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Academy Celebrates 25th Anniversary of 'Do the Right Thing' with Spike Lee In Person and Brand New 35mm Print

Thompson on Hollywood By Katelyn Trott | Thompson on Hollywood May 23, 2014 at 2:32PM

The Academy will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's seminal "Do the Right Thing," with the director and yet-to-be-announced guests in person during two separate screening events set to take place coast-to-coast: one in Los Angeles at LACMA, and the other (where else?) in Brooklyn at BAM.
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Do the Right Thing

The Academy will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's seminal "Do the Right Thing," with the director and yet-to-be-announced guests in person during two separate screening events set to take place coast-to-coast: one in Los Angeles at LACMA, and the other (where else?) in Brooklyn at BAM.

A quarter century ago Lee introduced the world to the hottest summer day a single block in Brooklyn has ever seen. As the heat cranks up, the composure of the multi-racial Bed-Stuy neighborhood completely loses its cool, leading to serious consequences.

The film kicked off the careers of Martin Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson and John Turturro. Danny Aiello nabbed a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as beleaguered pizzeria owner Sal Fragione, while Lee scored an Original Screenplay Oscar nod.

The Academy is debuting a brand-new 35mm print from its Film Archive. While the guests will vary by venue, Lee will appear with the film on both coasts.

Both events are in late June -- here's more info on the BAM screening, and the LACMA screening.

This article is related to: News, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Classics, Spike Lee


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.