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Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’

22 November 2015 10:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may not take much to make Spike Lee angry, but there’s no denying he gives us his reasons and then some in “Chi-Raq,” a sprawling, blistering state-of-the-union address that presents Chicago’s South Side as a cesspool of black-on-black violence, gang warfare, gun worship and macho misogyny, ruled by unbreakable cycles of poverty and oppression. All that social outrage clearly demanded similarly outsized treatment, and Lee and co-writer Kevin Willmott (“Csa: The Confederate States of America”) have found a remarkably accommodating vessel in Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” whose tale of an ancient Greek heroine leading an anti-war sex strike has been updated here as an alternately soulful and scalding, playful and deadly serious 21st-century oratorio. Blunt, didactic and stronger on conceptual audacity than dramatic coherence, this is still the most vital, lived-in work in some time from a filmmaker who has never shied away from speaking his mind or irritating his ideological foes, »

- Justin Chang

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Devil in a Blue Dress | Blu-ray Review

17 November 2015 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Director Carl Franklin followed the success of 1992’s break-out thriller One False Move with his most notable work to date, Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), a Los Angeles neo noir recuperating post-war racial tensions within the confines of the divisive city, filtered through a glop of familiar genre motifs and superb command of tone and mood. Starring Denzel Washington and based on a novel by Walter Mosley, the box office failings of the film curbed additional adaptations of the author’s work featuring reluctant private eye Easy Rawlins. Twenty years after its premiere, the film has maintained an unprecedented level of critical acclaim assisting its sterling reputation. As far as noir goes, we’ve seen this sort of narrative before, a beautiful woman with particularly damning information and labyrinthine connections involved in a dangerous mixture of sex and politics, but never from the perspective of a black private eye in a viciously segregated America. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Denzel Washington to Receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award

17 November 2015 6:52 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" to actor Denzel Washington at the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony on Jan. 10. Washington, a seven-time Globe nominee—winning twice, for "Glory" (1989) and "The Hurricane" (1999)—has appeared in more than 50 films and TV series since his 1977 debut, receiving two Academy Awards (for "Glory" and 1999's "Training Day"), a Tony Award, and two Emmy Award nominations. Watch: "Governors Awards: Amid Oscar Hoopla, Pleas for Diversity" Washington, who this weekend helped honor his "Malcolm X" (1992) director Spike Lee at the Academy's Governors Awards, joins recent DeMille recipients George Clooney, Woody Allen, and Jodie Foster, whose rambling, heartfelt, surprising 2013 acceptance speech (video below) counts among the most compelling awards-show interludes in memory. The »

- Matt Brennan

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Denzel Washington to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

17 November 2015 2:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Denzel Washington will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at this year's Golden Globes.

"Washington's long and storied career is earmarked by his countless roles in front and behind the camera," said Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria in a statement.

The acclaimed 60-year-old actor has two Golden Globes, as well as two Academy Awards and a Tony, to his name for his performances. He won the best supporting actor trophy for "Glory" in 1989, and the best actor award for "The Hurricane" in 1999. Washington very notably lost out on winning for "Training Day," for which he went on to get an Oscar.

He's been lauded for being one of Hollywood's finest actors, with memorable turns in "Cry Freedom," "Malcolm X," and "Philadelphia."

He is currently filming "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Equalizer 2."

The prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award most recently went to George Clooney last year. »

- Kelly Woo

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Spike Lee Blasts Academy's Lack of Diversity in Oscar Speech

16 November 2015 10:27 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Spike Lee indicted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during his acceptance speech for an honorary Oscar Saturday night for its apparent disregard for nominating people of color.

"Everybody here probably voted for Obama," he said at the conclusion of his 18-minute turn at the podium. "But in [Hollywood] offices, I see no black folks except for the man who's the security guard who checks my name off the list as I got into the studio. So we can talk 'Yabba yabba yabba,' but we need to have »

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The Academy Celebrates Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands And Debbie Reynolds At 2015 Governors Awards

15 November 2015 10:34 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Filmmakers, Actors and Actresses and Hollywood’s A-listers turned out for the first Oscar awards show of the season – the 7th annual Governors Awards.

The star-studded evening was held in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday. (Nov 14, 2015)

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to Debbie Reynolds, and Honorary Awards were presented to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the 2015 Governors Awards with a tribute to the Paris tragedy and spoke about The Academy’s response »

- Michelle McCue

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Spike Lee Reveals Why He Took His Movie to Amazon: "Everyone Else Said No"

13 November 2015 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. "I've been making a film almost every year since 1986," says Spike Lee, the 58-year-old director of Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, He Got Game and 17 others. He has been nominated twice for an Oscar (and won a Student Oscar in film school), but at the Governors Awards, he'll pick up a statuette for his lifetime contribution to cinema. One of independent film's most influential filmmakers, Lee will receive an

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- Rebecca Ford

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Feature: Survivor cast retrospective

19 October 2015 1:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Out on the home entertainment formats today is the thriller Survivor, which stars Milla Jovovich (The Resident Evil franchise), Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Dylan McDermott (Olympus Has Fallen, Automata), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), James D’Arcy (Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Frances De La Tour (The Harry Potter Franchise).

To celebrate the release, we thought we’d take a look at this brilliant cast’s career to date… but first, here’s the synopsis…

“Survivor” is a thriller about a State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. And that puts her in the line of fire: targeted for death, framed for crimes she didn’t commit, discredited and on the run. Now she must find a way to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set »

- The Hollywood News

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Black power’s coolest radicals (but also a gang of ruthless killers)

18 October 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With the Us convulsed by contemporary incidents of racist police brutality, a new documentary charts the rise of the Black Panthers. But what is the true legacy of the revolutionary group once feted by the 1960s left and whose look defined ‘radical chic’?

The right to bear arms that is enshrined in the Us constitution is now most fiercely defended by rightwing libertarians. But it wasn’t always the case. In the mid-1960s, that decade of revolt and turmoil, Huey Newton, a 24-year-old law student in Oakland, California, realised that citizens of that state had the legal right to carry arms openly.

A teenage thug who taught himself to read, Newton had consumed revolutionary literature from Marx to Malcolm X and had become, in his early 20s, a political activist bent on promoting the rights of his fellow African Americans. But he was steeped in violence. After serving a »

- Andrew Anthony

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Suffragette movie review: then they fight you (#LFF2015)

7 October 2015 2:08 PM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The first feature film ever about the women who fought for their right to vote is glorious. It is angry and passionate and defiant. It is essential. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Votes for women!

Campaigns to include women in the democratic process via voting have been going on for centuries. There are places in the world that we would consider the height of civilization — *cough* Switzerland *cough* 1971 *cough* — that have only just afforded women this basic human dignity within my lifetime. (I’m not terribly old.) For the first time ever, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to vote in local elections happening this December. This fight has concerned half the human race and won’t officially end until that first Saudi woman »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The A-List Actor Who Almost Starred In Se7en

21 September 2015 8:38 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You'll probably find a number of stories floating around the next few days about David Fincher's Se7en, and with good reason. It was 20 years ago this week that the haunting thriller found its way into theaters. In the years since then, the movie has garnered cult status, and as a result we've gotten to hear numerous fun behind-the-scenes stories about the film. For example, did you know that there was a developing version of the feature that had Denzel Washington in mind for one of the leads? Yahoo! has published a list of interesting bits of trivia about Se7en, and included among them is the tidbit that the star of Malcolm X, Philadelphia, and Glory was originally eyed for the part of Detective Mills in the movie - the role that would eventually go on to belong to Brad Pitt. That version of the film was much different »

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New Black Panthers documentary tells the story behind the berets

3 September 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Formed in 1966, the group remains misunderstood and poorly represented – especially on film. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution tries to sort the fact from fiction

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded in Oakland, California, in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton, two activists with southern roots who had both been involved with the civil rights movement. The pair’s political leanings allied more with the militancy of Malcolm X than the nonviolent methods of Martin Luther King, and a central pillar of their ideology, outlined in an ambitious 10-point program, was the necessity for their community to defend itself, bearing arms, against harassment and brutality by the city’s predominantly white police force.

Though the Panthers launched as a local concern, chapters soon sprang up nationwide against the backdrop of the era’s burgeoning countercultural politics (Vietnam, the student movement); a global confluence of anti-colonial movements »

- Ashley Clark

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Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands And Debbie Reynolds To Receive The Academy’s 2015 Governors Awards

27 August 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.

All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”

Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won »

- Michelle McCue

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Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowland to Receive Academy’s 2015 Governors Awards

27 August 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.” Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in »


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Crash Shouldn't Have Won Best Picture, Says The Director Of Crash

11 August 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When it comes to the Oscar race, there.s always going to be debate. Should Dances With Wolves really have beat out Goodfellas? Should Al Pacino really have won for Scent of a Woman over both Denzel Washington in Malcolm X and Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven? One of the most questionable choices was Crash, which walked away with Best Picture at the 78th Annual Academy Awards. Almost no one, including the director, thinks it should have won. Talking to HitFix about the upcoming HBO drama, Show Me a Hero, which he directed, Crash helmer Paul Haggis talked about the controversy surrounding the choice. He said: Was it the best film of the year? I don.t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. Ang Lee.s Brokeback Mountain, great film. And Spielberg.s Munich. I mean please, what a »

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Scratching our heads at the BBC's top 100 American Movies of All-Time

21 July 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

First off, let's make one thing clear.  We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films.  That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25.  It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from.  There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this.  Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Ballers: Did HBO's Sports Comedy Score With Its First Episode?

21 June 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Don’t be fooled by the stereotypes you may have heard about retirement: For ex-nfl players, it isn’t all about golf courses, Bingo Nights and vacation homes in Miami.

Well, actually, the Miami part is true.

But for retired Miami Dolphins linebacker Spencer Strasmore  — the protagonist of HBO’s sports comedy Ballers, played by San AndreasDwayne Johnson — his post-pro football life isn’t quite what he imagined. Despite living in a beautiful Florida home, with a gorgeous woman on his arm, Spencer’s new career as a financial consultant to the current NFL stars isn’t fulfilling him. »

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NBA 2K16: 6 Things Spike Lee’s Involvement Tells Us

5 June 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Further details of Spike Lee’s involvement in the upcoming NBA 2K16 game have been released, and he looks set to have a hand in one of the most unique career modes ever seen in any sports-gaming franchise.

The New York Knicks’ most famous (and outspoken) fan – and director of such lauded films as He Got Game, Malcolm X and Jungle Fever – has been recruited to write the narrative of 2K’s pioneering MyCareer mode, potentially revolutionising the way such game modes work.

Last year’s instalment saw the inclusion of a rival, as well as interactive backstage conversations with teammates, coaches, general managers and agents, but the actual storyline was fairly thin on the ground. If Lee’s track record is anything to go by, 2K16 should see a darker, grittier narrative, one potentially concerning the pitfalls of fame, money, and all the trappings that come »

- Jack G King

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Michael Davis: The Problem With Jaden

27 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

With the possible exception of the Black Panther, no other black franchise has garnered as much “it’s going to be a major movie or TV show” hype within the fan rumor mill than Static Shock. Finally the Black Panther is going to happen. As for Static Shock … kinda.

In 2018 the Black Panther movie will be released from what is now the best superhero moviemaker bar none, Marvel Studios. Static will make his way to the Internet as part of Warner Bros’ Digital arm later this year.

I find that rather disappointing.

More than any other black property, Static pretty much already owns the Internet. The massive amount of love Static has on the net is nothing short of extraordinary. In the 22 years since Static burst on the scene the admiration for the character has only grown and at no point shows signs of waiving.

That’s simply remarkable and »

- Michael Davis

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Spike Lee Talks Baltimore, Ferguson: 'It's Not Just a Black Thing'

11 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Famed filmmaker Spike Lee spoke pointedly about the Black Lives Matter movement at Canadian Music Week in Toronto on Saturday, May 9, where he was the keynote interview. Following a fun and informational chat during which Lee recounted Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan stories, gave advice to filmmakers and shared his disappointment in knowing that young people might watch Malcolm X for the first time on a tiny cellphone screen, came a Q&A portion and one poignant query from an audience member named Tyrone. “I wanted to know your views on the growing violence in America from police and what

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- Karen Bliss

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