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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

PLOT: A butler serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986 while his son engages in the Civil Rights movement down south. REVIEW: LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER could have been an awkward disaster; it has all the makings of being an ungainly, foolhardy mess weighed down by pretension and melodrama. It is not this. In fact, some of it is quite good. There...

Harvey Weinstein says the controversy over The Butler's title is because of The Hobbit

Harvey Weinstein and Warner Bros. are currently at odds over the title to Lee Daniels ' latest movie THE BUTLER. At the heart of the case is an obscure 1916 silent short movie of the same name that WB is claiming THE BUTLER is infringing on. Weinstein recently lost his hearing with the MPAA to retain the title for the Forrest Whitaker movie that hits theaters next month and is vowing...

Lee Daniels only gets one f*ck with The Butler's PG-13 rating

Lee Daniels , director of such hard-R flicks as Precious and Paperboy, evidently felt a bit frustrated with keeping things PG-13 inhis upcoming film The Butler, which follows Forest Whitaker as a White House staffer through eight presidential administrations. That's a lot of time to spend in the White House without dropping any F-bombs. Daniels said of the experience: “I...

Review: The Paperboy

PLOT: Two reporters and a couple of lost souls team together to free a potentially wrongly convicted man in 1960s Florida. REVIEW: THE PAPERBOY as a whole can be summed up in one giddily tawdry, borderline embarrassing sequence (perhaps you've already read about it): Zac Efron, playing a perennially shirt-free Southerner, has gotten stung by jellyfish while swimming in the...

Lee Daniels' The Butler finds distribution courtesy of The Weinstein Company

THE BUTLER will assuredly get a wide release now that The Weinstein Company has picked up the US rights to the Lee Daniels film. The movie has all the makings of a prestige film and Oscar contender. If there is anyone who can shepherd it to Academy Awards recognition, it would be the Weinsteins. Plot: THE BUTLER, based on the screenplay by Danny Strong & Lee Daniels, is...

Review: The Paperboy (TIFF 2012)

PLOT: Jack Jensen (Zac Efron) is the son of a newspaper tycoon, living in small-town Florida circa 1969. His older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) returns home, with posh writer Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) in tow, at the behest of the town tramp- Charlotte (Nicole) to investigate the alleged crime of a death-row inmate, Hilary Van Wetter (John Cusack) that she's...
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