Spike Lee Says “F**k ’Em” to Oscars After Selma Snub
Following Selma’s infuriating nominations snub by the Oscars, Spike Lee has one finger pointed at the academy (it’s not the thumb). “If I saw [director] Ava [DuVernay] today, I’d say, ‘You know what? F**k ’em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one.’ ” Spike compared the slight to that of his own films like Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing. “Nobody’s talking about motherf**kin’ Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is,” he said. “A lot of times, people are going to vote for what they’re comfortable with, and anything that’s threatening to them, they won’t.”
Selma, which was nominated for Best Song and Best Picture, is getting it’s just due by the Obamas. The First Family is hosting a screening of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. chronicle at the White House today, with President Obama hosting and members of the cast and crew expected to attend.
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Bobby Brown to Discuss Infidelity Following Whitney Houston Biopic Premiere
The most shocking revelation about Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston’s relationship might be discussed after the anticipated Lifetime biopic Whitney. Following the Yaya DaCosta-starring flick, the aforementioned network will air Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney, an in-depth conversation between Houston’s ex-husband and Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson that will touch on the iconic-yet-infamous couple’s tumultuous relationship. In it, Brown admits that both he and Whitney were unfaithful.
“Both of us cheated on each other—period,” he says. “So that’s hard to swallow for both of us. I just think when two people that love each other as much as we loved each other, when they start drifting apart different people come into the situation, into the scenario, and we make mistakes… We’re human.”
Still, all eyes will be on Whitney when it airs Saturday night (January 17). Angela Bassett, who directed Whitney, appeared on Live! with Kelly and Michael yesterday to speak about a reassuring sign that the film was the right move. “I’m driving off the exit, and her song immediately comes on,” Bassett remembers of an experience one month before filming began. “It comes on every day on the radio, but it comes on at the exit.” She says traffic then slowed and a bus passed her with the letters WH printed in purple—Houston’s favorite color. “I just started crying,” she said. “I’m glad I was at the exit because I couldn’t see. I was laughing like, ‘Okay girl, I hear you, I feel you. Thank you. I know it’s going to be OK, and it’s going to work out.”
Whitney will air on Lifetime at 8 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney at 10 p.m.
Stevie Wonder Extends Songs in the Key of Life Tour With 11 New Dates
If you missed out on Stevie Wonder’s epic Songs in the Key of Life tour last year, the legendary singer is giving another chance to watch him perform his classic 1976 double album. Wonder has added a second leg—11 dates—to the tour. He’s beginning in Denver on March 17 and wrapping things up at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 12. Tickets go on sale via Live Nation on January 23 or January 24, depending on the date. You can warm-up for the must-see show with the tribute concert Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life—An All-Star Grammy Salute, which airs February 16 on CBS and will feature the likes of Usher, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Janelle Monáe performing renditions of Stevie’s biggest hits.