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    Casting: Mike Epps Frontrunner For Richard Pryor Biopic, Daisy Ridley Returning For 'Star Wars 8 & 9' And More

    From Marlon Wayans to Eddie Murphy to Nick Cannon, it seems every six months or so a new name surfaces as the potential lead for the forever developing Richard Pryor biopic. And with Lee Daniels now attached to direct, another contender is now in the pole position for the job —Mike Epps, who recentl...

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    Lee Daniels to Direct Film Based on Brian Banks' Story (Promising Athlete Falsely Convicted of Rape)

    This is in addition to a documentary Banks himself has been working on for 2 years, that will tell the same story.

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    Watch: '60 Minutes' Report About Brian Banks, Whose Story Lee Daniels Will Turn Into A Feature Film

    It's been a year since Lee Daniels dropped "Lee Daniels' The Butler," and he's yet to make a move on his next feature. For the moment, his eye is on the Fox hip hop drama pilot "Empire" which is in post-production, but the filmmaker is putting another movie into the Crock-pot and letting it simmer.

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    Lee Daniels Adapts Shakespearian Protagonist for TV

    In our in-depth interview, Lee Daniels explains why he's misunderstood, has stopped reading reviews, and has adapted King Lear as hip-hop musical "Empire" for network television--while not giving up on movies.

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    Listen up, Dreamers! Watch James Franco, Lee Daniels and Hans Zimmer Speak About Their Creative Inspirations

    In an effort to align itself with creativity, Italian coffee company and Tribeca Film Festival sponsor illy made "Inspiring Creativity," a short video featuring interviews from 21 artists of all mediums from around the world.

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    First Look At Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett In Lee Daniels' 'Empire'

    First Look At Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett In Lee Daniels' 'Empire'

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    Lee Daniels' Fox Hip-Hop Pilot 'Empire' Casts Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard As Leads

    Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) will star alongside Terrence Howard in Lee Daniels' hip-hip drama 'Empire.' The Fox pilot will mark Lee Daniel's TV debut and follows the success of his features "Precious" and "The Butler."

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    Mike Ehrmantraut Will Return On 'Better Call Saul,' Bryan Cranston Open To Returning Plus More TV Updates

    While the rumor machine remains high on "Better Call Saul," and actual details low, this much we do know: some of the "Breaking Bad" writers are back for this spinoff, Bob Odenkirk is reprising his role in the lead (obviously), and now his regular fixer is back.

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    FOX Orders To Pilot Lee Daniels Drama Series About Family-Run Hip-Hop Empire

    FOX Orders To Pilot Lee Daniels Drama Series About Family-Run Hip-Hop Empire

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    Lee Daniels Will Produce and Direct 'Empire,' a Drama Pilot Set in the World of Hip Hop

    Lee Daniels' "The Butler" may have gotten shunned at this year's Academy Awards, but the acclaimed director will certainly have an opportunity to make up for it with his new television drama "Empire," which has just gotten a pilot order at Fox.

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