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11 items from 2015


‘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

Lee Daniels connection: The Woodsman

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Watch the Throne: Why Lee Daniels’ 'Empire' is the Best Thing on Network Television Right Now

9 March 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The best television out there right now is coming up unexpected. It isn’t zombie horror “The Walking Dead,” and it isn’t the latest season of Netflix’s “House of Cards.” The show that’s gluing eyes to TV sets nationwide is newcomer “Empire,” the nighttime musical soap about the intricate and frequently outrageous inner workings of a family with a reign over the hip hop music industry.  Co-created by melodrama auteur Lee Daniels, whose directing credits include “Precious,” “The Paperboy,” and “Lee DanielsThe Butler,” the new hit series spins the record on Shakespeare’s “King Lear” by revamping it into the modern tale of a dying CEO of a record label struggling to choose which of his three sons is most fit to carry on his almighty legacy. Terrence Howard plays rapper-turned-megaman Lucious Lyon, and the trio of aforementioned sons — all portrayed by unknowns fast on their »

- Oliver Skinner

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Garfield Not Returning For Marvel's Spidey

10 February 2015 6:34 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Last night's big news regarding Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios collaborating on ways to revive the flagging "Spider-Man" franchise has led to inevitable questions and speculation regarding the future of the web slinger's screen outings.

The biggest of these questions, and the one which has had the most discussion since, has been in regards to who will be cast in the role. The press release by Marvel didn't discuss recasting the role, so fans of current Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield have been holding out hope the actor might return.

The Wrap reporter Linda Ge however shot that down, posting a tweet saying "Confirmed: Andrew Garfield is No Longer Spider-Man. Someone new will be cast. First appearance in McU, then solo film."

Whilst numerous names have been suggested in the wake of the announcement, the same handful of names seem to be popping up regularly social media. Both my own and »

- Garth Franklin

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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 »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Matthew McConaughey will soon be Born To Run

30 January 2015 4:41 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was just announced that Matthew McConaughey will star in a screen adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s book Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) penned the screenplay for the upcoming film, which will be produced by Mickey Liddell, Deb Newmyer and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Born to Run is described as an “epic adventure” that follows McDougall as he ventures off to Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons in search of a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners. Intent on learning their secrets of running hundreds of miles without rest in brutal terrain, the Tarahumara Indians flip his understanding of the art of running on its head.

The tribe’s superhuman athletic talent is combined with excellent physical health, both leading to the tribe’s ultimately peaceful existence. With the help of a mysterious loner Caballo Blanco, »

- Gary Collinson

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Matthew McConaughey will soon be Born To Run

29 January 2015 10:07 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was just announced that Matthew McConaughey will star in a screen adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s book Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) penned the screenplay for the upcoming film, which will be produced by Mickey Liddell, Deb Newmyer and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Born to Run is described as an “epic adventure” that follows McDougall as he ventures off to Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons in search of a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners. Intent on learning their secrets of running hundreds of miles without rest in brutal terrain, the Tarahumara Indians flip his understanding of the art of running on its head.

The tribe’s superhuman athletic talent is combined with excellent physical health, both leading to the tribe’s ultimately peaceful existence. With the help of a mysterious loner Caballo Blanco, »

- William Fanelli

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Drawing breath by Anne-Katrin Titze

20 January 2015 8:14 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Tomi Ungerer: All in One at The Drawing Center in New York on Liberté Crucifiée: "I view the shooting at Charlie Hebdo with an incredible sense of sadness." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

During the opening weekend of celebrations for the exhibition Tomi Ungerer: All in One, curated by Claire Gilman at The Drawing Center in New York, I asked the star of Brad Bernstein's Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story about his Barbies that resembled Nicole Kidman's look in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy. He told me that Bagdad Cafe director Percy Adlon's Landleben and Celia Lowenstein's Fascination: Fascism were two other films that profiled him. We talked about his fascination with the Brothers Grimm and how he sees himself in Luis Buñuel and David Lynch. The day before, with Steven Heller, he spoke about his sadness over the tragedy in Paris »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Meet the Contenders: David Oyelowo "Selma"

10 January 2015 2:22 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Abstew continues his weekly look at acting contenders as their films open...

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma

Best Actor

Born: David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo was born 1 April, 1976 in Oxford, England

The Role: Filmmakers have been having a dream of bring a film about civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. to the big screen for years now. And this particular story, not a traditional cradle to tomb biopic of the man, but focusing on the Voting Rights marches in Selma, Alabama in 1965, has been in development since 2007 when British screenwriter Paul Webb completed his script. Various directors had been attached at one point and it was almost made in 2010 by Lee Daniels, who dropped the project due to lack of funding and to make The Butler instead. It finally comes to us from writer/director Ava DuVernay, who could make history by becoming the first African-American female »

- abstew

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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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Empire Series Premiere Review: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

7 January 2015 9:33 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As Precious, The Butler and The Paperboy all indicated, Lee Daniels is not a subtle storyteller. He also has an unchecked ego, placing his name before the title of his highest-grossing movie and then enlarging the font size of his name when it appears onscreen for his small screen directorial debut, the new series Empire. Regardless, a towering personality could be just the right touch for a show focused on a hip-hop maven with Jay-z’s stature.

Unfortunately, Daniels stuffs his pilot with enough plot to give Shonda Rhimes pause, constantly going for big, bold and broad moments when what he needed to do was capture the little things inherent to this story universe. He fails to capture the rhythm of the business and songwriting aspects, instead resigning the characters to stereotypes and the motives behind their relationships to several forced lines of exposition. For a series with such formidable »

- Jordan Adler

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Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo on the ‘Divine Timing’ of ‘Selma’

6 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following the New York premiere of “Selma,” a dramatic account of a pivotal chapter in the civil rights movement, director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo and other cast members took to the steps of the city’s public library, raising their arms in the “don’t shoot” pose and wearing T-shirts bearing the last words of slain Staten Island resident Eric Garner: “I can’t breathe.” The red-carpet event and protest unfolded on the same December weekend that saw more than 25,000 demonstrators march through the streets of Manhattan after a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the choking death of Garner.

It was a surprisingly blunt statement of political and artistic intent for a film that likely would have struck a resonant chord in any year — not least because it’s the first theatrical feature ever made about the life of Martin Luther Jr. (Oyelowo), and »

- Justin Chang

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