Lee Daniels’ The Butler (★★★½)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler is an easy film to appreciate on face value with its wonderful performances, strong production values, and creative team. However, it isn’t till about the last 30 minutes of the film that you realize you’ve been witnessing a nuanced dissection of intergenerational relationships, race relations and double consciousness, and then the […]

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (**½)

There are two very opposing viewpoints on display in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (from here on simply to be referred to once again as “The Butler,” for the most part at least). One is writer Danny Strong‘s take on the material he wrote about, while the other is director Lee Daniels‘ much different take. Over […]

Cast and Crew Talk ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Earlier this week, I was invited to be among the press present for a Press Conference featuring most of the players involved in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The talent assembled at the hotel was director Lee Daniels, writer Danny Strong, and cast members Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, David […]

First Look at Mariah Carey in ‘The Butler’

Lee Daniels might have a Jekyl and Hyde touch when it comes to making good movies but he manages to get big stars to sign up to be in his films. After pulling a decent performance from Mariah Carey in Precious, the director and songstress will work together once again in Weinstein Oscar hopeful The […]

American Idol Recap: Finale Review

Wow, can you believe American Idol is wrapping up its twelfth season already? I feel like the auditions were just yesterday, and speaking of…from the moment the season began, we had our frontrunner. That never changed, not even after tonight. With a killer conclusion to a very strong season (though not perfect by any means) […]

The Weinstein Company Moves ‘The Butler’ to August 16!

Only days after the official trailer premiered, Lee Daniels’ upcoming film The Butler with Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey has shifted its release date according to Deadline. The film was originally scheduled to drop October 18 and has now been moved to August 16.  Does this mean the Weinstein Company has lost faith in their […]

Awards Profile: The Butler

Written By: Danny Strong and Lee Daniels Directed By: Lee Daniels Cast: Forest Whitaker, Alex Pettyfer, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Jesse Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Liev Schreiber, Nelsan Ellis, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Yaya DaCosta, David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, […]

American Idol Recap: Sudden Death Round, Week One (The Boys)

Last night, American Idol sprung some more talent on us in the form of ten boys from Season 12’s Top 40. The men were nowhere near as stellar as Wednesday’s girl group, but the top five who sailed on through to the next round were all deserving. In an unprecedented, unexpected moment, Thursday’s show introduced us […]

American Idol Recap: Hollywood Week Part 2 (The Girls)

Welcome back, Idol imbibers! For the second part of Hollywood Week, the girls took center stage and unleashed their powers of musical persuasion in the hopes America would be more impressed than last week’s stellar showing from the guys. Collectively, I believe the men are a stronger group this season, but individually there are some […]

‘American Idol’ Recap: Hollywood Week Pt. 1 (Guys)

Tears, sweat, blood, and shattered pride: This is…Hollywood Week. In what was a first for the long-standing television behemoth, American Idol decided to switch things up by having all the men compete against one another in this grueling yet pivotal round, then whittled down to twenty men standing by the end of the week (the […]

Will Mariah Carey Be an Oscar Nominee This Time Next Year?

If you are as obsessed as we are when it comes to predicting the Oscars, you’ve probably already began predicting the awards for next year. If so, then you’ll probably be jotting down Mariah Carey’s name as a contender in the Original Song field after learning that she will be recording the end song for Oz The Great […]

‘American Idol’ Week 2 Wrap-Up: Top 5 to Watch From Charlotte and Baton Rouge

Another week, another feud, another outstanding display of talent in what’s shaping up to be an incredible season of American Idol. Somehow, each new episode either has me laughing, in awe, or incredibly jealous I’m not there in person to get my hair finger-groomed by Nicki Minaj! Okay, that’s a bit overkill but I can’t […]

Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Steve Jones Leaving ‘X-Factor’

Wow, Simon Cowell sure isn’t playing around. After streaming news circulated yesterday morning concerning host Steve Jones leaving X-Factor, followed by judge Nicole Scherzinger’s confirmed dismissal later that afternoon, a news report released this morning from The New York Times confirmed there were three cuts made from the British mogul in total. The final person […]