Santa Barbara Film Fest: Oprah and the Light

Oprah’s appearance as honoree of the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival was planned before the Oscar nominations were handed out. There was a lot of drama, old-school Hollywood style, as to whether or not She would receive one. A lifetime...
Posted On 06 Feb 2014

Oprah Winfrey to Receive Montecito Award from SBIFF

It was just announced that Oprah Winfrey will receive the prestigious Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 5, 2014. Winfrey receives the award for her work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and as a celebration of her overall career.   In The Butler,...
Posted On 12 Nov 2013

Why The Butler, Why Now

Now that The Butler has taken the box office for the second week in a row, on fewer screens than its competition, the speculative conversation is upon us. In a private email chat with Kris Tapley and Anne Thompson, they said they were certain that Oprah single-handedly opened the...
Posted On 25 Aug 2013

Fine early notices for The Butler, Oprah is “Electrifying”

The jury is still out on whether audiences will take to Lee Daniels’ The Butler. I suspect they might find in this film one of the more satisfying two hours at the movies in a good, long time.   The critics seem somewhat divided, with many offering up conditional raves...
Posted On 13 Aug 2013

Hollywood Reporter “Reports” on Oprah Story

It is kind of astonishing that the  Hollywood Reporter would cover the Oprah story from the point of view of, what looks to me like, right wing bloggers. Clearly, the HR is unaware of the standard position said bloggers have been taking for the last many decades on racism? It...
Posted On 13 Aug 2013

Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Waiting for an Echo

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” ― Richard Wright, Black Boy It’s unsettling to...
Posted On 09 Aug 2013

Could This be Oprah’s Oscar Year?

Oprah Winfrey has long talked about what it would mean to her to win an Oscar. She got close with The Color Purple, but as we know, that movie was nominated for ten Oscars, missed the director nod, and went home empty handed. It was one of the last films with an all black cast to...
Posted On 08 May 2013

New Pic of Oprah from The Butler

Ms. Oprah just instagrammed this photo with Terrence Howard on the set of The Butler shooting their last scene.
Posted On 02 Oct 2012

Feinberg Talks to Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and Dick Smith on the Gov’s Awards

Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg chats with the honorary Oscar recipients for this year — exclusive audio is worth a listen.  Here is a bit from Oprah herself: “I grew up thinking I was fatherless, except for my quote ‘Heavenly Father.’ So I’d go...
Posted On 08 Nov 2011

Feinberg Talks to Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and Dick Smith on the Gov's Awards

Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg chats with the honorary Oscar recipients for this year — exclusive audio is worth a listen.  Here is a bit from Oprah herself: “I grew up thinking I was fatherless, except for my quote ‘Heavenly Father.’ So I’d go...
Posted On 08 Nov 2011
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