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The Butler bows down to name change

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Jul 02, 2013 | 10:09pm EDT

Bosses behind star-studded historical movie The Butler have been forced to change its name after it was ruled a rival studio owns the rights to the title. The film, about Eugene Allen - the butler to eight U.S. presidents and their families - features an A-list cast, including Forest Whitaker as Allen, Oprah Winfrey as his wife, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy. However, chiefs at The Weinstein Company will have to come up with a new title for the highly-anticipated movie ahead of its August (13) release after executives at Warner Bros. won an arbitration battle on Tuesday (02Jul13). Warner Bros. bosses successfully argued they own the rights to the title because they have a 1916 comedy of the same name in their catalogue.

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