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    Forest Whitaker On Putting In 20 Hour Days on 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Working Opposite Oprah, and His Thoughts on Trayvon Martin

    As Cecil Gaines, the fictional character loosely based on Eugene Allen, a black presidential butler who served through eight administrations from Eisenhower to Reagan, Forest Whitaker gives a performance so powerful in its subtlety that it's dumbfounding to realize that this is the same actor who wo...

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    Oscar Talk Season Five Episode One: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, the first of our fifth season, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I round up the movies that have already screened, from Sundance hits "Fruitvale Station," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Before Midnight" to the Cannes titles ("All is Lost," "Blue is the Warmest Color...

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    ANATOMY OF A SCENE: Lee Daniels Talks Over 'The Butler'

    Check out the New York Times Anatomy of a Scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

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    Oprah Winfrey Says She's Talked To George C. Wolfe About A Harlem Renaissance Mini-Series

    She also re-emphasized her desire to star in a Broadway production, although she didn't say anything was in the works, nor when we can expect to see her on the New York stage.

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    Oprah Winfrey On Working With Lee Daniels On 'The Butler': 'If he had his way, I would have been naked, saying the f-word many times over.'

    After a whopping 15 years, Oprah Winfrey is finally back on the big screen this Friday in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Since her last feature, 1998's Oscar-nominated "Beloved," Winfrey has seen her career skyrocket, making her one of the world's richest women. But given how commanding Winfrey is in "T...

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    Meet The Real Butler Who Inspired 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    Despite my misgivings about the film that his life inspired (misgivings that have nothing to do with the real man himself, as I know him), if there's one very good thing that comes out of the release of Lee Daniels' The Butler, it's that it will likely generate public interest in the story of the re...

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    Early Indications Show 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is a Directorial Readjustment

    Despite its title, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" doesn't feel like a Lee Daniels film. For some critics, that may actually be a plus.

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    Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

    “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is nothing if not full of sincerity and effort. Which is why it’s so entirely confusing why they cast former teen heartthrob John Cusack as hangdog Richard Nixon. He’s fallen from his “Say Anything” days (and even the highs of “High Fidelity”), but this is maybe the worst c...

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    The 10 Things We Learned from the 'The Butler' Press Conference Including Why Lee Daniels Put a "F'in Parrot" In a Scene

    What with all the brouhaha over the title of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," entertainment reporters haven't had the time to write about much else regarding the star-studded historical film from the director of "Precious." With its August 16 release rapidly approaching, a press conference was held on Mon...

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