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Director Lee Daniels Discusses Growing Up Gay in the Ghetto: VIDEO

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In an interview on Arsenio Hall’s new talk show, director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) again shared how his experience growing up as a gay, black man continues to influence his films and his perspective.

Daniels also discussed in the interview why he thinks his late father never truly accepted him for being gay.

Said Daniels:

"He was embarrassed, I think.  And I didn’t understand why he was so hard on me about being gay. And I didn’t realize until after I did The Butler that at that time he was a second-class citizen. And that he was called a n***** . He wasn’t a man.  And so when he saw I was gay, he thought that was even ‘Oh my God this kid, what is this kid going to encounter? It’s bad enough.' So after doing The Butler and doing so much research, I understood where his headset was at and I forgave him and I love him."

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Director Lee Daniels Developing Gay Interracial Action Hero Movie Starring Alex Pettyfer


In an interview with Out magazine, The Butler's Lee Daniels (pictured below) revealed his plans to develop an "interracial love affair action movie" with a gay couple. And the best part? He's already nailed down Alex Pettyfer as one-half of the gay duo.

Lee DanielsAccording to Daniels, think of it as a gay Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes." The twist? "We don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie," he explains.

He went on to reveal that, "Alex Pettyfer is in it, [but] I have to find the right black guy opposite him. He's so hot, isn't he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that's so...I love him to death."

With news of Daniels's plan spreading across the web as we speak, it seems the "secret" of the two characters' sexuality won't be much of a secret after all. And as for the second half of the gay couple, what do you think? Which black actor would you love to see playing opposite the gorgeous Pettyfer? 

Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Gets a Trailer: VIDEO


Last September Oprah published this photo to her Instagram account from the set of The Butler, which she was filming at the time. With her are the film's director Lee Daniels (Precious), Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.

The film is based on the life of Eugene Allen who served eight presidents as the head butler at the White House from 1952-1986, and the trailer has just been released.

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Zac Efron on Foreign Cuisine, Animals, and His Wet Tighty-Whities: VIDEO


Zac Efron sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to discuss eating Baluts (eggs with half-formed ducks in them), shooting with animals, and spending ninety-percent of a film in his underwear (which is apparently how The Paperboy goes down).



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Here's Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan: PHOTO


Yesterday, Oprah posted this full-of-win photo to Instagram from the set of The Butler.

She wrote:

"Director @LeeDaniels , @JaneFonda as Nancy Reagan , Alan Rickman as Prez Reagan and me gonna be a long nite.#theBUTLER"

(via dlisted)

The Paperboy: VIDEO


Here's the hot-off-the-presses trailer for The Paperboy, which is director Lee Daniels' follow-up to Precious, and stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, and Zac Efron (in his underwear).


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