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Queen Latifah to Headline ‘Empire’ Creator’s Girl Group Series ‘Star’

by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 7, 2015 @ 10:49 PM
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FOX’s Empire may not be the same ratings juggernaut as its first season, but that isn’t stopping FOX from re-teaming with creator Lee Daniels for another powerhouse music drama. To wit, Queen Latifah has joined the new female-centric music drama Star, additionally casting the three unknown leads, and adding writers.

Tracy Morgan in Talks to Play Legendary Comedian Redd Foxx in Richard Pryor Biopic

by Britt Hayes November 12, 2015 @ 5:29 PM
After years of struggling to find the right director and — more importantly — the right actor for the Richard Pryor biopic, the film is finally on its way to production, with Lee Daniels at the helm. Back in August, Mike Epps was confirmed for the role of the late Pryor, but the film may be close to casting another iconic comedian as Tracy Morgan is reportedly in talks to play Redd Foxx.

Lee Daniels ‘Empire’ Followup ‘Star’ Reveals All-Girl Cast Description

by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 20, 2015 @ 9:47 PM
Slipping though its domination of the ratings may be, FOX’s Empire continually commands enough of an audience for creator Lee Daniels to move forward with his next music drama, the Atlanta-set Star. Pre-production on the pilot has already begun, releasing a cast list for the girl group that evidently includes a transgender woman.

FOX ‘Empire’ Spinoff Could Arrive as Early as Fall 2016

by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 30, 2015 @ 10:25 AM
The smash success of FOX’s Empire, bolstered by equally impressive debut ratings for Season 2, would inevitably spur talk of a potential spinoff series. We’ve heard a few rumblings before, but talks between FOX and creator Lee Daniels may now be heating up, placing a new Empire on the throne as early as next year, with seeds planted this season.

Richard Pryor Biopic Moves Forward With Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy and Oprah Winfrey

by Britt Hayes August 29, 2015 @ 12:26 PM
A Richard Pryor biopic has been in development for at least a decade now, with a couple of different actors and stars attached at various points. Pryor himself was involved in developing the film before his passing, but with director Lee Daniels attached the biopic is finally beginning to take shape and move forward, with Mike Epps officially locked down to star as the iconic comedian.

Double-Down on ‘Empire’ Season 2 With 20 Minutes of Preview Footage

by Kevin Fitzpatrick August 26, 2015 @ 12:15 AM
Not fit to stay contained by its original twelve-episode order, FOX’s Empire will only grow bigger in Season 2, upping the ante to a full 18 hours, but why stop there? Even the previews have started their own Empire, as FOX devotes a full 20 minutes to previewing the Lyons’ second run.

‘Empire’ Season 2 Drip-Drops Full Trailer, Possible Companion Series In Development

by Kevin Fitzpatrick August 6, 2015 @ 9:15 PM
Empire Season 2 proved surprisingly generous in debuting its first trailer early, but it’s gloves off, claws out by the first full promo. Get an eyeful of Lucious’ downfall, guest stars the likes of Marisa Tomei, Chris Rock and more by the newest trailer, plus … is a spinoff in the works?

Mariah Carey Joins the ‘Empire’ Season 2 Army of Guest Stars

by Kevin Fitzpatrick August 5, 2015 @ 3:13 PM
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FOX’s Empire earned the network enough money and acclaim that Season 2 may well become a veritable honeypot of celebrity and media attention. Case in point, the legendary Mariah Carey has now joined the march of guest stars parading through the second season this fall, according to creator Lee Daniels.

‘Empire’ Season 2 Trailer: New Money, New Power, New Jumpsuit

by Kevin Fitzpatrick July 22, 2015 @ 2:09 PM
Forget the Emmy snubs, FOX’s Empire just won the fall. We won’t have to wait until September for a fresh look at the Lyons’ latest drama, as FOX has officially dropped the first Empire Season 2 trailer online, chock full of money, power, and some serious Orange.

‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels on Emmy Snub: ‘F— These Motherf—ers!’

by Kevin Fitzpatrick July 17, 2015 @ 10:28 AM
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Every Emmy season brings with it the requisite snubs, even as yesterday’s nominations finally acknowledged Tatiana Maslany and more, though the breakout success of FOX’s Empire seems largely to have been overlooked. Series creator Lee Daniels had … what you might call an adverse reaction about it.