• Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker (but not President Obama) star in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker (but not President Obama) star in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' (Photo: Weinstein Co./Getty Images)

    One thing is certain: President Barack Obama does NOT make his big-screen acting debut in the upcoming White House drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

    But there are two different stories circulating about why President Obama doesn't take his place in the movie alongside a number of leading actors playing former U.S. presidents.

    On Sunday, conservative political blogger Matt Drudge made a surprising post on Twitter about the film, claiming that the president had been asked to appear in the movie but said no.

    After news of Drudge's allegation broke, Lee Daniels, the film's director, spoke to Yahoo! Movies on Monday and said that Drudge got the story wrong.

    "No, I was too afraid to ask him," Daniels replied when asked if President Obama had been invited to be in the movie. "We wanted him to do it," Daniels said, and it

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  • Jennifer Aniston's Modest Moment … As a Stripper

    Jennifer Aniston in 'We're the Millers' (Warner Bros.)

    Jennifer Aniston may play a stripper in her latest film, "We're the Millers," but that doesn't mean she's takin' it all off for a big audience on set.

    In fact, when she filmed the movie's sauciest scene – where her character, Rose Miller, strips in front of her fake family in order to save them from some evil drug lords – that family wasn't even there!

    "We didn't watch her do it – in the movie was the first time we really saw it," Emma Roberts, who plays Rose's fake daughter, Casey Miller, explained to Yahoo! Movies. "They showed us a little at the monitor on set so we could know what we were watching but it was pretty much a really private set when she did that."

    Watch 'We're the Millers' Insider Access: Stripper

    [Related: Jennifer Aniston Reveals 'We're the

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    Why does Denzel Washington get so many box office hits in a row? Is he the biggest A-lister in the world right now?
    - I. Gilbert, Vermont

    Denzel does have a habit of delivering more than $20 million in box office receipts whenever one of his movies opens. The latest release, "2 Guns", is no exception, having logged $27.4 million this past weekend. That's certainly not as stellar as, say, "Safe House" ($40.2 million) or "The Book of Eli" ($32.8 million) but it's better than "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" ($23.4 million). Even the Oscar-bait movie "Flight" has made money, and that's saying something for a movie where all the action comes in the first 15 minutes.

    In historical context, it's clear that "2 Guns" didn’t, um, blow the box office away, but Washington still seems to be having a better summer than many. (Right, Ryan Reynolds?) Sure, Johnny Depp's "Lone Ranger" brought in roughly the same amount in its opening weekend earlier this season — but that flick was a $250 million production. As

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  • Good Things Happen When Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg Do Brunch

    Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg in Universal Pictures' '2 Guns'.

    We often assume most movies come together behind big corporate offices filled with agents, managers, and other wheelers and dealers. Not the case for "2 Guns."

    In fact, how Denzel Washington agreed to join Mark Wahlberg for the action comedy about two undercover federal agents trying to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel may have actually involved eggs. And possibly bacon.

    [Related: Get Local Tickets and Showtimes for '2 Guns']

    "We've known each other for quite some time. We run into each other at brunch with his wife and kids, my wife and kids, and we talked about working together," Wahlberg tells Yahoo! Movies in the interview below. "It so happened that I was attached to this and we wanted to offer it to Denzel first."

    Watch Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington talk to Yahoo! Movies:

    [Related: Paula Patton Topless in '2 Guns': 'It Was My Idea']

    Washington may have been the first choice to team up with Wahlberg, but neither of them were the original picks to star as the DEA Agent and navy

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  • Paula Patton Topless in '2 Guns': 'It Was My Idea'

    Paula Patton and Denzel Washington in '2 Guns' (Photo: Universal Pictures)

    "2 Guns" may be an action comedy, but it's not the first place we'd expect to find a lengthy topless scene.

    Of course, we're pretty sure no one will be complaining when they see an intimate scene between Paula Patton and Denzel Washington where their characters, DEA agents Deb and Bobby, are discussing their romantic relationship following a little roll in the hay. As Deb asks if Bobby ever loved her, Patton's breasts are out for all the world to see.

    "It was my idea. It was something that I had thought about for a long time," Patton told Yahoo! Movies. "You know, you prepare for all these scenes ahead of time and I just thought, 'Gosh, it doesn't seem realistic for somebody who's been lovers with somebody for quite a while and they've just made love and now the conversation's happening that you would have a bra or a top on.' It just didn't make sense to me, so I thought the natural thing would be to not have one on."

    Patton's co-star and director Baltasar Kormákur weren't about to stop her either.

    "I came to set and kind of surprised Denzel and

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  • Amanda Seyfried and James Franco in 'Loveless,' and the real Hugh Hefner in 1973 Amanda Seyfried and James Franco in 'Loveless,' and the real Hugh Hefner in 1973 (Photo: Radius/TWC, Everett Collection)

    The host with the most sleaze, that is. And, as it's James Franco, how can you resist?

    The chameleon-like Franco has transformed himself into yet another extremely distinctive character, and this time one with some considerable historical significance (at least in certain circles): Hugh Hefner, the man known for unleashing Playboy magazine unto the world and one of the all-time great heroes of high school boys 'round the world.

    Franco plays the magazine publisher and notorious ladies man in "Lovelace," the upcoming biography film about Linda Lovelace, star of the porn industry-changing "Deep Throat" and Hollywood tragic figure. And, as you might expect, Franco plays the Playboy Enterprises guru with ever-smirking, hand-kissing, ultra-icky charm.

    Watch James Franco and Amanda Seyfried in an exclusive clip from 'Lovelace':

    The scene takes place at the 1972 world premiere of "Deep Throat," which is, not surprisingly, hosted by Hefner (or "Hef," as he corrects Amanda Seyfried's Lovelace). Upon

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  • Hugh Jackman weightliftingHugh Jackman takes to Twitter, left, to prove his ongoing Wolverine prowess (@RealHughJackman/20th Century Fox)
    He keeps going and going ...

    Anyone who thinks being a movie star isn't hard work should spend some time with Hugh Jackman. The 44-year-old tour de force has been spending some serious time at the gym — for more than a year, now — for his seemingly never-ending Wolverine role.

    Jackman tweeted a picture of himself dead lifting what looks to be more than 300 pounds of iron in training for Wolverine's next "X-Men" adventure.

    And that bar sure looks to be having some trouble handling all that weight!

    [Related: Wolverine Burgers? Spidey Donuts? What’s the Deal With Unhealthy Hero Grub?]

    Not long after wrapping production on "The Wolverine" late last year, Jackman made his way onto the set of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" this spring — reprising, yet again, his grimacing, steel-clawed character. Add to that all the weight he dropped for "Les

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  • Lindsay Lohan in 'The Canyons'Lindsay Lohan in 'The Canyons' (Photo: IFC Films)

    "The Canyons" director Paul Schrader couldn't help praising his star Lindsay Lohan with one side of his mouth, while dishing about her out of the other, at Monday night's world premiere held in an intimate Lincoln Center screening room hosted by the Film Society.

    At the reception afterwards, Schrader (who made the brilliant literary adaptation "Affliction" and wrote the landmark "Taxi Driver") dropped this anecdote about their collaboration on this dark drama of hook-ups and hang-ups in Hollywood: Lindsay picked her own costumes, Schrader revealed. On set shooting the poolside scene at a cliffside mansion, Schrader told Lohan there would be the blue of the ocean, the white chairs, and then one red chair. That scarlet piece of furniture would be the scene's visual focal point.

    Instead of wearing the white swimsuit La Lohan was supposed to wear, the star squeezed into a red one. Oh, no! Behave!

    The truth is that Lindsay rocked that red one-piece with the deep vee netting that revealed her cleavage without exposing it. Yes, she became the focal point. Yes, Lindsay blew Schrader’s composition.

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  • The Wolverine ... and his very own burger (Photo: 20th Century Fox/ Red Robin)

    Burning Question: Why do summer blockbuster movies always partner with fast food companies when it comes to marketing? Why not healthier foods? — Miss M., Utah

    Because most superhero movies are family movies, and kids have a weakness for chicken nuggets and fries, not carrots and hummus, at least, not during their vacations.

    Fast food companies know this. Film studios know this. And hence, every summer, we are told that nobody loves a good burger more than a superhero ... even though Spider-Man looks like he's never seen a Krispy Kreme donut in his life, and there apparently were no complex carbs at all on Krypton.

    [Related: The Dumb Reasons We Dislike Movies]

    "There is no industry more quick to leverage the trending whims of its customers than fast food," notes Charlie Hopper, principal at Young and Laramore, an advertising agency that has worked with restaurant chain Steak 'n Shake. "That extends to these restaurants's ability to embrace a movie promotion and then just as quickly eject it from the store and scrub any trace of it, especially if the movie bombs."

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  • Critic’s Pick: ‘Blackfish’


    Must-See Movies Beyond the Blockbusters

    This is the golden age of documentaries. Exhibit A: Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s eye-opening, edge-of-your-seat feature. "Blackfish" has it all: an oversized villain, chilling attack footage, corporate malfeasance, and girls in bikinis. Add in a righteous save-the-whales cause, and it becomes the perfect nonfiction movie cocktail.

    The doc that SeaWorld would rather you ignore opens today week in Shamu’s home town, San Diego, as it widens out of New York and Los Angeles. It’s the story of the killer whale Tilikum, a thirty-something, six-ton Orca, ripped from his mother’s side, tossed into tanks smaller than Olympic Swimming pools, and bred like livestock.

    RELATED: 'Blackfish': The Stunning New Doc About SeaWorld's Orcas

    It gets worse: the massive captive animal has killed multiple humans, at least twice, possibly three times, while in captivity at one of America’s most famous, family friendly theme parks.

    Sometimes the violence even occurred with an

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