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Spike Lee Set To Direct The First Season Of She’s Gotta Have It

Love him or hate him, Spike Lee is one prolific artist. He’s produced some excellent films in recent years (Chi-Raq), as well as some fascinating documentaries (Bad 25). He’s also been the center of some critical drubbing, though he’s certainly never an uninteresting filmmaker. And he’s about to get even more so, as he readies himself to direct the entire first season of She’s Gotta Have It, a TV series being produced for Netflix and based Lee’s own debut film.

Netflix has ordered ten episodes of the show, all of them directed by Lee, which will follow sexually liberated young woman Mona Darling as she engages in steamy affairs with three different boyfriends. The original 1986 film starred Lee himself as one of Mona’s boyfriends, but we presume that the show will change that around a bit. Though I do hope that Lee finds
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Film Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall’

Film Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall’
Nearly seven years after Michael Jackson’s premature passing, the world has probably gleaned as much as it ever will about the personal, physical and sexual curiosities of the posthumously reigning King of Pop; his enduringly influential artistry, however, remains ripe for renewed appreciation and appraisal. Leading the charge on this front is Spike Lee, who brings evidently profound personal affection and diligent research instincts to the inelegantly but self-explanatorily titled “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off to Wall.” Corraling a wealth of talking heads — ranging from family members to essential collaborators to Rosie Perez — to examine Jackson’s transition from preternatural boy-band member to supernatural solo star, this bouncily entertaining doc may boast only a notch more formal ambition than a very well-assembled “Behind the Music” special, but is no less essential than Lee’s first Mj opus, the excellent “Bad 25.”

Like “Bad 25,” Lee’s
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Spike Lee on His New Michael Jackson Doc and Going After MTV

Spike Lee on His New Michael Jackson Doc and Going After MTV
There's a moment about one-third of the way through Spike Lee's new documentary Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall in which the Jackson estate's archivist pulls out a yellowed, frayed letter and reads aloud. Written after Michael and his brothers, collectively known as the Jackson 5, had left Motown and were recording under the name the Jacksons, the future King of Pop is jotting down various aspirational goals: He wants to get into the movies, he wants to explore all musical styles and directions, he wants
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Spike Lee on Charlotte Rampling, Skipping the Oscars, and Why White Hollywood Needs to Step Up

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Spike Lee on Charlotte Rampling, Skipping the Oscars, and Why White Hollywood Needs to Step Up
Spike Lee is here at Sundance promoting his new documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (airing February 5 on Showtime), his second doc on the musical legend, following 2012's Bad 25. But he's also, at this reporter's request, become a sort of unofficial spokesperson for the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. Lee very easily could have shut down any non-Jackson-related questions, but when we spoke, he was in a terrific mood about the Academy's recently announced plans to diversify its membership, and ready to jab back at what he sees as ignorant commentary on the issue from everyone from Charlotte Rampling to Alejandro Iñarritú.Spike Lee: [upon noticing I'm wearing a knee brace and walking with a cane] What happened to you? Oh, I messed up my knee snowboarding in Vermont.Hanging with Bernie, huh? You tore your Acl or something? Sprained my McL.I tore my meniscus [sympathetic look]. Yeah, I remember
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Watch The King Of Pop Go Off The Wall In Trailer For Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary

From the young and wide-eyed frontman for Jackson 5 to the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s career trajectory is almost unparalleled in just how quickly the late, great singer-songwriter shot to the top. Headed up by reputable film director Spike Lee, Showtime’s all-new documentary Off the Wall is poised to explore those formative years of Jackson’s solo career, and today brings forth the first trailer for the feature.

Focusing on the title album that catapulted the artist to super-stardom, Lee’s intimate portrait of Michael Jackson is by no means the first time that the director has tackled the late superstar, after releasing Bad 25 only four years ago. Now, Lee is ready to showcase a different portion of Jackson’s decorated legacy.

Here’s the official logline from Showtime:

The film focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Jackson’s career as he evolves from
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Spike Lee Unveils 'Off the Wall' Michael Jackson Documentary Trailer

Spike Lee Unveils 'Off the Wall' Michael Jackson Documentary Trailer
Spike Lee's upcoming Showtime documentary Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall will chart the King of Pop's path from child star with the Jackson 5 to pop icon with the arrival of his breakout solo LP Off the Wall. The film – Lee's second Jackson documentary, following his Bad 25 in 2012 – will air on Showtime on February 5th. But on Wednesday, the movie channel unveiled the first trailer for Michael Jackson’s Journey featuring archival footage alongside new interviews.

"I've always used Michael as, first and foremost,
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Watch: First Clip From Spike Lee's Documentary 'Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall'

Spike Lee is no stranger to the world of Michael Jackson. He first tackled the pop star's legacy four years ago with "Bad 25," and now he's back, chronicling the impact of Jackson's hugely influential "Off The Wall" with "Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall." And the first clip for the documentary has arrived. Read More: Review: "Spike Lee's 'Bad 25' A Comprehensive & Warm Look At The Making Of Michael Jackson's Album The album that launched Jackson into mega-stardom, it can't be overstated how important the album was not just to his career, but the music landscape as a whole. And this trailer promises both a look back with some nice archival footage, and a look forward as artists like Questlove, The Weeknd, and David Byrne share their impressions of first hearing "Off The Wall." Here's the synopsis:  One morning, a television
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First Trailer: Spike Lee's Jacko Documentary

Following on from his "Bad 25" doco several years ago, Spike Lee returns with a new documentary for Showtime about the former King of Pop with the upcoming "Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall" and today the first footage from it has arrived.

The new project looks at the impact of Jackson's immensely popular album "Off the Wall". It will premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival ahead of an airing on February 5th.
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Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall Reissue Comes With New Spike Lee Doc, Will Air on Showtime

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Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall Reissue Comes With New Spike Lee Doc, Will Air on Showtime
Yet another Michael Jackson album is getting a reissue: 1979's Off the Wall — which features the classics "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" — will be rereleased on February 26, with a very special bonus. Spike Lee's newest Michael Jackson documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall, comes as a DVD special with the reissue. This latest entry in Spike's continued tribute to the music genius will first debut at Sundance on January 24, and then air February 5 on Showtime. Lee's previous Mj doc, 2012's Bad 25, coincided with the 25th anniversary and reissue of that iconic album, and featured dozens of interviews with music-industry elites. His latest will include commentary from Jackson's family — Joe, Katherine, Marlon, and Jackie — as well as other pop-culture names, like the Weeknd, Pharrell, Kobe Bryant, Questlove, Lee Daniels, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John
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Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Docu To Bow On Showtime After Sundance Premiere

Showtime has set a February 5 airdate for Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, the latest documentary film on the pop star from Spike Lee. The TV bow comes after the pic has its world premiere January 24 in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. Sony Music and Jackson’s estate are combining to rerelease Off The Wall with a DVD of the movie on February 26. The docu, Lee’s follow-up to his Jackson pic Bad 25, centers on the singer as he is…
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Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Docu To Bow On Showtime After Sundance Premiere

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Docu To Bow On Showtime After Sundance Premiere
Showtime has set a February 5 airdate for Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, the latest documentary film on the pop star from Spike Lee. The TV bow comes after the pic has its world premiere January 24 in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. Sony Music and Jackson’s estate are combining to rerelease Off The Wall with a DVD of the movie on February 26. The docu, Lee’s follow-up to his Jackson pic Bad 25, centers on the singer as he is…
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Spike Lee Will Follow-Up ‘Bad 25’ With A Doc About Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’ Record

Say what you will about Spike Lee’s recent narrative forays —the studio-sized “Oldboy” and the crowd-sourced “Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus,” both of which received negative reviews from this website and from most critics—but his documentary work has been on point for several years now. Lee's two Hurricane Katrina docs are some of the finest works of his career (see our Spike Lee Retrospective), and his portraits of Kobe Bryant, Mike Tyson and the Broadway play “Passing Strange,” demonstrate his ongoing versatility in the field. One of those successful documentaries was “Bad 25,” a look at Michael Jackson’s seminal 1987 album Bad on its 25th anniversary: it featured great insights from Questlove, Mariah Carey and Martin Scorsese sitting for his first interview in several decades about directing the now-iconic “Bad” music video. Lee had suggested he’d love to do more Michael Jackson album docs if the singer's estate and Sony/Epic Records,
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Spike Lee Will Adapt 'She's Gotta Have It' as a Showtime Series

Spike Lee Will Adapt 'She's Gotta Have It' as a Showtime Series
Spike Lee is updating his 1985 feature film debut "She's Gotta Have It," as a half hour comedy for Showtime. Deadline broke the story, reporting that the project will "explore Lee's unique and provocative points of view about race, gender, sexuality, relationships, and the gentrification in Brooklyn." The last hot button issue aside, this marks a big move for the 57-year-old Lee. As movies continue to move to the small screen in various forms, writers and directors formerly exclusive to film are transitioning with them. Lee has directed moves sent straight to TV before, including "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and "Bad 25," but this will be his first project written for television.  He also hasn't seen much success, critically or commercially, in almost a decade. Lee's last hit was "Inside Man" in 2006, and his directorial remake "Oldboy" was met with almost universal condemnation last year before bombing at the box office.
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Spike Lee Will Adapt 'She's Gotta Have It' as a Showtime Series

Spike Lee Will Adapt 'She's Gotta Have It' as a Showtime Series
Spike Lee is updating his 1985 feature film debut "She's Gotta Have It," as a half hour comedy for Showtime. Deadline broke the story, reporting that the project will "explore Lee's unique and provocative points of view about race, gender, sexuality, relationships, and the gentrification in Brooklyn." The last hot button issue aside, this marks a big move for the 57-year-old Lee. As movies continue to move to the small screen in various forms, writers and directors formerly exclusive to film are transitioning with them. Lee has directed moves sent straight to TV before, including "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and "Bad 25," but this will be his first project written for television.  He also hasn't seen much success, critically or commercially, in almost a decade. Lee's last hit was "Inside Man" in 2006, and his directorial remake "Oldboy" was met with almost universal condemnation last year before bombing at the box office.
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Screen Nation to honour Felix Dexter

Screen Nation to honour Felix Dexter
Posthumous award announced as nominations revealed for the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards.

Guest announcers Fernand Frimpong Jnr, from Vox Africa, and Venus vs.Mars actress Letitia Hector revealed the nominations in London (see below for full list).

Felix Dexter, the late comedian and actor, will be posthumously awarded the Edric Connor Inspiration award.

Actor-director Bill Duke, best known for his roles in Commando and Predator, is to receive the Outstanding Contribution award.

Honorary awards will also be bestowed on classic works such as Do the Right Thing, The Cosby Show and Desmond’s.

The awards ceremony will take place at Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London on Feb 23. The ceremony will be hosted by the Ali Baba, known as the Godfather of Nigerian comedy, and Caroline Chikezie, best known for her role in Us series 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Voting for the nominees in all categories will be open to the public from today (Jan 23) until
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Screen Nation to honour late Felix Dexter

Screen Nation to honour late Felix Dexter
Posthumous award announced as nominations revealed for the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards.

Guest announcers Fernand Frimpong Jnr, from Vox Africa, and Venus vs.Mars actress Letitia Hector revealed the nominations in London (see below for full list).

Felix Dexter, the late comedian and actor, will be posthumously awarded the Edric Connor Inspiration award.

Actor-director Bill Duke, best known for his roles in Commando and Predator, is to receive the Outstanding Contribution award.

Honorary awards will also be bestowed on classic works such as Do the Right Thing, The Cosby Show and Desmond’s.

The awards ceremony will take place at Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London on Feb 23. The ceremony will be hosted by the Ali Baba, known as the Godfather of Nigerian comedy, and Caroline Chikezie, best known for her role in Us series 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Voting for the nominees in all categories will be open to the public from today (Jan 23) until
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Thanksgiving Ratings Rat Race: Macy’s Parade Hits 11-Year High, Lady Gaga’s Muppets Tie ‘Glee’s Puppets

The Spider-Man baloon may have been clipped by a tree, but the ratings for NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continued their ascent. After hitting a six-year high in the metered markets last year with a 11.5 household rating, NBC’s 9 Am-noon coverage of the parade anchored by bearded Al Roker and Matt Lauer did one better yesterday, climbing 17% to a 13.5, an 11-year high. NBC’s Thanksgiving dominance extended to primetime with the Steelers-Ravens football game, which drew a 11.8 metered market rating, up 3% from last year, and the network is expected to win the night in total viewers and adults 18-49. ABC’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1.6 in 18-49) from 8-9:30 Pm ranked in between the network’s two rebroadcasts of the special last year — 2.2 on Thanksgiving Eve and 1.1 on Thanksgiving. It was followed by Lady Gaga And The Muppets Holiday Spectacular (0.9), which was down 25% from the Michael Jackson
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Spike Lee May Be 'Spinning Gold' With Justin Timberlake In Neil Bogart Biopic

You gotta hand it to Spike Lee, he's keeping us on our toes. Never one to take the easy road or obvious path, the filmmaker has been bobbing and weaving with a diverse slate of projects, going from Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25," to little indie "Red Hook Summer," with a trio of wildly different upcoming projects including the "Oldboy" remake, stage show adaptation "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" and his crowdsourced "Da Blood Of Jesus." So what direction is he going next? Well, he's being sought to helm "Spinning Gold," that music biopic of record producer Neil Bogart you already forgot about that has Justin Timberlake attached to star. The project has been brewing in the background for a while, with the actor/singer signing up all the way back in 2011. Written by Tim Bogart (yes, Neil's son) the film will tell the story of his father's rags to riches
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Zac Efron Comedy 'Are We Officially Dating?' Now Titled 'That Awkward Moment'

Zac Efron Comedy 'Are We Officially Dating?' Now Titled 'That Awkward Moment'
The title for the upcoming dating comedy starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller has been changed from Are We Officially Dating? to That Awkward Moment. The film, about three best friends who are dealing with the questions that arise in dating, will be released wide by FilmDistrict on Jan. 31, 2014. Photos: Zac Efron Touts 'At Any Price,' Spike Lee Celebrates 'Bad 25' at Venice Film Festival Directed by Tom Gormican, That Awkward Moment will open on the same weekend that Jason Reitman's Labor Day expands to a wide release. There are currently no other wide

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Spike Lee launches Kickstarter campaign for next movie...about blood

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The outspoken bespectacled director of Do The Right Thing, He Got Game and Bad 25, among many others, has taken to the seemingly unstoppable crowd sourcing site to ask for help funding his upcoming movie that will focus on people's addiction to blood although the word vampire is nowhere to be found.

In case you were worried that Spike Lee was going all Twilight on you, his Kickstarter page asserts that this isn't Blacula and there will still be plenty of sex and goes on to explain why he's decided to try to make this movie outside of the studio structure, revealing that "the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it's not an encouraging look for Independent Filmmakers."
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