Grammy award-winning producer/rapper Timbaland has signed on to Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's highly-anticipated hip-hop drama Empire. Timbaland (born Timothy Mosley), who has collaborated with musicians such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Madonna, Elton John, Keith Urban and Justin Timberlake, joins the Fox pilot as the show's music producer and song writer. Empire stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
The Weinstein Company has released a trailer for Lee Daniels’ highly-anticipated film, The Butler. The period piece centers on the real-life story of Eugene Allen, who served as the White House butler for eight presidents from 1952-1986. Forest Whitaker takes on the title role, with daytime talk show maven Oprah Winfrey as his wife.
This marks Winfrey’s first appearance on the silver screen since starring in Beloved 15 years ago. Watch the trailer after the jump!