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Spike Lee celebrating Do The Right Thing anniversary at Ebertfest

March 11th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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Director Spike Lee will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his cult movie Do The Right Thing by attending a special screening at the 16th annual Ebertfest in Illinois.

The 1989 release, about racial tensions boiling over on a hot day in Brooklyn, New York, won high praise from revered film critic Roger Ebert, who rated the drama four out of five, and now the moviemaker will honour the memory of the late writer by marking the big occasion at the film festival set up in his name.

The event will take place at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign on 25 April (14).

Lee won't be the only director ...

Spike Lee under fire after vandals strike old Brooklyn neighbourhood

March 3rd, 2014 3:10am EST
Spike Lee
Outspoken director Spike Lee has come under fire for giving out his father's Brooklyn, New York address during a rant about the area's gentrification, after vandals sprayed graffiti on neighbours' homes.

The He Got Game director complained about the changes in Fort Greene, where he was raised, while giving a speech at the Pratt Institute on Tuesday (25Feb14), when he claimed improvements had only been made since white residents moved in, which in turn raised house prices and forced out long-standing black residents.

He raged, "I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It'...

Jay Z and Beyoncé's $2 million Super Bowl show

February 3rd, 2014 4:20am EST
Jay Z, Beyoncé and DJ Tiesto were paid more then $2 million to perform at the most expensive Super Bowl party of all-time on Saturday night (02.01.14).
The couple performed for 6,000 guests at Pier 40 on Manhattan's West Side, while DJ Tiesto took to the decks, and the trio banked huge pay checks for their night's work, according to the New York Post newspaper.
Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx were joined by music legend Sir Paul McCartney to watch Beyoncé and her husband perform her single 'Drunk in Love' at the DirecTV Super Saturday party.
The show took place ...

Spike Lee mourns loss of younger brother

January 3rd, 2014 3:10am EST
Spike Lee
Director Spike Lee is mourning the loss of his younger brother, Christopher Lee, who passed away at the age of 55.

The Do The Right Thing filmmaker ended 2013 on a sombre note, as his younger sibling passed away on 30 December (13).

While Lee did not reveal the cause of death, he confirmed the tragedy on New Year's Eve (31Dec13).

Taking to Twitter.com, Lee wrote, "Mr. Christopher Lee R.I.P December 23,1958-December 30,2013. Chris Is My Brother Born Right After Me. Not A Good Way To Start The New Year.May God Bless His Soul.

"On Behalf Of The Lee Family I Thank One And All,From Far And N...

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

December 2nd, 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...

Spike Lee: 'Good karma made kickstarter film funding campaign a big success'

November 18th, 2013 3:10am EST
Spike Lee
Filmmaker Spike Lee believes the success of his recent Kickstarter.com campaign to fun his new movie is all down to good karma, because he has donated large cash amounts to help other directors get projects off the ground.

His new documentary, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, was funded by fan donations of the crowdsourcing website - Lee initially set a target of $1.25 million (£830,000), but that was eclipsed as film lovers raised $1.4 million (£930,000), and now the director is convinced his past generosity paid off big time.

He tells WENN, "I've invested in at least eight or nine projects sinc...

Spike Lee still keen to take Do The Right Thing to Broadway

October 23rd, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Spike Lee
Director Spike Lee is still keen to turn his hit film Do The Right Thing into a Broadway musical, but insists he will not appear on stage as he did in the movie.

The filmmaker revealed last year he was in talks with theatre mogul and producer Sir James Nederlander and had big plans to take the cult 1989 movie, which earned him a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nod, to the stage.

Lee reveals he has started work on the project, but insists he will not be reprising his role as main character Mookie.

He tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "We might be doing a Broadway musical of ...

Samuel L. Jackson risked his safety for Do The Right Thing

October 18th, 2013 3:02am EDT
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson and the cast of Spike Lee's 1989 movie Do The Right Thing were constantly harassed by gang members and hoodlums in New York during filming - because they ruined 'business' on the streets.

Lee hired members of the Fruit of Islam organisation to work security on the set but whenever Jackson or his co-stars left the safety of their surroundings, thugs threatened to beat them up.

During a recent cast reunion, organised by Entertainment Weekly, Jackson revealed, "Once the Fruit of Islam cleared out the crack houses, it was quiet in there, nobody bothered us. (But) the occasio...

Samuel L. Jackson & Spike Lee agreed not to talk about movie grumbles

September 22nd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee stuck to an unspoken rule not to dredge up the past on the set of their new movie Oldboy - the actor didn't ask his director about his war of words with Quentin Tarantino and Lee didn't ask his leading man about the awful Soul Men, directed by his cousin Malcolm.

Lee has been very vocal about his feelings towards Jackson's pal Tarantino and his films, and he went into overdrive when the moviemaker's slavery western Django Unchained, which featured the Pulp Fiction star, came out late last year (12), calling on African-Americans to boycott the film and insist...

Samuel L. Jackson & Spike Lee Ended Feud For 'Oldboy'

September 22nd, 2013 5:36pm EDT
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Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee's wives brought the two old friends back together over dinner after a spat drove the director and his one-time leading man apart.

Jackson appeared in a number of Lee's films before the two men fell out, but their wives remained friends and plotted to get the two men at the same table.

The actor tells the new issue of Playboy magazine, "Spike's wife Tonya, and my wife, LaTanya, have been good friends for a long time and my wife just acted in a TV film Tonya produced and wrote, called The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

"So our wives would interact often, and we w...

Spike Lee launches Kickstarter campaign for next film

July 22nd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Spike Lee
Director Spike Lee has turned to crowdsourcing website Kickstarter.com in a bid to raise enough money to fund his next movie.

The director is appealing to generous fans to help him reach his target of $1.25 million (£806,450) by 21 August (13) in order to foot the cost of his upcoming project.

In a message to potential investors, Lee admits it is growing increasingly difficult to get independent films made because Hollywood executives are only interested in big budget action and sci-fi movies.

He writes, "With the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it's not an encouraging loo...

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

July 11th, 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...

Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth show picked up for TV special

June 26th, 2013 3:12am EDT
Mike Tyson
Former boxing champ-turned-actor Mike Tyson's one-man stage show has landed him his first TV special.

His Undisputed Truth show is to be filmed by HBO Films for a broadcast later this year (13). The project will be directed by Spike Lee, who championed and mentored Tyson throughout his theatrical run.

Undisputed Truth debuted in Las Vegas in 2012 and has since enjoyed success on Broadway and on tour across the U.S.

Tyson says, "I'm incredibly grateful to HBO for partnering with me and for believing in my story. It is an honour and a privilege to be working with them to bring my one-man s...

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

April 11th, 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'

January 18th, 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

December 27th, 2012 10:37am EST
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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

November 21st, 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'

September 1st, 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

August 28th, 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 Twitter.com to urge followers to...

Mike Tyson Brings One-Man Show To Broadway

August 3rd, 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!

June 21st, 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

March 29th, 2012 10:40am EDT
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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 Twitter.com 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

March 27th, 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

March 25th, 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

March 7th, 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.


Elizabeth Olsen Brings Young Blood To 'Oldboy'

February 29th, 2012 2:46pm EST
Elizabeth Olsen
Unlike many young ingénues, whose roles are as much about hair and makeup as substance, Elizabeth Olsen's roles in spooky thrillers "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and the upcoming "Silent House," make it clear that the actress isn't just another pretty face; she's a creeper too.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olsen will continue her work in the "freaking the bejesus out of audiences genre" with a possible starring role in Spike Lee's joint/adaptation of South Korean director Park Chan-wook's psychological thriller "Oldboy."

The film tells the story of a kidnapped businessman, played by ...

The Best Of Denzel Washington

February 11th, 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...

Giants vs. Patriots: Who 20 Celeb Fans Are Rooting For In The Super Bowl

February 2nd, 2012 1:59pm EST
Tom Brady
Who says Hollywood doesn't know sports? With Super Bowl XLVI just days away, many in the movie biz are showing their true colors in preparation for the big game. But the fandom elevates when two storied teams like the New York Giants and the New England Patriots face off.

Here, we take a look at 10 die-hard celebrity fans for each team. Based on this study alone, the Patriots fans may be better-looking; but if a fight were to break out at the bar this weekend, we'd want these Giants fans to have our back.

New York Giants

Rooney Mara/Kate Mara It's not a stretch to say that the Mara ...

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

January 31st, 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

January 26th, 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 ...

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