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The SAG Awards: Snubs, Surprises And Snoozes

Looking over the list, I was a bit disappointed at how predictable it was overall. I mean, some of these films we figured as contenders as soon as they were cast.

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Riddick Takes Modest First Place At Friday Box Office With $7.3 Million

As the only new wide release of the weekend, Riddick didn't face a huge challenge on its way to #1 at the box office, and has managed to sneak into place without a necessarily stunning debut. According to the numbers at Deadline the Vin Diesel-starrer opened to $7.3 million on Friday, putting it on track for an $18 to $19 million debut, even though some tracking numbers put it north of $20 million

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Weekend Box Office: Labor Day Edition - The Butler and One Direction Duke It Out For Top Spot

Out of left field and hitting a shocking number 5 over the Labor Day weekend was foreign flick Instructions Not Included which earned an impressive $10 million. It's rare for a foreign movie with limited nation-wide marketing and only showing in 300+ venues to do so well ($29,000 per venue... for comparison, Iron Man 3 opened around $40,000 per venue).

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Weekend Box Office: The Butler Still Number One; The Mortal Instruments and You're Next Fizzle

Despite several new releases in theaters, this weekend's top sales went to last week's number one, Lee Daniels' The Butler. None of the newcomers could break into the second place spot either, leaving that honor to last weekend's number two We're The Millers.

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Kentucky Theater Owner Bans Lee Daniels' The Butler Because Of Jane Fonda

During the Vietnam War, Fonda was an outspoken anti-war protester, and her actions were considered by some to be downright treasonous. “I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down," Boutwell said in the interview. “Our Constitution only mentions three crimes. Treason is one. That’s aid and comfort to the enemy.”

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Oprah Has Serious Oscar Buzz For The Butler. Does She Deserve It?

Technically Oprah already has an Oscar. She didn't pick it up after her nomination for The Color Purple in 1986, but-- maybe as a consolation prize-- she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2011. Even the Academy isn't immune to her blinding celebrity. And that may become even more important this year, as Oprah has thrown herself into the thick of the Oscar conversation with her performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler.

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Weekend Box Office: The Butler Serves Up Win, Kick-Ass 2 Not Kicking Much Ass

Summer sequels can be cash cows for studios, but just as often they fail to live up to the hype. Following on the heels of financially floundering sequels like The Smurfs 2 and Percy Jackson: Seas of Monsters, Kick-Ass 2 debuted this weekend doing a little less box office ass kicking than its predecessor.

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Lee Daniels Explains Why Jimmy Carter Got Left Out Of The Butler

The Butler is Daniels' fourth feature, and by far his most ambitious in terms of story, following White House butler Cecil Gaines as he works for every President between Eisenhower and Reagan. Daniels, a former casting director and producer who knows the value of selling a film, has said that he had to cast as many big names as possible to sell the film overseas, so he not only has Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker in the title role and Oprah Winfrey as his wife

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Kick-Ass Could Beat The Butler This Weekend With $1.3 Midnight Head Start

Despite earning a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Kick-Ass 2 is off to a strong start, and THR points out it has the advantage of a built in audience as it is a sequel of a hit. It’s expected the demographic for this pic will skew younger than the rest of its competition, but that makes it’s R-rating an obstacle.

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Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Elysium, Kick-Ass 2, And Lee Daniels' The Butler

Looking to Elysium, Kick-Ass 2, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of dystopian future science fiction, dark superhero stories, and docudramas that chronicle major moments in U.S. history.

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How David Oyelowo Transformed Into A Teenager For Lee Daniels' The Butler

Oyelowo plays Louis from age 17 until his late 60s, a remarkable transformation made all the more incredible by how little makeup it took. I asked Oyelowo about that process, as well as the ways that director Lee Daniels' challenges him, how he found out he was such a big part of that Lincoln trailer, and a little about his upcoming work with Christopher Nolan on Interstellar-- and no, he hasn't read the script for that yet, so don't bother asking

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Lee Daniels' The Butler Star Forest Whitaker On How The Black Panthers Influenced His Childhood

In theaters this Friday, Lee Daniels' The Butler covers a whole lot of history, from the plight of poor black sharecroppers working on plantations in the Deep South in the 1930s to the Civil Rights movement to the election of Barack Obama. But somehow, in the course of a 15 minute interview with the film's star, Forest Whitaker, we managed to cover even more history than that

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How Lee Daniels' The Butler Stacked Up 41 Producers

THR details the complicated fundraising that lead to an absurdly long list of producers that includes a New Orleans heir, a Ukrainian billionaire, a NBA veteran, and one of the U.S.’s most successful African-American entrepreneurs. With a proposed budget of $30 million, Lee Daniels’ The Butler was by far his most expensive production yet, costing more than twice what his last film, the polarizing crime-drama The Paperboy did.

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Operation Kino 127: How To Tell History Better On Film, And Some Breaking Bad Speculation

This week we can't figure out why so many Hollywood movies-- including Lee Daniels' The Butler-- tell history so poorly, and wonder if documentaries should be made more often by major studios. Plus more detailed discussion about The Butler, David's adventures in the game Persona 4: Golden, a pop quiz about whether we think Walter White will die at the end of Breaking Bad, and a lightning round about our favorite historical figures on film

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Oprah Rocks An Afro And Disco Jumpsuit In Clip From Lee Daniels' The Butler

In the above clip, Gloria and Cecil are celebrating their empty nest and the latter’s birthday with all kinds of ‘70s style. Oprah is getting funky with some big gold hoop earrings, a big and beautiful afro, and a black and white jumpsuit. And bonus good times: Whitaker has got one to match!

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Lee Daniels' The Butler Has A New Poster That Makes No Sense Whatsoever

So the image of the man wrapped in the flag is striking, and you can't argue with that list of names off the side-- it's got to be the most diverse cast this side of, uh, Lincoln maybe? But there's a lot going on in this poster that I can't figure out at all. The tagline, "One Quiet Voice Can Ignite A Revolution," really has nothing to do with the central character of Cecil Gaines

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See Stars As Presidents In New Images From Lee Daniels' The Butler

Up top, you get a good look at acclaimed English actor Alan Rickman as $0th President Ronald Reagan with outspoken political activist/American leading lady Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. Below, you can see the film’s lead Forest Whitaker as the titular butler Cecil Gaines as he greets the newly appointed the 35th President of the United States played here by James Marsden.

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The Fight Over The Butler Title Is Over, And Both Sides Claim Victory

And so what happens if TWC doesn’t hurry up and change everything? Pretend you can hear me making “cha-ching” sounds a bunch of times. Already, TWC has to pay the Entertainment Industry Foundation a whopping $400,000 for initially violating the July 2 ruling.

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