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BAMcinemaFest Line-Up Includes ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Boyhood’ & 25th Anniversary Screening Of ‘Do The Right Thing’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2014 2:41 PM
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BAMcinématek has announced the complete line-up for its annual BAMcinemaFest, and it might be the best in its six-year history. Running Jun 18-29, the closing night picture will be the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” with Lee and cast in attendance, the opening night picture will be Richard Linklater’s 12-year project “Boyhood” and the festival’s centerpiece will be Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer.” Other highlights include the spotlight film, David Wain’s “They Came Together,” Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins” and many more.

Spike Lee Developing ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ For TV Series On Showtime

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 6, 2014 10:25 AM
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She’s Gotta Have It
Adapting a movie – or spinning it off – for the small screen isn’t new but the trend has taken off in the past year with the one-two punch of NBC’s suprrise hit “Hannibal” and FX’s take on “Fargo.” Critcal darling “Friday Night Lights” aside, none of the TV versions have retained the creative talent behind the source material – the Coen Brothers gave their blessing to the FX series and recieved executive producer credits as tribute – but that’s about to change as Spike Lee sets out to make his second stab at a fictional series, following the failed pilot "Da Brick" over at HBO.

Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Of Spike Lee's Dolly Shots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 2:31 PM
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Moving from features to documentaries, from big budget studio pictures to Kickstarter-fueled indies, Spike Lee is not a filmmaker you want to try and pin down. If you expect him to zig one way, he'll zag in another direction, but one constant through his features has been his use of dolly shots.
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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.

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