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."