LIH Editorial-The Butler

25 Aug

For the second week The Butler takes the #1 spot at the box office. Costing 30 mil to make, so far its earned 52 mil at the box office. It recieved a 73% by film critics on rottentomatoes and 83% by moviegoers. Not to diminsih the actors of this film but many might not know those working behind the scenes that also helped bring this film to life. Let’s take a look at a few.

Writer-Danny Strong

An Emmy winner for the HBO movie “Game Change,” Strong was hired to write “The Butler” in 2009, a year before Daniels even signed on as director.

Strong — whom television fans might also know from his onscreen work on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Mad Men” — based “The Butler” on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House service worker who worked through eight administrations, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. (Allen’s story was the source of an acclaimed Washington Post article in 2008.)

click here to read the rest of the article.

Costume Designer- Ruth Carter

“Carter has worked on more than 50 movies, including “Malcolm X” and
“Amistad,” for which she received Oscar nominations, and “Dr. Doolittle”
and “Daddy Day Care.”

What Carter loved most about working on the project was the historical
research, she said in a phone interview from Los Angeles. “I love
history,” she said. “Not just black history, but American history. To
bring people from the past to life is a great gift and a joy to do.”

click here to read the rest of the interview.

Make-Up Artists- Matthew Mungle

Click here to watch the aging process he used on the film.


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7 Responses to “LIH Editorial-The Butler”

  1. ComicRelief August 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM #


    “Not to diminsh the actors of this film but many might not know those working behind the scenes that also helped bring this film to life.’

    Didn’t you see this movie, despite the popularity of the movie, did you enjoy it?

    • Open Book August 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM #

      I will admit it was hard to watch because of the brutality and racism etc… However, I was really impressed by the attention to detail by the costume designer. In terms of performances? I thought Cuba Gooding and Terrence Howard really stood out and I would have liked to see them in a more substantial role in the film. I mean Terrence Howard performance was spot on. I was like, wait I know that guy. Hahaha!

  2. Open Book August 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM #


    Given your campaign for Terrence Howrad being in Iron Man. Do u think the reason might have also been because of his violence and abuse toward women in his personal life? There are a ton of film goers that vow not to support his films because of this abuse. What are your thoughts on that?

    • littlebells August 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM #

      Say what?!?! I’ve never heard of this before!

      On another note: I’m hoping to see The Butler this week. I need a break from my own life. haha!

    • ComicRelief August 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM #


      Why today…?

      Well borrowing from your own comments, “I mean Terrence Howard’s performance was spot on.”

      Other than that as much as I might be convinced to believe many of the horrible things I hear about celebrities in media (especially when they are likely to be true), I’m more inclined to wait to pass judgement especially when I have little ability to verify what I have heard.

      Regardless, I hope Terrence Howard gets his act together. A significant amount of bad press is usually an indication of something (and that much something could not be good).

  3. Parisienne September 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM #

    I’ve seen it and I enjoyed it very much. At times it was hard to watch because of the violence and racism but overall I thought it was tastefully done. I didn’t know anything about Terrence Howard’s personal life and I’m glad I didn’t because I was able to strictly concentrate on the characters and the story arc.

    • Open Book September 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM #

      Howdy Partner! 🙂 Yes! ITA it was tastefully done.

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