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Hulu's 'United States vs. Billie Holiday' Movie Has Twitter Mad Over The Treatment of Billie Holiday

Lee DanielsUnited States Vs. Billie Holiday film finally premiered on Hulu tonight and fans have a lot of thoughts about the flick.

The movie centers on Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, who spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe.

However, not many recall that beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Billie in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.”

After screening the movie, many fans took to social media and opened up about how the movie resonated with them and how mad they are for the treatment Billie was subject to.

“I’m mad as hell the Billie Holiday movie got me pissed off at bae like this,” one fan wrote after watching.

Another added, “This movie made me very sad for Billie Holiday. Black women in general.”

Andra Day, who plays Billie, is nominated at this weekend’s Golden Globes for her role, as well as Best Original Song.

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ABC Orders Pilot For Lee Daniels' 'The Wonder Years' Reboot

ABC is moving forward with its’ Wonder Years reboot.

The network announced today that the Lee Daniels produced series has given a formal pilot order to start shooting, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new version of the popular series will focus on how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late 1960s made sure it was “the wonder years” for them, too.

The original series, which aired from 1988 to 1993, centered on a white middle-class family.

The show made its young stars, Fred Savage and Danica McKellar, into household names.

Fred will be part of the new series as an executive producer and will direct the pilot, too.

Plans for the reboot were announced in the summer of 2020.

Andra Day's Billie Holiday Movie, a Big Awards Contender, Has Been Sold to Hulu

The upcoming movie The United States vs Billie Holiday, which stars Andra Day as the title character, has been sold to Hulu!

The film was directed by Oscar nominee Lee Daniels and it has been considered a major contender during the 2021 awards season.

Variety reports that the movie was originally set up for a sale at Paramount Pictures, but the deal never actually closed. That studio had been planning an advertising campaign for the film, but now that the pandemic is not slowing down, it makes sense for the movie to be released elsewhere.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday was originally scheduled for a theatrical release on February 26, 2021. No date has been announced for a streaming premiere on Hulu.

It’s likely that streaming services will dominate the Oscars in 2021 with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Apple all in the running with major contenders!

Here is the movie’s synopsis: “The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.” “

Lee Daniels & Fred Savage to Produce 'Wonder Years' Reboot Featuring a Black Family

The Wonder Years is coming back.

30 years after the show ended, ABC is teaming with Empire‘s Lee Daniels and Fred Savage to reboot the classic coming-of-age series, which will now feature a Black family, THR reported Wednesday (July 8).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Fred Savage

“The comedy has received a sizable pilot-production commitment and will open a mini-writers’ room once the network approves the script. The goal, per sources, is for the new Wonder Years to be developed for the 2021-22 television season,” the outlet reports.

The original series starred Fred in the 1960s suburbs, and the new version “focuses on how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late ’60s made sure it was ‘the wonder years’ for them, too.”

Original series co-creator Neal Marlens is attached as a consultant. Fred will also be directing. We’re excited to see the re-imagined series!

Find out which more recent blockbuster Hollywood movie is also being rebooted…

'Empire' Creators Confirm Early Finale Due to Pandemic & Hope to Have a Proper Ending Someday

Empire‘s next episode will also be its finale for the foreseeable future.

The long-running show’s 18th episode of its final sixth season due to air next week will be its last for now, creators confirmed on Tuesday (April 14).

Lee Daniels and Danny Strong issued statements about the sudden ending of the show.

“The success of Empire and bringing the Lyon family to broadcast television will always be one of the proudest achievements of my career. This show is the definition of breaking barriers. Thank you to our incredible cast, especially Terrence and Taraji, along with our amazing writers and tireless crew, for all of their hard work and bringing this story to life. I think there’s more to do with these characters, and I’m heartbroken we aren’t getting to shoot the finale we wanted—at least not yet. But you know what they say in television? Stay tuned! To the Empire!” Lee said, via Deadline.

“We’re so proud of this show and of everything this incredible cast – led by Taraji and Terrence- and crew accomplished over six seasons. The episode airing on April 21 was never meant to be the series finale, but due to current events it will likely be the last one our fans will see for a while. We had an ending for the series planned that we all loved, and hopefully someday we’ll be able to film it and give the series its proper conclusion. But we hope everyone tunes in to our last original episode, because the work done by our cast and crew deserves to be seen by the widest audience possible. Big thank you to Fox for being our home for these many years. And here’s hoping this isn’t the end!” said Danny Strong.

Taraji previously spoke about how shooting was cut short for the series.

Lee Daniels to Direct 'Stealth' Movie Adaption from 'Walking Dead' Creators

Lee Daniels is teaming up with the creators of The Walking Dead for a new movie!

The 59-year-old Oscar-nominated director is attached to direct the movie adaption of Stealth, which is based on an upcoming Skybound/Image comic created by The Walking Dead creator and exec producer Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri, Deadline reports.

Here’s the synopsis of the comic story: “For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s—his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs… with enemies all too eager to force his retirement.”

The first issue of the Stealth comic will be released under Skybound/Image on March 11, 2020.

Lee Daniels Is 'Beyond Embarrassed' About Jussie Smollett's Hate Crime Scandal

Lee Daniels is sharing his candid feelings about Jussie Smollett‘s alleged hate crime hoax scandal.

The Empire co-creator and director spoke out in an interview with Vulture.

“I’m beyond embarrassed. I think that when it happened, I had a flash of me running from bullies. I had a flash of my whole life, of my childhood, my youth, getting beaten,” he said of initially pledging his support for Jussie when news broke of the alleged hate crime.

When asked if it was something he would have suspected or out of the blue, he responded: “Blue. Blue.”

“If it turned out that he did it, was guilty, and all of it’s accurate,” he added.

He also admitted he doesn’t know for sure what’s true.

“Of course, there’s some doubt. I’m telling you that because I love him so much. That’s the torture that I’m in right now, because it’s literally if it were to happen to your son and your child, how would you feel? You would feel, Please, God, please let there be that glimmer of hope that there is some truth in this story. That’s why it’s been so painful. It was a flood of pain.”

“We weren’t there. I can’t judge him. That’s only for the f–king lady or man with that black robe and God. I had to detach myself and stop calling him, because it was taking away the time I have for my kids, the time I have for my partner. It was affecting my spirit and other shows, everything,” he went on to say.

He also addressed whether Jussie is returning to Empire. Click here to see his reaction!

To read more of Lee‘s reaction, head to Vulture.com.