| May 6, 2014
| 4:21 PM
Hip-hop is coming to Fox.
The network has picked up "Empire," an urban-flavored drama from writer-director Lee Daniels ("Precious," "Lee Daniels' The Butler") for its upcoming schedule.
The Imagine Television/20th Century Fox Television series is...
| May 6, 2014
| 6:30 PM
"Empire," the drama project from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong set in the world of hip-hop, has received a series order at Fox.
The family drama from Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV stars Terrence Howard as industry heavyweight Lucious Lyon, a tough...
| May 7, 2014
| 10:58 AM
It looks like “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” are going to have some company when they start filming again in Chicago.
Lee Daniels’ hip-hop drama “Empire” has been picked up by Fox and will likely film in...
| May 8, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Films about drug addiction tend to have a punishing quality. Even the good ones. I'm thinking of "Drugstore Cowboy" and "Requiem For a Dream," "Trainspotting" and "The Man with the Golden Arm." Full-blown drug addiction is bleak. Why would an honest movie...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Roger Ebert was remembered Monday as a critic whose love of movies was second only to his zest for life at the New York premiere of "Life Itself."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Ebert became famous for the long-running "At the Movies" program with Gene...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Fox Broadcasting and 20th Century Fox TV have set a development pact with writing partners Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft after tapping the pair as its Fox Writers Intensive fellows for 2014.
Gonzalez (pictured left) and Haft (pictured right) were chosen...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:06 AM
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" isn't true. It's only "inspired" by a true story. Screenwriter Danny Strong realized his limitations in constructing a script based on an article about former White House butler Eugene Allen, but rather than ditch the story...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 7:00 AM
"I want to tell the story of the civil rights movement," I said. The late, great film producer Laura Ziskin looked at me and said, "Which part?" "All of it."
Many people in our business would've immediately explained why telling such a vast story...
| Aug 13, 2013
Talking about his drama “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” in which Forest Whitaker plays a fictionalized version of a real butler who worked in the White House for more than three decades, the titular director says, “I did this movie because...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 6:00 AM
NEW YORK — Forest Whitaker tends to talk about his work with a mystical flourish. Movie roles, he says, have helped him achieve transcendence, learn the value of quiet and appreciate fear.
Yet the star of Lee Daniels' "The Butler" is...
| Aug 15, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
No matter what you think of “Forrest Gump,” no one would call it in an informative history lesson. It’s slick entertainment—and, in the interest of full disclosure, one of the few films that ever made me cry&...