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Spike Lee to SC: 'Wake Up,' Vote for Bernie

Director says in radio ad that Sanders 'will do the right thing'

(Newser) - Just a few days ahead of the South Carolina Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders has gained a noteworthy endorsement, the Hill reports. "Wake up, South Carolina!" director Spike Lee says in a one-minute radio spot that started playing Tuesday across the state, in which Hillary Clinton appears to be... More »

Oscars Chief: We're Making 'Big Changes'

She responds to black actors' boycott call

(Newser) - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs isn't in a position to boycott the Oscars —but she wants Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee to know that she is "heartbroken and frustrated" by this year's lack of diversity and there are big... More »

Black Stars Are Boycotting 'Lily White' Oscars

Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee will skip Academy Awards

(Newser) - Chris Rock lamented last week that the Oscars are essentially "the white BET awards." He can't exactly skip them, since he's the host —but other black stars can. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have both pledged to boycott this year's Academy Awards, for... More »

'Wake Up!' We Need Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

It doesn't always work, but it's a 'wake-up alarm,' say critics

(Newser) - Taking a page from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata and modern-day Chicago, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq centers on a women's movement to withdraw from sex in an attempt to curb gun violence on the South Side. It has particular meaning as homicides in the city rack up . Here's... More »

Amazon Has Its First Original Movie

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq stars Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson

(Newser) - Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee's new film as its first Amazon Original Movie . The film, with the working title Chi-Raq, stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, DB Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Chi-Raq, which focuses... More »

Rahm Emanuel Dings Spike Lee Over Chiraq

Mayor told director he's not a fan of movie's working title

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel is not a fan of "Chiraq" as a nickname for Chicago —and he's really not a fan of the idea of Chiraq as the title of a film about black-on-black violence in the city. He told Spike Lee—the director behind Chiraq—as much yesterday,... More »

Stop Using This 'Ugly' 4-Letter Word

Danielle Cadet argues that the word 'rant' invalidates important arguments

(Newser) - There's an "ugly" four-letter word that's repeatedly used in reference to black men, and it's about time we drop it. No, it's not thug . It's rant, writes Danielle Cadet for the Huffington Post . Why R-A-N-T? Simply put, it labels an argument "as unimportant... More »

Spike Lee Rant Triggers Debate on Gentrification

He unleashes during Brooklyn event

(Newser) - A Spike Lee tirade earlier this week on gentrification in New York City's black neighborhoods continues to resonate, with Lee going on CNN last night to explain his expletive-laden rant. He's fine with new people moving into neighborhoods that were once mostly black and mostly poor, he says.... More »

Couple Sues Spike Lee Over His Trayvon Tweet

He retweeted wrong address of George Zimmerman

(Newser) - An errant tweet sent out by Spike Lee in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing might end up being costly to the filmmaker. A Florida couple has sued because he retweeted their address in Sanford, Florida, in the mistaken belief it was George Zimmerman's, reports the Smoking Gun... More »

8 Stars Who Were Interns First

Can you picture Oprah making coffee?

(Newser) - Think being forced to make coffee won't get you anywhere in Hollywood? Well, it actually might: The Huffington Post rounds up 17 successful people who started out as interns. Read on for a sampling:
  • Tom Hanks: In college, he interned for Ohio's Great Lakes Theater Festival, and eventually
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Celeb Gives Fellow Celeb $10K for Kickstarter Project

Steven Soderbergh pledges to Spike Lee's film

(Newser) - Celebrities are still going on Kickstarter, asking for your money to fund their pet projects ... and now, bonus! They're getting money from other rich, famous people in the process, at least in one case. Spike Lee is trying to use the crowdfunding site to make his next movie, and... More »

Star-Studded Jackson Civil Trial Kicks Off Today

Prince, Spike Lee, and more on the witness list as mom sues concert promoter

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's doctor has already been held accountable in his death, and today his mother will set out to prove that his concert promoter should be, too. The wrongful death suit against Anschutz Entertainment Group promises to provide, according to the AP , the "most complete account" yet of... More »

Tarantino: Criticism Over N-Word 'Ridiculous'

'Django' is set in 1858 Mississippi, he says

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained makes liberal use of the n-word, which has brought plenty of criticism the director's way. Salon picks up on an interview he did with Harvard's Henry Louis Gates in which he defends its use in the slavery drama:
  • "Personally, I find [the
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Spike Lee to Tarantino: Slavery Isn't 'Spaghetti Western'

He slams 'Django Unchained'

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino's Civil-War-era Django Unchained is getting good reviews from critics and audiences alike, but don't count Spike Lee in the thumbs-up camp. "I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," he tells Vibe . "All I'm going to... More »

Spike Lee: Sorry I Tweeted Wrong Zimmerman Address

After director's retweet, David and Elaine McClain had to move out

(Newser) - Spike Lee apologized last night for a pretty major "oops": retweeting an address that he thought was the address of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, but which was actually the address of a Florida couple with no connection to the case. David and Elaine McClain had to leave their... More »

Spike Lee: Hollywood Clueless About Black People

Sundance speech gets testy

(Newser) - Spike Lee screened his latest film—Red Hook Summer, a quasi-sequel to Do the Right Thing—at the Sundance Film Festival last night, but what really got people talking was the profanity-laden tirade he delivered in the Q&A afterward. The fireworks started when surprise attendee Chris Rock stood up... More »

Brad Pitt Rebuilding 9th Ward Home at a Time

Quirky houses boast top material, solar panels

(Newser) - Officials bungled rebuilding New Orleans' Ninth Ward after Katrina, but the devastated district is sprouting colorful, quirky, elevated homes boasting top-notch materials and solar panels thanks to a massive effort spearheaded by Brad Pitt. The actor is highlighted in Spike Lee's new two-part HBO documentary If God is Willing and ... More »

Brad Pitt Suggests Death Penalty for Oil Spill Execs

Yep, he'd consider it

(Newser) - Brad Pitt didn’t believe in the death penalty … until the BP oil spill. Now he says he is “willing to look at it again” when it comes to those responsible for the crisis. The remark is part of Spike Lee’s documentary, If God is Willing and ... More »

Spike Lee to Obama: 'One Time, Go Off!'

Now would be a good time to lose your temper

(Newser) - Spike Lee offers his two cents of frustration over Barack Obama's seeming lack of passion and control over the oil spill. "One time, go off!" he tells Anderson Cooper on CNN . "If there's any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.... More »

On the Waterfront Writer Schulberg Dead at 95

(Newser) - Legendary Hollywood screenwriter Budd Schulberg has died, the New York Times reports. He was 95. Schulberg, who won an Oscar for On the Waterfront in 1955, was the son of a movie mogul and grew up as a Hollywood insider. His 1941 novel What Makes Sammy Run?, a scathing look... More »

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