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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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    Lee Daniels Talks The Ratings Struggles Of 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' And A Musical Remake Of 'Nights of Cabiria'

    Lee Daniels is used to a good fight. He had to fight perceptions of his first film, “Shadowboxer,” in order to make “Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire.” He had to fight for the right to direct “The Paperboy,” a project that had switched hands amongst filmmakers as lauded as Pedro Almod...

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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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    NABJ 2013 Interview: Lee Daniels and Author Wil Haygood Talk 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    At this year’s National Association for Black Journalists Convention, I received the opportunity to talk briefly, one on one with Lee Daniels (director of ‘The Butler’) and Wil Haygood (the author of ‘The Butler’) about their new movie ‘Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’. They both talk about how this movie ...

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    Get Out Your Handkerchiefs: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Review and Roundup

    There's a reason The Weinstein Co. is opening "Lee Daniels' The Butler" ahead of film festival season, even if it does have Oscars in mind. They recognize that this crowd pleaser will play better, like the similarly accessible "The Help," for a wide audience than critics. It's a four-hankie tearjerk...

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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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