Left to his own devices Lee Daniels makes films that are eccentric and sometimes just way the hell out there. (The Paperboy) But he has called his newest film, The Butler, “a big compromise” and explained that the film might be “the closest I will come to as a work-for-hire.” Does that mean that, on the relative scale of whackadoo films, The Butler will be far closer to “normal” than anything else he’s made?
Hard to say at this point, but the first trailer suggests that there’s some weird stuff going on here. There’s the parade of cameo players appearing as a string of US Presidents. Among them is John Cusack‘s turn as Richard Nixon, which is… interesting. Then there’s Alex Pettyfer playing an uber-douchebag cotton farm overseer, and the digital effects and makeup that shave a few decades off lead Forest Whitaker in some scenes.
Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who served several different President as the White House butler, and the trailer suggests the film traces his entire life story, using it to frame the sweep of the civil rights movement. It’s a good story, but this trailer looks a lot like a parody that might show up on SNL. So we’ll see — maybe The Butler will be just as crazy as the rest of Daniels’ work. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s no better place than the Oscars to see all your favorite movie stars assembled in one place, but the trailer for Jimmy Kimmel‘s Movie: The Movie V2 might be a close second.
In his post-Oscars show last year, Kimmel debuted an epic, star-studded 9-minute trailer poking fun at every obnoxious movie trope under the sun. This year, he’s back with an even more epic, even more star-studded trailer for Movie: The Movie V2. Because as Kimmel quips, “When you have a big success in Hollywood, there’s only one reasonable thing you can do, and that is cheapen it with a sequel.”
Watch Movie: The Movie V2 after the jump, followed by Kimmel’s other big movie parody, Life of Psy. Yup, that’s exactly what it sounds like.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Even as Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to Precious, The Paperboy, makes its debut at Cannes this week, the filmmaker’s wasting no time assembling a stellar cast for his next project, The Butler. The talented Forest Whitaker leads the picture as Eugene Allen, the late White House butler who served under eight different presidents from 1952 through 1986, with Oprah Winfrey and rising star David Oyelowo signed to play his wife and son.
And the cast only gets more buzzworthy from there. The roster also includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Nicole Kidman, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz, and John Cusack. Now we can add Minka Kelly to the list as well, as Daniels says he’s cast her to play Jackie Kennedy to Matthew McConaughey‘s John F. More after the jump.
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In the months that followed the release and general success of Lee Daniels‘ film Precious, the director considered two follow-ups. One was Selma, a civil-rights drama that would have recreated the relationship between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson. The other was The Butler, about a man named Eugene Allen, who was a servant in the White House starting in 1954 and working through eight presidencies.
Neither of those films ended up happening. Daniels made The Paperboy instead, and that film will be released later this year.
But now Daniels is looking once again at making The Butler. The film isn’t financed at this point, but as he did when originally trying to make Selma, Daniels is puling together a cast. Right now he’s got Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis and John Cusack, with David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, who hasn’t acted in a live-action drama since Beloved, as possible additions. Finally, Liam Neeson could end up playing Lyndon B. Johnson, a role he was previously set to play for Selma. Read More »
The scathing reviews of Sex and the City 2 haven’t fazed writer/director Michael Patrick King, who’s already scored a big name, crowd-drawing cast for his next vehicle. More surprisingly, the movie didn’t faze these actresses, all of whom hopped on board without a moment’s hesitation (or even a script). Starring in King’s not-yet-titled comedy project are Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Sandra Bullock. It’s “an ensemble comedy set in the world of a Home Shopping-type network, where characters make their way through the maze of mania that surrounds marketing, marriages and the media”.
There’s a gay joke to be made here. I’m not going to use it. Moving right along. Read More »
Street fight! Captured is a new NSFW documentary from directors, Ben Solomon and Dan Levin, that examines the historical work of Clayton Patterson, a man who captured New York’s Lower East Side fly-on-the-wall style for 30 years using photography and video. The NY Times once said of Patterson’s work:
He has amassed a huge day-by-day visual history of the area, told mainly through …its myriad and diverse faces: tenement kids and homeless people, poets and politicians, drug dealers and drag queens, rabbis and santeros, beat cops, graffiti taggers, hookers, junkies, punks, anarchists, mystics and crackpots.
And the trailer dutifully exemplifies this while segueing into vintage Oprah clips where Patterson hails the video camera as the perfect device to police the police. Judging from his interview herein, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch might not agree. Set to catchy instrumental music by the notorious band, A.R.E. Weapons, look for Captured on the festival circuit. For more info: CapturedMovie.com
Discuss: Any fave NYC or art-scene docs? The Cruise and Style Wars randomly come to mind.
Vanity Fair has released the VF 100 – an annual listing of the top 100 leaders of the information age. Below you can find a listing of movie related entries on the list. Check out the full list on VanityFair.com.
4. Steve Jobs – Former Pixar CEO, Member of Disney’s Board of Directors
9. Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt – Actors
14. Steven Spielberg – Director, Producer, Dreamworks co-founder
22. David Geffen – Dremworks Co-founder
23. George Lucas – Writer, Director, Producer, Chairman of LucasFilm
24. Jerry Bruckheimer – Producer
28. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird – Pixar’s creative team
32. Sumner Redstone – Majority Owner of Paramount Pictures
33. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Actor
34. Tom Hanks – Actor, Producer
35. Robert Iger – Head of the Walt Disney Company
43. Oprah Winfrey – Actress (kinda), Producer
44. Jon Stewart – Comedian, Actor
45. Stephen Colbert – Comedian, Actor
53. Jeffrey Katzenberg – Dreamworks co-founder, CEO of Dreamworks Animation
55. George Clooney – Actor, Producer
58. Judd Apatow – Producer, Writer, Director
59. Robert De Niro – Actor, Producer, Director
66. Brian Grazer/Ron Howard – Producer/Director
85. The Coen Brothers – Writers, Directors, Producers
87. The Weinstein Brothers – The Weinstien Co
93. Jerry Weintraub – Producer
I never thought I’d see the day when they would have a college class to study Kevin Smith’s films. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’d take it — Hell, I could teach it: CA 520J – Films of Kevin Smith (1 credit hour) This course will examine the films of prolific Indy film director Kevin Smith. It will delve into Smith’s history, his entry into filmmaking, his development as a director and writer, and explore motifs and themes as seen in his films. The course will also examine Smith’s trademark “wordy” style in terms of storytelling and narrative flow. 22020171 M Tu W Th 03:30-06:50PM Moore 109 Smith, Jeffrey. Class meets MAY 21 – MAY 24
Camera Phones are banned from the Academy Awards: “…guests are not allowed to bring cameras, including phones with a camera feature…”
Remember: Polls for the 79th Academy Awards close today at 5:00pm PST.
Sirius and XM are merging! Great, now Howard Stern is going to be forced to play nice with Opie and Anthony, and Oprah Winfrey and Friends. It’s bad enough he’s had to smile it up around Martha Stewart.
Steve Zahn (Sahara) has been cast opposite Amy Adams (Junbug), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) in Christine Jeffs’ (Sylvia) dark comedy Sunshine Cleaning. Zahn plays a married police officer having an affair with the co-owner (Adams) of a firm that cleans up messy crime scenes.
Did you hear that high pitched sound in The Messengers trailer? Me neither. I guess we’re too old.
Scarlett Johansson was named sexiest celebrity of the year by Playboy, taking the crown from Jessica Alba.
Spielberg vs. Paramount continues… Yawn.
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