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Spike Lee, Prince Estate Sued for Allegedly Ripping Off 'Girl 6' Song

  • TMZ
Spike Lee, Prince Estate Sued for Allegedly Ripping Off 'Girl 6' Song
Fresh off his very first Oscar win, Spike Lee's got a new legal headache ... over one of his movies from the '90s and a Prince song. Longtime friends Prince and Spike teamed up for his 1996 flick, "Girl 6" ... with Prince writing and performing the title song for the soundtrack. According to a lawsuit filed by James Brandon, that track jacked one of his songs. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Brandon says he was
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Spike Lee Explains How He Acquired a Rare Prince Song for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

  • Variety
Spike Lee Explains How He Acquired a Rare Prince Song for ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Spike Lee and Prince went back a long way. Apart from being friends and mutual fans for decades, the two worked together on Prince’s “Money Don’t Matter 2Night” video and, more famously, on the 1996 film “Girl 6,” which featured a soundtrack made entirely of music from across the artist’s career, along with a new song he’d written specifically for the movie. And in the hours after Prince died of an accidental drug overdose in April of 2016, Lee threw an impromptu block party outside his Brooklyn office that ended up being live-streamed on CNN, and even got the cooperation of local police when it ran over the time he’d been allotted — that celebration has evolved into an annual event held in Brooklyn (read Variety’s coverage of the event here).

Thus, it’s not entirely a surprise that a rare Prince song is featured in Lee’s new film,
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Canon Of Film: ’25th Hour’

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at one of Spike Lee‘s underrated masterpiece, ‘25th Hour‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

’25th Hour‘ (2002)

Director: Spike Lee

Screenplay: David Benioff, based on his novel “The 25th Hour

When Spike Lee’s ‘25th Hour,’ came out in 2002, it was ignored by most every award show, and made only a handful of top 10 lists. It was on my top ten list of that year, and I thought it was one of Lee’s absolute best; I’ve often called it his most underrated film. It’s a funny thing about movies, sometimes a film needs a certain amount of time to pass before people truly recognize its greatness, and time for those who were ahead of the curve to gloat a bit. Suddenly, at the end of the decade,
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Sammy Davis Jr. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’

Sammy Davis Jr. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’
Premiering at Tiff 2017, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

Today Sammy Davis is seen primarily as part of The Rat Pack. That quartet of bad boys who sing and joke around is very much a part of time when Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were the kings of the Las Vegas scene.

But Sammy Davis Jr. was much more than that and merely by lending his black face to that group makes The Rat Pack seem like a liberal if slightly dissolute, but a filled-with-fun group. In truth, his position with Sinatra, Martin, Peter Lawford was not all that comfortable and the path Davis had already trod before landing there was not a simple or easy one.

He
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Madonna Slams Blond Ambition Biopic

Madonna Slams Blond Ambition Biopic
Just a few months after topping The Black List as the most popular unproduced screenplay of 2016, we reported yesterday that the Madonna biopic entitled Blond Ambition was picked up by Universal, with Brett Ratner and Michael De Luca producing. Yesterday's report didn't offer any indication of whether or not the iconic Madonna supports this biopic or if she will have any creative involvement, but now it seems we have our answer. The pop star took to social media earlier today, making it clear that she has no involvement in the project. Here's what the singer/actress/filmmaker had to say below.

"Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. . Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society."

Madonna didn't offer any further insight on her Twitter and Instagram pages,
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Celebrity Testimonials

Founded in 1960, Backstage has a storied history of serving the entertainment industry. For over 50 years Backstage has served as a casting resource and news source for actors, performers, directors, producers, agents, and casting directors. Over that time, Backstage Magazine has also appeared on numerous TV shows, such as "Mad Men," "Entourage," "Glee," "Oprah," NBC's "Today" show, Comedy Central's "@Midnight", NY1's "On Stage," and "Saturday Night Live," as well as multiple mentions on shows like "Inside the Actor’s Studio," "Girls," and appearances in films such as "13 Going on 30," the Farrelly brothers' "Stuck on You" and Spike Lee's "Girl 6," and even a mention in Woody Allen's short-story collection "Mere Anarchy" and Augusten Burroughs' novel "Sellevision" – and Backstage has received accolades from multiple Academy Award-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning actors and directors. (Plus, the hit musical "The Last Five Years" even includes Backstage in its lyrics: "Here's a
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In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016

In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016
We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector BabencoArgentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.

Hector Babenco

Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.

He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.

Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).

After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison
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Tidal Shares 15 Prince Albums to Mark the Late Icon's 58th Birthday

  • PEOPLE.com
Tidal Shares 15 Prince Albums to Mark the Late Icon's 58th Birthday
Tidal is helping millions of fans remember Prince through his music. On Tuesday - the late icon's 58th birthday - the music service released rare items including live recordings, compilations and previously unreleased music in addition to full albums that span three decades of the Purple One's career. Prince was an advocate of Jay Z's music service from the start. Last year, the legend removed his music from all other streaming services and offered his two final albums - Hitnrun Phase and Hitnrun Phase Two - exclusively on Tidal. "After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and
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Cannes Film Festival Plans Prince Tribute

The world's most prestigious film - the Cannes Film Festival - has announced that it is planning a tribute to Prince, who died yesterday, Thursday, at the age of 57.  Details on what this tribute will include isn't yet public information. "There will be a tribute to Prince, but no more information right now," the a Cannes Film Festival rep. The music superstar scored, or provided music for numerous films throughout his inimitable career (from Tim Burton's "Batman" to Spike Lee's "Girl 6" and much more), winning an Oscar for the "Purple Rain" soundtrack in the Best Music, Original Song Score category in 1984....
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Cannes to host Prince tribute

Cannes to host Prince tribute
Exclusive: Cannes Film Festival is to host a tribute to the iconic singer who died yesterday.

Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22) has confirmed to ScreenDaily that it will host a tribute to music icon Prince, who died yesterday aged 57.

A festival spokesperson told Screen that a tribute to Prince would be only “logical” given his standing and influence on film but could not confirm the nature of the tribute:

“There will be a tribute to Prince but [there is] no more information right now,” the spokesperson told Screen.

The pioneering Us musician won an Oscar for his music for Purple Rain in 1984 and leaves behind a memorable movie legacy.

He provided soundtracks to a number of productions including the 1989 Tim Burton directed Batman and Spike Lee’s Girl 6, which played in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 1996.

His 1986 directorial debut Under The Cherry Moon shot in and around Nice along the French Riviera.

Earlier this year
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Prince leaves memorable movie legacy

Prince leaves memorable movie legacy
Iconic American musician Prince, whose death was announced yesterday, made memorable contributions to cinema through his music and performances.

Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson), who rose to fame in the 1980’s with records such as ‘1999’, ‘Sign o’ the Times’ and ‘Parade’ and went on to sell more than 100 million albums, died aged 57 at his home in Minnesota.

The pioneering musician provided soundtracks to a number of productions including the 1989 Tim Burton directed Batman and Spike Lee’s Girl 6 – which played in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 1996.

His songs were used in dozens of films during his nearly 40-year career, including Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet and Paul Brickman’s Risky Business.

In 1985, he won an Oscar for his score of Purple Rain. ‘When Doves Cry’ from the same film was also nominated for the Golden Globe for best original song, an accolade that Prince picked up twenty years later for ‘The Song of the Heart
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Spike Lee and the Apollo Throw Prince Parties in NYC

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Spike Lee and the Apollo Throw Prince Parties in NYC
After the sun went down in New York City, Prince fans all over town took to the streets to celebrate the life and career of the legendary rock star. In Brooklyn, Spike Lee threw a block party to celebrate Prince, who recorded the soundtrack for Lee’s 1996 film “Girl 6.” All of Prince’s greatest hits were played for the roughly 1,000 fans in attendance, with Lee eulogizing the singer from the stoop of his 40 Acres film studio headquarters. “There’s a big party in heaven tonight,” he proclaimed. Meanwhile, in Harlem, the famous Apollo Theater changed its marquee in honor of Prince.
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Tarantino Says He'll Never Work w/ Spike Lee, Calls Him Contemptible + Says He Has 2 More Films Before Retirement

Thanks to a couple of our readers in Brazil (specifically Salvador) for alerting me to this... In short, courtesy of Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Quentin Tarantino and some of his "Hateful Eight" cast were in Sao Paulo promoting the upcoming film earlier today (it opens in Brazil on January 7, 2016). During the press conference, Tarantino was asked whether he would ever work with Spike Lee again (Spike directed Tarantino in "Girl 6"). The reasons why the journalist asked him that question aren't given, nor is any context provided. I'm just going based on the translation from Portuguese to English that was provided for me, based on O Globo's...
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Spike Lee's Overlooked and Exuberant "Crooklyn"

Tfe is celebrating the three Honorary Oscar winners this week. Here's Kieran discussing one of Spike Lee's warmest and most underappreciated films.

For better or worse, you can often feel a larger thesis statement, be it about race and/or American culture at large, running through much of Spike Lee’s work. His films also feel incredibly male in their perspective. Even his few films that foreground women (She’s Gotta Have It and Girl 6) feel enveloped by the male gaze, despite their many other virtues. These are just a couple of reasons why Lee’s semi-autobiographical slice-of-life dramedy Crooklyn feels like a bit of a curio.

Crooklyn is set in the summer of 1973 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, where Lee himself grew up. Nine-year-old Troy Carmichael (Zelda Harris) is the only girl in a brood that includes four rowdy brothers. Though often put-upon and teased, Troy is tough,
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Revisiting Spike Lee's Divisive 'Girl 6' Nineteen Years Later...

March 22, 1996, Spike Lee's contentious dramedy "Girl 6" opened in theaters in the USA. It celebrated its 19th birthday earlier this year, and so I'm a few months late in publishing this piece. I call it one of Spike's *forgotten* films - not because we don't remember it, but rather because, when discussions of Spike's film library are had, it's one of those titles that rarely gets mentioned; Whether it's because they were poorly received by audiences and/or critics, or there just wasn't as much awareness of them at the time of their initial releases, maybe due to a lack of accessibility/availability.  Films like "Do The Right...
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12-Day Spike Lee Retrospective Coming To BAMcinématek (NYC) June 29 - July 10 (Includes Rare Screening Of 'Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads')

Just in time for the release of his mystery Kickstarter-funded joint, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus, this summer, BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, New York will host a retrospective of Spike Lee's film, in a series titled "By Any Means Necessary: A Spike Lee Joints Retrospective" running from June 29 - July 10. It will probably be a good time for me to revisit my Spike Lee retro from a couple of years ago, during which I revisited what I called his *forgotten* films - essentially, those titles that rarely come up when conversations about favorite Spike Lee films are had - like Girl 6, She Hate Me, Bamboozled, and others.  I wonder if we'll ever see a Tyler Perry retrospective. He's directed about...
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Can You Pick Out the Fake Lana Del Rey Song Titles?

  • Hitfix
Can You Pick Out the Fake Lana Del Rey Song Titles?
Lana Del Rey, my favorite almost-Oscar nominee of the past few years, is about to deliver her second album "Ultraviolence" on June 13. The moody vocalist is a distinct songwriter with a taste for memorable titles, which brings us to today's challenge: Can you find the 10 real songs on "Ultraviolence" from this list of 25 titles?  We've left off "Ultraviolence" since that's the name of the title, but Lana's 10 other songs on the album are buried in this list. Can you name them? See how you do.    1. Painted Lady 2. West Coast 3. Black Bandanna  4. Boulevard 5. Sad Girl 6. Pretty When You Cry 7. Old Money 8. Money Power Glory 9. Femme Noir 10. Cemetery Light  11. Gunplay 12. Soap Star Joe 13. Lips Like Knives 14. Happier Than I Can Say 15. His Friends are More Than Fond of Robin 16. Cruel World 17. He's a Dancer 18. F*cked My Way Up to the Top 19. Brooklyn Baby 20. Paris By Night 21. Stars are Blind 22. Would
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Spike Lee Teams Up With Eminem To Direct His Video For ‘Headlights’

Though he’s not really known for his music video work, Spike Lee has directed over a dozen music vids (they are listed on Wikipedia, fyi). Perhaps his most notable are the dual version of Michael Jackson’s “They Don't Care About Us” and Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" (in which he has a cameo at the end), but he has also directed videos by Prince (who scored all of "Girl 6"), Arrested Development, Bruce Horsnby, Branford Marsalis, Guru featuring Donald Byrd, Curtis Mayfield, Naughty by Nature and Fishbone, among others (the clip he did for the Crooklyn Dodgers uses his trademark dollyshot too). He also directed a clip for Mau Maus, the fake gangster rap band from “Bamboozled” that featured Mos Def. One thing Lee has shied away from in his career is lensing music videos for “booty and bitches” rap videos or aggro ganster rap with anti-conscious messages
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Revisiting Spike Lee's Divisive 'Girl 6' On Its 18th Birthday

March 22, 1996, Spike Lee's contentious dramedy Girl 6 opened in theaters in the USA. I'm 4 days late in wishing the film a happy birthday, but who's counting, right? I call it one of Spike's *forgotten* films - not because we don't remember it, but rather because, when discussions of Spike's film library are had, it's one of those titles that rarely gets mentioned; Whether it's because they were poorly received by audiences and/or critics, or there just wasn't as much awareness of them at the time of their initial releases, maybe due to a lack of accessibility/availability.  Films like Do The Right ThingMalcolm XJungle Fever, She's...
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