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First Image Arrives From Spike Lee's Kickstarter-Funded 'Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus'

11 June 2014 3:52 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Spike Lee has had better points in his career than this one. It's a full eight years since his last legitimate hit, "Inside Man," and recent attempts at a comeback have ended up disappointing somewhat: John Boyega-starring HBO show "Da Brick" didn't get picked up beyond a pilot, indie "Red Hook Summer" failed to find much of an audience, and last year's "Oldboy" was a critical and commercial washout. But you can't keep a great director down, and Lee didn't hang about: even before "Oldboy" hit theaters, the filmmaker had taken to Kickstarter to raise the budget for another movie, called "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus," a rare dip into the horror genre that promises to be his own unique spin on the vampire movie, described by the filmmaker as being about "human beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy and bloody." The film's mostly under wraps still, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Spike Lee Developing ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ For TV Series On Showtime

6 May 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Adapting a movie – or spinning it off – for the small screen isn’t new, but the trend has taken off in the past year with the one-two punch of NBC’s suprise hit “Hannibal” and FX’s take on “Fargo.” Critical darling “Friday Night Lights” aside, none of the TV versions have retained the creative talent behind the source material – the Coen Brothers gave their blessing to the FX series and received executive producer credits as tribute – but that’s about to change as Spike Lee sets out to make his second stab at a fictional series, following the failed pilot "Da Brick" over at HBO. Deadline reports the “Malcolm X” filmmaker will adapt his 1985 debut feature “She’s Gotta Have It” for Showtime. The half-hour series is said to take “a new contemporary look at the characters [of the original film] and will explore Lee’s unique and provocative points of view about race, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Spike Lee Developing ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ For TV Series On Showtime

6 May 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Adapting a movie – or spinning it off – for the small screen isn’t new, but the trend has taken off in the past year with the one-two punch of NBC’s suprise hit “Hannibal” and FX’s take on “Fargo.” Critical darling “Friday Night Lights” aside, none of the TV versions have retained the creative talent behind the source material – the Coen Brothers gave their blessing to the FX series and received executive producer credits as tribute – but that’s about to change as Spike Lee sets out to make his second stab at a fictional series, following the failed pilot "Da Brick" over at HBO. Deadline reports the “Malcolm X” filmmaker will adapt his 1985 debut feature “She’s Gotta Have It” for Showtime. The half-hour series is said to take “a new contemporary look at the characters [of the original film] and will explore Lee’s unique and provocative points of view about race, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Who Is John Boyega? Meet the New 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Actor (Photo)

29 April 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's time to get up close and person with our future favorite Jedi, John Boyega, the new face of "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Boyega is most famous for his role as Moses in "Attack the Block," which was also his first feature film. Moses is one of the teens who live on a South London council estate that's attacked by aliens. The first time we meet Moses and his pals, they're attempting to rob a young nurse named Samantha (Jodie Whittaker), but later they all rally and work together to fight the weirdo critters trying to take over their block.

Moses is the quiet leader of this criminally inclined crew of teens, but he eventually becomes the hero of our story. You might need subtitles for this awesome indie sci-fi -- the British slang comes fast and furious -- but it's good fun. "Attack the Block" is Joe Cornish's first feature-length film. »

- Jenni Miller

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John Boyega Takes The Lead In Race

25 January 2014 9:06 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The rise of British actor John Boyega continues today as he’s now taken the high-profile lead role in Race – an upcoming biopic of Olympic legend Jesse Owens.

Owens was a Us track and field athlete in the 1930s, specializing in sprinting and long jump events. His fame reached epic proportions when he participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, winning four gold medals and becoming the most successful athlete in the entire competition. Making the triumph even more notable was the fact that Adolf Hitler had originally tried to ban all Jewish and black people from competing in the games, before a threatened boycott from a number of countries forced him to relent.

John Boyega – who burst onto the screen in 2011 with Da Brick and Attack The Block – is considered to be one of the most sought after young actors in the industry today, with a lead role »

- Sarah Myles

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'Walking Dead' cast coming to 'Conan'; 'Flowers in the Attic' gets big ratings

21 January 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

News and notes from all over the TV world:

- The cast of "The Walking Dead" will make its first joint late-night appearance on "Conan" Feb. 6, three days before "Twd" returns to AMC. Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun and Melissa McBride will all join Conan O'Brien for what TBS is calling an "exclusive" appearance.

- Lifetime's adaptation of "Flowers in the Attic" scored big ratings Saturday night (Jan. 18), which bodes well for the already-in-development sequel "Petals on the Wind." The movie based on V.C. Andrews' novel delivered 6.1 million viewers, the most for an original movie on ad-supported cable since November 2012.

- "Battlestar Galactica" and "Dollhouse" alum Tahmoh Penikett is playing a pivotal role in "Criminal Minds'" 200th episode. It's been revealed that his previously teased role will resolve some of the questions surrounding Jj's (A.J. Cook) time away from the Bau. Penikett's Michael Hastings »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Mike Tyson And Wife Are Producing A Movie Based On His Rise To Boxing Legend

15 January 2014 10:35 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Following HBO's passing on what was to be a drama series loosely based on his boxing youth (Da Brick, directed by Spike Lee, starring John Boyega), former boxing champ Mike Tyson is reportedly developing a film on his early years in the ring, through his meteoric rise to the king of the boxing world, which he and his wife, Lakiha Spicer, will produce. Tyson is said to be looking to cast an unknown to play him in the film, but he and wife Spicer say that they can see Kevin Spacey portraying his mentor and trainer, Cus D'Amato, and Helen Mirren as his adoptive mother, Camille Ewald... this is all according to the New York Post.  Assuming this is all fact, the film »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Racial Drama From '12 Years a Slave' Writer Nabs Pilot Order at ABC

14 January 2014 5:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Two days after 12 Years a Slave took home the Golden Globe for best drama feature, screenwriter John Ridley's racial drama has landed a pilot order at ABC. American Crime will examine the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Ridley will pen the script and executive produce alongside former ABC Studios head of drama-turned-producer Michael McDonald. The ABC Studios project marks Ridley's return to TV and comes three years after HBO passed on his boxing drama Da Brick and

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- Lesley Goldberg

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