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Spike Lee Gunning For Oscar Win -- Releasing "Chi-Raq" In THEATERS This December!

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Spike Lee wrapped up filming in Chicago for his upcoming film Chi-Raq last week. And there's already Oscar talk surrounding the film. Deets inside….

You’ve been hearing about Spike Lee’s controversial new film Chi-Raq. And today, we can share with you when it will hit theaters!

Oscar nominated director Spike Lee (above on the last day of filming) is putting himself in position to be considered amongst the movies in the running for Best Picture and more for next year's Academy Awards. His new film Chi-Raq is set to hit theaters this December! And we’re here for it.

As you may (or may not) know, the closer a film is released to the actual awards show (which goes down in February) and before the cut off date, the better the chance of it winning an actual award. So it appears Mr. Lee is upping his chances to nab a golden statue in 2016. Very smart.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chi-Raq, which will explore the major violence in inner-city Chicago, will be the first release from Amazon’s brand new movie division, Amazon Studios. Nice!

The site reports:

Chi-Raq was originally planned for a world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, if accepted, but Lee and Amazon are so high on the project that they're now hoping for a spot in this year's awards race, insiders say. Following a qualifying run in December, the movie would officially open after the new year.

Amazon Studios head Roy Price and his movie production chief Ted Hope confirm Chi-Raq will debut in theaters first and then it will be made available for Amazon Prime customers to view on their electronic devices.  Major move.

THR also delves into the details of the film, that weren’t readily available before. It reports:

Chi-Raq, an update of of the classical Greek play Lysistrata, stars Teyonah Parris as a woman who protests black-on-black gun violence by going on a sex strike. It draws its title from the nickname comparing Chicago to Iraq, and has already sparked controversy. (City elders, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, weren't happy about the name.) Starring alongside Parris are Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

We showed you pics of a table read a few months ago and shots of LaLa Anthony, Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson and more in Chicago while filming for the flick. Now, we’re just twiddling our thumbs until it’s released in theaters. Trust, we will be front and center to check it out. Will you?



Photo: Spike's IG

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