Mary J. Blige has become the latest star to land a guest role on Lee Daniels' hit new music drama Empire. Supermodel Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love and Rita Ora have also secured appearances on the TV show, which stars Terrence Howard as a dying hip-hop mogul and Taraji P. Henson as his ex-wife.
Comic Richard Pryor's widow has broken her silence about her late husband's nemesis Bill Cosby and the sexual assault allegations hanging over him, branding The Cosby Show star a "hypocrite". Jennifer Lee Pryor has revealed her husband and Cosby were never friends, adding Cosby always thought Pryor "worked dirty" onstage.
During a recent appearance on the Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend podcast, Pryor said, "Richard was dirty on the outside, but he was a good person. He was clean on the inside. Bill hated Richard because he 'worked dirty'. Bill worked clean, so therefore, you know... Bill's just a f**king hypocrite, and dirty on the inside.
"This kind of s**t that we're finding out about is beyond... I wasn't aware of this kind of business. There were people in the business who were aware of it, and they're coming out now."
Cosby has been hit by over 30 allegations of sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour in recent months. His legal team has dismissed all the claims.
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is set to reunite with her Winnie Mandela co-star Terrence Howard on his new hit music drama Empire. Howard played late South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela opposite Hudson, who portrayed wife Winnie, in the 2011 biopic, and the former movie couple will reteam on the small screen when she makes a guest appearance on his new TV hit.
The duo also appeared in drama Lullaby in 2014.
Empire centres on the relationship of a conniving music mogul, played by Howard, and his ex-wife, Taraji P. Henson, who demands a cut of the business after spending years behind bars.
The drama, written and produced by filmmaker Lee Daniels, already has a star-studded line-up of guest stars, including Naomi Campbell, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney Love, and Rita Ora is also set to make a cameo on an upcoming episode.
Director Lee Daniels is helping supermodel Naomi Campbell make her big screen acting return by casting her in his upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. The filmmaker recently recruited the British beauty for a recurring role in his new TV drama series Empire, alongside Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and now Campbell will have a role in his next project, too.
She revealed the news during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today on Friday (23Jan15) as she discussed her appearance on Empire, saying, "I'm grateful to Lee Daniels (for casting her in Empire)... and also Richard Pryor, his new film, with Oprah (Winfrey), Mike Epps, Kate Hudson."
Campbell stopped short of sharing any further details about her part.
The Hangover funnyman Epps will portray the late comic legend in the new biopic, with Hudson taking on the role of his wife, Jennifer Lee Pryor, and Selma star Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother.
Production is expected to begin at the end of March (15).
Pryor died in 2005, aged 65, after suffering a heart attack.
Campbell last featured on the movie screen in 2009 Bollywood film Karma, Confessions and Holi, while she also previously appeared in 1999 comedy Trippin'.
Richard Pryor's widow is suing a T-shirt company for allegedly printing pictures of the funnyman on merchandise without permission. Jennifer Lee Pryor has filed a lawsuit accusing bosses at Fret Shirt of illegally using her husband's image on a line of clothing, and demanding they stop production of the items.
She is also demanding around $5 million (£3.1 million) in damages, according to TMZ.com.
Actress Kate Hudson has joined the cast of Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor biopic as the late comedian's wife. The Almost Famous star will take on the role of Jennifer Lee Pryor alongside Mike Epps as the funnyman, while media mogul Oprah Winfrey will play his grandmother.
And Daniels cannot wait to get started on the movie, saying, "I'll start pre-production in January and shoot at the end of March, beginning of April, in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
"It's been so great because I haven't really worked on a film in over a year. I'm anxious to be getting behind the camera."
Pryor died in 2005, aged 65, after suffering a heart attack. He spent years battling multiple sclerosis prior to his death.
British actor David Oyelowo is set to receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival next year (15). The Lee Daniels' The Butler star will be feted for his role as late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the upcoming film Selma on 3 January (15) at the awards gala in California.
A statement from PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner reads, "David Oyelowo's transformation into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is truly outstanding.
"He perfectly recreates King's mannerisms and speech cadence, and moreover, captures the spirit of one of the greatest leaders in history, giving audiences a rewarding portrait of this iconic man that is deeply layered and effecting."
Previous recipients of the accolade include Lupita Nyong'o, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Hudson.
Oyelowo is the latest to be added to the 2015 honours roll - Rosamund Pike will also receive a Breakthrough Performance Award for Gone Girl, while Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore and the cast of The Imitation Game are due to be feted at the ceremony, too.
The X-Men are set to become the next comic book superheroes to head to the small screen, according to reports.
Producers at America's Fox network are said to have been discussing plans to develop a live-action TV series based on the hit Marvel Comics' mutant characters "for a while now", although an official deal has yet to be made, reports BleedingCool.com. If the rumors are true, the X-Men, co-created by Stan Lee, won't be the only comics to be brought to life on TV - The Walking Dead, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, The Flash and Gotham are just some of the shows based on popular graphic novels.
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The characters from smash-hit Disney movie Frozen are heading back to the big screen for an animated short that will hit cinemas in the spring (15).
The big news was announced at the end of a 'making of' special that aired in America on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
Frozen Fever will be directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the pair behind last year's (13) hit movie, and it will feature a new song written by Oscar-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The married couple created instant classic songs like Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and Let It Go for Frozen.
Confirming the news, a Disney spokesman says, "In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk."
Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad will reprise their original Frozen roles in the new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Newlywed Angelina Jolie has debuted photos of her surprise nuptials to Brad Pitt, revealing she wore a designer wedding gown featuring artwork by their six children. The Hollywood couple tied the knot during an intimate, secret ceremony at its Chateau Miraval estate in Correns, France on 23 August (14), and made the event a family affair.
In the first images of the ceremony, released to America's People magazine, the Tomb Raider beauty is shown wearing a flowing Atelier Versace wedding gown, designed by the brand's master tailor Luigi Massi.
And Massi helped created a special accessory for Jolie, as her veil was covered with colourful drawings by their kids Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Vivienne and Knox.
Gushing about Massi's work to the publication, she says, "Luigi is like family to me and I couldn't imagine anyone else making this dress. He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together."
As for Pitt, he decided to wear a suit from his closet, complete with a tie borrowed from one of his sons, since the actor forgot to pack his own.
The kids were also involved in the ceremony, with Maddox and Pax walking Jolie down the aisle, Shiloh and Knox serving as ring bearers, and Zahara and Vivienne playing the roles of flower girls.
Jolie and Pitt add, "It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter. It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family."
Another picture features the entire Jolie-Pitt clan sitting on steps at the estate as they pose in the formal wear for a family portrait, while a photo published in Hello! Magazine shows the couple's first kiss, as the two happily lock lips after exchanging vows.
Jolie and Pitt began dating in 2005 after meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith and became engaged in 2012.
It is Pitt's second marriage following his divorce from actress Jennifer Aniston in 2005. Jolie was previously wed to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.