| Sep 18, 2013
| 2:45 PM
In "The Butler," director Lee Daniels sets the table with a great deal of care, especially because it unfolds during the volatile years of desegregation. It stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a White House butler privy by sheer proximity to a series...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 5:20 PM
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...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Never underestimate the power of Oprah.
Heading into the weekend, prerelease audience surveys suggested that "The Butler" -- the first movie the media mogul has appeared in in 15 years -- would be in a tight race with "Kick-Ass 2" for No. 1. Instead,...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:17 AM
After the coffee. Before gettng ready to watch the Redskins tonight.
The Skinny: I never get tired of watching old episodes of "The Job." If you never saw the short-lived ABC series starring Denis Leary, go find the DVDs. Monday's headlines includes...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 10:49 AM
Oprah Winfrey has said that taking a role in "The Butler" -- her first big-screen turn in 15 years -- was a scary prospect. But after being engulfed by a media mob at her new movie's premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night, Winfrey might be thinking...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:11 PM
"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...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The year's first serving of Oscar bait has arrived on a silver platter in the form of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," a star-studded historical drama starring Forest Whitaker as an African American butler working at the White House through multiple...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 2:59 PM
President Obama joined the national conversation on race Friday, addressing the death of Trayvon Martin, the slain Florida teenager whose main offense seems to have been his skin color. After a week of protests in the wake of shooter George Zimmerman&...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 7:05 PM
For the Oxford-born, Nigeria-raised David Oyelowo, the last few years have been a profoundly deep — and sometimes harrowing — dive into the African American experience.
The actor has played a Tuskegee airman in George Lucas' "Red Tails," a...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 8:12 AM
After the coffee. Before Joe changes his passwords.
The Skinny: I missed the MTV Video Music Awards, but here's my token reaction: One Direction won for song of the summer over Robin Thicke and Daft Punk? How does that make sense? Today's headlines...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:25 AM
Sony Pictures decided to abandon "Lee Daniels' The Butler," placing its 2013 summer bets on "White House Down" and "After Earth."
Think the studio wishes it now had made a different decision?
"The Butler," whose financing was cobbled together by...