Adam Sandler to star in basketball comedy Hustle

Adam Sandler is set to star in Netflix’s basketball comedy Hustle. Executives at the streaming service announced their latest collaboration with the Uncut Gems actor on Monday, and revealed that Sandler will be working with Los Angeles Lakers star LeB…

Adam Sandler is set to star in Netflix’s basketball comedy Hustle.

Executives at the streaming service announced their latest collaboration with the Uncut Gems actor on Monday, and revealed that Sandler will be working with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who will produce the sports comedy.

According to Variety, Sandler will play an American basketball scout who, after being unjustly fired, discovers a talented player abroad and decides to bring him to the U.S. to prove that they both have what it takes to make it in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Hustle will be helmed by indie breakout director Jeremiah Zagar, who made his narrative feature film directorial debut with 2018’s We the Animals, from a script by Taylor Materne and Will Fetters, who was a screenwriter on 2018’s A Star Is Born.

Sandler, who will also produce the film via his Happy Madison banner, has an ongoing deal with Netflix which has resulted in comedies such as Murder Mystery, The Ridiculous 6, and The Do-Over, as well as dramas such as Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, and Uncut Gems, for which he received critical acclaim and won an Independent Spirit Award.

He already has another Netflix project in the pipeline.

Hubie Halloween, which focuses on a community volunteer who finds himself in the middle of a murder case on Halloween night, is currently in post-production ahead of a release later this year.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, no production start date has been set for Hustle. Variety sources have suggested that Sandler, who previously starred in 1996 sports comedy Happy Gilmore, may shoot another movie before Hustle.

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LeBron James: ‘Space Jam 2 is still on target’

LeBron James is confident production on Space Jam 2 is “still on target” for its 2021 release date. The famed basketball player has been attached to star in the live-action/animated sports comedy film, a sequel to the 1996 movie, since 2014, and after…

LeBron James is confident production on Space Jam 2 is “still on target” for its 2021 release date.

The famed basketball player has been attached to star in the live-action/animated sports comedy film, a sequel to the 1996 movie, since 2014, and after multiple delays, filming finally got underway last year, with principal photography wrapping in September.

While production has been halted on many film and TV projects, meaning they will likely miss their scheduled release dates, the Los Angeles Lakers star has insisted his feature is on track to be ready on time for its July 2021 release as the crew is currently in the animation phase.

“Space Jam has always been scheduled to come out in June of 2021 (sic). So, we’re kind of (OK),” he said during an appearance on the Road Trippin’ Podcast. “And a lot of it right now is animation, so being indoors is actually great for us. We’re still on.

“Just like everything in the world, everything is slowed down a little bit, but we’re still on target. I’m looking forward to it. During this time right now, I wish we could release it right now, man, and give people some things to watch in their households. But we got until next year, next summer. We’re excited about it.”

Talk of a Space Jam sequel has been ongoing ever since the release of the original, which starred basketball legend Michael Jordan alongside animated Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny. James’ movie was also hit with development issues, including director Terence Nance leaving the project after filming had begun in June last year. Girls Trip filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee came in as his replacement.

The script was written by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler and Sev Ohanian.

Space Jam 2, which also stars Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green, is due to hit cinemas from 14 July 2021.

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Serena Williams unbothered by criticism of her style

Serena Williams is never worried about what people think of her personal style.The tennis champ, who recently lost to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles final, has come out on top of U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated’s fourth annual Fashionabl…

Serena Williams is never worried about what people think of her personal style.

The tennis champ, who recently lost to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles final, has come out on top of U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated’s fourth annual Fashionable 50 list, which honours the most fashionable athletes.

While Serena is known for her bold style on and off the tennis court, and has often been targeted by critics for her choices, she admitted to the publication that she spends very little time worrying about the opinions of others.

“People always have things to say when you’re wearing fashion. It could be good things. It could be bad things. I don’t care what people say. I’m like just so past it-you could say whatever you want to say,” the star, who shares 22-month-old daughter Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian, commented. “Honestly, you’re allowed to have your opinion. My life is far too complicated to worry about people that want to say mean things. I have a daughter, I have a family, I have a career. I have too much to worry about.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Serena explained that her whole career “has been really about tennis and fashion”.

She studied at fashion school as a teenager and while her previous clothing collections, including her Signature Statement collection for the Home Shopping Network (HSN), didn’t catch on, she is adamant her new S by Serena line will be different.

“I tried it before and it didn’t work. Then I sat down and invested in myself and really put a really good effort behind it. Now I really get to express myself. I get to see how you can wear fashion so many different ways and how you can represent yourself. I have this whole big vision of what S by Serena is going to be,” the 37-year-old added.

Other athletes on Sport Illustrated’s list included Odell Beckham Jr., Lewis Hamilton, Maria Sharapova, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tom Brady, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

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Malcolm D. Lee taking over as director on Space Jam 2

Malcolm D. Lee is replacing Terence Nance in the director’s chair for Space Jam 2.A sequel to the hit 1996 live-action and animated sports film has been in the works for many years, with plans finally getting underway when basketballer LeBron James sig…

Malcolm D. Lee is replacing Terence Nance in the director’s chair for Space Jam 2.

A sequel to the hit 1996 live-action and animated sports film has been in the works for many years, with plans finally getting underway when basketballer LeBron James signed on to lead the project in 2014.

Shooting began with director Terence Nance at the helm last month, but on Tuesday, editors at Deadline reported that the filmmaker had departed the movie, with Lee being hired by producers as the replacement.

Sources told the film publication that Nance’s exit was amicable, as he and the producers had “different takes” on the creative vision for the flick.

Space Jam 2 is scheduled to begin filming this week, with producers including Los Angeles Lakers star James and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

The previously announced ensemble includes James, Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green and National Basketball League (NBA) athletes Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and Klay Thompson.

It was also recently reported that Don Cheadle is involved, though details about his role are yet to be revealed.

The original Space Jam featured Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Bill Murray, and a cast of Looney Tunes cartoon characters.

Lee is known for directing films such as Undercover Brother, The Best Man, Scary Movie 5, and Barbershop: The Next Cut.

However, he really rose to prominence upon the release of Girls Trip, starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith, in 2017, with the film grossing $137 million (£110 million) worldwide.

The 49-year-old also made 2018 comedy Night School with Kevin Hart and Haddish, and is attached to make films Uptown Saturday Night and The Best Man Wedding.

Space Jam 2 is slated to hit cinemas in July 2021.

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Channing Tatum ready to resume movie career after break

Channing Tatum is ready to throw himself back into making movies after taking time out to focus on his family. The star and actress/dancer Jenna Dewan share a five-year-old daughter named Everly, though the couple announced their separation in April …

Channing Tatum is ready to throw himself back into making movies after taking time out to focus on his family.

The star and actress/dancer Jenna Dewan share a five-year-old daughter named Everly, though the couple announced their separation in April (18) after nearly nine years of marriage.

Channing is adamant that being a father is “the biggest job” that he has, but has now explained in an interview with Variety that he wants to now make more features after only taking a voice role in the animated movie Smallfoot in 2018.

“I’m sort of ready to go back to work,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m ready to go do yet, as far as, is it acting, is it directing, is it producing, writing… Maybe I’ll come and start interviewing people, I don’t know. I have no clue what I’m going to do, but I’m having fun though.”

Channing’s unofficial hiatus came at the end of a five-year run in which he starred in critically acclaimed movies like Magic Mike, Foxcatcher, The Hateful Eight and Hail, Caesar!

However, he has chosen something more light-hearted for his comeback and is voicing the character of Migo, a Yeti who befriends a human, in Smallfoot. And part of the reason he took on the part was due to the involvement of basketball legend LeBron James, who plays another Yeti.

“I didn’t think I’d be anywhere where LeBron James was, much less an animated movie about Yetis,” the 38-year-old shared. “I love him. Everybody loves LeBron for their own reasons, he’s just an insanely smart person.”

After Smallfoot, which debuts in the U.S. on Friday (28Sep18), Channing will return as Superman in the sequel to The Lego Movie, before playing a live-action superhero in Marvel’s Gambit. He is also set to star in the musical comedy Wingmen and is rumoured to be playing Abraham Van Helsing in a new retelling of the vampire legend.

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LeBron James recruits Ryan Coogler for Space Jam sequel

Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler is teaming up with basketball ace LeBron James to produce the long-awaited Space Jam sequel. The new Los Angeles Lakers superstar has been attached to the project since 2015, and on Wednesday (19Sep18), representat…

Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler is teaming up with basketball ace LeBron James to produce the long-awaited Space Jam sequel.

The new Los Angeles Lakers superstar has been attached to the project since 2015, and on Wednesday (19Sep18), representatives for his Spring Hill Entertainment production firm announced Coogler had been recruited to help develop the film.

The Oversimplification of Her Beauty moviemaker Terence Nance will direct LeBron in tSpace Jam 2, the follow-up to the original live-action/animated basketball comedy, which starred Michael Jordan opposite Bugs Bunny and his fellow Looney Tunes cartoon characters.

Plot details have yet to be revealed, but LeBron hopes to use the film to send a message of encouragement and empowerment to younger generations.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes (animated characters) getting together and doing this movie,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people (with Black Panther).”

Production on the Space Jam sequel is expected to take place next year (19), during the basketball National Basketball Association’s off-season.

Fast Five’s Justin Lin signed on to develop the movie two years ago, and co-wrote the script with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello. At the time, he was also in talks to direct and produce the project via his Perfect Storm Entertainment company. It’s not yet clear if LeBron and his new collaborators plan to use any of the script Lin worked on.

Space Jam became a smash upon its release in 1996. The film followed Jordan as he agreed to help beloved Looney Tunes characters win a basketball match against aliens to gain their freedom.

The cult film also featured other basketball greats, such as Larry Bird and Charles Barkley, and actors Danny DeVito and Bill Murray.

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