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The actor and author of new novel The House of Hidden Mothers answered your questions in a live webchat – from why she changed her name to her advice on writing without stereotypes, via her distaste for mince, catch up with her answers now
Thanks all for your comments, questions, and making me laugh. Have a lovely summer.
Thanks everyone for your questions, and thanks to Meera. Until next time!
Hi Meera, you were wonderful in Behind the Beautiful Forevers – were you surprised to find that it had taken so long to get an all-Asian cast on the Olivier Stage?
Ta for that. Loved doing that production. We all did as a company - we were aware we were making a little bit of history. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about how long things take any more, I'm just glad it's done, and hopefully »
- Guardian Staff
Cheers are in order for James L. Burrows and Robert Butler, joint recipients of the inaugural Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in Television. The honor will be presented to both directors at the 67th annual DGA Awards.
For Burrows, whose directing credits in television include landmark series such as “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Will & Grace,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Millers,” the award is a culmination of an illustrious career marked by myriad professional high points, the first of which was his very first created by credit on the 1982 “Cheers” pilot.
“To get a ‘created by’ credit on that show — the Charles brothers were gracious enough to give me that — was so memorable,” says Burrows, eight episodes shy of directing 1,000 over the course of his career. “To see these characters that were thought up by the three of us first appear in front of a live audience and for the audience »
- Malina Saval
The run up to Empire‘s solid debut last night on Fox didn’t come without any opposition. Its main source of criticism came from 50 Cent, who accused the Lee Daniels-backed series of copying the marketing techniques of the Starz show Power that the rapper executive produces.
50 posted this now-deleted photo on Instagram:
[Photo Credit: @50Cent]
However, after watching last night’s premiere, their stark difference is clear. Empire tells the story of Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a former drug dealer turned music mogul, and the struggle amongst his family for individual power. Meanwhile, Power follows Ghost, a club owner trying to keep his drug-dealing side hustle and his mistress at bay.
When Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson, who plays the Lyon’s fresh-outta-prison matriarch, was asked about 50′s comments, she made this unforgettable comeback:
[Photo Credit: @therealtaraji]
To which 50 hilariously responded:
I’m at CES 2015 working #Smsaudio @tarajiphenson don’t be mad at me. »
- Tara Aquino
3 items from 2015
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