24 September 2012 11:52 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" was more or less pilloried after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and isn't going to be in the Oscar race, it looks like his next effort could find him once again as an awards season player. The Weinstein Company have picked up the U.S. rights to his star-studded, historical drama "The Butler." Forest Whitaker is in the lead playing Eugene Allen, the late White House butler who served eight presidents during his tenure from 1952 to 1986. To go with the announcement, we have a new set pic of the actor in costume, which is leagues better than that silhouette thing that dropped in August. No release date yet, of course, but will Daniels get a shot at redemption at Cannes next year? Full press release below. New York, NY – September 24, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they have acquired U.S. »


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