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'The Butler': The new trailer showcases Oscar-winning actors tackling history -- VIDEO

In The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who proudly serves tea at the White House to seven U.S. presidents, Democratic and Republican, while the segregated country he grew up in shudders with inevitable — and often violent — progress. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and co-starring Oprah Winfrey as Gaines’ beloved wife, The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who came to the White House in 1952 and became a favorite of many of the first families who called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.

The film is loaded with famous faces, and the historical icons they’re playing makes the new trailer impossible not to make some snap judgements about the casting: Robin Williams as Ike! John Cusack as Tricky Dick! READ FULL STORY

UPDATE: Oprah Winfrey parties with Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman as Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 'The Butler' -- PHOTO

What would happen if Oprah Winfrey partied with Nancy and Ronald Reagan? It would hopefully look like the image to the right, which Winfrey posted to Instagram from the set of director Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The film is based on the life of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), a man who worked at the White House through eight presidencies, from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan. Winfrey, who plays Whitaker’s wife, captioned this shot: “Director Lee Daniels, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Alan Rickman as Prez Reagan, and me … gonna be a long nite.” Gotta love that both Fonda and Rickman remain in character.

Daniels has landed an all-star cast to play the famous residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington D.C. in his film. Along with Fonda and Rickman, there’s Robin Williams (President Dwight D. Eisenhower),  Melissa Leo (Mamie Eisenhower), James Marsden (President John F. Kennedy), Minka Kelly (Jackie Kennedy), Liev Schreiber (President Lyndon B. Johnson), and John Cusack (President Richard M. Nixon). The film also boasts several more heavy hitters in non-presidential roles, including Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz.

In fact, check out another photo Winfrey posted to Instagram account of her and Kravitz from the set of The Butler below:  READ FULL STORY

Jeff Goldblum to replace Alan Rickman in Broadway's 'Seminar'

Jeff Goldblum will be joining the cast of the Broadway comedy Seminar, stepping into the lead role of jaded teacher Leonard, currently played by Alan Rickman, who will depart the show on April 1.

Goldblum will take over the role for eight weeks, starting April 3. He unofficially revealed his involvement with the show on the February 13 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and a press release today confirmed the announcement. Goldblum returns to Broadway after having previously appeared in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman in 2006, as well as London productions of Speed-the-Plow and The Prisoner of Second Avenue, opposite Kevin Spacey.

In Seminar, written by Theresa Rebeck (the creator of NBC’s Smash), “four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure.  Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.  The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy.”

Seminar currently runs on Broadway at the Golden Theatre and stars Rickman, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O’Connell, and Hettienne Park. Additional casting with Goldblum will be announced soon.

Goldblum will appear on tonight’s Valentine’s Day episode of Glee as Hiram, one of the two fathers of Lea Michele’s character Rachel.

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