Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County" (Photo Credit: TWC)
If you build it, they will come.
And, so, billionaire Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET and owner or partner in three professional sports franchises (Washington's Wizards, Capitals and Mystics) has staked her claim in her adopted hometown of Middleburg, Virginia. Last week, Johnson launched a film festival in the horsey high-income suburb of Washington, D.C., that has been home to Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Duvall, and Jack Kent Cooke.
If the full auditoriums during the festival are any indication: She built it, and they came.
MFF attracted the attention of Yahoo Movies because it was rich in potential academy award nominees, including the Johnson-executive-produced contender, "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, the fictionalized account of a long-serving White House butler opened at number one and has grossed $115 million domestically. In attendance was Lee Daniels, notable for wearing a pajama top to the gala U.S. Premiere of the rival biopicRead More »from Middleburg Film Festival Debuts With Oscar-Worthy Lineup