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How often do TV critics hark back to the heady days of Play for Today and Armchair Theatre? Back then, men were men, bitter was cheap and Ibsen was on ITV. Since the 80s, this sort of arts programming has all but died out. There have been resuscitation attempts, but the reception has been mixed: The Hollow Crown won Baftas, while Jerry Springer: the Opera spawned hate mobs.
In 2010, Sky Arts produced its own attempt, Playhouse Live. It was valiant but half-baked. I remember Alia Bano's Hens, broadcast live on Sky Arts 2, and it was lifeless, shabby and clunkily shot. Backs blocked the camera. The set seemed half-finished. Without an audience, it felt both stilted and dated.
This strand was replaced last year by Playhouse Presents, a series of miscellaneous 30-minute one-offs. »
- Matt Trueman
Eddie Braben's work for Morecambe and Wise ranks among the best and funniest of any British comic writing because in many ways it defines it. Braben's rhythms are the quintessential rhythms of British comedy – the comedy of bathos.
Eric and Ernie began their careers trying to imitate the smart cross-talk and rapid one-liners of Us double acts such as Abbott and Costello. This is still evident in much of their 1960s work, scripted by Dick Hills and Sid Green. But it's Braben's tumbling lines, with Eric puncturing the pomposity of Ernie, or their celebrity guests, that we think of when we recall probably the most-loved comedians of the last 50 years.
When Eric, as the Duke of Wellington, lies on a bed with Vanessa Redgrave »
Cannes Film Festival 2013: Harvey Weinstein’s Academy Awards Preview Show (Photo: Fruitvale Station, with Michael B. Jordan) Harvey Weinstein’s Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions Special, a showcase of upcoming The Weinstein Company releases, is now regarded as one of the Croisette’s key film events. Because it provides a hint at who or what will win the Palme d’Or? Get real. Even at Cannes, it’s all about the Academy Awards. This year, Cannes Official Competition Jury Member Nicole Kidman was Weinstein’s co-presenter. And no, there wasn’t any influence peddling involved. Kidman was there because she is the star of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming Grace of Monaco, in which she plays another K-named movie star, Grace Kelly. And let’s not forget that 11 years ago Kidman won a Best Actress Oscar for The Hours, distributed by — at the time — the Weinstein-ruled Miramax. Two movies »
- Andre Soares
I recently sat through "Iron Man 3" with my three children. I admit that at least some of it was fun to watch. In fact, many of Robert Downey Jr.'s lines had me laughing out loud. But, for the most part, the needless addition of 3D and the endless string of loud explosions had my head spinning by the end. It got me wondering: Will there be anything for mature audiences to enjoy this summer? The good news is that -- from all accounts -- there will be. Indeed, here are four (hopefully) must-see movies that appear to be targeting post50s this summer.
1. If you loved "The Wedding Crashers" then you are probably going to at least like "The Internship" starring the same dynamic duo -- Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. This time the two play down-and-out salesmen whose careers have been upended by the digital age. The »
- The Huffington Post
“Cutting Edge Originals is about great stories that will depend on great music,” said Ceg topper Philip Moross. “This model was perfected by the late Robert Stigwood with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease,’ and we’re aiming just as high.”
It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in a film, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.
Earlier this year, Ceg raised $100 million in equity as part »
- Dave McNary
We love Olivia Colman even more than we thought, the BBC is still the daddy in broadcasting – and toilet breaks tell you more about the television industry than you'd imagine
Colman took to the stage three times: for Twenty Twelve, as part of the cast; for Twenty Twelve, for best female comedy performance; and for Accused, which bagged her best supporting actress. She chose to share the latter with her co-star Anne-Marie Duff: "We are Ann Molivia Colmuff", and generally made everyone fall that bit more in love with her, for being funny, self-deprecating and exactly the sort of person you'd want to go to the pub with. Her overall verdict? "This is a really lovely evening." Quite.
2. Crying is an art
Colman almost blubbed, but pulled back from the brink. Clare Balding's special-award speech came to an end with another near-sob, »
- Rebecca Nicholson
"The Butler" is preparing to move to August 16. "Precious" director Lee Daniels' all-star historical drama was originally scheduled to be released October 18, in time for awards season, but The Weinstein Company has pushed it up two months, according to Deadline. "Butler" stars Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, a White House butler who worked with eight presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan, throughout the Civil Rights movement. The film features an awards-friendly supporting cast, including Oprah Winfrey (Oscar-nominated for "The Color Purple"), Oscar winners Vanessa Redgrave and Cuba Gooding, Jr., Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, and "Precious" vets Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz. The sprawling cast also »
- Dave Lewis
The Butler has changed its theatrical release date.
The biopic drama will now arrive at Us theaters on August 16, reports Deadline. It was previously slated to open on October 18.
The Butler tells the life of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) who worked as a White House butler during eight Us presidential terms from 1952 to 1986, serving presidents such as President Dwight D Eisenhower and President John F Kennedy.
Directed by Lee Daniels, the film also stars Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, James Marsden, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman, Lenny Kravitz, Minka Kelly and Alex Pettyfer.
No UK cinema release date has been announced.
Watch the trailer for The Butler below: »
What a fantastic week for new movie trailers - we've seen Oprah Winfrey come back to acting in The Butler, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock get lost in space for Gravity, and an all-star British cast reunite for The World's End.
Digital Spy looks at the top five trailers from the past week below...
This is the first trailer released from The World's End, the final instalment in the Three Flavours Cornetto series and long-awaited reunion between Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. The film follows five mates trying to complete a pub crawl they couldn't finish 20 years ago - 12 pints each in 12 pubs. The movie also stars Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman and Rafe Spall, and will be released on July 19.
American TV icon Oprah Winfrey »
Oprah's back - on the big screen, that is - in The Butler. Based on the life of Eugene Allen, the White House head butler who served eight presidents during a 34-year career, the film stars Forest Whitaker playing a character called Cecil Gaines. Oprah plays his wife, Gloria Gaines. As shown in the intriguing two-minute, thirty-second trailer, the Own network mogul, 59, shows off the acting chops that once earned her an Oscar nomination, for 1985's The Color Purple. From delivering a dramatic slap to planting a kiss on Whitaker, Winfrey has landed a dynamic role - in her first film since Beloved, »
- Maggie Coughlan
The Butler is happening, and it is… serious.
The movie is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight different presidents. Forest Whitaker plays the title role, but he’s surrounded by enough starpower to fuel a few hundred Correspondents’ Dinners. Below, I’ve embedded the trailer, but for now let’s rank the 10 Zaniest parts of this damn thing, which is slated for an October release.
- Louis Virtel
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh
Directed & Written by Rodrigo Gudiño
There are, broadly speaking, two types of haunted house stories: those in which some more or less innocent stranger gets caught in the middle of some festering saga of ancient wrong, and those in which the ectoplasmic chickens of past personal wrongdoing come home to roust some more or less guilty party from his or her comfort zone. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, audaciously, fits both descriptions – and neither of them.
Written and directed by Rue Morgue magazine publisher Rodrigo Gudiño, this subtle horror film eschews the full frontal theatrics one generally associates with the genre, opting instead for a psychological pincer movement that captures the viewer in a chilling crossfire of intergenerational dread and regret. Gudiño’s two-pronged tale examines the smashed remains of a once-loving mother and son relationship from both sides of the grave. »
- David Fiore
If there was ever a more ambitious film than "The Butler," we have yet to discover it.
"Precious" director Lee Daniels efforts to recapitulate — through the real-life eyes of a lone, stolid White House butler — pretty much the entire twentieth century as it related to the American Civil Rights Movement. With a cast list that reads like a flat-out roll call for the Walk of Fame, Daniels presents the working life of Cecil Gaines (real name: Eugene Allen), a man who served eight consecutive U.S. presidents during his career and witnessed history being made first-hand.
The first trailer for "The Butler" has now been released, and boy oh boy are we impressed with all the acute caricaturing going down here ... and all the feels we feel.
Forest Whitaker leads the cast as the apolitical Mr. Gaines, a man whose directive is to ghost around the Capitol without putting in »
- Amanda Bell
As Oscar season appears on a, err…distant horizon, The Weinstein Company are revving up one of their main contenders, The Butler. In the last year, set photos of various cast members suited, booted and dressed up to the nines in prosthetics have landed, showcasing the film’s mammoth scale. Today, Lee Daniels’ upcoming historical drama now has its first trailer online, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.
There are few surprises in the first trailer. It’s littered with character-affirming aphorisms cut together with action depicting specific presidential epochs. Footage of every president that butler Eugene Allen served makes for a good indication of the calibre of acting talent attached. There’s no doubt that at least one cast member will receive an Oscar nod. Oprah Winfrey as his wife dishes out a damn good slap which could seal the deal for her.
Inspired by a Washington Post article written by Wil Haygood, »
- Gem Seddon
The Butler has long been an early contender for the awards season later this year, with Lee Daniels’ biographical drama set for an October release by The Weinstein Company. And with Daniels on board, Forest Whitaker in the lead, and Harvey Weinstein on the campaign front, you can be sure that this is going to get some serious attention from the Academy.
We’ve got a little over five months to go before the film arrives in theatres, and now Yahoo Movies have debuted the first trailer, giving us a look at Whitaker’s performance as Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House for more than three decades.
The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and »
- Kenji Lloyd
Yahoo! has the trailer for The Butler, which follows the civil rights movement from the perspective of domestic servant Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), who served at the White House over eight presidencies from 1952-1986.
The film is based on a profile of Allen written by Wil Haygood of The Washington Post in 2008 titled, “A Butler Well Served By This Election”.
The film stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams.
Source: Yahoo! »
- Alex Corey
Here is the first trailer for inspirational epic The Butler. Forest Whitaker stars as African-American butler, Eugene Allen, who works in The Whitehouse. The film will span over three decades and eight presidents, as Allen is witness to many changes in the history of his country and the politics of the world. Lee Daniels, director of Precious, has assembled an astonishing all-star cast, including some of the greatest black actors working today as well as some cinematic legends filling the roles of the presidents. I like how the film isn’t too concerned with grabbing lookalikes, but has certainly captured the feel of each president. Although, Alan Rickman as Reagan is a dead ringer.
This is one of the most empowering trailers I’ve seen in recent years and it also avoids the usual Oscar-bait sentimentality. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a number of Oscar nominations being attributed »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Check out the latest trailer for the Lee Daniels-directed film, starring Forest Whitaker. The Butler is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article which tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. This truly is an incredible, and an emotionally-charged trailer, readying viewers for what could be a multiple Award-winning film. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, with a cast which also includes Oprah Winfrey, Maria Carey, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, »
Sneak Peek the first trailer from "Precious" director Lee Daniels' new historical drama "The Butler", based on a true story, starring Forrest Whitaker as 'Cecil Gaines', a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986.
Cast also includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams:
"...'The Butler', based on the screenplay by Danny Strong & Lee Daniels, is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this unique vantage point, the film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. »
- Michael Stevens
Forest Whitaker. Oprah Winfrey. David Oyelowo. Robin Williams. Alex Pettyfer. Cuba Gooding Jr. James Marsden. John Cusack. Jane Fonda. Terrence Howard. Lenny Kravitz. Melissa Leo. Vanessa Redgrave. Alan Rickman. Liev Schrieber. The Butler, the new film from director Lee Daniels, has one of the most impressive ensemble casts of recent memory, and the brand new trailer seen above, courtesy of Yahoo!, certainly does a good job of showing all of them off. Based on an article by Wil Haygood titled "A Butler Well Served by This Election" and adapted by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the new movie is based on the true story of Eugene Allen (renamed Cecil Gaines and played by Forest Whitaker), a butler who served at the White House for seven different sitting Presidents of the United States. The film will span his entire life leading up to his retirement in 1986. Naturally, there are plenty of »
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