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Check Out Spike Lee's List Of Essential Films Every Filmmaker Must See

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 1:17 PM
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At the beginning of the week, Spike Lee launched a Kickstarter campaign for his next film, once again prompting the whole debate about crowd-sourcing by folks who could feasibly raise the cash themselves. And while it says something about our movie culture that both "Veronica Mars" and Zach Braff had far, far exceeded the $240,000 or so Lee has raised so far (we suppose people like the familiar over the new and potentially challenging), we'll leave that debate for a later date. But if this Kickstarter has been good for anything so far, it's increased presence of the always intriguing Spike Lee.
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Ya-Dig? Spike Lee Hits Kickstarter To Raise $1.25 Million For His Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 12:56 PM
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Well, here's a pretty good summary of this news, courtesy of Matt Patches: "Kickstarter: Veronica Mars movie tapped cult fever, Zach Braff relied on Garden State love, Spike Lee asks us to believe in auteurship." Indeed, if the crowd-sourcing campaigns that have lit up social media sites drew on nostalgia and dedicated fan-bases, Spike Lee is hoping that folks who want to see and support real cinema will reach into their pockets and help him get his next movie made. That's right, a Spike Lee joint has just hit Kickstarter.
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Watch: Bloody, Pulpy Hard-R Red Band Trailer For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 3:55 PM
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There's only ever one way a remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy" was ever going to even a have a chance of approaching an original -- embracing the fact the story requires a hard-R to get told right. And for the first trailer for Spike Lee's take on the material, the studio is making it clear that they've gone right to the limit and then some in bringing it to American audiences. Now the question is: does it work?

Check Out 4 Alternate & Unused Posters For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2013 2:46 PM
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For every movie poster, there are usually a half dozen discarded ideas that we never see. But sometimes, those outcast ideas aren't so bad. Movie marketing is usually a dryly straightforward process, and generally, studios prefer a direct and clear (and usually boring) approach over anything creative, enigmatic or that might possibly make an audience have to think. That being said, the first teaser poster for Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake was both direct and mysterious, with folks familiar with the original knowing exactly what it was referencing, while newcomers were left to puzzle it out. But in a different world, the following posters could have been our first impression of the film.

Spike Lee To Direct One-Time Michael Mann Project 'Gold'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 17, 2013 8:59 AM
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Though it’s been four years since Michael Mann last directed a feature film, it wasn’t for lack of trying. In addition to the currently-shooting -- and still-untitled -- international-cyber-crime thriller, Mann has the historical epic “Agincourt” and the long-gestating Robert Capa biopic, among countless others. Now The Wrap is reporting that the “Heat” director’s workload just got a little lighter.

First Teaser Poster For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 4:59 PM
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To remake or not to remake, that is the question. And in general, it's not something we're big fans of. But Spike Lee taking on Park Chan-Wook's "Oldboy? Yeah, we'll roll the dice on that.

Jamie Foxx Says Spike Lee Is "Irresponsible" To Judge 'Django Unchained' Without Seeing It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2013 1:57 PM
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You might remember that just before the film opened nationwide, the always opinionated Spike Lee weighed in on Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." "...it's disrespectful to my ancestors, to see that film," he said in an interview, while he also hit Twitter to proclaim, "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them." Since then, there hasn't been much reaction from camp 'Django,' but now Jamie Foxx has broken the silence.

Spike Lee Won't See 'Django Unchained,' Says "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2012 10:08 AM
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To say that Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" will be divisive is perhaps an understatement. At The Playlist, we ran three reviews to highlight the varying opinion our staff had on the film, and with the movie hitting theaters this week that chatter is only to increase. But getting the ball rolling on what is surely to be some lively debate in many quarters is Spike Lee, who has declared he will be not be seeing the movie at all.

Watch: NBA Ad Directed By & Starring Spike Lee

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2012 11:47 AM
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While Spike Lee's directing career in both features and documentaries ensures him a place in cinematic history, his legacy will also involve his groundbreaking advertising work. One could argue that Nike would not be the brand it is today without Lee's iconic ads with Michael Jordan for his patented Air Jordan sneakers, and over the years, the helmer has lent his touch to spots for Levi's, Converse, Jaguar and much more. And now he's at it for the NBA.
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Review: Spike Lee's 'Bad 25' A Comprehensive & Warm Look At The Making Of Michael Jackson's Album

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2012 11:01 AM
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A couple of years ago, before he set up his low-budget comeback film “Red Hook Summer," Spike Lee was planning another NYC-set project, “Brooklyn Loves MJ,” with the story taking place on the night of the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson in June 2009. Said to star Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie and more, the film never came together (although Lee told us recently that he hoped to get it going again), but the director’s been able to pay tribute to the late King of Pop in a couple of other ways. For one, he’s helped to organize a semi-annual Brooklyn Loves MJ party (although it didn’t take place this year or last for various reasons). And then there’s the director’s latest film, and his second of 2012, “Bad 25.” The subject matter is less weighty for the man behind such stirring docs as "4 Little Girls" and "When The Levees Broke," but the results are no less pleasing for this effort, which delves into the making of Jackson's Bad, the fifth biggest-selling LP of all time.

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