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The latest Spike Lee joint

Florence Anthony | 8/10/2012, 10:43 a.m.
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On Aug. 6 in New York City, Spike Lee premiered the latest film in his "Chronicles of Brooklyn" series, "Red Hook Summer." Hundreds came out to support the iconic writer-director, including Mike Tyson, Gayle King, Laila Ali, Debra Lee, Stephen Hill, Jamie Hector and many more. The cast was all smiles throughout the evening, which ended at a festive after-party at Frank's Lounge in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. "Red Hook Summer" tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen boy from middle-class Atlanta who spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch House, in the housing projects of Red Hook. The film opens Aug. 11 in New York City and gets a wider release on Aug. 24.

Speaking of movies, "Total Recall," directed by Len Wiseman, is a sci-fi action-adventure film set in 2048. Harlem, N.Y., native Bokeem Woodbine plays Harry, the best friend of the film's lead, Doug Quaid, played by Colin Farrell.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, President Barack Obama is throwing his 51st birthday party at his Chicago home on Aug. 12 and it will double as a fundraiser. The 3 p.m. party at his digs costs $40,000. At 4:30 p.m., folks who coughed up $5,000 can head over to Obama's best friend Mary Nesbitt's house for a photo shoot with the prez. From there, for dessert, at 7 p.m., for the bargain basement price of $1,000, donors can hop, skip or jump to the nearby home of Barbara Bowman, mother of Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett. Obama is scheduled to say a few words in her backyard.

Nearly a month after suffering a heart attack, Michael Clarke Duncan has just left intensive care but will remain in the hospital. "His family members are firm believers in the power of prayer and have asked that you keep him in yours during this time," his rep says in a statement.

Like a hot knife through butter, international R&B-pop recording artist Tony Enos continues to melt us down as he brings "The Heat," his latest CD offering from lil' T Entertainment LLC. As one of the first openly gay recording artists to hit the scene years before it was "trendy," Enos has always blazed his own fiery way, with vocals, choreography, fashion and gender-bending music videos that truly set it off! "The Heat," his second CD release, finds him broadening his range with tracks that take hip-hop to pop's blistering edge.