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Old 11-20-2008, 04:24 AM   #1
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Sony Pictures has snapped up feature rights to "A Butler Well Served by This Election," the life story of an African-American butler at the White House, and set up the project with Laura Ziskin.

Variety says the deal closed Wednesday, a dozen days after the Washington Post published Wil Haygood's front-page report on Eugene Allen's 34 years at the White House.

Allen worked for eight presidents, starting with Harry Truman in 1952 and ending in 1986 with Ronald Reagan. Haygood will be an associate producer and researcher on the project.

Haygood noted that when Allen started work at the White House, he couldn't even use the public restrooms when he ventured back to his native Virginia.

Helene Allen died on the day before the election and was buried on the same day that the article was published.
It's a hell of a story, I am sure lots of top actors will be vying for the lead.

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:12 PM   #2
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Director Lee Daniels Signs Up for The Butler

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Deadline's Mike Fleming reports that Precious director Lee Daniels has signed a deal to do rewrites and direct the Laura Ziskin-produced drama The Butler for Sony Pictures Entertainment. The movie is based on articles written by Wil Haygood on Eugene Allen, a servant in the White House for 34 years and through eight Presidents all of whom fought with the nation's growing problems with segregation. Long-retired, Allen was invited to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama, the country's first African-American President.

Ever since Oscar season, Daniels has been developing and working on financing for another Civil Rights-related drama called Selma about the famous march that led to Civil Rights reform in the country, which also may be close to happening with The Weinstein Company possibly committing $8 million to the project for its domestic distribution with another $10 million coming from other investors including Pathe. Even so, Daniels will begin rewrites on The Butler immediately with hopes of starting to film by year's end with Denzel Washington having already been approached to play the lead, although it will depend on whether Selma gets all of its financing deals done before The Butler is ready to go.

You can read more of this story over on Deadline.

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:16 PM   #3
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This sounds like a real winner...I cant wait to hear more news on it

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:40 PM   #4
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Everyone chant it with me....MORGAN FREEMAN!


In all seriousness, this sounds like it could be a good role for Don Cheadle.

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For some reason the first actor that came to mind was Anthony Mackie. I'd love for him to get more roles.

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Id like to see Aldis Hodge in the role.

Leverage fans know him as Hardison.

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:38 PM   #7
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Forrest Whitaker is in negotiations to play the butler, Eugene Allen. Oprah Winfrey is playing his wife, and David Oyelowo is playing his son. Jane Fonda is playing Nancy Reagan.

John Cusack is in negotiations to play Richard Nixon.

Mila Kunis is in negotiations to play Jackie Kennedy.

Hugh Jackman and Liam Neeson are also in talks to appear in the movie as public figures.

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Old 07-24-2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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Surprised the thread isnt up to date

Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen
Oprah as Eugene's wife
David Oyelowo as the son
Alan Rickman as Regan
Jane Fonda as Nancy Regan
John Cusack as Nixon
Robin Williams as Eisenhower
James MArsden as JFK
Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy
Liev Schrieber as Lyndon Johnson
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:56 PM   #9
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Some of those casting choices are incredibly weird but I'm incredibly curious to see what Alan Rickman is going to look like...unless they toss resemblances out the window for this one.

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Trailer. Very interesting looking. Marsden looks like Marsden but he got JFK's vocals down pat.

Holy crap, that Reagan makeup on Rickman.

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Holy crap, that Reagan makeup on Rickman.
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Looks like a parody that you would see on SNL.

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Odd...

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Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan. Okay. That I have to see.

Oprah though... Not gonna be easy.

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And most importantly, The Butler is both a solid major studio drama and a major studio release about the African American experience told through their own eyes.

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I'm surprised there isn't more talk about this. A really, really excellent movie that right now I'd put at the top of the best picture contenders. We still have yet to see what the others will do, but this movie definitely marks the start of awards season. In tone it almost reminds me of Forest Gump, just following a character through all these important time periods.

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I'm surprised there isn't more talk about this. A really, really excellent movie that right now I'd put at the top of the best picture contenders. We still have yet to see what the others will do, but this movie definitely marks the start of awards season. In tone it almost reminds me of Forest Gump, just following a character through all these important time periods.
Most of the reviews say it's like two different movies, this thoughtful, powerful drama in the Forest Whitaker/Oprah/David Oyelowo scenes, and then with a bunch of stunt casting with Presidents who are strangely cast and either caricatures or not given enough screentime, but the former gets more focus and the Presidents aren't as big a part of it as the trailer makes it look.

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By the way, the weirdest castings to me sound like John Cusack as Nixon and Alan Rickman as Reagan. Though NONE of them really seem right. James Marsden as JFK seems the most believable just from the glimpse in the trailer.

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The focus of the film isn't about the Presidents. It's about Cecil and his son. Cecil takes us through the presidential elections while his son takes us through the more radical forms of fighting for civil liberties. I'd say that the Presidents each overall had about five minutes worth of screen time and no more than that was needed. All the 'presidents' play their roles really well. I think here, they just went after the best actors they could think of to bring a certain gravity to each of the roles and to really stand apart from one another. I'll also say while the constant-star-power in JFK took me partly out of the movie, here it seemed natural and seemed to flow which was probably because they just went after big names for the key roles - while watching it, it didn't take me out of it. While Cusack doesn't look anything at all like Nixon, I would say he captured the energy and spirit.

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I'm actually disappointed they fictionalized a good deal of The Butler's life. I think some creative license is fine, but to go as far as change the man's name from Eugene Allen to Cecil Gaines and trivialize some of the personal aspects of it rubs me the wrong way.

Dustin Putman's review aptly conveys my feelings on the film.

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The reason they changed the name was because they took stories of what happened to other butlers and fictionalized the sons. So the director stated he changed the names because of them going after showing the radical side of things outside of the white house as well. With that being the reason why, I'm cool with it. I think its more fair to say its inspired by than change important things and say based by (which is what some filmmakers unfortunately do), seems more respectful to me in that light.

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