Lee Daniels, the guy who gave us the Oscar-winning "Precious," returns with a possible Academy Award contender with "The Butler." It tells the true-life story of Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), the White House's head butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986.
It almost has a "Forrest Gump" vibe to it.
The Weinstein Company is releasing "The Butler" on August 16th. Oprah Winfrey co-stars as the butler's wife. But wait, there's more! This star-studded extravaganza also feature John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, James Marsden, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Lenny Kravitz, David Oleyowo, Minka Kelly, Liev Schreiber, Jesse Williams, Clarence Williams III and Mariah Carey. Wow!
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Check Out the Funny "The Food Ditty" From Our "Final Destination 5" Friends -- Emma Bell and Ellen Wroe
Previously, I interviewed the lovely ladies Emma Bell and Ellen Wroe for "Final Destination 5." This was in 2011.
Then, in 2012, both fun actresses created a Kickstarter campaign to create their passion -- a spoof of rap/jazz/R & B parody mocking the "dichotomous viewpoints of the American health food craze and obesity obstacle." They called it "The Food Ditty." Back then, they said, "It will be a quirky, quaint and quite idiosyncratic video much in the vein of Ellen's first spoof rap video, The Gatorade Rap."
Well, they were successful in raising $15,000 for their project, and they recently unveiled "The Food Ditty" on FunnyorDie.com! They were even featured on the home page of the comedy site! Yay!
Congrats to Emma and Ellen otherwise known as Smellen Wroe
Watch their funny parody below -- "The Food Ditty"
Here's more info on "The Food Ditty"
An original, visually exciting, musical parody mocking foodies.... on both sides... well the right side.
Directed by Brent McHenry
Produced by Ellen Wroe, Emma Bell, Preston Clay Reed and Brent McHenry
Cinematography by Damian Horan
Edited by Michelle Gold
Music Produced by Justice Leak
Recording Engineered by Chuck Pasarell
Mixed and Mastered by Florian Ammon
VFX by Ariel Shaw and Jeff Sharpe
Additional Editing by Jeff Sharpe
Conforming by Jeff Sharpe
Color Correction by Paul Sage
Special Thanks: The Bun Truck, The Aelvoet Family, Seso Media Group and our 127 Kickstarter donors
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A Will Smith movie that didn't open at No. 1? Impossible! For nearly two decades, Will Smith has held the Summer Movie King crown...but not this season. "After Earth," produced by Smith and wife Jada and starring their baby boy Jaden underperformed at the box-office. The sci-fi flick directed by M. Night Shyamalan was predicted to at least make about $35 to $40 million, similar to Tom Cruise's "Oblivion," but alas, it debuted at No. 3 with $27 million.
The worst part? Its budget was $130 million. With bad reviews and so-so word of mouth (it received a CinemaScore of B), it would take the entire world to rally together to help Smith and his family. "After Earth" must do great business overseas for Sony to recoup the budget.
Meanwhile, "Now You See Me," a smaller film from Summit Entertainment, beat Smith and company. The cat-and-mouse thriller featuring Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine debuted at No. 2 with $28.05 million. (Click the names to see my full "Now You See Me" interviews -- Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco)
Compared to "After Earth," "Now You See Me" cost $75 million to produce, and received a high A- CinemaScore. The group of magicians in the film need not steal money to recoup its budget! ("Now You See Me" movie review)
Holding steady at No. 1 was Universal's "Fast & Furious 6" which dropped 65 percent with a still-healthy $34.5 million showing. It's the franchise that won't die!
Tied for 4th place are Fox's "Epic" and Paramount's "Star Trek Into Darkness" with $16.4 million a piece. Rounding out the Top 5 was "The Hangover Part III" with $15.9 million.
Entering into the Top 10 was the Bollywood film "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani." It made $1.6 million in 162 theaters for the No. 8 position.
Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of May 31st:
1. "Fast & Furious 6," $34.5 million
2. "Now You See Me," $28.05 million.
3. "After Earth," $27 million.
4. (tie) "Epic," $16.4 million.
4. (tie) "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $16.4 million.
6. "The Hangover Part III," $15.9 million.
7. "Iron Man 3," $8 million.
8. "The Great Gatsby," $6.3 million.
9. "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani," $1.6 million.
10. "Mud," $1.2 million.
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“Now You See Me” from director Louis Letterier magically arrives in theaters near you. It stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Isla Fisher as the Four Horsemen – a ragtag group of magicians who steal from the rich to give to the poor. But the big question is – who is behind them?
Mark Ruffalo lends support as the FBI agent hot on the trail of the Four Horsemen. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman lend credibility to the cast. Caine is the Horsemen’s benefactor while Freeman is out to debunk the magic.
Should you fall under the spell of “Now You See Me?” Take a look:
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I can't wait to interview the cast this weekend! I'll keep y'all posted!
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