April 2, 2016 |
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.
May 9, 2014 |
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.
December 10, 1987 |
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.
October 12, 1989 |
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.
December 7, 1991 |
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.
July 16, 1989 |
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.
February 16, 2015 |
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.
January 14, 2016 |
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.
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.
January 15, 2016 |
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.