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Spike Lee Can’t Get Funding, Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice in Social Media Brawl

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 2, 2011 at 3:49AM

Spike Lee can’t get financing for his films, even with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster joining a follow-up to Lee’s most successful feature, Inside Man. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lee griped about everything from Do the Right Thing’s Academy snub in 1989 and making a film with LeBron James to his hesitancy about acting and Obama’s reelection. Lee's difficulties acquiring backers are countless, but he's particularly peeved that due to his 2008 financial disaster, the World War II period piece Miracle at St. Anna, even though Inside Man was his most successful film, "we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.”
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Spike Lee can’t get financing for his films, even with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster joining a follow-up to Lee’s most successful feature, Inside Man. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lee griped about everything from Do the Right Thing’s Academy snub in 1989 and making a film with LeBron James to his hesitancy about acting and Obama’s reelection. Lee's difficulties acquiring backers are countless, but he's particularly peeved that due to his 2008 financial disaster, the World War II period piece Miracle at St. Anna, even though Inside Man was his most successful film, "we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.”

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In a tizzy over a story in the Village Voice that he and his wife Demi Moore used exaggerated numbers to raise awareness about underage prostitution, Ashton Kutcher has taken to twitter to blast his revenge. The battle has unfolded in a way that flatters no one. While the Voice said that the number is lower than Kutcher suggested (100,000-300,000), they also supported increased funding for victims of child prostitution, and invited Kutcher to dispute the facts. Kutcher accused the Voice of having advertisements of underage prostitutes in their publication—calling out their advertisers American Airlines, Domino’s, and Disney. Yesterday Kutcher asked: "are you aware that you are advertising on a site that supports the Sale of Human Beings (slavery)?" In Kutcher's mind: why talk it out, when you can tweet it?

[Spike Lee/ Photo by Leslie Hassler]

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Web/Tech, Daily Read, Sequel, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Twitter


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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.