| Sep 3, 2013
| 5:24 PM
Telluride's over, and the Venice Film Festival is past its midpoint. Judging from reports, we can safely declare a couple of things:
1. You'd better learn how to spell and pronounce the name Chiwetel Ejiofor, the British actor who plays the free black...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 2:47 PM
Maybe it's the ongoing success of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," or perhaps just the start of soulful autumnal nights, but something has put us in a jazzy, Louis Armstrong kind of mood.
All of which is enough to make one wonder if "Something Wonderful," a...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Oprah. Oscar. Oscar. Oprah.
Yes, it might be a bit early to riff on David Letterman's ill-fated, Uma-Oprah 1995 Academy Awards monologue bit. Then again, with Winfrey's movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler" sitting atop the box office for a second week with a...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 12:36 PM
"The Butler" is on its way to making a tidy profit for the Weinstein Co.
Starring Forest Whitaker as a White House employee who served eight presidents, "Butler" got off to a robust start last weekend, debuting at No. 1 with $24.6 million. The Lee...
| 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...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 12:22 PM
"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'...
| 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...