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Fresh Off of Project Greenlight, Effie Brown Joins Lee Daniels' Production Company

Effie Brown, the independent producer who endured Matt Damon’s rich explanation of diversity on Project Greenlight last fall, has reportedly found a home with Lee Daniels’ production company. Brown, who helped produced 2014's Dear White People, will serve as the outfit’s executive VP of production and development.

After Years of Silence, Madonna Denies Allegations That Ex-Husband Sean Penn Beat Her Up

At the center of Sean Penn’s $10 million defamation lawsuit against Empire creator Lee Daniels is the question of whether the actor ever beat up his ex-wife Madonna, whom he married in 1985 and separated from in 1989. Penn has repeatedly denied such allegations—which have been noted by numerous media outlets and at…

Twerking Unites Empire Enemies Cookie and Boo Boo Kitty

Empire’s Season 2 premiere was an auspicious one, to say the least. In the first several minutes, a host of cameos by people (including Rev. Al Sharpton, André Leon Talley) and designers (two mentions of Tom Ford, plus Gucci, albeit “last season”) exemplified how much cachet the show has garnered after just one…

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