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Spike Lee on Kendall Jenner Pepsi Ad: ‘Black Lives Matter Is Not a Joke’

21 June 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it comes to the lack of diversity in Hollywood, Spike Lee believes that “Hamilton” has the answer. He points to the song, “The Room Where it Happens,” using it as a way to describe the lack of representation in important boardrooms, packed with white men.

“When you deal with diversity and you don’t have anybody in the room who looks like what you’re trying to do, then you have a fiasco like the Pepsi spot,” Lee says about a controversial ad that ran last spring starring Kendall Jenner.

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Lee is attending the Cannes Lions advertising conference this week to talk about diversity and creativity in storytelling. Ahead of his presentation, the director of such acclaimed films as “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X” sat down with Variety to discuss his thoughts on what’s happening and other hot-button issues.

On advertisers pulling out of the Public Theater because of a Trump-inspired “Julius Caesar”: “Well, it’s their money. I think there’s going to be more things like that happening. It affects art directly. Delta and Bank of America were usual contributors to the Public Theater. With this administration now which has no regard for the arts and wants to get rid of any National Endowment for the Arts, all that stuff, it’s going to be more difficult for arts. Also, artists are going to start thinking, ‘If I do this, I won’t get money.’ That affects art too. It’s a very dangerous time we live in today. I don’t think this present administration has any idea what humanity is.”

On the controversial Pepsi ad: “It was horrible. The pregnant woman in Seattle got shot the other day. Philando [Castile], the whole world saw him get killed on Facebook, and the cop walked, and Pepsi did something like [that]. Don’t get me started. That was a complete appropriation of Black Lives Matter, and Black Lives Matter is not a joke. Black people getting shot down left and right, and cops are walking and they are going to make a commercial out of that?”

On #OscarsSoWhite: “Every 10 years, black people win a lot of Oscars. And then we read articles in Variety magazine and others, the black audience has been discovered. It’s a renaissance then there’s another nine years of drought. It should be constant. I will put my money on this. The reason why what happened at the Oscars this year was because the year before was #OscarsSoWhite. That was a bad look for the Academy. And they had to switch up, get more inclusion, get more people, try to get more diversity among the voting members. But what happened this past Oscars, you think that’s going to happen [next] year?”

On why diversity in story telling is important: “There’s been several studies that show the more diverse your business is, the more profitable it is. You’d think that would be the No. 1 incentive. We have to be in the room, when they have these meetings, where they decided what films are going to get made. To me, that’s where the power is. And I think diversity is the way to go. It’s not Spike Lee saying it. The U.S. Census Bureau has said that by 2040, white America is going to be in the minority.”

On if Bernie Sanders should run in 2020: “Shoot, I hope this nuclear code doesn’t get punched. I’m not thinking about 2020. Look, you got Putin. You got the other crazy guy in North Korea and this other crazy guy, Agent Orange. That’s not a good trio for me, my children, for the world.”

If Trump will be impeached: “Who knows what’s going to happen? When your lawyer gets a lawyer—oh boy, I’ve never heard of that! I travel a lot. People are laughing all over the world at the United States. You go around the world saying you’re the beacon of democracy, what happened? Wtf? But I really think what we have now is a reaction to eight years of Obama. That’s my opinion. So we got this secret health care bill where no one knows what’s happening.”

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Spike Lee honoured in Cannes

25 May 2017 2:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director honoured alongside collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith.

Spike Lee, along with his long time collaborator actor, writer and director Roger Guenveur Smith, were honoured at a black tie gala in Cannes on May 22.

The event, which is benefitting Planned Parenthood, was held at the American Pavilion.

Lee delivered a special keynote conversation with Smith during the event. 

Lee and Smith’s most recent collaboration is the Netflix original film Rodney King, a history-infused one-man show film that is currently streaming worldwide.

Rodney King producers, and Smith’s partners at his production company Luna Ray Media, Steven Adams and Bob L Johnson were also in attendance along with Spike’s wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, among others.

Smith and Lee previously adapted Smith’s Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning made for TV film, directed by Lee.

The pair collaborated on Lee’s School Daze, Do The Right Thing, [link »

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Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews’

1 May 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Oliver Stone has interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin more than a dozen times over the past two years. Now, Stone and his documentary producer Fernando Sulichin have turned those chats into “The Putin Interviews,” a four-hour documentary series airing over four nights this June on Showtime.

Check out a first look at “The Putin Interviews” below. Stone most recently interviewed Putin in February, after the U.S. presidential elections (in which Putin and Russia are believed to have actively influenced). Showtime compares “The Putin Interviews” to David Frost’s famed conversations with Richard Nixon in 1977.

Stone and Sulichin were granted wide access to Putin’s personal and professional lives. “It’s not a documentary as much as a question and answer session,” Stone told the Sydney Morning Herald. “”It opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard… He talks pretty straight. I think we did him »

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Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews’

1 May 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oliver Stone has interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin more than a dozen times over the past two years. Now, Stone and his documentary producer Fernando Sulichin have turned those chats into “The Putin Interviews,” a four-hour documentary series airing over four nights this June on Showtime.

Check out a first look at “The Putin Interviews” below. Stone most recently interviewed Putin in February, after the U.S. presidential elections (in which Putin and Russia are believed to have actively influenced). Showtime compares “The Putin Interviews” to David Frost’s famed conversations with Richard Nixon in 1977.

Stone and Sulichin were granted wide access to Putin’s personal and professional lives. “It’s not a documentary as much as a question and answer session,” Stone told the Sydney Morning Herald. “”It opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard… He talks pretty straight. I think we did him »

- Michael Schneider

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Rodney King review – Spike Lee's Netflix special is a bleakly poetic howl of rage

27 April 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The acclaimed director brings a stark quality to this recording of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man stage show about the incident that sparked the La riots

Spike Lee is marking the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots with an hour-long Netflix special about Rodney King, whose vicious police beating triggered the chaos after the Lapd officers involved were acquitted despite their savage attack having been captured on video, filmed by a local man from his apartment balcony and seen by TV viewers around the world. That video became the most famous witness footage since the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; Lee used it as the prologue to his 1992 movie Malcolm X.

Related: Spike Lee: ‘Black men are still viewed as predators’

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Rodney King review – Spike Lee's Netflix special is a bleakly poetic howl of rage

27 April 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The acclaimed director brings a stark quality to this recording of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man stage show about the incident that sparked the La riots

Spike Lee is marking the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots with an hour-long Netflix special about Rodney King, whose vicious police beating triggered the chaos after the Lapd officers involved were acquitted despite their savage attack having been captured on video, filmed by a local man from his apartment balcony and seen by TV viewers around the world. That video became the most famous witness footage since the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; Lee used it as the prologue to his 1992 movie Malcolm X.

Related: Spike Lee: ‘Black men are still viewed as predators’

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Spike Lee: ‘Black men are still viewed as predators’

26 April 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Twenty-five years after the La riots, Spike Lee has made a film about Rodney King, whose beating by the police triggered the uprising. Does he think things have improved in the Us? ‘Race is always going to be an issue in this country’

Spike Lee can’t recall the first time he saw the grainy video of Rodney King being beaten by Lapd officers in March 1991. Those shaky, now infamous images shot by then 31-year-old plumber George Holliday reverberated first around the United States, and then the world – setting off a chain of events that culminated in an acquittal for the officers involved and five days of protest, violence and looting during which 53 people died. “I don’t remember,” Lee says, “but we used the footage in the opening to Malcolm X.”

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- Lanre Bakare

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How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

21 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.

“Black directors have different viewpoints,” said Lee, who directed writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King” for Netflix. “We don’t see the world all the same.”

Read More: L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now

Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.

Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has »

- Anne Thompson

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How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

21 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.

“Black directors have different viewpoints,” said Lee, who directed writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King” for Netflix. “We don’t see the world all the same.”

Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.

Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has performed “Rodney King” for four years in small venues and when “Rodney King” hits Netflix on April 28 in 190 countries, »

- Anne Thompson

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How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots

21 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.

“Black directors have different viewpoints,” said Lee, who directed writer-actor Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show “Rodney King” for Netflix. “We don’t see the world all the same.”

Read More: L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now

Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.

Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has »

- Anne Thompson

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Sheffield Doc/Fest to Open With World Premiere of ‘Queerama’

6 April 2017 10:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 24th Sheffield Doc/Fest will open with the world premiere of Daisy Asquith’s “Queerama,” in keeping with the festival’s themes this year of resistance and change.

“This year at Doc/Fest we have our most urgent and loudest call to action to join the groundswell movements of resistance and change, where we celebrate those who disobey and resist to shape the future global narrative,” said Liz McIntyre, the festival’s CEO and director. “We’re stepping into the early scenes of a tragicomic new world story.”

Britain’s leading documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest runs from June 9-14. Its official program launch will be on May 3,

Marking the 50th anniversary of Britain’s landmark Sexual Offenses Act, which decriminalized private homosexual acts in England and Wales, “Queerama” will be followed by a live performance by U.S. singer-songwriter John Grant, whose music features in the film. The documentary, »

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‘Rodney King’ Trailer: First Look at the Spike Lee–Directed One-Man Show — Watch

6 April 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming one-man show “Rodney King,” directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. The show is written and performed by long-time Lee collaborator, stage and film actor Roger Guenveur Smith.

Read More: ‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

Rodney King” will be available to stream on Netflix April 28, one day before the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the King case. The verdict led to the Los Angeles riots, which became the most famous case of police brutality in the Us, and left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

Read More: ‘Louis C.K. 2017’ Review: This Bold Netflix Special Proves Being Free From ‘Louie’ Can Be Better For TV

Lee and Smith had previously collaborated in the 2001 film adaptation of Smith’s solo performance “A Huey P. Newton Story, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Rodney King’ Trailer: First Look at the Spike Lee–Directed One-Man Show — Watch

6 April 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming one-man show “Rodney King,” directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. The show is written and performed by long-time Lee collaborator, stage and film actor Roger Guenveur Smith.

Read More: ‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992’ Trailer: John Ridley’s New Documentary Explores the L.A. Riots

Rodney King” will be available to stream on Netflix April 28, one day before the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the “not guilty” verdict in the King case. The verdict led to the Los Angeles riots, which became the most famous case of police brutality in the Us, and left more than 60 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

Read More: ‘Louis C.K. 2017’ Review: This Bold Netflix Special Proves Being Free From ‘Louie’ Can Be Better For TV

Lee and Smith had previously collaborated in the 2001 film adaptation of Smith’s solo performance “A Huey P. Newton Story, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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SXSW TV Review: ‘Dear White People’ on Netflix

13 March 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s fitting that “Dear White People” is set at an Ivy League school, because the new Netflix series — based on Justin Simien’s 2014 movie of the same name — serves as a crash course in racial relations for audiences who don’t have enough black friends to educate them on how many of the jokes, stereotypes, and assumptions they make about non-whites are more than just insulting, but in many cases downright dangerous.

Of course, while pitching it that way serves to underscore the show’s importance, it detracts from how clever and entertaining “Dear White People” can be. If cutting-edge social commentary is the medicine, then wit, attitude, and a terrifically charismatic black-led cast is the sugar that will help it go down. And make no mistake: “Dear White People” is meant for both white and black audiences (and every other color imaginable), as “ethnic but nonthreatening” narrator Giancarlo Esposito makes clear from the outset.

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- Peter Debruge

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Spike Lee’s ‘Rodney King’ Starring Roger Guenveur Smith Acquired by Netflix (Exclusive)

7 March 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has bought the rights to “Rodney King,” directed by Spike Lee and performed as a one-man show by Roger Guenveur Smith. The streaming service has scheduled the project to premiere on April 28.

In addition to starring in “Rodney King,” Smith also serves as an executive produces. Steven Adams and Bob L. Johnson are producing for Luna Ray Media and Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, and Patrick DePeters are executive producing for Buffalo 8 Productions.

The date for airing “Rodney King” has been chosen to coincide with the upcoming 25th anniversary of the state court acquittals of the four Lapd officers who were videotaped beating King in 1991. The acquittals, which took place in Simi Valley, sparked three days of rioting that left 53 dead.

King was credited with having played a key role in ending the rioting, »

- Dave McNary

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How Many Awards Has Denzel Washington Won? The Answer May Surprise You

24 February 2017 5:20 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Denzel Washington took home his first SAG Award this year, beating out award-season darlings Casey Affleck and Ryan Gosling. Washington has been around so long that it may have surprised you to learn that he hadn't won a SAG Award yet, but he has taken home two Oscars, three Golden Globes, and a Critics' Choice Award. He's up for the Oscar again this year, and his chances of winning just got even better! In case you're wondering which films earned the Fences star his statuettes, here's a rundown. Related:Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low Oscars: 2 Won: Best actor in a leading role, Training Day, 2002 Won: Best actor in a supporting role, Glory, 1990 Best actor in a leading role, Fences, 2017 Best actor in a leading role, Flight, 2013 Best actor in a leading role, The Hurricane, 2000 Best actor in a leading role, Malcolm X, »

- Maggie Pehanick

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9 Oscars Winners Who Don't Hold Up to the Test of Time

24 February 2017 2:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.

What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.

Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations

1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942

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Beat Out: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Blossoms in the Dust, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, [link »

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Why Denzel Washington Could Make History with a Surprise Third Oscar Win

23 February 2017 9:12 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With a best actor nomination for his tour-de-force performance in Fences, Denzel Washington is on the verge of making history — again. 

Should he win, Washington would have more Oscars under his belt than any other African-American actor. He is already the most nominated, having landed his seventh nod this year for Fences, and is also the only African-American to win multiple acting Oscars.

But with Casey Affleck’s gut-wrenching turn in Manchester By the Sea wracking up best actor nominations and wins throughout awards season, this year’s Oscars will see Washington playing an unfamiliar role: the underdog.

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Today Marks 52nd Anniversary of Malcolm X’s Assassination – Watch Orlando Bagwell’s Comprehensive Doc ‘Malcolm X: Make It Plain’

21 February 2017 6:36 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A birth and a death… yesterday in history (February 20, 1927) Sidney Poitier was born; Today in history, February 21st, 1965, Malcolm Little/Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was killed in New York City. He was just 39 years old. Of course, we all… Continue Reading → »

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor Race

17 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor RaceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor RaceAdriana Floridia2/17/2017 10:44:00 Am

The Best Actor race just got exciting.

For most of the season, it looked like the winner in this category was set. Casey Affleck had been winning nearly every accolade imaginable for his masterful performance in Manchester by the Sea. However, this changed when Denzel Washington won the Screen Actors Guild award for his turn in Fences. Suddenly, we aren't so sure about Affleck winning the Oscar, as the winner of the SAG usually goes on to win the top prize.

While it's unlikely, the other three contenders could pull an upset, and if anyone were going to it may be Ryan Gosling. His co-star in La La Land, Emma Stone, is just about set to win the Oscar for Best Actress, »

- Adriana Floridia

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