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David Oyelowo Joins Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2011 1:22 AM
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Last year, it looked like rising British stage actor David Oyelowo was about to get the biggest break of his career, taking on the pivotal role of Martin Luther King Jr. in Lee Daniels' "Selma." But as things unfortunately go sometimes, the project -- which would have found the thesp hanging out with dudes like Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro, and Cedric the Entertainer -- was scuttled. Oyelowo rebounded well enough, and has roles in "The Help," "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "Red Tails" around the corner, but Daniels hasn't forgotten about him.

R&B Singer Maxwell Joins Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 10:17 AM
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We suppose this was bound to happen. With Lee Daniels riding the waves of ups and downs in casting his next effort, "The Paperboy," he has firmed up a pretty solid line-up including John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron with Nicole Kidman circling a role. But it looks like he just has to have a singer in his movie, and like Lenny Kravitz in "Precious" (who was actually pretty good), a smoooooooth dude is coming on board.

John Cusack To Replace Tobey Maguire In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2011 12:58 PM
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It's not too long since we last lamented the state of John Cusack's career: long one of our favorite actors, the decade or so since "High Fidelity" has seen at best, enjoyable-but-flawed movies like "Runaway Jury," "The Ice Harvest" or "1408," through to films that were barely released, like "Grace Is Gone" and "The Contract," to, at worst, pictures that were never released, like "Shanghai" and serial killer thriller "The Factory," both shot in 2008, and still sitting on the shelf. But signs are good for a comeback: he's playing Edgar Allan Poe in next year's period thriller "The Raven," he's written another dark comedy the Latin American satire "Dictablanda," and now, he's signing on to a big production with a hefty pedigree.

Tobey Maguire Out, Nicole Kidman Possibly In For Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 7:44 AM
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Talk about trading up. No offense to Sofia Vergara, but sorry, she's just not in the same league as Nicole Kidman and if the producers have their way, Lee Daniels' gestating "The Paperboy" may be getting a major upgrade.

Sofia Vergara Drops Out Of Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 9:04 AM
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It has now been two full years since Lee Daniels premiered "Precious" at Sundance where it quickly became the film sensation of 2009, coming into the Oscars with six nominations and walking away with two wins for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Since then, Daniels has attached himself to a lot of movies -- "Anna In The Tropics," "Nights of Cabiria," "The Scottsboro Boys," and most notably "Selma" (which fell apart) -- without any managing to get in front of cameras. Now, another gestating film, "The Paperboy," has lost one of its lead actresses.

Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire & Zac Efron Starring In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 6:18 AM
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'Modern Family' Star Sofia Vergara Confirmed For CastLee Daniels hasn't quite had Hollywood bowing before him in the same way that some directors do after picking up an Oscar nomination -- in his case, for "Precious." It's not that the director hasn't gotten involved in projects -- he's attached to no fewer than five, and two, the civil rights drama "Selma," and the White House-set tale "The Butler," were close to happening, with A-listers like Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington attached. But the films never quite got going, for one reason or another, and Daniels is yet to make his follow-up to the film that made his name.

Is 'Precious' Filmmaker Lee Daniels Directing Sofia Vergara & Bradley Cooper In 'The Paperboy'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 20, 2011 6:01 AM
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Alex Pettyfer Also Reportedly Offered RoleIf director Lee Daniels can't choose a directorial follow-up to his Sundance indie hit, "Precious," it's not for lack of trying. The filmmaker has myriad options including the Civil Right-era drama "Selma" (which might be shelved because no studio cares about civil rights films anymore) and "The Butler" starring Denzel Washington as Eugene Allen an African-American butler that served the White House for 34 years and 8 presidents. The problem is none of those films are in eye-popping 3D, feature super heroes in tight pants and/or aren't part nine of some kid magician series, so no one's really interested in funding them. Three other gestating projects, a musical ("The Scottsboro Boys"), a remake of Fellini’s "Nights of Cabiria," and a literary adaptation that takes place during the 1920s cigar industry ("Anna In the Tropics"), all have as much chance of being made as "Calculus Math Textbook: The Movie."

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