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New Movies, TV on Amazon in February: ‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘Amy,’ ‘The Americans’ Season 3

Amazon Prime will also debut its original docuseries 'The New Yorker Presents' later this month with 'Lost in Translation,' 'Men in Black,' Michael Keaton's 'Batman' and past seasons of HBO's 'Girls'…

Spike Lee Turns on Obama’s Gun Control Plea: “He Hasn’t Talked About Chicago. At All”

The 'Chi-Raq' director-producer believes the president should be addressing Chicago's gun violence more: "I was glad he mentioned it, along with Sandy Hook and the other places. But Chicago is the…

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    Chris Gardner

Critic’s Notebook: For Politically Charged Films, Timing is Everything

It's a truly weird season when a new Michael Moore movie is one of the least topical, but the impact of a politically charged film is often a matter of timing (just ask Spike Lee).

Chicago Rapper King Louie Shot in Head, Recovering (Report)

Louie, who is credited for coining the term "Chi-Raq" in 2009, was reportedly shot while in his vehicle in Chicago.

How Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson Crafted the Oscar-Contending Songs in ‘Chi-Raq’

Writing the rap track "Pray 4 My City" helped Cannon find his character, while playing a grieving mother inspired Hudson to record the film's faith-filled ballad "I Run."

‘Chi-Raq’ Composer on Longtime Collaboration With Spike Lee: “It’s a Mind-Meld Kind of Thing”

Grammy-winning Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who has scored all of Lee's movies since 1991's 'Jungle Fever,' says of working with the director, "Spike has his own sound and his own vision, and I…

Box-Office Preview: ‘Krampus’ No Match for ‘Mockingjay,’ ‘Good Dinosaur’

The Mother Theresa biopic 'The Letters' also opens nationwide, while the specialty box office sees the debut of Spike Lee's 'Chi-raq' — the first feature from Amazon Studios — 'Lady in the Van,'…

It’s Official: Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ Gets December Release in Select Theaters

The movie is the first title from Amazon Studios, which is partnering with Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate to bring 'Chi-Raq' to cinemas willing to play the movie before it airs on Amazon Prime.

Amazon’s Spike Lee Movie ‘Chi-Raq’ to Debut in Theaters for December Oscar Run (Exclusive)

The film — exploring the issue of violence in inner-city Chicago's inner city — is the first release from Amazon's new movie division.