MPAA Rules on Weinstein Dispute of ‘The Butler’

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The Butler PosterI’ve rolled my eyes for weeks after the news that Warner Brothers and the MPAA were disputing the upcoming film from The Weinstein Company titled, “The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker.  The dispute comes from a short film of the same name, that’s over 100 years old, and Warner Bros. disputing the use of ‘Butler’ under the name under copyright.

It was announced yesterday that the MPAA has ruled and will allow Harvey Weinstein to use the new title, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” if he so chooses.  There has been no official word whether Harvey will use the new title, but I imagine with the film about three weeks away from opening, he’ll go with it.  The general public and Oscar prognosticators will still likely call the film “The Butler” anyway.

The whole dispute seemed petty from jump street and to tell you the truth, I’m over it.  There are also technical details following the drop of the news including the size of the title and fines that Harvey has to pay.  All can be found via Deadline.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler opens in theaters August 16.

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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