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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
A fast and fervorous guide beyond the basics.
Justin Lin, like his old UCLA classmate Joe Russo, is a member of the modern generation of Hollywood directors who make us really enjoy franchise filmmaking. Enough to get excited for the Fast and Furious movies after they’d seemed driven into a dead end and now to find a new hope in Star Trek with his satisfying takeover of that series. He soon may have us even caring about Space Jam.
The Taiwan-born Lin has also been an important voice for Asian-American representation, both on screen and off. He broke out with a great indie, Better Luck Tomorrow, and went on to become a valuable asset as a studio player, for both the industry and the fans. We honor his talent and his output below by sharing advice and guidance gleaned from statements he’s made through his career.
Action Should Be Character-Driven
Lin is known, mostly »
- Christopher Campbell
Justin Lin’s latest film “Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the “Star Trek” reboot franchise, will hit theaters in just a few short weeks, but the acclaimed action director is already in talks for a couple future projects. Along with his “Space Jam” sequel starring LeBron James, Slash Film reports that Warner Bros. is talking to Lin about helming a live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga, and later anime film, “Akira.” Though the film has been in development hell for years now, with various directors and actors attached to the project, but Lin might finally be the guy for the job.
Set in a dystopian version of Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo, “Akira” follows two teenage bikers Tetsuo and Kaneda as their lives radically change after dormant »
- Vikram Murthi
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Museum of the Moving Image
Discover the »
- Nick Newman
It's getting harder and harder for anyone, anywhere, to take a joke anymore. A few weeks ago, local San Francisco sportscaster Gary Radnich went viral after he went off on a co-worker on camera for stealing his thunder. Earlier in the broadcast, Kron news anchor Catherine Heenan innocently read a bit of copy about basketball superstar LeBron James' upcoming role in a sequel to Space Jam, the Loony Tunes-Michael Jordan mashup from the 90s. »
- Tommy Christopher
Sean Wilson asks his fellow Flickering Myth writers about the film experiences that shaped their childhoods…
I was more than a little startled when hit with the recent revelation that nineties family classic Free Willy this year passed its 22nd birthday. It’s not a lengthy period in the grand scheme of things but for me it encapsulates an entire aeon of time having passed, as it was one of the first movies I vividly remember watching at the cinema. I couldn’t have been older than 7, the theatre was the Paignton Picture House (one of the world’s oldest cinemas, currently undergoing a new lease of life following its tragic closure in 1999) and the movie was the sort of rollicking emotional rollercoaster that sears itself into young minds.
This seemingly unassuming piece of news nevertheless hit me like the proverbial wave, making me wistful and reflective on the nature of formative cinema experiences, »
- Sean Wilson
While we pass judgment on movies all the time, at the end of the day, everybody has their own taste in cinema. What.s more, we would not normally be critical of what movies a professional athlete chooses to watch. They.re athletes, not movie producers. Except, therein lies the problem. LeBron James is a movie producer. He has a production company, and an office, on the Warner Brothers lot. He's bringing us a sequel to Space Jam. We.re now wondering if he should be disqualified from this. This guy recently sat down with his kids to watch How the Grinch Stole Chirstmas, Interview with a Vampire, and The Punisher. In one evening. We have so many questions. LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers have earned themselves a spot in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. What.s most interesting about this, if you're a sports person, is the fact »
It's news that has been received by quite a bit of excitement from fans, but one person who isn't keen on the idea is the first film's director Joe Pytka. Talking with THR this week, he revealed that he thinks the film will flop at the box-office - but not from lack of public interest:
"Don't do it. It's doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet. When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available - Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing. They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now."
The original film scored a strong $230 million worldwide back in 1996 and went on to strong VHS sales. »
- Garth Franklin
The first Space Jam film brought Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny together back in 1996. And whilst the movie struggled to notch up good reviews, it sure did find an audience, one that’s stuck with the film for the 20 years (!) since it was first released.
Joe Pytka directed the original film, although he’s not involved in the recently revealed Space Jam 2. The new sequel will see LeBron James star, with Star Trek Beyond and Fast & Furious director Justin Lin behind the camera.
Chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Pytka was asked his views on Space Jam 2, and was pretty candid: “don’t do it, it’s doomed”, he declared. In a world full of PR sheen, it's pretty refreshing to hear something so direct.
As for his reasoning, “Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet. »
There seemed to be a little bit of magic everywhere when it came to the 1996 sleeper hit "Space Jam."It had Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. It had a younger and still quite marketable Michael Jordan. And it included a bunch of NBA legends who just happened to be available.But a planned sequel more than 20 years after the fact will most likely fail to re-capture that magic. At least that's what "Space Jam" director Joe Pytka is warning "Space Jam 2" director Justin Lin."When we did 'Space Jam,' there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available," Pytka told The Hollywood Reporter's Bill Higgins, with some of the greatest like Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing. "They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none like that now."Lin, »
Here's your daily "shit, I'm old" moment, it's been twenty years since Space Jam first hit theaters. The sports/comedy which blended the wacky world of Looney Tunes with the wacky world of the NBA was a definite crowd-pleaser back in the day and although it took some time, a sequel is now in the works. Earlier this month it was announced that LeBron James would be... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Is now a good time for Space Jam 2? Director of the 1996 original Joe Pytka sure doesn't think so. Not because audiences aren't hungry for it. But because the NBA just doesn't have the same colorful cast of athletes that it did 20 years ago. Because of this, he thinks the movie is gearing up to be a big flop at the box office.
LeBron James was officially confirmed to be taking over for Michael Jordan last week in a sequel to Space Jam that will pair the pro basketball player up with the Looney Tunes All-Stars. The original movie earned $90 million at the domestic box office when it was released in November 1996. It would go onto pull in a healthy $230 million worldwide, opening against The Mirror Has Two Faces starring Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges. While it opened at #1 during its first weekend of release, it quickly fell to Star Trek: First Contact »
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