Who’s that girl? It’s Christina Milian looking like a certified celebrity last night at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta Hawks were taking on King James and the Cavaliers. Sporting the second best record in the league, Lebron hit the free throw that gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a one point victory. Also on hand to witness a guaranteed future NBA hall of famer at work, were..more..
Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna didn’t do too good at the box office and he apparently blamed the empty theaters on his agent. I hope they reminded him that any war movie released since we backslapped Iraq has brought in pocket change for the studios.
That isn’t stopping movie directors from continuing to document the stories of African-American soldier’s participation in America’s biggest wars. George Lucas (yup.. the Star Wars guy) is producing Red Tails..
The buzz about Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna is semi-positive (I’ve read reviews that laud the production, but say the story gets lost in a few artistic flashes) Miracle at St. Anna is a fictional account, based on the true story of a group of black soldiers who dogged it out in Italy during World War 2. It’s also Spike’s way of reminding the world that black soldiers have fought in America’s wars even before they were considered citizens of the United States.
This summer, Spike Lee complained that Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers didn’t have a single black soldier on screen. Clint Eastwood simply told Spike to “Shut Up!” Spike responded, “First of all, the man is not my father and we’re not on a plantation, either.” Then he went back to working on Miracle; he was in production at the time, but there is no surprise questions about that back and forth is coming up in interviews for his new film.more..
In an interview in King Magazine, Spike Lee says he’s selected Wesley Snipes to play the Godfather of Soul in his upcoming James Brown biopic. JB was working with Spike on the project before he passed in 2006. Since then it’s been under the warmer at Paramount Pictures, but Wesley’s got that bid to complete, so Spike has plenty of time to get the script and business with the suits right. Once he’s out this will be Wesley’s first chance to revive his career.
Spike Lee believes Wesley Snipes can pull it off.. “He’s a phenomenal actor, and I truly feel that he’ll regain that power he once had. If my James Brown picture ever gets made, he’ll be playing James - and he’d kill in that, without a doubt. He still has chops.”more..
Yesterday at the Television Critics Association conference, Spike Lee was asked the question of the day: What do you think of Jesse Jackson’s sack slicing comment?
Spike’s on the mic.. “I don’t think his comments help anybody. It’s just unfortunate.. Here’s the thing: I don’t know why people are questioning whether Barack Obama is black enough. For me, that’s an ignorant statement. There are middle-class, educated black people who speak the way he does. We have to try to move away from this so-called image of what black is, which is largely influenced by rap and that type of stuff.”more..