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The Butler

Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

“You hear nothing. You see nothing. You only serve.” Such are the instructions Cecil Gaines receives as he embarks on his daunting new job at the Eisenhower White House in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

But of course Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker in a moving, grounded performance that anchors the film and blunts its riskier excesses, hears and sees everything.

And that means that over more than three decades on the job, he has a Forrest Gump-like view not only of the White House under seven presidents, but of the long arc of the civil rights struggle in 20th-century America. More here.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie. Do you have a favorite movie you've seen this summer?

 

Barbara Bush & Robin Williams both hospitalized…

Good evening, Netizens…

I read a short while ago that although former First Lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized earlier today and open heart surgery performed, what nearly eluded me was that actor/comedian Robin Williams is also hospitalized in Florida with unnamed heart issues, as well.

According to her husband, Former President George H. W. Bush, Barbara is recovering nicely and is expected to be released soon.

However, there was little mention of Robin Williams, his diagnosis or approximate time of his release, although certain comedy web sites are predicting he has new material from his stay in the hospital for his ”Weapons of Self Destruction” tour underway since September.

Dave