When Michael Jordan was at the top of his game in the NBA, no one was bigger. He was everywhere: TV, commercials and even the movies. In 1996, Jordan starred in Space Jam, a blockbuster family comedy where he was recruited by the Looney Tunes to help them beat a bunch of bad guys in a basketball game. It blended live action, animation and featured cameos from dozens of prominent NBA players as well as stars like Bill Murray and Wayne Knight.
These days, the closest thing we have to Michael Jordan is the two-time reigning NBA Champion Lebron James. He’s just started to dip his toes into films and now he’s lining up his own battle with the Looney Tunes. This isn’t a joke, the sons of legendary sportscaster Dick Ebersol have just come onboard to develop a sequel to Space Jam as a starring vehicle for James. Willie Ebersol will write the screenplay and his brother, Charlie Ebersol, will produce.
Update: After Deadline published its story, Brian Windhorst at ESPN reported that reps for James denied that any project is in development. A film could still be in development at Warner Bros., but not with James. James also commented.
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When Disney released Frozen at Thanksgiving last year, it was met with generally good reviews and solid buzz. But no one could have been prepared for what happened next. The snowball of excitement and box office just kept rolling and now, coming up on its fourth (?!?!) month in release, it’s still in the top ten. Quietly, Frozen became 2013′s highest grossing animated film. It was nominated for multiple Oscars, and was instantly accepted into pop culture. With the Blu-ray set for release March 18, there’s no guessing how many times your kids (and, let’s face it, probably you) will be singing “Let It Go.”
To help promote the Blu-ray, Disney has begun to release deleted scenes from the hugely popular film, and you can watch not one, but two below. Read More »
If Kanan is the “Han Solo” and Ezra is the “Luke,” Zeb is the Chewbacca of Star Wars Rebels.
The team at Lucasfilm has been slowly revealing new characters from the upcoming Disney XD animated series, which will be the first product of the new Disney Star Wars universe. Next up is Zeb, a muscle-bound, but smart and articulate alien ally of the Rebellion who flies in the Ghost with the rest of the crew. Below, check out a video introduction to our first alien – and a new one at that – of the new Star Wars universe. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back. Netflix announced today that it has struck a deal for exclusive rights to the entire series, including a brand-new sixth season. Fans will be able to watch on the streaming service next month. Get plot details on the new season and more after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Could John Travolta join the Bond villain ranks? He hopes so. Also after the jump:
- Matt Bomer is working on new looks for Magic Mike 2
- Gary Oldman dishes lots of details about his Apes role
- Iron Sky: The Coming Race gets a writer and a logo
- Hong Kong’s Monkey King is getting a sequel, of course
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 gets a cute Korean poster
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The director of the final four Harry Potter films has finally locked and loaded his follow up. David Yates has been prepping a big screen, big budget, 3D version of Tarzan at Warner Bros. for so long, the company once came close to canceling it. That all went away Tuesday as he finally signed his cast and got his release date. That date is July 1, 2016 and, as previously reported, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård will play the lead, Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is Jane, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is the bad guy and Samuel L. Jackson is a friend of the hero. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not tough to imagine the pitch meeting where The Lego Movie was conceived. The toys have been a familiar fixture of toy chests since the ’40s, and given that every other remotely recognizable playroom property is getting adapted for the big screen these days, it was only a matter of time before someone grabbed a fistful of plastic bricks. Lucky for us, those people turned out to be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
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The Lego Movie is now in theaters and, once you’ve seen it, you’ll probably be buzzing both about how “awesome” it is, and talking about all its surprises.
In part two of our interview with the film’s writers and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, we talked about many of those surprises and more. We talked about issues around putting so many different franchises in one single movie. We talked about a few of the more surprising and exciting cameos, and we talked about the film’s ending and how it was developed. Here’s part one, the non-spoiler stuff; click below for part two. Read More »