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The controversy over Quentin Tarantino's slave revenge fantasy "Django Unchained" shows no signs of letting up, as former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell has just written a scathing denunciation of Spike Lee over Lee's scathing denunciation of Tarantino.
And the auteur behind the insightful thinkpiece "Me So Horny" has a message for lee: Me so angry. Get More »
Who's bad? Michael Jackson, that's who.
Really, really bad. Get More »
Spike Lee's American version of Park Chan-wook's gritty payback thriller, "Oldboy," has been busy lining up quite the impressive cast. Now, he's nabbed another rising star: "Red Hook Summer" lead Nate Parker.
In an interview with Parker about his upcoming indie, "Arbitrage" (in theaters Sept. 21), the actor confirmed the casting rumors to NextMovie, though he wouldn't comment on previous reports that he'll be playing a doctor who works with Elizabeth Olsen's character. Get More »
Music is just as important as other cinematic elements in a Spike Lee Joint, and Bruce Hornsby (famous for the 1986 hit "The Way It Is") is the man behind much of the music. He's scored several of Lee's movies, including "Clockers," "Bamboozled" and the director's latest, "Red Hook Summer."
If you've ever wondered how a Lee film gets that unique sound, Hornsby breaks it down for you in an exclusive interview with MTV Hive. While the creative process for each film is different, Hornsby scored "Red Hook Summer" on the road, before he saw any of the movie. Get More »
Director Spike Lee now has his torture victim lined up for his upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy." Joining the cast for what's being described as a "small but critical part" will be the one and only Samuel L. Jackson.
Lee and Jackson have worked together four times before - in "School Daze," "Do The Right Thing," "Mo Better Blues," and "Jungle Fever" - but it's been quite a while since their last collaboration (eleven years).
Those familiar with Chan-wook Park's original film will be hard-pressed to forget the torturous revenge scene Jackson's signed up for - let's just say the tooth fairy has a busy night - but the film will reportedly alter it up a bit (per the L.A. Times, "it's [still] plenty painful").
Chan-wook's "Oldboy" was released in 2003, telling the story of a man who, after being kidnapped for fifteen years, finally makes his escape and has a very limited opportunity to get ahold of his captor for answers. It's definitely a cult classic in the thriller world, so it'll be very interesting to see what Spike Lee has come up with to justify a remake so soon.
Jackson will be featured opposite Josh Brolin, who's portraying the kidnapping victim-turned-vengeant hero in the movie. And what a show down it will be! We just hope the hammer is still the weapon du jour … We digress.
Elizabeth Olsen is also attached to star, and production is expected to begin this fall in Louisiana and New York. Composer Bruce Hornsby (who did Spike Lee's latest, "Red Hook Summer") has been tapped to score the film.
In "Red Hook Summer," the latest in a series of ghetto chronicles from director Spike Lee, Jules Taylor Brown plays Flik Royale, a moody kid from Atlanta visiting his God-fearing grandfather in the Red Hook housing projects of Brooklyn for the summer. Between his grandpa's relentless proselytizing and the culture shock of the hood, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster until he meets a girl his age who shows him another side of New York City's most populous borough, making him realize the world is bigger and perhaps a lot better than he'd ever imagined.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, the 15-year-old got his chops through his middle school's theatre arts program where he was discovered by Lee in the eighth grade. An avid skateboarder and amateur photographer, the precocious teen knows he's got the skills to pay the bills. Get More »
Ah, summer in the city. It's a hot time, with the back of your neck very likely getting dirty and gritty. And since nobody does dirty, gritty, summer or city quite like auteur Spike Lee, you'll definitely want to check out the new trailer for Lee's latest joint, "Red Hook Summer."
Because, as always, Lee has a message and boy is he preaching it. Get More »
Finally, someone actually wants to play with "Oldboy."
After an exhaustive (and exhausting) search, director Spike Lee has finally convinced an actor to commit to the villain role in "Oldboy": Sharlto Copley, according to Deadline. The "District 9" star had been rumored to be circling the part and it looks like it's a done deal.
Spike Lee has had a hell of a time finding someone to play the man who makes Josh Brolin's life a living hell. Previous candidates for the role included Clive Owen (who played the villain in Lee's "Inside Man"), Colin Firth and Christian Bale … though we have to say that Copley, who recently played Captain H.M. 'Howling Mad' Murdock in the big-screen take on "The A-Team," is our favorite choice so far. Score! Get More »
Spike Lee is officially back in Brooklyn — and, not surprisingly, it's damn hot.
The "Inside Man" director is getting personal again with his latest "joint," "Red Hook Summer," a film that's already been inspiring the kind of controversy and debate that recalls the heated (and extremely divided) response to Lee's early works such as "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X." Get More »
Unlike many young ingénues, whose roles are as much about hair and makeup as substance, Elizabeth Olsen's roles in spooky thrillers "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and the upcoming "Silent House," make it clear that the actress isn't just another pretty face; she's a creeper too.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olsen will continue her work in the "freaking the bejesus out of audiences genre" with a possible starring role in Spike Lee's joint/adaptation of South Korean director Park Chan-wook's psychological thriller "Oldboy."
The film tells the story of a kidnapped businessman, played by Josh Brolin, who is unexpectedly released by his captors after fifteen years, only to find himself caught in a web of manipulation and torture. Get More »