).

“Empire” marks a reunion for McRae and exec producer Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, as he appeared in their 2013 film “The Butler.”

McRae is currently a series regular on TNT’s “Murder in the First,” and had a major recurring role in “Sons of Anarchy.” His other credits include “Ray Donovan,” “Battle Creek” and Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild.” Next up, he’s been cast in HBO’s biopic “All The Way.”

McRae is repped by CAA and Untitled.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Taraji P. Henson Dishes on Empire and Her Dream Man

13 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Cookie Lyon is arguably the baddest bitch on TV—and we say that with love. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created Empire and its most beloved character, but as Taraji P. Henson explains in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar, she modeled Luscious Lyon's ex after her late father. "He had no buffer. He spoke the truth. It's heroic because in this society we have been trained to be politically correct. Political correctness is bulls--t," the 44-year-old Emmy Award nominated actress tells the mag. "If I ask you a question right now, the first thing that comes in your mind is the truth. But we've all be been trained to breathe, digest the question, and manipulate the answer. Cookie doesn't do »

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TCA Awards: Jon Hamm, ‘Empire’ Thank the Critics

8 August 2015 10:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Television Critics Association Awards were held Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, or as host James Corden called it, the ceremony that celebrates “the dramas, the comedies and whatever category ‘Orange is the New Black’ is now calling itself.”

Exec producers and stars accepted awards for categories like individual achievement in comedy (which went to Amy Schumer), outstanding achievement in comedy (which went to her Comedy Central show) and outstanding achievement in youth programming (which went to ABC Family’s “The Fosters”).

“Are you giving this award to us sarcastically?” asked John Oliver via prerecorded message when his HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” won outstanding achievement in news and Information over more traditional choices like PBS’ “Frontline” and CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Winners were informed ahead of time, which Corden joked would allow more time for speech preparation.

“I thought I was supposed to fake surprise,” said “Better Call Saul’s” Peter Gould, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels Developing Drama About Girl Band

7 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Following the mega-success of "Empire," Fox has bought another series from writer-director Lee Daniels: a drama about the tensions within a cobbled-together girl band. The Atlanta-set "Star" will center on the three women in a band and will ask the question, What do you do to rise to the top of a cutthroat industry like the music business? According to Fox execs, Daniels has in mind "everything from ‘Dreamgirls’ to modern-day girl groups that are manufactured." They are put together, they don’t have an organic reason to be together," the network added. "That setup lends to a great soap-operatic storytelling machine.” In the meantime, "Empire," which is created by Daniels and Danny Strong and showrun by Ilene Chaiken, returns September 23. [via Variety]

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- Inkoo Kang

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‘Empire’ gets a full trailer for its upcoming second season

7 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Among the more commercially acclaimed series of last season was the Fox midseason show Empire. Co-created by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, and marking the latter’s migration to television from the big screen, the show was quickly renewed for a second season, with lead actress Taraji P. Henson being nominated for a TCA Award and a Primetime Emmy, as well as winning a Bet Award alongside lead Actor Terrence Howard.

The show’s second season will consist of 18 episodes, an increase in order from the first season’s 12 episodes, with Howard, Henson, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, and Bryshere Y. Gray returning once again, joined by a guest star list that includes Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, and Mariah Carey. The show’s second season is set to premiere on September 23rd at 9 pm Et, and be split in two parts, and ahead of the premiere, a full trailer for the season has now been released. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘Empire’ Season 2 Trailer: Lucious Lyon Operates From A Different Den

6 August 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The official Season 2 trailer for Fox drama Empire has dropped. It’s clear Lucious Lyon is not going to be removed easily as CEO of Empire Entertainment. “It needs to be handled” says Luscious from behind bars. We also get the first glimpse of Marisa Tomei as venture capitalist Mimi Whiteman. The smash hip-hop family drama from writers/executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong premieres September 23 on Fox. Have a look… »

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Lee Daniels’s New Fox Show, Star, Could Exist in the Same World As Empire

6 August 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is already working on his next project for Fox, and it’ll be set in the music world — but don’t call it a spinoff. The network is developing an hour-long soap from Daniels called Star, which will trace the rise of a three-member, Atlanta-based female singing group trying to become superstars. According to Fox Entertainment co-chief Dana Walden, who announced the project Thursday at the network’s portion of the TV Critics Association summer press tour, both Star and Empire take place in the “modern-day music business,” which means “the possibility of a crossover exists” between Daniels’s two shows. “But that’s not Lee’s intention” — at least not right now, Walden told reporters. Empire co-creator Danny Strong is not involved in Star, which Walden says will borrow elements from Daniels’s own life (much like Empire). “There’s a lot from Lee’s »

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‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels Developing Girl Band-Based Series ‘Star’ for Fox

6 August 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is singing to the tune of Lee Daniels.

Following the success of the breakout hit “Empire,” the mega-producer is developing another music-themed show, Variety has learned. This time, the drama will revolve around a girl band. The series, hailing from 20th Century Fox TV, is tentatively titled “Star.”

Fox bought the project, which is in early development, with a put pilot commitment — no surprise given Daniels’ success in the genre at the network.

Daniels will serve as writer and exec producer on the Atlanta-set “Star,” alongside Tom Donaughy. Casting will begin shortly. The lead characters will be the three women in the musical group.

On Thursday, Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman offered up details on the upcoming show, which explores the cutthroat music scene and asks the question, what do you do to rise to the top? Explaining that Daniels “talks a lot about everything from ‘Dreamgirls »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Empire Season 2: Men at Work Star to Recur as Obsessive Gay Photog

3 August 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Will Season 2 of Empire feature a cover of Animotion’s “Obsession“? (Don’t pretend like that wouldn’t be the best thing ever.)

Men at Work‘s Adam Busch has been cast in a recurring role for Season 2, and it sounds like his character may encounter some blurred lines between his professional duties and his personal predilections.

RelatedEmpire Season 2 Wish List: Guest Star Caveats, Tough Cookie, Sexy Jamal

According to our sister site Deadline, Busch will play “Chase One, a sexy, gifted, avant-garde gay artist who’s doing a photo shoot, and is infatuated with his male star.”

Will that star be Jamal? »

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[Media] - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" French trailer

27 July 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Lionsgate has debuted the full french trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" which you can check out in the player below! "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong and features a cast that also includes Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland reprising their original roles from "The Hunger Games" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". The lineup is joined by "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" co-stars Academy Award-winner Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross. The film will »

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Watch The Exciting New Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Trailer

23 July 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here’s your first look at the trailer that premiered at Comic Con for the final installment of the epic Hunger Games series – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, with Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.

The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown.

Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale »

- Michelle McCue

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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong On Season 2 and Going From 'Buffy' to Writing

21 July 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When last week's Emmy nominations came out, one of the day's big shocks was that "Empire" — Fox's blockbuster ratings success and popular favorite — was largely left out of the race. But when Indiewire talked with Danny Strong, the show's co-creator alongside Lee Daniels, his focus was much more on the musical soap opera/family drama's second season, which has been expanded to 18 episodes (from 12 in Season 1). Read More: How to Build an 'Empire': 7 Reasons Lee Daniels' Drama Keeps Doing the Impossible Strong's life has had its own surprising twists and turns: After beginning as an actor with prominent roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gilmore Girls," Strong's writing career took off after HBO greenlit "Recount," the 2008 film about the 2000 Gore/Bush election. Since then, he's written "Game Change," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and the final two installments of "The Hunger Games," while also »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong On Season 2 and Going From 'Buffy' to Writing

21 July 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When last week's Emmy nominations came out, one of the day's big shocks was that "Empire" — Fox's blockbuster ratings success and popular favorite — was largely left out of the race. But when Indiewire talked with Danny Strong, the show's co-creator alongside Lee Daniels, his focus was much more on the musical soap opera/family drama's second season, which has been expanded to 18 episodes (from 12 in Season 1). Read More: How to Build an 'Empire': 7 Reasons Lee Daniels' Drama Keeps Doing the Impossible Strong's life has had its own surprising twists and turns: After beginning as an actor with prominent roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gilmore Girls," Strong's writing career took off after HBO greenlit "Recount," the 2008 film about the 2000 Gore/Bush election. Since then, he's written "Game Change," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and the final two installments of "The Hunger Games," while also...

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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