So when the MPAA's title registration bureau decided this week that the
Today, he announced the hiring of prominent attorney David Boies, who represented
Boies is already threatening to file an antitrust suit, arguing that "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, DVDs or in any other way for almost a century makes no sense. The award has no purpose except to restrict competition and is contrary to public policy."
It's actually a 1916 short, counselor, but, hey, what's a year for a silent, black-and-white movie that practically no one had heard of before this week? It's hard to argue Boies' point and even harder to guess the reason why Warner Bros. decided to stick it to Weinstein by taking the matter to industry arbitration in the first place.
Might Warner Bros. be settling a score from this past Oscar season when Weinstein's
"The Butler" will likely retain its title, though Weinstein might have to give up a little something to make this happen. With the movie's Aug. 16 release date a mere six weeks away, it's a little late to rebrand it now. And Weinstein clearly believes it has some awards-season potential, what with its gentle, historical uplift and a cast that includes Forest Whitaker,
But just in case Weinstein finds himself in a last-minute bind, social media users have been volunteering to lend a hand in retitling the film. The hashtag #NewButlerTitles began trending last night. Among the nominees:
"You Got Served"
"The Presidents' Butler"
"He Who Butled"
"I Can't Believe It's Not ('The Butler')"
"The Man Who Set the Table"
"Butler. Gerard Butler"
"Glad I Got Out Before I Had to Clean Up After Clinton"
"Oscar Bait: The Movie"
"The Help 2"
Or maybe he could go the