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Lee Daniels Can't Make Up His Mind, Signs On To Develop & Direct 'Anna In The Tropics'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2010 3:43 AM
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So what happens when your sophomore feature film gets nominated for six Academy Awards and walks away with two statues? If you're Lee Daniels, you give yourself a lot of options before choosing your next post-Oscar project. With "Selma," "The Butler," "The Scottsboro Boys" and an ill-advised remake of Frederico Fellini's "Nights Of Cabiria" all kicking around on the helmer's slate, he's gone ahead and added yet another potential project.

Ugh: 'Precious' Director Lee Daniels To Remake Fellini's 'Nights of Cabiria'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 7, 2010 1:54 AM
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It's no secret that we weren't big fans of Lee Daniels' "Hard To Watch: Based On The Book 'Stone Cold Bummer' By Manipulate" "Precious: Based On The Book 'Push' By Sapphire" here. The film was admittedly chock-full of excellent performances, particularly the Oscar-winning Mo'nique and lead Gabourey Sidibe, but the movie was irredeemably manipulative, and showed, in Daniel's work, perhaps the directorial effort least deserving of an Oscar nomination in history -- unfocused, garish and showy.

Lee Daniels Eyeing 'The Scottsboro Boys' Musical For A Feature Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2010 7:13 AM
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Lee Daniels seems to be taking his time in choosing a followup to last year's leftfield Oscar contender, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." For a while, it looked like all things were go on the civil rights drama "Selma." It had a killer cast lined up that included Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, David Oyelowo, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro and Cedric the Entertainer but it couldn't manage to get the financing together, as the film got further and further pushed back until now, it appears to be off the map altogether. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Daniels signed on this summer to direct "The Butler," a film based on the true story of White House servant Eugene Allen who worked in the most important house in the land for 34 years and eight presidents, most crucially, during the years when segregation was slowly eliminated and civil rights came to the fore (sensing a theme yet?). The project is still in development and now another one has caught Daniels' eye.

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