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    Posted August 13, 2013 by
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    The Butler Premiere and After Party


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     montebubbles attended this movie premiere on August 12: 'It was exciting for many reasons. I was able to meet Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, both of which I have admired greatly for years. Jane Fonda was great as Nancy Reagan, who was also an actress besides being First Lady. It was like I was at a movie premiere right out of a time machine with so many well respected entertainment figures. I've been to the Academy Awards and the Emmys and the premiere of this film had lines of people across the street straining to catch a glimpse of the many entertainment people in the industry. For a few hours it was magic.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    “The Butler” promises to be the first of the Oscar contender movies, not only because of what I saw on screen but because of the industry buzz and the calibre of talent that was involved in the project. I was lucky enough to be a guest at the premiere in Los Angeles and the after party that followed.
    It looked like a traditional movie premiere from days long gone with so many stars in attendance. There were many members of the cast present including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr, Alex Pettyfer, James Marsden and Minka Kelly. Captain America’s Chris Evans made an appearance at the after party. There were many so well-known people in the industry that you almost wish you had been a photographer instead of a guest for higher quality remembrances.
    Just before the movie started, they talked about how Oprah came out for the premiere and had done 54 red carpet interviews. Being the co-star with Forest Whitaker, Oprah did much of the talking for the movie. Another point of interest that I didn’t realize until I was standing next to him, was that Forest Whitaker is not as large and imposing as he is on the screen.
    Oprah was just like you imagined her after all the years seeing The Oprah Winfrey Show, but this time up close and in person. After the movie screened and the cast was introduced, Jane Fonda hugged Oprah then kneeled in jest in homage to her greatness, which tickled most of the room. Oprah was much the buzz at the after party as people swarmed to meet her as one would expect.
    I’m expecting many competitive Oscar® nominations for “The Butler.”
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