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Lee Daniels returns to Richard Pryor biopic; Jay-Z added as a producer

Back in May we reported that the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic was cancelled because director Lee Daniels had to bail due to his busy schedule. I would be over-exaggerating in saying the world wept, but I certainly did, and my friends can attest to the fact I locked myself in my room for a fortnight so that I may sob in solitude. Turns out, all those tears and listening...
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Lee Daniels says good-bye to directing the Richard Pryor biopic

Just when you thought that long-in-development Richard Pryor might finally be on the path to getting made, another snag has come up throwing it off-track once more.  Director Lee Daniels , who appeared to finally be the filmmaker able to wrangle this film to the big screen for The Weinstein Company, has departed the project, with his busy schedule serving as the scapegoat...
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Tracy Morgan becoming Redd Fox for Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor biopic

It's been a long trip through development in order for a Richard Pryor biopic to get made, but it appears we're closer than ever to it finally happening. Granted, I won't believe it until cameras start rolling, as this project has been on the precipice of being a real thing before only for everything to collapse. However, Lee Daniels is moving ahead with his casting, believing this...
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Eddie Murphy lands role in Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor biopic

It was over a year ago when news broke that Lee Daniels was in talks to tackle the story of famed comedian Richard Pryor . One of the names brought up to play Richard Pryor was Eddie Murphy , a move that surprised no one as he had been connected to the role when Bill Condon was on-board to direct. However as we now know, the role ended up going to Mike Epps . Those...
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Dallas Buyers Club director will helm Janis Joplin biopic with Amy Adams

The long in development biopic about singer-songwriter Janis Joplin will finally begin shooting next year. We have known since 2010 that the beautiful and talented Amy Adams will star and now DALLAS BUYERS CLUB director Jean-Marc Vallée is has been given the task of the directing the movie. Back in 2010 it was CITY OF GOD director Fernando Meirelles who was going to helm the...
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The Butler's Lee Daniels turns his head towards horror with Demon House

When it comes to Lee Daniels (THE BUTLER, PRECIOUS), all talk has pointed towards a Richard Pryor biopic starring Mike Epps . However it looks as if Daniels is also itching to dive into the horror genre with a tale about demonic possession dubbed DEMON HOUSE. The story is based on the real-life Latoya Ammons, in which her and her family claimed to have been under the attack and...
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Oprah Winfrey to play Richard Pryor's brothel-running grandmother

Oprah Winfrey has always treated acting as a hobby more than a career, but since the end of her iconic talk show and the formation of her own cable network, Winfrey has found time to stretch her thespian muscles. After a substantial role in Lee Daniels ' drama THE BUTLER and Ava DuVernay's upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr film SELMA, Winfrey is looking to make a very uncharacteristic...
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Mike Epps is officially playing Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

A few weeks ago we told you that comedian Mike Epps was the frontrunner to take on the role of the legendary comic Richard Pryor . Now after beating out other hopefuls for the role including Eddie Murphy , Chris Rock , Marlon Wayans , and Michael B. Jordan , he has officially been given the role. The movie has been in the works for years but is now finally gaining momentum...
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Mike Epps is now frontrunner to star in Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor biopic

Everything that was old is new again as comedian/actor Mike Epps is now the front-runner to play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels ' biopic of the late stand-up legend. Epps apparently blew producers away during an "explosive" screen test, according to Deadline . Deadline also indicated that actors Nick Cannon , Michael B. Jordan , and Marlon Wayans also screen tested. The role...
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Oliver Stone takes to Twitter to announce his departure from the Martin Luther King biopic

Oliver Stone ís next was set to be a biopic focused on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. However, the director knew that he might face some issues with the estate of the late civil rights leader. The film would dig deep into the not-so-pretty picture of Kingís life, and according to the latest tweets from Stone thatís the reason he will no longer be pursing the film: Sad...
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Lee Daniels in talks for Richard Pryor biopic with Eddie Murphy and Michael B. Jordan among contenders for the lead

Let the onslaught of late comedian biopics continue! THE BUTLER director Lee Daniels is in talks to take on a biopic of late great comedian Richard Pryor with Eddie Murphy , Marlon Wayans , and Michael B. Jordan in contention to take the lead. The film has been in development for years now, with both Murphy and Wayans in the mix from the start. However, with Jordan emerging as...
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Alex Pettyfer to play half of a gay, interracial action hero couple for director Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels has garnered a good deal of respect from the film industry for his Academy Award-nominated PRECIOUS and this year's THE BUTLER. His prior film, THE PAPERBOY, did not fare so well, but Daniels has proven that he has the chops for controversial material. His next project, if it gets made, may be his most controversial yet. In an interview with Out Magazine , Daniels...
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