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Kid Cudi Returning To Tv On Empire

The Day 'N' Nite hitmaker won't be straying too far from his day job - he will portray a musician named Gram, who becomes a chart and love rival for Bryshere Gray's character,...

'Empire's' Jussie Smollett Will Think Twice Before He Prank Tweets Again

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett has described how he got a little more than he bargained for when he joked on twitter that he might be leaving the hit show. Earlier this month Smollett had posted...

Mariah Carey Tricked Lee Daniels To Appear On Reality Show

The filmmaker, who worked with the Hero superstar on his movies Precious, Tennessee, and The Butler, reveals he was invited to join the singer for dinner in New York City, but he was...

Lee Daniels Departs Richard Pryor Biopic

The Empire co-creator and showrunner has been linked to direct the movie since 2014. However, he has since parted ways with studio bosses at The Weinstein Company, according to Deadline. The site...

Director Lee Daniels Apologises To Sean Penn Over Madonna Domestic Abuse Comments, Settles Defamation Lawsuit

Film and TV director Lee Daniels has settled the defamation lawsuit brought by Sean Penn, with an apology for insinuating that the actor physically abused his ex-wife Madonna and with a donation to the charity...

Sean Penn And Lee Daniels Settle Legal Dispute

The Milk star launched legal action against Daniels in September (15), claiming the director made "false and defamatory statements" about him in relation to domestic abuse, while defending Terrence Howard after his Empire...

Mariah Carey To Be Honoured By Lgbt Organisation

The Hero star will receive the Ally Award for her support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Director Lee Daniels will present his Precious leading lady with her accolade at the...

Lee Daniels Has Another Empire Lawsuit Dismissed

Jon Astor-White sued Daniels, his Empire co-creator Danny Strong and bosses at 21st Century Fox in August (15), alleging he created a show titled King Soloman in 2007 with Shaft star Richard Roundtree...

Judge Dismisses Empire Lawsuit Against Lee Daniels

Romanus Castro launched legal papers against Daniels, producer Danny Strong and bosses at America's Fox Network, alleging they stole ideas from his screenplay, titled The Summit of Beauty of Love, for the series...

Empire Bosses Win Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

The record company chiefs filed suit against Twentieth Century Fox Television bosses last year (15), amid allegations the show's storyline, which documents the drama surrounding the fictional Empire Records, is tarnishing their brand....

Lee Daniels: 'Madonna Can't Save Sean Penn Lawsuit'

In September (15), the Milk star filed papers with the State Supreme Court of New York, alleging filmmaker Daniels made "false and defamatory statements" about him in relation to domestic abuse, while defending...

Lee Daniels Asking For Fans' Help As He Pieces Together Apollo Theater Documentary

Daniels is set to direct The Apollo Film Project, an authorised documentary chronicling the history of the theatre, which has hosted shows featuring African-American icons like Aretha Franklin, the Jackson Five, Gladys Knight, Sammy Davis,...

Lee Daniels Wants Empire Lawsuit Dismissed

Jon Astor-White sued Daniels, his Empire co-creator Danny Strong and bosses at 21st Century Fox in August (15), alleging he created a show titled King Soloman in 2007 with Shaft star Richard Roundtree...

Lee Daniels Wants Empire Lawsuit Thrown Out

Sophia Eggleston filed a $300 million (£200 million) lawsuit in August (15), claiming the show's central character, Cookie Lyon - played by Taraji P. Henson, is so similar to herself that creator Lee...

Lee Daniels Sued Over Empire Again

Clayton Tanksley, who once appeared on The Cosby Show, claims Daniels stole the idea for his hit drama from a show he created, called Cream, which he pitched to the filmmaker and a...

Lee Daniels Loses Lawsuit Over Unpaid Residuals And Union Contributions

Executives at the union alleged Daniels' company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, failed to pay residuals or make pension and health benefits contributions for the 2005 movie Shadowboxer, which featured Cuba Gooding, Jr., Helen Mirren...

Madonna Submits Court Declaration That Sean Penn Never Assaulted Her

Madonna has denied that her ex-husband Sean Penn ever struck her during their short-lived marriage in the 1980s, as she offered up evidence on his behalf of his defamation case against the co-creator of the...

Madonna Submits Statement Denying Abuse In Sean Penn Lawsuit

In September (15), the Milk star filed papers with the State Supreme Court of New York, alleging filmmaker Lee Daniels made "false and defamatory statements" about him in relation to domestic abuse, while...

Mike Epps 'Scared' To Play Richard Pryor

The star signed on to play Pryor last year (14) in the new biopic, which will also feature Kate Hudson as the late comedian's wife. "I'm very scared," he tells late...

Patti Labelle And Lee Daniels To Be Saluted At 2016 Bet Honors

Producer and industry executive Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, George Lucas' businesswoman wife Mellody Hobson, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will also be celebrated for their career achievements and contributions to African-American culture...

Benjamin Bratt To Play Girl Group Svengali In New Lee Daniels Tv Drama

The untitled series from the Empire creator will also feature Queen Latifah, who will play a salon owner who once romanced Bratt's character, Jahil. Daniels will direct and executive-produce the pilot....

Lee Daniels Sued Over Unpaid Residuals And Union Contributions

Executives at the union allege Daniels' company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, has failed to pay residuals or make the contributions for the 2005 movie Shadowboxer, which starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren and Joseph...

Queen Latifah To Star In Lee Daniels' New Music Drama

The singer/actress will lead the cast of the as-yet-untitled pilot which focuses on the rise of an all-female singing group from Atlanta, Georgia. Latifah is set to play the owner of a...

Lee Daniels Wants Sean Penn's $10 Million Lawsuit Against Him Thrown Out

The two Hollywood hotshots have been embroiled in a legal battle since September (15), after actor Penn sued The Butler director for comments Daniels made about him during an interview.On Thursday 3 December 2015 Daniels...

Tracy Morgan Up For Redd Foxx Role In Richard Pryor Biopic

The comedian, who is making his comeback following a near-death traffic accident last year (Jun14), is close to signing on to play Foxx and he's making it clear he wants the part....

Lee Daniels Agrees To Keep Sean Penn Defamation Lawsuit In State Court

The Milk star filed a $10 million (£6.25 million) lawsuit with the State Supreme Court of New York in September (15), alleging the Empire co-creator made "false and defamatory statements" about him in...

Kelly Rowland Scored Empire Role After Hollywood Soulcycle Class

The singer and the director found themselves at the same SoulCycle class in Los Angeles and started chatting. "Myself and Lee, we were dressed in our SoulCycle fits (gear) and we had...

Sean Penn Responds To Lee Daniels' Request To Move Defamation Lawsuit

The Milk star filed a $10 million (£6.25 million) lawsuit with the State Supreme Court of New York last month (Sep15), alleging the Empire co-creator made "false and defamatory statements" about him in...

Lee Daniels Responds To Sean Penn's Defamation Lawsuit

The Milk star lodged papers with the State Supreme Court of New York last month (Sep15), alleging the Empire co-creator made "false and defamatory statements" about him in relation to domestic abuse....

Network Executives Want Empire Lawsuit Dismissed

Ron Newt, who claims he previously signed a "multi-million dollar" record deal with Michael Jackson and Death Row Records, sued Daniels, show star Terrence Howard and others in April (15), claiming Empire is...

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