Saturday, April 20, 2024

Oprah Snaps Up TV Rights to “The Butler” for 2017


Smart, smart, smart: Oprah Winfrey has snapped up TV rights to Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” The movie will play on OWN after it’s had its cable and pay TV showings and DVD sales. Oprah, of course, will be nominated for Best supporting Actress from “The Butler.” I dare say she will win, as well. Winfrey has made an investment in herself and the movie. “The Butler” has made over $106 million. Look for Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Actor (Forest Whitaker), Supporting Actress (Winfrey), Supporting Actor (David Oyelowo), Director (Daniels), Screenplay (Danny Strong), and Best Song (Gladys Knight song written by Lenny Kravitz).

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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