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Spike Lee Launching ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ NFTs

It’s gotta be the NFTs. Spike Lee is joining the non-fungible tokens (NFTs) craze, with a collection of crypto art linked to his seminal 1986 debut film, She’s Gotta Have It.  In a partnership with content incubator The Visible Project, the filmmaker is launching a collection of 3,945 NFTs that feature original frames from She’s […]

DGA Awards: Jane Campion and ‘The Power of the Dog’ Take Top Honor

The 2022 Directors Guild Awards were presented at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday night, with Jane Campion taking the top prize for The Power of the Dog. At a ceremony hosted by Judd Apatow, Campion prevailed in the theatrical feature film category over Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Steven Spielberg (West Side Story) […]

Spike Lee to Direct Colin Kaepernick Docuseries for ESPN

Spike Lee will team up with Colin Kaepernick for an ESPN docuseries about the activist and former NFL quarterback’s life. Lee will direct and produce the project, which is part of a first-look deal Kaepernick and his Ra Vision Media signed with ESPN parent Disney in 2020. Former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill is also a […]

DGA Awards: Spike Lee Tapped for Lifetime Achievement Honor

Spike Lee, the veteran Oscar-winning filmmaker behind masterpieces including Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and BlacKkKlansman, will receive the Directors Guild of America’s highest honor — the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction, which “recognizes extraordinary efforts in the art of cinema” — at the 74th DGA Awards ceremony, the […]

Jane Alsobrook, Veteran Marketing and Acquisitions Executive, Dies at 78

Jane Alsobrook, a marketing and acquisitions executive who worked on such films as Eating Raoul, The Last Emperor, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and The Blair Witch Project, has died. She was 78. Alsobrook died Dec. 13 at her home in Sedona, Ariz., after a long battle with breast cancer, a family […]

Spike Lee Inks Multiyear Film Deal With Netflix

Spike Lee has inked a multiyear feature deal with Netflix, the studio behind his most recent feature, Da 5 Bloods. Under the pact, Lee will direct and produce narrative films via his Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks banner. Lee offered in a statement: “There Is No Better Way for Me and My Company 40Acres […]

‘Return of the Jedi,’ ‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Cooley High’ Enter National Film Registry

Strangers on a Train, Pink Flamingos, Cooley High, Return of the Jedi, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Selena are among the cinematic treasures chosen this year for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, it was announced Tuesday. The list of 25 motion pictures picked to be preserved also includes What Ever Happened to […]

Grammys: Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K. Among Hollywood Stars Nominated

A myriad of Hollywood stars and some controversial figures are among those nominated at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, revealed by the Recording Academy on Tuesday. Dave Chappelle and poet Amir Sulaiman received a nomination for the Netflix special 8:46, in the best spoken word album category. Chappelle has previously won in the same category in […]

AFM: Maverick Producer Fernando Sulichin on Working With Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee

It’s been a crazy year for Fernando Sulichin. But then crazy is kind of Sulichin’s wheelhouse. The 56-year-old head of production at finance group New Element Media — born in Argentina, based in London — has built his career in the independent film business backing the movies and directors that don’t fit the mainstream models. […]

Spike Lee Talks Oscars Recognition, Shifting Perceptions of His Work at Chaplin Award Gala

Spike Lee addressed how long it took The Academy to recognize his body of work while calling out a few films he believes are less-than-deserving of the coveted best picture win during the 46th Chaplin Award Gala on Thursday night. Hosted by Film at Lincoln Center, the evening recognized Lee’s impact on filmmaking and television […]

Hollywood Flashback: Spike Lee’s ‘25th Hour’ Was the First Studio Film to Incorporate the 9/11 Attacks

Twenty years later, Hollywood is still unsure how best to address 9/11. The attacks have inspired ultrarealistic reenactments (2006’s United 93), disaster movies (World Trade Center, also from 2006) and smaller-scale family dramas (2011’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), with varying success. The first studio film to incorporate the worst terrorist act in history did […]

Critic’s Notebook: How Post-9/11 Hollywood Has Mirrored Our Anxieties — and Redefined Its Love of Disaster

In everything from first-person documentaries to tentpole spectacles, a broad spectrum of filmmakers — among them Spike Lee, Paul Greengrass and Kathryn Bigelow — have grappled with the horror of the attacks, the geopolitical ramifications and, less directly, the emotional fallout.