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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
Zac Efron hasn't made a good film since... well, he's never made a good film. At least not to my knowledge. He's been searching out these hard, edgy films to star in like The Paperboy and The Lucky One, but they've all ended up being mediocre or crap. None of them has shown me that Efron can actually act.
According to The Wrap, The High School Musical star has been cast in the lead of Fox’s true-crime drama Narc, which is described as a "collegiate take on Donnie Brasco." Garrett Meyer is writing the screenplay, which follows a which follows "a frat president and lacrosse captain who gets busted with cocaine. To avoid jail time, he agrees to become an undercover informant for the police and begins ratting out individuals higher up the criminal ladder."
Efron is also attached to star in films such as the JFK assassination drama Parkland, »
- Joey Paur
Even if we wouldn't say he's quite cracked it yet, we've got a lot of respect for the way that Zac Efron is trying to establish himself as a proper grown-up adult actor. After all, the "High School Musical" series would be an albatross for many, but Efron's quietly been banging out a diverse mix of parts, and while things like "The Paperboy" and "At Any Price" haven't quite paid off yet, he's heading in the right direction. The actor's got several promising projects in the can already, including rom-com "Are We Officially Dating?," JFK ensemble drama "Parkland" and Seth Rogen/Nick Stoller comedy "Townies," and now, hot on the back of signing on to Eran Creevy's "Autobahn," the actor's just lined up thriller "Narc." Sounding a bit like a laugh-free "21 Jump Street," the project's being described as a based-in-fact, college-set version of "Donnie Brasco," and will see the »
- Ken Guidry
Get ready to see a lot of Zac Efron over the next couple years. The 17 Again and The Paperboy star will be seen in Parkland, a drama taking place at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, an indie romantic comedy called Are We Officially Dating?, a comedy called Townies with Seth Rogen, and Rob Reiner's next film You Belong to Me with Harrison Ford. But we're still waiting for him to get gritty with some action. He was once linked to a remake of Snabba Cash a few years ago, but now Deadline reports Efron is going to lead Narc, a Donnie Brasco style thriller set in college. The film is based on a true story about an all-star college student, fraternity house president and lacrosse team captain who's busted with drugs that were intended for a party, and the police »
- Ethan Anderton
Fox has picked up the life rights for true crime project, Narc, with Zac Efron (The Paperboy) set to star. Efron will change it up from his run of rom-coms and play a college kid busted for cocaine who turns rat for the authorities. He manages to continue his life as a student, fraternity president and lacrosse team captain, all while helping cops bust the bad guys on the downlow. Deadline reports that Narc is being described as a college version of Donnie Brasco and that Fox will tap a screenwriter from the studio's writers program. Hit the jump for the latest news on the crime picture, Travis McGee, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. THR reports that Dennis Lehane will write the screenplay for Travis McGee, which is based on John D. MacDonald’s 1964 mystery novel The Deep Blue Good-by. The novel is the first in a 21-book series which features the salvage consultant Travis McGee. »
- Dave Trumbore
The last time we saw Zac Efron he was doing curious and unsightly things to Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy. Well, unless you caught a viewing of High School Musical over the weekend. Personally, I like Efron. Not because he's dreamy (shut it, I don't judge you), but he's actually a decent actor and not a bad guy. You might consider 17 Again a mundane film, however that was the first time I saw something more in him than he was being given credit for. I'm not the only one who feels this way »
- Niki Stephens
He's been part of Emmy Award-winning acting teams in Mad Men and Desperate Housewives, and recently distinguished himself as Stark Sr. in the globe-conquering Marvel movies. And if that all wasn't enough, next up for John Slattery is a directing debut. He'll be behind the camera for God's Pocket, and he's clearly been earning the respect of his peers, since he's been able to pull in Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Christina Hendricks and Richard Jenkins to star.The film's based on the novel by Pete Dexter, who also penned the source for last year's crazed Lee Daniels effort The Paperboy. If you'd prefer to forget those swamp-gothic shenangians (though that film definitely has its loony pleasures), Dexter also wrote Paris Trout and Deadwood: the former terrifyingly filmed by Stephen Gyllenhaal with Dennis Hopper, and the latter the basis for Walter Hill's Wild Bill (if not the fantastic HBO series, »
A far more reasonable length for today's podcast, coming in at just over 90 minutes and we have two reviews for you as Laremy was the only one in the theater last night to see Peeples and Vince joins us to discuss The Great Gatsby. We discuss comments made regarding end credits from last episode, I have to draft a new film in the Box Office Challenge now that 300: Rise of an Empire has moved to 2014 and we get to your questions, voicemails, our regular series of games and so much more. I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
When last we caught up with the Oscar nominated director, he was dishing up a heapin' helpin of some southern fried, kitschy, camp in The Paperboy. I think people were a little surprised to see that the follow-up to the Oscar-winning Precious involved an Academy Award winning actress peeing on the star of the High School Musical movies. And, well, surprisingly the Academy didn't feel the need to shower that film with any gold of its own. So, just how will the decades-spanning Butler fair? Will it be more Precious (Oscar noms for all!) or more Paperboy (um, the Razzies are next door...) Let's take a look!
One word: OOOOOooooPPPPPPppppPPPRrrrAAAAaaaAAAAaaAaHHhhh!!! »
Why is it that a festival as reputable as Cannes, teeming with astute moviegoers whose tastes are perennially primed to welcome the most minimalist of dirges and the artiest of art films, stirs so many jeers, boos and walkouts year after year?Last year, it was Carlos Reygadas' luminous and odd "Post Tenebras Lux" that caused one audience member to shout "Viva Bunuel!" from the ramparts. In another 2012 screening on the Croisette, Lee Daniels' swampy pulp piece "The Paperboy" elicited many a chair-slapping walkout when Nicole Kidman took a piss on Zac Efron's dewy beach body. Beginning May 8 at BAMcinematek in New York, such decried films will get a second chance in a new environment where cinephiles are expected to bring no long-harbored grudges. "Booed at Cannes" showcases 15 films from some of cinema's most beloved auteurs -- Fellini, Bresson, Antonioni, Scorsese, Lynch and Weerasethakul, to name a few. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
While it won't be going to Cannes this year, Lee Daniels' "The Butler" (October 18) now has an official Weinstein Co. trailer. Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Alex Pettyfer, Robin Williams and Melissa Leo -- among many other stellar cast members -- "The Butler" is a look at the life of Eugene Allen (Whitaker), head butler at the White House from 1952 to 1986, as he becomes embroiled in political and racial history. "Butler" is the follow-up to Daniels' hothouse southern flop "The Paperboy," which premiered at Cannes last year. Before that he was nominated for two Oscars for "Precious" (2009) and he produced Marc Forster's "Monster's Ball" (2001), which earned Halle Berry the first African American Best Actress Oscar. Daniels reunites with "Paperboy" star John Cusack in "The Butler." Read our Toh interview with producer Pam Williams, who fought hard to take Laura Ziskin's vision of the film to the finish »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
It's been a long time coming, but there is finally a trailer for The Butler, Lee Daniels's presumably urination-free follow-up to The Paperboy. After weeks of unsatisfying hints, we can finally see footage of everyone doing their best famous-people impressions (Robin Williams's Eisenhower! John Cusack's Nixon! James Marsden's JFK!) Out October 18, The Butler is about the life of former White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker) and is based on a 2008 piece from the Washington Post. You know the movie's gotta be good (or bad-good, at least) if they've got Mariah Carey on the cast list and she's not even in the trailer. »
- Lindsey Weber
"I can't go into my bag of tricks on this one," Daniels told THR back in January. "No urination, no baby falling down the stairs, no cursing at all. We only have one 'f--k,' which Lyndon Johnson gets. I felt like I directed the film in handcuffs and a muzzle."
Judge that for yourself by watching the first trailer for "The Butler." The film focuses on Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker) a service worker who was employed at the White House for 34 years, from the Eisenhower administration through Ronald Reagan's presidency. The time frame gives Daniels a chance to turn "The Butler" into a sprawling, "Forrest Gump"-like tour of history, with famous faces popping up all over the place as former presidents. (Of particular interest: John »
- Christopher Rosen
"Everything you are, and everything you have, is because of that butler." The first trailer has debuted for Lee Daniels' new film The Butler starring Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler. As the latest follow-up to Lee Daniels' Oscar-winning Precious and his southern Gothic film The Paperboy, this is expected to be Oscar bait. It has quite a supporting cast to boot, with actors like Robin Williams, John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and Alan Rickman playing various Presidents. Even Oprah has a role, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo and Lenny Kravitz. I'm not sure what to make of this, it's a very melodramatic trailer but doesn't look terrible. Here's the first official trailer for Lee Daniels' The Butler, originally from Yahoo: The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Danny Strong, stars Oscar »
- Alex Billington
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
The Weinstein Company has dropped the trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Butler," the director's ridiculously star-studded follow-up to "The Paperboy." Covering several decades in the life of White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), the film's supporting cast includes Oprah Winfrey (as Allen's wife in a sizeable role compared to most of the cast), David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Jesse Williams, Aml Ameen, Lenny Kravitz and Cuba Gooding Jr. The trailer -- which has no shame showing off the endless cast -- suggests much more conventional fare than "The Paperboy" (which had some fans but was generally trashed by critics), potentially returning Daniels to the Oscar race after "Precious" became the first film directed by an African-American to get a best picture nomination. What do you think? "The Butler" comes out October 18th. »
- Peter Knegt
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Lee Daniels’ (Precious, The Paperboy) historical drama The Butler. Based on a true story, the film stars Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. The trailer plays up the film’s awards prospects as we see a flash of famous faces playing the many notable persons who walked the halls of the White House throughout this period (Alan Rickman is particularly striking as President Reagan), and that's balanced with an overview of Gaines' life in a racially tense America. While the film certainly looks like it has the potential to be powerful, cautious optimism is key whenever Lee Daniels is involved. Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer. The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, »
- Adam Chitwood
Talk around "Precious" and "The Paperboy" director Lee Daniels' next effort "The Butler" has ranged from the director himself comparing it to a work-for-hire gig, calling it a "big compromise" from his usually more button pushing fare to Terrence Howard talking about his co-star Oprah Winfrey's "tig ol' bitties" (yes, that's how he said it). But enough talk, what does the final result look like? Well, here you go... The Weinstein Company has dropped the first trailer for the movie and is it an Oscar contender? You tell us. Penned by Danny Strong, the movie tells the true tale of Eugene Allen, the late White House butler who served eight presidents during his tenure from 1952 to 1986. Forest Whitaker leads the ensemble cast in the title role, with Winfrey as his wife and Howard in a still-unknown role, with a ridiculous amount of names all in the background: David Oyelowo, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The talent along with the roles they are coupled with are enough to build interest for The Butler. Lee Daniels' next follows up his first two efforts: Precious and The Paperboy. His third film seems to replicate Precious formula when it comes to amped up drama and possible Oscar buzz. This trailer reeks of both of those things. I think we have some potentially great performances here, along with some not so good ones. I'll let you choose on your own who goes into what category. Regardless, »
- Niki Stephens
“And then when it came time to cast, and I was pretty vocal about it.”
When Nichols was first thinking of McConaughey, the Texan had proved himself in films like 'Lone Star', 'A Time To Kill' and 'Dazed and Confused', before exiling himself to make a mint of money in rom-com land, the likes of 'How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days' and 'Failure to Launch'...
More: How Matthew McConaughey Discovered What The Critics Had To Say About Him. »
- Caroline Frost
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