James Brown movie to shoot in 2008

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A movie about the life of singer James Brown, who died this week at age 73, is in the works with Spike Lee signed on to direct.

Three funerals slated for James Brown

NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Tributes to James Brown poured in Wednesday following the death of the famed U.S. soul singer on Christmas morning.

Black Film Awards names 'Akeelah' top film

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Black Film Awards recognized "Akeelah & the Bee" as its outstanding film of the year at a ceremony in Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre.

Rapper C-Murder's second murder trial

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Rapper Corey Miller, formerly known as C-Murder, has been placed under house arrest after attending a Hurricane Katrina documentary in New Orleans.

Shyamalan: Spike Lee changed my life

NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- M. Night Shyamalan says he was first inspired to be a professional filmmaker after reading a book by Brooklyn auteur Spike Lee 12 years ago. A theme in Shyamalan's new movie, "Lady in the Water," is how a person can impact the lives of others, sometimes w

Spike Lee will produce NBC drama

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (UPI) -- Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee has signed a one-year contract with NBC Universal TV Studio in Los Angeles to produce a new drama series.

HBO's CEO keeps lips sealed on 'Sopranos'

PASADENA, Calif., July 13 (UPI) -- The head of Home Box Office announced that there likely will be another season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" but refused to reveal the secret behind "The Sopranos."

MTV to honor Jim Carrey, Spike Lee

NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- Actor Jim Carrey and director Spike Lee were announced Thursday as the recipients of special 2006 MTV Movie Awards.

Foster, Howard to star in Neil Jordan film

NEW YORK, March 27 (UPI) -- "Inside Man" fixer Jodie Foster says her next project will be Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan's thriller, "The Brave One."

The Almanac

Today is Monday, March 20, the 79th day of 2006 with 286 to follow.
By United Press International

James Woods, Spike Lee in for CBS pilot

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Hollywood superstar James Woods is starring in and Spike Lee is directing the pilot for the CBS drama, "Shark," it was announced Monday.

Lee scolds 50 Cent for promoting violence

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Spike Lee has some harsh words for rapper 50 Cent for his gangster rap and "criminal" lifestyle.

Venice Film Fest begins with high security

VENICE, Italy, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The 62nd Venice Film Festival kicked off Wednesday amid high security.

Pepsi ready to debut new Kanye West ad

PURCHASE, N.Y., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Pepsi's new ad campaign starring Kanye West will debut during Sunday's MTV Video Awards Broadcast, the soft drink-maker announced Thursday.

Spike Lee takes on UNICEF project

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) -- Spike Lee and six other directors will make a series of films for the United Nations International Children's Educational Fund.
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Spike Lee
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)

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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