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When Spike Lee first announced he was open casting for a Netflix TV remake of She’s Gotta Have It, Brooklyn’s would-be Nola Darlings went wild. Hundreds of union and nonunion actors lined up for hours outside BK’s Masonic Temple, hoping to get seen by Lee and his crew.
And just one week hence, while everyone was busy yelling at their TVs during the presidential debate, Lee released the Instagram photo above, featuring the actors he’d cast in the series. Recognize anyone you know from the neighborhood?
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, DO NOT DESPAIR. We are still casting,” reads the Instagram caption. If you auditioned for the series and you’re still waiting to hear back, you might have a chance! But for all the other happy Brooklynites on the audience side of things, rejoice in this photo, for it represents a nearly next-generation update to Lee’s 1986 feature, 30 years in the making.
Lines on lines on lines. All photos by Sam Weiss / Brokelyn
Earlier this week, director Spike Lee announced an open casting call in Brooklyn for the upcoming 10-episode Netflix revival of his 1986 film, She’s Gotta Have It. The call inevitably drew a crowd of thousands of would-be Nola Darlings and aspiring background extras to Fort Greene, just a few blocks from Lee’s Forty Acres.
The series has already cast Hamilton‘s Anthony Ramos as Lee’s original character, Mars Blackmon, but the rest of the parts are presumably up for grabs, and will be cast with many of the hopeful actors we saw queued up outside the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Clermont Ave. last night. (more…)
30 years later, the film is getting a Netflix TV reboot.
“I hear Spike Lee’s shooting down the street!”
No really, Spike Lee is really shooting down the street. The actor and director recently announced a 10-episode Netflix update to his cult film She’s Gotta Have Iton Instagram, with an open casting call this coming Monday, October 3 at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (317 Clermont Ave.) from 5 to 8pm.
If you’ve ever wanted to be in a Spike Lee movie, or you just vibe with his sharp views about gentrification, now’s your chance to get up close and personal with the auteur, and rack up a television credit while you do it. (more…)
It’s uncanny how much that block conjures up the film; if you walk down the row of iconic Bed-Stuy stoops, you half expect the likes of Da Mayor, Coconut Sid and Sweet Dick Willy to pop up. And if you do attend the party, which is from noon to 6pm on Saturday, August 27, you might even spot Mookie, himself. (more…)
Think he’s excited? He looks excited. via Instagram
Despite his death in 2009, Michael Jackson still lives on thanks to his music, celebrations of his legacy and the occasional ghost appearances in your bathroom that no one ever believes you see. We can’t speak to that last one, but Spike Lee has always been one to celebrate the music and legacy that Jackson left behind, and after a three-year pause, his Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson party is coming back to Brooklyn on August 24 according to DNA Info. (more…)
Spike Lee just Instagrammed a tribute to Eric Garner now hanging outside 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks (75 South Elliot Place) headquarters, his production company in Fort Greene. The piece, by Adrian Franks features a large portrait of Garner and includes his now devastatingly familiar cry for help, “I Can’t Breathe.” Garner was killed three weeks ago in Staten Island when NYPD officers placed him in a chokehold while arresting him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. The NYPD prohibits use of chokeholds during arrests.
An important thing to remember about the internet outrage machine is that just like fire, the outrages of the day die without oxygen. So after Spike Lee ignored what everyone had to say about what he had to say about gentrification, it looked like the whole thing was gonna die off. But then A.O. Scott became the umpteenth person in America to mention that Spike Lee got rich off of making Brooklyn look cool and lives on the Upper East Side now, and that become too much for Spike. So he fired back with an oddly capitalized letter about how he’s from Brooklyn, so there. (more…)
Find out if Spike has game when it comes to lectures
Spike Lee has been making movies for longer than most of us have been alive, which is a weird thing to think about. Of course, that also means he’s no doubt collected a ton of wisdom about doing that, so of course it makes sense that Pratt has invited him to come and give a lecture this month on his road to success and the cultural impact his career has had on America. Best of all, this accumulated knowledge will be given away completely free. (more…)