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Space Jam 2 Brings in Malcom D. Lee to Replace Exiting Director Terrence Nance

Space Jam 2 Brings in Malcom D. Lee to Replace Exiting Director Terrence Nance
There's been something of a shake-up behind the scenes with Space Jam 2. LeBron James is still set to star in the movie alongside the Looney Tunes, but there's been a change in directors. Terrence Nance, who had originally been tapped to helm the long-awaited sequel, has vacated the project shortly after production got underway. Warner Bros. isn't skipping a beat though, as they've tapped Malcolm D. Lee, the filmmaker behind Girls Trip, to step in and take his place.

According to a new report, the parting of ways with Terrence Nance and Space Jam 2 was amicable. There is no indication that it was some overly dramatic production fiasco or anything along those lines. It isn't clear if the change-up will result in any sort of production delay. In any event, switching directors after filming has already gotten underway on a big movie is no small thing. That said, Malcolm D.
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‘Space Jam 2’: Malcolm D. Lee Replacing Terence Nance as Director

‘Space Jam 2’: Malcolm D. Lee Replacing Terence Nance as Director
Random Acts of Flyness” creator Terence Nance is officially out as director of Warner Bros.’ sequel to the 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy “Space Jam.” According to Deadline, Nance is being replaced by “Girls Trip” helmer Malcolm D. Lee.

Nance’s exit is said to have been an “amicable” one, with creative differences cited as the reason for his departure.

Lee might actually be the more logical choice here, given his mainstream comedy roots, and proven box office prowess, with 11 feature films on his resume. Although Nance’s surrealist, stream-of-consciousness style — as seen in his 2012 feature debut “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” and in his vérité HBO sketch series “Random Acts of Flyness” — may have given the “Space Jam” franchise a fresh creative jolt.

This also would have been Nance’s first studio feature.

Set for a July 16, 2021 release, the live-action/animated “Space Jam 2” will star NBA superstar LeBron James
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‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Boards ‘Space Jam 2’

  • Variety
‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Boards ‘Space Jam 2’
Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee is replacing Terence Nance as director of “Space Jam 2,” starring LeBron James, for Warner Bros. and James’ SpringHill Entertainment.

The departure of Nance, creator of the HBO show “Random Acts of Flyness,” was due to differing visions between Nance and the producers for “Space Jam 2.” Warner Bros. has set a July 16, 2021, date for its live-action/animated sports comedy. Lee’s recent credits include “Girls Trip,” “Night School” and “Barbershop: The Final Cut.”

Don Cheadle is also starring in “Space Jam 2.” The movie marks James’ first major acting role. He played himself in the 2015 Amy Schumer-Bill Hader comedy “Trainwreck.”

Rumors of a “Space Jam” follow-up first emerged in 2015 when James and his company, SpringHill Entertainment, signed a deal with Warner Bros. Justin Lin was in talks to direct in 2016, but that deal did not go through. Lin is an executive producer on the movie.
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Gary LeMel, Film Music Supervision Giant and Pop-Jazz Singer, Dies at 80

  • Variety
Gary LeMel, a longtime president of music at Warner Bros. Pictures whom the Los Angeles Times once called “the father of the compilation soundtrack album,” died July 6 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80.

Film agent Richard Kraft called him “a true giant in the film music industry.” Songwriters Hall of Fame member Steve Dorff described LeMel as “an amazing music man (and) a true friend who made an indelible contribution to my career.” Tom Sturges, a former top exec at Universal Music and other publishing companies, called him “one of the great music execs in the film business, ever. He treated me with the greatest respect at every meeting, took every call and listened to every song and artist I pitched him. Truly one of a kind.”

LeMel’s wife of almost 47 years, Maddy LeMel, a visual artist, told Variety she was staggered by the amount of testimonials coming in.
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Space Jam 2 Drafts Don Cheadle to Play Opposite LeBron James

Space Jam 2 Drafts Don Cheadle to Play Opposite LeBron James
Don Cheadle is heading from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the Looney Tunes universe, as he's been tapped to star in Space Jam 2. After years of rumors and speculation surrounding the sequel, production finally got underway on the follow-up to the 1996 classic recently, with NBA superstar LeBron James set to fill the shoes that were previously occupied by basketball legend Michael Jordan. James will be getting some help from Cheadle, as it turns out.

According to a new report, Don Cheadle has signed on for Space Jam 2 in a currently unspecified role. Cheadle is coming hot off of his role in Avengers: Endgame, which has, so far, grossed $2.77 billion worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, second only to James Cameron's Avatar. Cheadle portrays James Rhodes/War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a role he took on in the wake of Terrence Howard
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Sequel Bits: ‘Space Jam’, ‘Saw’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Coming 2 America’, ‘Gremlins’, ‘Iron Sky’, ‘The Boy’, ‘Bill and Ted’

Sequel Bits: ‘Space Jam’, ‘Saw’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Coming 2 America’, ‘Gremlins’, ‘Iron Sky’, ‘The Boy’, ‘Bill and Ted’
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Yes, Space Jam 2 really is happening, folks. That new Saw movie with Chris Rock is going to start shooting next week. The new Ghostbusters movie connects to the first film in a new way. Coming 2 America adds a new cast member. The writer of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle […]

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Charles Barkley Doesn't Think We Need Space Jam 2

Charles Barkley Doesn't Think We Need Space Jam 2
It was just yesterday that we shared the news with you guys that filming has begun on Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James. And today we have word that original Space Jam star Charles Barkley isn't a fan of the idea of the upcoming sequel. The basketball legend spoke his peace at the 2019 NBA Awards on Monday night when he was asked if he was interested in the upcoming live-action/animation sequel, he said this.

"Not at all. Well, listen, I don't care. Space Jam 1 was amazing. We don't need 2."

This quote seems to be keeping with what Charles Barkley said last year at the same event, where he said this.

"Space Jam 1 was a classic. I don't like when people try to imitate something that was already good."

For those who didn't grow up in the '90s, the original Space Jam starred superstar Michael Jordan as himself, who
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Space Jam 2 Begins Production, LeBron James Shares Heartfelt Tweet with Fans

A few days ago we passed along word that several critical NBA and Wnba stars have joined NBA mega-star LeBron James in the upcoming sequel to the Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny live-action/animation hybrid movie Space Jam. And today we have word via James himself that Space Jam 2 has begun filming.

LeBron James announced the production start over on Twitter with a heartfelt tweet which read.

"Man, this really just hit me! I'm really shooting Space Jam 2!! This is so surreal and doesn't even make sense to me! Where I come from man and what I saw growing up this doesn't add up to me! I'm truly grateful and beyond blessed. This is Craziness."

As hinted at above, James' NBA and Wnba co-stars are set to include the likes of Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets,
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Charles Barkley Dunks on LeBron James’ Planned ‘Space Jam’ Reboot: ‘We Don’t Need 2’

Charles Barkley Dunks on LeBron James’ Planned ‘Space Jam’ Reboot: ‘We Don’t Need 2’
Charles Barkley’s mind is made up about the new reboot of “Space Jam,” which stars Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James. In fact, he’s doubling down on his dislike of the new “Looney Toons” movie.

Et asked Barkley on Monday at the 2019 NBA Awards whether his opinion had changed since the outlet asked him about the film at last year’s event. Barkley replied, “Not at all.”

Since then, it’s been revealed that Ryan Coogler, who directed “Black Panther” and “Creed,” would be producing the film and is directed by Terence Nance, who known for “An Over Simplification of Her Beauty.” But “Space Jam 2’s” new pedigree didn’t change the fact that Barkley, who made a cameo in the original film, is not impressed.

Also Read: Sonequa Martin-Green in Talks to Join LeBron James in 'Space Jam' Sequel

“Well, listen, I don’t care.
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Space Jam 2 Just Shouldn’t Be Made, Period

‘ There’s already a plan in motion to make a Space Jam 2 with LeBron James no less. But should it be made? It seems that this has been in the works for some time now and is even now getting a rewrite, but honestly it seems like it should be left on the back burner until it gets forgotten again. Why? Well that’s simple, the first one was simply too good to come in and start up with another, especially since whether anyone admits it or not, this next movie will be trying to one-up the original in a

Space Jam 2 Just Shouldn’t Be Made, Period
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Looney Tunes: The 10 Funniest Characters, Ranked

Few cartoon characters are as iconic or influential as the Looney Tunes gang. Starting in 1930, the Looney Tunes shorts introducing the world to an array of characters who would become some of the most memorable and recognized characters in pop culture history. This colorful cast would continue to appear in shorts, series and feature films like Space Jam for years and years to come.

Regardless of when you were introduced to the Looney Tunes, they were also able to provide some great laughs. There were so many fantastic characters, each with their own hilarious traits and quirks. Take a look back at these cartoon icons with our list of the funniest Looney Tune characters.

Related: Ryan Coogler Rewriting Space Jam 2; Shoe Contracts Limiting Casting Options
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It's Your Last Chance to Give Rachel Bloom Her Much-Deserved Emmy Nomination for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

It's Your Last Chance to Give Rachel Bloom Her Much-Deserved Emmy Nomination for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Rachel Bloom has done it all. She made Ray Bradbury sound sexy with "F--- Me, Ray Bradbury." She balanced practically every object as big as my head under her bare boobs at Radio City Music Hall. She can imitate Katharine Hepburn auditioning for Space Jam like no other. But there is one thing left

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Space Jam 2 Recruits More NBA & Wnba All-Stars to Join LeBron James

Space Jam 2 Recruits More NBA & Wnba All-Stars to Join LeBron James
Space Jam 2 is finally starting to take shape, as star LeBron James has recruited several key NBA and Wnba stars to join him in the upcoming sequel. This is a movie that has been in the works for years now, but it's finally happening and, with filming expected to get underway this summer, we should be learning more key details in the coming months. For now, we know at least a few of the basketball stars who will also be sharing the screen with the Looney Tunes gang.

According to multiple reports, Anthony Davis, who recently joined LeBron James as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be included in the cast. Others stars include Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets and, as was previously rumored, Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson. Additionally, Wnba legend Diana Taurasi is also said to
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Space Jam 2 Lands Golden State Warriors NBA All-Star Klay Thompson?

Space Jam 2 Lands Golden State Warriors NBA All-Star Klay Thompson?
It appears as though LeBron James has finally managed to lock in another NBA star to appear alongside him in Space Jam 2. A sequel to the 1996 Michael Jordan-starring 90s classic is finally happening and James is going to headline it. However, much like the original, he needs some other players to appear in it to truly make the movie feel authentic. Up to this point, that's been a bit of in issue. But according to a new report, Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson is locked in for the sequel.

We had heard previously that LeBron James, for various reasons, was having difficulties getting other players to sign on for the movie. Some of it had to do with various merchandising deals that players have with conflicting companies preventing them from doing it, not so much their lack of desire. In any event, according to sports broadcaster Jason McIntyre, the
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Exclusive: O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Michael Dougherty on Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla is a creature steeped in cinematic history, a creation we just can’t seem to let go. The monster’s latest outing comes in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and to celebrate the film’s release we caught up with director Michael Dougherty and actor O’Shea Jackson Jr. during the London leg of the film’s promotional tour. Jackson Jr. spoke to us about why he loves Godzilla so much, and how much of a fanboy he became on set.

He talks about friendly competition with his former Straight Outta Compton co-stars, and dispels rumours of a role in the forthcoming Space Jam sequel. Dougherty also talks about the enduring appeal of Godzilla, and on the challenges – and enjoyment – that came with tackling such a momentous, ambitious piece of cinema. We also ask about his work in Godzilla vs Kong, and whether he’s got a favourite.

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Everything We Know about the Tom & Jerry Movie So Far

Despite the description of Amanda N’Duka from Deadline the Tom and Jerry hybrid movie still sounds somehow disjointed and not at all like something that might work. It’s going to be animated and live action, giving the impression that it will be something along the lines of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and even Space Jam, but at this point that just sounds like another flop waiting to happen. But before we go too in-depth concerning personal feelings we’ll take a look at what’s there to be divined about the upcoming film. It would seem that Michael Pena and Chloe Grace

Everything We Know about the Tom & Jerry Movie So Far
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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Shifts Release Date To Midweek – Update

Updated, 10:29 Am: Warner Bros said Thursday that its next installment in The Conjuring/Annabelle francise, Annabelle Comes Home, will now be released on June 26, 2019, a Wednesday. That’s two days earlier than its original Friday launch date.

The horror pic’s competition that week includes Universal’s Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis pic Yesterday, which bows that Friday.

Previously, February 21: Warner Bros set a release date for one sequel tonight and moved up a couple of its franchise pics.

The studio’s Space Jam 2 will hit the court on July 16, 2021, taking the slot that had been penciled in as Untitled WB Event Film. Meanwhile, New Line’s Annabelle sequel was bumped up by a week from this year’s Fourth of July frame to June 28, while Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong moves up by nine weeks to March 13, 2020.

The latter two also will be shown in Imax,
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LeBron James Producing Boxing Docuseries for Dazn

  • TMZ
LeBron James Producing Boxing Docuseries for Dazn
Another huge move for LeBron James ... not the basketball player, the Hollywood mogul. James -- through his media brand, Uninterrupted -- is launching a new show for Dazn called "40 Days" ... a docuseries which will follow top boxers as they prepare for major prize fights. In fact, the first episode will follow Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs as they gear up for their May 4 fight in Las Vegas. Part 1 of the series is scheduled to premiere
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The Script For Space Jam 2 Will Get a Rewrite From Ryan Coogler as NBA Stars Can't Join Due To Shoe Contracts

A few days ago it was reported that Space Jam 2 star and producer LeBron James was having problems enlisting an all-star team of NBA players to join the film.

THR now has an update on this report shedding some new light on what is going on and why the NBA players aren’t joining the film. Three players that producers for the film were trying to get on board were Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant, but they likely won’t be able to join because of contracts that they have made with shoe companies. The report explains:

As to why shoes matter, Nike is essential to the Space Jam franchise. The 1996 first film was based on the "Hare Jordan" commercial directed by Joe Pytka, who also helmed the feature. That makes the involvement of Curry (Under Armour contract through 2024) and Harden (Adidas) nearly impossible, sources say. Durant, though
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‘Space Jam 2′: 538 Casts LeBron James’ Teammates Using Math

‘Space Jam 2′: 538 Casts LeBron James’ Teammates Using Math
Just as “Space Jam” didn’t star Michael Jordan by himself, neither can “Space Jam 2” focus exclusively on LeBron James. Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, and Muggsy Bogues all had their talents stolen by the Monstars, too, and so fans have been waiting to hear who will round out the starting five of this long-awaited sequel. FiveThirtyEight has thrown its hat into the ring, attempting to help LeBron and the filmmakers by using math to cast the rest of the film.

“We’re not casting the five best players in the NBA right now, or even the five best actors,” the narrator informs us, but rather using their patented Carmelo (Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization) system to find the players most similar to the supporting cast of the original “Space Jam.” First up is Barkley, who during the 1994-95 season averaged 23 points, 11.1 rebounds, and
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