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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 2:11 PM
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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, the picture is bringing with it star power and thus far, some positive advance buzz too. But up against sequels and blockbusters, a little extra effort will need to be made to get audiences out and buying tickets, so five new clips have landed to give folks a preview.

Watch: 2 Clips & 30-Minute Q&A For 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Plus Lots Of New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2013 9:30 AM
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From an assassin drama in "Shadowboxer," to a grim tale of inner city life with "Precious," to a swampy Southern potboiler with "The Paperboy," Lee Daniels hasn't been one to stick to a traditional path. However, his forthcoming "Lee Daniels' The Butler" does find his ambitions reaching a whole new height with probably his biggest story to date. And with the movie coming to theaters, a few new peeks have arrived for the film.

13 Films You Should See In August

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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12 Films You Should See In August
August usually means backpacks, school, and the slow slog to the holidays and the end of the year (can you tell I’m not looking forward to summer‘s end?). One place where the end isn’t apparent is at the local multiplex, where there is so much going in August that I’m throwing in an additional two films for you on top of the requisite ten! Just think, August used to be a dumping ground for films that weren’t bombastic enough for summer but lacked the Oscar clout for the winter; now it’s that special time where independent films can flourish and audiences can remember why they love movies in the first place.

Watch: First Clip From 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Stars Jane Fonda As Nancy Reagan Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 9:22 PM
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Well, the legal battle is over and Warner Brothers has won the day (kind of). The Weinstein Company have been forced to change the title of "The Butler" to "Lee Daniels' The Butler," allowing Warner Bros. archivists and lawyers to finally get some rest, worried as they were that audiences might walk into upcoming movie expecting to see a silent film from 1916. PHEW! With all that legal nonsense behind them, Harvey and co. can start marketing this movie again and they've got the ball rolling.

The Weinstein Company Loses 'The Butler' Battle, Faces Heavy Fines & Must Amend Title

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 12:37 PM
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Call it The Movie Formerly Known As "The Butler." With just a few weeks to go before the ensemble, historical drama hits theaters, The Weinstein Company is being forced to toss out their marketing materials, change the name of the movie, and pay some heavy fines after they've now (mostly) lost their battle with Warner Bros. over the title.

Harvey Weinstein Says 'The Hobbit' Is Real Reason WB Is Giving Him Grief Over 'The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2013 3:50 PM
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It seems that barely a month can go by without Harvey Weinstein getting himself embroiled in one controversy or another and as per usual, he's the master of spinning it into a good publicity opportunity. As you may have heard, he's currently beefing with Warner Bros. , over the title of the upcoming Lee Daniels' movie "The Butler." WB is absurdly staking their copyright claim to the name because it's the same as a 1916 silent short in the studio's vault that they didn't even produce, but merely acquired eons ago. TWC basically lost their MPAA hearing, which gave rights to the title to Warner Bros and Harvey has been fighting ever since, hiring a high priced lawyer to represent him and so on. But what's really at the heart of this? Money. Of course.

New Pics From 'The Butler' As Warner Bros. & The Weinstein Company Fight Over Title Rights

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 2, 2013 9:24 AM
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For all the cash and capital that flows through Hollywood, it’s still very much an industry prone to pettiness. With all those egos, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise when one studio decides to screw over another. And yet, the news of Warner Bros. beef with The Weinstein Company over the title of the latter’s upcoming period-drama “The Butler” still feels random.

Cannes 2013: The Weinstein Sizzle Reel Showcases 'Grace Of Monaco,' 'Mandela' & More, Only Occasionally Sizzles

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2013 4:43 PM
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Cannes 2013 TWC Sizzle Reel
In what has apparently become something of a tradition on the Croisette, this evening saw a select group of journalists forgo tempting Official Selection screenings to attend instead the starry, champagne-fuelled preview of The Weinstein Company’s forthcoming slate. Perhaps not quite as salivating a prospect as last year’s auteur-heavy brand-new lineup, which included early glimpses of “Django Unchained,” “The Master,” and “Silver Linings Playbook” it’s still a mark of TWC’s high standing on the awards circuit that what is essentially an invite-only marketing event got so many clamoring to attend. Well, that and the canapes (foie gras toastinis, breaded shrimp and mini eclairs, if you must know). Oh, and the presence of the legendary Harvey Weinstein.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 7:28 PM
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The Butler, Forest Whitaker
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 ol' bitties" (yes, that's how he said it). But enough talk, what does the final result look like? Well, here you go...

Terence Howard Says He Voted For Himself In The Election, Talks His Diamond Business & Loves Oprah's "Tig Ol' Bitties"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 11:42 AM
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Whatever you might feel about Terrence Howard or his upcoming movie "Dead Man Down," can we just say the man is giving some serious interview this week? Hitting the promo circuit to help get the word out about his film with Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell, the actor has mostly succeeded in getting the word out about himself, easily and amazingly giving out his opinions on breasts, the election, his business endeavors and more. Frankly, his quotes stand out all on their own so we're just gonna lay 'em out for you, with and let his pure, unvarnished words say all they need to. 

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