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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2004 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
NEWS
June 27, 1994 | BY R. PAIGE SMITH I
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.
NEWS
February 13, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
February 26, 1987 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
NEWS
December 2, 1992 | BY RANDAL HOLLY
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.
NEWS
October 5, 1990 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
September 8, 1992 | This story contains information from the Associated Press, New York Post, Los Angeles Times and Inquirer correspondent Ryan Murphy
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1990 | By Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
Membership has its privileges. Without that, talent and celebrity will have to do. Case in point is the latest issue of Spin magazine, the "Spike Lee memorial issue. " When publisher Bob Guccione Jr. asked the outspoken African-American filmmaker to guest edit the October issue of the music mag, Lee rose to the occasion - or was it taking the bait? - and promised Guccione "the blackest issue they've ever had. " He's succeeded. There's stuff in there that you'd never get to read if it hadn't been for Lee's influence and perspective - like Eddie Murphy admitting to having a room with lots of Elvis pictures, and the Chuck D Black Planet reading list.
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NEWS
March 13, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to "Off the Wall. " The title of Spike Lee's MJ doc doesn't trip off the tongue, but with the help of talking heads - including Quincy Jones, Questlove, Kobe Bryant, and, yes, David Byrne - and a trove of fabulous performance footage, it digs most satisfyingly into the former child star's pre-Thriller coming-of-age period. On DVD and Showtime On Demand. Mary Lattimore. First, Philadelphia's own indie-rock harpist hosts a DJ night with the inspired name "Hey Stupid, I Quit.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | Howard Gensler
Kylo Ren was no match for Kevin Hart . "Ride Along 2," also starring Ice Cube , topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in North America with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The box office-topping performance of "Ride Along 2" lent a timely reminder to Hollywood of the power of diversity at the multiplex, even when there's no diversity at the Oscars. In second was "The Revenant," which earned $39 million over four days, capitalizing on its leading 12 Oscar nominations Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2015 | Daily News Staff
When  Teyonah Parris  stopped in Philadelphia recently to talk about her role in Spike Lee 's "Chi-Raq," she also talked about best bud Tessa Thompson . "I just texted her! She's amazing. So pretty, so smart and so talented," said Parris, speaking of the "Creed" star, using words that many would apply to Parris. Parris hit town the same week the Hollywood Reporter published a cover story on female Oscar contenders. Parris wondered why an actress like Thompson (they starred together in "Dear White People")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
There's a lot of sermonizing going on in Spike Lee's Chi-Raq , although only about five minutes' worth of it comes from the pulpit. There, John Cusack in the role of a Chicago preacher, the only white man in his parish (it's explained), rails against gun violence and a system rigged against the black, poor, and disenfranchised. Adapted from the trusty Greek satire Lysistrata , by Aristophanes, about women withholding sex from men until they stop killing one another, Chi-Raq couldn't be more relevant right now: Chicago, gang killings, kids caught in the cross fire, cops viewed warily by the community they're supposed to serve.
NEWS
December 4, 2015
TEYONAH Parris descends like an angel from Quote Heaven to discuss her starring role in Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq. " Asked to describe her favorite scene, Parris says: "I got really excited about the sex match. " There really is such a thing in "Chi-Raq," adapted by Lee from the Greek play "Lysistrata," about a woman who stages a sex strike to end the Peloponnesian war. Lee applies the strike to present-day Chicago (the name, borrowed from Chicago rappers, conflates Chicago and Iraq)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
TEN YEARS ago, if you'd told Jeremy Piven that one day his "Masterpiece Theater" gig would cost him a role in a Spike Lee movie, he'd have had you committed. But that's his hectic life today - living and filming his own PBS series in London, trying to squeeze in Hollywood jobs and talking about his life-changing role in "Entourage," the HBO series now hitting the big screen. "Entourage" is known for its loutish bro-comedy trappings, but beneath the surface is a persuasive look at the serendipity and chaos that is Hollywood.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mo'ne Davis is getting into movies. After becoming a successful shoe designer and author , the pride of the Taney Dragons will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title is Throw Like Mo. Davis will consult on the film from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase. "There are so many great things happening to me right now and it's a very exciting time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can't wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true," Davis said in a statement.
NEWS
March 20, 2015
CHARLIE SHEEN spent his time as a TV sitcom star organizing Bible readings and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Not!!! According to the forthcoming autobiography by Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" co-star Jon Cryer , Sheen's offscreen life was the nonstop swirl of sexcapades, substance abuse and onset tension we all figured it was. The March 27 Hollywood Reporter contains an excerpt from So That Happened , which American...
SPORTS
October 29, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE DIMWITS at the NCAA take a lot of flak, so when they get something right, it's worth mentioning. In this case it's a ruling that Mo'ne Davis - Philly's most popular ballplayer - will keep her amateur status even though she was paid for her role in a TV commercial. The 13-year-old Davis appeared in a spot for Chevy - directed by Spike Lee - that aired during Tuesday night's World Series opener. And thanks to a change in NCAA rules she'll still be able to pursue her dream of playing basketball for Geno Auriemma at the University of Connecticut.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
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