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Lee Daniels in Talks to Direct a Richard Pryor Biopic Starring Michael B. Jordan

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Having found critical success with 'Precious' and box office success with 'The Butler,' director Lee Daniels is preparing to use his newfound clout to tackle a story that's been spinning its wheels in Hollywood for quite some time: the life story of controversial comedian Richard Pryor.

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‘The Butler’ Director Developing a Gay Interracial Action Movie With Alex Pettyfer

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Director Lee Daniels brought us Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron in 'The Paperboy,' a potential Oscar contender in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' and now he wants to push the envelope a bit more. He's developing an "interracial love affair action movie" with 'Magic Mike' star Alex Pettyfer in mind for a lead role as one-half of a gay 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'-type couple. Well, if that doesn't rile up One Million Moms or Westboro Baptist Church, what will?

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Lee Daniels Will Direct Amy Adams in the Janis Joplin Biopic

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With 'The Butler' pulling off a massive victory at the box office last weekend, director Lee Daniels is riding high and has the world at his fingertips. So, how does the Oscar-nominated director of films like 'Precious' and 'The Paperboy' follow up what looks like his biggest hit yet? With the long-rumored Janis Joplin biopic, of course. With his critical and box office clout (and a star in Amy Adams), he says "for sure" this will be his next film.

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‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Review

Lee Daniels' The Butler Review
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'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is an eight-course meal of movies served all at once. The entree is a searing racial drama, haunting in its depiction of America's stained history. The other seven courses, delivered without grace, flatten the taste. Fine ingredients — a rousing ensemble and sporadically sharp script — can't make up for a cook's sloppy work. 'The Butler' is a mishmash of prestige qualifiers, unfit to dish out, but plated nonetheless.

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‘The Butler’ Trailer: Forest Whitaker Takes a Tour of the Twentieth Century

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From the opening frames of the trailer for 'The Butler,' it's as if you can hear everyone involved saying one word. That word? Oscar. Academy award-nominated director Lee Daniels leads Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker in this tour of race relations in America as told through the perspective of a White House butler.

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Amy Adams to Tackle Janis Joplin in Lee Daniels’ ‘Get It While You Can’

Get It While You Can
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Amy Adams is likely on her way to a fourth Oscar nomination for her intense work in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'; actually, it could end up being her first (overdue) win. But if she doesn't bring home a statue that evening, she'll probably get another shot during the 2014 Oscars, as the actress is set to play Janis Joplin for 'Precious' director Lee Daniels. And that simply sounds like gold to us.

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Hugh Jackman to Lead ‘Orders to Kill’ for Lee Daniels

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Hugh Jackman and director Lee Daniels tried to get a movie made about the civil rights struggles in America a couple years ago, but they've now found a different tack: 'Orders to Kill' focuses on a lawyer who believes that the shooting of Martin Luther King was a conspiracy.

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See Nicole Kidman Pull a ‘Basic Instinct’ In Her Upcoming Movie

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Millennium Films/Nu Image

It's such a famous scene that if we simply say "Sharon Stone's 'Basic Instinct' moment," you know exactly which revealing shot I'm referencing. And apparently Nicole Kidman will attempt to top it – if possible – in Lee Daniels' upcoming drama 'The Paperboy.' Want to see for yourself?

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