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Spike Lee’s Netflix ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Sets Series Leads

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 16, 2016 @ 11:21 PM
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Spike Lee remaking his feature film debut She’s Gotta Have It as a Netflix series can go either way, but at least its cast is shaping up well. Not only has Lee tapped a Hamilton star to play his own central role, but so too has DeWanda Wise scored the title role of Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It.

Spike Lee Directing ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ TV Series for Netflix

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 15, 2016 @ 10:37 AM
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Oh, Spike Lee, you must have known Netflix would come for you eventually. So it is, that the iconic filmmaker will move into the TV realm, directing a new adaptation of his own feature film debut, She’s Gotta Have It.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Issues Statement on Oscar Diversity

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by Charles Bramesco January 19, 2016 @ 9:11 AM
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The greatest outrage stirred by last week’s announcement of the Oscar nominees was not the Best Picture snub for Carol or the absurd exclusion of Todd Haynes from the Best Director category, but rather the troubling homogeneity of the twenty men and women nominated in the acting categories. Specifically, many have taken issue with the fact that this year’s Oscar slate looks about as white as a Whole Foods before noon on a Sunday. The social media hashtag OscarsSoWhite resurfaced within minutes after the nomination announcement had finished, and Spike Lee has even called for a boycott of the ceremony as a response to the blatant lack of diversity in this year’s picks.

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Boycotting 2016 Oscars, Chris Rock Calls Out Academy for ‘White BET Awards’

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by Britt Hayes January 18, 2016 @ 2:58 PM
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For the second year in a row, every actor nominated in all four acting categories for the Academy Awards is a white person. All 20 nominees for Best Actor and Actress and Best Supporting Actor and Actress are white people, reigniting the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. And while many of us are comfortable in our power to merely comment via social media, there are a couple of strong voices who are fed up and ready to do something about it: director Spike Lee and actor Jada Pinkett-Smith have announced plans to boycott the Oscars this year, while the host of the 2016 awards himself has called the Academy out for their persistent negligence to nominate people of color.

‘Chi-Raq’ Trailers Introduce Spike Lee’s Bold Retelling of an Ancient Greek Play

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by Britt Hayes November 7, 2015 @ 1:21 PM
Amazon
We’ve been blessed with not just one, but two new Spike Lee films this year, both retellings of established stories, and both very different kinds of movies. Following the release of Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (based on the cult classic Ganja and Hess) earlier this year, Lee returns with Chi-Raq — based on the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, the film also happens to be Amazon’s first original production, and we have two new trailers for the ambitious project.

Drink in ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ Trailer

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by Matt Singer December 2, 2014 @ 12:37 PM
This is what a successful $1.4 million Kickstarter gets you: the newest, hottest Spike Lee joint, ‘Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus.’ About a year and a half after Lee raised all that money, Gravitas Ventures stepped in and acquired the film, which is described as “a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 cult horror classic ‘Ganja & Hess,’” and planned a February 2015 theatrical release. With opening day just a few months away, we now have the film’s trailer.

'Oldboy' Review

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by Jordan Hoffman November 26, 2013 @ 12:30 PM
FilmDistrict
You'd think that a guy trapped in a hotel room for 20 years would find a better movie to be in once he got out, right?
'Oldboy,' Spike Lee's remake of the Park Chan-wook cult film from 2003, is a fairly rotten film, which is strange because it is very similar to the rather effective original. Sometimes, though, there's something gained in the translation.

'Oldboy' Clip Shows Josh Brolin's Dark Side, Plus Photos Offer First Look at Sharlto Copley

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by Nick Romano October 14, 2013 @ 4:30 PM
FilmDistrict
http://youtu.be/qHxKxUDemvA
Josh Brolin is back with a vengeance, as is apparent in a newly released clip from 'Oldboy,' the American remake of Park Chan-wook's 2003 South Korean mystery-thriller. While we've already seen bits of him in action, in addition to his co-star Elizabeth Olsen ('The Avengers 2'), FilmDistrict offers up even more footage, plus new photos featuring 'Elysium' star Sharlto Copley, and more!

'Oldboy' Photos Reveal Samuel L. Jackson's New Hair, Plus a Hammer and Umbrella

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by Britt Hayes August 21, 2013 @ 4:15 PM
FilmDistrict
We're just a few of months away from the release of Spike Lee's 'Oldboy,' a remake of Park Chan-wook's insta-classic South Korean tale of suffering and revenge. FilmDistrict released some new, hi-res photos today to give us a peek at some of the film's major players -- including Samuel L. Jackson with a blonde afro-mohawk.