May 5, 2016 |
BE IT Rhythm Nation or rhythm method, it worked. E! News followed up a report by Entertainment Tonight that Janet Jackson is pregnant with her and husband Wissam Al Mana 's first child. It was only last month that Janet stopped her "Unbreakable" tour because she and Wissam were "planning our family" and her doctor ordered her to "rest. " Good planning. A source told E! News on Wednesday that Janet, who's 49, is in her second trimester and that she and Wissam, a 41-year-old Qatari billionaire (so don't worry about gifts)
February 22, 2015 |
After they had finished the final story of a long-running investigation published in the Camden Courier-Post, Lee Daniels and Jim Riggio went out to celebrate. But instead of then going home, the pair went back to the newsroom and promptly fell asleep at their desks, Riggio said from his home in Billings, Mont. The next morning, a top editor woke them and showed them a photo that had just been taken of them. "The next time one of you clowns asks for a raise," Riggio recalled him saying, "this is what you'll get - a photo of you sleeping at your desks.
September 17, 2013
HE MAY be unassuming and bookish, but Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood is a rock star. His 2008 article about a black White House employee who served under eight U.S. presidents inspired the hit movie "The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. I'm in awe of Haygood because of what he has accomplished: By telling the story of Eugene Allen, who worked as a butler at the White House under eight administrations for three decades, Haygood pays homage to all the nameless people in service industries who for decades toiled in obscurity, often enduring the worst kind of racial indignities, while making things happen in the halls of power.
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.
December 31, 2014
LOCAL FILM producer Steve Gordon had been shopping around a movie called "Must Be the Music" co-starring Charles "Roc" Dutton and Tasha Smith. The movie, filmed locally in 2011, is set in Philly and revolves around a drug-dealer-turned-hip-hop-mogul faced with deciding which of his children will carry on his musical legacy. Lee Daniels' "Empire," which premieres at 9 p.m. Jan. 7, and features co-stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe, also is set in Philly and revolves around a drug-dealer-turned-hip-hop-mogul who, after getting diagnosed with ALS, must decide which of his children will take over the family music business.
February 20, 2015 |
WHEN LEE Daniels took over a room, there could be no other center of attention. "In any crowded room, you could immediately locate Lee Daniels," said longtime friend Jim Nicholson, retired Daily News writer. "Look for that dense-packed knot of people and you could be sure Lee was in the middle, holding forth. " Lee C. Daniels, award-winning sports and crime writer for the Inquirer, Daily News and Courier Post, who became a political activist in Philadelphia and South Jersey in his later career, died Monday of complications of dementia.
June 12, 2003 |
Before Monster's Ball made Oscar history and Lee Daniels clambered onto Hollywood's A-list, filmmaking was a lark. But then Halle Berry had to go and deliver the performance of her career. For her work opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the 2001 drama, she became the first African American lead actress to win an Academy Award. And Daniels earned international acclaim as the first African American producer of an Oscar-winning movie. He set the bar; now Lee Daniels is expected to vault over it. "The fun is no longer," says Daniels, 44, whose second feature, The Woodsman, is expected to complete a 1 1/2-month shoot in his Philadelphia hometown on Tuesday.
January 27, 2009 |
On Saturday, for only the third time in the 25-year history of the Sundance Film Festival, the same movie took home the festival's top jury and audience awards. This year's big winner was Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, the second film directed by West Philadelphia native Lee Daniels. "I was shocked," Daniels said yesterday. "The press was saying I was going to get both awards, but I've been on juries before, and I know that they hate being predictable. So as soon as they started saying that, I immediately said, 'That's it. Let's go home.
May 14, 2014 |
FOX 29 will welcome a new face to its evening anchor desk on June 30. Lucy Noland , who was recently at KNBC, in Los Angeles, will join the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Iain Page . Readers of the column will remember I told you that former evening anchor Kerry Barrett , who is on maternity leave with her second child , John Barrett IV , is moving to anchor the morning newscast with Chris Murphy from 4 to 7 a.m., and...
March 10, 2010
'PRECIOUS," I confess girl, you are a gem, too! With six Oscar nominations (best picture, actress, supporting actress, adapted screenplay, editing and director), I'm flabbergasted. It's a portrayal of growing up in the inner-city that many can relate to. Although it only got three Oscars, everybody is proud of director Lee Daniels because of his local ties. Sapphire should publish a sequel for Daniels to direct. That also would be just precious. Wayne E. Williams Camden