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Outfest Toasts Lee Daniels with Legacy Award While Fab Jane Fonda Channels Barbarella (CLIPS)

In Downtown LA's Orpheum Theater November 21, Outfest honored "Precious" and "The Butler" director Lee Daniels with the Legacy Award, the LGBT film nonprofit's equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. And Jane Fonda showed up in a bedazzled jumpsuit.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 22, 2013 2:25 PM
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Watch: THR Directors Round Table with McQueen, Cuaron, Greengrass, Russell, Stiller and Daniels (VIDEO)

Next up in the Hollywood Reporter's roundtable discussions is the Directors panel. THR assembled Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Ben Stiller ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty") and Lee Daniels ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") to talk the craft. Interview highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: A Bad Teacher, Zac Efron in Tighty Whities, Pasolini's Marxist Jesus and More (TRAILERS)

From Pasolini to Welles, and new films by Hannah Fidell and Kat Coiro, here are some of the best films available across VOD platforms this week.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 26, 2013 5:30 PM
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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."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 16, 2013 1:37 PM
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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Review and Roundup

There's a reason The Weinstein Co. is opening "Lee Daniels' The Butler" ahead of film festival season, even if it does have Oscars in mind. They recognize that this crowd pleaser will play better, like the similarly accessible "The Help," for a wide audience than critics. It's a four-hankie tearjerker of the first order. I wept repeatedly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2013 12:46 PM
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WATCH: Jane Fonda Portrays Nancy Reagan in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' (TRAILER)

A new clip from "Lee Daniels' The Butler," as it is now known, shows Jane Fonda stealing a scene as Nancy Reagan alongside Forest Whitaker, who plays a White House butler.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 28, 2013 4:09 PM
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Watch: Post Weinstein Legal Battle, UPDATED Trailer for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

UPDATE: With the Weinsteins' loss of "The Butler" legal battle with Warner Bros., an updated trailer for the film has arrived, sporting the slightly unwieldy new title "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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In the Works: Kruger & Yelchin '5 to 7,' Cruise Eyes 'Our Name Is Adam,' Lee Daniels May Direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin

Tom Cruise signs on to another sci-fi project, while Lee Daniels tackles rock queen Janis Joplin in "Get It While You Can."
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2012 1:18 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Controversial 'Paperboy' Leads Weak New Debuts

Although improved from last week's weak openings, the new ones again fell below the strong performance of September's debuts. The controversial "The Paperboy" had the best overall performance. New York openers "Wuthering Heights" and "The House I Live In" managed to stand out among the rest, backed by strong reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 7, 2012 4:57 PM
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Watch the Trailer for Lee Daniels' Sweaty Southern Gothic, 'The Paperboy'

Check out the new trailer for Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," the Cannes reviews for which inspired our sweaty found poem. It's been called everything from "Lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid" to "Southern pulp trash," with one critic declaring that the "stench will always linger on the filmographies of everyone involved"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 1, 2012 2:24 PM
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