Wesley Snipes
Film actor, Martial artist, film producer
Wesley Snipes
Wesley Trent Snipes is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist, who has starred in numerous films, thrillers, and dramatic feature films. Snipes is known for playing the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy, among various other high profile roles. Snipes formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991 and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television.
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Wesley Snipes writing debut novel that will be released in 2017
Yahoo News - 2 months
Wesley Snipes is writing his first novel, a supernatural thriller that is set to be published next year.
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform, however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on dreck, check out our list of the very best HBO has to offer. Related: Here’s what’s coming to HBO in February and what’s going away Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Next Page: Comedy… Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Comedy Beetlejuice Please enable Javascript to watch this video Tim Burton’s best films often center around a clever premise. In Beetlejuice , married ghosts Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), having died in a car accident, are distressed to find that the ...
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Why Black Folks Must See Chi-Raq, Even If You Think It May Be Wack
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Recently, I went, with my husband, to see the film Chi-Raq. I knew the film would be satirical, but beyond that, I had avoided reading all reviews, beyond headlines, which would enable me to watch the film with an open mind. Because much of the film was handled in couplets, I decided to use the same format for my review below. Perhaps my perspective will provide some insight regarding this film. Chi-Raq Review So we went to the theater eager to know, Will Chi-Raq be good or will it blow. Spike is our brother and I feel it's a must, To see his films whether they boom or bust. We saw many people in Star Wars Dress And I said to my husband, "this is a hot mess." So after we got our Chi-Raq tickets, We entered the theater and heard nothing but crickets. There was no one in there, And I thought damn nobody cares, Then, Another couple walked in, Which made four Followed by two more, And that's it. Damn, I hate that shit. As Chi-Raq began with "THIS IS AN ...
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Spike Lee Shares Worst Film Experience, Top Career Moments
Huffington Post - over 1 year
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Spike Lee gets so excited when talking about movies, he can barely sit down. Reflecting on his career as he prepares to accept an honorary Oscar, the 58-year-old suddenly stands up and bounds around as he considers various ideas, at times bellowing so exuberantly, it echoes. Lee laughs as easily as he gets serious, and says he's profoundly touched by the film academy honor he'll receive Saturday at the seventh annual Governors Awards. "Stick around long enough, you'll get some grace," Lee says, eyes smiling behind blue-framed glasses. He insisted on meeting in person for this interview, and arrived at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building wearing a black sweat suit, orange sneakers, a long strand of colorful beads and a beret touting the name of his latest film, "Chi-Raq." He carried a backpack with a blocky, cartoon image of his face on it. Lee sat down (and sometimes stood) with The Associated Press to answer six questions a ...
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Halle Berry's Exes Slam Actress Following Her Split From Olivier Martinez
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Halle Berry's Exes Slam Actress Following Her Split From Olivier Martinez
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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ArtsBeat: Watch Trailers for NBC’s New Fall Dramas and Comedies
NYTimes - almost 2 years
With shows starring Wesley Snipes, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez.
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15 TV Pilots We Hope Get Made Into Series (2015 Edition)
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
The annual network Upfronts are practically here (NBC kicks things off May 11), which means the big networks will make huge decisions that will affect the rest of your life: by deciding what we'll get to watch on TV in the 2015-2016 season. Cancellations and renewals are just around the corner, and we're too nervous to even think about those right now, but the good news is that Upfronts also signal that final push in the birthing of new television shows. (One has already started.) The circle of TV life! But which television pilots should networks choose to populate their new schedule? It's a difficult decision for any stuffy network suit, but I'm here to point them in the right direction because I have can't-miss taste and know how to pick a winner. Below I've chosen 15 pilots that I'd like to see get made and thrown on next season's television schedule, and where available, created a state-of-the-art artist's interpretation of what the show might look like. As always, a few things bef ...
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Guillermo del Toro opens his ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ with new book
LATimes - over 3 years
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Rosie Perez On 'The Counselor' And Reminiscing About 'White Men Can't Jump'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If you've never peeked at Rosie Perez's Twitter account, here's a brief breakdown of what you'll find there: zero mention of her new movie, "The Counselor," starring Michael Fassbender and directed by Ridley Scott; a lot of tweets about boxing. Actually, it's pretty much entirely about boxing. Which is kind of weird, until you realize that nothing from Rosie Perez comes as it's expected. (But, be careful if you block her on Twitter -- she will remember.) In "The Counselor," Perez plays Ruth, a convict who is represented by Fassbender's title character, whose real name is never mentioned in the film. Ruth makes life difficult for The Counselor after he's involved in a drug deal gone bad. Cheetahs are involved, too. (In a nutshell: "The Counselor" is a very bizarre movie.) Speaking to Rosie Perez is, frankly, a delight. She's dynamo of energy and just seems like someone who is genuinely pleased to be doing what she does for a living. As she admits, though, she's picky about choosing ...
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Marvel Is Actively Developing A 'Black Panther' Movie
MTV News - over 3 years
By Charles Webb "In terms of 'Black Panther,' it's absolutely in development." That's Kevin Feige, Marvel's president of production responding to Black Tree TV when asked point-blank about the status of Black Panther on film. T'Challa, the monarch, scientist, martial artists, and tactician has had a winding road coming to the big screen for years now, with several false starts and elliptical starts as Marvel and the various rights holders who've had their hands on the character over the years have attempted to launch only the second black superhero franchise on film after "Blade." For those unfamiliar with the character, the Black Panther was introduced in "The Fantastic Four" all the way back in 1966's #52 as one of the earliest black superheroes in comics. He was an interesting counterpoint to other representations of blacks in comics, imminently noble, in charge, and dangerous, from a fictional African nation of geniuses and highly-functioning badasses who didn't seem to h ...
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The Dumbest Baseball Movie Ending Of All Time
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Scout had a lot of things going against it from the outset. It was a baseball movie that came out in the fall of 1994, during what would become Major League Baseball's most notorious work stoppage (it eventually canceled that year's World Series). People were angry at baseball in 1994, so no one was really in the mood to watch a movie about baseball -- let alone a bad movie about baseball. Because of its unfortunate release date, The Scout was swept under the rug as a forgotten oddity of sorts. What is lost in all of this is that The Scout had quite possibly the dumbest ending of any movie about baseball that was ever made. (And I write this knowing that at the end of The Fan, Robert de Niro somehow snuck onto the field, posed as an umpire, and almost killed Wesley Snipes' Bobby Rayburn while the San Francisco Giants inexplicably played baseball during a monsoon.) The Scout starred Albert Brooks as a down-on-his-luck scout for the down-on-their-luck New York Yankees (which is ...
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News About State Education Chiefs: One Elevation, One Nosedive
Education Week - over 3 years
State education bosses made headlines this week, starting in Mississippi, where the state board appointed former District of Columbia and Maryland schools administrator and education consultant Carey Wright to the state's top post, after going for more than a year without a permanent superintendent. Here are two more pieces of news regarding K-12 bosses. • On Sept. 27, the Oregon Education Investment Board hired Nancy Golden to be the state's chief education officer (CEO), the top education official in the state. Golden, who used to be a superintendent in the state's Springfield district, will take over for Rudy Crew, who left the position after roughly a year and on less-than-glowing terms. She had been serving on an interim basis as Crew's replacement, but assumes the full-time job with plaudits from Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat who has relied on Golden as an education advisor. She's also run the University of Oregon's education school. Upon Golden's appointm ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wesley Snipes
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 51
    In 2014, he appeared in the sequel The Expendables 3.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1990s, Snipes and his brother started a security firm called the Royal Guard of Amen-Ra, dedicated to providing VIPs with bodyguards trained in law enforcement and martial arts. Amen-Ra is also the name of his film company. In 1996, the first film produced by Amen-Ra was A Great And Mighty Walk – Dr. John Henrik Clarke.
  • 2013
    Age 50
    Snipes was released on April 2, 2013.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 48
    On June 6, 2011, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear Snipes' appeal.
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  • 2010
    Age 47
    Snipes reported to federal prison on December 9, 2010, to begin his three-year sentence, and was held at McKean Federal Correctional Institution, a federal prison in Pennsylvania.
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    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed Snipes's convictions in a 35-page decision issued on July 16, 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 45
    On April 24, 2008, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for willful failure to file federal income tax returns under.
    More Details Hide Details Kahn was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Rosile was sentenced to four and half years in prison.
    On February 1, 2008, Snipes was acquitted on the felony count of conspiracy to defraud the government and on the felony count of filing a false claim with the government.
    More Details Hide Details He was, however, found guilty on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal income tax returns (and acquitted on three other "failure to file" charges). His co-defendants, Douglas P. Rosile and Eddie Ray Kahn, were convicted on the conspiracy and false claim charges in connection with the income tax refund claims filed for Snipes.
  • 2006
    Age 43
    Snipes responded to his indictment in a letter on December 4, 2006, declaring himself to be "a non-resident alien" of the United States; in reality, Snipes is a birthright U.S. citizen.
    More Details Hide Details Snipes said he was being made an example of and was unfairly targeted by prosecutors because of his fame in connection with the federal tax fraud investigation.
    On October 12, 2006, Snipes, Eddie Ray Kahn, and Douglas P. Rosile were charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and one count of knowingly making or aiding and abetting the making of a false and fraudulent claim for payment against the United States.
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  • 2005
    Age 42
    In 2005, Snipes was in negotiations to fight Fear Factor host Joe Rogan.
    More Details Hide Details Snipes began training in martial arts when he was 12 years old. He has a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan karate and a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido. He has also trained in Capoeira under Mestre Jelon Vieira and in a number of other disciplines including kung fu at the USA Shaolin Temple and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. During his time in New York, Snipes was trained in fighting by his friend and mentor Brooke Ellis.
  • 2003
    Age 40
    In 2003, Snipes married painter Nakyung "Nikki" Park, with whom he has four children.
    More Details Hide Details Snipes, who was raised a Christian, converted to Islam in 1978, but left Islam in 1988. During a 1991 interview, Snipes said "Islam made me more conscious of what African people have accomplished, of my self-worth, and gave me some self-dignity". Snipes' apartment was destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers during the September 11 attacks. He was on the West Coast at the time.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 37
    In 2000, the business was investigated for alleged ties to the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.
    More Details Hide Details It emerged that Snipes had spotted of land near their Tama-Re compound in Putnam County, Georgia, intending to buy and use it for his business academy. Both Snipes' business and the groups used Egyptian motifs as their symbols. Ultimately, Snipes and his brother did not buy the land, instead establishing their company in Florida, Antigua, and Africa.
  • 1998
    Age 35
    In 1998, Snipes had his largest commercial success with Blade, which has grossed over $150 million worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details The film turned into a series. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, SUNY/Purchase. In 2005, Snipes sued New Line Cinema, and David S. Goyer, director of Blade: Trinity, which Snipes also produced. He claimed that the studio did not pay his full salary, that he was intentionally cut out of casting decisions, and that his character's screen time was reduced in favor of co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel. The suit was later settled, but no details were released. He has discussed reprising the role of Blade as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was his last theatrical release film until 2009. He later appeared in The Contractor, filmed in Bulgaria and the UK, Gallowwalkers, released in 2012, and Game Of Death. Snipes was originally slated to play one of the four leads in Spike Lee's 2008 war film Miracle at St. Anna but had to leave the film due to tax problems; his role eventually went to Derek Luke.
  • 1997
    Age 34
    In 1997, he won the Best Actor Volpi Cup at the 54th Venice Film Festival for his performance in New Line Cinema's One Night Stand.
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  • 1996
    Age 33
    The conspiracy charge against Snipes alleged that he filed a false amended return, including a false tax refund claim of over $4 million for the year 1996, and a false amended return, including a false tax refund claim of over US$7.3 million for the year 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The government alleged that Snipes attempted to obtain fraudulent tax refunds using a tax protester theory called the "861 argument" (essentially, an argument that the domestic income of U.S. citizens and residents is not taxable). The government also charged that Snipes sent three worthless, fictitious "bills of exchange" for $14 million to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The government also charged that Snipes failed to file tax returns for the years 1999 through 2004.
  • 1994
    Age 31
    He also played a drug dealer in the 1994 film Sugar Hill.
    More Details Hide Details Snipes has played a number of roles in action films like Passenger 57, Demolition Man (with Sylvester Stallone), Money Train, The Fan, U.S. Marshals and Rising Sun, as well as comedies like White Men Can't Jump, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar where he played a drag queen. Snipes has appeared in dramas like The Waterdance and Disappearing Acts.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 27
    Snipes has been married twice, first to April Snipes, with whom he has a son Jelani, who had a cameo role in Snipes' 1990 film Mo' Better Blues.
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  • 1987
    Age 24
    In 1987, he appeared as Michael Jackson's nemesis in the Martin Scorsese–directed music video "Bad" and the feature film Streets of Gold.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Snipes was also considered for the role of Geordi La Forge in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the role eventually went to LeVar Burton. Snipes' performance in the music video "Bad" caught the eye of director Spike Lee. Snipes turned down a small role in Lee's Do the Right Thing for the larger part of Willie Mays Hayes in Major League, beginning a succession of box-office hits for Snipes. Lee would later cast Snipes as the jazz saxophonist Shadow Henderson in Mo' Better Blues and as the lead in the interracial romance drama Jungle Fever. He then played Thomas Flanagan in King of New York opposite Christopher Walken. He played the drug lord Nino Brown in New Jack City, which was written specifically for him by Barry Michael Cooper.
  • 1986
    Age 23
    He made his film debut in the 1986 Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he appeared on the TV show Miami Vice as a drug-dealing pimp in the episode "Streetwise" (first aired December 5, 1986).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on July 31, 1962.
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