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The Butler director appeals to keep name

The Butler director appeals to keep name

Jul 4 2013, 5:04am CDT | by

'The Butler' director Lee Daniels has appealed to the head of Warner Bros. to drop its copyright claim regarding the film's name. The Weinstein Company lost its legal battle to keep the title of its...

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The Butler director appeals to keep name

Jul 4 2013, 5:04am CDT | by

'The Butler' director Lee Daniels has appealed to the head of Warner Bros. to drop its copyright claim regarding the film's name.

The Weinstein Company lost its legal battle to keep the title of its new historical drama on Tuesday (02.07.13) , following a Title Registration Bureau ruling confirming Warner Bros. owns the rights to it because of their 1916 silent short of the same name.

Now the movie's director has appealed directly to the rival studio's CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, in the hope he will revoke the decision by appealing to his good conscience and asking him to watch the film, which is based on the real-life story of the White House's longest serving African American butler, Eugene Allen.

The email, obtained by Deadline.com, reads: ''I have spent the last four years of my life working on the film, The Butler, and it is the proudest moment of my professional career. I am heartbroken as I write this letter to you.

''I am so proud of this movie. Every member of our cast worked for almost nothing so that this story could be told with only our very small budget. If we were to change the title a mere six weeks before we open, it would most certainly hurt the film by limiting the number of people who would ultimately see this important story.

''I beg you to see it before you decide to force us to change the title. I truly believe that once you watch it, you would not want to cause this film any harm.''

The Oscar-tipped movie boasts an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, as well as the likes of Robin Williams, James Marsden and Alan Rickman portraying former US presidents.

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Watch: Alan Rickman Stars in Mesmerizing, Creepy Short Film 'Dust'

Sep 17 2014 11:42am CDT | Source: First Showing

Who doesn't love Alan Rickman? You may change your mind after this short, though not likely. Rickman played Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series, but is also an accomplished stage and TV actor and has appeared in films like Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sense & Sensibility, Love Actually, Alice in Wonderland as the Blue Caterpillar, Bottle Shock, Lee Daniels' The Butler and CBGB. He sta ...
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3 weeks ago

Mike Epps Cast As Richard Pryor In Lee Daniels' Biopic

Aug 27 2014 8:57am CDT | Source: movie pilot

Well now this should settle the casting rumours!Move over, Nick Cannon. Stand-up comedian Mike Epps has secured the role of Richard Pryor in a Lee Daniels-directed biopic about the late comedian.Oprah Winfrey (who is either producing, has a role, or is just really good at photobombing) announced the news on her Instagram page when she posted a photo of herself, Epps and Daniels, saying, "Just finished a great 1 ...
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3 weeks ago

Mike Epps Gets the Lead Part in Richard Pryor Biopic

Aug 26 2014 10:52pm CDT | Source: ace showbiz

Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey's role in the long-gestating movie directed by Lee Daniels has also been ...
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3 weeks ago

Oprah Shares First Photo of Richard Pryor Biopic Rehearsals With Lee Daniels and Mike Epps

Aug 26 2014 5:42pm CDT | Source: eonline

Well that should settle the casting rumors! Oprah Winfrey shared a photo of her alongside Mike Epps and Lee Daniels earlier today, essentially confirming her involvement ...
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3 weeks ago

Mike Epps to Play Richard Pryor in Biopic

Aug 26 2014 5:21pm CDT | Source: movie pilot

A Point of Geeks reportAcademy Award nominated director Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) next project is a biopic on who is considered to be the godfather of modern comedy, Richard Pryor. The search for the ideal actor to embody Pryor's unique cadence, irrationality and spirit, had to have been an enormous challenge. There were numerous rumors of front runners for the project including Marlon Wayans, Eddie Murphy and Michael B. Jordan. However Daniels and producer ...
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3 weeks ago

Mike Epps Confirmed to Play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ Biopic

Aug 26 2014 12:07pm CDT | Source: Collider

A biopic of legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been in the works for years now, but it appears that the film is finally coming to fruition.  We learned earlier this year that Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels was signing on to helm the biopic, as contenders for the role of Pryor emerged.  Actors like Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock had all vied for the part at one point or another in previous iterations of the project, and Daniels’ ...
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3 weeks ago

Mike Epps Takes the Lead in Richard Pryor Biopic

Aug 26 2014 11:30am CDT | Source: Slash Film

Looks like the lead in the Richard Pryor biopic has gone to Mike Epps. Somehow, early on in the process, it looked like Nick Cannon was going to get the gig, and thus be enshrined in proximity to Pryor’s simply by virtue of proximity. But then Mike Epps came roaring up from the back of the pack with a screen test that was reportedly impossible to ignore. (He’d been attached to play Pryor in a previous version of this project.) So now we’ve got a Lee Daniels film about Richard Pryor, sta ...
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4 weeks ago

First ‘Selma’ Images Reveal David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr.

Aug 22 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Slash Film

The summer movie season is just about wrapped up now, which means it’s time to look ahead to the prestige dramas of fall and winter. One of the most intriguing titles coming our way in the next few months is Selma, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s fight to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. David Oyelowo plays the civil rights icon, with a huge supporting cast that includes Carmen Ejogo (as Coretta Scott K ...
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5 weeks ago

Best of the Week: Robin Williams Remembered, Luke Skywalker Bearded, Inhumans Introduced and More

Aug 15 2014 9:00pm CDT | Source: movies.com

The Important News It was a sad week: We lost Robin Williams, and Lauren Bacall also died.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was a big hit at the box office, which obviously means there's already a sequel on the way. It's probably also why a new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie has been scheduled.  Lee Daniels is making a Richard Pryor biopic, and there are four actors up for the role. Simon Cowell is making ...
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5 weeks ago

Lee Daniels sued for $25m by hip-hop mogul Damon Dash

Aug 15 2014 5:41am CDT | Source: the guardian

Dash, who co-founded the Roc-A-Fella record label with Jay Z, is seeking a return on investments he made in Daniels films like Precious and The WoodsmanFilm-maker Lee Daniels to expose harrowing real-life story of Bri ...
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