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    We've Read It! Thoughts On Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Script

    I was fortunate once again (see my write-up on Steve McQueen 12 Years A Slave script HERE) to have the opportunity to read the script for the Lee Daniels’ highly-anticipated period drama The Butler (a September 2011 draft).

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    Discuss: Are You Racist If You Don't Like 'The Paperboy'?

    To say filmmaker Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" is the most controversial film at Cannes is a massive understatement. A pulpy, tart and sordid-sounding Southern potboiler that features moments like Nicole Kidman's character urinating on Zac Efron to cure a jellyfish wound (among other apparent follies)...

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    Cannes 2012: Lee Daniels' Nasty 'Paperboy' Reviews In A Poem

    Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" has arrived at Cannes, and it's receiving quite a reception. With stars like Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Macy Grey, it was always going to get attention. But critics are having a field day with its pulpy content.

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    CANNES 2012: Lee Daniels' THE PAPERBOY

    The best that can be said of Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" is that it’s sometimes intentionally awful. More often than not, however, it’s just awful.

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    Cannes Review: Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' With Matthew McConaughey & Nicole Kidman Is A Disastrous Flop

    Many people will tell you that "The Paperboy" -- based on Pete Dexter's novel, brought to the screen by "Precious" director Lee Daniels -- is a trash masterpiece, an instant camp classic, so bad it's good. These people, these critics, are simply not to be trusted about any question of judgment for a...

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    CANNES REVIEW: Is Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' So Bad Its Good? Only If That's What You Want From It.

    Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" is a rare case of serious commitment to outright silliness. The director's follow-up to "Precious" fries its dramatic content with a blazingly absurd grindhouse style as extreme as the humidity bearing down on his characters.

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    CANNES 2012 | 'The Paperboy' Director Lee Daniels On Why He Listens To His Critics

    After seeing his directorial debut "Precious" premiere in Sundance's US Dramatic Competition and go on to become a Academy Award-winning phenomenon, Lee Daniels is set to unveil his sophomore effort "The Paperboy" in Competition at Cannes on Thursday.

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    Minka Kelly To Play Jackie Kennedy Opposite Matthew McConaughey's JFK In Lee Daniels' 'The Butler,' Lenny Kravitz Also Joins

    While "Precious" helmer Lee Daniels is nominally in Cannes at the moment to promote the debut of the follow up to his Oscar-nominee, "The Paperboy," which screens tomorrow morning (keep your eyes peeled for our review), it seems the director also intends to leak out casting news for his upcoming pro...

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    Lee Daniels Talks Getting Back Into The Groove After 3-Year Drought

    As he notes himself in the interview, he’s certainly been stacking up the projects over the last couple of years, since Precious, and with each one, I've wondered when Lee Daniels was going to actually, finally get the chance to make one of them? Since the theatrical release of P...

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