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Napa Valley Festival’s Artist-in-Residence Program Connects Indies

Napa Valley Festival’s Artist-in-Residence Program Connects Indies
This year’s narrative and documentary feature competitions include 20 projects vying for grand prizes of $10,000 and bottles of wine, awarded to one narrative film and one doc. While all would love to walk away with the top prize, directors are already winners as they’re invited to participate in the festival’s Artists-in-Residence Program.

When people are submitting their films to us, it’s also kind of like applying to college — the film is their essay,” says Marc Lhormer, Nvff co-founder, executive and artistic director.

Those selected enjoy a six-night stay and decadent lunch and dinner receptions at luxury resort Meadowood Napa Valley during a residency that includes master classes with the likes of director Stephen Gyllenhaal (who also has the drama “So B. It” screening at the festival), producer Lynette Howell Taylor, and Wme’s Graham Taylor.

“The idea was, ‘How cool would it be for us to bring
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Lee Daniels developing Lee Daniels biopic

Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels has revealed that he’s in talks to direct a musical biopic based upon his own life, which he’s comparing to Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 and Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz.

“My publicist will kill me, but I’m in talks about doing a musical film about my life,” Daniels told Billboard. “I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I’ve come from the projects. I’ve been homeless. It’ll have original music and sort of be like Fellini’s 8 1/2 or All That Jazz.”

No word yet if he plans to title it Lee DanielsLee Daniels

Daniels has previously spoken about his father, a Philadelphia police officer who was physically violent and abusive towards him after he came out as gay. His father was killed in the line of duty during Daniels’ teens, and he then went on to run
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‘Empire’ Co-Creator Lee Daniels Sued by SAG-AFTRA Over Non-Payment of Residuals

‘Empire’ Co-Creator Lee Daniels Sued by SAG-AFTRA Over Non-Payment of Residuals
Update, 10:43 p.m. — SAG-aftra has sued Lee Daniels’ companies over their alleged failure to pay $335,000 in residuals to performers, along with other payments related to his 2005 film “Shadowboxer.”

The performers union filed a complaint Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles against Shadowboxer LLC and Lee Daniels Entertainment. A rep for Daniels did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The action alleged that Daniels’ companies had made “Shadowboxer,” a crime thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, Stephen Dorff and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, pursuant to the terms of the SAG collective bargaining agreement for independent producers but failed to make payments or send the required reports about the distribution of the movie.

The action also asserted that a 2011 arbitration decision awarded the union more than $335,000 including $169,630 in residuals, $25,323 in pension and health contributions and $93,544 in late payment liquidated damages. The lawsuit is seeking enforcement of the 2011 arbitration decision.
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‘Empire’s Lee Daniels Hit With “Weird” Residuals Lawsuit By SAG-aftra

‘Empire’s Lee Daniels Hit With “Weird” Residuals Lawsuit By SAG-aftra
Just over a month after the Empire co-creator was honored by the SAG AFTRA Foundation, SAG-aftra sued Lee Daniels today in federal court in a six-year-old battle over residuals. The union is seeking to have a judge enforce a 2011 arbitration ruling over nearly $340,000 in unpaid contributions and residuals from Daniels' directorial feature debut Shadowboxer. A source close to Daniels says "it is weird" that SAG-aftra cannot get ahold of the director to work out the issue…
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Lee Daniels Sued by SAG-aftra Over Residual Payments on 2005 Indie Movie

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Lee Daniels Sued by SAG-aftra Over Residual Payments on 2005 Indie Movie
SAG-aftra filed a lawsuit against Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated director of “Precious” and the co-creator of Fox’s hit TV show “Empire,” on Tuesday in California federal court. In legal documents obtained by TheWrap, the labor guild claims that Daniels’ company has failed to pay $335,000 in residuals and pension and health contributions to performers on his 2005 film, “Shadowboxer.” According to the complaint, Daniels made “Shadowboxer,” which starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, pursuant to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement for independent producers, but has failed to deliver required reports about the distribution of the movie or make.
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SAG-AFTRA Sues Lee Daniels for Not Paying Residuals

SAG-AFTRA Sues Lee Daniels for Not Paying Residuals
Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated director of Precious and the co-creator of Fox's "Empire," was hit with a lawsuit on Tuesday from SAG-AFTRA. In California federal court, the labor guild claims that Daniels' company has failed to pay residuals or make required pension and health contributions to performers on his 2005 film, Shadowboxer. According to the complaint, Daniels made Shadowboxer, which starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, pursuant to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement for independent producers, but has failed to send along required reports about the distribution of the movie nor make payments. SAG-AFTRA took

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SAG Foundation to Honor Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison, Rob Marshall

SAG Foundation to Honor Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison, Rob Marshall
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation will honor Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison and Rob Marshall with its first Patron of the Artists Awards.

The foundation will award the trio at its 30th anniversary celebration on Nov. 5 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

“This year, the SAG Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving back to the community, and our three Patron of the Artists Award recipients are class acts known for generously contributing to a world-wide community of artists,” said SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams.

“Each has discovered, nurtured and propelled creative talent both in front and behind the camera — Lee for diversity in storytelling and casting, Megan as a next generation patron for auteur filmmakers and Rob for reviving the musical genre and giving actors opportunities to showcase different talents.”

The nonprofit foundation has previously announced Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the Actors Inspiration Award at the event.
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Tucker Tooley in Talks to Replace Weinstein Company COO David Glasser

Relativity Media president Tucker Tooley is in discussions to replace the Weinstein Company’s chief operating officer David Glasser, insiders confirmed to Variety.

No deal has been offered to Tooley, and the studio executive has his hands full overseeing Relativity as it winds its way through a complicated bankruptcy and auction. He has committed to staying with the studio as it goes through Chapter 11, sources say. An auction is scheduled to take place on Oct. 1, and court approval for a sale is expected to come in the following weeks.

Glasser’s departure was announced in July. His exit was seen as a loss for the studio behind such Oscar-winning titles as “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist” because he is respected for his financial acumen. He said he’s leaving the company in search of a new opportunity, but will stay on to find a replacement.

Tooley joined Relativity
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Mariah Carey’s Movie Career Gets Big Boost from Lee Daniels

Mariah Carey’s Movie Career Gets Big Boost from Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels will not disclose any details about Mariah Carey’s role or character on the second season of Fox’s “Empire” — “I’m already in trouble with my publicist” is his quick excuse — but he believes she has definitely earned her place on the hip-hop insider drama as an actress. This is not a case of stunt casting.

“She has certainly proven herself, good lord. Repeatedly,” says Daniels, the co-creator, executive producer and writer of Fox’s biggest scripted hit of the 2014-15 season. “I’m very excited to see where she goes on ‘Empire.’”

It’s not a stretch to say Carey owes her current standing as an actress to Daniels, who ignored the crush of negativity that engulfed her 2001 film debut in “Glitter” and guided her to a starring role in a feature (“Tennessee”) followed by two well-received supporting roles (“Precious,” “Lee DanielsThe Butler”).

She’ll return to topline status,
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Smash Hit 'Empire' Hits Blu-ray in September, Lee Daniels Q & A

Smash Hit 'Empire' Hits Blu-ray in September, Lee Daniels Q & A
"The Butler" director Lee Daniels' hugely entertaining new Fox series "Empire" is the season's breakout ratings smash, particularly among young adult viewers, who've also tuned into ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" starring powerhouse Viola Davis. Compelling stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are both up for Emmy nominations.  Daniels is a fascinating enigma, someone who veers in and out of control of his various media as he tries to stay in touch with his inner truth --and demons--for the sake of his art. He is an artist--for better or worse, as his films, which are never boring, attest, from "Shadowboxer" and "The Paperboy" to his mainstream hits "Precious" and "The Butler." Actors revere him. Critics? Not so much.  Read: 'Empire' Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, September 15, with 50-Minutes of Extras, Including Uncut Performances Daniels knows that his move to...

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Smash Hit 'Empire' Hits Blu-ray in September, Lee Daniels Q & A

Smash Hit 'Empire' Hits Blu-ray in September, Lee Daniels Q & A
"The Butler" director Lee Daniels' hugely entertaining new Fox series "Empire" is the season's breakout ratings smash, particularly among young adult viewers, who've also tuned into ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" starring powerhouse Viola Davis. Compelling stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are both up for Emmy nominations.  Daniels is a fascinating enigma, someone who veers in and out of control of his various media as he tries to stay in touch with his inner truth --and demons--for the sake of his art. He is an artist--for better or worse, as his films, which are never boring, attest, from "Shadowboxer" and "The Paperboy" to his mainstream hits "Precious" and "The Butler." Actors revere him. Critics? Not so much.  Read: 'Empire' Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, September 15, with 50-Minutes of Extras, Including Uncut Performances Daniels knows that his move to...
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‘Empire’ Dream Cast: 12 Actors We Want to Reunite with Lee Daniels on Season 2

‘Empire’ Dream Cast: 12 Actors We Want to Reunite with Lee Daniels on Season 2
When it comes to appearing on Empire, there seems to be one common thread: Lee Daniels. The director, who helped creator Fox’s hit new series with writer/actor Danny Strong, comes from a critically acclaimed film background. Both Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) and Gabourey Sidibe (Becky Williams) earned Oscar recognition thanks to Daniels work behind the camera.

Daniels has worked with an impressive pool of actors, which includes everyone from Dame Helen Mirren to SeanP. Diddy” Combs. While we’d never expect to see Mirren on the show -- though it would be delightful if she made a voice cameo like she did on Glee -- we do love the idea of Combs getting back into acting, Nicole Kidman returning to her camp days, or even Zac Efron revisiting the musical world that first made him a star.

1. Eve

Lee Daniels connection: The Woodsman

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Eve
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Apparently, Damon Dash and Kanye West Are Teaming Up to Make Movies, "Cutting Out the Middleman"

It may not be widely-known that music mogul, and all-around businessman, Damon Dash, is also very active in the movie business, as an actor, director, and producer. He's produced or executive produced a few Lee Daniels-stamped films ("Shadowboxer," "The Woodsman," and "Tennessee"), and even has 4 feature film directing credits to his name, including "Paper Soldiers" and "State Property 2."  Most recently, the Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder has been in the news thanks to his lawsuit against Lee Daniels, over the filmmaker's work on such films as "The Butler," "Precious," "The Paperboy," as well as the...
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Why Lee Daniels Went from Film to TV's Hit Hip-Hop Musical 'Empire'

Why Lee Daniels Went from Film to TV's Hit Hip-Hop Musical 'Empire'
"The Butler" director Lee Daniels' new Fox series "Empire" debuted to smash ratings Wednesday night, particularly among young adult viewers, who've also tuned into ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" starring powerhouse Viola Davis. He's a fascinating enigma, someone who veers in and out of control of his medium as he tries to stay in touch with his inner truth --and demons--for the sake of his art. He is an artist--for better or worse, as his films, which are never boring, attest, from "Shadowboxer" and "The Paperboy" to his mainstream hits "Precious" and "The Butler." Actors revere him. Critics? Not so much.  Daniels knows this move to network television seems surprising (cable seems more likely), but he decided that this high-concept pitch from "The Butler" writer Danny Strong --"King Lear" set in the world of hip-hop-- called for mainstream treatment. Daniels wants to reach...
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Lee Daniels Talks Transition from Film to Fox TV's Hip-Hop Musical 'Empire': "I am so misunderstood"

Lee Daniels Talks Transition from Film to Fox TV's Hip-Hop Musical 'Empire':
Offered the chance to meet Lee Daniels, I take it. I've never interviewed the filmmaker before. He's a fascinating enigma, someone who veers in and out of control of his medium as he tries to stay in touch with his inner truth --and demons--for the sake of his art. He is an artist--for better or worse, as his films, which are never boring, attest, from "Shadowboxer" and "The Paperboy" to his mainstream hits "Precious" and "The Butler." Actors revere him. Critics? Not so much.  We meet at the Chateau Marmont, where New Yorker Daniels was working on his musical Fox TV series "Empire," which begins airing January 7. He knows this move to network television seems surprising (cable seems more likely), but he decided that this high-concept pitch from "The Butler" writer Danny Strong --"King Lear" set in the world of hip-hop-- called for mainstream treatment. Daniels wants to reach people.
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Stephen Dorff Signs With Paradigm

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Stephen Dorff Signs With Paradigm
Exclusive: Actor Stephen Dorff has signed with Paradigm. Last year he moved to Resolution from Gersh to return to longtime agent David Unger, but the agency folded in October. Dorff started his career with films like The Power Of One, Judgment Night, and Backbeat in the ’90s — around the time he famously had Alicia Silverstone cryin’ in an Aerosmith music video. He has appeared steadily onscreen since, with credits ranging from vampire actioner Blade to John WatersCecil B. DeMented, Lee DanielsShadowboxer, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center.

Dorff starred in recent indie Zaytoun and The Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Film. Forthcoming films include the recently-wrapped American Hero opposite Eddie Griffin for director Nick Love, drama Oliver’s Deal from exec producer Christine Vachon,
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Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels
More details have emerged in Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee. As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons that outlined his claims of having written and oral agreements with Daniels. On Monday in New York Superior Court, Dash followed up with an actual complaint that provides the basis why Dash thinks himself entitled to credits, ownership and millions of dollars in compensation. Dash's lawsuit confirms reports that the dispute dates back to

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Q&A: Relativity President Tucker Tooley

As president of Relativity Media, Tucker Tooley credits his successful collaboration with Ryan Kavanaugh to their differences. “I think any good partnership has to have completely different skill sets and bring something different to the table,” notes Tooley. “Because if you do the exact same thing, you’re just duplicating what each other does.”

Prior to joining Relativity Media in 2007 as president of worldwide production, Tooley was an independent producer whose credits include the Vin Diesel vehicle “A Man Apart” and Lee Daniels’ “Shadowboxer.” At the time, Relativity was co-financing movies, but not producing its own films.

“All of a sudden Ryan was getting scripts, movies submitted in to finance, and I think the light bulb went off,” says Tooley. “So he brought me in to really kind of launch the single picture division.”

Since then, Tooley has overseen production on such key Relativity titles as “Dear John,” “Haywire” and “We’re the Millers,
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Strips Off His Pants on Live TV!

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Cuba Gooding Jr. sure likes to let loose!The actor stopped by Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live: After Show" on Thursday, where he decided to drop trou on live TV! Maybe the open bar gave the Academy-Award winning actor some extra liquid courage -- check out the hilarious video above!"You know how Black people do!" the nearly-naked Gooding exclaimed next to Queen Latifah. But that wasn't the only risque moment of the night -- earlier in the show Cuba made one provocative joke while sharing a story about his 2005 "Shadowboxer" costar Helen Mirren. See what the actor had to say about Mirren's breath while filming the intimate love scene! Yeah ... he went  there. While the comment seems like it was just in good fun, we're not sure how Helen would feel about the joke. What do you think about Cuba's wild appearance? Tell toofab in the comment section below!
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Video: Where's Cuba Gooding Jr.? He's on TV Dropping Trou!

Video: Where's Cuba Gooding Jr.? He's on TV Dropping Trou!
var brightcovevideoid = '3065695027001'; Cuba Gooding Jr. shocked viewers on Thursday's episode of Watch What Happens Live when he stripped off his pants without provocation - though the show's open bar probably helped. The Academy Award-winning actor joined host Andy Cohen and fellow guest Queen Latifah on the Bravo show to talk about his new film Life of a King. The conversation soon transitioned from mild to wild once the guests were presented with free robes. Eager to try on his new gift, Gooding enthusiastically dropped his slacks and wrapped himself in the fluffy present. "I am in robe!" the
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