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Lee Daniels discusses the struggle and strategy behind funding his new movie, The Butler, as well as how his personal experiences of homophobia and racism affects his storytelling.

Banner image: (L-R) Forest Whitaker and Lee Daniels. Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Banter Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 52 SEC

John Horn of the Los Angeles Times and Michael Schneider LA Bureau Chief of TV Guide magazine discuss top entertainment news stories. (Kim Masters is away.)

 

- The independent movies of Summer, 2013 -- like Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and Lee Daniels' The Butler-- that could teach the movie studios a thing or two.
- TV's highest paid stars. Hint: Jon Stewart & Judge Judy
- Two new channels target Millennials -- Pivot from Participant Media and FXX, an offshoot of FX

 

Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen

Main Topic Filmmaker Lee Daniels 21 MIN, 56 SEC

Filmmaker Lee Daniels talks with Kim Masters about the uphill battle to fund his new movie, Lee Daniels' The Butler, an African American historical drama. In the end it took creative casting of white actors and a slew of producers to get the movie a green light. Daniels wonders aloud if it would have been easier to get investors if it were a white drama. He also opens up about how his personal suffering has impacted his filmmaking. As a child he experienced physical abuse at the hands of his father for being gay -- something Daniels says is not welcome in the African American community, and when attending a white High School he encountered racism. Kim asks him if, in today's Hollywood, it's harder to be African American or to be gay. He says he needs to remain silent because he wants to work.

 

 

 

Guests:
Lee Daniels, filmmaker (@RealLenDaniels)

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