Yes, it seems the legendary thesps like it in The Butler. Here they are in character, partying with co-star Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels, whist filming what will surely be a very prestigious film.
The Butler stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines (based on real life butler Eugene Allen) and Oprah as his wife, Gloria. Allen worked at the White House through eight presidencies, from Dwight ‘Ike’ Eisenhower (Robin Williams) through JFK (James Marsden), Lyndon B. Johnson (Live Schreiber) to Richard Nixon (John Cusack. For reals) among others.
Also among Daniels’ all-star cast are current whiz kid Alex Pettyfer, hard hitter Melissa Leo, hard rocker Lenny Kravitz, hard to watch Mariah Carey, the ever reliable Cuba Gooding Jr, the less reliable Terence Howard, the ever badass Vanessa Redgrave and David Oyelowo, »
- John Sharp
Based on the tale of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight of the First Families (talk about loyalty), the film boasts an all-star cast, including the likes of John Cusack, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber as some of the presidents Allen served.
Another of those, Ronald Reagan, has been brought to life below via the great Alan Rickman, with an uncanny-looking Jane Fonda as his wife, Nancy. The images were tweeted via co-star Oprah Winfrey (pictured with Lenny Kravitz, looking bizarrely like David Walliams here) who is making one of her rare appearances on the big screen.
Filming is still underway at the moment, so we should expect to see this »
- Adam Lowes
Lee "Precious" Daniels is currently shooting his latest film, The Butler, and as it features a performance from Oprah, you can bet your life that she's posted on set pictures from it onto her Instagram account. Telling the story of a character inspired by real-life White House butler Eugene Allen – the man who waited on nearly a dozen presidents during his lifetime, from Harry Truman in 1952 to Ronald Reagan in 1986 – it stars Forest Whitaker as the lead, Cecil Gaines, supported by some other pretty heavy duty acting talent.In the Leaders Of The Free World department, John Cusack is Nixon, Robin Williams is Eisenhower, James Marsden is JFK and, as you can clearly see from the photo below, Alan Rickman is Ronald Reagan and Jane Fonda is his wife, Nancy.Well, perhaps 'clearly' isn't the right word. Just to confirm, the Reagan lookalike on the right is Alan Rickman. As in Hans Gruber, »
Last night on Conan, James Marsden, who had had the fortune of hugging Oprah on the set of The Butler, revealed the billionairess's fragrance: "She smelled wonderful ... Like diamonds." Plus: Dakota Johnson of a new Fox sitcom, Ben and Kate, read out loud a paper greeting card from her mom, Melanie Griffith, hashtag, cuss word, and all. Lastly, SNL's Kenan Thompson channeled one of his favorite artists with soul, Tom Jones. Watch our compilation to see what you missed. »
- Caroline Shin
Last month we got to see the first photo from The Butler showcasing Forest Whitaker silhouetted in his butler attire. Today, thanks to Oprah’s Twitter, we get to see more characters in costume. This time it’s the Reagans, who are being played by Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda.
The first photo Oprah posted featured her and Lenny Kravitz in their aged makeup, preparing for a ’80s white house scene. Then a few minutes later she posted an even more exciting photo, showing her with director Lee Daniels, Rickman, and Fonda.
Fonda looks very much like Nancy, but I’m most impressed by Rickman. I’ve been excited to see him in this role since he was announced, and getting to see him in costume, looking almost like a photo of the 40th president, would be enough to make me mark this down as a definite must-see.
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- Alex Lowe
A first look at Alan Rickman in character as former Us president Ronald Reagan has been revealed. Oprah Winfrey, who is part of the cast of The Butler with Rickman, posted a picture on her Twitter feed which shows the Harry Potter actor in black tie dressed as Reagan. Jane Fonda also features in the photograph as Reagan's wife Nancy, alongside Winfrey and The Butler director Lee Daniels. The Butler tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a character (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
From what we've seen of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln we know that at the very least Daniel Day-Lewis has become a honest-to-god doppelganger for the United States' 16th president. We don't know how many hours of makeup the Oscar winning actor went through or what kinds of processes were used, but Spielberg couldn't have cast the role better unless he built a time travel machine and went to go get the real guy back in 1865. But today we've learned that once Lincoln is out of theaters we will still be getting more presidential look-alikes on film in the year ahead, as Lee Daniels is hard at work on The Butler and Oprah Winfreyis Tweeting out pictures. Earlier today the mogul took a picture of herself on set with Daniels, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda and revealed the look of Ronald Reagan and his wife in the new movie. And it »
This picture comes from the set of Lee Daniels' upcoming film, "The Butler," which features Alan Rickman as President Reagan. Forget Daniel Day-Lewis. This is the new, hot presidential look-alike of the season.
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- Kevin P. Sullivan
"The Butler" is a new movie from director Lee Daniels ("The Paperboy," "Precious") that chronicles the life of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), a butler in the White House for three decades and eight U.S. presidents.
The movie has gotten a star-studded cast to play the former POTUSes and their wives -- Robin Williams and Melissa Leo as the Eisenhowers, James Marsden and Minka Kelly as the Kennedys, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon and Jane Fonda and Alan Rickman as the Reagans.
The latter are pictured above with Oprah in a photo she tweeted. Oprah plays Whitaker's character's wife in the film, and director Daniels. And boy, are Fonda and Rickman downright eerie as the Reagans.
"The Butler" is slated for a 2013 release.
Just last month we got a first look photo of Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels' generation-spanning character-based drama The Butler. The story follows Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight of the First Families. There's a huge list of talent with small roles as famous faces throughout history, and thanks to co-star Oprah Winfrey, some of them have popped up online. Winfrey is currently shooting, and she took to Twitter to reveal herself and Lenny Kravitz in old-age make-up. But the real treat was a photo revealing Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda in make-up and wardrobe as Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Here are the first photos from Lee Daniels' The Butler from Oprah's Twitter (via Collider): The Butler, written & directed by Lee Daniels, stars Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as the White House butler Eugene Allen, along with an ensemble cast: Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, »
- Ethan Anderton
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: that's Jane Fonda and Alan Rickman made up to look just like Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the '80s alongside Oprah Winfrey. It's all for a new movie called The Butler, and the proof is in the pudding.
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Oprah tweeted the Instagram of her on the set alongside the venerable actors and director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy), writing, "Director @LeeDaniels , @JaneFonda as Nancy Reagan , Alan Rickman as Prez Reagan and me gonna be a long nit."
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Director Lee Daniels is currently at work on his period drama The Butler, and some images of his star-studded cast taking on famous historical figures are starting to trickle out. The film tells the true story of Eugene Allen, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. Forest Whitaker plays Allen, Oprah Winfrey is set as his wife, and David Oyelowo will star as Allen’s son. Butler has cast a number of familiar faces to play the notable persons who walk the halls of the White House throughout this period, and now we have our first look at Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as First Couple Ronald and Nancy Reagan. I wasn’t quite sure how Rickman would physically pull off Reagan, but the resemblance here is striking. Hit the jump to take a look at not only Rickman and Fonda alongside Daniels, but also Winfrey and »
- Adam Chitwood
Lee Daniels' The Butler has been slowly sharing images of it's star-studded cast as they transform into a range of political figures from American history. We previously saw Forrest Whitaker in character (see above) and now we get a look at four more celebrities. Oprah Winfrey will return to acting in The Butler portraying Gloria Gaines. She took to Twitter to share a pair of new images featuring herself, Lenny Kravitz as James Holloway, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, and Alan Rickman as »
- Alex Maidy
The film is scripted to cover several decades in the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents; So, based on the photos within this post (which Oprah Winfrey shared on Twitter) they were likely shooting scenes covering the latter years. Principal photography for Lee Daniels' The Butler has been in full swing in New Orleans, with a loaded cast that includes: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo,Liev Schreiber, Jesse Williams, Mariah Carey, Yaya DaCosta, and many more. Music for the film will be composed by the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It's no surprise that summer tends to bring out the hottest guys in New York. And as the dog days of summer start to wane on the streets of the Big Apple, it's time to once again turn our attention to where the hottest of the hot like to spend their time: the New York stage.
Sure, movies and television have their share of rippling abs, but glimpsing a hottie on the screen is nothing compared to the live, in-the-flesh experience. So without further ado, we present the Hottest Guys of New York Theater!
Ricky Martin isn't the only sexy stud to come to us via the pop group Menudo - we can thank our lucky stars we also get the stunning, studly Cesar Abreu. Currently dancing for the Metropolitan Opera, Cesar has also, unsurprisingly, been featured many times in the annual stripfest Broadway Bares.
No stranger to this list, »
- Tim OLeary
It's been thirty years since Robin Williams starred in a television series (Mork & Mindy), but the veteran comedian is looking to make his way back to the small screen. It looks like his comedy vehicle will be a single-camera comedy series written by none other than David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice). CBS is currently eying the series which sets Williams up as a brilliant ad executive who ends up working alongside his daughter. The half-hour episodic comedy would reunite Kelley with CBS, where his drama Picket Fences picked up his first Emmy. Deadline further reports that Williams has recently wrapped shooting on Lee Daniels' The Butler and is moving onto The Angriest Man in Brooklyn which also stars Peter Dinklage, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones. »
- Dave Trumbore
Robin Williams could return to TV as the star of a new CBS comedy series. The Oscar-winning actor is in discussions to join a project from Emmy-winning writer/producer David E. Kelley. If the deal closes, it will return Williams to the small screen for the first time in 30 years.
The series is described as a father/daughter workplace single-camera half-hour comedy set in the world of advertising. Williams would star, with Kelley writing and producing along with 20th Century Fox Television. Bill D’Elia is an executive producer, with the project likely landing at CBS.
Williams’ last regular TV »
- James Hibberd
Playing a former President or First Lady is becoming a trend in movies these days, especially with Precious director Lee Daniels' upcoming The Butler, which will span eight different administrations while it tells the story of White House butler Eugene Allen. While Alan Rickman will play actor-turned-President Ronald Reagan in that project, it looks like Michael Douglas will also get a chance to play Reagan as well.
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- Ryan Gowland
1.) As if director Jose Padilha wasn't already frustrated enough with the progress of his RoboCop remake, he also lost a key cast member last week when Hugh Laurie stepped away from the project. Fortunately, Michael Keaton was available and he quickly jumped aboard to replace him. Keaton takes on the role of Raymond Sellers, the evil CEO of Omnicorp, the company that builds RoboCop. [Deadline] 2.) While Alan Rickman is set to play President Ronald Reagan as one of several presidential portrayals in Lee Daniels' The Butler, Michael Douglas has signed on to play the 40th U.S. President in another, more Reagan-centric, picture. The film is Reykjavic, which tracks the 1986 summit between Reagan and Ussr leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland. As with seemingly every other project these days, the film was once another potential Ridley Scott directing vehicle, so he'll once again stick around to produce the $10 million indie through »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Hurricane Isaac, which is still currently ravaging the Delta Coast, and will have lingering effects all the way into the Midwest, has shut down production on Lee Daniel's big budget, all star production The Butler. The entire cast and crew for film, which is being shot in and around the New Orleans area, was evacuated to safer locations until the storm leaves the area. In addition, actors who were scheduled to join the production next week, such as Jane Fonda, who's playing Nancy Reagan, had their flights cancelled, and their shooting schedules will be rearranged. According to one source involved with the film: “The cast and crew for the film is huge, and it was »
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