The Last Dance interview

ESPN had a monster hit on their hands from April through May thanks to the release of the 10-hour documentary series The Last Dance, a chronicle of the final championship season run by NBA superstar Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Netflix also had a hand in producing the documentary, and even though it was made available on the streaming service in international markets, the only way US audiences could enjoy it was through ESPN. Thankfully, that’s changing very soon.

The Last Dance is officially coming to Netflix in the United States later this month, which means you can relive the incredible documentary series and light up a cigar with Michael Jordan after you watch the Chicago Bulls win their sixth championship title all over again. Read More »

Directing Rick and Morty

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out what’s involved in directing Rick and Morty. Plus, watch some advice on how to survive coronavirus through a montage of lines and clips from various sci-fi and horror movies like 28 Days Later, The Mist, Aliens, The Thing, and more. And finally, watch Saturday Night Live‘s take on The Last Dance with Michael Jordan in a sketch that didn’t make last weekend’s episode. Read More »

The Last Dance interview

For Emmy Award-winning director Jason Hehir (Andre the Giant, 30 for 30), completing the ten-part documentary series The Last Dance has been a Herculean task – and he’s still not finished. He likely won’t be totally done with the project until hours before the final episodes air. Talk about pressure.

But like Michael Jordan, the primary subject of the documentary, Hehir seems to thrive when the game is on the line. His series, which chronicles Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-1998 season as they try to win their sixth NBA championship, was scheduled for a summer release before being moved up to fill the world’s sports-sized hole during the coronavirus pandemic. The show has already broken viewership records for ESPN, generated a mountain of memes, and seems to be one of the few pieces of pop culture that the country is consuming at the same time in an era when that kind of water cooler entertainment is increasingly rare.

I spoke with Hehir by phone earlier this week, after the premiere of the third and fourth episodes, and Hehir told me about how he decided to shape the show’s timeline, his top three Michael Jordan moments, how he and his team had a staggering 10,000 hours of footage to whittle down, and much more.
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The Last Dance Ratings

Last weekend, ESPN debuted the first two episodes of the anticipated documentary series The Last Dance, a chronicle of NBA superstar Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls as they made a run for what would become their final championship season. The premiere was bumped up to April from June since ESPN is desperate for programming due to the lack of sports happening around the world, and it worked out rather well for them since it’s now their most-watched documentary ever. Read More »

The Last Dance Clips

This weekend brings the debut of the ESPN documentary series The Last Dance, chronicling NBA superstar Michael Jordan and the rest of the multi-championship-winning players of the 1990s Chicago Bulls as they head into their 1997-1998 season when they would win their final championship together.

Before the series premiere, ESPN has released a couple The Last Dance clips that recall what made the Chicago Bulls so great as they went into this season. For a time, it was unclear whether the team would even be back in full due to contract negotiations that still needed to take place. But once everything was settled, the game was on to make history yet again. Read More »

Michael Jordan Documentary Series Release Date

Even though most of the news these days is terrible, every now and then something good comes out of the coronavirus pandemic. In this case, since ESPN doesn’t have any new sports to air right now, they’ve bumped up the premiere of the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance. Originally intended to arrive in June, the series will now begin in April, and a new trailer has just arrived. Check it out below and find out when you can start watching The Last Dance on ESPN. Read More »

the last dance trailer

ESPN is debuting The Last Dancea 10-part documentary series on the Chicago Bulls during their legendary 1997-98 season, Michael Jordan’s final season as a Chicago Bull and the team’s last championship run of their dynasty. The Bulls granted a camera crew unprecedented access for the entire season, as the team went for its second three-peat. Watch The Last Dance trailer below.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we take flight with Michael Jordan, are given less than a day to pay back a loan shark, daydream about making it big, mix business with pleasure, and watch a good old-fashioned shoot-’em-up. Read More »

Michael Jordan Documentary Series

With LeBron James continuing to dominate the court during the NBA Finals, the debate about whether or not he’s better than basketball icon Michael Jordan continues to rage on. Next year, a new documentary series might have some new insights to keep the argument going strong.

Netflix and ESPN Films have announced a joint production called The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary series looking at the life, career and legacy of Chicago Bulls point guard Michael Jordan, believed by many to be the greatest professional basketball player of all time. Read More »

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