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Watch: Sun Soaked Trailer For Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 10:34 PM
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While the buzz around Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" is that it's another chapter in his ongoing Chronicles Of Brooklyn, judging by this first trailer, it's his most hazy, lazy days-of-summer flick since his breakout "Do The Right Thing." Shot digitally and on a low budget, that hasn't prevented the film from popping with color (those reds!) and capturing Brooklyn in all of its summer sun-soaked glory. As for the film, it promises to be another charged outing from Lee.

Poster For Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'; 25th Anniversary Michael Jackson 'Bad' Doc Apparently Complete

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 18, 2012 5:39 PM
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It's red and it pops with color. It's the new poster for Spike Lee's upcoming drama, the 6th or 7th (depending on who's counting) installment of his chronicles of Brooklyn series, "Red Hook Summer."

Spike Lee Talks About Making Documentary On Michael Jackson's 'Bad', 'Go Brazil Go'; 'Oldboy' Is Still Waiting For A Green Light

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 13, 2012 4:11 PM
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For every "Girl 6," "She Hate Me" or "Miracle at St. Anna" in filmmaker Spike Lee's oeuvre there's not only a great feature to offset it ("25th Hour," "He Got Game," "Inside Man"), but several, fantastic documentaries ("4 Little Girls," "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" "If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise") as well. One could even argue if Lee's feature career got a little uneven later in the game (which is still very debatable), his documentaries -- some of them his best work, period -- never faltered.

Josh Brolin Says Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake Will Keep Hammer Fight & Octopus-Eating; Has Blessing From Park Chan-Wook

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 7, 2012 10:45 AM
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So many actors and actresses have been linked with Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake that we have trouble recalling which ones actually scored the roles but things look to be settling down with "District 9" star Sharlto Copley joining Josh Brolin, taking the villain role last week, while Elizabeth Olsen is eyeing the female lead. From early in its conception, the project has been noted as drawing more from the graphic novel source rather than being a direct remake of Park Chan-wook's film but the biggest question has always been where and how Mark Protosevich's script differs.

'District 9' Star Sharlto Copley Takes The Villain Role In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 4:57 PM
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After cycling through Colin Firth and Clive Owen, Spike Lee is hoping he's finally found the villain for his brewing remake of "Oldboy."

Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’ Set For August 10th Platform Release Via Variance Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 4:15 PM
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Just outta Sundance, Spike Lee promised in February that his latest effort, "Red Hook Summer" would be arriving in August, and true to his word, it will be.

HBO Passes On Spike Lee's 'Da Brick' Featuring 'Attack The Block' Star John Boyega

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 10:22 AM
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While Spike Lee has conquered both the big and small screen with feature films and documentaries, when it comes to television series', he's had far less luck. In 2004 he tried to get "Sucker Free City" up over at Showtime, a series that would've chronicled the disparate groups at play in the gentrification of San Francisco. After a two hour pilot (which wound up being screened at TIFF) it didn't go much further. And it seems another small screen effort has been put on hold before it ever really got started.

As Whit Stillman Returns, Here's 5 Other Long-Absent Directors Making A Comeback In 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2012 3:53 PM
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Late last night, the trailer for Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress" debuted, and for those who didn't catch it on the festival circuit last year, it was the first time they'd seen any new footage from the "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona" helmer in over a decade. By the time that 'Damsels' is released, nearly fourteen years will have passed since the release of Stillman's third film, "The Last Days Of Disco," a near-Malickian absence. While he's been absent for longer than most, he's far from alone. As we've discussed both last year, and last week, there's plenty of other filmmakers who have been missing in action for some time.

Spike Lee Says 'Red Hook Summer' Will Arrive In August; Apparently Still Would Love To Make His Trio Of Biopics

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2012 5:44 PM
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While this writer hasn't seen it yet and therefore perhaps shouldn't speak out of turn, it still seems that one of the most depressing things about the most recent 2012 Sundance Film Festival is that after all the sales and several dozen films purchased by myriad distributors, no one has stepped up to buy Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer."

Mookie Once More: Spike Lee Discusses His Own Film Universe & Its Recurring Characters & Locales

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 27, 2012 3:45 PM
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Filmmakers like to revisit their own creative worlds so much that sometimes characters from older films reappear in newer films. This is deeper than simple sequels or prequels, they are a cinematic universe that the same characters inhabit and occasionally cross over within. Sometimes the reappearance of a character occurs as an artfully subtle, self-referential nod on a director's part, while other times it's pretty obvious, not meant to be a hidden treat for fans to notice.

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