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Spike Lee’s once-highly anticipated remake of the cult Korean classic Oldboy crashed with a thud at the box office this past weekend, earning just $1.3 million in its first five days of release.
This marks the latest cinematic disappointment for Lee, who is coming off two straight flops — 2008′sMiracle at St. Anna and last year’s critically reviled low-budget drama Red Hook Summer.
Oldboy initially had strong buzz thanks to its cast (headlined by Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson) and its popular source material. But apparently friction with the studio producing the film may have compromised the final product, which received mostly tepid reviews from critics.
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We’ve told you before that Spike Lee is being sued for tweeting out a false George Zimmerman address, posting the whereabouts of an elderly couple, the McClains, instead. But Lee says this should all be over already! He apologized in March 2012 and paid the duo a $10,000 settlement out of court, Clutch reports.
Despite Lee’s public apology and cash to avoid further legal measures, the McClains are asking for an additional $15,000. According to the Florida couple, they were harassed before, during, and after the Zimmerman trial in 2013 as their address was circulated throughout the net. To this day, the McClains maintain they are receiving hate mail, alleging that they remain “anxious and fearful” and the value of their home has plummeted due to Lee’s tweet.
But Spike Lee’s legal team isn’t buying it. According to Lee’s motion to dismiss, the McClains already acknowledged that Lee’s tweet would be retweeted in the future at the time of the settlement agreement. So any alleged “injuries” are caused by unidentified third parties, not by Lee’s year-old, deleted tweet. “Here, at the time that Plaintiffs entered into the Settlement Agreement, it was well-known that it was possible for information posted on Twitter (by Mr. Lee or anyone else) to be retweeted in the future,” says Lee’s motion to dismiss.
“Indeed, the Complaint alleges that it is easy to retweet information by simply clicking a button on Twitter. For these reasons, to the extent that any of the unnamed individuals who posted the McLains’ address on Twitter in 2013 somehow obtained that information from Mr. Lee’s 2012 retweet, such a consequence was eminently foreseeable when the Settlement Agreement was signed,” the motion continues.
Lastly, Spike Lee’s lawyer adds that the lauded film director is protected by the Communications Decency Act, a law that protects Internet users who forward messages from a third party.
The address mix-up, according to the Daily Mail, comes from the fact that the McClains had a son named William George Zimmerman who lived in their Sanford-area home back in the mid-1990s.
Has Spike paid enough?
Amidst the public outrage over Trayvon Martin’s murder last year, Spike Lee thought he tweeted the whereabouts of George Zimmerman. Instead, he tweeted the address of an elderly Florida couple. The two, flooded with death threats, are suing the motion picture icon for “encouraging a dangerous mob mentality,” The Smoking Gun reports.
“EVERYBODY REPOST THIS,” Spike Lee tweeted a month after Martin’s murder, complete with the couple’s full address, zip code and all. The lauded film director obliviously posted the address of the David and Elaine McClain, not the Zimmermans, to his 240,000 followers.
After Lee’s tweet, the McClains said they’ve been swamped with phone calls, hate mail, and even intruders at their residence. To this day, the harassment hasn’t stopped. The two are still receiving threats in the mail.
“How would he handle this if someone did this to his mother to be terrorized? To be afraid to be home in their kitchen (when) someone goes by the house and is going slow? People again are still tweeting this out and we’re still getting mail,” Elaine, 71, said.
Spike Lee offered the couple a $10,000 settlement in March of last year, which the McClains accepted. He also issued an apology on Twitter:
“I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address.It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace.Justice In Court, ” Lee tweeted.
But the McClains continued to be tormented throughout the Zimmerman trial. Then the two realized that Lee’s settlement did not cover the “injuries and damages” they’ve suffered. “The lawsuit claims the couple still have trouble sleeping and are anxious and fearful. It also alleges that the market value of their home has dropped because of the publicity,” The Orlando Sentinel says.
The McClains are suing Spike Lee for negligence. Although the complaint doesn’t specify any damages, “[a] court filing by Lee’s attorney reports that the McClains’s counsel had valued the lawsuit at $1.2 million,” The Smoking Gun concludes.
During his recent appearance on Oprah’s Next Chapter, late night TV host and actor Arsenio Hall opened up about his interesting struggle with racial acceptance. He also revealed that part of his reason for leaving The Arsenio Hall Show years ago was due to the frustration that he felt over constantly being criticized.
“You leave it and say goodnight. It’s all consuming. I was sending people to check on my mom. I’m like, “you’re making money and you’re not able to enjoy it.” There is a point when you say, ‘I can’t please anybody’….Spike Lee’s saying I’m an Uncle Tom and White people are saying I’m ‘too Black.’ Who am I doing this for? You say, I’m just tired of not being able to please anyone,” he confessed.
After watching this year’s Emmy awards, many people felt as if actress Kerry Washington was robbed. After losing out to Claire Danes in the category for “Best Actress,” the “Scandal” star took it in stride but here is a list of other actors who were passed over for their stellar roles.
Denzel Washington: Malcom X
Denzel Washington has had a long and stellar career in Hollywood that has spanned almost four decades. In addition to playing various characters, Washington also had to flex his acting skills when it came to playing real-life people. He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of Steve Biko, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone but it was his starring role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X that should’ve earned the native New Yorker an Academy award. Although he was nominated for Best Actor, Washington lost out to Al Pacino. Lee was very vocal about his feelings saying, among other things, “I’m not the only one who thinks Denzel was robbed on that one.”
Do we need to say more than the cast of “Do The Right Thing” reunites to get you excited?
The classic Spike Lee movie usually tops the list of film favs when it comes to projects from the famed director which is why we were so happy to come across this pic of the stars of the film on Facebook this afternoon.
As it turns out, Spike, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Bill Nunn got together for a photo shoot with Entertainment Weekly. The magazine is working on their reunion issue for October and Mookie, Radio Raheem, Bugging Out, and Mister Señor Love Daddy will be in on the action. In other pics we see EW also got a hold of Rosie Perez, aka Mookie’s girlfriend Tina, and Ruby Dee (Mother Sister). Can you believe it’s been 24 years since this flick was released in 1989?!
So far details on what this reunion issue will entail are slim but we will definitely be checking for the story as it unfolds. For now, though, check out more pics from Spike Lee’s Instagram as the cast of “Do The Right Thing” reunites.
Are you excited??
Equipped with a flair for design, Errica N. Jones, who was featured in MN’s crowdfunding article, had dreams to capitalize off her talent by starting a business in selling hand-drawn stationery cards. With only a vision and a lack of funds, she set up a campaign on Kickstarter—and was surprised by a donation from Spike Lee!
Jones, an African-American entrepreneur from Texas, contacted MadameNoire in excitement, “My campaign was successfully funded! My largest contributor was Mr. Spike Lee!”
Hey, maybe since he reached his $1.25 million goal on Kickstarter himself, Spike Lee was feeling very generous and warm-hearted.
Jones was mentioned in on of our recent articles, “Celebrities, Boob Jobs, and Drumsets: Are We Misusing Crowdfunding,” in which we questioned Spike Lee’s use of Kickstarter, since we believe he has sufficient clout in the film industry. Spike Lee told us in a video clip that disapproving naysayers have wagged their finger at him “‘Spike Lee you’re established, you’re knocking out all the other young filmmakers on Kickstarter’,” he said. ”Number one, I’m bringing people to Kickstarter [...] so I think that argument is ludicrous!”
“Celebrities on Kickstarter equals [just] another person taking advantage of an opportunity,” Jones said to defend Mr. Spike Lee. “It is, after all, the American way,” she concluded.
With a $600 pledge, Jones surpassed her goal and garnered $1,347 in funds with many thanks to 20 supporters — including a famed film director. “Look here I am doing my thing,” she said. “I am truly here to make an effort to share my passion for paper. To push my dream forward for myself and all those who look up to me.”
We can only speculate, but since the article was linked to Spike Lee on Twitter, we can assume that he read the article. Either way, this is just one of a few campaigns that Spike has supported, a great thing for a fellow artist — and a successful one — to do.
Congratulations to Errica N. Jones—a Texas mother, teacher, and wife and now a business woman. Special thanks to Spike Lee and her other 19 contributors for making her dream into a reality.
When we interviewed Spike Lee, we asked him what he would do if he didn’t reach his Kickstarter goal. Turns out we’ll never know because today the independent director reach his goal of $1,250,000, with four days to spare.
So now, we just have to wait and see what the film is about aside from the details he’s already shared about the film being about people who crave blood and sex…but not a vampire flick.
Having grown up on Spike Lee’s films, I’m happy to see that he’s done it. Hopefully, the movie will be good. Will you check it out? Did you think he would reach his goal?
With the end of Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign coming in just six days, after three weeks, it seems that the controversial director is closer than ever to reaching his goal of raising $1.25 million.
As of 12:29 p.m., Lee has raised $$1,013,992, which is more than 80 percent of his goal, and has been able to gather up that much mulah thanks to more than 4,503 pledges from fans who want to see his upcoming new film, known right now as, “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”
According to Variety, a good chunk of his profits so far have come from 26 pledges of $10,000, including one large donation from popular director Steven Soderbergh, who explained on Lee’s Kickstarter page why he felt he needed to help a brotha out. He says that he wanted to support a man who paved the way for him:
“Certain filmmakers exist outside the traditional parameters of criticism; their point of view and body of work make discussions about individual films interesting but ultimately irrelevant because each project is merely a chapter in a very long book that must (and will) be acknowledged and appreciated for its breadth, ambition, and contributions to the art of cinema. For me, Spike Lee is one of those filmmakers. He is a totally unique figure in American cinema, and he’s always gone his own way and spoken his mind (even when the commercial stakes were high), qualities which are in short supply in the film business.”
As for the other $10,000 donors, they were inspired to help thanks to promises of a dinner and a courtside seat with Spike Lee at a New York Knicks game. Some who pledged $5,000 are being promised that their name will be added as an associate producer for the film, and a few other $10,000 pledges were given “The Ultimate Filmmaker Fan Award,” which should include a day on set of the film, a day to sit with Lee during editing of it, and a master class at Lee’s production company. For smaller donations, folks have been offered memorabilia from his movies, including Malcolm X patches, Mo’ Better Blues pins and more.
While all this money has come in, information about the film has still been very little. What we do know is that it’s about human beings who are addicted to blood, and that the lead will be a new face, a young woman named Zaraah Abrahams. Lee has put out a teaser poster (above), but that’s about it. The director will continue to push to successfully finish his campaign before the August 21 end date, as he’s even having a party at the Brooklyn Bowl in…why Brooklyn of course, this Friday to help raise funds. Support independent cinema, ya’ll!
Funny man D.L. Hughley is set to take over the airwaves once again on a new nationally syndicated radio program. The former Dancing with the Stars contestant will host “The D.L. Hughley Show,” according to a press release announcing the new show.
Hughley has dabbled in radio broadcasting in the past, most recently co-hosting on 98.7 Kiss-FM in New York with Jacque Reid. Now the comedian, author, actor, and television star will be hosting a new music-intensive program that will reach over 12 million predominantly African-American listeners.
“I’m very excited to get back to radio and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” Hughley said in a press statement, “I think radio fits my sensibility. I want to be fast, I want to be funny, I want to be topical.”
Hughley has performed stand-up in Spike Lee’s Original Kings of Comedy Tour and his 2005 sitcom, The Hughleys, became a hit and propelled the comic’s career to the next level. Hughley’s experience goes even deeper than just a few jokes. His qualifications for radio programming includes hosting duties for a political program, his 2008 CNN talk show, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.
“I want to make people laugh a lot and think a little,” Hughley added. “Some people want to push the envelope – I want to see if I can singe it a little.”
In terms of pushing the envelope, Hughley has also stirred a pot with comments in an open letter directed to Chick fil A regarding its stance on same-sex marriage and during an appearance on Sirius XM when he said that President Obama’s “intellectual” reaction to criticism places him “closer to being a white kid.” (He tried to correct those comments right away.)
“D.L. is the right personality to provide a new style of content in afternoon drive time. The D.L. Hughley Show will be engaging and fun, along with great music.” said David Kanto, CEO of REACH Media, the radio program’s distributor.
The launch date of “The D.L. Hughley Show” remains TBA, but it will replace the failing “Skip Murphy in the Afternoon Show”and take up the 3pm to 7pm afternoon slot.
Will you be tuning in?
UPDATE: D.L. Hughley has announced that Jasmine Sanders, who has been as known the host of BET/Centric’s Culturalist, and Steve Wilson, who’s appeared on BET’s Comic View, TV One’s The Comedy Spot, Showtime at the Apollo, will be joining the motley crew. The fellow comedian who has co-hosted with Hughley before on 98.7 Kiss-FM are also members of the show.
“I’m so excited about joining the Reach Media family and working with DL again….We’re going to be funny, fast and informative – don’t blink,” Wilson said in a press statement.
Radio Veterans Skip Cheatham and Juan D will serve as the show’s producer and program director.