billie holiday biopic

Lee Daniels‘ name still carries a lot of clout, even as the Oscar-nominated director takes his sweet time deciding what his next project will be. After earning tons of accolades for Precious in 2009, Daniels made the jump to TV, co-creating the immensely popular Empire.

But he hasn’t directed a feature film since 2013’s The Butler, though his name has been attached to a Terms of Endearment remake. Now the director is in talks to helm a Billie Holiday biopic with singer-songwriter Andra Day eyed to play the jazz icon.

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2018 Oscars Montages

The Oscars have come and gone, with The Shape of Water winning Best Picture and Guillermo del Toro winning Best Director. But for those of you who were maybe too busy to watch the entire ceremony, or just want to know about the good bits, you’ll want to check out these fantastic montages from the broadcast.

The 2018 Oscars not only featured the comedic stylings of Jimmy Kimmel and another fantastic Hollywood prank, but it also features several outstanding montages paying tribute to the magic of the movies. One extended montage runs through the 90-year history of films, another honors the military on film, but the most powerful one highlights the importance of inclusion and representation on the big screen. Read More »

terms of endearment remake

The director behind The Butler and The PaperboyLee Daniels, might remake James L. Brooks‘ beautiful 1983 film, Terms of Endearment. Brooks’ made his directorial debut with his adaptation of Larry McMurtry‘s novel, which won Best Picture, Best Director, and more at the Academy Awards. It’s a masterful, honest tearjerker Paramount is eying Daniels and Oprah Winfrey to remake.

Below, learn more about the Terms of Endearment remake.

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Richard Pryor Biopic

Director Lee Daniels has come back to the Richard Pryor biopic, and he’s brought producer Jay Z with him. Pryor was set to star Mike Epps as the iconic comedian, in addition to Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy, Kate Hudson, and Tracy Morgan, but this summer, Daniels dropped out of the biopic due to his crowded schedule. The Butler director is now back with a new early 2017 start date.

Below, learn more about the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic.

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Lee Daniels Musical

With four feature films and a TV series under his belt, Lee Daniels has created a rather successful career as a director, writer, and producer. But has he achieved enough and lived a compelling enough life to merit an autobiographical musical? The filmmaker seems to think so because he’s currently in talks to make the project happen.

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Richard Pryor Biopic

A biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been developing long enough that Eddie Murphy was once considered for the lead role, but has since been hired to play the father of the iconic comic, who will instead be played by Mike Epps. The project finally seemed like it was on track to make it in front of cameras with Lee Daniels at the helm, but the filmmaker behind The Butler and Precious has now fallen away from the project, leaving it without a director.

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Tracy Morgan playing Redd Foxx

This past August, we learned that the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic was finally moving forward, with Mike Epps leading the film to be directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Dreamgirls scribe Bill Condon and Fox’s Empire collaborator Danny Strong.

And now the production has just gained a new cast member to play another iconic comedian. We have word that Tracy Morgan will be playing Redd Foxx, the stand-up comedian and star of the hit classic comedy series Sanford and Son. Find out how Foxx fits into the Pryor biopic below. Read More »

Lee Daniels horror film

The Paperboy by Lee Daniels has become one of my favorite trashy movies because it is totally nuts. And so the idea of a Lee Daniels horror film is fantastic, because that could be just the framework in which he can let loose some similar energy with a different vibe. Enter Demon House, a supernatural story set up at Relativity, which Daniels is now set to direct. Read More »

Mike Epps Takes the Lead in Richard Pryor Biopic

mike epps richard pryor

Looks like the lead in the Richard Pryor biopic has gone to Mike Epps. Somehow, early on in the process, it looked like Nick Cannon was going to get the gig, and thus be enshrined in proximity to Pryor’s simply by virtue of proximity. But then Mike Epps came roaring up from the back of the pack with a screen test that was reportedly impossible to ignore. (He’d been attached to play Pryor in a previous version of this project.) So now we’ve got a Lee Daniels film about Richard Pryor, starring Mike Epps. That should be nuts. Read More »

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Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments

Bible-based projects are hotter than ever. This year alone, we’ll see Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and the Jesus tale Son of God. But while most are taking the familiar form of an historical epic, WGN America is going a different way with their religiously inspired new miniseries.

Produced by The Weinstein Co., 10 Commandments will consist of ten episodes, each of which will focus on a different commandment. Different is the key word here. Each installment will be helmed by a different director, with Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven, and Michael Cera among those attached right now. (Yes, that Michael Cera.) Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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