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by Peter Knegt
May 7, 2013 10:09 PM
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Watch Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda and Pretty Much Half of Hollywood in The Trailer For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

The Weinstein Company has dropped the trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Butler," the director's ridiculously star-studded follow-up to "The Paperboy."

Covering several decades in the life of White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), the film's supporting cast includes Oprah Winfrey (as Allen's wife in a sizeable role compared to most of the cast), David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Jesse Williams, Aml Ameen, Lenny Kravitz and Cuba Gooding Jr.

The trailer -- which has no shame showing off the endless cast -- suggests much more conventional fare than "The Paperboy" (which had some fans but was generally trashed by critics), potentially returning Daniels to the Oscar race after "Precious" became the first film directed by an African-American to get a best picture nomination.

What do you think? "The Butler" comes out October 18th.


  • Linda Crockett | May 8, 2013 11:17 PMReply

    WOW!!!!!! Lee Daniels is an extraordinary artist. His body of work is incomparable.

  • Gary | May 8, 2013 7:55 PMReply

    Fonda will win the Oscar for this!!

  • talkcineman | May 8, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    could be big.

  • Richard | May 8, 2013 3:52 PMReply

    Wow! I would have liked to have seen more. I hope this plays the NYFF before it's release.

  • Robert | May 8, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    I disagree with GENADIJUS - this film looks like a definite Oscar contender. It has everything the Academy likes - epic scale, amazing cast, uplifting story, etc. The only thing that will remove it from contention is a crappy script and/or bad direction. It will be released later in the year, a good sign that Harvey Weinstien thinks it will be a contender for Best Picture. Mr. Weinstein knows Hollywood like the back of his hand and it seems he is positioning this picture for lots of awards.

  • Jonathan | May 8, 2013 2:02 AMReply

    With an Oct. 18 release date, it looks like it has positioned itself to launch in Toronto.

  • Genadijus | May 8, 2013 1:16 AMReply

    Definitely, Oprah will be contender for the Oscar in supporting supporting role. The trailer in general is too typical for biopics and contains everything what we saw before (typical soundtrack, edition, even presentation of the performances). I doubt that "The Butler" will be the biggest player for Oscars by Weistens.

  • RG Miller | May 8, 2013 4:21 PM

    the problem with most of everything in Hollywood is EVERYTHING IS so!! TYPICAL nothing is really fresh or even a hint of real art! those that work there are just copying everything that will grab a Blockbuster hit! it may please the hollywood crowd of who's who! A- lister's but for me I could care less, fuck the oscar's and there films too! go see some real art some were, were an artist is not looking for Fame,Vanity, Money, that is were the real art is and it won't be well like mine you! or follow by lots of people! there are plenty of them on the internet! FOR FREE and most of these real artist are working class people not the hustlers of hollywood ...FAME, VANITY, MONEY,........R.G.