When Lee and Tyson arrived at the Television Critics Association conference, all of the reporters failed to applaud their entrance.
*Spike Lee is taking his talents to ICM Partners…less than two weeks after his agent Billy Hawkins exited CAA, reports Deadline.com.
The agency jump comes 25 years after the release of “Do The Right Thing,” the Spike Lee “joint” that landed Oscar nominations for Original Screenplay and put the helmer on the path to such vital films as “Jungle Fever,” “Mo’ Better Blues” and “Malcolm X,” which drew two more Oscar nominations.
The move also marks a return to the ICM fold, his home before moving to CAA.
*Beyonce and her husband Jay Z partied with Kelly Rowland, Drake, Robin Thicke, Rick Ross and filmmaker Spike Lee at perhaps the country’s most celeb-packed New Year’s Eve bash thrown by Diddy in Miami Beach.
Blue Ivy’s parents arrived at the venue – the Versace mansion – with Beyonce gripping her husband’s waist as he rode in on a motorcycle.
Drake at one point took over the DJ booth to play some tunes for the A-list crowd, which also included T.I., Pharrell Williams and Jamie Foxx.
*Former boxing champion Mike Tyson has been forced to cancel a number of press events in London after U.K. immigration officials banned him from entering the country due to his 1992 rape conviction.
The new Broadway star was due to promote his autobiography Undisputed Truth in the city this week, but a change in British immigration laws means anyone who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison is barred from entry. Tyson served half of a six-year sentence for the 1992 conviction.
As a result, Iron Mike has instead headed to Paris to salvage his European book tour, which was expected to include a London book signing and a question-and-answer session with fans in a boxing ring.
A spokesman for the book’s publishers HarperCollins says, “There was a change in the U.K. immigration law in December 2012 of which we were unaware.”
The immigration change has also put his 2014 U.K. stage production of his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” in jeopardy. The 47-year-old was due to begin a touring production of his Broadway hit in March (14).
Producers and director Spike Lee have yet to issue a statement about how the law will affect their plans.
*Designer Juan Luis Garcia has written an open letter to director Spike Lee about design concepts he created that were being used for posters and promotional material for the movie “Oldboy” without permission or payment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I know you’ll understand my story of an artist trying to make a dignified living,” Garcia wrote in the letter, available on his website. “It’s difficult and sometimes seems impossible because everyone wants you to work for free or for ‘exposure.’ ”
The designer goes on to explain that he created designs for the Oldboy poster at the request of an ad agency that went on to make “an insultingly low offer” when his work was selected for use. “I tried to negotiate but they refused. I make the same amount of money in a single day as a photo assistant as what they offered, and I had worked on these almost exclusively for two months,” he wrote.
“We never signed any contracts or work-for-hire agreements and I certainly never agreed to donating or selling any copyright of my work without a licensing fee,” Garcia wrote, adding, “I never even got paid the peanuts they owed me [for the original design pitches].” Despite that, the images and concepts he created for the agency were used, he explained, with the agency threatening legal action against him when he complained.
What prompted the open letter, he continued, was the fact that his images then appeared on Lee’s own social media feeds. “I couldn’t believe that you had been using and claiming copyright on three of those very same posters I designed,” Garcia wrote. “I just couldn’t believe it. I perceive you as an advocate of the arts and artists and have a sinking feeling that you are as much of a victim in this as I am.”
Response to the letter has been overwhelming, Garcia explained to THR via email. “My in-box is being inundated with support from the design community,” he said. “This seems to happen far too often and it simply isn’t right.” He also answered a nagging question from the original letter: “Everyone is asking why I don’t name the agency and the answer is simple. Spike knows exactly who I am referring to.”
Garcia said that the objective of the open letter was simply “to reach [Lee] with the truth so that he can help me instead of taking legal action. I don’t want to sue anyone, it’s not in my nature, but if that’s what it comes down to, so be it. I’m thrilled he liked the posters and hope they continue using them, but I need to be remunerated.”