dailyphoto080502.jpgSpike Lee’s Latest ‘Miracle at St Anna’
The heroism of four African-American soldiers in the Second World War inspired the director to expand his repertoire and make his first war movie. He talks to Will Lawrence. The approach to Cinecittà Studios in the Italian capital is dominated by the looming edifice that houses the set for the TV series Rome, a hulking structure that plays host to hundreds of extras, who scrabble around the forum and the towering temples. Just to the left, lurking in its shadow, squats a smaller complex, which contains the studio soundstages. And here, away from the general hubbub, filmmaker Spike Lee is ushering a handful of actors on to a cramped stage. (Continue Reading…)

Spike Lee Urges Rev. Wright to ‘Shut Up’
Director Spike Lee has waded into the ongoing controversy surrounding Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor whose provocative statements have proved a thorn in the side of Democrat frontrunner Barack Obama. Lee advises the preacher to do the right thing and keep quiet. “The more he opens his mouth, the more damage he does,” he told the Guardian yesterday. For good measure, Lee hinted at a political conspiracy behind Wright’s recent, contentious attempts to justify his remarks. “It looks like he’s being paid to keep talking,” he said. (Continue Reading…)

US Has Nelson Mandela on Terrorist List
Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the situation “embarrassing,” and some members of Congress vow to fix it. The requirement applies to former South African leader Mandela and other members of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC), the once-banned anti-Apartheid organization. In the 1970s and ’80s, the ANC was officially designated a terrorist group by the country’s ruling white minority. Other countries, including the United States, followed suit. (Continue Reading…)

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