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New Barbara Speake Performing Arts P/T school

3 December 2012 9:30 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

My name is June Billham and I would like to introduce myself to you, I am the Theatrical Agent attached to the Barbara Speake Stage School.

Along with my partners we will be opening a part time school in January 2013 at the Trafalgar School in Twickenham.

The Barbara Speake Performing Arts Part Time School, is a sister company of the prestigious full time Barbara Speake Stage School, situated in West London. ​

The full time school was founded over 67 years ago by Lady Barbara Speake and partner June Collins, the Mother of singing megastar Phil. ​ The full time school is an academic institution specialising in the Performing Arts, who have over the years gone on to produce both national and international stars such as: Phil Collins, Jack Wild, Brian Conley, Naomi Campbell, Kwami Kwei Armah and Aml Ameen to name but a few. 

We have now decided that the time is »

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Photo of Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard in Lee Daniels’ The Butler

3 October 2012 12:30 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Oprah Winfrey looking great in this completely new image from the upcoming Lee Daniel‘s The Butler movie…that’s all I can say about this photo right now, and maybe also add that Terrence Howard is cute as well.

But Oprah is really something special, I never thought that a talk show icon could look so confident in such a huge movie project.

So, is this some weird love scene, or what? Weird – why? Well, maybe because we already know that Winfrey stars as Forest Whitaker‘s wife. And Whitaker is not Howard, if you know what I mean.

The movie will tell us a true story of a man who served as a butler to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. Using that story, Daniel’s will also show us the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, »

- Fiona

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New Look at 'The Butler' as the Weinstein Co. Picks It Up for Distribution

24 September 2012 12:01 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Weinstein Co. announced today they have acquired U.S. rights for Lee Daniels' new film The Butler, which is currently in production in New Orleans. Based on the screenplay by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, is inspired by Wil Haygood's Washington Post article about Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), an African-American man who served as a butler to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this unique vantage point, The Butler 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. Above is a new look at Whitaker on set, which I've added to the gallery for the film here on the site, which also includes a previously released beauty shot. We've also seen the pictures of Jane Fonda and Alan Rickman on set as Nancy and »

- Brad Brevet

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First Look: Forest Whitaker as The Butler

21 August 2012 3:25 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

In preparation for the Toronto International Film Festival which kicks off next month, here’s the first official image from the Lee DanielsThe Butler.

Photo shows the silhouette of Forest Whitaker as the titular character Eugene Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in 1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan.

As you may remember the film is based on a Washington Post report by Wil Haygood and is currently shooting in New Orleans.

The film covers a large part of American history, with a big name cast portraying famous figures with David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines, Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Carter Wilson, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhowe, James Marsden as JFK, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King Jr., »

- Nick Martin

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First Still From Lee Daniels' The Butler

20 August 2012 6:03 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The Butler is the latest directorial effort from Lee Daniels – who previously brought us Precious and produced Monster's Ball – starring the Oscar-winning Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a character inspired by Eugene Allen. Here, via Variety, is its very first still.Unless you're a Presidential history buff, Eugene Allen won't the biggest name on your radar, but he is a very important one, serving as The White House's butler for 34 years, starting with Harry Truman in 1952 and ending with Ronald Reagan in 1986.It's the story of his life, as told by Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood, that Daniels has been inspired by here, harnessing Whitaker's acting talents alongside the likes of John Cusack (as Nixon), Robin Williams (as Eisenhower), Alan Rickman (as Reagan), James Marsden (as JFK), David Oyelowo, Aml Ameen, Jane Fonda and – wait for it – Oprah Winfrey.On scripting duties are Daniels himself, as well as relative newcomer Danny Strong, »

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First Look at Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

20 August 2012 5:05 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Above is the first look at Forest Whitaker as the titular character in Lee Daniels' new film The Butler in which Whitaker portrays 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 and is currently shooting in New Orleans. Alongside Whitaker the film features an all-star cast that includes Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines, Liam Neeson, Aml Ameen as Eugene at a young age, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Carter Wilson, Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King Jr., Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower and Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower. Oh, and that's not the entire cast. »

- Brad Brevet

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First Look at Forest Whitaker in Costume for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Plus Set Photos of Minka Kelly and James Marsden as the Kennedys

20 August 2012 1:43 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Direct from the ongoing shoot in New Orleans comes the first look at Forest Whitaker in costume as Eugene Allen, the man behind the title role in director Lee Daniels' The Butler.  We also have some new set photos of James Marsden and Minka Kelly in costume as John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Kennedy.  The ensemble drama about the life of the White House servant who looked after eight first families was based on Wil Haygood's 2008 Washington Post article about Allen.  The picture also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Alex Pettyfer, Aml Ameen, Alan RickmanJane Fonda and Robin Williams.  Hit the jump to check out the images. Here's the first image of Whitaker as Allen, courtesy of Variety.  The image has a ghostly quality to it, as you can see the window through Allen's body.  Whether this is intentional or some weird artifact of the camera, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Forest Whitaker is The Butler in the Film's First Still

20 August 2012 | | See recent news »

The very first image from Lee Daniels' The Butler is now online, courtesy of Variety . As you can see below, it features Forest Whitaker as the title character, Eugene Allen, who worked at the White House for 34 years. Whitaker is joined by a cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Aml Ameen and Liev Schreiber. Based on Wil Haygood's report "A Butler Well Served by This Election," the film tells the true story Allen, who worked for eight presidents, starting with Harry Truman in 1952 and ending in 1986 with Ronald Reagan. Haygood, who will be an associate producer and researcher on the project, noted that when Allen started work at the White House, he couldn't even use the »

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Marsden Replaces McConaughey As JFK

20 July 2012 9:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

James Marsden is set to replace Matthew McConaughey as former U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Lee Daniels' historical drama biopic "The Butler" which begins shooting later this month in New Orleans reports Variety.

The story chronicles the life of Eugene Allen, who served as a White House butler under an incredible eight presidents and through the years 1952 to 1986. Forest Whitaker and Aml Ameen will play Allen at different ages.

McConaughey departed the project due to scheduling conflicts. Marsden joins a cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Liam Neeson, Minka Kelly, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Alex Pettyfer, Colman Dingo and Vanessa Redgrave. »

- Garth Franklin

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That’s Better: James Marsden Will Play JFK in ‘The Butler,’ Not Matthew McConaughey

20 July 2012 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Make no mistake, we love us some Matthew McConaughey around these parts, but his unique brand of show-stopping performance is perhaps not so well-suited for historical dramas with large casts of characters, particularly ones that might not have the strongest of directing talent to steer them. Films like Lee Daniels‘ upcoming The Butler, set to chronicle the life story of Eugene Allen, who served as a White House butler under an incredible eight presidents and through the years 1952 to 1986. To that end, Variety reports (via The Playlist) that James Marsden has joined the film as JFK. McConaughey had been attached to the role for only two months, but dropped out of the project just last month due to scheduling conflicts with the long-gestating The Dallas Buyer’s Club. Of course, we must also wonder if those “conflicts” have anything to do with Daniels and McConaughey’s last project, Cannes giggle factory (and home of Nicole Kidman demanding »

- Kate Erbland

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Emile Hirsch Last Member of Peter Berg’s ‘Lone Survivor’; James Marsden and Aml Ameen Sign for ‘The Butler’

20 July 2012 5:50 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Lone Survivor might end up being a mini Savages reunion. I bet Peter Berg only hopes this one turns out to be a bigger hit.

Variety reports that Emile Hirsch is in early talks to join his recent co-star, Taylor Kitsch, who himself is reuniting with his Battleship director. (I bet Peter Berg only… you get the picture.) Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster have already taken supporting roles in the film, a true-life story of four Navy SEALs who, on a covert mission, were ambushed by Taliban forces and only left with one survivor: Marcus Luttrell, author of the book upon which this new film is based.

Wahlberg will play him in Survivor, while Kitsch, Foster, and — unless something prevents the deal from going through — Hirsch are the three other members of his group. If you want some idea of how this quartet will be played up, look no further »

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Brit Aml Ameen Joins Cast Of Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' - Playing A Younger Forest Whitaker

20 July 2012 2:44 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Brit Aml Ameen has joined the cast of Lee Daniels' The Butler, playing the younger version of the title character, played by Forest Whitaker. As you'll remember in Natasha's casting close-up of the film yesterday (read it Here), The Butler ages from his mid-teens into his 90s, so we can assume that Aml will play The Butler from his mid-teens through likely into his late 20s/30s (with the help of some makeup likely), before handing off to Whitaker who'll play the older Butler - or something like that. Aml is 26 years old by the way. He was last seen as a series regular on NBC's Harry's Law and also appeared in the Red Tails. You'll recall »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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James Marsden Replaces Matthew McConaughey As JFK In Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

20 July 2012 2:36 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The list of actors who have portrayed John F. Kennedy on the big and small screen over the years is eclectic to say the least. Folks as varied as Greg Kinnear, Martin Donovan, Bruce Greenwood, William Petersen and even Bruce Campbell have taken on the former president's accent and enunciation to varying degrees of success. Now, James Marsden is going to give it a whirl. Originally slotted for Matthew McConaughey who left the the project last month, the role will find Marsden stepping in and joining a huge ensemble in a story that will cut a swath through American history. The film will tell the true tale of Eugene Allen, the late White House butler who served eight presidents during his tenure from 1952 to 1986. Forest Whitaker will topline the movie as Allen (with Aml Ameen now on board as the younger version of the character) with David Oyelowo as his son, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Harry's Law: Ratings for the 2011-2012 TV Season

30 May 2012 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Here are the TV show ratings for Harry's Law. Jenna and Malcolm (Brittany Snow, Aml Ameen) are gone but attorneys Cassie and Oliver (Karen Olivo, Mark Valley) have joined the firm to help Harry and Adam (Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry) defend their Cincinnati clients. The second season of Harry's Law typically airs Wednesday nights at 9pm on the NBC network.

These are the TV show's ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Harry's Law is going to be cancelled or renewed for season three. Check out our NBC ratings report card to see how this show's numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season two averages: 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.79 million total »


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Harry's Law

28 May 2012 9:02 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: NBC

Episodes: 34 (hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: January 17, 2011 -- May 27, 2012

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry, Karen Olivo, Mark Valley, Brittany Snow, Aml Ameen, Paul McCrane, and Christopher McDonald.

TV show description:

This legal dramedy revolves around Harriet "Harry" Korn (Kathy Bates), a strong-willed and sometimes grumpy former patent attorney. She doesn't believe that things happen for a reason, but discovers that they sometimes do. After Harry is abruptly fired from her blue chip law firm, she's forced to look for a fresh start and starts her own business.

Harry's world unexpectedly collides, literally, with that of college student Malcolm Davies (Aml Ameen). He's a kind-hearted young man who desperately needs her help with his pending court case. He subsequently goes to work for her as a »


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Harry's Law: Cancelled; No Season Three

12 May 2012 7:03 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Case closed. Court is dismissed. Harry's Law has been cancelled by NBC after two seasons and 34 episodes.

Harry's Law revolves around Harriet Korn, a no-nonsense attorney who will take on just about any case as long as she believes in a person's innocence. Over the course of two seasons, the cast has also included Nate Corddry, Karen Olivo, Justine Lupe, Mark Valley, Christopher McDonald, Brittany Snow, and Aml Ameen.

The show debuted in January 2011 to a 2.2 in the 18-49 demographic with 11.07 million viewers. It was a mediocre demo rating but total viewership was impressive and when you're NBC, that's better than nothing. The ratings dwindled downward pretty quickly and the show ended the season with a 1.4 demo rating and 7.75 million.

The series was on the bubble for cancellation but NBC brought it back for a »


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British Actor Aml Ameen's Comedy Short "Drink, Drugs & KFC" To Air 4/21 on UK's Sky & Virgin Networks

20 April 2012 2:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

British actor Aml Ameen (Kidulthood, Harry's Law), who I'm interviewing shortly for S&A, is the helmer of the short film Drink, Drugs and KFC. Described as "The Wood meets Superbad," the short stars Ameen, Mikel Ameen, Aaron Fontaine and others. It will air tomorrow Saturday, April 21st on UK's The Community Channel, Sky 539 and Virgin 233 at 10.30pm. Synopsis: Drinks Drugs and KFC is a coming of age romantic comedy, which can be likened to “Super Bad” or “American Pie”. Geeky Teenager Nathan (Kedar Williams-Stirling), finds himself in love with Montana, the most sort after girl in college, it’s his last night to proclaim his feelings, but standing in the way is her ex boyfriend Max (Mikel Ameen) and the crew he’s trying to gain acceptance from. The film shows a different side to the young black British experience. Any readers across the pond planning on checking this out? »

- Vanessa Martinez

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Red Tails Blu-ray and DVD Arrive May 22nd

29 March 2012 5:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment present the remarkable story of an inspirational group of men whose legendary bravery was cemented in the sky in Red Tails, soaring onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download May 22. Set for release just prior to Memorial Day, Red Tails stars Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) leading a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II.

Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky... even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who »

- MovieWeb

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Kathy Bates talks 'Harry's Law' return: 'I wish the naysayers would just shut the F up'

9 March 2012 3:25 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Harry’s Law is back on NBC this weekend, debuting in its new Sunday 8 p.m. time slot for the second half of season 2. Kathy Bates, who earned an Emmy nomination last year for her portrayal of curmudgeonly attorney Harry on the David E. Kelley series, admits she’ll be the first person checking the show’s ratings the next morning. “Unfortunately , I’ve gotten into that habit. What I really should do is not look at the Internet at all ’cause it makes me want to put a bullet in my brain,” she tells EW candidly. “Some of these people are just so stupid. »

- Mandi Bierly

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New poster for ‘Red Tails’

19 January 2012 5:05 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

LucasFilm have released a new poster for the  Anthony Hemingway directed war flick Red Tails. which is produced by George Lucas. The film is based on the heroic exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all African-American combat squadron who fought in World War II, and features an all-star cast including Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith aka Method Man, Kevin Phillips, Aml Ameen, Rick Otto, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan and Daniela Ruah.

1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they »

- Phil

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