Five Perfect New Year's Lessons I Learned from Lee Daniels in Dubai

December 29, 2014 10:39 AM

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Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival. Daniels served as Jury President for the Muhr Feature Competition in Dubai and turned out to be the best interview, the kind that simply "shut it down" for me -- as Rachel Zoe would put it. In fact, after speaking with Daniels, I found it difficult to interview anyone else. Probably because, through his great wit, the wonderful self-mocking way he talks about his work and himself, I learned so much, I didn't really need anything more. Here are some of his wisdoms worth sharing.

Lee Daniels' upcoming foray into television is the highly anticipated Empire, set to premiere on Fox on January 7th. Starring the divinely talented Terrence Howard as a former street thug turned hip hop king, now CEO of Empire Entertainment, alongside one of my favorite actresses Taraji P. Henson, t...

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