PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: The Butler (1-7 of 7)

No Oprah? No Scorsese? What were the Golden Globes' most egregious snubs?

enough-said-09.jpg

The Golden Globe nomination were announced this morning, and in addition to providing a boost to surprise contenders like Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) for Best Supporting Actress and Ron Howard’s racing movie, Rush, for Best Drama, there were others who were dealt a setback by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels’ The Butler? You don’t get a nomination! You don’t get a nomination!

Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese, who won in 2011 for directing Hugo and has been nominated in the category seven other times? Feel free to make other plans on Jan. 14.

Saving Mr. Banks earned just one nomination (Emma Thompson), with the HFPA ultimately deciding that Captain Phillips would be Tom Hanks’s prize.

And what about James Gandolfini for Enough Said? Back in September, an HFPA member hinted to EW that Gandolfini’s prospects for a Best Supporting Actor nomination weren’t too great, you know, because he’s not able to attend. Well… you can’t say the HFPA are liars.

What was your least favorite snub from the Golden Globe movies nominations? Sound off in the comments. (And check out our list of TV snubs and surprises!)

'The Butler': So wrong, it's right

It’s not unusual for a movie to divide reviewers. To some, The Butler, Lee Daniels’ sprint through the American civil rights movement, is “deeply moving” (Time), “brilliantly truthful” (The New York Times), “illuminating” (New York), and “honest” (Slate). But it’s also been -dismissed as “obvious,” “over-the-top,” “clunky,” “lumbering,” and “thuggish”—by the very same critics. Daniels, who won acclaim for Precious and contempt for The Paperboy, has a unique ability to stir admiration and antipathy at once; if there were a word to describe the act of applauding while wincing, he could copyright it. READ FULL STORY

Oprah succumbs to her need to give away free stuff on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' -- VIDEO

Making the rounds to promote her new flick Lee Daniels’  The Butler, the one and only Oprah stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to chat it up.

Unfortunately, right in the middle of her interview, Oprah succumbed to an ailment — an ailment that only ridiculously rich and powerful people have. She was worried that it would happen — and it usually does when she skips lunch. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so let’s just say that someone in the audience went home with something that they did not arrive with. Check it out here:

You get a car! And you get a car! Sorry, couldn’t resist.

'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

Oprah responds to Terrence Howard's love-scene comment: 'I do have big breasteses'

Everyone in Hollywood seems to have an Oprah story, whether it’s growing up wanting to be her, being interviewed by her, or, if you’re Terrence Howard, filming a love scene with her.

In their upcoming movie, The Butler, Howard and Winfrey’s characters share a love scene, which according to Winfrey, was supposed to be a little scene before Howard “misbehaved.” Winfrey, who sat down on the other side of the sofa (or chair) with Steve Harvey, claims that Howard is “a misbehaving kind of boy.”

She is, of course, talking about Howard’s recent interview, in which he discussed her “tig ol’ bitties” and the fact that she is a “lovely, voluptuous woman.” Watch Howard’s comments and Oprah’s response below. 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

Robin Williams likes Ike in 'The Butler'

In Good Morning, Vietnam, Robin Williams was nominated for an Oscar for playing a military-radio DJ who often imitated and ridiculed his superiors and America’s political leaders. On one occasion, he pretended to be former President Eisenhower, a characterization that made Ike sound a little like Elmer Fudd.

But in The Butler, the upcoming film from Lee Daniels about Eugene Allen, the late White House butler who served eight presidents, the funnyman is playing the popular WWII general-turned-pol for real. Forest Whitaker is set to star as Allen, with Oprah Winfrey playing his wife. John Cusack (as Richard Nixon), Jane Fonda (as Nancy Reagan), Alan Rickman (as Ronald Reagan), Nelsan Ellis (as Martin Muther King, Jr.), James Marsden and Minka Kelly (as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy) also appear.

See a larger image of Williams as the 1950′s Republican below. READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP