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Spike Lee Teams Up With Eminem To Direct His Video For ‘Headlights’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 7, 2014 4:46 PM
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Spike Lee, Eminem
Though he’s not really known for his music video work, Spike Lee has directed over a dozen music vids (they are listed on Wikipedia, fyi). Perhaps his most notable are the dual version of Michael Jackson’s “They Don't Care About Us” and Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" (in which he has a cameo at the end), but he has also directed videos by Prince (who scored all of "Girl 6"), Arrested Development, Bruce Horsnby, Branford Marsalis, Guru featuring Donald Byrd, Curtis Mayfield, Naughty by Nature and Fishbone, among others (the clip he did for the Crooklyn Dodgers uses his trademark dollyshot too). He also directed a clip for Mau Maus, the fake gangster rap band from “Bamboozled” that featured Mos Def.

5 Directors We Want To See Tackle 'True Detective' Season 2

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 1:20 PM
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True Detective
Well, the most-talked about TV drama since "Breaking Bad" is done for the moment, with the eighth episode of "True Detective" airing on HBO Sunday night, providing closure on the Yellow King and the spread of the conspiracy (catch up with our recap of the final part here). For the last couple of months, the internet has been abuzz with theories, arguments and think-pieces: whatever you think of Nic Pizzolatto's show, there's no denying that it provided an awful lot to chew on.

Is Spike Lee Laying Up Plans For A 'He Got Game' Sequel?

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • January 10, 2014 3:00 PM
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He Got Game
Any project with Spike Lee’s name attached must be taken with a grain of salt. The man is up there with Quentin Tarantino on the number of unmade films he’s come up with—several of which we detailed in our Lost, Unmade, and Possible Future Projects of Spike Lee article. Here’s another we might add to a possible sequel list a few years down the line.
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2013: The Year In Quotes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 9, 2014 2:23 PM
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The Best Quotes of 2013
2013, we’re not quite done with you yet. To close off our coverage of the year gone by, we wanted to hand over the mic to the actors, directors and other film professionals who made waves, headlines, faux pas, announcements, pronouncements or funny gags throughout the year. And we’re changing up the format this time out, scouring the whole internet and not just our own archives for these little nuggets, mainly because we’re fairly sure you’ve all avidly consumed, and committed to memory every word of each of the 200-odd interviews we ran in 2013, and we’d be preaching to the choir.

Designer Claims His 'Oldboy' Poster Artwork Was Stolen, Spike Lee Responds

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2013 9:22 AM
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With Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake in theaters this weekend, a whole other conversation is emerging around the movie that has nothing to do with Josh Brolin's preferred 3 hour cut or the studio mandated edits to the iconic hammer hallway fight sequence. Rather, it has to do with the film's marketing and a designer who claims his concepts were used without his permission.

10 Lost, Unmade & Possible Future Projects Of Spike Lee

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 27, 2013 4:32 PM
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Spike Lee
You hardly need to be a daily reader of our humble blog (though if you're not, what's wrong with you?) to know that there are few filmmakers we are more eternally fascinated by than Spike Lee, despite, and let's be honest, often because of his predilection for pissing people off. Lee is an epochal figure even away from the feuds and the tiffs and the controversies; we will never forget just how awestruck we were when we first saw "Do the Right Thing" and went on to enjoy the fruits of the independent filmmaking scene that it pretty much revolutionized. If Lee had never made another film, he'd deserve our attention just for that. But of course, Lee has made other films, and if anything, the way he has subsequently swung wildly from near-genius ("The 25th Hour," "Malcolm X," "4 Little Girls") to what the what? ("Girl 6," "She Hate Me," "Kobe Doin Work"), and regularly visited all points in between, makes us even more interested in tracking his output.

Review: Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 2:41 PM
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Oldboy
Wook’s 2003 original, and also one reason from many why an American adaptation should have remained a “what-if” scenario. At least Lee occasionally knows which battles to pick: when an eight-armed mollusk does appear—clung to the side of a water tank in a dingy Chinese restaurant—it stays there. As a visual in-joke it works, but we quickly realize the “Inside Man” director is more keen on those filmgoers without a grasp on its significance, blind to the film’s later aberrant twists which, judging from the audible groans of disgust in our auditorium, may number beyond a few.

Spike Lee Says The Studio Re-Edited The One-Shot Hammer Scene In 'Oldboy' Plus Listen To 3 Tracks From The Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 1:12 PM
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Oldboy,  Spike Lee
Spike Lee's "Oldboy" arrives on Wednesday, but despite critics having already sat down with the movie, you won't find any reviews just yet. A tightly sealed embargo has kept opinions on the movie under firm lock and key until tomorrow afternoon (when you'll see our verdict as well) but until then, the always talkative Spike Lee is doing the press rounds for the movie and he's revealed that what you see on screen this weekend might not be his complete vision.

Spike Lee Says ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ Won't Be At Sundance, Hopefully Cannes, Plus New ‘Oldboy’ Posters & TV Spot

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 20, 2013 11:02 AM
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Oldboy,  Spike Lee
For an icon always welcome to controversy and a worthy cinematic challenge, Spike Lee’s reinterpretation of Park Chan-wook’s classic “Oldboy” is a logical fit. However, the similarities essentially end there: drawing heavily from the original Japanese manga as well, the film marks new stylistic ground for Lee, telling the story of Joe Doucett (played by Josh Brolin), a man locked up without reason and released 20 years later to find his captor and exact revenge. Not exactly Thanksgiving material, but next week is exactly when Lee will unleash his new work. And while we’ve got a couple new posters and some footage to herald its arrival, the director also recently dropped a hint as to when we’ll see his Kickstarter-bred project.

10 Notable Filmmakers Who Work In Both Documentary & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 7, 2013 1:31 PM
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10 Filmmakers Who Work In Documentary And Fiction
Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction, but both impulses certainly exert a powerful pull on the filmmaking instinct. With so many established narrative directors over the years turning their hand to documentaries, whether it’s “making of,” band documentaries, or passion projects that they use to create greater awareness of the issues that are closest to their hearts, it’s a well-trodden path. And while they’re treading that path, they get to wave at the men and women coming in the opposite direction: documentarians make the crossover into narrative just as frequently. This week’s release of “How I Live Now” (our review is here) from Kevin Macdonald is another example of how, for some directors, the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is one they can criss-cross time and again throughout their careers—it’s a fiction film, but Macdonald’s been alternating between the formats evenly for the last decade or so.

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