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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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Richard Pryor's Son Takes Aim At Lee Daniels' Movie

Jul 22 2014 3:58am CDT | Source: hollywood

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Richard Pryor's son has threatened legal action in a bid to block production on Lee Daniels' new movie about the famous funnym ...
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Richard Pryor Jr. gives Nick Cannon blessing to play his dad in biopic

Jul 11 2014 8:13pm CDT | Source: pagesix

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Richard Pryor Jr., who made headlines this week saying he didn’t think Nick Cannon should play his father, Richard Pryor, in an upcoming Lee Daniels bio ...
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SHOCKER: Nielsen/NRG Parts Ways With President And Tracking Guru Derek McLay

Jun 18 2014 12:18pm CDT | Source: Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Nielsen/NRG has ousted one of its top executives, sending shockwaves across  studios, talent agencies and filmmakers who looked to him for guidance and has prompted several calls into the company to voice their dismay over the decision. Nielsen/NRG president Derek McLay, who joined the company in 2009, was the behind-the-scenes guru for many high-ranking executives around town, well-liked and knowledgeable and, by all accounts, a straight-shoote ...
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Yaya DaCosta Cast as Whitney Houston in Angela Bassets Biopic

Jun 7 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: movie pilot

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TVLine has reported that Top Model's Yaya DaCosta has been cast as Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic of the late star, set to be directed by American Horror Story's Angela Bassett.Since making her pop culture debut in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, DaCosta has landed roles in shows such as All My Children, Ugly Betty and House. She’s also had big-screen success, most recently coming off a role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Da ...
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Tim Roth Set to Play George Wallace in Civil Rights Drama 'Selma'

Jun 4 2014 9:22am CDT | Source: First Showing

After once being in the hands of Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels, the civil rights drama Selma is now being directed by Ava DuVernay, who recently helmed an episode of "Scandal," from a screenplay that she wrote herself. The cast features David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. and Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson in the story following the civil rights movement in the titular Alabama city ...
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Tim Roth Heads For Selma

Jun 4 2014 4:00am CDT | Source: Empire Online

British actor Tim Roth arrives at Amnest
Playing Alabama Governor George WallaceWith competing projects by Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass stuck at various stages of development, it's Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King biopic that's moving forward. David Oyelowo stars as Dr King in Selma, with Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson. They're now joined by Tim Roth, who'll be playing the segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace.Selma was previously in the hands of Lee Daniels, but he p ...
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