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December 9, 2016

Philly’s own Lee Daniels is on a roll. The award-winning filmmaker was just given another honor. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Daniels continues to develop the Richard Pryor biopic for the big screen. He remains at the helm of the highly rated Fox drama “Empire.” Now, Daniels has teamed with Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt for his latest drama, “Star.” Latifah is an Atlanta beauty salon owner playing mother hen to three young girls trying to make it in the music business. “Star” will have a special premiere Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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WDAS morning man Steve Harvey is on a roll, too. He has a new book called “Jump: Take The Leap Of Faith To Achieve Your Life Of Abundance.” In the book, Harvey outlines the keys to his own success and gives information on how you can achieve it by believing in yourself to start. Meanwhile, Fox signed Harvey to host the new “Showtime At The Apollo” specials. Harvey hosted the series from 1993 to 2000. The new “Apollo” specials will retain many of the elements of the weekly show, including the Amateur Night competition.

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The Prince estate vs. Jay Z! That’s right. The estate of the late singer is suing Tidal Music and Roc Nation for copyright infringement. Both companies are owned or co-owned by Jay Z. The suit accuses Tidal of unauthorized streaming and dissemination of Prince’s music. Tidal claims it not only has the right to stream the Prince music catalog, but owns it. So why the suit? Insiders suspect the estate, aka some of Prince family members, just want more money, but officially it’s the streaming issue. Tidal says it has its rights from a signed agreement, but the estate says that agreement was only for 90 days and expired.

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Speaking of Jay Z, he made Forbes magazine’s World’s Highest Paid Musicians’ list. Taylor Swift topped it all by raking in $170 million. Rihanna was at $75 million. Diddy was at $62 million. The Weeknd took in $55 million followed by wife and husband Beyoncé ($54M) and Jay Z ($53.5M), Dr. Dre ($41M) Jennifer Lopez ($39.5M) and Drake came in at $38.5M.

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Speaking of paid, that’s Gayle King. The “CBS This Morning” news anchor and eternal BFF of Oprah Winfrey is getting a cool $16.5 million to stay with CBS. Although “CBS This Morning” has yet to beat NBC’s “Today” show or ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS likes the team of King, Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose on their network.

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Chris Rock is going on tour, and he’ll be in Atlantic City. It’s his first standup tour in nine years. He calls it “The Total Blackout.” Rock made the announcement on social media and will wrap his tour June 3 at The Borgata in Atlantic City.

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Nia Long and Idina Menzel are starring in the remake of “Beaches.” The TV movie is based on the feature film, originally starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, chronicling the enduring friendship of two women from childhood to adults. Long and Menzel’s remake of “Beaches” will air on Lifetime on Jan. 21.

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In more Nia Long news, she’s joining the cast of Fox’s “Empire” and Netflix’s “Dear White People.” She and “Empire” leading man Terrence Howard go back to their movie days on “The Best Man” movie franchise. Long will play a rough and tumble Vegas club runner named Giusi who uses her mob connections to secure a deal with “Empire.” Look for her and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) to go toe-to-toe. Long is also set to join the Netflix series “Dear White People,” which is adapted from the independent movie of the same name. Long will have a recurring role, and the cast will include Brandon P. Bell, Logan Browning, Tyler James Williams and Dennis Haysbert. “Dear White People” is a look at social politics through a campus radio show a student runs called “Dear White People.” The show will debut in 2017 on Netflix.

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The new “Celebrity Apprentice” is back and with a new host. “Celebrity Apprentice” was originally cancelled by NBC after original host Donald Trump announced he was running for president of the United States. Now the show is returning with The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 69-year-old former governor of California will be the boss over celebrities Porsha Williams, Jon Lovitz, Snooki, Ricky Williams, Boy George and Laila Ali. The “Celebrity Apprentice” will return Jan. 2 on NBC.

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It’s awards season.

The Golden Globe Awards nominations will be announced Monday. All eyes are on “Fences” with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. This year “The Tonight Show’s” Jimmy Fallon is hosting. The Golden Globes air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8 on NBC.

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The Academy Awards will have Jimmy Kimmel as host in 2017. Kimmel last hosted the Emmys, and this will be his first turn at Oscar. Previous late-night hosts of the Oscars include Johnny Carson and David Letterman. The nominations will be announced Jan. 24 and the Oscars will air Feb. 26 on ABC.

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At the movies this week, Shemar Moore and Bill Bellamy star in “The Bounce Back.” Moore, who is also executive producer, plays a relationship guru whose own life as a single dad needs the attention of that special lady. Bellamy plays Moore’s agent and best friend determined to make sure he doesn’t let romance blow the successful show biz life. “The Bounce Back” opens in theaters Friday.

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Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance teams with Felicity Huffman for an ABC sitcom called “Libby And Malcolm.” They’ll play two political insiders and TV commentators whose ideas and beliefs are completely opposite, but they meet and fall in love. Present day is they’re married and maintaining blended family with his kids. “Libby And Malcom” is from the co-creator of “black-ish” and Vance himself will be a co-executive producer. The show is set to premiere in the 2016-2017 season on ABC.

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Vance is also starring alongside Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe in the reboot of the horror classic “The Mummy,” and that hits theaters June 9, 2017. But, first up he joins Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon and Jason Bateman in the comedy “Office Christmas Party,” in theaters Friday.

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Will Smith also has a holiday movie on the way. “Collateral Beauty” has an all-star cast with Smith including Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightly, Jacob Lattimore and Naomi Harris. Smith is an ad executive who suffers a personal tragedy and his friends rally to make him appreciate life. There’s also a twist during the steps of making Smith’s character see how valuable life still is. “Collateral Beauty” opens in theaters Dec. 16.

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“UnSung,” the original, is back. In the spotlight this season is SWV, Fat Joe, Jon B., Lenny Williams, Case, Dave Hollister, After 7 and the finale will be a tribute to the Godfather Of Soul, James Brown. “UnSung” returns Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. on TV One.

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Cedric The Entertainer has signed a deal with CBS. Cedric co-created and will star in the sibling sitcom “Tony Take The Wheel.” No word yet on a premiere but things look like next year. The last time Cedric was on TV, it was for five seasons on his TV Land sitcom “Soul Man,” which was cancelled earlier this year.

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Mario Van Peebles is coming to the SyFy cable channel in a new show called “Superstition.” He has a 13-episode commitment for this new drama. “Superstition” revolves around the mystery and dark secrets that surround the Mosley Family Funeral Home in New Orleans. “Superstition” is set to air in the new year.

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When Whoopi Goldberg wraps “The View,” she may star in the Harlem set drama she’s developing for Bravo. The show is billed as a modern-day crime drama with racial overtones. A man, who faked his death as a teenager and passes for white, returns to run for mayor. No premiere date has been set for the yet-to-be-titled project.