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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.
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Director Spike Lee attends the game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore on April 20, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.

Lee's movies have examined race relations, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. He has also received two Academy Award nominations.

Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Jacqueline Carroll (née Shelton), a teacher of arts and black literature, and William James Edward Lee III, a jazz musician and composer. Lee moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York when he was a small child. (The Fort Greene neighborhood is home to Lee's production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, and other Lee-owned or related businesses.) As a child, his mother nicknamed him "Spike." In Brooklyn, he attended John Dewey High School. Lee enrolled in Morehouse College where he made his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn. He took film courses at Clark Atlanta University and graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from Morehouse College. He then enrolled in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television.

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