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

22nd July 2014

Richard Pryor's son has threatened legal action in a bid to block production on Lee Daniels' new movie about the famous funnyman.Lawyers representing Richard Pryor, Jr. have sent a cease and desist letter to the...

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Lee Daniels Dedicates Stonewall Award To His Boyfriend

23rd June 2014

Hollywood director Lee Daniels dedicated an award from gay rights organisation Stonewall to his boyfriend to apologise for all the time he has spent away on movie sets.The Butler moviemaker was honoured at the Stonewall...

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Lee Daniels Cancels Tribeca Film Festival Talk

14th April 2014

Director Lee Daniels has pulled out of plans to take part in an in-depth interview at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York due to a scheduling conflict.The Precious filmmaker had been due to sit...

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Terrence Howard Reteaming With Lee Daniels For Hip-hop Drama Series

20th February 2014

Actor Terrence Howard is reuniting with his The Butler director Lee Daniels to star in his forthcoming Tv drama series.The filmmaker is set to make his small screen debut with Empire, and he has tapped...

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Oprah Winfrey To Produce Martin Luther King Drama

20th January 2014

Oprah Winfrey is set to produce Martin Luther King drama 'Selma'.The actress-and-talk show host has confirmed she will help produce the upcoming film which will see David Oyelowo - who played her son in 'The...

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Oprah Winfrey: I Wasn't 'Robbed' Of Oscar Nomination

17th January 2014

Oprah Winfrey insists she wasn't ''robbed'' of an Oscar nomination.The talk show legend was heavily tipped to earn an Academy Award nod for her return to acting in Lee Daniels' White House drama 'The Butler',...

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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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Lee Daniels To Direct Richard Pryor Biopic

13th January 2014

Lee Daniels is in talks to direct a Richard Pryor biopic.The filmmaker is looking to once again join forces with The Weinstein Company after the success of his 2013 hit 'The Butler', with the production...

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Hollywood Filmmakers Teaming Up To Direct Ten Commandments Series

13th January 2014

Moviemakers Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels and Wes Craven are set to direct a 10-part mini-series inspired by the Ten Commandments.The trio will team up with Jim Sheridan and Michael Cera to each direct one...

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Lee Daniels In Talks To Direct Richard Pryor Biopic

10th January 2014

The Butler director Lee Daniels is in talks to bring a long-awaited Richard Pryor biopic to fruition on the big screen.Michael B. Jordan, Damon Wayans and Eddie Murphy are all currently in the running to...

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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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Oprah Winfrey Refused To Get 'Buck Naked' In The Butler

15th November 2013

Oprah Winfrey refused to get ''buck naked'' for 'The Butler'.The talk show host - who plays Gloria in the historical fiction drama - was adamant she wasn't going to bare her flesh in a romantic...

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Lee Daniels 'Came Out' To Hurt Hated Dad

14th November 2013

Director Lee Daniels decided to 'come out' as gay when he was a teenager in an attempt to upset his abusive father.The filmmaker has spoken candidly about his troubled relationship with his police officer dad...

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Alex Pettyfer For Gay Action Movie?

14th October 2013

Alex Pettyfer is being eyed to star in an action movie with gay leads.'The Butler' director Lee Daniels has outlined his intentions to cast the 'Magic Mike' hunk and a young black actor in a...

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Lee Daniels Hires Alex Pettyfer For Gay Action Movie

11th October 2013

Lee Daniels is on the lookout for the perfect male love match for Alex Pettyfer to star alongside him in Hollywood's first ever gay action hero blockbuster.The Butler director is set to challenge film stereotypes...

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Fascinating Fact: 3901794

11th October 2013

Filmmaker Lee Daniels has been named the recipient of the 2013 Visionary Award at gay arts festival Outfest in Los Angeles. The Butler director will be recognised for his contribution to lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

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Forest Whitaker's Special Film

5th October 2013

Forest Whitaker says starring in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' was a ''special unique opportunity''.The 52-year-old actor portrays Cecil Gaines, a butler who served under eight US presidents in the new movie and he was delighted...

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Moviegoers Feast On Meatballs

30th September 2013

It rained Meatballs at the box office over the weekend -- not as many as some of the wilder forecasts had predicted, but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 did take in around $35...

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Winfrey's Cable Network Buys Movie In Which She Stars

27th September 2013

The power of Oprah Winfrey to bring films before the general public that might otherwise have wound up with a short art-house run was demonstrated again on Thursday with the announcement that her OWN cable...

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Final Box Office Results: Weekend Of 9/20-22

24th September 2013

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Prisoners, Warner Bros., $20,817,053, (New); 2. Insidious: Chapter 2, FilmDistrict,...

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Prisoners Breaks Out At Box Office

23rd September 2013

Aided by an abundance of enthusiastic reviews, the Warner Bros. thriller Prisoners opened above expectations this weekend with an estimated $21.4 million. The R-rated film in which Jake Gyllenhaal plays a police officer attempting to...

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Final Box Office Figures: Weekend Of Sept. 13-15

17th September 2013

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Insidious: Chapter 2, FilmDistrict, $40,272,103, (New); 2. The Family, Relativity...

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Dwindling Box Office In Sept.? Don't Believe It

16th September 2013

Could it be that Hollywood's established belief that no film can perform well at the box office during the first weeks of September is no more than a self-fulfilling shibboleth? That would certainly seem to...

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Will Insidious 2 Surprise At Box Office?

13th September 2013

It's September, a month when it's rare for a movie to open with more than $20 million. But director James Wan's sequel to 2011's horror flick Insidious, which lived up to its name by surprisingly...

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41 Producer Credits On The Butler "Embarrassing" For Pga

11th September 2013

The controversy over multiple producers' credits has reared its head again with the box-office and critical success of Lee Daniels' The Butler. TheWrap.com noted today (Wednesday) that the movie lists 41 producers in the screen...

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Final Box-office Figures Weekend Of Sept. 6-8

10th September 2013

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Riddick, Universal, $19,030,375, (New); 2. Lee Daniels' The Butler, Weinstein...

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Riddick Big, But Spanish-language Flick Is Gigante

9th September 2013

It didn't come close to collecting the $30 million that some box-office pundits thought it would, but Universal's Riddick, starring Vin Diesel, did make it to around $18.7 million, about what the studio said it...

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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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Worst Weekend At Box Office May Not Be This Year

6th September 2013

The weekend after Labor Day is traditionally the slowest weekend of the year at the box office, but this weekend could be an exception, given the unexpectedly solid results of last weekend, according to some...

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