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Nostalgia for the 1990s is going strong, and it’s about to heat up even more. It’s been 20 years since the live-action animated hybrid film Space Jam hit theaters, and that makes it prime for a return to theaters next month. In addition, even though it’s not a special anniversary for Pokemon: The First Movie, […]
- Ethan Anderton
By the time the middle of next month rolls around, there will likely be a lot of rancor and despair welled up in these 50 states of ours. Most of it will probably be attributable the to the seventh season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but some of it will probably be election-related. At any rate, we’re going to need a potent and fragrant balm to ease our national pain. And that’s why Space Jam is returning to theaters.
Yahoo! News reports that Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, and Bugs Bunny will be reunited before our wearied, wondering eyes for just two nights next month: Sunday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 16. DGA lifetime achievement award-winning director Joe Pytka’s live-action/animation basketball comedy classic will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of its release on November 15. That’s the ostensible reason for this theatrical resurrection, but it seems ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
There's been some talk about a Space Jam sequel these last couple of years because why not? LeBron James has been front-and-center regarding the lead character and last we heard, director Justin Lin would be helming this bad boy. That's all well and good, but how about giving fans what they Really want and putting the original slam jam back in theaters? Good news, as that's... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Get ready for a serious nostalgia moment, 90s kids, because Space Jam is returning to the big screen. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of the Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny team-up, Fathom Events is bringing the movie back to theaters. If you want to see Space Jam in theaters again, you'll have a limited window to do so, because this is a two-night-only event.
Fathom Events will be bringing Space Jam to more than 450 theaters around the country for multiple showings on November 13 and November 16. Fathom has had success with similar showings in the past, like when they re-released Brad Bird's animated classic The Iron Giant last year. Here is what Fathom Events vice president of studio relations Tom Lucas had to say about the event.
"Space Jam has been a family favorite for the last 20 years and is sure to remain so for the next 20 and beyond. »
It doesn’t feel like there are nearly as many sports comedies geared towards kids as there were in the 90s. The decade brought hits such as The Mighty Ducks, The Sandlot, Angels in the Outfield, The Big Green, Space Jam, Cool Runnings and more. But one of my favorites as a child of that time […]
- Ethan Anderton
AnimationFix: Your regular round-up of the latest animation news, from HitFix reporter Emily Rome Moonbot Studios released their latest animated short online this week, and it’s a sweet ode to imagination and forever being a child at heart. The five-minute short, Taking Flight, is also a tribute to Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon and depicts a small boy’s boring day that turns into an adventure spent with his grandfather. It’s cute, and it has a timely if oft-heard message urging kids (and adults!) to stop looking at their screens all the time and get outside. But the film falls short of the creativity and unique charm of Moonbot’s first short, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an ode to the power of story and a tale of renewal inspired by the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina. That short, which used a hybrid of stop-motion, »
- Emily Rome
Variety is reporting that Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) is in talks with Warner Bros. to co-direct their upcoming Scooby-Doo animated feature S.C.O.O.B. alongside Tony Cervone (Space Jam). He will also pen the screenplay alongside Matt Lieberman (Dr. Doolittle: Tail to the Chief).
Best known for acting work in the likes of Without a Paddle, Idiocracy and Parenthood, Shepard has recently directed the action-comedy CHiPS for Warner Bros., which was overseen by executive Jesse Ehrman, who has reportedly brought him on board for Mystery Inc’s return to the big screen.
Although plot details on the Scooby-Doo movie are being kept under wraps, it was revealed earlier this year that the film will be titled S.C.O.O.B., and is said to be “the first step in “unlocking the whole Hanna-Barbera universe.”
S.C.O.O.B. is set for release on September 21st »
- Gary Collinson
Parenthood star Dax Shepard might be signing on to the creative team for Warner Bros.’ planned Scooby-Doo movie, according to Variety. Shepard—who’s directing the upcoming CHiPs film, and who previously starred in stuff like Punk’d, Idiocracy, and a bunch of adorable pictures with his wife, Kristen Bell—would be joining Space Jam director Tony Cervone on the 2018 film.
Warner Bros. announced the project—which may or may not be the starting point for some sort of “Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe,” depending on how open to crazy-sounding rumors you are—shortly after The Lego Movie reminded its executives of the untapped potential in its animated brands. The still-uncast film would be Shepard’s third directing gig, after CHiPs, and 2012’s low-key crime comedy Hit & Run.
- William Hughes
Warner Bros. has had some good luck in the animation department lately, most notably with The Lego Movie. So, they are diving head first into some other well-known properties, like Scooby-Doo. Their latest animated feature centered around Scooby and the gang has just taken a big step forward, as they have brought on Parenthood star Dax Shepard to co-direct the movie.
Variety broke the news on Friday afternoon, stating that Shepard will be directing the latest Scooby Doo movie along with Space Jam animation director Tony Cervone. Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce the movie. The pair also produced the last two live-action Scooby-Doo movies, which were written by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Shepard will also be co-writing the screenplay with for the movie alongside Matt Lieberman, per the report.
Shepard doesn't have a ton of experience directing, but that seems to be the direction he is heading. »
Jesse Ehrman, who oversaw the production of Shepard’s upcoming action comedy “CHiPs” for the studio and is also overseeing “Scooby-Doo,” suggested that Shepard come in to meet with execs on the project after he expressed interest in the property. The studio had always envisioned two directors tackling the film.
The new “Scooby-Doo” will be a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation under the Warner Animation Group banner, which rose to prominence last year with “The Lego Movie.”The original animated TV series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!?” was created »
- Justin Kroll
Ok @EW, here's my SNL audition tape from 2012 in which I did Kate Hepburn auditioning for "Space Jam." pic.twitter.com/eJj0R17mQO— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) September 2, 2016 A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.Rachel Bloom is a woman of her word … and we're grateful for that. Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live posted a call for fans to tweet who they wanted to see as a "#SNLhost," and Bloom's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend costar Donna Lynne Champlin nominated the CW show's multi-talented star/creator/superwoman. "I could finally do the impression of Kate Hepburn auditioning for Space Jam »
- Breanne L. Heldman, @BreanneNYC
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- Marah Eakin
The original, slapstick-heavy Looney Tunes series of cartoons ran from the early 1930s to the late 1960s, generating over a thousand short films, each one about six or seven minutes in length. It was not until 1979, however, until Warner Bros. actually released a feature-length motion picture based on the series. That film, Chuck Jones’ The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, relied heavily on clips from the classic cartoons and was enough of a financial success to inspire four more piecemeal Looney features between 1981 and 1988. And that’s all before Space Jam was a thing. Doug Walker, star of the long-running webseries Nostalgia Critic, revisits the entire franchise in a video handily titled “All The Looney Tunes Movies.” Here, he limits himself to feature-length productions that were released theatrically and contained at least some new material. There’s still plenty to talk about, though, including the fact that »
- Joe Blevins
To paraphrase the nuanced lyricism of Aaron Carter’s timeless “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” Team USA repeatedly “put it in the hoop like slam” while playing China in the men’s Group A basketball tournament during Day 1 of the Rio Olympics.
RelatedRatings: Olympics Opening Ceremony Down 28 Percent From London 2012
Though I admittedly don’t know much about the game, and what little I know can be attributed to frequent childhood viewings of Space Jam (in which I’m pretty sure those Looney Tunes weren’t even following official NBA rules and regulations), it didn’t take a seasoned »
In this edition of Sequel Bits: New images from Bad Santa 2. Dwayne Johnson once again teases a prison brawl from Fast 8. John Cho discusses a deleted scene from Star Trek Beyond. Michael Jordan has another star in mind for Space Jam 2. And J.K. Rowling discusses the last Harry Potter adventure. After plenty of rumors and news stories, Bad Santa 2 is finally reaching […]
- Jack Giroux
When Space Jam hit theatres in 1996, it was a commercial success, thanks to its format as a Michael Jordan-Looney Tunes mash-up, and a hit soundtrack. While it has not exactly stood the test of time, studio executives clearly think the concept has life left in it, as talk of Space Jam 2 has continued to increase in volume.
Officially, the project has almost always been associated with Lebron James as the lead basketball player for the sequel, but in conversation with Yahoo! Sports, the legendary Michael Jordan has now thrown his weight behind a different player to take the lead.
Jordan favours Blake Griffin, who plays for the Clippers. He has his own onscreen experience, courtesy of Broad City cameos – though the profile of these pale in comparison to the feature film roles played by Lebron James. Space Jam 2 apparently has Fast & Furious filmmaker Justin Lin attached to direct, »
- Sarah Myles
If it were up to “His Airness,” the heir to his throne atop the Space Jam sequel wouldn’t be King James. While at his basketball camp, Michael Jordan was asked who he would like to see star in Space Jam 2, the follow up to the 1996 movie. While three-time NBA champ LeBron James is attached to star, Jordan said he would prefer another all star. “I would probably pick Blake Griffin,” Jordan said. While Griffin won’t get the key role in the Justin Lin-directed flick, he already has some experience with the movie. In 2014, the L.A. Clipper did a reading of the original Space Jam at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre where he played Jordan. He did so alongside Nick Kroll, Danielle Fishel and Seth Green. Griffin's fondness for the space basketball film doesn't end there. In a 2015 interview with Basketball Insiders, he said of the project, »
- David Eckstein
After more than two years of rumors, Warner Bros. finally confirmed in May that Space Jam 2 is happening with current NBA superstar LeBron James and Star Trek Beyond filmmaker Justin Lin entering talks to direct. While we don't know when exactly the movie will hit theaters, or even when production will start, Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) and Alfredo Botello (Hollywood Adventures) have come aboard to write the script, which Justin Lin is helping to develop. Today we have word from original Space Jam star and NBA legend Michael Jordan, about who he'd like to see star in this sequel. And guess what? It's not LeBron James!
Space Jam centered on NBA legend Michael Jordan as himself, teaming up with several Looney Tunes characters to defeat a team of aliens in a game of basketball, with the future of the human race on the line. Other NBA stars who appeared »
[[tmz:video id="0_vhxqqyvm"]] It's time to play "Shade or No Shade" ... this time featuring Michael Jordan ... who says if he had it his way, it'd be Blake Griffin starring in "Space Jam 2" ... Not Lebron James. It all went down at Michael's Jordan's Flight School ... the basketball camp Mj held this weekend ... when someone asked him what he thought of "Space Jam" getting a sequel in theaters. The sequel is of course starring LeBron James ... which makes sense »
- TMZ Staff
We’re still waiting on Space Jam 2, but ’90s nostalgia is alive and well with a basketball star of today in Space Jam 3. The short film by YouTuber Ryan Higa hit the web today, and it features Brooklyn Nets player Jeremy Lin getting transported into the world of anime characters. He soon finds himself having to shoot hoops alongside Naruto and Sailor Moon. There’s plenty of homages to the 1996 classic here, including Michael’s Secret Stuff — but Jeremy’s Secret Stuff, it turns out, is what the NBA player uses on his oft-wild hair. Lin’s hair is exactly part of what makes him a good fit for an anime Toon Squad — one of his ’dos once got plenty of comparisons to Goran of Dragon Ball Z. Check out Space Jam 3 below: Meanwhile, the latest on Space Jam 2 is that another Lin — Justin Lin, of Star Trek Beyond »
- Emily Rome
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