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November 22, 1992 | SUSAN KING
Kate Vernon is a fan of Spike Lee's films. "They stimulate people," said the Canadian-born actress, who appeared in "Pretty in Pink" and the TV series "Falcon Crest." "I think he is helping people wake up to their own prejudices. I think that's important," she said. But Vernon found working with Lee to be a different matter. In Lee's "Malcolm X," Vernon plays Sophia, Malcolm's white girlfriend during his hustler days in Boston in the 1940s.
December 5, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The year is 1992. Nelson Mandela, two years beyond his release from 27 years of political imprisonment and two years before he will be elected president of South Africa, stands before a classroom of Soweto children. A rare moment is being captured by camera and crew: Mandela as actor, rather than activist. Cast in the role of teacher, handed words to speak that are not his own. The only backdrop is a blackboard. Erased, it is a clean slate, but evidence of lessons past cling in the chalk powder.
July 14, 1991
As a black man, I am proud of Spike Lee's work. Thanks for putting him on the cover. JOHNNY J. WALKER San Bernardino
November 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maybe Spike Lee should have kept "Oldboy" in captivity.  The outspoken director's remake of the decade-old Korean movie of the same name was released in fewer than 600 theaters this weekend, posting about $400,000 in ticket sales Wednesday and Thursday combined. That puts the movie on pace to generate less than $2 million through the Thanksgiving weekend, probably making it one of the biggest flops of the year.  A $2-million total would give the FilmDistrict movie a per-theater average of between $3,000 and $4,000, putting it in similar territory to Universal's recent bomb "R.I.P.D.
August 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Following Zach Braff and "Veronica Mars," Spike Lee has reached his online fundraising goal of $1.25 million for a new film.  Lee, best known for directing films such as "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X," took to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter last month to ask fans to donate money to the project. He reached his goal Friday with four days remaining in the 30-day campaign. If he had not generated the total amount, he would have recieved none of the funds. PHOTOS: Spike Lee's controversial quotes: A brief history  As of this writing, he has raised more than $1.29 million with more than 5,400 backers.
July 25, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Perhaps the reporters gathered at the TCA press tour were a bit afraid of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. When he and director Spike Lee took the stage to discuss their new project, there was barely a response. "Usually when a heavyweight champion is introduced, there is at least a clap," Lee scolded, sparking a bit of tepid applause. But Tyson didn't seem to mind, joking with the crowd: "Don't get too close. I may bite you, as you know. " The boxer and the fiery director have teamed up to bring Tyson's acclaimed one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" to HBO. The show played on Broadway and toured nationally.
July 11, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Revenge tales don't come more hard-boiled than Chan-wook Park's “Old Boy.” Unless, perhaps, it's Spike Lee's “Oldboy,” the 2013 remake of the Cannes-decorated 2003 hit. At least that's how it seems in a new trailer just released by distributor FilmDistrict. (You can watch it above.) “Oldboy” follows a similar arc to the original. A man (Josh Brolin, in the part Choi Min-sik made famous) is inexplicably held hostage for nearly two decades -- in this case images from the outside world, from Clinton to Obama, coming to him sporadically through a TV set tuned to television news.
April 10, 2013 | By Corina Knoll
The civil trial in which Michael Jackson's mother and three children have blamed entertainment powerhouse AEG for the music legend's 2009 death is expected to include a string of witnesses -- a list both lengthy and celebrity-studded. Attorneys for the plaintiffs have listed 97 possible witnesses and the defense 113, many of which overlap. Among those who could testify are Jackson's mother, Katherine' two of his children; his ex-wives Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe; and nearly all of his siblings.
March 2, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - Spend a sunny afternoon at home with Mike Tyson and if the erstwhile Baddest Man on the Planet is in an expansive mood, he may indulge his cherished pastime: letting loose the performing pigeons he raises in his backyard to flap and somersault in the skies over southern Nevada. And if the mood strikes him, the former heavyweight champion of the world may lower his guard enough to talk about something close to the bone: personal metamorphosis. As a function of this discussion, the self-described piece of garbage from the sewage system in Brooklyn will address his killer instinct.
January 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
“Django Unchained” star Christoph Waltz may have starred in a movie that's kicking up dust for its portrayal of the slavery era, but the Golden Globes supporting actor winner said that he's remained unfazed by the backlash. “It should be controversial,”  the man who plays a smooth-talking bounty hunter said backstage. “If you choose a controversial subject, you better be prepared for a controversial discussion,” he said, adding, “I wish more movies gave us an opportunity to discuss controversial [subjects]
November 22, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In a welcome break from the traditionally saccharine holiday programming, ABC is airing "a version" of Spike Lee's documentary "Michael Jackson: Bad 25," which had its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival before having a short theatrical release. Lee trimmed almost an hour for the television version, but "Bad 25" is still something to be thankful for, a hypnotic homage to the performer's gift and, more important, his dedication. Wielding an impressive collection of behind-the-scenes clips as well as interviews with a disparate array of colleagues (including Martin Scorsese and Sheryl Crow)
October 25, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
An unexpected narrative has solidified around Michael Jackson's legacy since the pop superstar died in 2009: that as much as he was a creative genius - an artist capable of pulling inspiration from the cosmos, as Jackson himself describes it in Spike Lee's new documentary "Bad 25" - his success came largely as the result of hard work. The master is being remade as a trouper. We saw the beginnings of this in "This Is It," the 2009 documentary-cum-concert film assembled by Kenny Ortega from footage recorded during rehearsals for Jackson's ill-fated run of shows at the O2 Arena in London.
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