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And The Academy Award Goes To...

2/29/2016 8:42am EST
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Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar on Sunday night after being nominated five times since 1994 when he starred in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."

"The Revenant" star earned his first Academy Award for playing real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in Alejandro Gonzalez Innarritu's survival drama. He told the audience: "Thank you all so very much. To my brother in this endeavor, (co-star) Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent onscreen can only be surpassed by your friendship offscreen.

"To Mr. Alejandro Inarritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history in t...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Do The Right Thing'

12/12/2014 12:30pm EST
SAG Awards, Golden Globes – the award nominated dramatic hits just keep on coming. So do they here as we look back at a film that tried to fight the power and change minds to boot – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s selection is a funny, poignant, dramatic and still relevant today pot boiler that announced a unique voice on the cinematic scene. Combining humor with a serious issue like race and injecting it with a scorching style that matched the films’ hot setting and rising tensions, this was one film that anyone who saw would never forget. For all those who haven’t, it’s tim...

10 Celebrities Who've Been Caught In Racist Scandals

6/4/2014 8:00pm EDT
10 Celebrities Who've Been Caught In Racist Scandals
Justin Bieber recently made headlines after a video surfaced of the star making a racist joke when he was 15 years old. The pop star apologized profusely, telling fans: "I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again."

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there. Additional footage from the video was leaked showing Bieber joking about joining the Ku Klux Klan...

In A Year Of Box Office Bombs, 'Oldboy' Ranks Among The Worst

12/2/2013 3:03pm EST
Did you see Oldboy over your Thanksgiving break? If you did, you're part of a select group.

Analysts looking back on 2013 may blame it for a change in the way Hollywood does business, thanks to the failure of several flops of "tent pole" films - the films studios lean on to make the largest percentage of their yearly profit. The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D., and Jack the Giant Slayer all lost around $100 million apiece this year due to low ticket sales and high production budgets.

While Oldboy only cost about $30 million to make, it may go down as having the least return at the box office. How b...

'Oldboy' Remake Red Band Trailer: Hallways And Claw Hammers

7/11/2013 2:07pm EDT
Can Spike Lee re-create Chan-Wook Park's gory, compelling, and acclaimed work Oldboy? The red band trailer of his remake suggests he has a pretty good shot.

Josh Brolin stars in the remake of the 2003 Korean hit, where he plays a man inexplicably held hostage for almost twenty years. His only access to the outside world is the small hole in the door where he is given food and a television that keeps him up to date on current events - flashes of newscasts covering 9/11, Katrina, and the murder of his wife (apparently he is the prime suspect) are interwoven with flashes of Brolin trying to k...

Diana Ross, Prince And Spike Lee Added To Witness List In Michael Jackson Civil Suit

4/11/2013 10:01am EDT
Diana Ross
Diana Ross has been added to the long list of stars set to take the witness stand in the Jackson family's upcoming lawsuit against AEG Live.

Michael Jackson's mother Katherine and the late pop star's three children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, have a accused the concert promoter with Jackson's wrongful death, claiming that they were negligent in their hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in jail in November 2011.

The plaintiff's attorneys have argued that AEG Live wasn't thorough enough in its background check of the cardiol...

Jamie Foxx Calls Spike Lee's 'Django Unchained' Criticism 'Irresponsible'

1/18/2013 11:23am EST
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx has blasted Spike Lee's "irresponsible" criticism of his acclaimed new movie Django Unchained, insisting the director has no right to comment on a film he hasn't seen. 

The slavery-era Western, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, has sparked controversy for its repeated use of racially-charged insults and Lee recently vowed to boycott the movie as such language is "disrespectful" to his ancestors. 

However, Foxx has questioned the validity of Lee's criticism, telling British newspaper The Guardian, "The questions for me is (sic): Where is Spike Lee coming from?... I mea...

Spike Lee Calls 'Django Unchained' Disrespectful, Hasn't Watched It

12/27/2012 10:37am EST
Spike Lee
Director Spike Lee has taken aim at Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained, insisting the slave drama is "disrespectful" to African American history.

The movie, which stars Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, follows the fortunes of a freed servant trying to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The project has received rave reviews, but Lee won't be watching it because he's convinced it's one movie African Americans should avoid.

He tells Vibe magazine, "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it. All I'm going to sa...

Spike Lee's 'Michael Jackson: BAD 25' Documentary To Air Thanksgiving Night

11/21/2012 9:17pm EST
Michael Jackson
BAD25 chronicles the making of Michael Jackson's iconic, record-breaking Bad album and Michael's first world tour as a solo artist.

With BAD25, Spike Lee examines Michael Jackson's creative vision for the album that ended up defining an era. Michael's lasting artistic legacy comes to life thanks to rare and never before seen footage and the vivid recollections of Michael's collaborators and confidants, such as Martin Scorsese who directed the 18-minute short film for the single Bad.

TIME Magazine called BAD25 "an intimate view of a performer at his peak in the intense splendor of creativi...

Spike Lee Launches Michael Jackson Documentary On Anniversary Of 'Bad'

9/1/2012 10:36am EDT
Spike Lee
Moviemaker Spike Lee launched his new Michael Jackson documentary at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Friday - on the 25th anniversary of the release of the King of Pop's "Bad".

Wearing a "Bad" T-shirt and cap, the director told reporters his new film is "a love letter to Michael."

At a press conference launching the film, Lee said he grew up wanting to be Michael Jackson - but wasn't talented enough.

He joked, "I had the afro (hairstyle), the look... That's where it stopped."

Lee plans to show his homage to all things Jackson to the late superstar's three kids before an edited vers...

Stars Support Tropical Storm Isaac Victims

8/28/2012 11:48am EDT
Alyssa Milano
Actress Alyssa Milano, filmmaker Spike Lee and singer Cher are among the stars who have turned the spotlight on victims of Tropical Storm Isaac by sending out heartfelt messages of support.

Residents of the northern Gulf Coast have been put on high alert as the cyclone threatens to turn into a hurricane on Tuesday, with Louisiana, Alabama and Florida expected to be worst affected.

The storm, which comes seven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in Louisiana, has already claimed a reported 24 lives, and a number of famous faces have taken to to urge followers to...

Mike Tyson Brings One-Man Show To Broadway

8/3/2012 8:57am EDT
Mike Tyson
Former boxing champ Mike Tyson is appearing in the one-man show, "Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth," on Broadway. Directed by Spike Lee, Tyson's two-hour set focuses on his life - from childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., up through his boxing career.

The athlete openly discusses his public divorce from actress Robin Givens and a surprise incident involving Brad Pitt. It also touches upon the time he spent in prison.

The show opened on Thursday, and Tyson told the Associated Press he doesn't mind talking about his personal life on such a public stage.

Tyson said he's fine with revealing intimate deta...

Mike Tyson The Self-Proclaimed 'Prostitute Hunter' To Hit Broadway!

6/21/2012 11:56am EDT
Mike Tyson and Spike Lee for new Boradway Show
The infamously garrulous Mike Tyson recently appeared on the Today Show to discuss his new Broadway show collaboration with director Spike Lee. This is Spike Lee’s first attempt at Broadway and Tyson is set to perform a one-man show titled Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth to open at the Longacre Theatre for six days only, starting July 31.

What will surely make this show interesting is Tyson’s infamous no-holds-barred story telling approach to his life. In his heyday, Tyson was known to make public outlandish, comical, and, sometimes, incomprehensible remarks – so much so, he was often parodie...

Spike Lee Apologizes After Tweeting Wrong George Zimmerman Address

3/29/2012 10:40am EDT
Spike Lee
Hollywood director Spike Lee has issued an apology to an elderly Florida couple after he published their address on the internet in connection with the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

The moviemaker thought he was retweeting the address of neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who shot Martin dead in a Florida gated community on February 26, sparking outrage and protests across the U.S.

However, the address he posted to his page was actually the home of Elaine and David McClain, who have a son named William George Zimmerman - no relation to the Zimmerman involved...

Bogus Will Smith Tweet Becomes An Internet Sensation

3/27/2012 8:26am EDT
Will Smith
A fake Will Smith tweet commenting on Trayvon Martin's killing has gone viral after it was re-posted by several Hollywood stars including Spike Lee and Rosie O'Donnell.

The quote, wrongly attributed to the Hollywood actor, suggested the woman who pelted Kim Kardashian with flour last week was arrested more quickly than the killer of slain Martin.

The fake tweet, accompanied by a picture of the Men in Black actor and the account name @RealWillSmith, reads, "We live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site. But the man who killed Trayvon Martin is st...

Celebrities Back Obama's Call For Trayvon Martin Murder Probe

3/25/2012 5:00pm EDT
Spike Lee
Will Ferrell, Spike Lee and Sean "Diddy" Combs have thrown their support behind Barack Obama after the U.S. President demanded a full investigation into Trayvon Martin's murder.

Obama has stepped into the debate after the unarmed African-American 17 year old was shot dead in a Florida gated community on February 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who has not been arrested and who claims he was acting in self-defense.

The president admitted on Friday he had been moved by the racially-charged incident, insisting, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," and calling for...

Wesley Snipes Plans Acting Comeback Following Prison Release

3/7/2012 8:32am EST
Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes is "in great shape" in jail and is plotting his comeback, according to close friend Spike Lee.

The star began a three-year prison sentence in December 2010 for neglecting to file income tax returns, and moviemaker Lee visited his pal in prison in Pennsylvania on Monday.

Updating fans about the star's wellbeing, he insists Snipes is doing well and is looking forward to life as a free man.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Lee writes, "Yesterday I Went To McKean Federal Correctional Institute in West Hell, Pennsylvania To Spend 2 Great Hours With My Man Wesley Snipes.


The Best Of Denzel Washington

2/11/2012 8:15am EST
With “Safe House” in theaters this weekend, audiences will get to see Denzel Washington as a rogue CIA agent who might possibly be the most dangerous man on the planet. Washington, who has been impressing audiences for over two decades, is one of the rare actors in Hollywood who can successfully portray a character that doesn’t easily fit into either the “good guy” or “bad guy” category.

Even a cursory glance at his filmography, one can easily see the varied career Washington has had. To recognize one of the most talented actors of his generation, here are some of Washington’s most memorab...

Check Out 'Malcolm X' On Blu-ray Jan. 31

1/31/2012 6:24am EST
Malcolm X on bluray
Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter X.

When the film's narrative begins moments later, it jumps back to World War II-era Boston, where Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is making his living as a hustler. The son of a Baptist preacher who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, Little was raised by foster parents after his mother was deemed clinically insane; as an adult...

Brad Pitt To Host Star-Studded Gala For New Orleans

1/26/2012 8:22am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has rounded up celebrity pals including Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey and Rihanna to support his upcoming fundraiser for New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Hollywood actor launched the Make It Right Foundation to raise funds for housing in the city after the devastation caused by 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

Pitt has handed over millions of dollars of his own cash to boost the cause, and he's hosting a charity event in March to raise more money for the sustainable living initiative.

Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers and Seal will perform at the event, while guests slated to attend ...

Kanye West Remembers Haitian Tragedy During Christmas

12/27/2011 10:38am EST
Kanye West
Kanye West has asked fans to keep the victims of the Haitian earthquake in their memories over the festive season as "people are still suffering."

Thousands were left homeless following the devastating tremor, which struck the region in January, 2010, and West has called on his followers to remember those less fortunate as they celebrate the holidays - because many Haitians are still struggling to adapt to life after the tragedy.

In a series of Twitter posts on Christmas Day, the hitmaker wrote, "Even though Haiti isn't in the news as much the issues are still there. Little has changed. P...

Stevie Wonder And Mariah Carey Are 2012 BET Honors Winners

12/12/2011 2:27pm EST
Stevie Wonder
Hit-makers Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey are to be recognized at the 2012 BET Honors for their outstanding contributions to African-American culture.

Each year BET Network hands out trophies to a handful of extraordinary legends and next year Wonder will pick up the accolade in the musical arts category, while Carey will take home the prize for best entertainer.

Also receiving tributes are renowned poet Maya Angelou for her literary arts achievements and filmmaker Spike Lee for his work in the media.

The star-studded ceremony will be hosted by actress Gabrielle Union and take place a...

Samuel L. Jackson Is The Highest-Grossing Actor Of All Time

10/26/2011 1:00pm EDT
Samuel L Jackson in Iron Man 2
Samuel L. Jackson is big news at the box office - his movies have pulled in $7.4 billion during his career.

The actor has appeared in more than 100 movies since his big break in Spike Lee's 1991 movie "Jungle Fever," and his hard work has paid off - he is the highest-grossing actor of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Thanks to hits such as "Jurassic Park" ($914 million), "Pulp Fiction" ($212 million) and the "Star Wars" prequels ($2.4 billion), Jackson is top of the Hollywood pile, with his films outstripping the competition at the box office.

He has averaged fo...

Spike Lee To Remake 'Oldboy'

7/11/2011 11:55pm EDT
Spike Lee
Spike Lee has signed on to remake Park Chan-Wook's ultra-violent vengeance thriller Oldboy for Hollywood.

Mandate Pictures executives have ended months of speculation by announcing Lee is their man for the revamp of the hit Korean film.

Mandate bosses have been trying to get Oldboy adapted since 2008, and now they think they have the perfect script and director.

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith were reportedly attached to the project at one point.

Our Favorite Celebrity Feuds

5/31/2011 12:00pm EDT
Celebrity Feuds
Recently, it was reported that "The Situation" and Ronnie got into a major fist-fight while shooting the fourth season of the "Jersey Shore" in Italy. The two have long been frienemies and it looks like the tension between them finally reached a boiling point. The Sitch and Ronnie's feud is one of many celebrity feuds in Hollywood that have escalated. Here are some other celebrity conflicts and rivalries that have involved trash-talking, backstabbing, and at the same time, provided us with pure entertainment.

Rosie O'Donnell vs. Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been invol...

Carmelo Mania in New York

2/24/2011 12:01pm EST
Carmelo Anthony
Melo madness reached its tipping last night as he finally made his debut in Madison Square Garden. After starting slow in the first half, Anthony got it going in the second. When his new partner in crime Amar’e Stoudemire fouled out, it was Anthony who would make two clutch baskets down the stretch to give the Knicks the win. Melo was only 10 for 25 accounting for 27 points and also had 10 boards but it was more about the shots that did fall compared to the ones that didn’t. This was a night to remember in the garden as it was a culmination from all the chaos that has surrounded Anthony for...

Thousands Celebrate Michael Jackson's Birthday

8/30/2010 11:03am EDT
Michael Jackson
Thousands of Michael Jackson fans gathered across the U.S. on Sunday to celebrate what would have been the King of Pop's 52nd birthday.

Devoted Jackson fans proved they have not forgotten about the "Thriller" hitmaker, who died on 25 June, 2009 - and hundreds gathered outside his childhood home in Gary, Indiana at the weekend to celebrate his life and music.

The singer was honored with a special "This Is It" birthday party on Saturday, where Gary Mayor Rudy Clay addressed the crowd. He said: "The passing of our favorite son, Michael Jackson, is still fresh in our hearts. A year later, on ...

Brad Pitt Wants To Kill BP Oil Execs

8/24/2010 2:32pm EDT
Brad Pitt
Eco-warrior Brad Pitt is so appalled by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico he wants those responsible for the chaos to be executed.

The movie star insists he's an opponent of the death penalty, but he'd make an exception for the BP bosses behind the 100-day-plus oil leak, which has become America's greatest environmental disaster.

Wildlife and marine creatures were killed as the oil flooded into the sea, and fishermen and those reliant on tourism throughout the Gulf region were left struggling the make ends meet.

And Pitt is calling for strong action when it comes to dealing with ...

Spike Lee Criticizes President Obama Again Over Oil Spill

8/23/2010 10:29am EDT
Spike Lee
Filmmaker Spike Lee has risked falling foul of President Barack Obama - he's blasted the leader over his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis.

Lee has accused Obama of an error of judgment for "trusting" bosses at fuel giant BP to halt a potential environmental disaster after a rig off the south coast of the U.S. ruptured in April.

And he's slammed government officials for taking seven weeks to invite the families of 11 platform workers killed in the initial explosion to the White House.

Lee tells GQ magazine, "I don't know why Obama ever trusted these BP guys! They would lie ...

Tyler Perry Still Angry Over Spike Lee's 'Coonery And Buffoonery' Comments

8/11/2010 1:45pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Actor/director Tyler Perry is still fuming over his spat with Spike Lee - he's adamant his fellow moviemaker should have spoken to him privately instead of criticizing him in public.

Lee sparked fury last year when he accused Perry of producing films that are a step backwards for African-American cinema and resort to "coonery and buffoonery". Perry brushed off the criticisms at the time, but he is still upset over the comments - and insists directors who "speak down" to black viewers are far more "insulting" than his movies.

He tells Empire magazine, "I'm not offended by (Lee's comment...