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Oprah Winfrey to play Richard Pryor's brothel-running grandmother

Oprah Winfrey has always treated acting as a hobby more than a career, but since the end of her iconic talk show and the formation of her own cable network, Winfrey has found time to stretch her thespian muscles. After a substantial role in Lee Daniels ' drama THE BUTLER and Ava DuVernay's upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr film SELMA, Winfrey is looking to make a very uncharacteristic...

Mike Epps is officially playing Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

A few weeks ago we told you that comedian Mike Epps was the frontrunner to take on the role of the legendary comic Richard Pryor . Now after beating out other hopefuls for the role including Eddie Murphy , Chris Rock , Marlon Wayans , and Michael B. Jordan , he has officially been given the role. The movie has been in the works for years but is now finally gaining momentum...

The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma gets a Christmas day release

Looking to draw attention during this year's awards season, Paramount has set a Christmas Day release for the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic SELMA that's being directed by Ava DuVernay. The drama will be led by David Oyelowo who will play the civil rights icon. Oyelowo is no stranger to films based on factual events having starred in THE BUTLER , LINCOLN , RED TAILS , and...

Lee Daniels in talks for Richard Pryor biopic with Eddie Murphy and Michael B. Jordan among contenders for the lead

Let the onslaught of late comedian biopics continue! THE BUTLER director Lee Daniels is in talks to take on a biopic of late great comedian Richard Pryor with Eddie Murphy , Marlon Wayans , and Michael B. Jordan in contention to take the lead. The film has been in development for years now, with both Murphy and Wayans in the mix from the start. However, with Jordan emerging as...

Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

PLOT: A butler serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986 while his son engages in the Civil Rights movement down south. REVIEW: LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER could have been an awkward disaster; it has all the makings of being an ungainly, foolhardy mess weighed down by pretension and melodrama. It is not this. In fact, some of it is quite good. There...

Harvey Weinstein says the controversy over The Butler's title is because of The Hobbit

Harvey Weinstein and Warner Bros. are currently at odds over the title to Lee Daniels ' latest movie THE BUTLER. At the heart of the case is an obscure 1916 silent short movie of the same name that WB is claiming THE BUTLER is infringing on. Weinstein recently lost his hearing with the MPAA to retain the title for the Forrest Whitaker movie that hits theaters next month and is vowing...

Ink & Pixel: The Princess and the Frog

Ink & Pixel is a source of pride and joy for me as a writer and as such, Iím always striving to take this column further for those who read and enjoy it. If you yourself, or anyone you know, helped to make any of the amazing feature animated films found within this column, I would love to talk to you to further my knowledge. Please contact me at steveseigh@joblo.com so we can...

Lee Daniels only gets one f*ck with The Butler's PG-13 rating

Lee Daniels , director of such hard-R flicks as Precious and Paperboy, evidently felt a bit frustrated with keeping things PG-13 inhis upcoming film The Butler, which follows Forest Whitaker as a White House staffer through eight presidential administrations. That's a lot of time to spend in the White House without dropping any F-bombs. Daniels said of the experience: “I...

Lee Daniels' The Butler finds distribution courtesy of The Weinstein Company

THE BUTLER will assuredly get a wide release now that The Weinstein Company has picked up the US rights to the Lee Daniels film. The movie has all the makings of a prestige film and Oscar contender. If there is anyone who can shepherd it to Academy Awards recognition, it would be the Weinsteins. Plot: THE BUTLER, based on the screenplay by Danny Strong & Lee Daniels, is...

Oprah tweets two new photos from The Butler featuring Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, and Lenny Kravitz

Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER has been slowly sharing images of it's star-studded cast as they transform into a range of political figures from American history. We previously saw Forrest Whitaker in character (see above) and now we get a look at four more celebrities. Oprah Winfrey will return to acting in THE BUTLER portraying Gloria Gaines. She took to Twitter to share a pair of new...
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