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The Butler

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 ...

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's Whitaker/Winfrey, Next Chapter of Bogart/Bacall? Holding Back the Tears

Lonna Saunders | Posted 10.21.2013 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

What makes Lee Daniels' films so darn good? The brilliant casting and textured layering through and through. Knowing how to weave history with entertainment with moral message.

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.

Civil Rights -- Hard, Bitter, Astonishing, Serene, Uncompleted

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

A new film "The Butler" has caught America's attention. It is a splendid piece of cinematic art I wish everybody could see. It opens previously closed doors powerfully and poignantly.

Every Movie Should Be About Potatoes

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 08.19.2013 | Comedy

Maybe this summer's crop of movies wouldn't have been so weak if they featured our favorite starch more prominently....

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...

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.

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."

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...

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.

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...

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'...