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The Butler, Movie Premiere Night with Oprah Winfrey & Forest Whitaker

7 Aug

posterbutler2Movie night is always a great night. However, Movie Premiere night is absolutely awesome. The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels was a great place to be on a Monday night in NYC!

Yes indeed it was a wonderful night at the star-studded red carpet premiere of Director Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER. On Monday August 5th, 2013 I was able to attend the premiere of the much anticipated Film which star’s Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey at New York City’s Ziegfeld Theater. The movie’s director and it’s stars were out with much fanfare as the press and fans alike ascended upon the famed theater to finally screen the Oscar buzzing film (here’s a sneak peek of Oprah Winfrey)!

The movie written by Danny Strong, also stars, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Liev Schreiber, James Marsden, Alan Rickman and a host of other brilliant actors to round off this significant cast inspired by the real life events of Eugene Allen who worked for the United States White House for 34 years as the head butler.

Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines in the film which follows notable social and political events that transpired during an eight presidential term career at the White House spanning over 34 years. Emotions in the theater ran high during the riveting performances on-screen. At times I felt overwhelming bouts of terror, despair, anger that were quickly cool by amazement and humor that shined through at just the right time with every breath-taking scene. The director and cast did a phenomenal job at creating and crafting a marvelous story of love, strength, hope, and pride woven into “a must see” theatrical gem that is Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

After the film’s credits Director Lee Daniels thanked everyone for coming to the premiere and asked the entire cast to come up and take a bow. What a wonderful treat for all of us we were all able to play paparazzi and snap a few shots of our own. The entire cast was gracious and inviting to the fans and showed us just as much love as we showed them.

I’m still riding high on cloud nine, I couldn’t have asked for a better night! So if you haven’t seen this cinema masterpiece make it a part of your summer plans! You wont be disappointed!


The producers should be applauded, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick, Cassian Elwes, Pamela Oas Williams, and Laura Ziskin. The Butler was the last film produced by American film producer Laura Ziskin, who produced hits such as Pretty Woman, As Good As it Gets and Spider Man. The movie will be released in theatres on Friday, August 16, 2013.

Roger Anthony Ford

Raj 🙂

Roger Anthony Ford, Executive Creative Design Asst. has been with Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC since it’s debut. Raj’s good eye and attention to detail has helped add trusted value to LMLSD as well as to it’s business clients. LMLSD is busier than ever…so look forward to seeing more posts from Raj, giving his perspective on the many happenings LMLSD is involved in and more!

Movie Posters and movie trailer by The Weinstein Company. YouTube footage and movie premiere photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC. CBS Morning footage by CBS.

How’s Your Holiday Gift Wrapping? The Nate Berkus Show Challenge!!!!

18 Dec

It’s the Holiday season and the one thing we give to show our love, friendship and thoughtfulness; is a present!

Do you look at how the gift is wrapped or don’t give it a thought!

Well, the majority of you do look at how the gift is wrapped!

The Nate Berkus producers called me asking for some Santa help, for they were going to have a segment for this very same thing!  “It’s the holiday season and we wanted to know if you have any friends who could be considered thee best gift wrappers?

Let me first begin to say that I have the most outstanding and wonderful friends  ever and immediately put the word out!  Not really saying what is was all about at first, I had to be impartial <what would we do without Facebook?> and by the end of the day, I had two eager friends wanting to know what was going on!

So I let my friends in on what was happening and gave them all the information to begin the process!  What process?  To see if they were undeniable thee best gift wrappers around!

Rhonda Culbreth, Kenneth Karp and Letia Mitchell

Rhonda Culbreth, my dear childhood friend whose smile always lights up a room.  A wife and mother of two,  is always loving this time of year!  “The holidays are so special and when you’re wrapping a gift; I want to make it extra, extra  special and beautiful!

This is who you go to if you’re looking for wrapping paper, for in her basement you will find it cataloged,  grouped by type, style and color…. talk about organized,  another Martha Stewart!

Then there’s Kenneth Karp!   Now when you receive a gift from him;  it’s like a work of art; giving you a story before you even open it!

The gifts are so beautifully wrapped, that you don’t want to…but do anyway!

We’ve been friends for over 20+ years, he’s family to me!  He is the one I call when I have a “Guess what?” moment; eagerly awaiting his opinion! Known particularly for his insightful thoughtfulness – when you receive any greeting card from him, you know without a doubt he selected it oh so carefully just for you!

After careful evaluation of their work, the Nate Berkus Show producers also were in agreement that they were quite excellent gift wrappers and were asked to be guests on the show to partake in a Holiday gift wrapping challenge with other contestants!  Talk about being excited, let me  say it was an understatement!   So what will be happening on the show?

Christine Ferrare, fashion model,  actress and now talk show host of Big Bowl of Love on Oprah Winfrey’s television network OWN will be sharing her holiday entertaining tips for a great happy hour.

Nate Berkus will give his own great Holiday tips and clue you in on how thrift shopping is an absolute MUST!

Lifestyle expert, Kelley Moore of  Kelley Moore Creative Media will be giving you chic ways to personalize your gift wrapping, giving it that extra WOW factor!  Kelley Moore will also be judging the gift wrapping challenge too!   There’s a whole lot more happening on the show too, so tune in, there’s great Holiday ideas and fun for everyone.

I am not going to tell you who won the challenge or how the holiday season should include dressing up ALL members of the family! You have to watch! 🙂

The show will air this Tuesday, December 20th.  After airing, I will add the segment and behind the scene footage! http://www.thenateshow.com/station-finder

I know you’ve may have already heard by now the Nate Berkus Show will be ending it’s production in May, late spring 2012.  But do still keep watching!

It takes a lot of work to make a TV production happen seamlessly and I am so, so grateful to have received the opportunity to see what it actually takes to put it all together behind the scenes; it is quite remarkable!

So the ending of this show does not take away from all the hard work, long hours and dedication the entire staff  has and continues to put forth daily, they are truly some awesome and talented people!!!!!!

Wishing them all the best in their next new beginnings!

Letia 🙂

Images from the Nate Berkus Show®,  I Harvey.net and Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®  For more information on Kelley Moore, go to www.kelleylmoore.com

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