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Spike Lee and Elvis Costello talk new projects - TCA Report

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 11th 2008 4:23PM
Spike LeeAt TCA yesterday, two very big stars were on hand to discuss their new shows. Spike Lee attended the ESPN Films panel to promote his documentary Game Day with Kobe Bryant. And Elvis Costello was on hand at the Sundance Channel panel to talk about Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..., his new talk show.

ESPN announced several film projects, both documentary and theatrical. The network will be presenting four documentaries this fall, one of which is by acclaimed director Spike Lee. On the surface the film seems pretty bland; it's just cameras following Kobe Bryant around on game day. But I'm sure you want to hear what Lee said about his film.

About its genesis, Lee said that he saw a documentary about a famous Brazilian soccer player.His first thought was how well the format of the documentary would translate for basketball. However, Lee wanted to see more about the player than what happens on the field. He had thirty cameras follow the Lakers player all day before his big game with the San Antonio Spurs. "These guys don't just so up and play," Lee says.

Spike Lee also weighed in on the impending SAG strike. He hopes they work it out because of the far-reaching reprecussions of such a strike. He noted that everyone down to the catering companies suffer when AFTRA and a guild can't see eye-to-eye. "I think they need to read the newspapers and see the state of the economy," he warned.

Finally, Spike, who is an avid sports fan, was asked about the different fans he encounters. He says east and west coast sports fans are very different. In Los Angeles, people come late to the games and leave early whereas the players at a Yankees / Red Sox game will stop play just to watch fans fight in the stands.

Sundance will be debuting Elvis Costello's new show Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... on December 3rd at 9:00 p.m. ET / PT. Spectacle, a talk show that features artists talking about music and their influences, is produced by Elton John's company Rocket Pictures. John is also one of Costello's guests.

Costello attended TCA yesterday and explained the premise of the show. He wants the artists to talk about things they normally wouldn't discuss in the classic five minute late night network interview.

From the video package, we saw that Bill Clinton is also one of Costello's guests. On why the former president would be included on a talk show about music (other than his awesome sax playing), Costello said that he felt politicians need the same qualtiies musicians do for success: the ability to command an audience and a grasp of proper cadence. He added that Clinton was probably happy to be on a show just talking about music.

Costello explained that each show will open with a musical number either by the artist or in reference to the artist. "If they've just written a song and they want to sing it that's fine," he says of the artists promoting their work. But the host points out that the show gives artists an opportunity to showcase themselves in a different light.

This show reminds me a lot of Dinner for Five with Jon Favreau. From the video package, it was clear that the show would have a laid back vibe, intelligent conversation, and some humorous moments as well.

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