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'Lee Daniels' the Butler

Five Perfect New Year's Lessons I Learned from Lee Daniels in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival.

10 Black Films That Deserved Oscar Recognition

Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices

Each year the Academy Awards’ Board of Governors collectively comes together to celebrate the various achievements in motion pictures. And with that...

Here Are The 2014 PGA Nominees

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The Producers Guild Awards announced its nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award, an honor that is "considered a strong prognosti...

Amy Adams Might Take Meryl Streep's Oscar Nomination

Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Christopher Rosen

If she is gonna win, it's gotta be the best she's ever done, Chris! (Sorry.)

These Two Roles Were Too Gloomy For Oprah

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.13.2013 | Entertainment

Oprah Winfrey only decides to act when the roles she's offered speak to her. That means she probably gets endless pitches for parts that directors wou...

SAG Awards Shockers: Redford, 'Mr. Banks' & More

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 12.11.2013 | Entertainment

According to some instantaneous analysis from Variety, Wednesday morning's Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were a boon for "August: Osage County...

Kia Makarechi

Lenny Kravitz Is Having A Very Good Year | Kia Makarechi | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment

Lenny Kravitz plays Cinna, the stylist to Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen, in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," but for many of the months befor...

Oprah Winfrey Thought Lupita Nyong'o Was 'Amazing'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment

Oprah Winfrey and Lupita Nyong'o are expected to compete against each other for Best Supporting Actress at the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony, bu...

Hey, MPAA: Give Philomena a PG-13

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a charming and moving little film, starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It tells the true story of an Irish woman who, as a teen, became pregnant and was forced into the Magdalene Sisters' care.

Hollywood's 'Race Problem' Is Worse Than You Think

Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for evolution. So it goes with Hollywood's consistent inability to include actors of color.

I Got 39 Problems... but Oprah Ain't One

Jon Eig | Posted 11.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Of the five movies I saw this week, only one of them had a trailer for Johnny Knoxville's Bad Grandpa, down from five last week. I can almost feel the brain cells regenerating.

Can Hollywood Push Movie Discussions Beyond Race?

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Neil Parmar

Even when asked, not all actors and directors at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) are engaging with reporters on questions about red carpet designer wear or what their shots are at getting an Oscar nod.

Race, Film and Reflection

Tom Meek | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Meek

In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial two movies have come out that have helped shape the discussion on race and the racial divide.

Barack Obama On Oprah: 'My Girl, She Can Act'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.27.2013 | Entertainment

Add President Barack Obama to the list of people praising both "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and Oprah Winfrey's performance in the civil rights drama. In...

Christopher Rosen

'Butler' Filmmaker Responds To Theater Controversy | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.26.2013 | Entertainment

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" is expected to compete with the horror film "You're Next" and the young adult adaptation "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"...

For Obama and the U.S., Narrowing Gap of Economic Injustice Has Proven Elusive

Jerry Lanson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Until the underpinnings -- the root causes -- of economic and social injustice are confronted in more honest and open dialogue, issues of race will continue to dog this country and slow its progress.

'Why Can't You Make Movies Like Tyler Perry?'

Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” journey to the top of the Box Office was a hard fought battle, according to the director. In addition to seeking 4...

WATCH: Why Lee Daniels Wishes He Were Straight

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Director Lee Daniels said he is "deeply" hurt when people say he doesn't support African-American women, especially because of the intense connection ...

'Butler' Director Plans Janis Joplin Movie WIth Amy Adams

Posted 08.22.2013 | Entertainment

Lee Daniels' latest film, "The Butler," may have just hit theaters but the acclaimed director already has big plans for what's next. Daniels, who l...

How (Not) to Bow: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Saladin Ambar | Posted 10.21.2013 | Black Voices
Saladin Ambar

Lee Daniels' The Butler works in the same way this year's Jackie Robinson film and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln work. They are sort of cinematic versions of Norman Rockwell's art.

The Butler and Social Progress: A Lesson in Opposites

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 10.21.2013 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

Positive images of the diverse and perplexing roles we have played in American culture on all fronts remind us of our enduring strength and challenge us to keep getting stronger.

How The Black Church Contributed To America's #1 Film?

Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

Lee Daniels has once again defied the odds and critics with the success of his latest film “The Butler.” The Weinstein Co. distributed motion pic...


Mike Hogan | Posted 10.19.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Hogan

So, what can we expect from "Lee Daniels' The Butler"? Nothing, I guess, but for the sake of some dog-days chatter let's start here: nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Forest Whitaker), Best Supporting Actress (Oprah Winfrey), Best Costumes and Best Makeup all seem possible, with Danny Strong certainly on the list for Best Original Screenplay.

Oprah Wins!

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 08.19.2013 | Media

Oprah just had a major weekend. The talk show queen has been everywhere as of late, from Larry King's Internet TV show to Andy Cohen's late night ...

Mike Ryan

Why He Didn't Work For A Year After Winning Oscar | Mike Ryan | Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment

Here's a story about Cuba Gooding Jr.: Less than two years after winning Best Supporting Actor for the 1996 film "Jerry Maguire," Gooding was supposed...