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Spike Lee keen to work with Bradley Cooper

6 Feb 2019

Film gossip

Spike Lee would love to work with Bradley Cooper one day, years after he turned him down at an audition. The 'A Star Is Born' hitmaker recently revealed he was rejected by the filmmaking legend around 10 years ago but Spike has insisted he is keen…

Spike Lee values 'impact' over awards

17 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Spike Lee considers the "impact" of his films to be more important than awards. The 61-year-old director – who has helmed a string of iconic movies during his career, including 'Do the Right Thing', 'She's Gotta Have It' and 'Malcolm X' – has…

The Killers gave Spike Lee full reigns over Land Of The Free video

15 Jan 2019

Music gossip

The Killers gave Spike Lee "full creative control" over the music video for their anti-Trump song 'Land Of The Free'. Brandon Flowers and co recently dropped the politically-charged anthem, which saw the 61-year-old Academy Award-winner at the helm…

Spike Lee reveals how he gauged the public's reaction to BlacKkKlansman

24 Dec 2018

Film gossip

Spike Lee secretly attended cinemas to see how crowds reacted to his movie 'BlacKkKlansman'. The acclaimed filmmaker has revealed he went under cover to gauge the reaction to his drama movie, which tells the story of a policeman who sets out to…

Spike Lee wants to helm a musical

12 Nov 2018

Film gossip

Spike Lee wants to direct a musical. The 61-year-old Hollywood legend – who has helmed documentaries about Michael Jackson and Pavarotti – has worked on almost every genre possible, but making a "straight out singing and dancing" movie is still on…

Spike Lee directs music video for unreleased Prince track

23 Aug 2018

Music gossip

Spike Lee has directed a music video for Prince's previously unreleased track 'Mary Don't You Weep'. The song features during the end credits of Spike's latest movie, 'BlacKkKlansman', and Spike has decided to create a video that features scenes and…

Spike Lee knew he was best for BlacKkKlansman

5 Aug 2018

Film gossip

Spike Lee knew he was the right person to direct 'BlacKkKlansman'. The 61-year-old director was stunned when 'Get Out' filmmaker Jordan Peele - who had optioned the story and developed a script for the movie - asked him to take the reins on the saga…

5 unmissable events happening in Edinburgh and Glasgow this August

25 Jul 2018

Featuring a new film from Spike Lee, plenty of live summer tunes and the greatest arts celebration on earth

The naysayers might want to curtail the capital's cultural pursuits, but for one glorious month (and a bit) most of us appreciate that life just wouldn't be the same without the biggest arts festival on the planet being on our very doorstep. From the…

Shoplifters wins Palme d'Or

20 May 2018

Film gossip

'Shoplifters' has been named the surprise winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The Japanese drama, which was directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda and depicts a self-made family whose secret jeopardises their ability to stay together, picked…

BlacKkKlansman

16 May 20184 stars

Cannes 2018: Spike Lee's latest 'joint' tells the stranger-than-fiction tale of a black cop infiltrating the KKK

Ron Stallworth was the first black man to join the Colorado Springs Police Department back in 1972. In October 1978 he was working in the intelligence team when he came across an advertisement in the newspaper seeking new members for the Ku Klux Klan.

Spike Lee says Jordan Peele convinced him to make BlacKkKlansman

8 May 2018

Film gossip

Spike Lee's ambition to make 'BlacKkKlansman' was sparked by Jordan Peele. The 61-year-old moviemaker has helmed the new drama film, which tells the story of the first African-American police officer who worked undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux…

Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman among the line up for the Cannes Film Festival

12 Apr 2018

Film gossip

Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' will be among the new movies screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The 61-year-old director's upcoming crime drama is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Ron Stallworth, and boasts a cast that includes…

Adam Driver joins Spike Lee's new movie Black Klansman

26 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Adam Driver has joined the cast of 'Black Klansman'. The 33-year-old actor is set to star in Spike Lee's new movie which is set to be produced by Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw productions, Deadline reports. 'Black Klansman' follows Ron Stallworth, a…

Chi-Raq

17 Oct 20164 stars

LFF 2016: Spike Lee's latest joint is a bold and passionate hip-hop musical

In 2011 director Steve James and journalist Alex Kotlowitz set out to place a spotlight on the murder epidemic in the south side of Chicago with their film The Interrupters. They spent a year following around members of activist group CeaseFire, who…

Spike Lee bemoans lack of diversity in Hollywood

16 Nov 2015

Film gossip

Spike Lee has slammed Hollywood for its lack of diversity. The award-winning film-maker has hit out at the movie industry, arguing it is easier for a black man to become US President than for one to become the head of a film studio or TV…

Oldboy

4 Dec 20132 stars

Spike Lee's remake of the cult Korean film lacks suspense and wit

As a filmmaker Spike Lee is inconsistent, but successes like Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and 25th Hour mean he's a director who's always been someone to keep an eye on. However Lee really has his work cut out for him with this remake of Park…

Spike Lee to direct Spinning Gold?

31 Oct 2013

Film gossip

Spike Lee is in talks to direct Justin Timberlake in 'Spinning Gold'. The 'Inside Man' director is being courted to helm the new biographical drama about record executive Neil Bogart (Timberlake), who is often credited with the rise of disco. The…

Spike Lee: Bad 25 was good pressure

25 Sep 2012

Music Gossip

Spike Lee couldn't let people down with his Michael Jackson documentary. The filmmaker has been working on 'Bad 25' - which examines the making of the late King of Pop's classic 1987 album - and was excited by the challenge of living up to the…

Michael Jackson wanted Bad to beat Thriller

21 Aug 2012

Music Gossip

Michael Jackson was "determined" 'Bad' would outsell 'Thriller'. The late King of Pop - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in 2009 - was "very self-motivated" and even pinned up signs around his house to urge himself to work harder on the iconic…

Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary in post-production

10 Jul 2012

Music Gossip

Spike Lee is in the final stages of completing a Michael Jackson documentary. The legendary filmmaker is in the latter part of post-production on the project, which will focus on the story of the late singer's 'Bad' album, world tour and videos to…

Spike Lee launches festival for budding film talent

5 Sep 2007

Spike Lee will join the judging panel of a new online film festival, which will help up-and-coming directors showcase their work. The Babelgum online film festival is open to films shorter than 45 minutes long, and will include documentaries…

Spike Lee DVD Box Set

11 Apr 20074 stars

5 Spike Lee Joints

Spike Lee was 50 on March 20 and this nine disc box set has been released to celebrate the occasion. It is an odd collection that reeks of commercialism with the films - School Daze, Do The Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Crooklyn…