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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Weinstein pleased with Butler win

Harvey Weinstein's company has won the right to use the film title The Butler
Harvey Weinstein's company has won the right to use the film title The Butler

Harvey Weinstein is "thrilled" to have won victory in The Butler title dispute.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has overturned a previous ruling, and the Weinstein Company may now use the titles Lee Daniels' The Butler or The White House Butler for the release of the upcoming film by the Precious director, starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo.

Filmmaker Lee was previously banned from using The Butler, because a 1916 silent comedy short film in the Warner Bros library shares the same name.

Harvey, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company with his brother Bob, said: "We are thrilled this has all come to an end and has been resolved.

"The MPAA's overturning of their original decision to now allow the use of 'butler' in the title is a victory for Lee Daniels, the film's 28 investors who believed in it, America's greatest attorney David Boies, and especially in the memory of my friend and the film's producer Laura Ziskin."

The 61-year-old added: "Now we can focus on the importance of Lee Daniels' film, the amazing performances by Forest, Oprah and the incredible cast who spent countless months bringing this story about American history and civil rights to screen."

The historical drama - which also features John Cusack, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey - is based on the true story of one man's tenure as butler at The White House during the terms of eight presidents.

It will be released in the US in August, while its UK release date is yet to be announced.

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