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On The Release Of The Trailer For 'The Paperboy,' Revisiting Lee Daniels' Directorial Debut 'Shadowboxer'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 3, 2012 5:42 PM
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The trailer for his latest work, The Paperboy, dropped a couple of days ago, 2 months after the film shocked and polarized audiences at its Cannes Film Festival premiere, to no surprise of this writer; after all, it's Lee Daniels we're talking about here. When has a film he's made (whether produced or directed) not been at the center of spirited debates among critics and audiences alike? Tennessee maybe? Then again, how many folks actually saw that mostly-forgotten film? It managed $16,000 at the box office in a 3-week long limited release.

Everyone's Gone Mad In First Full Trailer For Lee Daniels' Polarizing 'The Paperboy'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 1, 2012 3:10 PM
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A veteran industry writer recently told me that he's thinking of penning an essay comparing Lee Daniels to Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Food for thought... I'm looking forward to reading that piece.

Lee Daniels, Hugh Jackman Teaming To Tackle MLK Assassination Conspiracy Theories In 'Orders To Kill'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 31, 2012 9:57 PM
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This is interesting... So Lee Daniels apparently couldn't get his original MLK project off the ground (titled Selma, which had David Oyelowo starring), and has switched gears, still staying on the MLK course, but this time teaming with Hugh Jackman (who was also attached to Selma), to take on Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in a new film that will reportedly explore an "unconventional view of King's murder."

Mariah Carey, Yaya DaCosta Join Cast Of Lee Daniels' 'The Butler;' Quincy Jones Scoring

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 25, 2012 11:05 AM
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Principal photography for Lee Daniels' The Butler has begun in New Orleans, and with that news comes additional casting announcements we haven't mentioned yet, like Mariah Carey and Yaya DaCosta.

Lee Daniels' Polarizing 'The Paperboy' Picked Up, Gets Stateside Theatrical Release Date

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 20, 2012 3:25 PM
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Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival last month - its world premiere, will be released by Millennium Entertainment in USA theaters on October 5.

We've Read It! Thoughts On Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Script

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • June 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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I was fortunate once again (see my write-up on Steve McQueen 12 Years A Slave script HERE) to have the opportunity to read the script for the Lee Daniels’ highly-anticipated period drama The Butler (a September 2011 draft).

Lee Daniels Talks Getting Back Into The Groove After 3-Year Drought

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 22, 2012 11:06 AM
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As he notes himself in the interview, he’s certainly been stacking up the projects over the last couple of years, since Precious, and with each one, I've wondered when Lee Daniels was going to actually, finally get the chance to make one of them? Since the theatrical release of Precious, Daniels’ name has been attached to quite a few projects – Selma, Miss Saigon, Iced, Anna In The Tropics, The Butler, and more, including, most recently, The Paperboy, based on an award-winning novel of the same name, written by Pete Dexter - a film that's making its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Watch Lee Daniels Show Off His Editing Skills In New Clip From "The Paperboy"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • May 18, 2012 10:19 AM
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Oh Lee Daniels... I've been looking forward to seeing your first post-Precious work (it's been a while hasn't it), and, thus far, the 2 clips I've seen from The Paperboy haven't really wooed me. I'm a bit concerned.