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Oprah Winfrey Reportedly Set To Play Richard Pryor's Abusive Grandmother In Upcoming Biopic

By Elinor Cosgrave | 27th August 2014

Oprah Winfrey has confirmed her involvement in an upcoming biopic of the late American actor and comedian Richard Pryor. The 60-year-old added a photograph to her Instagram account in which she posed alongside Lee Daniels...

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Lee Daniels Hit With Potentially Costly Lawsuit Over Damon Dash Investment

By Victoria Pavlova | 15th August 2014

Director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) has come under fire from hip hop mogul and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash. Dash made a substantial investment in six of Daniels' movies, including The Woodsman starring Kevin...

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'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' And '12 Years A Slave' Scoop Major Wins At Critic's Choice Awards: Full Nominees & Winners

By Joe Wilde | 17th January 2014

On the same day as the nominations for this year's Academy Awards ceremony were revealed, the latest instalment of the ongoing awards season went by at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, where the...

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A Week In Movies: Catching Fire Premieres, Portman Dodges The Paps, Jolie Is Maleficent, Farrell Travels In Time And Wahlberg Is Buzzing

By Rich Cline | 15th November 2013

The big event this week was the world premiere on Monday night of the new Hunger Games movie Catching Fire, with the entire cast on the red carpet in Leicester Square. Early word on the...

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'Riddick' Shines At The Top Of A Weak Box Office Weekend With $18.7 Mil Debut

By Joe Wilde | 9th September 2013

The third instalment of the 'Riddick' series, this time called Riddick, has shot to the top of the US Box Office on it's opening weekend with estimated takings of $18.7 million. In what has been...

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Weekend Box Office: "Riddick" Triumphs Over First Fall Weekend For Hollywood

By Victoria Pavlova | 9th September 2013

It was a tense fight, but this weekend’s box office goes to the Vin Diesel sci-fi action Riddick, meaning Lee Daniels’ The Butler has finished its three-week run. Riddick made $18.7 making it the first...

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'The Butler' Gives Rivals The Brush Off Over Labor Day Weekend: Why Is Lee Daniel's Movie So Successful?

By Lauren James | 3rd September 2013

The first shaky reports of the Labor Day holiday box office taking couldn't decide whether Lee Daniel's The Butler or Morgan Spurlock's One Direction documentary This Is Us had sold the most movie tickets across...

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The Labor Day Box Office Round-up: Which Film "Cleaned Up" Over The Record Weekend?

By Lauren James | 2nd September 2013

This year's Labor Day box office takings marked a record year for Hollywood, with an estimated $156 million paid to see movies across the national holiday weekend. One film "steamed" ahead over the weekend to...

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'The Butler' Serves Up $17 Million Box-office To Remain No.1

By Michael West | 27th August 2013

The Butler, the star-studded historical drama by director Lee Daniels, has topped the North American box office for a second week with $17 million in takings, reports BBC News.Forest Whitaker [L] and Cuba Gooding Jr...

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'The Butler' Gives Competitors The Brush-off In First Weekend Success

By Lauren James | 19th August 2013

The Butler has outperformed all of its rivals upon its first weekend, having been released on 16th August to much nodding from critics and $25 million (£15.9m) earned. The film showcases an all-star cast, who...

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'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Beats 'Kick-ass 2' And 'Jobs' In Us Weekend Box Office

By Elinor Cosgrave | 19th August 2013

Lee Daniels' The Butler has defeated other newcomers Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs in the US Weekend Box Office. The Butler has headed straight to number one whilst Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs have respectively gained 4th...

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Plot Twist: "Lee Daniels' The Butler" Beats Out "Kick-ass 2" For Weekend Box Office

By Victoria Pavlova | 18th August 2013

In a surprising turn of events, it was Lee Daniels’ The Butler and not Kick-Ass 2 that took the Friday box office. The historicald drama, which tracks the life of White House butler Cecil gaines...

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Kick-ass 2 Looks Like The Biggest Box Office Earner Heading Into The Weekend

By Victoria Pavlova | 16th August 2013

We won’t know the final figures of the weekend box office until, quite obviously, the end of the weekend, but right now, the fight between Kick-Ass 2 and Lee Daniels’ The Butler is looking pretty...

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Lee Daniels On ‘Well Known’ Actors In The Butler – Specifically, Oprah Winfrey

By Jack de Aguilar | 16th August 2013

The Butler – officially known as Lee Daniel’s The Butler – has been well-received by the critics of late. Particularly lauded has been the all-star cast, but the decision to cast such a famous bunch...

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Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Already Aiming At The Distant Glow Of The Oscars

By Victoria Pavlova | 15th August 2013

Lee Daniels’ The Butler will only see its US-wide release tomorrow (August 16), but the film, telling the story of a White House butler, who saw eight presidents come and go during his residency, is...

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The Butler Movie Looks Ready To Be The First Major Oscar Contender Of The Year

By Joe Wilde | 10th August 2013

The Butler movie could very well be the first real contender for next year's Academy Awards when it is released next Friday (16 August) as critics have already singled the film out as a wonderfully...

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A Week In Movies: Ford Joins The Expendables, Thor Strikes Back, And Get Ready For The Biopics

By Rich Cline | 9th August 2013

The big news this week was that Harrison Ford will join the Expendables for their third film adventure. Sylvester Stallone tweeted the announcement, then went on to mention that Bruce Willis won't be around this...

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Lee Daniels' The Butler" Premiere Gathers Celebrities For Some Heavy Social Commentary [Trailer] [Pictures]

By Victoria Pavlova | 7th August 2013

Lee Daniels has earned his reputation as the director of difficult, socially loaded pictures and his latest, The Butler, is no exception to the rule. The film, based on a true story, details the life...

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Lee Daniel's 'The Butler' Is A Clear Oscar Contender [Stills + Clips]

By Jack de Aguilar | 6th August 2013

Hollywood and the film industry seem more confident in taking on the issue of slavery in a cinematic context. Last year saw Django Unchained and Lincoln prove popular, and this year will see more films...

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Oprah And Forest Hit 'The Butler' Ny Premiere, While Mariah Carey Makes A Fashion Statement Out Of An Arm Injury [Photos]

By Holly Williams | 6th August 2013

'The Butler' looks set to be one of the most memorable movies of the year with an all-star cast that glittered on the red carpet at the New York premiere last night (August 5th...

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Lee Daniels' Battle With Warner Over 'The Butler' Title Continues Via Email

By Victoria Pavlova | 4th July 2013

Bad things happen when Warner Bros. gets crossed regarding copyright, that much is a given, but director Lee Daniels isn’t letting the company intimidate him. While the case against his movie The Butler is slowly...

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Forest Whitaker As 'The Butler' Could Be A Recipe For Success [Trailer]

By Michael West | 23rd May 2013

The first trailer for 'Precious' director Lee Daniels' new movie The Butler starring Forest Whitaker has rolled out online. It has always been assumed that Harvey Weinstein believes the film is one of his better...

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Forest Whitaker's 'The Butler' Clearly Has Oscar Glory In Its Sights [Trailer]

By Michael West | 8th May 2013

The first trailer for 'Precious' director Lee Daniels' new movie The Butler starring Forest Whitaker has rolled out online and Harvey Weinstein's ambitions of taking this film all the way to the Oscars couldn't be...

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Nicole Kidman Refused To Say N-word For 'The Paperboy'

By Michael West | 5th October 2012

Nicole Kidman's latest film, The Paperboy has caused controversy, as she refused to utter the N-word, after an instruction from the film's director to do so, reports The Los Angeles Times. It's no secret that...

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