NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 4:00 AM
Actors Wesley Snipes and George Willborn attend the ‘Chi-raq’ premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
SPIKE AND WESLEY SNIPE OVER GUN CONTROL
Filmmaker Spike Lee called his new film “Chi-raq” a cry for gun control legislation, then led a protest march from the Ziegfeld Theater premiere to Times Square after the movie’s premiere.
But the film’s star, Wesley Snipes, was marching to the beat of his own drum on Tuesday night.
“The gun is a tool. It’s a machine,” Snipes told [email protected] less than 24 hours before Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. “You can have all the regulations we want, but at the end of the day, if we don’t change the mindset of the architect or the carpenter or the user, then they’ll find just another tool to still do what they’re doing.”
Snipes, who holds black belts in karate and the Korean martial art hapkido, says the nation’s gun problem is all in our heads.
“I’m around Shaolin monks and they have some of the most terrifying weapons that you can imagine to dispatch a human being, but they don’t use them for that purpose,” says Snipes. “Why is that? Because of the mindset — the spirit.”
Director Lee says make no mistake, “Chi-raq” takes direct aim at gun control legislation.
Filmmaker Spike Lee (l.), accompanied by the Rev. Al Sharpton (c.) and Father Michael Pfleger, leads a march through Manhattan protesting gun violence following the premiere of his movie ‘Chi-raq.’
“That’s what this film is about,” Lee told us. “We have to get legislation in place that’s going to make the United States of America safe for all Americans, despite the NRA and the gun manufacturers.”
GOT CAREYED AWAY BY FLU
Mariah Carey collected $ 300,000 for briefly popping into Pier 1 Imports’ holiday popup store on Tuesday night, then checked into an area hospital the next day to recuperate. TMZ reports that Carey was hospitalized Wednesday with the flu and is expected to be fine. Earlier this week, [email protected] reported that the “All I Want for Christmas Is You” singer had inked the big-money Pier 1 deal for a one-hour appearance that did not include a musical performance.
CANNON FODDER FOR CHAIN
“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon has signed on as the chief creative officer for RadioShack. According to press release that went out on Wednesday “He will maintain an office at RadioShack headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.” The 95-year-old electronics chain can use all the help it can get. In February, it filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to close almost 1,800 stores in an effort to get out of the red.
Sylvester Stallone and Hilary Swank at Delano Beach Club in Miami Beach, Florida.
SLY & SWANK SLUG IT OUT
Two of Hollywood’s most accomplished on-screen pugilists go toe to toe at the Delano Beach Club in Miami. Sylvester Stallone, whose 1976 fight film “Rocky” won the Best Picture Oscar, bumped fists with Hilary Swank, who took home an Oscar in 2005 for playing an underdog fighter in “Million Dollar Baby.” “Creed,” the seventh installment of Stallone’s Rocky saga, opened nationwide last week. Considering how “Million Dollar Baby” ended, a sequel to that film is highly unlikely. Stallone and Swank are in Florida for the Art Basel festival.
MURRAY CHRISTMAS, SOFIA!
Filmmaker Sofia Coppola was reunited in spirit with Bill Murray, whom she directed in her breakout 2003 hit “Lost in Translation,” then teamed up with again for “A Very Merry Christmas,” which debuts Friday on Netflix. Coppola donned her Bill Murray sweater to talk to the crowd at AOL Build Presents about her upcoming holiday special, which is chock full of song, cheer and Murray. Paul Shaffer, Michael Cera, George Clooney and Miley Cyrus are also tied to the project.
Filmmaker Sofia Coppola was reunited in spirit with Bill Murray, whom she directed in her breakout 2003 hit “Lost in Translation,” then teamed up with again for “A Very Merry Christmas.”
SANDRA BULLOCK IS A MOM AGAIN
“Gravity” star Sandra Bullock has finally put to bed a month of rumors by confirming that she has adopted a daughter from a foster home in Louisiana. The little girl is named Laila and she’s 3. The 51-year-old Bullock (l.) also has a 5-year-old son named Louis, whom she adopted in 2010. Bullock revealed the news in People magazine.
JADA ENJOYS LONG WALKS ON THE BEACH
Jada Pinkett Smith, 44, shows off her beach body while vacationing with the family in Hawaii. Her husband, “Concussion” star Will Smith, was reportedly spotted working out during the trip while their kids, Jaden and Willow, went surfing.
DUNHAM SEES ‘I DO’ IN HER FUTURE
“Girls” star Lena Dunham performed with Fun guitarist Jack Antonoff at the Ally Coalition & Above Average 2nd Annual Talent Show, where she called Antonoff her “future fiancé.” She also gave a shoutout to Antonoff’s mom in the audience, whom she called “my future mother-in-law.” Dunham and Antonoff then performed Electric Light Orchestra’s “When I Was a Boy” at the fund-raiser for homeless.
ROSE REFLECTS ON THINGS
Ambiguously famous person Amber Rose keeps her mirrors so clean that she can see her nipple rings in them. Rose took this sexy selfie with an iPhone that has a case modeled after a Windex bottle. She then posted the photo on her Instagram account, which has more than 8 million followers.
Amber Rose shows off her nipple piercing in a figure-hugging dress on Dec. 2, 2015.
UMA OUT FOR TIBET
Uma Thurman is expected to attend the annual fundraiser for her father’s charity on Thursday night. The “Pulp Fiction” star is an honorary chair of the auction at Christie’s for the Tibet House U.S., which was founded by Robert Thurman. One of the items on offer is a private wine tasting led by acclaimed sommelier Aldo Sohm with food pairing from Le Bernardin’s menu by chef Eric Ripert. Items can be viewed on Charity Buzz.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star Rooney Mara takes on a classic look at the Chanel Metiere d’Art fashion show in Rome.
Emma Roberts, a vision in white, teams up with Toys for Tots and Godiva chocolates for an event in L.A.
“(I have an) old hillbilly rage that’s not necessarily that far from the surface at times.” Johnny Depp in GQ
“I’m my most authentic self. I don’t want there to be a big separation between the public and the private person.” Emma Watson in Porter magazine