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The Paley Center for Media's tribute to African-American Achievements in Television

Lee Daniels - A host of stars were snapped as they arrived for the Paley Center for Media's tribute to African-American Achievements in Television which was held at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York, United States - Wednesday 13th May 2015

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Fox Upfront Presentation 2015

Lee Daniels - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the FOX 2015 Upfront event which was held at the Wollman Rink in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 11th May 2015

2015 Night At The Pier

Taraji P. Henson, Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett - Family Equality Council's 2015 Night At The Pier at Pier 60 - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 11th May 2015

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Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett
Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett
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Taraji P. Henson, LEE DANIELS and Jussie Smollett

Video - Lee Daniels Joins Arrivals At China-Themed 2015 Met Gala - Part 4


Film director Lee Daniels was among arrivals at the 2015 Met Gala. He was snapped leaving the Mark Hotel in New York ahead of the event, alongside a host of other celebrities who were adhering to the theme of China: Through The Looking Glass.

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Naomi Campbell and Lee Daniels - A variety of stars turned out in style for the MET Gala 2015 and the opening of 'China: Through The Looking Glass' which was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th May 2015

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WDAS and Gwynedd Mercy University Present: The First Annual Women Of Excellence Brunch

Bryshere Gray mom and Lee Daniels mom - WDAS and Gwynedd Mercy University Present: The First Annual Women Of Excellence Brunch - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States - Saturday 11th April 2015

Critically Acclaimed Series 'Empire' Heading to E4 in the Spring


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Empire, the critically acclaimed U.S drama about a family run record label, is to be screen on E4 in the UK this spring. The channel acquired Lee Daniels's show after it proved to be a surprise ratings success stateside, pulling in over 23 million viewers for its final episode - the highest for a TV show in its debut season since Grey's Anatomy back in 2005.

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Empire has been a monster hit in the U.S, pulling in 23 million viewers for its first season finale

The show stars Terrence Howard as the founder of record label Empire Entertainment who is forced to hand over control of the company to one of his sons following illness. However, things are further complicated by the reappearance of his ex-wife Cookie, fresh from a spell in prison.

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Fox Sues Music Company To Keep The Name Of Hit Series 'Empire'


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It looks like Fox is doing everything in its power to make sure their ‘Empire’ is the only one left standing. The network filed a a trademark lawsuit on Monday seeking a declaration that it has every right to use the name ‘Empire’ as the title for its hit series, after a Californian music company demanded it pay $5 million for usage of the name.

Empire'Empire' has been a ratings winner for Fox

According to The Hollywood Reporter Fox is suing Empire Distribution, Inc, after the company claimed they owned the rights to the names "Empire," "Empire Distribution" and "Empire Recordings”. The company has also claimed ‘trademark dilution by tarnishment’ saying the series features "a label run by a homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends.”

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Eddie Murphy Is Reportedly In Talks To Join The Cast Of Upcoming Richard Pryor Biopic


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Eddie Murphy is said to be in talks to join the cast of the as-yet-untitled Richard Pryor biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film is being produced by the Weinstein Co, with award winning director Lee Daniels behind the camera.

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Murphy is being line up to play the late comedian’s father, LeRoy, a boxer and WWII veteran, whose abusive relationship with his son was the subject of many of Pryor’s routines. Pryor himself will be played by Mike Epps, best known for his role in Next Friday.

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Amy Adams To Star In Long-Awaited Janis Joplin Biopic With "Dallas Buyers Club" Helmer Possibly Directing


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It’s been a long time coming (so long, in fact, that the whole thing became a running joke on the late 30 Rock), but the Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams is finally about to become a real thing. Get It While You Can is set to film in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Fran.

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Amy Adams to play Janis Joplin? Well, it's not Jenna Maroney, but good enough.

Now, biopics can be really hit-and-miss as we’ve seen in the past year, but something that works in this one’s favour is the directing choice – Get It While You Can could be helmed by Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée. Vallee is currently in talks to direct the flick, but it’s been a long winding road getting to this point. Back in 2013, Lee Daniels was slated to direct the flick. Over the years, has had Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke attached as directors, Renee Zellweger as star and Temple Hill as producers.

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Oprah Winfrey Reportedly Set To Play Richard Pryor's Abusive Grandmother In Upcoming Biopic


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Oprah Winfrey has confirmed her involvement in an upcoming biopic of the late American actor and comedian Richard Pryor. The 60-year-old added a photograph to her Instagram account in which she posed alongside Lee Daniels and Mike Epps. She added the caption "just finished a great 1st read session" and used the hashtag "RichardPryor". 

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Oprah Winfrey will reportedly play Richard Pryor's grandmother in the upcoming biopic.

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Lee Daniels Hit With Potentially Costly Lawsuit Over Damon Dash Investment


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Director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) has come under fire from hip hop mogul and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash. Dash made a substantial investment in six of Daniels' movies, including The Woodsman starring Kevin Bacon, which he put $2m into. He is now suing the director for "unpaid principal, interest and royalties" all of which come to a total of $25 million, according to the lawsuit. The New York Post reports that Dash was also not given his promised producer credit on the films.

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According to the Post, Dash's lawyer, Natraj Bhushan, the music producer helped Daniels' career early on and only wants to receive what he is entitled to. 

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Video - Adrienne Bailon Among Celebrity Arrivals At The 2014 Fresh Air Fund Gala - Part 2


Former lead singer of The Cheetah Girls Adrienne Bailon was among the many celebrity arrivals at the 2014 Fresh Air Fund Gala which took place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York. She was certainly an eye-catching arrival with her sheer-panelled red dress and long hair slicked back.

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Video - 'Gotham' And 'Empire' Stars Among FOX Upfronts Arrivals - Part 6


Stars from various current and upcoming TV series all arrived at the special FOX Network Upfront presentation held at The Beacon Theater in New York. Among them were 'Gotham' stars Cory Michael Smith and Camren Bicondova.

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'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' and '12 Years A Slave' Scoop Major Wins At Critic's Choice Awards: Full Nominees & Winners


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On the same day as the nominations for this year's Academy Awards ceremony were revealed, the latest instalment of the ongoing awards season went by at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, where the 19th annual Critic's Choice Awards honoured the cast and crew of some of last's year's biggest and best films.

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Gravity soared to success at the Critic's Choice Awards

The big winner on the night was the space thriller Gravity, which soared to success with seven wins by the end of the night. Among it's credits the film earned Alfonso Cuarón the award for Best Director and the award for Best Editing, shared with co-editor Mark Sanger. The film also earned Sandra Bullock the award for Best Actress In An Action Movie and was crowned as crowned the Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. The film also scored recognition for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Score.

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