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NBA Star Kyrie Irving’s ‘Uncle Drew’ Movie Scores Prime June 2018 Release

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NBA Star Kyrie Irving’s ‘Uncle Drew’ Movie Scores Prime June 2018 Release
Kyrie Irving’s “Uncle Drew” movie has received a prime summer release date on June 29, 2018, according to an announcement from Lionsgate on Tuesday. Directed by Charles Stone III (“Drumline”) and based on a series of Pepsi commercials starring Irving as the titular elderly basketball ace, “Uncle Drew” follows Dax (Lil Rel Howery), an aspiring street baller who drains his life savings to enter the famous Rucker Park tournament in Harlem, only to lose his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament, Dax asks his Uncle Drew to return to the court one more time...
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Broad Green: How Wall Street Wealth, A-List Talent, and Brash Decisions Made an Indie Player Implode

It takes guts to join the indie distribution fray, especially when the market is challenged by big buyers like Netflix and Amazon Studios (which, along with Annapurna, is optimistically taking over its own theatrical distribution) and television is chasing down the hottest indie talent. Even one-time high-flyer The Weinstein Co., which once knew better than anyone how to play the indie game, is evolving to survive during these changing times.

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 38, and his brother, Daniel, 34, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures three summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical. It was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now, after trying to use arcane algorithms to determine what movies to make, Gabriel has decided to pull the plug on production. The breaking point was the July 14 release of John Leonetti’s “Wish Upon,” which grossed $13.2 million on a $12 million budget. (Theaters return about half of the take to the distributor,
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Broad Green: How Wall Street Wealth, A-List Talent, and Brash Decisions Made an Indie Player Implode

It takes guts to join the indie distribution fray, especially when the market is challenged by big buyers like Netflix and Amazon Studios (which, along with Annapurna, is optimistically taking over its own theatrical distribution) and television is chasing down the hottest indie talent. Even one-time high-flyer The Weinstein Co., which once knew better than anyone how to play the indie game, is evolving to survive during these changing times.

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 38, and his brother, Daniel, 34, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures three summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical. It was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now, after trying to use arcane algorithms to determine what movies to make, Gabriel has decided to pull the plug on production. The breaking point was the July 14 release of John Leonetti’s “Wish Upon,” which grossed $13.2 million on a $12 million budget. (Theaters return about half of the take to the distributor,
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Syfy To Go All Out For Comic-Con With Weddings, A Drumline & ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reunion

There’s a good chance Syfy is going to dominate Comic-Con. Having recently undergone a brand refresh for their 25th anniversary, Syfy is now targeting Comic-Con by kicking up their brand in the geek mecca. “American Gods” and “Drumline” star Orlando Jones will be on hand — ordained and ready to perform as many free and […]
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Shaquille O’Neal, Lil Rel Howery in Talks for Basketball Movie ‘Uncle Drew’

Shaquille O’Neal, Lil Rel Howery in Talks for Basketball Movie ‘Uncle Drew’
Shaquille O’Neal and Lil Rel Howery are in talks to join NBA star Kyrie Irving in basketball drama “Uncle Drew.”

Variety first reported on Feb. 9 that the project had been set up with Temple Hill Entertainment acquiring the feature film rights to Irving’s “Uncle Drew” Pepsi commercials. “Skiptrace” scribe Jay Longino was set to write the script and Irving was attached to reprise the role of Drew.

Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and John Fischer will produce the film. The original Pepsi Max advertisements showed Irving playing 70-year-old Uncle Drew, who would show up to pick-up basketball games and dominate players half his age, while reminiscing about how the game used to be played.

The film will center on a squad of the best geriatric basketball players who team up to at the famed Rucker Court in Harlem. Howery will play a young man who loves basketball and seeks out Uncle Drew’s help.

Charles Stone (“Drumline”) is directing. Lionsgate has acquired distribution rights to “Uncle Drew.”

Howery played a Tsa agent and best friend of Daniel Kaluuya’s character in Jordan Peele’s ” Get Out.” He’s repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment.

O’Neal spent 19 years in the NBA, winning three consecutive championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001-03, and a fourth with the Miami Heat in 2006. He retired in 2011.

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Where Are ‘Nsync Now? Catching Up with the Best-Selling Boyband

Where Are ‘Nsync Now? Catching Up with the Best-Selling Boyband
Since saying “Bye, Bye, Bye” in 2002, Justin Timberlake, Jc Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick have each built careers for themselves outside of ‘Nsync — the blockbuster boyband that brought them worldwide fame in the ’90s.

Though there aren’t plans for the group to get back together and make music any time soon, they’re still good friends — reuniting most recently in August for Chasez’s 40th birthday bash.

“The guys spent the entire night together,” a source told People at the time. “They all sat in a group and just reunited, relived and had such a ball.
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Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.

Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.
It was baffling when distributor Broad Green Pictures pulled Lucy Walker’s “Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary” from the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, the same day as its intended premiere, with a press release that said the “post production process has taken longer than expected.”

Nearly a month later, Broad Green has made no further comment on the film’s status, but its homepage still boasts that “Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club documentary will have it’s [sic] official world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival!”

That disconnect (and typo) could be a matter of sloppy site maintenance, but multiple IndieWire interviews with people familiar with Walker’s film and Broad Green suggest more complex issues dog the three-year-old would-be studio. (Walker declined to comment for this article; Broad Green executives didn’t respond to requests for comment.)

Read More: Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club Documentary Pulled From Sundance

Walker,
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Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.

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Broad Green Pictures Is Missing Release Dates and Angering Filmmakers. Here’s Why.
It was baffling when distributor Broad Green Pictures pulled Lucy Walker’s “Untitled Buena Vista Social Club Documentary” from the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, the same day as its intended premiere, with a press release that said the “post production process has taken longer than expected.” Nearly a month later, Broad Green has made no further comment on the film’s status, but its homepage still boasts that “Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club documentary will have it’s [sic] official world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival!”

That disconnect (and typo) could be a matter of sloppy site maintenance, but multiple IndieWire interviews with people familiar with Walker’s film and Broad Green suggest more complex issues dog the three-year-old would-be studio. (Walker declined to comment for this article; Broad Green executives didn’t respond to requests for comment.)

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Walker,
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How ‘Queen of Katwe’ Inspired Alicia Keys to Make Some of Her Most Personal Work — Consider This

How ‘Queen of Katwe’ Inspired Alicia Keys to Make Some of Her Most Personal Work — Consider This
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys has contributed songs to dozens of soundtracks including “The Great Gatsby,” “Muscle Shoals,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Drumline.” But Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” which features a Keys original, “Back to Life,” was a different kind of project.

Keys first discovered the true story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (portrayed by Madina Nalwanga in her debut) “by a little twist of fate” in 2011, when Tim Crothers’ remarkable feature story on the budding prodigy was published by Espn’s magazine (a year later, Crothers published the book “The Queen of Katwe,” on which Nair’s film is based).

Producing partner Jeff Robinson gave the article to Keys, in hopes that they could develop it under their Big Pita, Little Pita Productions banner. While that didn’t ultimately pan out, Keys could never quite shake Mutesi’s story.

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Broad Green Dates Comedy ‘Step Sisters’ For 2017

Broad Green Pictures has just dated is comedy Step Sisters from Drumline director Charles Stone, III for March 31, 2017. The comedy is about an ambitious college senior struggling to teach a hard-partying rival sorority how to step dance. Cultures clash and sisterhood prevails as everyone steps out of their comfort zones. The film, written by Chuck Hayward, stars Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, with Matt McGorry and Naturi Naughton. It was written by Chuck…
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‘Step Sisters’ Steps Into Spring 2017 For Broad Green

Broad Green Pictures said today its sorority comedy Step Sisters will open on March 31. The pic is directed by Drumline‘s Charles Stone III and follows an ambitious college senior struggling to teach a hard-partying rival sorority how to step dance. Step Sisters stars Alessandra Torresani, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, with Matt McGorry and Naturi Naughton and was written by Chuck Hayward. Broad Green is making a go at releasing more mainstream fare after…
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Us Briefs: Palm Springs honour for Mahershala Ali

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Us Briefs: Palm Springs honour for Mahershala Ali
The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Mahershala Ali with the Breakthrough Performance Award on January 2 for his role in Moonlight at its annual Film Awards Gala. 

Ali earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations last week for the role and is the awards season frontrunner.

The actor, who also appears in Hidden Figures, was voted best supporting actor recently by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle and Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Broad Green Pictures will release the sorority comedy Step Sisters from Drumline director Charles Stone III on March 31. Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, with Matt McGorry and Naturi Naughton star.Katia Winter and newcomer Ashley Jones will star in the horror-thriller Unwanted for Screen Gems. Eduardo Rodriguez directs from a screenplay by Andrew WongLuis Guerrero and Chris Lemos of Vital Pictures produce with Kacie Lehner
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Nick Cannon on Co-Parenting with Ex Mariah Carey: Holidays Will ‘Be Something That We’ll Always Embrace as a Family’

Nick Cannon on Co-Parenting with Ex Mariah Carey: Holidays Will ‘Be Something That We’ll Always Embrace as a Family’
Nick Cannon is embracing the co-parenting dynamic.

The America’s Got Talent and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out host, whose divorce from Mariah Carey was recently finalized, famously split from the singer at the end of 2014.

And according to Cannon, the former couple has found a harmonious balance, to say the least, when it comes to parenting their kids: twins Monroe and Moroccan, 5½ — especially over this time of the year.

“I think that’ll be something that we’ll always embrace as a family and as our families expand,” Cannon, 36, tells People of the upcoming holiday season, which the
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Nick Cannon -- 'Drumline' Could Be a Real Thing for Me ... I Am in College (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_kda7y24m"]] Nick Cannon is Almost living the plot of his movie "Drumline" now that he's an actual freshman in college ... it's just missing one thing. We got Nick at Dulles Airport, and he told us the real reason he's enrolled at Howard University. Turns out he's working on an interesting major ... as far as TMZ's concerned. As for trying out for the marching band -- Nick played it coy, but still seems pretty confident he could pull off a walk-on spot.
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‘Step Sisters’ Cast Unveiled by Broad Green

‘Step Sisters’ Cast Unveiled by Broad Green
Broad Green Pictures has unveiled the ensemble cast of its dance comedy “Step Sisters,” formerly “Ain't No Half Steppin” with shooting starting June 1 in Atlanta.

The cast includes star Megalyn Echikunwoke (“90210,” “House of Lies”), Eden Sher (“The Middle”), Lyndon Smith (“Secret in Their Eyes,” “Parenthood”), Gage Golightly (“Red Oaks,” “Teen Wolf”), Nia Jervier (“Dear White People”), Alessandra Torresani (“The Big Bang Theory”), Marque Richardson (“Dear White People,” “All the Way”), Naturi Naughton (“Power,” “Notorious”) and Matt McGorry (“Orange Is the New Black,” “How to Get Away with Murder”).

“Step Sisters” is being directed by Charles Stone (“Drumline”) and produced by Matt Alvarez (“Straight Outta Compton”), Lena Waithe (“Masters of None”) and Benjamin Cory Jones (“Hand of God”).

The film is expected to be released in 2017.

“Step Sisters” centers on an ambitious black sorority girl (Echikunwoke) who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees
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Broad Green’s Culture-Clash Sorority Comedy Sets Ensemble Cast & Gets New Title

Broad Green’s Culture-Clash Sorority Comedy Sets Ensemble Cast & Gets New Title
Damien alumna Megalyn Echikunwoke is set to star in the film formerly known as Ain’t No Half Steppin’. Broad Green Pictures said today that its sorority comedy from Drumline helmer Charles Stone has been retitled Step Sisters and also will feature Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier, Alessandra Torresani, Marque Richardson, Naturi Naughton and Matt McGorry. The film centers on Jamilah (Echikunwoke), an ambitious black sorority girl who, in order to get…
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Dance-comedy from 'Straight Outta Compton' producer sells to Germany

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Exclusive: Mister Smith inks key pre-sale for Ain’t No Half Steppin’.

Wild Bunch Germany has pre-bought rights to Broad Green Pictures comedy Ain’t No Half Steppin’ from Mister Smith Entertainment.

The deal was negotiated by Wild Bunch Germany’s MD, Marc Gabizon, and David Garrett, CEO of Mister Smith Entertainment, which launched the film at Efm to considerable interest.

Matt Alvarez (Straight Outta Compton), Lena Waithe (Dear White People) and Benjamin Cory Jones (Hand Of God) produce the story of an ambitious black sorority girl who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross culture lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of wild, Kardashian-obsessed white sorority girls.

Due to begin shoot in April or May, the film will be directed by Charles Stone (Drumline) from a script by Chuck Hayward.

Celebrated choreographer Aakomon Jones, whose credits
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New Girl: Megan Fox's Reagan Meets the Gang — Grade Her Debut!

New Girl: Megan Fox's Reagan Meets the Gang — Grade Her Debut!
Who’s that girl? It’s definitely not Jess.

Tuesday’s episode of New Girl, at long last, introduced us to Megan Fox‘s Reagan, a pharmaceutical sales rep staying in downtown Los Angeles on business. In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous, she can concoct the perfect Old Fashioned cocktail, give Chuck Norris a run for his money with her roundhouse kick and make the art of prescription drug sales look badass.

The perfect woman, right?

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For Nick, absolutely. After spending the first few
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Watch: Spike Lee on His Blistering Film 'Chi-Raq,' Now Available on Amazon Prime

Watch: Spike Lee on His Blistering Film 'Chi-Raq,' Now Available on Amazon Prime
For Amazon Studios' first original movie release, they agreed to finance Spike Lee's rhyming reworking of Aristophanes' classic Lysistrata, "Chi-Raq" (Lionsgate/Roadside, December 4), betting that the Brooklyn filmmaker was back in his agit-prop sweet spot from the days of "She's Gotta Have It," "Do the Right Thing" and "Bamboozled."  Indeed, "Chi-Raq" is ripped from the headlines of violence between young black males on Chicago's South Side. It's what you expect from Lee: vibrant, lively, idiosyncratic, engaging, musical, chaotic and bombastic. It's never dull. Dapper Samuel L. Jackson serves as the film's narrator/Mc/Greek chorus, as we follow wondrous beauty Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris of "Dear White People"), who loves her raucous sex with her gangsta man Chi-Raq ("Drumline" star Nick Cannon), but hates the gun violence his posse wrecks on the people of their neighborhood. Lee...
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Berlin: Sales Launch for ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’ From ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Producer

Berlin: Sales Launch for ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’ From ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Producer
Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales on the Broad Green Pictures’ dance comedy “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” at the Berlin Film Festival.

Production will begin in the spring. Broad Green announced in November that it had launching development on the dance comedy with “Drumline” helmer Charles Stone directing.

Producers are “Straight Outta Compton” producer Matt Alvarez, “Master of None” star Lena Waithe and Benjamin Cory Jones.

Stone will direct “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” from a script by Chuck Hayward, who currently writes for Cooper Barrett’s “Guide to Surviving Life” on Fox. The story centers on an ambitious black sorority girl who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross culture lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.

Alvarez joined the studio’s
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