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‘Pigeon Kings’ Follows the Inspirational Stars of the Sport of Pigeon Rolling

  • Indiewire
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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Pigeon Kings

Logline: A group of men in South Central Los Angeles find hope through their dedication to the rare sport of somersaulting pigeons.

Elevator Pitch:

Many have heard about pigeon coops and those raising pigeons in the inner cities of America, but many do not know why this subculture has emerged and what its purpose is. That is what “Pigeon Kings” wants to bring to light.

Through the story of these amazing men who have dedicated their lives to the little known sport of competitive rolling pigeons, we show not only this unique subculture but also a story of a
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Watch: 'More Than a Game' Takes Viewers Inside the Crazy World of Professional Gaming

  • Movies.com
The popularity of Esports (or electronic sports) seems to be growing exponentially by the day – meaning you can finally go back to your mom and tell her all that time spent playing video games is totally going to pay off when you win part of the $10 million purse at this upcoming event. While a lot of professional gamers these days specialize in various first-person shooters and multiplayer Battle Arena titles (like League of Legends), there’s still a vibrant and active community of pro players who make their bank by kicking your ass at fighting games like Street Fighter. The 2011 documentary More Than a Game takes you inside that world – showing you the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and a lot of screaming young men getting really amped up about stuff...

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Watch ‘More Than A Game’: A Documentary About ‘Street Fighter’ Gaming Championship

  • Slash Film
Watch ‘More Than A Game’: A Documentary About ‘Street Fighter’ Gaming Championship
More Than A Game is a 2011 documentary by Thomas Hewett and Jack Abbot following competitive Street Fighter video gamers who are training and traveling to Las Vegas to compete in the United States Championships. Every year, thousands of players from all over the world will descend upon Las Vegas to find out who is […]

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Universal Plans Film About the High School Days of LeBron James

While rumors swirled that a Space Jam sequel with LeBron James was in development, they turned out to be greatly exaggerated. The NBA player will be heading to the big screen in a comedy called Ballers with Kevin Hart, but it turns out the story of his high school days before becoming a championship player consistently and controversially compared to Michael Jordan is in the works. THR has word that an untitled project is developing at Universal that James would produce along with Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter and and her husband Terence Winter, creator of "Boardwalk Empire." Isn't it too soon? Frank E. Flowers (Metro Manilla, Haven) is behind the pitch which has garnered some interest. The story takes some cues from the 2008 documentary More Than a Game, which followed James and four of his teammates in high school, navigating the competitive world of basketball at such a young age,
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Universal Circling A LeBron James Movie

Universal is close to a deal on a movie pitch dramatizing the 2009 documentary More Than A Game – the story of the early days of NBA superstar, LeBron James – with the player and his manager, Maverick Carter, on board as producers.

The documentary was written and directed by Kristopher Belman, with Brad Hogan as co-writer, and was well-received at the time of its release. It centres on LeBron James and four of his teammates – Dru Joyce III, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton and Willie McGee – progressing though Ohio High School basketball, under Coach Dru Joyce II. Tracking those early careers, the film then depicts the eventual rise of James to international stardom.

Hollywood loves a good ‘work-hard-and-succeed’ inspirational tale, and they don’t come more inspirational than LeBron James. Born to a hard-working, teenage, single mother, but supported by leading figures in the local sports scene, he bonded with his teammates and
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Universal Pictures Developing a LeBron James Biopic

NBA star LeBron James has been trying to break into Hollywood. He's made appearances on "Entourage" and was rumored to star in a sequel to "Space Jam." But now it seems that James may get his wish, in a form of a biopic. Universal Pictures is negotiating to develop the film that will be produced by Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club) and Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire"). The studio is also developing "Ballers" comedy that has James and Kevin Hart attached to star. The biopic will obviously be based on James' life, but will take its cues from the 2008 documentary "More Than a Game," in which James navigates high school basketball and high school life from his humble beginnings to becoming one of the best athletes in the world.
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Universal Nears Deal for Film Based on LeBron James High School Story

Universal Nears Deal for Film Based on LeBron James High School Story
Sources say Universal Pictures is nearing a deal to acquiring the rights to an untitled feature project revolving around NBA superstar LeBron James’ high school career. An aggressive bidding war has seen several studios vying for the film.

Dallas Buyers Club” producer Rachel Winter and husband Terence will produce along with James and his manager Maverick Carter. The project is based on a pitch by Frank E. Flowers.

After the film stalled in development, Rachel Winter approached James and Carter two years ago to put some life into the project and helped bring on Flowers in January to put the gears further in motion on getting this film to a studio.

The story was covered in the 2008 documentary “More Than a Game,” which followed James and his four high school teammates through their playing career together and the ups and downs that came with it while James’ fame grew.

James,
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Lebron James’ High School Years Could Get Narrative Feature Treatment At Universal

  • Slash Film
Lebron James’ High School Years Could Get Narrative Feature Treatment At Universal
Update: Universal Pictures has likely acquired the rights via Variety. Original story follows. The inspiring story of Lebron James‘ high school basketball career was covered quite well in the 2008 documentary More Than A Game. Now, that story is getting a narrative treatment from a couple of Oscar nominees. Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, […]

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LeBron James High School Tale A Jump Ball With Four Studios Courting

  • Deadline
LeBron James High School Tale A Jump Ball With Four Studios Courting
Exclusive: A feature based on the high school years of Miami Heat star LeBron James is in play, and I’m hearing there are two offers on the table, with at least two more expected by tomorrow. The project is based on a pitch by Frank E. Flowers, with Terence Winter and Rachel Winter attached to produce with James and his manager Maverick Carter. The deal is expected to be sealed before the weekend. Winter is the creator of Boardwalk Empire, and he was Oscar nominated for his The Wolf Of Wall Street script. Rachel Winter is his wife, and she was Oscar nominated for Dallas Buyers Club. Related: Kevin Hart To Play LeBron James’ Brother In ‘Ballers’ James has led the Heat to two straight NBA championships, and the team is waiting to see who it will play in the second round of the playoffs. Since he went right
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Here Comes the Boom

Here Comes the Boom

Directed by: Frank Coraci

Cast: Kevin James, Henry Winkler, Bas Rutten, Selma Hayek

Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: October 12, 2012

Plot: A lazy science teacher (James) decides he can earn money to save his school’s music program by participating in Mixed Martial Arts fights.

Who’S It For? If you enjoyed spending ten dollars to see Kevin James ride a Segway, or run into a wall in the past, then here’s an upgrade: in Here Comes the Boom, he gets punched in the face more than a couple times. Aside from that, this Adam Sandler-produced comedy is for those who want something to watch while they eat their popcorn.

Expectations: There’s always a chance for an underdog surprise, or a hint of emotion to be felt. What if this movie made me feel something? Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise?
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More Than A Game – Upcoming Independent Documentary Release

Any video-games fans or documentary enthusiasts out there? Well if you pigeon hole yourself in any such category you might find this little humdinger of a project to be of some interest.

If you enjoyed Seth Gordon’s 2007 feature The King Of Kong – A Fist Full Of Qaurters then Thomas Hewett’s latest feature More Than A Game might be well up your alley.

The two films are similar in that they are heavily gaming orientated, but despite having this in common More Than A Game offers an intimate and compelling insight into the fighting game community that’s growing in population and support at break-neck speeds.

More Than A Game provides a technical, historical, and theoretical background about the game Super Street Fighter 4 and its predecessors, from those directly involved in the games development and those playing at a professional level. A colourful array of contributors guide the audience
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Detention

Detention

Directed by: Joseph Kahn

Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Dane Cook

Running Time: 1 hr 29 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: April 13, 2012 (Chicago)

Plot: After a horror movie-inspired serial killer slashes someone on their campus, a group of suspect high school seniors (Hutcherson, Caswell) are put into detention during prom night.

Who’S It For?: Detention is the new Sermon on the Mount/Gettysburg Address/Kanye West twitter feed for the high schooler frustrated by everyone’s desire to label or be labeled, or to wear the coolest clothes without any sense of honest expression. To say this is for the “outsider” is too general; this is for the social outsider who doesn’t care about fitting in. As for those who made it out of high school, there is still much to enjoy with Detention as well. If you like highly involving unique film experiences that push their cinematic bounds,
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Young Adult

Young Adult

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson

Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: December 9, 2011

Plot: Former prom queen turned ghostwriter Mavis (Theron) returns to her quaint homeland of Mercury, Minnesota to win back the high school sweetheart who got away and then got married, Buddy Slade (Wilson).

Who’S It For?: Teenagers of the ’90s, and fans of either Reitman or writer Diablo Cody. Seniors in high school now should especially see this in order to get a sense of what their social status really adds up to after graduation. How wonderful it would be if Young Adult could cure a few Mavis Gary’s before this becomes a variation on their inevitable autobiography.

Expectations: Considering this is the reuniting of the duo that made Juno, I was curious as to what kind of attitude Young Adult would have. Was it going to be snarky?
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Tabloid

Tabloid

Directed by: Errol Morris

Cast: Joyce McKinney

Running Time: 1 hr 28 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: July 15, 2011 (Chicago)

Plot: A documentary about Joyce McKinney, a “regular” American girl who was made into a British tabloid sensation when she “abducted” her Mormon boyfriend in England and chained him to a bed for three days.

Who’S It For? Morris has created a following with his acclaimed documentaries, but fans might find this to be one of his more disappointing documentaries (especially if they’re looking for something more cinematic like The Thin Blue Line).

Overall

Diving into this project, Morris had limited resources. The man tied up and romanced by McKinney, Kirk, declined an interview. ”Kj,” The other potential co-star to Morris’ stranger than fiction freak show, died in the mid 2000’s of kidney failure. On top of this, a lot of photos collected by tabloid men and the clips collected
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Prom

Prom

Directed by: Joe Nussbaum

Cast: Aimee Teagarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Nicholas Braun, Yin Chang

Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: April 29, 2011

Plot: A group of high schoolers experience different emotional ups and downs as they prepare for their school’s prom.

Who’S It For?: Having never been to prom before would help in appreciating the “magic” of this movie. Even college freshmen would be able to see through Prom, and witness the amount of fairy dust sprinkled around the real elements of this one night event.

Expectations: It’s hard to look past the word “Disney” when reading up about a movie called Prom, and equally difficult to restrain uncertainty about the film’s authenticity. How delusional would its visions of prom be? How terrible would the soundtrack be?

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Actors:

Aimee Teagarden as Nova: The Disney princess at the center of this story,
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Hanna,’ ‘Arthur,’ ‘Soul Surfer,’ ‘Meek’s Cutoff,’ and ‘Born to Be Wild’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.

This Friday an ingénue assassin battles a besotted billionaire, a one-armed surfer, some mislead settlers and a flock of baby animals for your movie-going dollars. Thanks to Instant Watch, you can continue your viewing experience at home, pairing one of the above with a panoply of pictures that offer pulse-pounding action, sidesplitting slapstick, or heart-soaring tales of hope.

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Hanna

Joe Wright busts out of the period piece genre with this action-packed espionage thriller that stars Saoirse Ronan as a 16-year-old assassin trained by her father (Eric Bana) to infiltrate a brutal intelligence agency to murder his former handler (Cate Blanchett).

La Femme Nikita (1990) If you like she-spies, check out the iconic French thriller that put Luc Besson on the map! Anne Parillaud stars as a junkie-turned-spy,
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Win Win

Win Win

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Shaffer, Jeffrey Tambor

Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: March 25, 2011 (Chicago)

Plot: A lawyer and part-time high school wrestling coach (Giamatti) suffers from stress as he struggles to make financial ends meet. Things become even more complicated when his client’s grandson, Kyle (Shaffer), shows up at his door.

Who’S It For?: If you liked The Blind Side, you’ll like Win Win even more. And if that comparison doesn’t mean anything to you, knowing that this was co-written and directed by a co-writer of Up should be enough to peak your interest. Get ready to have your soul warmed.

Expectations: McCarthy has been 2 for 2 for winning films, with his most recent The Visitor gaining him some attention from those outside of the usual indie film audience. With Giamatti on board this round,
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LeBron James to take on Hollywood in 'Ballers': Makes us miss 'Space Jam'

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LeBron James is about to get even more overexposed. Great.

E! News reports that the former Cleveland Cavalier, who infamously announced his departure from the team on an Espn special, is heading to Hollywood.

Apparently the Miami Heat forward will be taking on the role of NBA star in the Brian Grazer production, "Ballers." While a script hasn't been finalized yet, the story will be about a group of guys attending an adult basketball camp. A rep for Grazer confirms they hope to begin shooting this summer.

We don't have a whole lot of deets about the upcoming project, but we don't see how it could ever compare to Michael Jordan's "Space Jam." The silver lining of this news is that it's reminded us to reintroduce "Space Jam" into our lives. Thanks, LeBron.

Though it hardly counts as acting, James was featured in the 2009 documentary "More Than a Game
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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez Officially Announced as the New Judges for Tenth Season of American Idol

  • Collider.com
After much anticipation and speculation as to who would replace departing judges Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and most tragically Simon Cowell, Fox has finally announced what everyone online already seemed to know. Actress/pop star Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler have signed on as the new judges for the 10th season of the outrageously popular reality competition series American Idol. Meanwhile, record producer Randy Jackson is the only original judge and holdover from last season who has opted to return. Hit the jump for some quotes from the new judges:

Lopez was probably the hardest to snag for the competition (though she had previously been a mentor on the show), but Fox was able to reel her in with a first-look deal at Fox Films so she can keep making poor romantic comedies like The Back-Up Plan and Monster-in-Law. The singer/actress says, “For nine years I’ve
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LeBron James Flashback: "New York's a Great City"

LeBron James Flashback:
With less than 24 hours to go until LeBron James makes The Decision, I dug into the Lyons Den vault and found a Daily 10 interview I did with James and his high school teammates at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival for the documentary More Than a Game. As you'll see in the clip, I had to represent for the NY Knicks nation. Looking back on it now, is it just me, or does it seem like LeBron likes the idea of coming to New York? Do you think he was serious when he mentioned some countries in Europe as a possibilty? Or will he succumb to Betty White's plea to stay hot in Cleveland? Where do you think he will end up? Let me know @iambenlyons. Go Knicks!
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