Oliver Stone in talks for 'Watchman'

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- Oliver Stone is in talks to direct Keanu Reeves in James Ellroy's "The Night Watchman," The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

Denzel Washington to reteam with Spike Lee

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- Denzel Washington will reunite with director Spike Lee on the thriller "Inside Man," The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.

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Today is Sunday, March 20, the 79thth day of 2005 with 286 to follow.
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Spike Lee lightens up for 'Miracle's Boys'

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- New York auteur Spike Lee says he signed on to direct the first and last segments of the six-part mini-series "Miracle's Boys" for cable TV's "The N" network because he wanted to be able to show something he made to his kids, 8-year-old Jackson and 11-yea

Sri Lanka readies Spike Lee honor

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Organizers in Sri Lanka readied to honor American filmmaker Spike Lee with a five-day screening of his movies as part of Black History Month. Lee's movies, including "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X," were to be shown in the nation's capital city of

Actor Ossie Davis dead at 87

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Ossie Davis -- an actor who promoted civil rights onstage, on camera and in countless protest demonstrations -- has died at 87 at a hotel in Florida.

Cruise-Kidman conversation axed from play

CHICAGO, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A scene featuring an intercepted cell phone call between Tom Cruise and then-wife Nicole Kidman was pulled from a Chicago play after the actor complained.

'Vera Drake' wins at Venice Film Festival

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- "Vera Drake" a film about abortion won the Golden Lion award and it star Imelda Staunton won the best actress award at Italy's Venice Film Festival.

Hollywood turns out for Venice film fest

VENI, Italy, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The European premiere of "The Terminal" launched the Venice Film Festival, with star Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg showing up for the event by boat. Hanks and Spielberg sailed Wednesday to the Hotel Excelsior on Lido Beach in Venice, Italy, to j

Feature: Ray Charles' valedictory

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Ray Charles' final CD, "Genius Loves Company," features Charles duets with 12 of the leading contemporary singers of soul, pop and jazz -- and producers said the line of artists who wanted to participate was so long that there might well have been a secon
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Spike Lee speaks out on new film

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Director Spike Lee said he sought to create the all-American man in his new film, "She Hate Me," about an axed executive who impregnates lesbians for a fee.

Spike Lee says movie is a moral compass

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Director Spike Lee says in his new U.S. movie "She Hate Me," half of the lesbians screening the movie liked it and half did not.

Spike Lee may direct Ellroy screenplay

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- Spike Lee is in talks to direct "The Night Watchman," an original screenplay by novelist James Ellroy, The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday. "The Night Watchman" is described as an ensemble piece in the vein of Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential."

Feature: The 'N' word gets its own show

LOS ANGELES, June 29 (UPI) -- The "N" word, long banished from polite conversation, remains a subject of fascination in American culture, and a new Trio cable network documentary takes a fra
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Cuomo joins 'Fahrenheit 9/11' rating fight

NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- Distributors of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" have enlisted former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo in their fight to change the movie's R rating.
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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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