Lee Daniels

My eleventh birthday was at the beginning of 1998. I remember a series of very formative years growing up, where Lenny Kravitz was a dominating force on what we didn’t know at the time was the dying breath of commercial ...
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It’s funny how little our view of the Oscar landscape has changed since Cannes in May. Was a time when the heat of Cannes came too early to impact the Oscar race. But that has changed as the course seems ...

This Variety spread is pretty great, I must say. In addiction to Ben Affleck on Nicole Holofcener. Here is a sampling: Peter Bogdanovich on Alexander Payne: “You’ll probably think I’m old-fashioned,” John Ford said to me, “but black-and-white is real ...
THE BUTLER

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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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The Butler will now be called Lee Daniels’ The Butler, kind of like Precious Based on the Novel Push by Saffire. We’ll still call it The Butler, however.  It was a good controversy to bring awareness to the film so ...
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The first trailer gives you two pieces of vital info. 1) it’s distributed by The Weinstein Co. which also has Fruitvale Station. 2) it is likely to be a tearjerker. I’m not ready for how critics are going to respond ...

This season we have two of the nation’s most beloved Presidents hitting the big screen. First, Daniel Day-Lewis as the brilliant and beloved, gone too soon President Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Lincoln, then Bill Murray as a President so ...

This year we, have dipped into fantasy, and unshakable reality. We have come of age, confronted death, sought life’s meaning in a house floated by helium balloons. We have gotten inside the head of a bomb tech and barely made ...

Quoting AD commenter, “to help put this whole Oscar race in perspective, legendary photographer Brigitte Lacombe has captured moments along the awards campaign trail this year: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/02/oscar_portfolio.html#photo=1 alongside moments of intensity, you also catch beautiful glimpses of friendship and sweetness.” ...

Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker James Cameron Avatar Lee Daniels Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire Jason Reitman Up In The Air Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds The Directors Guild awards are being held this Saturday night. The race ...

So, the DGA ballots are due on the 29th. The Oscar ballots get turned in tomorrow but the DGA is still in play. The Envelope has done some roundtable vids of our five esteemed directors. Tip off from ONTD. More ...

Although I haven’t been making too big a deal about it, I have to say that there is a part of me that sits here unbelieving that a woman could actually win Best Director for the first time in Oscar’s ...

Jim and Kathryn reunited — and more – ONTD for the hat tip, source; Hollywood Reporter: 2 and 3 after the cut.

Pressing things right to the line is Lee Daniels’ controversial film, Precious. The New York Times’ Felicia Lee has written a fair-minded (in my lily-white opinion) account of both sides. There is Armond White on one side, Oprah on the ...

…Not fall in love with him? That’s my question. You all know how much I love listening to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air. She annoys some, perhaps, but she is, hands down, my favorite interviewer. She talks to Lee Daniels about ...

I really never thought I’d see the day when America had its first black President and women ruled the early phase of the Oscar race in the Best Director category. Yet, here it is, September, and already three female directors ...

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The Wrap’s Eric Kohn reports that Precious beat out the competition for the People’s Choice Award. He writes of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry: Is it possible that audiences were manipulated into voting en masse by the presence of these ...

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