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Watch the trailer for Spike Lee's Kickstarter-funded 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus'

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Though Spike Lee encountered some criticism for turning to Kickstarter to fund it, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus met its fundraising goaland now we have our first look with the first trailer.

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'Best Man Holiday': Does its success change the future of black film?

The Best Man Holiday, the R-rated sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, opened to $30.6 million this weekend, surprising box-office watchers who had predicted the $17 million film wouldn’t generate half of its ultimate take home. Yet to director Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote and produced the film along with its predecessor, the only surprise is how Hollywood hasn’t evolved its thinking toward films featuring black actors.

“I’m tired of the dismissive, marginalized way that movies starring African-American actors who don’t happen to be Will Smith or Denzel Washington or Kevin Hart, [are talked about when they] perform well at the box office,” Lee says. “Tyler Perry makes a movie and it’s number one almost every time. Think Like a Man was number one two weeks in a row. People talk about [Best Man Holiday] over-performing, but I feel like we got under-estimated.”

The majority of the audience for Best Man Holiday (87 percent) was African-American females,  90 percent of whom saw the original film. More important, the sequel generated an A+ with exit pollster Cinemascore indicating that the film should broaden out to a wider audience.

Lee is counting on it.
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'Do the Right Thing' reunion: Spike Lee and cast on making the film, fighting the power, and 'Driving Miss Daisy'

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For nine weeks in the summer of 1988, a 31-year-old Spike Lee and his sprawling cast of talented actors and actresses — some brand-new discoveries, others Hollywood icons — took over a single block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The resulting film, Do the Right Thing, was a clarion-call masterpiece of American cinema, a sweltering, urgent work of primary colors and complex morals that secured Lee’s place as the country’s most important black filmmaker.

Twenty-five years later, EW reassembled much of the cast on that very same block for its annual Reunions issue — including Lee, Rosie Perez, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, and more — for a trip down memory lane (or more specifically, Stuyvesant Avenue). Sal’s Famous Pizza may be long gone, and the neighborhood changed from the days when Radio Raheem blasted Public Enemy from his oversize boombox, but there’s still a lot of movie history there.

Watch Lee take us back to the days of filming Do the Right Thing, as well as a good-natured rant against “so-called journalists” who labelled the movie as incendiary, as well as a certain chauffeur-themed film that drove away with his Oscar. READ FULL STORY

Spike Lee reaches Kickstarter fundraising goal

The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint is a go.

On July 22, the acclaimed director launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his next film, a “new kind of love story” about “human beings who are addicted to Blood.” 25 days later, he’s exceeded his $1.25 million goal.

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Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' remake pushed back to November

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We’ll have to wait a little longer to see how Spike Lee has reimagined Park Chan-wook’s 2003 thriller.

FilmDistrict has shifted the film’s release date for the second time. Originally, Oldboy 2.0 was scheduled to open Oct. 11. But in May, the distributor changed the release date to Oct. 25 — and now it’s been pushed back once more, to the much more crowded date of Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

Only two other movies are currently scheduled to open in wide release on Oct. 25: The Counselor, starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Javier Bardem, and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Now that it’s been delayed a month, though, Oldboy will be competing against three wide releases (Black Nativity, Frozen, and Homefront), as well as the limited releases Grace of Monaco and Out of the Furnace. TWC’s Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is scheduled for release Nov. 29 as well.

Oldboy follows an ad exec (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 20 years. When he’s finally released, he seeks vengeance — only to find himself still entangled in a conspiracy. Check out the red-band trailer below.

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Spike Lee on crowd-funding criticism: 'We were doing Kickstarter before there was Kickstarter' -- VIDEO

When Spike Lee put his latest film up on Kickstarter, there were a lot of recent success stories (the Veronica Mars movie, Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here), but there were also examples of a growing backlash against established artists crowd-funding their projects (sorry, Melissa Joan Hart).

Lee knew going in that he would get flak, but the only difference he sees between hustling for financing for She’s Gotta Have It back in 1985 and asking fans for cash in 2013 is the advent of social media. “We were doing Kickstarter before there was Kickstarter,” the director said in an interview with filmmaking blog Film Courage. “We just didn’t have the technology.”

See the interview below:
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Steven Soderbergh donates $10K to Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign

Spike Lee’s nascent Kickstarter campaign to fund his yet-untitled movie about “human beings who are addicted to blood” just got a big-ticket backer: Steven Soderbergh.

The Oscar-winning director pledged $10,000 to Lee’s campaign, garnering him access to some Spike-centric-prizes (hype-typed by Lee in all-caps, of course), including dinner with Lee and a seat next to him at a Knicks game (score!).

Lest the prizes overshadow Soderbergh’s good will, his manager had this to say:
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Help fund 'the newest hottest Spike Lee joint' via Kickstarter -- VIDEO

The Kickstarter revolution that Veronica Mars launched in March is still going strong — even though some celebrity projects have proven more successful than others.

The latest big name to get in the game: Spike Lee, whose remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 thriller Oldboy comes to theaters this October. Lee is currently seeking $1.25 million to fund his next joint, a yet-unnamed movie about “human beings who are addicted to blood.” (And no, he adds parenthetically, “it’s not Blacula.”)

Why does an established, Oscar-nominated director need to crowdsource in order to make a movie? Because the independent film world’s climate has changed, according to Lee: “The only way to ensure as an independent filmmaker that your vision is on the screen is when you bring the money to the table,” he says in this explanatory video, helpfully set to the strains of “Fight the Power.”

“My first feature film was She’s Gotta Have It,” he continues. “We shot it in the summer of 1985, 12 days, two six-day weeks, for $175,000. But now, that can’t work.”
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'Oldboy' red-band trailer reveals a gritty revenge thriller -- VIDEO

The American remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 thriller Oldboy is nigh. A trailer premiered on Yahoo! today, revealing Josh Brolin in tighty-whities (yay!) and the fact that he has been imprisoned for 20 years (boo!).

Joe Doucett (Brolin) is locked in a solitary room for two decades, his name besmirched as he is accused of murdering the mother of his daughter. When he is inexplicably released, his life becomes dedicated to revenge and solving the mystery of the last 20 years — why was he imprisoned, and why was he let go?

Check out the NSFW trailer here:
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'Oldboy' poster: Signed, sealed and delivered by Josh Brolin

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The logo for Josh Brolin’s new film Oldboy is written in the actor’s own handwriting, inspired by his character in the film, who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years and spends years writing letters to his daughter.

He is suddenly released, which inspires him to find out the reason for his imprisonment — and results in the discovery of a tangled web of conspiracy.

Oldboy also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. Directed by Spike Lee, the film will be released October 25.

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