ENTERTAINMENT 01/22/2019 12:45 pm ET The 61-year-old "BlacKkKlansman" filmmaker has received shockingly scarce Oscar love in his decades as an auteur. By Ron Dicker Filmmaker Spike Lee finally got his due at the Oscar nominations. The 61-year-old auteur’s “BlacKkKlansman” earned nods for best picture and best director Tuesday, marking the first time Lee has been recognized by the Academy in both categories. “BROOKLYN IN DA OSCARS YA DIG? SHO-NUFF,” he wrote on Instagram. Lee has endured an inexplicable scarcity of Oscar love after being nominated for his “Do The Right Thing” screenplay in 1990. But the landmark film was surprisingly omitted from best picture and best director consideration. His documentary “4 Little Girls” also picked up a nomination in 1998, but that’s his last whiff of a competitive Oscar. He has received an honorary Oscar, however. The Academy might have just righted history in one fell … [Read more...] about Spike Lee Finally Nominated For Best Director, Best Picture Oscars
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Veteran director Spike Lee finally received some long overdue recognition, first-time director Bradley Cooper heard some bittersweet results, and the Academy generally played it safe in handing out the major nominations. Even though Lee’s resume includes “Do the Right Thing,” “Jungle Fever,” “Malcolm X,” “Clockers” and “25th Hour,” he received his first nomination as director for “BlacKkKlansman,” thus becoming just the sixth African-American filmmaker to receive a nod. “BlacKkKlansman” was also one of the eight movies nominated for best picture and Adam Driver was awarded a best supporting actor nod — but the film’s deserving lead, John David Washington, didn’t get the call. No offense to the great talents of Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), Willem Dafoe (“Eternity”) and Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), but I would have given Washington a … [Read more...] about Richard Roeper: Overdue Oscar nomination for Spike Lee; why not Bradley Cooper?
FILE PHOTO: 24th Critics Choice Awards - Arrivals - Santa Monica, California, U.S., January 13, 2019 - Spike Lee. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok LONDON (Reuters) - Rockers The Killers have teamed up with film director Spike Lee to make the music video for their latest song, “Land Of The Free”, a protest against President Donald Trump’s planned wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. The “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcom X” director was given full creative rein to make the video for the track, which the Las Vegas band describes as “a heartfelt lament inspired by current events and recent national tragedies in the United States”. Lee filmed the video at the end of 2018 around the border, capturing scenes of migrant families as they headed towards “the land of the free”, the group said. It shows migrants of all ages making the journey and at times facing off with security forces. Lee, who last week was nominated at … [Read more...] about Spike Lee joins The Killers for protest video over Trump’s planned…
Mary Queen of Scots is certainly the most ambitious retelling of the life of Mary I of Scotland since Vanessa Redgrave took a crack at the role in 1971. This time, Saoirse Ronan rises to the occasion as the 16th-century royal who challenged Queen Elizabeth of England (played by Margot Robbie) for the throne and was subsequently imprisoned and beheaded for her trouble. An old-fashioned historical pageant with characters dressed up to resemble pincushions, Josie Rourke's film boasts a screenplay by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March) and features a plethora of European character actors with terrific voices. The Landmark, 10850 Pico Blvd., West L.A.; $12-$15; (310) 470-0492, landmarktheatres.com. Also playing at the ArcLight, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; $16-$18; (323) 615-2550, arclightcinemas.com. EXPAND Ben Is Back Roadside Attractions Peter Hedges is back with Ben Is Back, a drama about a troubled teen (Lucas Hedges) who drops in on his family over the Christmas holiday, much to … [Read more...] about L.A. Weekly Movie Guide: Spike Lee’s in Town
DVD review of "BlacKkKlansman" directed by Spike Lee.File BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee returns to relevancy with this race-conscious comedy-drama based on a wild but true story. John David Washington (Denzel's son) plays Ron Stallworth, a black Colorado cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. His plan includes convincing a Jewish cop (Adam Driver) to go undercover as a white supremacist. Director Lee entertains with Blaxploitation references while drawing unsubtle parallels to today's corroded political environment. "Why don't you wake up?" Stallworth's sergeant yells at him, when really Lee is talking to us. The playful but focused film won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Grand Prix. The August release cost $15 million and earned $87 million worldwide. R, 134 minutes. Extras: a making-of featurette and an extended trailer. From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Released Nov. 6 on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD. Released Oct. 23 on DVD and … [Read more...] about Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ arrives on DVD and Blu-ray