Spike Lee

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Shelton Jackson Lee (b. 20th March 1957)
Spike Lee is an American film director, producer and writer. His hometown is Brooklyn, New York. He started his own production company under the name '40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks'. Spike Lee is renowned for his controversial topics in films, some of which highlight race relations, poverty and political issues.

Spike Lee: Early life
Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother, Jacqueline Carroll, taught the arts and black literature while his father, William James Edward Lee III, was a jazz musician. He got his nickname 'Spike' from his mother and he attended John Dewey High School.
Lee then attended Morehouse College and made his first film 'Last Hustle In Brooklyn' before leaving with a BA in Mass Communication. During that time he also took film courses at Clark Atlanta University, and later did graduate work at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he landed himself a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television.

Spike Lee: Career
Spike Lee completed his first thesis film 'Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads' in 1983 and showcased it at Lincoln Center's New Directors New Films Festival.
In 1985, Lee made his first feature film 'She's Gotta Have It'. The budget was $175,000 and was released in 1986; the film grossed $7,000,000 at the U.S Box Office and it was shot in only two weeks.
1989 saw the release of controversial film 'Do The Right Thing' which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. The following year, 'Mo' Better Blues' was released.
Lee released '4 Little Girls' in 1997; a documentary that explored the killings of the children from a church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The film was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Academy Awards.

Spike Lee: Commercials
In 1990, Levi's jeans took Lee on to produce the TV commercials for the 501 button fly selection.
Nike offered Lee a deal to direct for the company, and worked on the 'Air Jordans' line.
His success in commercials then spanned to the likes of Converse, Taco Bell, Ben & Jerry's and Jaguar.

Spike lee: Personal Life
Lee is married to Tonya Lewis who is an attorney. They have two children; their daughter Satchel (b. Dec.1994) and their son Jackson (b. 1997). Lee is an avid New York Yankees fan, as well as a New York Knicks and English Football Team, Arsenal.
Lee has his own office, and lives with his wife Tonya in Upper-East Manhattan, New York.

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27th May 2014 -

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Pharrell Williams is to team up with director Spike Lee for the streaming version of his upcoming concert at the Apollo Theater on the 3rd June. The concert will be part of American Express Unstaged,...

One of Spike Lee's Best Joints, 'She's Gotta Have It', To Get TV Series

7th May 2014 -

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She's Gotta Have It, easily one of Spike Lee's best movies, is to be resurrected and adapted for the small screen after Showtime commissioned a pilot. Lee is on board as the show's director and...

Spike Lee Gentrification Rant: Let The Rebuttals Begin

28th February 2014 -

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Spike Lee ruffled a few feathers when he let loose on the contemporary residents of Brooklyn and their dogs during his speech at the Pratt Institute. His tirade was never going to be unleashed without...

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27th February 2014 -

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Spike Lee wants you to listen to his views on Brooklyn, which he claims has been gentrified and taken over by hipsters and dog walkers. During his speech at the Pratt Institute, the millionaire film...

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5th December 2013 -

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Moviegoers who know nothing about the iconic 2003 Korean thriller will perhaps enjoy this half-hearted remake. It lacks the subtlety and irony of Park Chan-wook's deranged masterpiece, but Spike Lee brings a certain technical sleekness...

Hunger Games Rules, But 'Oldboy' Remake Could Be Biggest Flop of 2013

3rd December 2013 -

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The big news from the weekend's box-office was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reasserting its superiority with an impressive second week total of $74.5 million. That's a huge increase in the $58 million that the...

Box Office Highlights: What Are You Seeing This Weekend?

30th November 2013 -

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This holiday box office is already predicted to be a record breaker. With both Frozen premiering and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in cinemas, both movies are on course to break the previous Thanksgiving weekend...

'Oldboy' Claws Back Respectability, But Critics Remain Unconvinced

28th November 2013 -

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Spike Lee's Oldboy - a visceral thriller based on Park Chan-wook's classic 2004 movie - will have to do solid box-office business to justify itself after a wave of middling reviews from critics.Josh Brolin in...

'Oldboy': A Remake Spike Lee Should Have Left Alone

28th November 2013 -

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American director Spike Lee has just seen the release of his latest project, 'Oldboy', a remake of the highly successful South Korean 2003 movie. The original is considered a cult classic, which was praised for...

'Oldboy' Remake: Did Spike Lee Just Mess Up A Brilliant Movie?

27th November 2013 -

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Spike Lee was always treading on glass with cheap shoes when he decided to take on the Oldboy project. The original, 2003 film was a cult classic; adored by international audiences and famed for its...

Josh Brolin Takes On Another Dark And Tortured Character In 'Oldboy' [Video + Pictures]

15th October 2013 -

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Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson and director Spike Lee team up for the upcoming psychological thriller Oldboy, which stars Brolin as an advertising executive, who gets kidnapped, imprisoned and has his life taken away from...

Oldboy - Clip

15th October 2013 -

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The latest clip from 'Oldboy' featuring a very unstable and mentally damaged Joe Doucett on his release from his 20 years imprisonment is now available to watch online. When Joe finds himself trapped in a...

Oldboy

27th September 2013 -

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'Oldboy' is an intense mystery thriller about a man who is locked up for 20 years before being suddenly released with a pocket full of cash and no explanation. Main star Josh Brolin, his co-star...

Spike Lee's 'Blood Addiction' Movie Raises $1.25 Million on Kickstarter

19th August 2013 -

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US film director Spike Lee has achieved his $1.25 million goal for his latest movie, on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.Tentatively titledThe Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint, the movie is about "human beings who are addicted...

Spike Lee Plans To Use Kickstarter To Fund Next Film

22nd July 2013 -

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Spike Lee has a habit of doing things differently when it comes to making his movies, and when he announced his latest picture you could bet that it wasn't just going to be your average...

A Week In Movies: The World's End premieres, Mendes returns to Bond, Oldboy teases

12th July 2013 -

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This week's big world premiere was in London for The World's End, where Simon Pegg and Nick Frost walked a blue carpet alongside costars Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike. The apocalyptic pub crawl...

'Oldboy' Remake: Everything You Need To Know [Trailer + Pictures]

12th July 2013 -

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Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake is finally gathering the momentum it deserves with a brand new trailer following the harrowing poster we were treated to not so long ago. Following what felt like years of stuttering,...

Oldboy

12th July 2013 -

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When Joe Doucett suddenly wakes up one morning to find himself imprisoned in a cell with little more than a bed, a TV and a bible, his first thought is some sort of terrible nightmare....

Hammer-Wielding Josh Brolin Wants Revenge in Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' [Trailer]

11th July 2013 -

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The first red-band trailer for Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's classic and disturbing movie Oldboy has rolled out online, featuring all the hammer-centric bloody revenge of the original. Josh Brolin plays a man abducted...

Oldboy American Remake Starring Josh Brolin – First Poster Revealed

9th July 2013 -

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Spike Lee’s version of the South Korean classic Oldboy, which was released in 2003, finally has a poster. This American remake – starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley – finally has a poster...

Bruce Willis, Stephen Baldwin And DJ Jazzy Jeff Among Star-Studded 'After Earth' Premiere - Part 2

4th June 2013 -

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'Die Hard' star Bruce Willis, 'The Usual Suspects' actor Stephen Baldwin and Will Smith's former musical collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff made their appearances on the red carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre for the New York...

Will Smith And Jaden Smith Joined By Buzz Aldrin And 50 Cent At 'After Earth' Premiere [Photos]

30th May 2013 -

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Will Smith and Jaden Smith at 'After Earth' New York premiereThe New York premiere of Will Smith's new action movie 'After Earth' was almost like a reunion for the actor as several old friends showed...

Josh Brolin and Diane Lane Divorce Imminent, But Movie Careers Look Bright

22nd February 2013 -

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Josh Brolin and Diane Lane's divorce looks imminent after the pair split following eight years of marriage. The revered actors called it quits, with representatives telling Us Weekly, "Diane Lane and Josh Brolin have decided...

Jamie Foxx on Spike Lee: "Where's Spike Lee Coming From...? He doesn't like anybody"

18th January 2013 -

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Spike Lee tweeted his disdain for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained recently, saying: "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor...

Quentin Tarantino Defends Django Unchained Against Criticisms Of The Film Being Too Violent

5th January 2013 -

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Quentin Tarantino’s latest flick, Django Unchained has been making headlines ever since it came out in December – while some have been praising Tarantino’s signature style, there has been more than one criticism towards the...

Beef Lessons Required – Quentin Tarantino Won’t Waste Time on Spike Lee Spat

4th January 2013 -

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Pffft… Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino clearly needs beef lessons. He has refused to engage in his public spat with Spike Lee any further.Which, you know, shows a great deal of decorum and everything, but...

Django Unchained Controversy: Antoine Fuqua Calls Out Spike Lee For Calling Out Quentin Tarantino

2nd January 2013 -

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The movie director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) has weighed into the Spike Lee vs Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained debate. Spike Lee called out Tarantino for using the word “n*gger” in the movie. Tarantino’s defence was...

Tarantino's Django Unchained Set To Be A Big Title In 2013

29th December 2012 -

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Quentin Tarantino certainly doesn’t do things halfway. Weeks after its premiere, Tarantino’s Django Unchained is still making headlines.Some praise it for its wit and humour in treating a difficult subject. Others (a lot of others)...

Are You Going To See Django Unchained? Spike Lee Isn't

27th December 2012 -

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Quentin Tarantino's new film, Django Unchained - a fictional exploration into slavery with a dark, comedic twist - came out on Christmas day. One person who won't have braved the winter cold to check it...

Christmas Day At The Movies: Why You Should See Django Unchained Today!

25th December 2012 -

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So it's Christmas Day, and you've eaten your own body weight in turkey. What better way to end the best day of the year than catching Quentin Tarantino's gruesome flick? Django Unchained's sort-of-Western is playing...

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Mr. Lee, I am asking if you would be interested in a personal story from a volunteer who went down to Katrina from Canada to assist. If you looked up selfless in the dictionary you would see her picture. Since returning from her three week experience in helping those in need, she has been doing powerpoint presentations depicting the turmoil those in New Orleans had to deal with. She gives these presentations as not to talk about what she did, her presentation deals with the people and the relationships she made while she was there. She is still in contact with some of the survivors she worked with, even flying back down (on her dime) to offer emotional support. She is really a special person whom is tireless in her efforts to help anyone. I am a retired law enforcement officer and she is by far one of the most giving persons I have ever met. Her life experiences are too numerous to describe and I truly beleive her perspective and experience would enrich anyone's understanding of what occurred in New Orleans. I can only hope that those persons in charge of this website will pass along my request. I am at a loss on how to contact you. I sincerely hope that you may give serious consideration to my request. I believe her story is one to be heard. Thank you.

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SPIKE LEE, I JUST WATCHED A SEGMENT OF 60 MINUTES AND IT HAD TYLER PERRY AND THEY POINTED OUT THINGS YOU HAD TO SAY ABOUT HIS MOVEIS, HERE IS MY OPINION HOW CAN YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY HIS MOVIES ARE STEREOTYPED OF ALL THE PEOPLE YOU SAYING A COMMENT LIKE THAT ALL YOUR MOVIES ARE RATED IN THAT CLASS. LOOK AT DO THE RIGHT THING, SCHOOL DAZE COME SPIKE YOU HAVE TO SEE TYLER PERRY'S MOVIES ARE SO MUCH REALER THEN YOURS. SOUNDS LIKE TO ME SOMEONE HAS A JEALOUS STREAK WHEN IT COMES TO TYLER'S MOVIES, WHAT IS IT YOU THINK HE HAS OUTCLASSED YOU WELL IN ALOT OF MOVIE GOERS EYES HE HAS, I USE TO LIKE YOU TILL I HEARD THIS SQUABBLE YOU ARE MAKING ABOUT MR PERRY. HERE'S TELLING YOU MR LEE I WILL NO LONGER WATCH ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR MOVIES, TYLER IS WAY MORE REAL THEN YOU EVER WILL BE. STOP HATING AND GET ON THE BAND WAGON, TAKE AFTER TYLER. YOU ARE A HATER AND IF YOU CONTINUE ON YOU WILL NEVER GET ANYWHERE. JEALOUSY WILL GET YOU NO WHERE.

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Dear: Spike Lee/Film Company crew I personally agree with you Spike Lee that's notthe first time that I personally heard news like this about Hollywood and how racist they are. They always were racist against the minority even way back in the 70's and 60's. I have a powerful true story about this same situation but it includes a divine power, The rap group Run DMC, the death of his colleague Jam Master Jay, and other important movie clips that I would like to add to my movie once my book is adapted into film. And the movie clips are Dances with wolves with Kevin Costner, Roots by David L. Wolper Production, The Lincoln Assassination, The voices of civil rights with Martin Luther King, Inside the LAPD with the Rodney King beating, Behind the blue walls the beatings of blacks and hispanics, Hiroshima 60th Anniversary, FDR A presidency revealed, The World Trade Center Rise and fall of an American Icon, The Anticrist Part 1 & 2. Please help me Spike Lee adapt my true story into a documentary feature film so minorities like us and around the world can experience what's going on with the white forces in power and their sinister plan against the african americans, all hispanics, chinese, indians, and all of the other minorities. How can I send you my literary agent's synopsis letter and my memoir? Here is my contact information for this very important project. Reynaldo Reyes 146 Olympia Blvd., 1st Floor Staten Island, N.Y. 10305 Phone # 1-718-696-9256 E-mail: xorangehalloween@yahoo.com Sincerely yours Reynaldo Ortiz Reyes Author of Portal to Hell

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