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

29 August 2017 1:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

2 August 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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, »

- Anne Thompson

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Broad Green: How Wall Street Wealth, A-List Talent, and Brash Decisions Made an Indie Player Implode

2 August 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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, »

- Anne Thompson

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Syfy To Go All Out For Comic-Con With Weddings, A Drumline & ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reunion

6 July 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

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’

21 June 2017 6:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Related storiesNBA Star Kyrie Irving's 'Uncle Drew' Commercials to Get Film Treatment (Exclusive)Film Review: '30 for 30: This Magic Moment'Shaquille O'Neal Wipes Out on TNT Set (Watch) »

- Dave McNary

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

31 March 2017 6:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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. »

- Dave Quinn

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

16 February 2017 4:13 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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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- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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

16 February 2017 4:13 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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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- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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

12 January 2017 8:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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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- Kate Erbland

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