Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LEE DANIEL’S THE BUTLER to Play in the 19th Street Theatre FRUITVALE STATION to Screen in Theatre514

Director Lee Daniels (Precious) teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong to tell the remarkable story of White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker), who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years, and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article, the film features Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard M. Nixon, and Alan Rickrack as Ronald Reagan. Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, and Vanessa Redgrave co-star.

Running Time 2 hours, 12 minutes
Rated PG-13

In the 19th Street Theatre: Show Times

Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut with this drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year’s Day in 2009. Based on the true story of one of the most heart wrenching instances of police brutality in American history, “Fruitvale Station” humanizes Grant, a victim of senseless police violence and racial profiling.  His murder sent shockwaves throughout the country, as his shooting was captured on camera by his fellow passengers. With powerful performances, Fruitvale Station is a moving portrayal of a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Octavia L. Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and Kevin Durand co-star.

1 hour and 30 minutes
Rated R
In Theatre 514; Show Times


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