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Spike Lee: Wesley Snipes Would ‘Kill’ In James Brown Biopic

Spike Lee has plans to bring the life story of The Godfather of Soul to the big screen and thinks Wesley Snipes is the right man to fill those sliding shoes.

Lee told King magazine that Snipes is “a phenomenal actor…if my James Brown picture ever gets made, he’ll be playing James, and he’d kill in that, without a doubt. He still has chops.”

The biopic is not listed on IMDB but Lee had reportedly been working on the production with James Brown before the singer’s passing in 2006.

Even though Lee has worked so well with Snipes in the past with Mo’ Better Blues (1990) and Jungle Fever (1991), Blindie would rather see Eddie Murphy play James Brown -remember his impersonation on Delirious in 1983?

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Spielberg Squashes Beef Between Lee And Eastwood

When two Hollywood directors squabble, it takes an even bigger director to settle their differences.

Steven Spielberg has mediated a truce between Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood after Lee publicly chided Eastwood for failing to include black actors in his two World War II films, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.

It seemed like the two directors were going to have a long-running feud after Eastwood answered Lee’s complaints with, “a guy like him should shut his face,” which prompted Lee to shoot back, “The man is not my father and we’re not on a plantation, either.”

Lee expresses regret over the whole incident, “I’m sorry it sort of escalated to where it did and, as far as I am concerned, it is over and done with.”

“Here’s the story. Game 3. LA. Staples Center. Lakers-Celtics. I’m going to the bathroom, and Spielberg’s sitting there with Eddie Murphy and Jeffrey Katzenberg,” Lee told Access Hollywood of how Spielberg facilitated the squashing.

“And Katzenberg was getting on me about leaving Clint alone,” Lee continued. “I said, ‘Steven, let me talk to you for a second.’ So we talked, I conveyed a message, and he said, ‘I’ll call Clint in the morning.’ And it’s hunky-dory. He said he was gonna make a call, he made it, squashed.”


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Spike Lee Reflects On Obama’s Impact On African American Artists

Filmmaker Spike Lee discusses the importance of Barack Obama’s presidential run on African American music and artists with Contactmusic.com.

“We should use an event like Barack’s presidency, which I feel is probably one of the most important moments in the history of this country, to galvanise us, to inspire us, and, yo, let’s go!” the acclaimed filmmaker says.

“I believe artists have to lead the way,” Lee adds. “The same way as in the turbulent 60s… that music reflected both the difficult times we were going through and the enthusiasm and optimism we had, too. And I think Obama is going to have the same effect on African-American artists and it’s needed.”

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Spike Lee, Time Taveler

Is Spike Lee planning on traveling back in time to input some “Negro” actors in Clint Eastwood’s war films?

Actually, the acclaimed director is making a movie based on the book Time Traveler penned by one of the first African-American theoretical physicists, Dr. Ronald Mallett.

The book focuses on Mallet’s determination as a child to build a time machine and save his father from dying, which led to his pursuit of a career in physics.

Lee says, “[I’m] elated to have acquired the rights to a fantastic story on many levels, but also a father-and-son saga of loss and love.”

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