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"This Is Not A Motherf**king Sequel To Do The Right Thing!" & More From The Fiery Q&A For Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:28 PM
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Trust Spike Lee to shake things up a bit. The Sundance Film Festival has been ticking along quietly and unremarkably since the end of last week. Some films screened. Some were good. Some were bad. Yawn. But last night, Spike Lee premiered his latest film, a low-budget, self-funded return to his roots entitled "Red Hook Summer," and it immediately became one of the most divisive pictures of the festival. Our own Todd Gilchrist landed firmly on the positive side with his review this morning, but it looks set to inspire arguments for months to come. 

Sundance Review: Spike Lee Reconnects With His Artistic Voice With The Emotionally Devastating 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 23, 2012 6:55 AM
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It’s hard to say how long it’s been since Spike Lee was as ambitious, and as focused, as he is on “Red Hook Summer.” Telling a story that evokes “Crooklyn” in its depiction of children coming of age, filtered through two subsequent decades of his professional successes and failures, not to mention an era of black cinema dominated by the iconography of filmmakers like Tyler Perry, Lee’s latest film is a return to the incendiary form that made his name in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, as it examines life in a Brooklyn housing project through the eyes of a preteen who’s forced to spend the summer with his ministerial grandfather. Overlong but consequently understated – perhaps more so than in any film he’s ever made - as its didactic and yet discursive tale builds to a devastating emotional crescendo, “Red Hook Summer” is not just Spike Lee’s most authentically “Spike Lee” film in more than a decade, but a remarkable display of a filmmaker reconnecting with his artistic voice.

Spike Lee Would Love To Make A Musical With Prince Or Kanye West; 'Red Hook Summer' Aiming For Summer Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 5:42 PM
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It says something about the state of film financing today that Spike Lee had to pay out of pocket himself for his upcoming "Red Hook Summer." But it also makes its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival all the more fitting, at an event where big stars tend to take to center stage, the filmmaker is arriving with a movie starring a cast nearly entirely made of unknowns, telling exactly the sort of story Hollywood just doesn't make. And Lee is well aware that the people who control the money, just aren't interested in black characters or stories.

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.

2 New Images From Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer' Plus Synopsis; Bruce Hornsby Composed The Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2011 11:10 AM
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Just when we think we might have a handle on what Spike Lee has in store for his next film, the director goes and throws another curveball. "Red Hook Summer" has pretty much been kept under wraps thus far, with few details about the film being revealed other than a vague logline about the story centering on a young man from Atlanta who goes to the titular neighborhood to hang with his grandfather, who he's never met, for the summer. But as the Sundance Film Festival draws near, a couple more pics, a full synopsis and an intriguing bit of trivia about who scored the movie has been revealed.

First Look At Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer' & 'Man On Wire' Director James Marsh's 'Shadow Dancers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2011 6:09 PM
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If Spike Lee's first feature film in four years (alliteration! and not counting the many documentaries he's done in that time) isn't enough to get you excited for Sundance, then we just don't know what to tell you.

Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer,' Stephen Frears' 'Lay The Favorite,' 'Red Lights,' 'Bachelorette' & More Head To Sundance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2011 4:31 PM
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The Sundance Film Festival unveiled their next batch of titles this afternoon centered around their out-of-competition and docmentary premieres and if you weren't previously excited for the fest in January, this should seal the deal. With an impressive array of titles from seasoned vets to the newcomers that Sundance was made for, 2012 in Park City should be a blast.

Spike Lee Says 'Red Hook Summer' Isn't A Sequel To 'Do The Right Thing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 1:37 AM
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Clarke Peters from 'The Wire,' Nate Parker And Other Cast Members RevealedDirector, writer, actor, producer and prolific Twitter presence Spike Lee isn't shy about speaking his mind. But when it comes to his next effort, "Red Hook Summer," he's been playing it very coy. What we know thus far is the film finished shooting in August and will be “Burning Up Da Summer 2012!.” The story will center on an adult from Atlanta who spends a summer in the titular hood. And oh yeah, Lee will be reprising his character of Mookie from "Do The Right Thing." However, don't expect Radio Raheem to be making an appearance.

Spike Lee's Mysterious 'Red Hook Summer' Will Hit Theaters In Summer 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 5:19 AM
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Announced earlier this summer, and already rolling in front of cameras as any cursory visit to Spike Lee's Twitter feed will tell you, details have been absolutely under lock and key for "Red Hook Summer." The only thing we do know is that the story will center on an adult from Atlanta who spends a summer in the titular hood, and the Lee will be reprising his role of Mookie from "Do The Right Thing." But whether this is a sequel, spinoff or something else entirely remains to be seen.

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.

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