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Sundance: Clarke Peters & Nate Parker And Writer James McBride, Talk Race & Religion In Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2012 6:11 PM
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Whatever you thought of his last film, " Miracle At St. Anna" (and we'd argue that it's better than its reputation suggests), most would agree that three-and-a-half years is too long between Spike Lee feature films (though his excellent documentaries have been a good placeholder). One of our most vital filmmakers, behind classics from "Do The Right Thing" to "25th Hour," he delivers work that is always thought-provoking and fiery. And he's not mellowed in his absence; when his latest film, the self-financed "Red Hook Summer," premiered on Sunday night at Sundance, it instantly became one of the controversial, divisive films of the festival, with some calling it a real return to form, and some calling it among his weakest, scrappiest efforts.

'Red Tails' Cast Talks The FX Heavy Shoot; Film Earned The Approval Of George H.W. Bush

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 18, 2012 10:05 AM
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"Red Tails" is not your average studio release. Distributed by Fox, it was wholly produced and financed by Lucasfilms, the first property under that label in years that wasn't "Star Wars"-related. But instead of a Rebel Alliance fighting an intergalactic war against The Dark Side, it deals with an unsung part of history, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American fighter pilots and their ascendance in the ranks. We recently caught up with the cast and producer as they spoke to press in New York City.

Nate Parker Says He Plays A Gang Member In Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 13, 2012 10:00 AM
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Despite a brief synopsis, we're still uncertain as to what to expect from Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer." It looks and feels a lot different than Lee's previous offerings, but while it features "Do The Right Thing" protagonist Mookie in a small role, it will likely be a standalone piece from his breakthrough film. We sat down with one of the film's stars, Nate Parker, during press for "Red Tails," and he revealed a few tidbits about the production.

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