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.
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.
February 11, 2015 |
TOUGH question: If you had to - just had to - get intimate with a living, breathing Philadelphia celebrity . . . who would it be? Our rules: They gotta be local - which means, from here originally, here now, or both. They gotta be head-turning famous. They gotta inspire fantasy. They gotta be alive. Our list, whittled down to exactly 12 lookers, started out much longer. Philly hunks and hotties considered by Daily News judges and nixed included Taylor Swift (not Philly enough?
January 21, 2015 |
Lee Daniels is ticking off some of the guest stars who will appear this season in his hit Fox series Empire , a dazzling look inside the music industry: Cuba Gooding Jr., Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Courtney Love, Lenny Kravitz, Foxy Brown, Snoop Dogg, and in the 12th and final episode, Daniels' fellow Philadelphian, Patti LaBelle. Oh, and Denzel Washington. "Denzel hasn't done television in 30 years," the dapper director says. "But he saw the pilot and said, 'I've got to be a part of this.' " Such a stellar roster seems almost like overkill when you've already got two Academy Award nominees - Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson - as Lucious and Cookie Lyon, the leads in your hip-hop soap opera.
January 8, 2015 |
* EMPIRE. 9 tonight, Fox 29. "I NEED YOU to sing like you are going to die tomorrow," says the music mogul to the singer in the opening scene of Fox's new "Empire. " Sounds like something a celebrity judge might say to a finalist on "American Idol," which returns for its 14th season at 8 tonight, likely with a few contestants who might have been learning to talk when it first hit the air. The singing competition that rivals once called "the Death Star" may have lost its ratings mojo in recent seasons, but Fox is hoping that an "Idol" lead-in is still powerful enough to help its hip-hop themed "Empire" strike a chord with viewers.
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.
August 15, 2014 |
"LEE DANIELS' 'The Butler' " may have cleaned up at the box office, but you can never escape Hollywood-style accounting. That's why, TMZ.com reports, Roc-A-Fella mogul Damon Dash is suing director Lee Daniels , a Philadelphia native. Dash says Daniels convinced him to invest in his movies and he wants to see some return on his money. Dash said he put $2 million into "The Woodsman" 10 years ago and got bupkis. Similar investments in "Precious," "The Paperboy" and "The Butler" returned similar bupkis.
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...
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.
March 7, 2014 |
K IM Kardashian and Kanye West will be married in Paris on May 24. So says Us Weekly . Tattle will cover the wedding from our small cubicle in Philadelphia. In other Parisian news, Tattle is not buying into the rumored Lupita Nyong'o - Jared Leto romance, but believers had their case boosted in the City of Lights yesterday when the pair showed up at the fashion show of Italian designer Miuccia Prada . Even with an Oscar, however, Lupita had to move her front-row seat in order to make room for a tardy Rihanna . Since Leto jokily thanked "my future ex-wife Lupita" in his Oscar acceptance speech, there's been speculation that he and his fellow supporting-role winner have been an item.