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Directed by: Lee Daniels
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Release Date: October 18, 2013
Trailer Score: 5/10
Thoughts by Tsr: Between the anvilicious line about there being no tolerance for politics at the White House and Forest Whitaker playing a young, bright-eyed butler, this trailer had me chuckling within 20 seconds. They are trying to sell this as an incredibly inspirational story that deserves All The Oscars (an Oprah nomination wouldn’t surprise me), but it just looks so delightfully silly. That doesn’t mean Lee Daniels is shying away from serious topics, though. The horrors of racism are certainly on display, never more so than when a Ku Klux Klan member hurls a molotov cocktail at a bus in Birmingham. Wacky Presidential mimicry and horrific depictions of racial violence. Bless you, Lee Daniels.
We need to talk about these Presidents. The only one I buy »
- Shane T. Nier
Exclusive: Mike Lobell, the veteran producer whose 14-years of persistence helped make the remake Gambit happen, is getting close on three other projects with strong elements. He has re-teamed with former partner, writer-director Andrew Bergman, on A Film By Alan Stuart Eisner, an ensemble comedy which so far has Project X‘s Oliver Cooper, Shirley MacLaine and Robin Williams attached, with Rob Reiner making a cameo. Lobell reports that the film has added Sienna Miller, Isla Fisher and Audra MacDonald. Eisner is a comedy dealing with a young man making a documentary to learn what happened to his family during WWII. He is out looking for financing. Gambit, by the way, ended up with Michael Hoffman directing a script by Joel and Ethan Coen. Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman star and CBS Films is releasing. At the same time, Lobell is getting traction on This Man This Woman, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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
By Tara Fowler
After years of waiting, "Star Trek Into Darkness" has finally hit theaters. The original gang's all there, along with a shady new villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Is this baddie, as is claimed, a generic nobody named John Harrison? Or is he really a certain somebody whose name rhymes with swan? Who can say? But since Cumberbatch the actor will be literally everywhere this year ("August: Osage County," "The Fifth Estate," "The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug" (and look! There he is outside my window), we've put together six fun facts you may not have known about the "Sherlock" star. Go boldly where no man has gone before and read on!
1) He was kidnapped and held at gunpoint in South Africa: And he actually talked his way out of it, much like his television counterpart Sherlock Holmes would have. "I argued my way out," he told the Daily Mail. »
- MTV Movies Team
As critics swoon over the British star's timbre and tone, it is clear that a great voice is still essential for any great movie actor
This week, Benedict Cumberbatch has been basking in praise for his portrayal of the villain, John Harrison, in Jj Abrams' new film, Star Trek Into Darkness – more particularly, his voice has been drawing raves.
"So sepulchrally resonant that it could have been synthesised from the combined timbres of Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Alan Rickman holding an elocution contest down a well," sighed The Independent's Jonathan Romney. "The deep-voiced Cumberbatch asserts fully self-justified treachery", asserted The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy. In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane launched a career-overview of Cumberbatch's "honeyed mellifluous voice", concluding: "The timbre remains in Abrams film." The Daily Mirror judged its readers so in need of a top-up of Cumberbatch's Burtonesque baritone, it linked to a video in which »
- Tom Shone
The trailer boasts a large cast and already has many pegging Oprah Winfrey for her second Oscar nomination and with that buzz, The Weinstein Co. has dated Lee Daniels' The Butler for an August 16 release date. The move gives it a prime, early position in this year's Oscar race and likely means it will enjoy a Toronto premiere, which is where the Weinsteins kicked things off with Silver Linings Playbook last year. The Butler stars Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in 1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan. The film is based on a Washington Post report by Wil Haygood. As I already mentioned, the film co-stars Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines and she's joined by David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, »
- Brad Brevet
You can count on one thing when a period drama is announced. It’ll likely star one of the English K’s. Keira Knightley or Kate Winslet. Having turned her hand to nigh on every on-screen profession, Kate Winslet has signed on to star in and as The Dressmaker.
Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, the English Rose will take the lead in the 1950s-set period thriller. She will play Tilly, a woman once ostracised by her community. After being accused of murder she returns home to exact her revenge. Here’s the book’s official blurb from publisher Duffy and Snellsgrove:
Dungatar is a small country town, where the townspeople’s eccentricities are many and varied – from Sergeant Farrat’s predilection for cross-dressing, to pharmacist Almanac’s retributive scheme of potion dispensing, not to forget the affairs and assorted dark secrets. But none of these can compare to »
- Gem Seddon
A year ago he was a little-known Belgian actor. Then, on the first Thursday of Cannes 2012, came Rust and Bone and Matthias Schoenaerts – playing a bare-knuckle boxer opposite Marion Cotillard – was suddenly the hottest discovery on the Croisette.
The British film industry in particular seems to have fallen for Schoenaert , and he'll be seen in three forthcoming BBC Films productions. First there's A Little Chaos (directed by Alan Rickman), in which he plays the head gardener at Versailles opposite Kate Winslet's headstrong landscaper. Then he'll go straight to the set of Saul Dibb's production of the second world war drama Suite française, some of which is being shot in his native Belgium. In that, he'll play a German officer opposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas. »
- Jason Solomons
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
Lee Daniels' latest, "The Butler," serves as a sweeping look at the Civil Rights movement in the United States as seen through the eyes of a White House butler. The first trailer for the movie has arrived, and its many, many cameos seem like they'll be the project's major selling point.
Forest Whitaker plays the movie's titular butler, a real-life person named Cecil Gaines. Oprah Winfrey portrays his wife, while David Oyelowo plays their son. Rounding out the cast are Robin Williams and Melissa Leo as Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, James Marsden and Minka Kelly as John F. and Jackie Kennedy, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson and Mariah Carey as Hattie Pearl -- and that's just scratching the surface of the people involved.
"The Butler" is due in theaters on Oct. 18. It will »
Winfrey cast as the wife of the butler (played by Forest Whitaker) who attended presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan
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Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, whose story is based on the real-life White House butler Eugene Allen. Allen served presidents between 1952 and his retirement in 1986, by which time he had risen from a lowly pantry man to the head role, Maître d'.
Daniels' film stars Oprah Winfrey, in her first big screen role since 1998's Beloved, as Gaines's wife, Gloria. Britain's David Oyelowo plays his son, Louis, who becomes a freedom fighter during the civil rights era, a role that brings him into conflict with his father.
Daniels' film also features a heavily garlanded cast, »
- Ben Child
Actor who portrays Robb Stark in hit TV series will play opposite Lily James in Disney's live-action version of the classic folk tale
Disney's big budget, live-action take on Cinderella appears to be following in the footsteps of Tim Burton's $1bn Alice in Wonderland fantasy as director Kenneth Branagh puts together a mostly British cast. With Downton Abbey's Lily James already cast in the title role, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Game of Thrones' Richard Madden will play her prince.
Madden, who plays Robb Stark in the highly-rated HBO fantasy series, will take the role which, as tradition demanded, was named Prince Charming in the 1950 Disney animated version of the tale. Cate Blanchett has been cast as the wicked stepmother.
- Ben Child
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for the Lee Daniels-directed film The Butler, which stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Aml Ameen, and Liev Schreiber.
The film was "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."
The Butler comes out on October 18th, 2013, and it looks like a great film that tells an inspiring story.
Source: Yahoo! (http://movies.yahoo.com/video/butler-trailer-1-230112502.html) »
- Joey Paur
"Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) has been cast as the Prince in Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella. As previously announced, the film is being directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, stars Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and features Lily James in the title role."
Richard Madden is best known for playing Robb Stark on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. He also stars in director Patrice Leconte's upcoming World War II drama A Promise, alongside Rebecca Hall and Alan Rickman.
In The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who proudly serves tea at the White House to seven U.S. presidents, Democratic and Republican, while the segregated country he grew up in shudders with inevitable — and often violent — progress. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-starring Oprah Winfrey as Gaines’ beloved wife, The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who came to the White House in 1952 and became a favorite of many of the first families who called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.
The film is loaded with famous faces, and the historical icons they’re playing makes »
- Jeff Labrecque
Universal Studios Orlando announced today that they are adding Diagon Alley and London expansions to their theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Take a look at an illustration of what these additions will look like, when they open in 2014, then read the press release for more details.
Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the world's first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal's creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, »
It's only May, but the trailer for Lee Daniels's The Butler already has me thinking about award season. The drama stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who serves eight Us presidents over the course of his three decades at the White House. Working through particularly volatile moments in the country's history, he gains a unique perspective on the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and more. Oprah Winfrey plays Cecil's wife, marking the first time she's been on screen playing a character other than herself since 1998's Beloved. Whitaker and Winfrey aren't the only big names in the movie. The laundry list of stars playing presidents is fascinating: Robin Williams is Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden is John F. Kennedy (with Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy!), Liev Schreiber is Lyndon Johnson, John Cusack is Richard Nixon, and Alan Rickman is Ronald Reagan. Not all the actors resemble their presidential counterparts, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Forest Whitaker stars in The Butler as Cecil Gaines, a character based on the real-life butler who served in the White House for seven 20th Century presidents. Oprah Winfrey costars as his wife, Gloria. But the first trailer for the movie will probably be most attention-grabbing for all the other people who appear in the movie as very, very famous politicians. John Cusack as Richard Nixon. Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower. James Marsden as John F. Kennedy. Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. Watch the trailer:
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- Darren Franich
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