Billie Holiday is one of the most beloved Blues singers in history, but like many Black icons who were carving out a career in the spotlight in the early 20th century, she had a life that was mired in conflict and hostility. Many had racist institutions and racist communities banding against them, but for Holiday, she had the U.S. government out to get her. Holiday’s glamorous career and life, as well as her conflict with the FBI, is the focus of Lee Daniels’ new biopic, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. See the first look images for the upcoming drama starring Andra Day as the iconic Blues singer below.
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A new superhero comic book adaptation is coming your way from the creator of The Walking Dead. The Butler director Lee Daniels has been tapped to helm Stealth, a feature film adaptation of the Skybound/Image comic by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and artist Marc Silvestri.
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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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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 »
The director behind The Butler and The Paperboy, Lee 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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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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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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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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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 »
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 »