In Depth: The Battle Over 'The Butler'


The Butler is already earning a lot of hype leading up to its August 16 release, but if Warner Brothers has its way, The Weinstein Company's star-studded flick will have to undergo a title change before it hits theaters.

Just last week, the MPAA ruled in Warner Brothers' favor over usage of "The Butler" title (as they own rights to a 1916 silent film by the same name), but Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein is not bowing out of the fight just yet.

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Claiming unfairness, the Hollywood bigwig is in the process of appealing the MPAA and threatening to sue WB for the rights.

"There's no movie that they're gonna make, there's no movie that they're gonna show, and we lose," Weinstein fumed of the situation when speaking with ET at the premiere of his new film, Fruitvale Station. "I mean, really."

In an interview with CBS This Morning Tuesday, Weinstein further defended his point.

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"122 times in the history of movies, titles have been used and repeated. Our understanding with [Warner Brothers] was that it was going to be the simple process it always is."

Adding, "I think there's an ulterior motive."

Click the video above for an up-to-date look at the dispute, including arguments from Harvey Weinstein himself.

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Based on the life of White House butler Eugene Allen (who served decades of U.S. presidents), The Butler boasts an all-star cast including Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Mariah Carey and Forest Whitaker. The film is helmed by director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paper Boy).