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  • Filmmaker crafts an homage to crafty brew newbies

    Filmmaker crafts an homage to crafty brew newbies
    Filmmaker Shannon Mortimer is a wine drinker. Her significant other is a craft beer guy and in her words: "He was dragging me around to all these industrial parks" — where many small breweries are based — "and trying different craft beers. And...
  • Films inspired by true events walk a tricky line

    Films inspired by true events walk a tricky line
    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" isn't true. It's only "inspired" by a true story. Screenwriter Danny Strong realized his limitations in constructing a script based on an article about former White House butler Eugene Allen, but rather than ditch the story...
  • How Danny Strong made 'The Butler' speak out on civil rights stories

    "I want to tell the story of the civil rights movement," I said. The late, great film producer Laura Ziskin looked at me and said, "Which part?" "All of it." Many people in our business would've immediately explained why telling such a vast story...
  • Q&A: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' director Lee Daniels

    Q&A: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' director Lee Daniels
    Talking about his drama “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” in which Forest Whitaker plays a fictionalized version of a real butler who worked in the White House for more than three decades, the titular director says, “I did this movie because...
  • Forest Whitaker says 'The Butler' served him well

     Forest Whitaker says 'The Butler' served him well
    NEW YORK — Forest Whitaker tends to talk about his work with a mystical flourish. Movie roles, he says, have helped him achieve transcendence, learn the value of quiet and appreciate fear. Yet the star of Lee Daniels' "The Butler" is...
  • 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' review: Upsetting for the wrong reasons

    'Lee Daniels' The Butler' review: Upsetting for the wrong reasons
    *1/2 (out of four) No matter what you think of “Forrest Gump,” no one would call it in an informative history lesson. It’s slick entertainment—and, in the interest of full disclosure, one of the few films that ever made me cry&...
  • For 'The Butler,' a cast of 37 producers

    If it takes a village to raise a child, it took a principality to bring "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' " to the screen. A five-year odyssey of false starts, studio abandonment and piecemeal financing, "The Butler" arrives in theaters Friday with 37...
  • Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' significant but often contrived

    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is neither as good as it might have been nor as bad as survivors of "The Paperboy" may have feared. An ambitious and overdue attempt to create a Hollywood-style epic around the experience of black Americans in general and the...
  • 'The Butler:' Is it a family story or a race story?

    One of the intriguing aspects of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is that it straddles the line between father-son tale and race-relations epic. On the one hand, of course, it’s about a man (Forest Whitaker’s Cecil Gaines) who...
  • 'The Butler' to prevail at box office this weekend -- Oscars next?

    'The Butler' to prevail at box office this weekend -- Oscars next?
    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" will be the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend after taking in about $9 million in ticket sales last night. That puts the historical drama on track for a $27-million weekend, significantly more than The Weinstein Company'...
  • Joan Didion to be awarded PEN Center USA prize by Harrison Ford

    What do Harrison Ford and Joan Didion have in common? They’ll both be at the PEN Center USA awards dinner in October, where he will present her with the lifetime achievement award. Their connection is personal rather than literary: The actor and...