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    Oprah Winfrey Network Takes TV Rights to 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    The Oprah Winfrey Network has secured TV rights to "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which had a boffo theatrical release in August via the Weinstein Company, and recently passed the $100 million mark. The film stars Forest Whitaker as longtime White House butler Cecil Gaines, and Winfrey as his wife. Both...

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    OWN Continues International Expansion, Announces Programming Block For South Africa

    Following recent overseas expansions into the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe, and Australia, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Discovery Networks International today announced the continued international expansion of OWN, with the launch of an exclusive OWN programming block in South Africa...

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    Oprah Says She Had To Make OWN More Humorous To Save It

    It’s no secret that, until recently, OWN was hurting to find an audience and in a new interview for New York Magazine, Oprah Winfrey candidly talks about the struggles to make OWN a success, saying that the main problem was the network was “too serious.”

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    A Civil Rights Professor Reviews 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    We asked a leading scholar of the civil rights movement, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, to see the movie and share his thoughts.

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    The Big O: Assessing the Actress Races Coming Out of Venice, Telluride and Toronto

    Telluride and Venice are fini. Toronto wraps this weekend. Time for some serious girl talk about how the lead and supporting actress categories have somewhat shifted now that the festival Oscar pundits and critics have chimed in.

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    Oprah and Forest Whitaker in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    Lee Daniels' The Butler is some serious, probably effective Oscar bait. It is also -- these things so often go together -- audience-pandering History Lite. Forest Whitaker, as a butler who serves at the White House through eight Presidents, from Eisenhower to Reagan, gives a dazzling performance; he...

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    Oprah Winfrey's Butlers - Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry

    I have a knot in my heart. It was in my throat, it moved along. Eventually, I am sure it will suffocate me if I don't get this out. Black women, listen, we've got to stand up. We need to be mad as hell and not take it anymore.Please indulge me because I am, admittedly, angry. And, before anyone star...

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    Oprah’s Interview With Lindsay Lohan Is Not The Ratings Blockbuster That Was Expected

    I told you so weeks ago, but did anyone listen to me? Of course not.

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    Lee Daniels Thought About Putting Barack Obama In 'The Butler' & Casting Oprah Winfrey As A Serial Killer

    While Lee Daniels hasn't been shy about his expressing his feelings that "The Butler" represents of something of a compromise of his vision in order to deliver a PG-13 cut to theaters, that's not to say the director doesn't continue to think far outside the usual box. In an interview with the New Yo...

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    'The Butler' Close to 'The Help''s Opening Numbers; Holdovers 'We're the Millers' and 'Elysium' Beat Other Newcomers

    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" delivered as a major number one success for The Weinstein Co., exceeding most predictions. But the overall weekend marked another summer disappointment. Three of this week's four openers fell from their Friday starts, showing bad word of mouth and lack of interest. "Kick-As...

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