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'Lee Daniels' The Butler' premieres in New York

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"Lee Daniels' The Butler," which premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on Monday, tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades and how he saw the Civil Rights movement from inside the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the Civil Rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family.

Forest Whitaker plays the butler, Cecil Gaines.

The film also stars Liev Schrieber, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Fonda, and Orpah Winfrey, who plays the butler's wife.

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" hits theaters on Friday, August 16, 2013.

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