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  • 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...
  • Amid Obama presidency, films take major leap in facing race head-on

    TORONTO — Watching Steve McQueen's achingly brilliant "12 Years a Slave" at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by many things. The film's artistry — script, performances, imagery — is significant. The movie is...
  • PEN's Joan Didion event lacked just one thing: Joan Didion

    PEN's Joan Didion event lacked just one thing: Joan Didion
    PEN Center USA's 23rd annual literary awards festival went off without a hitch at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday night -- except for the small fact that its lifetime achievement award winner, Joan Didion, was not in attendance. "Unfortunately, Joan...
  • Lee Daniels begs Warner Brothers to not contest 'Butler' title

    Lee Daniels begs Warner Brothers to not contest 'Butler' title
    In a heartfelt letter, director Lee Daniels pleaded with Warner Bros. Entertainment chief executive Kevin Tsujihara not to force a change in the title of the upcoming Weinstein Co. film "The Butler." News broke this week that the Motion Picture Assn. of...
  • Adaptation of Dan Brown's 'Inferno' headed to theaters in 2015

    Adaptation of Dan Brown's 'Inferno' headed to theaters in 2015
    Sony Pictures is skipping over ”The Lost Symbol” and heading into an “Inferno,” announcing Tuesday that the 2013 Dan Brown novel will be its next Robert Langdon movie. The studio has hired writer David Koepp, who penned the 2009...