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Leaders urge black men to become teachers

ATLANTA, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Movie maker Spike Lee and U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged black men at an Atlanta college to go into teaching as a profession, officials said.

LeBron James hosts Miami birthday party

MIAMI, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- LeBron James hosted a bevy of celebrities and his mom at a Miami nightclub this week to mark his 26th birthday, witnesses at the bash reported.
Pitt: Oil spill may warrant death penalty

Pitt: Oil spill may warrant death penalty

LONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor and activist Brad Pitt says he would consider the death penalty for those responsible for the BP oil spill.

Celebrities due unclaimed cash in New York

ALBANY, N.Y., July 17 (UPI) -- A New York state database of unclaimed accounts says movie star Angelina Jolie and ex-Yankees Manager Joe Torre are among those who have money coming to them.

Movie inspires bank robber

LONDON, June 29 (UPI) -- Police in Britain say a three-hour bank siege near Heathrow Airport bore similarities to Spike Lee's 2006 crime thriller Inside Man.
Spike Lee's Jackson video released

Spike Lee's Jackson video released

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. film director Spike Lee's video for Michael Jackson's posthumously released song, "This Is It," is now on the Internet and television.

Sneezing during pandemic influences views

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- In times of a flu pandemic, public sneezing may shift policy preferences to the production of flu vaccine over other priorities, U.S. researchers suggest.

Spike Lee among thousands honoring Jackson

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. director Spike Lee says he organized a New York dance party to honor what would have been pop star Michael Jackson's 51st birthday.
Spike Lee named host of ad competition

Spike Lee named host of ad competition

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- MOFILM says acclaimed U.S. filmmaker Spike Lee has been named the host of the user-generated content competition at the Cannes Lions 2009 Advertising Festival.
Spike Lee's Kobe doc to screen at Tribeca

Spike Lee's Kobe doc to screen at Tribeca

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Spike Lee's "Kobe Doin' Work" is scheduled to have its world premiere at the upcoming 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, organizers said.

Lee calls for Post boycott over cartoon

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Celebrities should help boycott the New York Post for publishing a racially charged cartoon, U.S. filmmaker Spike Lee says.
Stars flocking to Obama inauguration

Stars flocking to Obama inauguration

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Scores of celebrities plan to attend, while others want to perform at U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's upcoming inauguration, the New York Daily News said.
Stazzema makes Lee an honorary citizen

Stazzema makes Lee an honorary citizen

FLORENCE, Italy, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The mayor of Sant'Anna di Stazzema said he has granted U.S. filmmaker Spike Lee honorary citizenship in the Italian village.
Lee: My career has prepared me for 'Anna'

Lee: My career has prepared me for 'Anna'

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Spike Lee said his past projects prepared him well to make the new World War II picture, "Miracle at St. Anna."
Lee: Black people expect a lot from Obama

Lee: Black people expect a lot from Obama

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Spike Lee says black Americans will have higher expectations than any other group if Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., wins the U.S. presidency.

Lee embracing sequel to 'Inside Man'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. director Spike Lee says he is excited to be working on a sequel to his 2006 crime drama "Inside Man."
Spike Lee to film 'Strange' musical

Spike Lee to film 'Strange' musical

NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Spike Lee reportedly is set to shoot the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Passing Strange."

Italian-American group criticizes Lee film

ROME, June 14 (UPI) -- Noted Hollywood director Spike Lee tends to unfairly portray Italians in his films, an Italian-American group alleges.
Lee to Eastwood: 'I know my history'

Lee to Eastwood: 'I know my history'

LONDON, June 6 (UPI) -- Clint Eastwood says the lack of black U.S. soldiers in his film, "Flags of Our Fathers," was true to history but Spike Lee insists blacks fought at Iwo Jima.
Spike Lee to make Michael Jordan film

Spike Lee to make Michael Jordan film

CANNES, France, May 21 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Spike Lee said at the Cannes Film Festival in France that he is planning to make a documentary about basketball great Michael Jordan.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 20, 2008.
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Spike Lee wins Wexner Prize

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Spike Lee, whose movies include "Inside Man," "Malcolm X" and "Jungle Fever," has won the Wexner Center Foundation's innovative artist award.

Pitt, son Maddox take in Yankees game

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Actor Brad Pitt and his 5-year-old son Maddox left New York's Yankee Stadium with a bat and a ball from Derek Jeter, The New York Post said Wednesday.

Spike Lee jurist for Web film fest

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. director Spike Lee has been tapped as chief juror and promoter during the launch of an online film festival during the Venice Film Festival.

Spike Lee criticizes Hollywood in Italy

ROME, July 4 (UPI) -- Director Spike Lee turned an Italian news conference on his film about black U.S. soldiers into an outburst about Hollywood films' lack of black soldiers.
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