First Look – Eight New Stills for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Eight exclusive new images have been released for the highly anticipated film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This historical drama is based on a true story and follows the life of White House butler Eugene Allen. Allen was a butler in the White House from 1952 until 1986 and served eight presidents.

Actor Forest Whitaker is playing a character based off of Eugene Allen, named Cecil Gaines. However, he is not the only talented actor behind this film! The stellar cast includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Alex Pettyfer, Jesse Williams, Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, James Marsden, Aml Ameen, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Lenny Kravitz.

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David Banner and Mariah Carey as Earl Gaines and Hattie Pearl.

Lee Daniels also produced the film and wrote the screenplay along with Danny Strong. If you have not already, watch the stunning trailer for The Butler here. Personally, I think that this is going to be a big awards contender this year and definitely a film to keep an eye on.

These eight new stills finally give us a deeper look into this star-studded film, so take a look at and share your thoughts in the comments! Lee Daniels’ The Butler will be theatrically released August 16, 2013.

Source: Entertainment WeeklyIndieWireYouTube, and IMDbPro

Movie Exclusive – Exclusive First Trailer for “The Butler”

The first trailer for the Lee Daniels-directed film, The Butler, has hit the web. Let me tell you, it is an amazing trailer and it gives audiences a great glimpse at what this film is about. The Butler is based off of a true story and follows the life of White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker). Allen was a butler in the White House from 1952 until 1986 and served eight presidents.

This film has an absolutely stellar cast that includes the likes of Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Alex Pettyfer, Jesse Williams, Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, James Marsden, Aml Ameen, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Lenny Kravitz.

Lee Daniels also produced the film and wrote the screenplay along with Danny Strong. Watch the stunning trailer for The Butler here and let me know what you think in the comments! Personally, I think that this film will be incredible and a huge award contender during the 2013 award season.

Will you be going to see The Butler when it hits theaters October 18, 2013? What do you think of the talented cast behind the film? Do you think it could be an award contender next year?

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Exclusive Trailers – “The Paperboy” and “Won’t Back Down”

The first trailers have recently been released for the films The Paperboy and Won’t Back Down. Both of these films look quite interesting and have very compelling stories that are likely to gain these films some critical acclaim. I hope you enjoy these trailers!

1. The Paperboy – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thepaperboy/

The Paperboy, directed by Lee Daniels (Precious), is a provocative story of desire, ambition, prejudice and crime that is set in the 1960s swamplands of South Florida. This film has an amazing and talented cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. The Paperboy is gritty and deals with the human underside of a murder investigation, as a compelling cast of characters deal with obsession, deception and their own demons as they face retribution. The Paperboy is set to hit theaters October 5, 2012.

2. Won’t Back Down – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/wontbackdown/

Won’t Back Down is inspired by a true story and the film is directed and co-written by Daniel Barnz. The cast includes actors such as Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Rosie Perez, Holly Hunter, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lance Reddick, and Ving Rhames.  This film  follows two determined mothers (Gyllenhaal and Davis)­, one whom is a teacher, as they try to transform their children’s failing inner city school. They must face a powerful administration and risk everything to make a difference in their children’s future and education. Won’t Back Down is set to hit theaters September 28, 2012.

What do you think of these trailers? Do these films interest you at all?

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Sources: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thepaperboy/ http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/wontbackdown/, and  http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt1870529/