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Spike Lee receives Honorary Award at the 2015 Governors Awards

Courtesy of: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact
Written by Tambay A Obenson
15th Nov 2015

 

 

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Last night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Honorary Oscars to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, as well as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”

All three awards were presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards last night, Saturday, November 14 – an event that apparently wasn’t nationally televised.

Thankfully the Academy has already made footage of the night’s highlights available online via YouTube, and I’ve embedded the tribute to Spike (which included Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, and Denzel Washington, and was 12 minutes long) as well as Spike’s lengthy (18 minutes long), poignant, and at times hilarious acceptance speech. He took his time and it was great, getting all his industry hooks and jabs in. This was his long-coming Oscar moment (albeit an honorary Oscar) and he was going to make the absolute most of it, and I don’t blame him!

Spike joins a growing list of other talents who have never been recognized by Oscar for individual performances, and were later given Honorary Awards – James Earl Jones being one of them (nominated for Best Actor in 1970 for “The Great White Hope” but didn’t win; and in 2012, a long 42 years later, was celebrated with an Honorary Award).

So first watch the rollicking tribute with Snipes, Jackson and Washington; and then, underneath it, watch Spike’s acceptance speech. Good stuff all-around!

Denzil Washingtion, Samuel Jackson and Wesley Snipes honour Spike Lee (hilarious!)

Spike Lee acceptance speech:

Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon & Wesley Snipes star in a New Clip from Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

Courtesy of: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact
Written by Tambay A Obenson
20th Nov 2015

 

 

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Amazon Studios has set the release date for Spike Lee’s much-discussed next joint, “Chi-Raq,” for December 4, 2015 in a theatrical release deal that involves both Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate (noteworthy as both have previously teamed up on prestige film fare).

The film’s cast includes rising star Teyonah Parris and multihyphenate and Nick Cannon, as well as lauded veterans like Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Wesley Snipes, and D.B. Sweeney. Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson also features.

“Chi-Raq” is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata (played by Parris) organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

Spike Lee directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kevin Willmott (writer and director of the woefully underseen 2004 mockumentary, “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America”) – an effort to shed light on the very serious, but often overlooked issue of violence in inner city Chicago.

At the time of the film’s pickup by Amazon Studios, Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production, said, “Spike Lee is one of the most distinct and visionary filmmakers of our time. It would be impossible to find a better filmmaker with whom to launch our studio. He has a unique voice, a distinct eye, and he tackles important subjects with humor and heart, pointing to solutions and not exploiting the problems. ‘Chi-Raq’ may be his greatest, and definitely his boldest film yet–everything about it is distinctive.”

Spike Lee added: “I’m honored to be part of the film that will launch Amazon Studios and to tell a story that is so important. Please don’t be fooled by the title of ‘Chi-Raq.’ This new Spike Lee joint will be something very special.”

As noted, although it has yet to be released, the film has been at the center of much debate, at first over the use of the portmanteau “Chi-Raq” as its title, and currently, criticism of the still unseen film based solely on its recently-released trailer.

Spike Lee has been candid about all the controversy surrounding “Chi-Raq,” directly addressing the uproar, emphasizing that it is indeed a serious film – a work of satire that’s essentially designed to shake up the status quo: “People, this film is not a joke,” Lee has said repeatedly.

With December 4 looming, everyone will finally get to actually see “Chi-Raq” and hopefully then have informed discussions on its merits.

Ahead of its release, watch the official trailer for the film featuring Samuel L Jackson, Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Michelle Mitchenor, Jennifer Hudson, Harry Lennix, DB Sweeney, Angela Bassett and Wesley Snipes.

Wesley Snipes is back!

written by Lee Pinkerton
08/08/14

Whatever happened to Wesley Snipes? He was one of the hottest Black actors back in the 1990’s, moving from urban movies like King of New York and New Jack City  to action movies like Boiling Point, Drop Zone and Passenger 57.

After taking starring roles in two Spike Lee Joints (Jungle Fever and Mo Better Blues) he enjoyed a couple of successfull collaborations with Woody Harrellson (White Men Can’t Jump and Money Train).  He even had his own superhero franchise with Blade. But in the ’00s his movie career seemed to stall, with more than his fair share of straight to DVD material, and his decline was precipitated by his conviction for tax evasion in 2008.

wesley-snipes-expendables-3The last movie we saw him in before he started his three year prison sentence in 2010 was Brooklyn’s Finest alongside Don Cheadle and Richard Gere.

But now Wesley is set to return in his first film since his release last year, and he’s going back to his action movie best with a helping hand from his old co-star Sylvester Stallone (remember Demolition Man?).

Snipes (now 52) has a guest role in Stallone’s latest action sequel The Expendables 3, alongside other action veterans Arnold Schwarzennegger and Mel Gibson.  In the movie Snipes even shares a joke with his co-stars about his prison time.

Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture break into a fortress to free Doctor Death (played by Wesley Snipes), and after the successful rescue, the team boards a plane where they ask him why he was jailed. Snipes ominiously replies “Tax evasion.”

 

Its good to see Wesley back. Lets just hope that this time he’s employed a decent accountant!

The Expendables 3 is released in cinemas on August 15th.  Watch the trailer here

Lee Pinkerton

Wesley Snipes is back!

written by Lee Pinkerton
08/08/14

Whatever happened to Wesley Snipes? He was one of the hottest Black actors back in the 1990’s, moving from urban movies like King of New York and New Jack City  to action movies like Boiling Point, Drop Zone and Passenger 57.

After taking starring roles in two Spike Lee Joints (Jungle Fever and Mo Better Blues) he enjoyed a couple of successfull collaborations with Woody Harrellson (White Men Can’t Jump and Money Train).  He even had his own superhero franchise with Blade. But in the ’00s his movie career seem to stall, with more than his fair share of straight to DVD material, and his decline was precipitated by his conviction for tax evasion in 2008.

wesley-snipes-expendables-3The last movie we saw him in before he started his three year prison sentence in 2010 was Brooklyn’s Finest alongside Don Cheadle and Richard Gere.

But now Wesley is set to return in his first film since his release last year, and he’s going back to his action movie best with a helping hand from his old co-star Sylvester Stallone (remember Demolition Man?).

Snipes (now 52) has a guest role in Stallone’s latest action sequel The Expendables 3, alongside other action veterans Arnold Schwarzennegger and Mel Gibson.  In the movie Snipes even shares a joke with his co-stars about his prison time.

Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture breaks into a fortress to free Doctor Death (played by Wesley Snipes). After the successful rescue, the team boards a plane where they ask him why he was jailed. Snipes replies “Tax evasion.”

 

Its good to see Wesley back. Lets just hope that this time he’s employed a decent accountant!

Lee Pinkerton