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Watch: Harvey Weinstein & Attorneys Discuss 'The Butler' Title Dispute On 'CBS This Morning'

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act July 9, 2013 at 12:18PM

UPDATE: Video of Harvey Weinstein and all the attorneys involved in this mess of a case, talking about it on CBS This Morning, has surfaced, and is embedded at the bottom of this post. Within it, you'll find a short clip from the film that we haven't seen yet.
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Oprah Winfrey in the "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
Oprah Winfrey in the "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

UPDATE: Video of Harvey Weinstein and all the attorneys involved in this mess of a case, talking about it on CBS This Morning, has surfaced, and is embedded at the bottom of this post. Within it, you'll find a short clip from the film that we haven't seen yet. 

First, Sergio's original post immediately below...

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It should be obvious to anyone, of course, that this legal fight between Warner Bros and The Weinstein Company over the use of the title The Butler by TWC, is really about something else. 

However what that “something else” might be has been a mystery. Although it now seems that it’s finally becoming clearer what that is.

When two leading film studios act like spoiled little children, something has to be is up, and it turns out it's likely a squeeze play by Warners.

According to the New York Post, all this is about Warner Bros trying to wrestle financial control from another property that the Weinsteins have partial rights to.

And that property is The Hobbit franchise.

In addition, Harvey Weinstein and attorney David Boies appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about the fight over the title to The Butler, when Harvey asserted that Warner Bros. is retaliating because of his rights to The Hobbit dating back to his and brother Bob’s early ownership of Lord of the Rings

Of course Warner Bros. says it isn’t true. 

According to lawyer David Boies, who TWC has hired to defend their title battle, Warner is holding a major civil rights film hostage to extort unrelated concessions from TWC. And that Warner Bros. is trying to use the title dispute as leverage to get the Weinstein Company to give up their investment in an unrelated film.

Both Harvey and Bob Weinstein own 2.5 percent of the over billion dollars that The Hobbit made worldwide, due to a rights deal that they made years ago involving the property.

And there has been an ongoing simmering dispute for some time between the Weinsteins and Warner over what their stake would be from the two Hobbit sequels that are being made.

All this has resulted in a squeeze power play by Warner to force the Weinsteins, perhaps, to either give up their share, or to take a huge reduction in their percentage, in the form of this legal battle over The Butler title.

Another reason why Hollywood is a cutthroat business...

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Here's the CBS This Morning video:

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