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Samuel L. Jackson Talks Squashing Beef With Spike Lee For 'Oldboy,' Plus 'Django Unchained' Deleted Scenes

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 25, 2013 9:25 AM
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If nothing else positive comes from Spike Lee's remake of “Oldboy,” it can at least boast the director's reunion with his former frequent collaborator, Samuel L. Jackson. After a string of offerings including “School Daze,” “Do The Right Thing,” and “Jungle Fever,” the two men fell out publicly, and up until last year's controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino's “Django Unchained,” the relationship wasn't looking to improve. But in a new interview with Playboy magazine, Jackson reveals the reason behind his reunion with Lee, and also provides a hint of more 'Django' on the cutting room floor.

Watch: Safe For Work Trailer For 'Oldboy,' Spike Lee Hires '12 Years A Slave' DP Sean Bobbit For 'Da Blood Of Jesus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 5:11 PM
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With Park Chan-wook's entire vengeance trilogy getting remade (“Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance” just nabbed a helmer, while "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance" starring Charlize Theron continues to develop), Spike Lee's stab at "Oldboy" will be first at the gate, and likely the most scrutinized. The original is beloved in many quarters, with fans openly wondering how this Hollywood take will deal with some of the darker corners of the South Korean version.

Michael K. Williams Joins Spike Lee's Kickstarter Joint Now Titled 'Da Blood Of Jesus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 6:43 PM
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The Kickstarter campaign is over, and Spike Lee now has a little over $1.4 million dollars to make his next movie. Details are still being played close to the vest, but Lee is starting to assemble his cast, and is bringing an old pal back into the 40 Acres And A Mule fold.

Exclusive: Clip From Tribeca & Berlin Film Festival Award Winner 'Una Noche'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 21, 2013 3:38 PM
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“Write what you know” is the axiom most first time storytellers follow. But English-born writer/director Lucy Mulloy, who studied at NYU under film studies professor Spike Lee, decided to take on the opposite approach for her feature debut, “Una Noche." “I wasn’t thinking about it being my feature debut or anything grandiose,” Mulloy said about the Cuban-set movie she started as a thesis short and then expanded into a feature.

Watch: Spike Lee Talks Samuel L. Jackson In 'Oldboy,' Plus First Pic Of The Actor's Surprising New Look In The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 2:06 PM
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With Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign closed and fully funded, we can now turn our attention back to his immediate next effort, the remake of Park Chan-Wook's "Oldboy." And while the verdict is still out as to whether or not an American studio version of the bonkers original can even land in the same ballpark, it's safe to say that Lee isn't holding back in the slightest.

Spike Lee Adds 7 Films By Female Filmmakers To His List Of Essential Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 4:55 PM
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Everyone has got their cinematic blind spots but not everyone recognizes it. Then again not everyone is Spike Lee. The director is coming off his successful Kickstarter campaign for his next film and part of that crowd-funding effort saw the director reach fans and folks new to his work like nothing we've ever seen before. Part of that process in raising awareness for his next Spike Lee Joint was dropping his list of Essential Films that every filmmaker must see. It was an interesting round-up of titles, leaning heavy on American cinema classics, while also making room for oddball entries like "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Apocalypto." But it seems it wasn't quite so definitive.

Spike Lee's Kickstarter Campaign Succeeds, Reaches $1.25 Million Fundraising Goal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 12:06 PM
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While some folks may think he's not doing the right thing, today proved that Spike Lee has still got game. The 56-year-old filmmaker surprised many at the end of July by entering the Kickstarter fray to raise $1.25 million for his next joint. Unlike previous "celebrity" campaigns, Lee didn't offer much in the way of plot details about the project, or even cast members but over the past four weeks he's taken over social media, done countless interviews and more to raise awareness for his project. And it has clearly paid off.
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Have Hammer, Will Travel: New Pics From Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 9:41 AM
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As Spike Lee keeps one eye on his Kickstarter campaign, which is now days away from ending and inching its way toward its $1.25 million goal, the director is also rounding third on "Oldboy," his remake of Park Chan-wook's cult favorite. There are still lots of questions yet to be answered about this—primarily, how are they going to handle that ending?—but we remain curious to see the final result.

12 Films About Black History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2013 4:00 PM
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This Friday sees the release of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” (our review) the true story of Eugene Allen (renamed Cecil Gaines for the film), an African-American butler who served multiple presidents through several generations in the White House. As played by Forest Whitaker, Gaines bears witness to pivotal moments in the nation’s evolution, watching as the intersection of American history and black history reveals truths about himself and his surroundings, understanding both where he’s been, and where he’s going.

Spike Lee Shares Park Chan-Wook's Reaction To His Remake Of 'Oldboy' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 14, 2013 8:59 AM
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As the summer tentpole season starts wrapping up, one of the films we’re most curious to see in the latter half of the year is Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake. While the red-band trailer released last month seemed to alleviate some fears, the fact still remains that Park Chan-Wook’s 2005 film is arguably one of the few classic films released in the 21st century so far. It seems that Lee’s leading man Josh Brolin was so nervous about following in the Korean film’s footsteps that he sat down with the lauded South Korean filmmaker to ask for permission.

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