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Spike Lee‘s Kickstarter film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, came out earlier this year. The director behind Do the Right Thing and The 25th Hour caused some controversy — not the first time in his career — when he started the campaign for his “vampire” movie, and the actual film itself was just as divisive. But it’s not the only movie we’ll see from Lee in 2015. There are three Spike Lee movies this year: Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, plus Livin’ Da Dream and Chi-raq.

Learn more after the jump.

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Do the Right Thing 2

It’s been 26 years since Spike Lee‘s provocative Do the Right Thing debuted, and since Hollywood has been digging deep into the past for sequels, reboots and remakes, it only makes sense that they would revive the racially charged drama.

However, in case you haven’t noticed, Brooklyn has changed a lot since 1989. As Jimmy Kimmel noted during one of his episodes being taped in New York last week, “There used to be muggers right in this neighborhood stealing old ladies’ purses. Now those old lady purses are being worn ironically by hipsters in the area.” And that’s exactly what inspired the trailer for Do the Right Thing 2, starring Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel and more white people. Read More »

gold first look

Stephen Gaghan (above, center) doesn’t direct as many movies as we’d like to see him make. The Academy Award-winning writer behind Traffic hasn’t directed a movie for the big screen since 2006’s Syriana. Gaghan is known for writing more adult material than your typical studio movie, and because of that, he probably struggles to get his movies made. Thankfully, the writer and director is back behind the camera again, with Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez headlining his newest picture. We now have our Gold first look. Behold the film’s bald and sweaty McConaughey after the jump.

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Teyonah Parris in Dear White People

Not to be outdone by Netflix, Amazon is also jumping into the original features game. Their first foray into that realm will be Chi-Raq, Spike Lee‘s contemporary retelling of the classical Greek play Lysistrata.

The company’s latest statement on the project reveals some new details, including a full cast list that includes Teyonah ParrisAngela BassettJohn Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Get all the details on the Amazon Chi-Raq project after the jump.  Read More »

Spike Lee shooting Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

New details have emerged on Chiraq, Spike Lee‘s upcoming feature for Amazon Studios. As suggested by the title, it’ll be an examination of gun violence in Chicago. More surprisingly, it’ll also be a musical comedy based on an ancient Greek play. Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack are expected to star, and Kanye West may also be involved in some capacity.

Get all the latest info about the Spike Lee Chiraq movie after the jump.  Read More »

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Last year, Spike Lee decided to follow up his big studio remake of Oldboy with something very different. He turned to Kickstarter to raise money for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, an idiosyncratic romance about bloodsuckers. (But don’t call them vampires.) Now the first trailer has arrived to show his fans just what they’ve paid for, and the results look pretty interesting. Check out the Da Sweet Blood of Jesus trailer after the jump. Read More »

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus image

Spike Lee‘s Oldboy was a big fat flop, but he could be bouncing back in no time. Even before that remake premiered, he was getting the pieces together for his next feature Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Today, we have a first look at the indie horror romcom, which centers around people who are addicted to blood.

And though Da Sweet Blood of Jesus doesn’t yet have a theatrical release date, Lee also has a new project that you can watch right now. This one is The Game, a short film for Pepsi Max’s 2014 World Cup promotional campaign. See the Da Sweet Blood of Jesus image and watch The Game short after the jump.

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She's Gotta Have It TV series

She’s Gotta Have It introduced Spike Lee to the world in the mid-’80s, and will now be his latest project. Lee is remaking — or returning to — She’s Gotta Have It, in the form of a Showtime series. The filmmaker will write and direct a half-hour comedy show that “updates” the film, which followed a sexually liberated young woman as she juggled three suitors in Brooklyn. The other details we have on the She’s Gotta Have It TV series are below. Read More »

oldboy-dvd-header

Look around the internet and you’ll see loads of hilarious bootleg DVD covers. They might mis-identify the stars or filmmakers, provide a terrible plot synopsis, use nonsensical review pull quotes, or feature visual elements which are completely unrelated to the film.

Still, this bootleg copy of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy may now be the king of great/awful bootleg cover design, as it uses a review pullquote that is honest, if not exactly a great piece of salesmanship. Read More »

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Sam Neill Jurassic Park

Jurassic World has been picking up a pretty great cast, but one person we shouldn’t expect to see in it is original Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. Also after the jump:

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