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  • Oprah Winfrey Tapped for Santa Barbara Film Fest Honor

    Following her role in this year's hit, Lee Daniels' "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey will receive the Montecito Award at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The thesp, producer and television host will be feted on Feb. 5 at the Arlington...
  • Oscars: Directors Ready to Rebound After Bombs Like 'Battleship'

    According to a Hollywood truism, you're only as good as your last project. So the awards buzz for this year's directors is doubly gratifying: Prizes are nice, but for some of these helmers, the 2013 films are a way to rebound -- or to remind the biz...
  • Movies with black casts make a green argument

    Movies with black casts make a green argument
    It took 14 years to come to fruition, but "The Best Man Holiday," writer-director Malcolm D. Lee's sequel to his 1999 hit "The Best Man," opens Friday. Lee told me the other day that Universal executives were "hesitant" initially about the sequel, which...
  • Dressing eight tumultuous decades for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    Dressing eight tumultuous decades for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'
    Veteran costume designer Ruth Carter had her hands full with her latest feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler." In it, she tackled eight tumultuous decades of U.S. political and social history — and changing fashions — filled with dozens of...
  • Musician biopics can score, but often languish in development

    Musician biopics can score, but often languish in development
    Music biopics often seem ubiquitous, but it's not always easy to drum up movies about famous tune-smiths. Take Don Cheadle's in-the-making movie about the jazz trumpet player and composer Miles Davis, which he's been trying to get started for years....
  • 'Best Man Holiday' Over-Performing with Possible $35 Million Weekend

    Christmas is coming early for Universal's "The Best Man Holiday." Malcolm D. Lee's comedy sequel, made for only $17 million, should take in over $30 million at the box office this weekend, wildly exceeding expectations for the Universal film, which...
  • 'The Best Man Holiday': Is the 'overperforming' tag racist?

    'The Best Man Holiday': Is the 'overperforming' tag racist?
    It had already been a strong year for films with predominantly black casts—the kind of year that makes bloggers pull out their laptops and write posts about a “new moment.” "Fruitvale Station" was the sensation of the Sundance Film...
  • SAG Awards: '12 Years a Slave,' 'American Hustle' among cast nominees

    SAG Awards: '12 Years a Slave,' 'American Hustle' among cast nominees
    The Screen Actors Guild nominated the movies "12 Years a Slave,"  "American Hustle," "August: Osage County," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Dallas Buyers Club" for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture Wednesday. The SAG nominations...
  • '12 Years a Slave,' 'Breaking Bad' Lead SAG Nominations

    "Twelve Years a Slave" has solidified its status as an awards-season front-runner, leading the SAG Awards nominations with four. "August: Osage County," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Dallas Buyers Club" each received three nominations for the 20th...
  • SAG Awards analysis: Sprawling and showy carry the day

    SAG Awards analysis: Sprawling and showy carry the day
    When actors vote for awards, you can be sure of two things: They're going to love movies with sprawling casts (more parts = more work!) and showy roles that require physical transformation will typically beat subtler performances. Those precedents...
  • SAG Awards: '12 Years a Slave,' starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, leads noms

    SAG Awards: '12 Years a Slave,' starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, leads noms
    Five black actors, ranging from a television superstar to a Somali-born newcomer, have earned Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for their film performances, a reflection of an especially strong year for movies featuring actors of color. The movie...
  • Golden Globes nominations: Best picture selections shake up races

    Golden Globes nominations: Best picture selections shake up races
    What the Screen Actors Guild giveth, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. taketh away. One day after SAG voters handed “August: Osage County,” “The Dallas Buyers Club” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” fresh Oscar...