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‘Empire’ Co-Creator Lee Daniels Sued by SAG-AFTRA Over Non-Payment of Residuals

8 December 2015 6:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

8 December 2015 6:16 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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

8 December 2015 5:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

8 December 2015 3:37 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

14 October 2015 6:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

26 August 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

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

5 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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”).

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

2 July 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"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

2 July 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"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 »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Empire’ Dream Cast: 12 Actors We Want to Reunite with Lee Daniels on Season 2

11 March 2015 5:41 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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

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Apparently, Damon Dash and Kanye West Are Teaming Up to Make Movies, "Cutting Out the Middleman"

6 February 2015 3:28 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

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'

8 January 2015 10:21 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"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 »

- Anne Thompson

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