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Arnold Schwarzenegger Could Have Played Max Schmeling In Spike Lee's Unproduced Joe Louis Biopic

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 13, 2011 6:24 AM
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And More We Learned From Lee & The Commemorative Screening Of '25th Hour' At New York's Film Society of Lincoln CenterOn September 11th, the Walter Reade Theater in New York City hosted a special screening of “25th Hour.” Still as alive and vital as it was upon its release nine years ago, the film serves as a historical landmark as the first picture to shoot in New York City following the 9/11 attacks (we ranked it very high on our list of best films of 2002 when we did our decade wrap-up in 2010).

As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2011 3:56 AM
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One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the popular culture.

It's Official: 'Oldboy' Is Now A Spike Lee Joint

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 6:52 AM
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It's been one helluva day for Spike Lee news. In case you missed it this morning, word hit that the writer/director was reprising his role as Mookie from "Do The Right Thing" in a new, totally under the radar project called "Red Hook Summer." But it looks like the big, blockbuster project Lee was linked to last week is now official.

Spike Lee Reprises His Role As Mookie From 'Do The Right Thing' In New Film 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 3:15 AM
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"Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of THE NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT.Today is 1st Day of Shooting.Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet," Spike Lee tweeted very, very early this morning. And while it was only last week that Lee talked with The Hollywood Reporter about his inability to get funding for a new feature film, it looks like very chatty director had something hidden up his sleeve.

Has Spike Lee Been Released From Director's Jail...For The 'Oldboy' Remake?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2011 12:57 PM
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All in all, Spike Lee is one of our favorite working filmmakers, and really, how could the man behind "She's Gotta Have It," "Do The Right Thing," "Malcolm X" and "25th Hour" not be? But he's also extremely inconsistent, and the critical and commercial failure of his last picture, the WW2 drama "Miracle At St. Anna," have made things trickier for the director: over the weekend, he told The Hollywood Reporter that he hasn't been able to get financing for any of his films in three years, even a sequel to his biggest hit, the starry thriller "Inside Man."

Spike Lee Heads To HBO For 'Da Brick,' A Drama Series Based On The Life Of Mike Tyson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 6:29 AM
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It seems HBO is desperate to find something, anything to stand in the place of "Entourage" after the final season airs this year. Last year, they launched "How To Make It In America," a show that copies the same basic format but swaps out Hollywood for the fashion industry (though, to be fair, it's pretty entertaining). And now, they are going to get in the ring with another on-the-rise style series, but instead of movies or clothing, it will center on boxing.

Tyler Perry Starts Fight With Real Filmmaker, Says Spike Lee Should 'Go Straight To Hell'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 20, 2011 2:10 AM
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"Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘This is a coon; this is a buffoon.' I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘You vote by what you see,' as if black people don't know what they want to see."

Eddie Murphy & Usher Approached To Play James Brown In Long Gestating Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2011 8:39 AM
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Dr. Yanna Brown Also Likes Chris Brown For The PartA James Brown biopic isn't new, in fact, it's quite old. Way back in 2006, Paramount and Imagine Entertainment brought on Spike Lee to direct the film that he would also rewrite, adding another pen to a draft that had already been through a number of hands including Steve Baigelman ("Feeling Minnesota") who got it rolling and Jezz and John Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game") who did the most "recent" draft. Word on the project has pretty much been quiet since but it appears that movement is still happening sort of.

Entertainment Weekly Pick The 25 Greatest Working Directors; Confirms The Fallacy Of Listmaking

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Lists are subjective. That's the joy of them, to some degree -- you get to see the tastes of others, and hopefully pick up a few tips for things you may have overlooked. And you're never going to find a list that you agree with 100%, particularly when the stakes are bigger -- lists of 'greatest films' or 'greatest directors' are a veritable minefield of disputes and feuds. But that doesn't change the fact that some lists are just dumb.

It Looks Like Spike Lee Has Scrapped His Michael Jackson-Centric, 'Brooklyn Loves MJ' Project

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 24, 2011 7:29 AM
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In April of last year, it was reported that director Spike Lee was working on a new feature-length drama about gentrification called, "Brooklyn Loves MJ" that was rumored to star Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, Rosie Perez, Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington. We confirmed as much (at least the existence of) when we got our hands on the script. Lawyers for Lee made us remove all and every trace of details about the screenplay, but some elements about the project remain here on this Associated Content Yahoo blog (not our site .esq dudes). They write, the film is expected to "examine the potential community impact of a tribute concert and neighborhood celebration in Michael Jackson's memory, as this fictional event might occur in a re-gentrified area of Brooklyn, New York."

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