Spike Lee Set For Career Honor From Palm Springs Film Festival

Spike Lee, who's in this year's awards race with BlackKklansman, is set to receive the the Career Achievement Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival during its Awards Gala on January 3.
The 30th anniversary Palm Springs Internationa Film Festival runs January 3-14.” /> Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight are hosting the PSIFF awards at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Determined to make a name for himself, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. BlackKklansman stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. The outspoken filmmaker's long career ranges from such 1980s fare as She's Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing through Malcom X, Get on the Bus and Summer of Sam to the more recent OldBoy, Inside Man and Chi-Raq.
… “In BlacKkKlansman, Lee directs one of his best and most provocative films. It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Spike Lee.” “Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights while creating an iconic body of film and television work over his 30-year career,” PSIFF Chairman Harold Matzner said.
Next up for the filmmaker is directing Frederick Douglass NOW, a film adaptation of the one-man play by Lee's frequent collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith.

Aml Ameen To Star In ‘Inside Man’ Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner, Sense8) has been tapped to play Remy, the lead character in Inside Man 2, a follow-up to the 2006 thriller that starred Denzel Washington and was directed by Spike Lee. The sequel hails from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and Imagine Entertainment.
It remains Lee's highest-grossing film, with $88.5 million. Released by Universal Pictures, the original had Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, NYPD hostage negotiator who gets involved with a cunning bank robber and heist mastermind (Clive Owen) and a high-powered Manhattan broker (Jodie Foster) in a high-stakes hostage negotiation.
Ameen is repped by UTA, Independent Talent Group, LINK Entertainment, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal, and BWR.
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He also set his first feature directing outing with A Night Worth Living. Ameen was most recently was seen as the lead in Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie, which premiered at Sundance this year.
Ogden Gavanski is producing the pic, which will be released on Netflix as a licensed title and also will be available on other digital platforms.
MJ Bassett, who has directed episodes for Power, Da Vinci's Demons, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and Iron Fist, will helm the second installment, which was penned by Brian Brightly.
With dozens of tourists held hostage during a 10-hour siege, an NYPD hostage negotiator (Ameen) and a federal agent join forces to rescue the hostages and foil the heist. The Inside Man 2 logline: The U.S. Federal Reserve is robbed by a highly organized and cleverly orchestrated team of crooks.