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'Lee Daniels' the Butler

Police Presence At 'The Butler' Screening Causes Major Controversy

Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment

The Regal Cinemas Majestic Stadium movie theater in Silver Spring, Md. is in hot water after reports that the theater ordered an abnormally heavy leve...

Lee Daniels' The Butler: Lifting The Veil On Black Life | Henry Louis Gates Jr. | Posted 10.17.2013 | Black Voices

(The Root) -- I watched Lee Daniels' The Butler in a standing-room-only theater on Martha's Vineyard, with a thoroughly integrated audience of well-ed...

Lee Daniels' Double Consciousness

Frank Roberts | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Roberts

Lee Daniels' The Butler is a moving, multidimensional, and sometimes magical film from an emergent filmmaker who is still wrestling with his inside/outside relationship to the Hollywood machine.

WATCH: Reporter's Fateful Role In Launching 'The Butler' Story

OWN | Posted 08.16.2013 | OWN

Near the culmination of President Barack Obama's first campaign, Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood was on the campaign trail, in search of a histor...

Why 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Has 41 Producers

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices

No independent film is easy to get off the ground, but Lee Daniels' The Butler stands apart. A complex arrangement has led to 41 producers and executi...

'Butler' Director Wanted Oprah To Play Murderer

Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment

From the files of what might have been: Lee Daniels tried to cast Oprah Winfrey as a serial killer. In an interview with, Daniels revealed...

WATCH: Oprah's Incredible Movie Makeover: Aging 36 Years In 5 Hours

OWN | Posted 08.13.2013 | OWN

In "Lee Daniels' The Butler," Oprah plays the wife of the title character during a time period that takes place over the course of three decades. By t...

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

Oprah Vs. Meryl?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment

There are just under 29 weeks between now and the 2014 Academy Awards, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start speculating about next year's big...

Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels' The Butler, and Never Taking No For An Answer

Pamela Oas Williams | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Pamela Oas Williams

Inspired by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's missive, Laura Ziskin looked to prominent individuals within the African-American community to support us in breaking down the myth that films about African-American history don't have box office potential and don't "travel overseas."

Christopher Rosen

'I Was Really Scared' | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment

Oprah Winfrey has received the lion's share of buzz for her performance in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," but it's Forest Whitaker who holds the film toge...

WATCH: How ‘Lee Daniels' The Butler' Is A Love Letter To America

OWN | Posted 08.10.2013 | OWN

For an upcoming episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," Oprah Winfrey sits down with some of her costars in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" to talk about the fil...

Ellen Makes The Year's First Oscar Prediction

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.09.2013 | Entertainment

Critics aren't the only ones praising Oprah Winfrey's performance in "Lee Daniels' The Butler": Ellen DeGeneres, next year's Oscar host, used her Twit...

Christopher Rosen

Lee Daniels Isn't The Only Person Behind 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.17.2013 | Entertainment

Lee Daniels, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey are the main faces out in front of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," but neither the filmmaker nor his high-pr...

The Reviews Are In ...

Posted 08.09.2013 | Entertainment

"Lee Daniels' The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and a parade of famous faces, isn't out in theaters until Aug. 16, but with the fil...

Review: Oprah and Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Caryn James | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Caryn James

Lee Daniels' The Butler is some serious, probably effective Oscar bait. It is also -- these things so often go together -- audience-pandering History Lite.

WATCH: What Oprah Hopes People Will Learn From 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

OWN | Posted 08.08.2013 | OWN

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" spans nearly 35 years of American history, including the turbulent years of the civil rights movement. In an interview for...

Christopher Rosen

'Butler' Director On Racism: 'I Feel Safer In The South' | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment

Lee Daniels has the type of personality associated with Hollywood's biggest movie stars, and opinions that make him sound like America's next great ta...

WATCH: Oprah Recounts Racist Experiences

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 08.06.2013 | Media

In an interview with Larry King that will air Tuesday afternoon, Oprah recounted moments when she experienced racism in her life. "It only happens ...

PHOTOS: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' NYC Star-Studded Premiere

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices

Oprah wasn't kidding when she said she loved the enormous Afro from her O, The Oprah Magazine September cover shoot. The media maven decided that she'...

Oprah: Terrence Howard Is 'Cray-Cray'

Black Film | Posted 08.05.2013 | Black Voices

Coming out on August 16th is Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served eight American presiden...

WATCH: Oprah's Big Acting Fear When Filming 'The Butler'

OWN | Posted 08.05.2013 | OWN

In "Lee Daniels' The Butler," Oprah plays the wife of the title character -- her first major movie role in more than a decade. Because it had been a w...

Oprah: You Cannot Be My Friend And Use The N-Word

Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices

In addition to professing her admiration over Lee Daniels' much-talked-about film, "The Butler,” Oprah Winfrey also rebuffed those who frequently us...

WATCH: Behind The Scenes Of Oprah's Love Scene In 'The Butler'

OWN | Posted 08.01.2013 | OWN

In "Lee Daniels' The Butler," Oprah returns to the big screen in her first major movie role in more than a decade. Oprah plays Gloria Gaines, the wife...

Oprah: 'This Will Be History'

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 08.01.2013 | Entertainment

A cross-section of the media and movie worlds convened on Wednesday night at New York's Hearst Tower for a screening of and conversation about "Lee Da...