Spike Lee, Netflix ink multi-year deal

Spike Lee and Netflix have formed a creative partnership that will have Lee direct and produce narrative feature films under a multi-year deal. This partnership kicks off in January and follows four collaborations for the Academy Award winner with Netflix, including writing and directing Da 5 Bloods, writing and directing the She’s Gotta Have It series, directing Rodney King and … Continue reading “Spike Lee, Netflix ink multi-year deal”

Cannes: Spike Lee makes marks as President

After two years of life without the magical, 100-year-old film festival that takes place on the French Riviera- due to the pandemic – The Festival de Cannes is finally back in full swing and the cinephiles running the festival already have a lot to say. Both jury president Spike Lee and creative director Thierry Fremaux spoke … Continue reading “Cannes: Spike Lee makes marks as President”

Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard narrate Ghetto Film School PSA

Ghetto Film School’s new short film “What’s in a Name” amplifies GFS’s goal to give platforms to people whose stories are not always told and volume to voices often unheard. The film, via agency Wieden+Kennedy NY, edited by Cut+Run’s Aika Miyake and produced by Bryght Young Things, pushes against some of the stereotypes and conventions … Continue reading “Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard narrate Ghetto Film School PSA”

HBO, Spike Lee in production on 9/11 doc

HBO Documentary Films and Academy Award and Emmy-winner Spike Lee (HBO’s David Byrne’s American Utopia, When The Levees Broke, 4 Little Girls) are currently in production on NYC EPICENTERS 9/11 → 2021½, an epic chronicle of life, loss and survival in the city of New York over the twenty years since the September 11th attacks. The multi-part documentary … Continue reading “HBO, Spike Lee in production on 9/11 doc”

Spike Lee & Budweiser create Jackie Robinson short film

Budweiser celebrates the Centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth with ‘Impact’, a short film on the American legend, directed by Spike Lee Jackie Robinson once said: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”. Since I’ve known Oscar Award-winning director and SpikeDDB creative director Spike Lee for a little over … Continue reading “Spike Lee & Budweiser create Jackie Robinson short film”

Lee to receive Trailblazer Award at 2020 LMGI Awards

Oscar-winning director Spike Lee, whose films have reflected significant cultural and historical content with the highest quality, will receive the esteemed Trailblazer Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards celebrating the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First.”  The 2020 Awards, hosted by actor Isaiah Mustafa (IT: Chapter 2, Horrible Bosses), will honor the prestigious spectrum … Continue reading “Lee to receive Trailblazer Award at 2020 LMGI Awards”

Spike Jonze, Tide win best in show at AICP Awards

BBDO New York earned 10 honors and Wieden+Kennedy earned eight honors, while TBWA\Media Arts Lab had seven honors at the AICP Awards last night. McCann New York had five honors, while Saatchi & Saatchi had four. Leo Burnett had three honors, as did the in-house agency at Apple. Apple’s “Welcome Home,” directed by acclaimed director … Continue reading “Spike Jonze, Tide win best in show at AICP Awards”

Terrence Howard records “Empire” finale tune at CRC

It wasn’t too long ago that giant recording studios were the norm in Chicago. There was Streeterville, Universal and Paragon.

Now? All gone. But still left standing is CRC. Recently, the recording studio has provided ADR and mixing for films including Hidden Figures, Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight as well as numerous commercials and podcasts even.

If you ask CRC business affairs director, Dave Dakich, CRC’s continued success is due in part to their constant mix of music artists, films and commercials.

Costello’s director journey continues, part 2 – an essay

So here we were. NJ Bourque and myself. Yep, we were going to do it. We were going to make a short film on our own and I was going to direct this puppy.

On the surface, I felt as confident as Jordan in the paint, as I had worked with some of the best in the business — Spike Lee, Michael Bay, Marcus Nispel, Jaume Collet-Sera, Pam Thomas and Malcolm Lee. I was ready. I could do this. Yes, yes.

All of that sounded great over wine with NJ. However, in the morning, while drinking coffee, I was more like, “What the fuck have I committed myself to?”

Netflix positions itself for Oscar gold

The Oscars are just around the corner and Netflix is leading the way with a collection of films released on the streaming platform that are getting buzz for the top prizes. Just last year, Netflix had an impressive lineup at the 92nd Academy Awards and it looks like this year will follow suit. At the … Continue reading “Netflix positions itself for Oscar gold”

Get Out tops WGA 101 Greatest Screenplays of 21st Century

The  Writers Guilds of America West and East announced the WGA list of 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far), as voted by the Guilds’ members, honoring outstanding screenwriting over the last two decades. From horror films and sci-fi – Get Out (#1, Written by Jordan Peele), Arrival (#27, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer) – to superhero blockbusters – Black … Continue reading “Get Out tops WGA 101 Greatest Screenplays of 21st Century”

Our top 15 Thanksgiving movies

Thanksgiving has many traditions in not only food dishes, but also entertainment. And in a time where we are in the middle of a pandemic, we can use some entertainment. Some people enjoy watching endless hours of football, while others take the time to listen to Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” in its entirety. I, on … Continue reading “Our top 15 Thanksgiving movies”

Cloud 21 & Kultura PR presents 4th annual Production Without Borders

Cloud 21 International (www.cloud21.com) and Kultura PR International (www.kulturapr.com) are pleased to present the fourth annual “Production Without Borders” special event that will be held on November 2, 2021, at 2 PM PST during the 2021 virtual American Film Market. “We’re delighted to announce the fourth annual Production Without Borders event,” comments event co-producer Nicole Muj, president/founder Kultura PR International. “Our … Continue reading “Cloud 21 & Kultura PR presents 4th annual Production Without Borders”

Sanctuary Content signs rising Director Aisha Ford

Sanctuary Content signs award-winning filmmaker Aisha Ford to their roster. A writer and director currently studying as a fourth-year MFA film student at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the signing marks Ford’s first official representation in the industry. Ford is off to a roaring start with Sanctuary Content , having recently been awarded her first official … Continue reading “Sanctuary Content signs rising Director Aisha Ford”

Godfather of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, passes away at age 89

Daytime Emmy Award Winner, actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, composer, and Godfather of Black cinema, Melvin Van Peebles has passed away at age 89 at his home in Manhattan.  His death was confirmed by his son, Mario Van Peebles, who said in a statement: “Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth a … Continue reading “Godfather of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, passes away at age 89”

Emmy Awards: HBO, HBO Max lead with 130 noms

Hosted by father-daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) from Los Angeles and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting), the 73rd Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. HBO and HBO Max have received 130 Emmy nominations. Leading the series was Misha Green’s hit, Lovecraft Country. The series was nominated for 18 awards, the most of all the platform’s series. Besides … Continue reading “Emmy Awards: HBO, HBO Max lead with 130 noms”

Cannes: Velvet Underground, Tilda Swinton take spotlight

On the third day of Cannes, the festival screened The Velvet Underground documentary, independent film queen Tilda Swinton took center stage with one of her five films premiering at the festival, and yet again the argument of cinephiles versus streamers was heated. Critics are praising The Velvet Underground documentary film’s unconventional approach to music on-screen … Continue reading “Cannes: Velvet Underground, Tilda Swinton take spotlight”

Cannes: Jodie Foster wins, Val Kilmer on Day 2

The first day of the Cannes Film festival was declared “open” by Pedro Almodóvar, Jodie Foster, Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho and jury president Spike Lee in each of their own languages. It was Foster who stole the show early on Wednesday with her award and her impressive fluent French.  Foster was presented with an honorary … Continue reading “Cannes: Jodie Foster wins, Val Kilmer on Day 2”

Uber donates 10 million rides for vaccine shots

According to Uber, 45% of Americans lack public transportation access. Consequently, Uber is partnering with PayPal and Walgreens to create the Vaccine Access Fund to help Americans get to their vaccine appointments. Titled “Vaccinate the Block,” the campaign developed by R/GA is asking the public to help Uber’s efforts to drive people across America to their vaccine appointments. … Continue reading “Uber donates 10 million rides for vaccine shots”

Chicago 7, Palm Springs top ACE Eddie Awards

Editor Alan Baumgarten’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 topped the dramatic feature editing category of American Cinema Editors’s 71st ACE Eddie Awards, while Palm Springs’s Matthew Friedman and Andrew Dickler won the category for best edited comedic feature. This is Baumgarten’s third ACE, who also accepted Eddies for American Hustle in 2014 and Recount in 2009. It was the first Eddie … Continue reading “Chicago 7, Palm Springs top ACE Eddie Awards”