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    Venice Film Festival: Spike Lee Rocks the Biennale with 'BAD25'

    Venice is buzzing this year with superb documentaries from high-profile film figures. Jonathan Demme’s “Enzo Avitabile Music Life” was a spirited portrait of the Neopolitan singer-songwriter who may not be widely known but whose zeal, talent and exhilarating performances with other figures in his fi...

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    Venice Review: Spike Lee's 'Bad 25' A Comprehensive & Warm Look At The Making Of Michael Jackson's Album

    A couple of years ago, before he set up his low-budget comeback film “Red Hook Summer," Spike Lee was planning another NYC-set project, “Brooklyn Loves MJ,” with the story taking place on the night of the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson in June 2009. Said to star Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne M...

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    Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Doc 'Bad 25' Picked Up By ABC For a Thanksgiving Broadcast

    Spike Lee's "Bad 25," a documentary about Michael Jackson and the making of his seminal "Bad" album (a quarter-century old this year), has been picked up by ABC for a Thanksgiving broadcast premiere.

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    Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25' Airs On ABC On Thanksgiving

    Despite having a creative misstep with 2008’s “Miracle At St. Anna,” Spike Lee remains a vibrant voice and has estabalished himself as a top tier documentary filmmaker, with numerous projects over the past decade. And the Brooklyn auteur's next documentary “Bad 25,” which chronicles the creation and...

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    ABC Acquires TV Rights To Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Doc 'Bad25' To Air On Thanksgiving

    Following its Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival screenings over the next month, Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary, in collaboration with the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, titled Bad25, will air on ABC on Thanksgiving...

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    The Playlist's 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The Venice Film Festival

    Superhero movies be damned, festival season is underway. Indeed, by the time you read this, this writer will be winging his way to (hopefully) sunny Italy to spend ten days or so resolutely avoiding getting anything like a tan at the 69th Venice Film Festival. The first under the new leadership of A...

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    Samuel L. Jackson Joins Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' In Small Role, Bruce Hornsby Will Score

    While they recently shared the stage at the 2012 BET Awards, it's hard to believe that Samuel L. Jackson hasn't been in a Spike Lee movie in twenty one years; 1991's "Jungle Fever." But that's all about to change. With four feature-length collaborations under their bel...

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    Spike Lee's Tightened 'Red Hook Summer' Marks a Personal, Affectionate and Tough Return to Steamy Brooklyn

    Beware screening your movie too early at a big festival. Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales" was one example of an unfinished movie getting creamed at Cannes. Spike Lee, who defines the current indie model --lucrative commercial director by day, scrappy indie doc and featuremaker by nigh...

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    First Look: Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25'

    While he's still hoping to get his "Brooklyn Loves MJ" project off the ground, as he told us last week, Spike Lee's been able to scratch his Michael Jackson itch; hot on the heels of the release of "Red Hook Summer," he'll unveil "Bad 25," a new documentary about the creation of the pop star's semin...

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    Spike Lee's 'Bad 25' To Screen At Toronto Film Festival And Future Plans

    We already posted that Spike Lee's Bad 25 - his new documentary about the making and lasting impact of Michael Jackson's Bad album, which first was released 25 years ago this month - would make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

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