Star Wars ESPN

It’s March and even if you aren’t a sports fan, it’s hard not to get caught up in March Madness. The excitement of filling out a college basketball bracket can only be topped if the bracket was something a little more geeky. Like Star Wars characters, for example.

StarWars.com is hosting a “This is Madness” tournament allowing fans to vote on their favorite characters in a single elimination bracket. In 2013, they did the same thing and Yoda beat Darth Vader in the finals. So, to help promote the contest, Yoda appeared on a version of ESPN’s SportsNation with Max Kellerman to discuss the tournament. It’s super cheesy, but a nice surprise for Star Wars fans. Check it out below. Read More »

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Space Jam

ESPN’s 30 for 30 has chronicled many of the biggest events in sports history, but that just makes it weirder that they’ve so far neglected to examine one of the most iconic moments of the ’90s: the epic game between the Monstars and the Tune Squad, as famously depicted in the 1996 film Space Jam. Sure, Sugar Ray Leonard and Nancy Kerrigan are pretty interesting people, but are either of them a 12-foot monster capable of breathing fire? Didn’t think so.

Fortunately, the documentary series has finally gotten around to righting that wrong. In a new short called 30 for 30: The Space Jam Game, commentators, historians, and even one of the players recall that fateful match. Check it out after the jump.

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Derek Cianfrance to Direct Film About Creation of ESPN

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Briefly: Derek Cianfrance is best known for heavy indie dramas like Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, but his commercial work shows that he’s got an interest in sports. Those various tendencies may well collide in a film that he’s just been attached to direct.

Focus Features pulled the rights to adapt the book ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun out of turnaround when Fox decided not to make the movie. Now Focus has set Cianfrance to direct the film that will tell the story of the formation of ESPN.

Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Social Network) will produce with Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell. No writer has been hired to script at this point. [The Wrap]

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