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    'The Butler' Will Now Be Called 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' - MPAA Rules On Title Arbitration

    In yesterday's update, Harvey Weinstein had enlisted the civil rights leader trio comprised of Jesse Jackson, NAACP president & CEO Ben Jealous, and National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, Roy Innis, in his fight against Warner Bros. over the use of the title The Butler. And also, ...

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    Harvey Weinstein Enlists Jesse Jackson, NAACP, Ben Jealous, Roy Innis In Battle Over 'The Butler' Title

    I was hoping this had been put to bed already, since I hadn't read any updates in a little while. But it's still very much in play.

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    Girl on Fire: Ava DuVernay Tapped To Take Over From Lee Daniels to Direct 'Selma'; Lands 'Scandal' Directing Gig

    Indiewire Influencer Ava DuVernay is everywhere now, a year following her win for Best Director at Sundance last year for "Middle of Nowhere."

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    Everything You Need to Know About The Weinstein Company's 'The Butler' Dispute and The MPAA's Title Registration Bureau

    As a resolution to this drama is expected soon, here’s a rundown of everything you need to know for now.

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    Ava DuVernay To Direct Former Lee Daniels' Martin Luther King Movie 'Selma,' David Oyelowo Still Attached In Lead Role

    With Lee Daniels tackling a large swath of American history and racial politics in one fell swoop with this upcoming "The Butler"-or-insert-new-title-here, perhaps he already scratched his Civil Rights itch. In fact, back in 2010, he had already said he wasn't keen on doing two movies about the same...

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    Lee Daniels, Julia Stiles Help Honor Ghetto Film School Students and The Criterion Collection at 9th Annual Spring Benefit

    Last night's ninth Annual Spring Benefit for the Ghetto Film School featured plenty of celebrities, a few surprises, and six very happy high school students. Presenters Lee Daniels, Julia Stiles, and sportscaster Gus Johnson were all on hand to honor the six college-bound high school students who ea...

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    'The Butler' Poster Features a Powerful Image and a Slew of A-List Names

    Ahead of its new August 16 release date (it was previously slated to bow in October), The Weinstein Company has unveiled the poster for their Oscar hopeful drama "The Butler." The film is a biopic of Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), a White House butler who served under eight presidents including Joh...

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    Watch Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda and Pretty Much Half of Hollywood in The Trailer For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

    The Weinstein Company has dropped the trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Butler," the director's ridiculously star-studded follow-up to "The Paperboy."

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    Watch: First Trailer For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard & Much More

    Talk around "Precious" and "The Paperboy" director Lee Daniels' next effort "The Butler" has ranged from the director himself comparing it to a work-for-hire gig, calling it a "big compromise" from his usually more button pushing fare to Terrence Howard talking about his co-star Oprah Winfrey's "tig...

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    Scottsboro Boys Names To Be Cleared - What Happened To Lee Daniels' Musical Adaptation?

    Quite timely and certainly topical. I'm sure we're all intimately aware of enraging/horrific/sad/scary real-life stories of Black men facing injustice within the American judicial system, broadly speaking, especially when the victim of whatever crime they are charged with, is white and female.

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