What's in a Name? Warner Bros. and the Weinstein Co. Battle Over 'The Butler'

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The Weinstein Co. has a movie coming out called The Butler. I know what you’re thinking—and no, it’s not a remake of that classic 1916 silent film produced by the long-defunct Lubin Manufacturing Co. It’s a new Lee Daniels-directed film, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, about a White House butler. That hasn’t stopped Warner Brothers, which owns the 1916 film, to ask that the new movie’s name be changed. Don’t movies recycle titles all the time?

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