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April 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
The lawsuits: 'Empire' strikes back A federal court has dismissed a $500 mil suit filed by Las Vegas entertainer Jon Astor White claiming Lee Daniels and Danny Strong stole his idea for their Fox hit Empire . White says it's based on a show called King Solomon he had pitched to several producers. The gangsta pimp show White's is one of several lawsuits targeting Empire . Still pending is a $10 mil suit filed by a self-described "gangsta pimp" named Ron Newt who says the show is based on his memoir, Bigger Than Big . TMZ says Newt also is shopping around a reality show based on his book.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
PHILLY'S own Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels is getting into the TV game, and Greater Philadelphia Film Office executive director Sharon Pinkenson wants to bring his big business to town. Yesterday, Fox picked up Daniels' "Empire," about a Jay Z -esque hip-hop mogul played by Lafayette Hill's Terrence Howard . Academy Award nominees Taraji P. Henson ("I Can Do Bad All By Myself") and Gabourey Sidibe (the Daniels-directed "Precious") also star.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | By MARIANNE COSTANTINOU, Daily News Nightlife Writer
The look is black. Women with Cleopatra eyes wear spiked heels and studded bracelets. The men, long-haired, sport motorcycle jackets with more zippers than leather. Beneath the outfits, many are accountants and clerks and insurance agents, with Brooks Brothers catalogs on the coffee tables back home. But that's another story, for the psychiatrist's couch. The story here is about their primal therapy, tonight and every Thursday night, at the Empire rock club. There, the men and women in black are bombarded by sound waves so loud, so thunderous, they force even the biggest fans, like Kim Chris, to wear ear plugs.
NEWS
October 12, 1989 | BY JAMES O. CASTAGNERA
George Bush has sent helicopters and other military material to Colombia to aid in what is shaping up as all-out war between Bogota (the government) and Medellin (the drug captial). Whether or not the U.S. and Colombia have the resolve to achieve a decisive victory in this bizarre conflict may one day be weighed in the historical balance more heavily than American resolve in Vietnam. To appreciate why this may be, consider two episodes The more recent episode called itself the Age of Aquarius, the era of Woodstock, just 20 years ago. In 1965 I entered Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.
BUSINESS
December 7, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
New York Daily News publisher Kevin Maxwell vowed yesterday to keep the struggling tabloid alive as would-be purchasers lined up to buy the choicest pieces of his father's collapsed media empire. Meanwhile, British fraud investigators swooped down on the dead tycoon's offices for evidence in their probe of more than 500 million pounds ($900 million) taken from pension funds and companies under his control in the weeks before he died. Disclosure of the debts and the missing pension money fueled newspaper speculation that the publisher may have committed suicide.
NEWS
July 16, 1989 | By Peter J. Shelly, Special to The Inquirer
Welcome to the North Hills Central Railroad, the creation and domain of North Hills resident Chuck Schrader. "This is my empire," said Schrader, fanning his arm over the freight yard, amusement park, main terminal and engine shop. "It's my world, and I'm the president, the vice president, the secretary and the janitor. " Schrader's empire, about 125 feet of H-O gauge railroad track that runs through and around his basement, and even out to his side yard, took more than 50 years of collecting, building and rebuilding.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bryshere Gray, born and raised in West Philadelphia, is Empire 's fresh prince. The 21-year-old rapper/actor plays Hakeem, the youngest son of Empire Entertainment CEO Lucious Lyon on Fox's new hit series. But, as Gray is quick to assert, he is not the privileged Hakeem. At 16, Gray began rapping after being injured playing for the Overbrook High School football team. He spent his recoup months "studying music. " And after being fired from Pizza Hut for writing raps while on the job, he used his last check to pay for his first music video, "Ransom," in 2011.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that Lee Daniels stole the concept for his hit show "Empire" from him during a "Philly Pitch" event organized by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office in 2008. In his suit, which was filed on Friday, Clayton Prince Tanksley - an actor who once played Denise Huxtable's boyfriend on "The Cosby Show" - said "Empire" infringes on the show he created, called "Cream," which he had copyrighted in 2005. Named as defendants in the suit are Daniels, co-creator Danny Strong, Twenty-First Century Fox, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the film office's director, Sharon Pinkenson.
NEWS
January 31, 2016
* GREASE LIVE! 7 p.m. Sunday, Fox29. Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars ) and Aaron Tveit (Graceland) play Sandy and Danny in the first-ever live television production of the musical Grease. Will it be electrifyin'? We won't know until we see it. Note the family-friendly start time (it's three hours) and the occasionally cringe-inducing lyrics ("Did she put up a fight?" is still in there) and look for Philly's Boyz II Men in the role of Teen Angel(s). * CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
When Fox's hit show Empire premiered in January 2015, Philly actor Clayton Prince said his friends called to congratulate him on selling his show, about a troubled Philadelphia family in the recording industry. "There were some people who thought I sold it and I didn't take them along with me," Prince, 50, said. "I was like, 'There was nothing to take along. I was taken! I did not sell it.' " On Friday, Prince - whose legal name is Clayton Prince Tanksley - filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that producer Lee Daniels stole the concept for Empire from Prince after he pitched his show to Daniels at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office's "Philly Pitch" in April 2008.
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_ THIS IS US. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Sterling K. Brown star in a surprising new family drama from Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love), who'd rather not have the surprise spoiled. Just don't miss the last few minutes. _ THE GOLDBERGS. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 6ABC. The '80s-set comedy from Jenkintown's Adam F. Goldberg kicks off its fourth season with an homage to John Hughes' 1985 movie The Breakfast Club. _ SPEECHLESS. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6ABC.
NEWS
September 19, 2016
* 68TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS. 8 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. Jimmy Kimmel hosts the awards show, which kicks off the broadcast networks' premiere week. Among the big Emmy contenders: HBO's Game of Thrones and FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson. * THE GOOD PLACE. 10 p.m. Monday (hourlong preview), then 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, NBC10. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in a new comedy from Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation ) about an afterlife that's not as perfect as it looks.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Turner Investments plans to merge its investment-advisory platform with that of Michael Kennedy 's Radnor-based Veracen L.P ., in a proposal to use the shrunken Berwyn-based mutual-fund group founded by stock-picker Robert E. Turner to build a larger, more automated investment-management firm, according to privately circulated documents obtained by the Inquirer. If the deal goes through as planned later this month, Turner will also seek to raise $12.5 million from private investors to fund rapid expansion, according to an "investor presentation" dated June 30 and shown to potential investors.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Turns out that Wawa's trademark, the Canada goose, is also a snowbird. Wawa will open 50 new stores this year, half in Florida. The chain with 725 stores and $9 billion in sales last year is also undergoing a major facelift.More than 200 legacy stores are being remodeled at $1 million to $1.5 million a store. And the newer stores, which have fuel pumps, also will get a new look. The privately held company's stock, 40 percent of which is owned by employees, continues to do well, workers report.
SPORTS
May 20, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Ron Jaworski has enjoyed much success over the years as the longtime Eagles starting quarterback, an ESPN football analyst, and a businessman. But he still loves to talk about the times he used to sneak onto South Park, a nine-hole public golf course in Buffalo, and play a few holes. "Where I went to junior high school, we'd have a lunch break and we could walk a couple of hundred yards to a par-3 that was 110 yards over water," he recalled recently. "We had a club stashed away and a bunch of us would hit balls over this water.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Holman Automotive Group , the largest auto-dealer group based in the Philadelphia area, says it has cut its biggest deal ever, purchasing Kuni Automotive and its 14 high-end car dealerships in five Western states. The deal would double Holman's sales and make it the 12th-largest U.S. car dealer, based on 2015 dealer data from Automotive News. Holman does more than sell cars. It also owns parts, financing, and multinational vehicle-leasing units. "So we're uniquely positioned for where this business is going, when you talk about ride-sharing, with our fleet-management competency and this expanded geography," chief executive Carl Ortell says.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
In the Girard College auditorium, Kamren Washington-Richards, 16, told a group of hundreds he was 8 when his hair began falling out. He wrung his hands and fidgeted as he got emotional while sharing his story at Monday's BEyond Expectations, a series for young men of color that promotes mental-health awareness. Washington-Richards, a student at Boys Latin of Philadelphia, was soon diagnosed with alopecia universalis, a condition that leads to hair loss. "I felt like a walking joke," he said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
The lawsuits: 'Empire' strikes back A federal court has dismissed a $500 mil suit filed by Las Vegas entertainer Jon Astor White claiming Lee Daniels and Danny Strong stole his idea for their Fox hit Empire . White says it's based on a show called King Solomon he had pitched to several producers. The gangsta pimp show White's is one of several lawsuits targeting Empire . Still pending is a $10 mil suit filed by a self-described "gangsta pimp" named Ron Newt who says the show is based on his memoir, Bigger Than Big . TMZ says Newt also is shopping around a reality show based on his book.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Tonight - after way too long a winter hiatus - Fox's hip-hop drama, Empire, is back. So many unanswered questions: Will Rhonda, the pregnant wife of Lucious' son Andre, survive her tumble down the stairs? And who threw her? Will Anika ever tell Lucious' other son, Hakeem - played by handsome West Philadelphian Bryshere Y. Gray (Yazz the Greatest) - that she is preggers with his baby? And will Lucious be able to wrest his beloved company, Empire Entertainment, from the evil, manicured clutches of Camilla, whose salty character is well-portrayed by supermodel Naomi Campbell?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2016
_ ONLY THE DEAD SEE THE END OF WAR. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. Australian war correspondent Michael Ware looks at the Iraq conflict and its consequences, with footage he shot during a seven-year sojourn that began with a three-week assignment in 2003. _ FRONTLINE: SAUDI ARABIA UNCOVERED. 10 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12. The Saudi Arabia that its government doesn't want the world to see is brought to light in videos shot by activists who risked their freedom - and possibly their lives - to try to bring change to the kingdom's repressive policies.
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