October 13, 2005
FIRST IT was Michael Moore. Now add Spike Lee to the list of directors reported to be working on a documentary on Hurricane Katrina ("When the Levee Broke" for HBO). He told the St. Petersberg Times that he wouldn't be surprised to find intentional government involvement in the flooding of New Orleans. Spike, do us a favor - please, just don't sign Oliver ("JFK") Stone on as executive producer.
August 20, 2004 |
It takes chutzpah to make a movie about a pharmaceutical executive devoted to a cure for AIDS who engages in promiscuously unprotected sex by servicing lesbians who want children. It takes nerve to make this same movie about an African American intellectual, because it risks caricaturing the black man as sexual stud. Likewise it takes brass to ask whether this dude has paternal responsibility for the children he has sired, because it risks suggesting that his behavior isn't so different from the guys who enjoy sex but shirk its consequences.
June 27, 1994 |
Donna Britt (column, June 10) discusses Spike Lee's creativity, or lack thereof, in his movie "Crooklyn. " While her upbringing may have rendered her incapable of relating to some of the character portrayals depicted in the film, I and many of my colleagues raised in urban environments, such as Chester, North Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington and Chicago, lauded the film for its accuracy. Filmmakers, black and white, have always used "tear-jerker" music to move audiences through powerful scenes in an attempt to extract the human emotion characterized by Britt's final "F" word: "feelings.
February 13, 1998 |
Everybody says they are astonished to get an Oscar nomination, but perhaps none was as shocked as director Spike Lee, whose "4 Little Girls" was a nominee for best documentary. "I'm surprised because me and the Academy have had a checkered past," said Lee. "There's still a big under-representation as far as the African-American filmmaking community is concerned. " "4 Little Girls" airs Feb. 23 on HBO.
February 26, 1987 |
Spike Lee burst upon the movie scene last year with She's Gotta Have It. Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads comes from a time in Lee's life when he still hadn't quite got it right. The movies made by film school students as part of their work for a master's degree don't often find an audience beyond their professors - usually with good reason. Leaving aside the issue of talent, it's hard to do a professional job on minuscule resources. Lee made She's Gotta Have It, which is in its 25th week at the Ritz Five and still going strong, on a shoestring budget.
December 2, 1992 |
I take issue with two articles in the Daily News: "Spike's $34M epic" and "Truants not theaters' bag. " Both are layered in blatant untruths and misinformation. The subtitle of the first article, "Lee talks to white reporters yet, about Malcolm," demonstrates that the Daily News misunderstands the reasons for Spike Lee's preference to grant interviews only to African-Americans. Currently, no effective legislation regulates the hiring practices of news organizations and white-controlled publications.
October 5, 1990 |
Spike Lee is everywhere. Directing a movie (Jungle Fever), showing up on TV interview shows (Nightline), writing an op-ed piece in the New York Times (and selling second rights to several other papers), building a $400,000 house on Martha's Vineyard, even editing the current issue of Spin magazine, including his own chat with Eddie Murphy. But you might miss him tonight on "Spike & Co: Do It a Cappella" (Channel 12 at 9). His appearance with co-host Debbie Allen is nothing more than a celebrity tease designed to attract viewers to a show that's executive- produced and directed by a couple of his friends.
October 7, 2014 |
M O'NE DAVIS ' biggest fan? Spike Lee . "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" director Lee was in Philly this weekend, hanging out with the Taney Dragons phenom and the rest of the team. Why? I hear it's because he's making a documentary about the Philly ballers who made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series this year, capturing the hearts of our fickle town. A tipster told me that a film crew was spotted shooting at Marian Anderson Rec Center, at 18th and Fitzwater streets.
October 21, 2010 |
FILMMAKER Spike Lee , whose beloved Knicks played the Sixers last night, stopped for lunch yesterday at Table 31 inside the Comcast Center, where he chose fall vegetable soup and salmon. "NYPD Blue" actress Kim Delaney and Greater Philadelphia Film Office head Sharon Pinkenson were also at Table 31 in a separate party. Delaney, a Roxborough native, went for margarita pizza and cavatelli. Rachael Ray surprised customers at the Melrose Diner (15th & Snyder) yesterday morning, when the cooking-show host accompanied the 6ABC morning team for its "Breakfast Is on Us" stops.
September 8, 1992 |
Could Spike Lee's call to African Americans to miss work or school to see his film Malcolm X on opening day be, in part, a ploy in the moviemaker's disputes with the studio? Some Hollywood insiders think that is part of his strategy, the Los Angeles Times reports. As they see it, in heavily publicizing Nov. 20 as the date of the movie's premiere, Lee has enshrined it as a holiday of sorts, thereby making it difficult for Warner Bros. to threaten to delay the opening date as a lever to resolve its problems with the filmmaker.