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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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    Black Church Groups Play Significant Role In 'The Butler's' Big Opening Weekend Box Office

    Some were apparently stunned by the commanding box office lead Lee Daniels' The Butler enjoyed over the weekend, debuting to a stellar $25 million.

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    Weekend B.O. Aug. 16-18 (How 'The Butler' Kicked 'Kick-Ass 2's' Ass)

    According to all the box office predictors, Kick-Ass 2 was going to be the No 1 film this weekend. Meanwhile, I was telling anyone who would listen to me (both of them) that Lee Daniels’ The Butler was going to beat its ass. And guess who was right?

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    Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Galvin Talks Recreating the White House in New Orleans for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    Tim Galvin jumped at the rare opportunity to design nearly a century of the African-American experience, both inside and outside the White House, with "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

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    Lee Daniels' The Butler

    The finely-tuned performances by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey seal the deal, enriching the movie beyond the mere words in Danny Strong’s wide-ranging screenplay.

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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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    Contest: Guess Opening Weekend Box Office For 'The Butler' & Win Amazon.com Gift Cert.

    So tomorrow is the big day; Lee Daniels' The Butler - a film that was in the middle of a legal battle between its distributor, The Weinstein Company, and their opponent, Warner Bros., but is now in the clear - opens tomorrow, August 16.

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    Lee Daniels In Conversation w/ Sergio On 'The Butler' & More...

    Whatever you may think of Lee Daniels as a film director, and he’s very well aware that no one is neutral about him, one thing for sure is that he’s a truly fascinating person.

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    How Many Producers Does It Take To Produce ‘Lee Daniels' The Butler’?

    Quite a few it turns out. Definitely more than a few. More something like 41 producers, give or take a few.

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    'Butler' Director Lee Daniels Explains Why Doing His Own Thing Is a 'Motherf*er,' But It's His Only Choice

    Before "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, there wasn't much anticipation for the film. It was an adaptation of a beloved novel directed by a Lee Daniels, whose first feature, "Shadowboxer," was just too off-the-wall for many to handle.

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