Billie (2020)

Billie (2020)

Director: Lee Daniels Writer(s): Johann Hari (novel), Suzan-Lori Parks Starring: Andra Day, Lakeith Stanfield Synopsis: Biopic about the life of Billie Holiday. Release Date: Unknown | Length: Unknown | Genre: Biography, Drama, Music | MPAA Rating: Unknown Note: There...
Barry Jenkins named Film Keynote Speaker for 2018 SXSW

Barry Jenkins named Film Keynote Speaker for 2018 SXSW

from Shadow & Act After debuting his first feature at SXSW years back, Barry Jenkins will be the keynote speaker at the film portion of the 2018 festival. “We are overjoyed to invite Barry Jenkins back to SXSW as a Film Keynote having presented the world premiere...
60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Updating this list as I do once a year (I forgot to do it last year; so there was a lot to research and catch up on) to keep you all up-to-date on where each project stands going into the new year, including 18 new additions… There...
Ryan Coogler Reportedly Turns Down Academy Invitation

Ryan Coogler Reportedly Turns Down Academy Invitation

Shadow & Act | Sergio Mims Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, better known as “The Oscar people”, has made it her mission to diversify the Academy so that it reflects the real world as it is today. And she...
Two Down…

Two Down…

by Ross A. Lincoln | Deadline Hollywood DreamWorks is now searching for a new person to helm its upcoming sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life, as Selma director Ava DuVernay has opted to move on due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline has confirmed. She originally became...
Aunt Viv Is Coming After Cookie in Season 2 of Empire

Aunt Viv Is Coming After Cookie in Season 2 of Empire

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act As Martin Lawrence’s character in “Bad Boys 2” said, “shit just got real!” Vivica A. Fox has signed on to play Taraji P. Henson’s (Cookie Lyon’s) older sister on Season 2 of...
Watch New Promo for AHS: Hotel

Watch New Promo for AHS: Hotel

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Maybe the most salacious bit of news revealed at FX’s Television Critics Assn. (TCA) press tour last month, was that star Lady Gaga will “romance” Angela Bassett’s character in “American Horror Story:...
Richard Pryor Pic Set

Richard Pryor Pic Set

by Mike Fleming Jr. | Deadline Hollywood The Weinstein Company is ready to greenlight its Richard Pryor biopic, and my, have Harvey Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together a terrific cast. The new additions: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a...
Gabby Gets a Boyfriend

Gabby Gets a Boyfriend

Elizabeth Wagmeister | Variety.com “Empire” has cast Mo McRae to appear in season two, Variety has learned exclusively. He will do a three-episode arc, playing a love interest for Becky (Gabourey Sidibe). The character’s name is J-Poppa, who’s described as a handsome,...
Tyler Perry & Ava DuVernay Talk at Produced By

Tyler Perry & Ava DuVernay Talk at Produced By

Dominic Patten | Deadline Hollywood “I’m not the person to ask about racism in this town, coming from where I came from I never had to go through what I’ve heard a lot of people had to go through in this town,” said Tyler Perry today at the Produced By conference. “I...
Empires Season 2 Returns in September

Empires Season 2 Returns in September

Anthony Vieira | ScreenRant Fox’s hip hop drama Empire, from series creator and executive producer Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) was a midseason hit, immediately proving itself to be one of the network’s most popular and entertaining new shows and picking up a...
Why Lee Daniels Hates White People Writing For Black People

Why Lee Daniels Hates White People Writing For Black People

By Brennan Williams | Huffington Post Earlier this year, director Lee Daniels managed to break records with the success of his show “Empire.” In addition to netting a cult-like following and record breaking ratings on Fox, the drama also changed the representation of...
The Butler (2013)

The Butler (2013)

Director: Lee Daniels Writer(s): Danny Strong, Wil Haygood Starring: Forest Whitaker, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jr., LaJessie Smith, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Aml Ameen, Clarence Williams III, John P. Fertitta, Jim Gleason, Oprah Winfrey, Isaac...
Precious (2009)

Precious (2009)

Director: Lee Daniels Writer(s): Geoffrey Fletcher (screenplay), Sapphire (novel) Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, Amina Robinson, Xosha Roquemore, Angelic Zambrana, Aunt...
Shadowboxer (2005)

Shadowboxer (2005)

Director: Lee Daniels Writer(s): Will Rokos Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, Vanessa Ferlito, Macy Gray, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mo’Nique, Stephen Dorff, Matt Higgins, Tom Pasch, Ryan Eric Speise, Cullen Flynn Clancy, Marilyn Yoblick, Darnell Williams,...

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