Friday, September 22, 2017

Spike Lee

In this combination photo, director Spike Lee, left, appears at the premiere of "Touched With Fire" on Feb. 10, 2016, in New York and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick appears at a news conference on Jan. 1, 2017, after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, California. (AP Photo/Files)

NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee says it’s “fishy” that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains an NFL free agent. Kaepernick’s season-long protest of the “Star Spangled Banner” ahead of 49ers games became a topic of national debate last season. ...
In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, singer Chrisette Michele performs for President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and his wife Ho Ching, in the State Dining Room of the White House during a state dinner in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

BY JESSE J. HOLLAND WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chrisette Michele had to turn off her cell phone and stay off the Internet after she accepted an invitation to sing at one of President Donald Trump’s inauguration balls. Despite having performed ...
In this April 4, 2016 photo, Spike Lee attends the NYU Tisch School of the Arts 50th Anniversary Gala in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Filmmaker Spike Lee and his companies are being sued by the directors of three union benefit plans who contend he didn’t make sufficient health and pension contributions. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Lee, Forty Acres ...
Presenter Lucy Liu, second from right, poses with student Academy Award winners in the animation category at the 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California.

BY SANDY COHEN BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Seventeen young filmmakers from around the world gathered in Beverly Hills, California, to utter the six magic words they’ve been practicing all their lives: “I’d like to thank the academy.” The film ...
This image provided by courtesy of the Sundance Institute and Optimum Productions shows director Spike Lee whose documentary film, "Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall," is included among the documentaries premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

BY SANDY COHEN PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Spike Lee applauds the Academy for making changes to increase diversity in its ranks, but he is still skipping the Oscars. “We have principles,” Lee said in an interview with The Associated ...
In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, John Krasinski, left, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations for best performance by an actor in a leading role at the 88th Academy Awards nomination ceremony in Beverly Hills, California

BY SANDY COHEN The film academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board of governors. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs ...
This image provided by courtesy of the Sundance Institute and Optimum Productions shows director Spike Lee whose documentary film, "Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall," is included among the documentaries premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of going to the Academy Awards, Spike Lee has other plans: “I’m going to the Knick game,” he said Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” Lee gave his first interview after announcing Monday that he would ...
In a Thursday, June 25, 2015 file photo, Jada Pinkett-Smith arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Magic Mike XXL" at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

BY JAKE COYLE NEW YORK (AP) — Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year’s ceremony, the academy’s president ...
This image provided by MJJ Productions, Inc. shows the cover of the album, "Off the Wall," by Michael Jackson.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” is being reissued with a new Spike Lee documentary about the hallmark 1979 album. Jackson’s estate and publisher Sony Music are rereleasing the 36-year-old album with a DVD of the film ...

BY RACHELLE BLIDNER and JOHN CARUCCI NEW YORK (AP) — Kind words were in short supply for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the premiere of Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” on Tuesday night. Emanuel fired the city’s police superintendent Tuesday after tensions ...
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