Gayle King Is Nice, But Spike Lee Snubbed Me

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The opening-night party for Broadway's The Mountaintop -- the play that imagines an encounter between Martin Luther King and a motel maid -- brought a luminous bunch of biggies to Espace last night.

Gayle King was nice, as always, and when I told her I liked her Lady Gaga interview, she lit up and said, "She's not only talented; she's very smart!"

But when I asked Spike Lee what he thought of the play, he turned around to look at me for a second, then kept on walking!

I'm going to have to Google everything I've ever written about him to see which column was the deal breaker.

Anyway, wunderkind producer Jordan Roth didn't dis me when I asked what his cameo on the upcoming series Smash -- about the making of a Broadway show -- consists of.

Roth said the scene took place at Bond 45, where he called the director (played by Jack Davenport) over to talk about a project, leaving the producer (Anjelica Huston) to carry on her own scene at her table.

"I had two lines," said Roth, "but I ad-libbed a third and I think it might get in."

Fab! Think I can get three lines in the next Spike Lee film?


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mYtY
mYtY

spike lee has been

Clubquene
Clubquene

The best Malcolm X was the Gladys George version.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

He probably snubbed you because you DIDN'T write something about him.

Or perhaps it was that rumor you floated about his  proposed interracial romance movie:

"Malcolm X Meets Madame X."

Musto
Musto

Well, maybe he just had an off moment. Or maybe he's mad at me for something. Whatever the case, I still like most of his work.

Jonster
Jonster

Gayle King is so great.  She's like the friend I'd like to have.  Spike Lee is such a nasty piece of work.  Not likeable.  And I'm not surprised at the way he treated you.  I'm sure it had nothing to do with anything you wrote about him.  He possesses arrogance with little foundation to back it up.  I remember him on that show "Who Do You Think You Are."  He went to the house of his ancestors slavemaster/possible relative.  She was so polite to him.  "Hello Mr. Lee."  "Hellooo Guinivere," he said, addressing her by her first name, walking in and looking over her house.  Ugh.  It's all moot by now.  He can't get a movie financed in Hollywood.  Of course, he won't blame his string of flops.  It's the Jews who finance films who are bigots and obviously blind to his cinematic "genius." 

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

His mom Ruta has always been nice to me.

tony adams
tony adams

Spike Lee used to be big, right?

Rogie
Rogie

Typical over-privileged film-school intellectual midget who covers up his deficiencies thru a massive ego, "rage"-fueled politics, and studiously created surfaces. Don't worry, there's nothing worth writing home about underneath all that.

Vivi
Vivi

You and Gayle schmooze at parties?? Who knew?

Jackiejosephs
Jackiejosephs

Spike is notoriously thin skinned. You should consider it a compliment. As for getting three lines in his next movie? Don't count on it. Maybe an ensemble role.

Jonster
Jonster

I know, I know, you think he might be reading this and don't want to light that bridge on fire.  I liked a lot of his work too.  For me, I guess it's the Woody Allen syndrome with Spike.  I can't divorce myself from the filmmaker's personal life for some reason.  When Woody turned out to be a child-stealing pederast who cut down his longstanding partner (Mia) in public on top of it, I lost all respect for the worm.  Spike Lee's sanitized version of Malcolm X did nobody any favors, least of all himself.  But I admit, I liked both filmmakers' work until the personal revelations about them became impossible to ignore. 

Norma
Norma

He IS big, it's his pictures that got small!

Rogie
Rogie

I can still re-watch the Woody Allen films I liked before his stepdaughter-boinking scandal, and a few that came out after. I tried the same exercise with a few of Spike Lee's works and they'd aged badly. Humor and intellect trump sanctimonious sermonizing every time - and I say this as someone who admires more black artists than people of any other color. (At some point I just concluded that Lee ain't all that black, that's why, but I don't want to start a whole round of PC hand-wringing just now.)

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