Mo’Nique Shows Emails That Prove She Was Offered Role Of Cookie On ‘Empire’


Empire is proving to have just as much behind the scenes drama as it did during its first season. For those of you not up on the backstory, Mo’Nique has stated that the show’s creator, Lee Daniels, offered her the role of Cookie Lyon when the casting process first began for ... See the Rest

#Empire: Lee Daniels On How The Gay Content Of His Hit Show Is Changing Hearts & Minds


Spoiler Alert: In last night’s episode Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) finally came out (in song) and met a new man too! Since Empire's January premiere, much has been made of having a gay male character of color having such visibility on TV, living and working in the notoriously ... See the Rest

Director Lee Daniels’ Dedicates Award to His Boyfriend


The other night at the Stonewall Community Foundation’s Vision Awards, filmmaker Lee Daniels was honored “for his confidence, courage, and creativity.” When Daniels took the stage in his signature pajama pants, he gave this speech dedicating the award to his partner, Jahil ... See the Rest

Quote Unquote: Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda arrives at the 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes

"I’ve lived a long time [74 years], 20 years of that time was in the south, and I have seen too many lives destroyed and distorted by homophobia. I pray with all my heart that I live to see the day when people can come out freely, safely and be accepted by every strata of ... See the Rest

Lee Daniels, Jim Parsons, Wentworth Miller, and Edie Windsor Cover the OUT100 Issue


The yearly issue of OUT magazine, which spotlights the year's most entertaining, heroic, and intriguing LGBT and LGBT-related figures, hits the stands today. On the cover: Lee Daniels (Artist of the Year), Jim Parsons (Entertainer of the Year), Wentworth Miller (Newsmaker of the ... See the Rest

Quote Unquote: Lee Daniels (Or Lee Daniels’ Quote Unquote)

Lee Daniels attends the premiere of the Weinstein Company's 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles

"Oprah was a producer on Precious, and we were looking for things to do. I sent her something that was my version of a black Misery, where she plays this serial killer. And Oprah said, 'Are you bonkers?' That didn't work, so we developed this role." –  director Lee Daniels on ... See the Rest

On the Red Carpet: Lee Daniels’ The Butler in New York City

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There were four movie premieres of note last night: Kick-Ass 2 in London, Lovelace in Hollywood, Planes in Hollywood, and The Butler at the Zeigfeld in New York. I can't believe I decided to go with The Butler. I know, I know: You have zero interest in seeing it, and even less ... See the Rest

First Look: Mariah Carey in Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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Wait a cotton-pickin' minute! That's Mariah Carey picking cotton as field slave Hattie Pearl in Precious director Lee Daniels' latest film. The Butler also stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, and Jane Fonda. Meanwhile, Carey's ... See the Rest