A trailer for "The Butler" starring Lenny Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, and Minka Kelly.
The film will open on October 18th. The above image was provided exclusively first to DrFunkenberry.com by Mathieu Bitton.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Cecil Gaines did it....
"Looking Back On Love", the brilliant documentary on the making of Lenny Kravitz's "Black & White America" album has officially been released on I-Tunes. The director Mathieu Bitton couldn't be happier.
"I am elated about the fact that the film is finally out. It's been a struggle to get it released but now I feel is the perfect time to - as the title suggests - look back on this amazingly rich experience."
"This film to me, is about the colors and characters of life, through a musical experience. It's a record of talent and travel. A fantasy for many that was a laborious work of love and passion for us. And the response I am getting has really made it worth the wait."
"I'm happy people are finally seeing the level of Lenny's talents and the multi-instrumentalist and funny and wise man he is."
So far, the doc has reached #5 on I-Tunes sales as Bitton is hoping for a DVD release later this year, possibly a Director's Cut version.
Bitton is staying quite busy as he is working on the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and is working of his first retrospective show and catalog with Bui Gallery at a John Lautner mansion in LA Feb. 18th.
Along with that, Mathieu's official web sites mathieubitton.fr and mathieubitton.com will launch Feb. 15th. He also designed the just released Teena Marie "Beautiful" album and the Marvin Gaye "Trouble Man" 40th Anniversary expanded deluxe edition.
If that isn't enough, he is planning to bring the film to festivals in china, India, Europe and around the US and has a feature story he shot of Raphael Saadiq in the next issue of Rolling Stone Russia. He shot videos and stills for campaigns with Lenny such as Eleven Paris and the NFL.
Upcoming projects include James Brown 50th Anniversary Best of Live at the Apollo and a new Jane's Addiction record. Mathieu is an artist on the rise.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Looking Back On Success
Here is an exclusive photo of Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, and Forest Whitaker on the set of "The Butler" a film by Lee Daniels set for release in 2013.
Not only does the film star Lenny Kravitz and Cuba and Forest, it also stars Oprah Winfrey, Leiv Schreiber, John Cusack, Minka Kelly, Alan Rickman, Terrance Howard, and Jane Fonda. That is quite the star-studded cast!
Lenny had this to say exclusively to drfunkenberry.com about the film;
"The Butler is an American story, and an important part of our history."
For more information on The Butler, click HERE.
I would like to thank Mathieu Bitton for sharing the photo here before anywhere else. It is always welcome and appreciated.
Thanks again to Lenny and Mathieu.-DocFB
Diagnosis: For more great photos taken by Mathieu, make sure to follow him on Instagram: Candytman
The hotness that is Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz hooked up over the weekend in Moracco..and the world is still intact.
Mariah looks amazing and very happy. Lenny looks cool as always.
Mariah had her concert live-streamed over the weekend as well.
We are not sure what is up with the Vampires surrounding Lenny and Mariah but they look ready to take a bite.-DocFB
Here is our Funky Friday Night Jam "Again By Lenny Kravitz Stankonia Mix!
I had to pull this one out and share with you guys. Outkast and Lenny Kravitz? What?
It is a really great song and getting that stank on it makes it even better.
We also hope that you love the pic we took of when Lenny was here in Los Angeles a couple months back. You can download the photo in high quality right HERE!
Let us know what you think of the Funky Friday Night Jam!-DocFB
Lenny Kravitz appeared on "The Ellen Show" to talk about "Hunger Games" the movie opening soon.
Lenny talked about his hotel room being the place for the "Hunger Games" to hang out late night and how Woody Harrelson would try on Lenny's clothes that he was going to wear on his current World Tour.
Check out the interview and look forward to the "Hunger Games" later this month.-DocFB
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