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    Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Withstands 'The World's End' & 'The Mortal Instruments' To Take #1 For Second Week

    The end of summer is nigh and it's going out with a whimper (although this weekend's gross is up 16% since last year). The openers (even the third installment of the Cornetto Trilogy) couldn't compete with an Oprah and Weinstein Company-endorsed historical drama and a comedy featuring a Jennifer Ani...

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    'The Butler' and 'We're the Millers' Continue Strong at Box Office, 'World's End' Could Be Wright's Biggest Grosser

    Unlike some who find reporting on this kind of weekend not worth their time or analysis, there's a lot going on. For one thing, by Sunday the year's box office will officially be ahead of last year. For another, two solid late summer entries, "The Butler" and "We're the Millers," both held well to t...

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    Kentucky Theater Won't Screen 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Because of Jane Fonda

    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" has proven to be a surprise hit at the box-office, but that hasn't stopped one theater from refusing to play the film. As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, a central Kentucky theater owner won't show the potential Oscar contender because of star Jane Fonda, who plays form...

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    For Your Consideration: The 10 Summer Indies That Stand The Best Shot At Oscar Nods

    Roll your eyes if you'd like, but the truth of the matter is that "award season" -- which is less of a season than the half of the year that starts with the Venice Film Festival and ends with the speech of whoever wins best picture the Oscars, is a week away from being more or less upon us. And thus...

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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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    Box Office: 'Kick-Ass 2' Gets Served By 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    Sorry folks, it's summer, which means holidays which means our usually box office folks are away. So here's a quick rundown of what went on this weekend at the multiplex instead of our usually more verbose take. Onwards......

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    Specialty Box Office: Limited Release Newcomers Underwhelm as 'The Butler' Exceeds All In Wide Release

    Unlike Lee Daniels' last two films, his legally titled "Lee Daniels' The Butler" went wide in its first weekend of release, and it sure did pay off. Though Indiewire's Sunday report is typically exclusive to limited release indies -- we'll get to that in a minute -- it seemed worth leading off with...

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    Friday Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Cleans Up, Nothing Else Kicks Ass

    At the Friday box office, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" rose above expectations position to score an easy top spot in what was predicted to be a close race for the weekend with poorly-reviewed "Kick-Ass 2" (Universal). The Weinstein Co.'s well-hyped historical epic benefited from the controversy over it...

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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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