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One Ends, Another Begins: Empire Fall Finale Leads Into Star Premiere!

STAR: L-R: Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady in STAR coming soon to FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: FOX
STAR: L-R: Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady in STAR premiering on Wednesday, December 14 (9/8C) on FOX FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: FOX

FOX has created at two-hour Les Daniels event – a night of music and drama – with the fall finale of Empire leading into the premiere of his new series, Star.

On Wednesday, December 14th, events rise to a crescendo on Empire (8/7C) and a woman whose live in the foster care system gives her a unique voice begins her journey on Star (9/8C) – before moving into the show’s regular timeslot on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 (9/8C).

Details – and the teaser for Star – follow the jump.

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Queen Latifah Cast In Key Role In Lee Daniels’ Music Pilot!

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Queen Latifah has been cast as Carlotta, a beauty shop owner who becomes a surrogate mom to three girls trying to make it as a trio in the music industry.

She joins Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady have been cast as the girls – Star, Alexandra and Simone.

The FOX pilot goes into production this month in Atlanta, Georgia. For further detail, follow the jump.

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Yellow Brick Road Teaser: The Wiz Live!

THE WIZ LIVE! -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Alan Grier as Lion, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Ne-Yo as Tinman, Elijah Kelly as Scarecrow -- (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/NBC)
THE WIZ LIVE! — Season: 2015 — Pictured: (l-r) David Alan Grier as Lion, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Ne-Yo as Tinman, Elijah Kelly as Scarecrow — (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/NBC)

NBC has released a teaser for its event production The Wiz Live! Ease on past the jump for a look.

The Wiz Live! will be braodcast on Thursday, December 3rd (8/7C).

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Queen Latifah Talks About Her Starring Role in BESSIE

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Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”) from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today.

Debuting SATURDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO, BESSIE is executive produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.

Interview after the jump!

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Steel Magnolias: Producers Craig Zadan, Neil Maron and Queen Latifah Answer The Big Questions: Why Now? Why This Cast? Why Lifetime?

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On Monday, October 7, 2012, Lifetime will present a new adaptation of the iconic play, and hit movie, Steel Magnolias (9/8C). The cast includes Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad.

Producers Queen Latifah, Craig Zadan and Neil Maron – who last worked together on the movie adaptation of Chicago, took an hour to talk about the whys and wherefores of bringing this story to television via Lifetime.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift Movie Review – Just Seen It


Scrat’s Nutty Pursuit causes a continental cataclysm. Separated from their herd, Manny, Diego and Sid use an iceberg as their sea-fairing ship. But their voyage home is full of surprises.

Starring the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah and John Leguizamo.
Directed by Steve Martino, and Mike Thurmeier.
Written by Michael Berg and Jason Fuchs.
Produced by John C. Donkin and Lori Forte.
Genre: Family Animated Comedy.
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Joyful Noise Soundtrack is full of spiritual music

The Joyful Noise Soundtrack has got to be one of the most positive and uplifting soundtracks I have heard in a while. This is an album that grabs your attention immediately with the first song, “Not Enough”. Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah sound incredible and make a great duo on this opener but of course this song would not be complete with out the backing vocals of the choir.
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INTERVIEW: Queen Latifah and “The Secret Life of Bees”

In the movie “The Secret Life of Bees” (opening today), Queen Latifah plays the role of August Boatwright, who along with her two sisters May (Sophie Okonedo) and June (Alicia Keys), own and operate a successful bee farm in South Carolina during the tumultuous Civil Rights era. The three women befriend a fourteen year old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) and her caretaker Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson) on their journey to discovering the truth about Lily’s mother. Lily and Rosaleen quickly become part of the Boatwright sister’s family where they are embraced with love and a sense of belonging, something they both have been searching for.

I sat down with the Queen to discuss her role as matriarch and big sister to this incredibly impressive group of women both on the set of “The Secret Life of Bees” and off. We also talked about being confident in knowing who you are and how being comfortable with yourself in life can bring great happiness.

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