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May 5, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
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)
NEWS
February 22, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
June 12, 2003 | By Annette John-Hall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 27, 2009 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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...
NEWS
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
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May 5, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
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)
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News
Tattle has never understood why so many movies and TV shows have to be remade. No artist looks at the Mona Lisa and says, "I'd like to re-paint that. " It's art. And even if it's crappy, commercial art, it exists. Why do it again? We get that some older movies or characters can be improved by technology (comic book movies, for instance) and some stories can get a new interpretation or twist, but when we saw yesterday that ABC was filming a three-hour musical adaptation of the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing," originally starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze , and now to star Abigail Breslin and a hunk to be named later, the first thought that popped into our addled mind was "Why?"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WHILE Pope Francis was rocking Philadelphia this weekend, New York's Central Park hosted the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on Saturday night. There, headliners included Michelle Obama , Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Beyonce . The multi-hour event, held on the Great Lawn, also featured Vice President Joe Biden , Hugh Jackman , Bono , Leonardo DiCaprio and show-closers Pearl Jam . Obama said she has traveled the world and met with young women who have not had a chance to receive an education.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kylie's love triangle? Chelsea Clark , 17, filed a restraining order against  Kylie Jenner , 18, accusing the  Kardashian Kabal  member of harassing and threatening her because the latter showed interest in dating  Jaden Smith . Seems Kylie really digs him. Clark's request was denied, but the court plans to revisit the issue Oct. 9. Kylie's camp tells TMZ the reality star has never heard of Chelsea. Sean Penn sues Lee Daniels In an aggressive legal and PR move, Sean Penn filed a $10 mil defamation suit in New York Supreme Court against director Lee Daniels ( Precious )
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* EMPIRE. 9 tonight, Fox 29. * ROSEWOOD. 8 tonight, Fox 29.   AMID the soap opera trappings of "Empire" - Catfight! Fatal disease misdiagnosed! Exes who can't let go! - it can be easy to forget just how subversive it is. As last season's breakout hit returns to Fox tonight, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) is here to remind us, employing an ugly racial symbol to maximum effect in an entrance that has to be seen to be believed. And that's not the half of it. As the Lyon family stages a concert/rally to free Lucious (Terrence Howard)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
FINDING movie success by thinking outside the box ( Ang Lee , Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau directed films featuring the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man), Marvel's comic-book side has followed suit and enlisted journalist and best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates to pen a new series starring Black Panther. The New York Times reported that the yearlong story will be titled "A Nation Under Our Feet" and will have Black Panther fighting off terrorists back in his homeland of Wakanda.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
20TH CENTURY FOX has made three tries with the "Fantastic Four" and it hasn't been fantastic yet. When you consider that Marvel/Disney did stunningly better with the little known "Ant-Man," maybe it's time that Fox, the studio that gave up on Daredevil and Elektra, should let Marvel/Disney take back the FF. This latest unnecessary FF reboot debuted with just $26.2 million at domestic theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday....
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WE ALL have one less single Friend. According to People and Us magazine sources, Jennifer Aniston , 45, and Justin Theroux , 43, finally got married Wednesday. The ceremony took place at their $21 million Bel Air home in front of about 70 guests. Celebs in attendance included Lisa Kudrow , Chelsea Handler , Howard Stern , Sia , Jennifer Meyer , Emily Blunt , John Krasinski , Ellen DeGeneres , Lake Bell , Scott Campbell and Terry Richardson . The couple had been engaged three years.
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