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SPIKE LEE'S 'CROOKLYN' BEGINS FILMING IN BROOKLYN

 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Spike Lee has begun principal photography on "Crooklyn," a family comedy starring Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo, it was announced today by Tom Pollock, chairman of the MCA Motion Picture Group, and Casey Silver, president of production for Universal Pictures.
 Produced and directed by Spike Lee and written by Joie Lee, Cinque Lee and Spike Lee, "Crooklyn" is set in a colorful Brooklyn neighborhood in the early 1970s, where the children in a young black family are brought swiftly into adulthood.
 A Crooklyn's in Da House production for release by Universal Pictures, the film is being co-produced by Monty Ross with executive producers Jon Kilik and Preston Holmes.
 Woodard, an Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress (1983's "Cross Creek"), is one of today's most admired actresses. She co-stars in Ron Underwood's upcoming fantasy/comedy "Heart and Souls" from Universal. Her other films include "Rich in Love," "Grand Canyon" and "Bopha," to be released this fall.
 Lindo came to the fore as Archie, the West Indian numbers boss, in Lee's "Malcolm X." His feature film credits include "Blood of the Heroes," "Mountains of the Moon," "Bright Angel" and "The Hard Way."
 This year, Lindo appeared in Taylor Hackford's "Bound by Honor" and will soon be seen with Richard Gere and Lena Olin in Mike Figgis' "Mr. Jones."
 Joie Lee has appeared in her brother Spike's films "Mo' Better Blues," "Do the Right Thing," "She's Gotta Have it" and "School Daze." Other film credits include James Deardon's "A Kiss Before Dying" and Paul Mones' "Fathers and Sons." Her stage credits include the Lincoln Center production of "Mule Bone," directed by Michael Schultz. "Crooklyn" is Joie Lee's debut screenplay.
 Cinque Lee appeared in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train." With his sister, Joie, he runs two-year-old Child Hood Productions. "Crooklyn" will be Cinque's first produced screenplay.
 "Crooklyn" is Spike Lee's seventh feature film, following "Malcolm X," (1992); "Jungle Fever" (1991); "Mo' Better Blues" (1990); "Do the Right Thing" (1989); "School Daze" (1988) and "She's Gotta Have It" (1986). His pace-setting style has been imprinted on numerous music videos, television commercials, short films and books. Lee's company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, is based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
 "Crooklyn" is tentatively set for release in the summer of 1994.
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