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Spike Lee and Robert De Niro Developing Showtime Drama

Robert DeNiro and Spike Lee

Big-screen titans Spike Lee and Robert De Niro will team up to develop a Showtime drama series about Lower Manhattan's Alphabet City, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Eastwood to Spike Lee: "Shut Your Face"

Clint Eastwood by Todd Williamson/WireImage.com and Spike Lee by Tony Barson/WireImage.com

Remember last month at Cannes when Spike Lee promoting his African-American WWII movie Miracle at St Anna made some characteristically aggressive remarks about the dearth of black characters in Clint Eastwoods Flags of Our Fathers Well the man who once played Dirty Harry has a few choice words for LeeA guy like him should shut his face Eastwood told the UKs Guardian newspaper apparently thinking that calling Lee a dummy head might sound childish Despite his obvious anger Eastwood gave a straightforward response to why there werent more black roles in his film The story is Flags of Our Fathers the famous flag-raising picture and they didnt do that If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there peopled go This guys lost his mind I mean its not accurate Eastwood also claimed that Lee had once griped about Eastwood directing Bird the biopic about African-American jazzman Charlie Parker a story Lee thought should be told b read more

Spike Lee, Clint Eastwood in Spat over WWII Movies

Spike Lee by Tony Barson/WireImage.com and Clint Eastwood by Tony Barson/WireImage.com

Spike Lee has called out Clint Eastwood over two of his World War II-era films because they do not include any African-Americans cast as soldiersLee specifically cited Flags of our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima He made the comments in Cannes while promoting his own WWII film Miracle at St Anna which tells the story of an all-black US division based in Tuscany ItalyMany veterans African-Americans who survived that war are upset at Clint Eastwood Lee said In his vision of Iwo Jima Negro soldiers did not exist Simple as that I have a different versionWhen Eastwood also in Cannes promoting his upcoming movie Changeling was asked to respond to Lees comments a moderator instructed reporters to limit questions to Eastwoods movie JR Whalen read more

ESPN Upfront: SportsCenter Takes Over

SportsCenter's Scott Van Pelt by Rich Arden/ESPN

ESPN held its upfront presentation Tuesday morning at the Nokia Theater in New York. Anchors Scott Van Pelt and Steve Levy hosted the event as a mock SportsCenter episode. The 80-minute presentation was light on programming announcements, but the biggest news was the addition of a block of live SportsCenters from 6 am to 3 pm/ET, beginning Monday, Aug. 11. A new web site, SportsCenter.com, will also debut in August. It was also confirmed that The Early Show's Hannah Storm will be one of the new anchors for this block. In other SportsCenter news, a 1 am/ET edition produced live in Los Angeles, will premiere on April 9, 2009.Other new programming includes ESPN Homecoming, an profile/interview show with Rick Reilly, who the network poached from Sports Illustrated last fall.Features reporter, deadpan "comedian" and Dancing With the Stars vet Kenny Mayne will host a new humor show for espn.com called Mayne Street.ESPN will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009 with "30 For 30," a series... read more

Also at the Movies, Spike Lee and Stargaters

Spike Lee on Tuesday announced his plan to make a World War II film based on the novel Miracle at St. Anna, which focuses on the contribution of African-American soldiers who fought and died to liberate Europe.... A Dog's Breakfast, a comedy directed by David Hewlett and featuring fellow Stargate players Christopher Judge and Rachel Lutrell among its cast, will premiere on iTunes and Amazon's Unbox this Tuesday, before arriving on DVD in mid-September. read more

On Stage: Dancing with the Stars' Ohno Says Yes!

Julianne Hough and Apolo Anton Ohno by James Sorensen/ABC

Although he initially didn't sign up for Dancing with the Stars' live tour, Season 4 champ Apolo Anton Ohno is proving he's a real winner by joining the show for five East Coast performances. Also, fellow hoofer John Ratzenberger will do a single turn when the tour hits his hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut.... Spike Lee will make his Broadway directorial debut with a spring 2008 remounting of the World War II dramedy Stalag 17, says the New York Times. Though no casting has been announced, Lee wants "a name" for the lead, and vows that no rappers are on his shortlist.... Per Playbill.com, Duke of Hazzard Tom Wopat is joining Faith Prince and Harvey Fierstein in A Catered Affair, an upcoming B'way musical based on the 1956 movie of the same name. — Reporting by Raven Snook read more

Pilot Talk: Alias Cutie Goes from APO to CEO

• Michael Vartan has been tapped to topline an untitled ABC drama pilot about four friends who are either high-powered CEOs or CEOs-to-be, says the Hollywood Reporter.• Gabrielle Union, last seen on The Night Stalker, will play a model-turned-recording artist and fiancée of a star wide receiver in ABC's adaptation of the U.K.'s Footballer$ Wives.• Sleeper Cell's Melissa Sagemiller is a married lawyer drawn to Damian Lewis' falsely imprisoned cop in the NBC pilot Life.• Spike Lee is on board to direct NBC's pilot about the mayor of New York City, says Reuters. read more

Soul Man: Spike Lee to Helm James Brown Biopic

Mere days after the passing of the Godfather of Soul, Spike Lee has signed on to direct a feature chronicling the life of James Brown, Variety reports. Lee will first rewrite the latest of several drafts of the script, which has been tossed around for years and boasts Brown's blessing (as well as all music rights). He'll then hopefully begin production by late 2007, perhaps early 2008. Hey, Jamie Foxx, do you feel good? read more

November 16, 2006: Reason to Believe

Tonights episode was directed by Ernest Dickerson who is best known for his work as a cinematographer on a number of Spike Lee films including Malcolm X Jungle Fever and Do the Right Thing This is his third directing stint for ER having worked on two episodes in 2005 Mr Dickerson definitely crafted an edgier more intense episode than weve seen in recent weeks with cases that were compelling and polarizingTensions were running high on many fronts Luka and Abby faced off over a possible spousal-abuse case and ran up against their complicated work relationship as he reminded her of her place in the pecking order Lets try this You be the resident Ill be the attending OK Ouch Of course his callousness was likely the result of his agitation over the package he received from Curtis Ames When he pulled the cop aside to ask for his help his fear for his family was palpableFred Ward has been popping up all over my favorite hospital dra read more

I just finished watching the ...

Question: I just finished watching the conclusion of Spike Lee's Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. I know that it's really too soon to be thinking about next year's Emmys, but after seeing this documentary, I just wanted to say that it has "Emmy winner" written all over it. I totally agree with your review of this doc. It was poignant and eloquent, and Spike Lee gave it the right tone of voice. It made me wish that Lee had shown this in the theaters, in which case I think it would give the Al Gore global-warming doc a run for its money come Oscar time. What do you think its chances are for an Emmy? There is no way that a TV documentary can win an Oscar, right? Anyway, as a native New Orleanian, I just wanted to say that Spike Lee truly did a great job. Answer: HBO has won a number of Oscars for its nonfiction programming, but I think the rules are that in order to qualify, it would have to air theatrically before going to TV. And while Levees did get ... read more

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