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  • Richard Pryor Biopic Officially Adds Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy

    Aug 31, 15 by Qwest7 Leave a comment


    *The Weinstein Company’s ready to be greenlit biopic on Richard Pryor is assembling a powerful cast with Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy now officially among those on board for the project. Page Six cites Deadline, which reports that  Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, Marie Carter, who ran a brothel and raised the comedy icon there while […]

  • Patti Labelle Reveals the One Thing She Won’t Do on ‘Empire’

    Aug 26, 15 by Qwest7 Leave a comment


    *Patti LaBelle has love for Lee Daniels, her Philly homie, but there are some things she just won’t do. Even for a friend. The music legend, who made a memorable appearance on the season one finale of “Empire,” detailed a conversation she had with Daniels, who wanted her to do something “daring” when she returns […]

  • Wesley Snipes Explains Why He Passed on ‘Empire’

    Aug 14, 15 by Cherie Saunders 2 Comments


    *As the story goes, Wesley Snipes was approached to play Lucious Lyon in Fox’s breakout phenomenon “Empire” before it was offered to its current occupant Terrence Howard. In January, creator Lee Daniels confirmed Snipes as an original casting choice for the Lyon patriarch, then, explained how star Taraji P. Henson strongly suggested that her “Hustle and […]

  • ‘Empire’ EP Ilene Chaiken Talks Oprah, Lee Daniels’ Emmy F-Bomb

    Aug 11, 15 by Qwest7 Leave a comment


    *There’s no question that people are patiently waiting for the September 23 premiere of season two of “Empire.” And while guest stars such as Mariah Carey and Pitbull add to the hype, the show’s executive producer, Ilene Chaiken, is focused on making sure Lucious, Cookie and the rest of the Lyon family stay at the center […]

  • Marvin Gaye III to Sue ‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels & Fox: Idea Theft

    Aug 9, 15 by EurPublisher 3 Comments


    *Hmm, one can only wonder if this is a case of Marvin Gaye’s son “smelling himself?” We say that in light of his – and the other Marvin Gaye siblings’ – successful landmark $7 million “Blurred Lines” judgement against Robin Thicke and Pharrell … because now he’s saying that TV’s hottest show, “Empire,” is his idea and […]

  • FOX Adds New Lee Daniels Drama ‘Star’, About Rising Girl Group in Atlanta

    Aug 6, 15 by Cherie Saunders 2 Comments


    *Lee Daniels is bringing a new music-based drama to Fox. The co-creator and executive producer of “Empire” is working on “Star,” about three girls in Atlanta who form a band and their rise to the top. Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden made the announcement Thursday morning at the Television Critics Association press tour. An […]