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Spike Lee Reaches His Kickstarter Goal of $1.25 Million UPDATE

UPDATE: Congratulations to Spike Lee, who today surpassed his Kickstarter campaign goal of $1.25 million for a humorous thriller on humans addicted to blood. Lee's hard work has paid off -- and that's the double truth, Ruth.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 16, 2013 12:46 PM
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WATCH: Spike Lee Gets Heated About Crowdfunding Criticism, Says "I Was Kick-Starting Before There Was Kickstarter"

In a recent interview with Bloomberg's "Street Smart" host Trish Regan, director Spike Lee loses his cool about the inevitable controversy that arises when a well-known filmmaker turns to Kickstarter for funding -- as Lee has for his upcoming project on blood addiction. "I was kick-starting before there was Kickstarter," Lee says. Also: "You don't know how much money I have. For you to assume what my financial state is, that's wrong." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 12:37 PM
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Spike Lee's Essential Film List (VIDEO)

My fellow NYU alumnus Spike Lee, now a grad school professor, has posted on Kickstarter the list of films that he considers to be essential viewing for any aspiring filmmaker. He gives it out to his students on the first day of class. It's a fabulous list! He's right. Any proper cinephile should have seen all these films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2013 4:10 PM
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HBO Day at TCA: 'Seduced and Abandoned,' Spike Lee & Mike Tyson, Larry David's 'Clear History'

The buzzing environs of the Television Critics Association (TCA) conference on Thursday provided an eerie and apt setting for filmmaker James Toback to proclaim an epitaph for the moviegoing experience as we knew it: “We’re kidding ourselves if we think theatrical movies are part of the future,” he said. “Home entertainment will obliterate theatrical entertainment.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • July 25, 2013 10:17 PM
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Spike Lee Joins Kickstarter, Looking to Raise $1.25 Million for a Film on Blood Addiction (VIDEO)

Spike Lee has joined the quickly growing group of celebrities turning to crowdfunding for their upcoming films. Lee is looking to raise $1.25 million on Kickstarter for his next project, which will center on "human beings who are addicted to blood."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 22, 2013 1:33 PM
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First Look: New Red Band Trailer and Poster for Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean visceral thriller "Oldboy" arrives on October 25 (Film District scooped up U.S. rights in September). Lee released "Red Hook Summer" last summer; his Michael Jackson doc "Bad 25" played well on the fall fest circuit in advance of its Thanksgiving broadcast on ABC. Also in the works are the HBO film of the stage play "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and a sequel to "Inside Man."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 10, 2013 5:22 PM
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Spike Lee Shoots Stage Show 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' for HBO

Spike Lee has been shooting docs as well as features for some time, so it's no surprise that the filmmaker should take his latest joint, stage show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," to HBO Films, where he made his acclaimed doc series "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" in 2006. Lee will shoot his and Tyson’s hit one-man Broadway stage show in July for debut on the network later in the year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2013 6:20 AM
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Now and Then: After the Storm, Portraits of Tenacity in Recovery

As a resident of a city whose history of storms — and their concomitant unnatural disasters — is troubled at best, I watched Sandy warily but distantly. Thing always look different outside the "cone of uncertainty." The images coming in from the Northeast this morning put me in a more solemn frame of mind.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 30, 2012 12:02 PM
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'My First Big Break': Spike Lee on Spike Lee [Video]

Spike Lee has the coolest-professor-ever vibe down, which makes sense after his 15-year stint teaching at NYU. In this video interview from journalism site Mediabistro, Lee talks like he's addressing a classroom of young filmmakers and creatives. He dispenses expert advice about how to fall in love with work and make the best of boredom. "My first big break came because I coudn't get a job," he says. He borrowed a friend's Super 8 camera and filmed New York in the summer of 1977 -- when New York was a broke city with record high temperatures and fabulous music at block parties. As Lee says: "Film found me. I didn't say I found film."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2012 11:58 AM
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FilmDistrict Acquires Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake (VIDEO)

In the wake of a successful launch for "Safety Not Guaranteed" and strong response to opening nighter "Looper," FilmDistrict has moved decisively to acquire U.S. distribution rights for Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 South Korean thriller classic "Oldboy." They plan a 2013 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 11:02 AM
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