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July 20, 2013 | By Chris Lee
This post has been updated. See below for details.   The spirit of compromise prevailed late Friday in the drawn-out legal battle over the title of director Lee Daniels' upcoming historical drama “The Butler.” The MPAA overturned its original ruling from earlier this month that would have forced the Weinstein Co.-distributed film - which stars Forrest Whitaker as a domestic servant who worked for eight sitting presidents in...
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July 20, 2013 | By Chris Lee
This post has been updated. See below for details.   The spirit of compromise prevailed late Friday in the drawn-out legal battle over the title of director Lee Daniels' upcoming historical drama “The Butler.” The MPAA overturned its original ruling from earlier this month that would have forced the Weinstein Co.-distributed film - which stars Forrest Whitaker as a domestic servant who worked for eight sitting presidents in...
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June 30, 1994 | JAMES GRANT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a town that thrives on the flashy, Forest Whitaker is one actor who shuns the limelight, does his work and then goes home. Nonetheless, the 32-year-old actor has worked constantly during the last couple of years, in such quirky yet high-profile films as "Bird" and "The Crying Game," and this season he's in four upcoming movies, as well as in the director's chair again.
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June 30, 1994 | JAMES GRANT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a town that thrives on the flashy, Forest Whitaker is one actor who shuns the limelight, does his work and then goes home. Nonetheless, the 32-year-old actor has worked constantly during the last couple of years, in such quirky yet high-profile films as "Bird" and "The Crying Game," and this season he's in four upcoming movies, as well as in the director's chair again.
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October 15, 1991 | SHEILA BENSON
Beyond Baroque Old Venice City Hall, 681 Venice Blvd.; (310) 822-3006. Admission: $6 non-members, $3 members, students & seniors. Readings Friday evenings. * Nov. 1: Harold Brodkey. Chateau Marmont 8221 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; (213) 472-4533. Poetry Society of America, West readings: The Act of the Poet. Free admission. Actors select their own programs; poets read from their own works. * Oct. 27: Helen Shaver, Alberto Rios. * Nov. 17: Joe Spano, Timothy Steele. * Dec.
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May 8, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Moviegoers well-acquainted with Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels' eyebrow-raising filmic oeuvre may be shocked to learn that his latest movie, “The Butler,” seems, at first blush, rather short on salacious surprises. This from the guy who had Nicole Kidman urinate on Zac Effron's face in last year's lurid drama “The Paperboy” and had Mo'Nique hurl a frying pan at Gabourey Sidibe's head (en route to claiming an Academy Award) in 2009's “Precious.” "The Butler" centers on Cecil Bates (Forrest Whitaker)
BUSINESS
April 11, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Don't even think of tossing this tea into the harbor. Relax, sip, maybe even raise that pinkie finger in the air. At Le Palais des Thes in Beverly Hills -- an offshoot of the France-based tea emporium -- co-owners Randy Arnold and David Barenholtz stock 250 teas, including more than a dozen green and organic varieties for health-conscious Southern Californians.
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May 11, 1994 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Monday's industry screening of Showtime's "Lush Life" at the Directors Guild. The film about the lives of jazz musicians airs May 20. A party followed at the Roxbury club's top floor. * Who Was There: From the film came co-star Kathy Baker (Jeff Goldblum and Forrest Whitaker were off filming). Also on hand were 400 agents and production execs.
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November 30, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Black Friday arrived at the box office this Thanksgiving weekend with moviegoers showing sustained appetite for leftovers. In its second weekend in theaters, “ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ” is on a course to not only come in first; it may score one of the most robust opening weekends in movie history. The sci-fi sequel to 2012's “The Hunger Games,”  “Catching Fire” hauled in $31.2 million Friday, putting it in position to smash the five-day Thanksgiving holiday record -- of $82 million held by “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” -- with a projected $113 million gross.
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October 29, 2006 | ELIZABETH SNEAD
THE Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards is the kickoff for the awards season, the first gala where nomination-seekers press the flesh. But it's all very discreet because the awards aren't on live TV. Also, winners know they're getting an award. What a relief! Everyone chilled at the Beverly Hilton knowing no faux pas, Freudian slip or sour puss would be seen around the globe.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Weinstein Co. has struck a deal to restructure its debt in the wake of several film flops, but the arrangement leaves the independent production company with a formidable task if it is to turn around its fortunes. The settlement calls for the New York studio, run by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, to turn over about 200 titles from its film catalog to Goldman Sachs and insurance company Assured Guarantee, which were owed $450 million as part of a $1.2-billion financing package the investment bank arranged for Weinstein Co. when it launched in 2005, two people familiar with the situation said Thursday.
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