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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 03/07/2012

In other news: Forest Whitaker may play White House butler; Rush wants songs off Rush Limbaugh’s show

Forest Whitaker in Marrakech last year. (Valery Hache/Getty Images)

• Well, this makes more sense: Variety reports that Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to play Eugene Allen, the White House butler made famous by our colleague Wil Haygood’s story about his decades of service under eight presidents. Reports last month indicated that rising young actor David Oyelowo might snag the role in the movie based on the Post story, to be directed by Lee Daniels. But Variety reports that Oyelowo, 35, is now being eyed to play Allen’s son, with Oscar winner Whitaker, 50, in the lead role — and Oprah Winfrey in early talks to play his wife.

Read also: White House butler Eugene Allen, well served by this election, 11/7/2008.

The other Rush: Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson. (Courtesy of VH1)
• Who else is mad at Rush Limbaugh? Arena rockers Rush (no relation). Following a demand from Peter Gabriel that the name-calling conservative radio yakker stop playing his “Sledgehammer,” the Canadian band issued a cease-and-desist asking Limbaugh’s producers pull their tunes as well. Moral suasion may be their only leverage, though, since most radio shows obtain a blanket license from music publishers to play a wide variety of songs. Meanwhile, liberal talk show host Bill Maher took the surprise step of defending Limbaugh, sort of, tweeting Tuesday that the world should accept his apology and move on.

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