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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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    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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    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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    Oscar Talk Season Five Episode One: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, the first of our fifth season, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I round up the movies that have already screened, from Sundance hits "Fruitvale Station," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Before Midnight" to the Cannes titles ("All is Lost," "Blue is the Warmest Color...

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    ANATOMY OF A SCENE: Lee Daniels Talks Over 'The Butler'

    Check out the New York Times Anatomy of a Scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

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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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    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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    Watch: Travel Through History With 5 Clips From 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    The summer movie season generally isn't a place known for edifying dramas covering a wide sweep of American history, but The Weinstein Company believes it's the perfect time to release "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Based on a true story of a White House servant who served through eight presidencies, th...

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