Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Let's Re-Name 'The Butler'!

Wait, wait, wait.  Let me get this straight.  They might have to change the title of The Butler, the star-studded Oscar circle jerk of a history lesson, because aWarner Bros. "had that title first?"

Warner Bros. is claiming keepsies on the title from a comedic short from 1917 that shares the title of Lee Daniels's upcoming White House drama.  That's right, a near-century year old short film might force The Weinstein Co. to change every single piece of pre-existing promotional material.  Warner Bros. won an appeal on Tuesday, and TWC is going to appeal the ruling. 

Did I mention that The Butler comes out in only six weeks?  Warner Bros. couldn't have fought this, oh, I don't know, when the movie was announced?  Or when publicity stills were surfacing?  After the trailer debuted?  The lawyer for TWC had this to say:

"The suggestion that there is a danger of confusion between The Weinstein Co.'s 2013 feature movie and a 1917 short that has not been shown in theaters, television, or DVD or any other way for almost a century makes no sense."

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