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    25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

    As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independen...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    'Precious' Filmmaker Lee Daniels To Direct Untitled LGBT Showtime Drama

    Director Lee Daniels continues to spend his post-"Precious" time stacking up projects. He's finally at work on his next full length picture, "The Paperboy" after his MLK project couldn't get off the ground due to financing and a lack of support from the civil rights leader's estate. As it goes for m...

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    Lee Daniels Will Visit 'Valley Of The Dolls' For NBC

    In case you didn't get the memo, period programming is the new black. Thanks to the runaway success of "Mad Men," ailing network channels who have been losing viewers to better programming on their cable rivals have been falling over themselves to try and replicate the popularity of AMC's show. This past weekend, ABC bowed the very expensive looking, though somewhat middling "Pan Am," while NBC is already two episodes deep in their poorly received "The Playboy Club." Perhaps sensing they might need to get another show moving if 'Playboy' doesn't pick up, the network is looking to one of the most popular melodramas of all time to try and find ...

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