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The Legend Returns with first trailer for Uncle Drew

Lionsgate has debuted the first trailer and poster for the upcoming comedy Uncle Drew. The character, played by basketball player Kyrie Irving, originally appeared in a Pepsi Max advertisement which saw Irving, disguised an old man, showing up on random basketball courts, shocking the players with his skills. The film is directed Charles Stone III, and sees Irving reprising his role as Uncle Drew alongside Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Chris Webber, Erica Ash, Lisa Leslie, Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll.; check out them out here…

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend
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Kyrie Irving Hits the Court with NBA Legends in Uncle Drew Trailer

Lionsgate has released the first trailer for the upcoming basketball comedy Uncle Drew, which comes on the heels of the character posters released yesterday. This trailer highlights just how skilled on the basketball court Uncle Drew was back in his prime, while also showing that he still has what it takes today. The trailer also showcases the iconic Rucker Classic street ball tournament, where a number of real NBA superstars honed their craft before going pro, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving himself.

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew
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‘Uncle Drew’ Trailer: Kyrie Irving’s Film Debut Is ‘Space Jam’ Meets ‘The Nutty Professor’ — Watch

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‘Uncle Drew’ Trailer: Kyrie Irving’s Film Debut Is ‘Space Jam’ Meets ‘The Nutty Professor’ — Watch
Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is about to star in his first film, “Uncle Drew,” an ensemble comedy that drafted current and former basketball greats to play geriatrics. Irving — a 25-year-old onetime Rookie of the Year and NBA Champion — debuted the Uncle Drew character in a 2012 commercial for Pepsi Max. The ad has now been viewed on YouTube more than 51 million times; as of October 2016, it was the most-viewed basketball-related clip in the website’s history.

Set in Harlem, the film opens with a dejected Dax (Lil Rel Howery, “Get Out”), who squandered his life’s savings assembling a street ball team lured away by his foe (Nick Kroll). Eyeing a tournament cash prize, he takes legendary player Uncle Drew on a cross-country journey to round-up his courtmates of yore. These roles are filled by Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, his Orlando Magic teammate Chris Webber, Indiana Pacers icon Reggie Miller,
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First Teaser Trailer for 'Uncle Drew' Basketball Movie with Kyrie Irving

"Respect your elders." Lionsgate has debuted the teaser trailer for the full-length feature version of Uncle Drew, based on the Pepsi web series about the old timer basketball pro. NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving stars as Uncle Drew, with white hair and a white mustache, a masterful ball player who is recruited to return to the court and help a kid from Harlem win back his respect (and life savings). Lil Rel Howery also stars, with a totally rockin' cast including Shaquille O'Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Chris Webber, Erica Ash, Lisa Leslie, with Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll. This basketball comedy concept, Uncle Drew, first started out as a "digital episodic series" made by Pepsi, that ran for five years, and is now being made into this movie. Most may remember the commercials that aired. Damn, does this movie look like fun. Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Charles Stone III's Uncle Drew,
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Uncle Drew Posters Introduce Kyrie Irving's NBA All-Star Lineup

Lionsgate has released new character posters and motion posters for Uncle Drew, the studio's upcoming basketball comedy with current NBA superstar Kyrie Irving leading the cast as the title character. Basketball fans may remember the Uncle Drew character from a series of longform Pepsi Max ads, where Irving was transformed into a much older man, who shows off some surprising skills on the court. This new movie features a whole new story and brings in a cast full of basketball legends to give Uncle Drew a hand.

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving
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'John Wick 3', 'Green Book', 'Uncle Drew' on Lionsgate Efm slate (exclusive)

'John Wick 3', 'Green Book', 'Uncle Drew' on Lionsgate Efm slate (exclusive)
Marquee trio lead charge for Patrick Wachsberger in Berlin.

Patrick Wachsberger and the Lionsgate International team will kick off sales in Berlin next week on a trio of marquee titles led by John Wick 3.

Summit’s third instalment of the Keanu Reeves assassin franchise that has grossed more than $260m worldwide and $125m internationally is scheduled to open in the Us in May 2019.

Basil Iwanyk reprises lead producer duties alongside Erica Lee, while Chad Stahelski will direct from a screenplay by Derek Kolstad. Plot details remained under the proverbial wraps at time of writing.

The Lionsgate International team will also be talking up the drama Green Book through its deal on Participant Media titles.

Viggo Mortensen, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, and Linda Cardellini star in the story about a virtuoso African-American jazz pianist who forms an unlikely friendship with his blue-collar Italian-American chauffeur during a 1962 tour of the racially segregated South.

Peter Farrelly directs Green Book
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'John Wick 3', 'Green Book', 'Uncle Duck' on Lionsgate Efm slate (exclusive)

'John Wick 3', 'Green Book', 'Uncle Duck' on Lionsgate Efm slate (exclusive)
Patrick Wachsberger and the Lionsgate International team will kick off sales in Berlin next week on a trio or marquee titles led by John Wick 3.

Patrick Wachsberger and the Lionsgate International team will kick off sales in Berlin next week on a trio or marquee titles led by John Wick 3.

Summit’s third instalment of the Keanu Reeves assassin franchise that has grossed more than $260m worldwide and $125m internationally is scheduled to open in the Us in May 2019.

Basil Iwanyk reprises lead producer duties alongside Erica Lee, while Chad Stahelski will direct from a screenplay by Derek Kolstad. Plot details remained under the proverbial wraps at time of writing.

The Lionsgate International team will also be talking up the drama Green Book from Participant Media starring Viggo Mortensen, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, and Linda Cardellini.

The film centres on a virtuoso African-American jazz pianist who forms an unlikely friendship with his blue-collar Italian-American chauffeur during a 1962 tour
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Netflix releases poster and trailer for dance comedy Step Sisters

With less than three weeks to go until Step Sisters arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a poster and trailer for the dance comedy. Directed by Charles Stone III, the film stars Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Gage Golightly, Marque Richardson, Naturi Naughton, and Matt McGorry; check them out here…

“Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke) seems to excel at everything: She’s president of her sorority, captain of the step crew, liaison to the college dean and a star student who is on her way to to Harvard Law School. But when Jamilah is asked to teach a misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step, success seems impossible. Without telling her own sorority sisters, Jamilah begins training rivals Sigma Beta Beta (Sbb) for the “Steptacular” competitive dance competition.”

Step Sisters is set to arrive on Netflix on January 19th.

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Trailer Watch: A Sorority Learns About Sisterhood in “Step Sisters”

Step Sisters

“Nobody respects you guys because you don’t respect each other,” a reluctant step coach tells her new team in a trailer for “Step Sisters.” The upcoming Netflix comedy centers on Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke, “Damien”), a star student determined to attend Harvard Law School. She’s the president of her sorority and the captain of their step crew, but steps down from her duties to concentrate her energies on Harvard. It’s not long before she’s dragged back to step — but not by her own crew.

When a rival sorority becomes embroiled in scandal, the college dean enlists Jamilah. If she helps coach their step team and cleans up their image, she’s guaranteed admission to Harvard. “I can’t teach them. My black card would get revoked,” she insists. But she’s ultimately persuaded to help the notoriously rowdy, mostly white sorority and keeps her
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Trailer For Netflix's Sorority Dance Film Step Sisters Shows Potential

Imagine if Bring It On was combined with Pitch Perfect with a dash of The House Bunny. That is the vibe I get from the new trailer for Step Sisters. Overall this movie looks like it has quite a bit of potential. It was directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline) and choreographed by Aakomon Jones (Pitch Perfect) which will help. Here’s a synopsis for those that can’t watch the trailer:

Jamilah has her whole life figured out. She's the president of her black sorority, captain of their champion step dance crew, is student liaison to the college dean, and her next move is on to Harvard Law School. She's got it all, right? But when the hard-partying white girls from Sigma Beta Beta embarrass the school, Jamilah is ordered to come to the rescue. Her mission is to not only teach the rhythmically-challenged girls how to step dance,
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Megalyn Echikunwoke Stars in First Trailer for Comedy 'Step Sisters'

"White people steppin'?!" "I know..." Netflix has unveiled a trailer for an indie comedy titled Step Sisters, a fictionalized feature about a step dancing competition and a sorority. Megalyn Echikunwoke stars as a top-of-the-class woman at a university who is tasked with teaching her "misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step" but gets into all kinds of trouble when she instead decides to train her rival sorority house to get ready for the competition. The cast includes Matt McGorry, Naturi Naughton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Marque Richardson, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier, and Alessandra Torresani. Unfortunately, this looks pretty terrible, even though there seems to be good intentions behind it. I would recommend just watching the documentary Step instead, about actual step dancers. Have fun. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Charles Stone III's Step Sisters, direct from YouTube: Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke) seems to
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"Step Sisters"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from "Step Sisters", the new dance comedy feature directed by Charles Stone III, starring Megalyn Echikunwoke, airing on Netflix January 19, 2018:

"...'Jamilah' is an ambitious college student. She's president of her sorority, captain of the highly regarded step dance team, a trusted liaison to the college dean and has plans to attend Harvard.

"But after her school's reputation is tarnished by a band of hard-partying sorority girls, Jamilah is forcibly enlisted to help set things right..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Step Sisters"...
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Netflix's Step Sisters Trailer: Get Ready for 2018's Biggest Dance Battle

Netflix has released the first trailer and poster for one of their first original movies in 2018, Step Sisters, which debuts January 19 on the streaming service. It will actually be the second Netflix original movie to be released this year, followed by The Polka King starring Jack Black on January 12, then followed by A Futile and Stupid Gesture starring Will Forte on January 26. This new comedy takes viewers inside the world of collegiate step dancing, with one ambitious young woman asked to help out a rival sorority.

Jamilah Bishop (Megalyn Echikunwoke) seems to excel at everything: She's president of her sorority, captain of the step dance crew, liaison to the college dean and a star student who is on her way to to Harvard Law School. But when Jamilah is asked to teach a misbehaving, mostly white sorority how to step, success seems impossible. Without telling her own sorority sisters, Jamilah
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Netflix Steps In To Land Sorority Comedy ‘Step Sisters’

Netflix Steps In To Land Sorority Comedy ‘Step Sisters’
Exclusive: Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Step Sisters, the Charles Stone III-directed sorority comedy that had been in the works at Broad Green Pictures. That company had planned a March theatrical release for the pic, but in August said it was shuttering its production division, with about 50 development projects being kicked back to filmmakers to be set up elsewhere. Step Sisters, penned by Dear White People‘s Chuck Hayward, was one of those, after Broad…
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Erica Ash Joins Lionsgate’s ‘Uncle Drew’; Tara Buck & Shane Johnson Star In ‘Son of Perdition’

Erica Ash Joins Lionsgate’s ‘Uncle Drew’; Tara Buck & Shane Johnson Star In ‘Son of Perdition’
Erica Ash, who stars in the Starz series Survivor's Remorse, has signed on for Uncle Drew, the film based on a series of Pepsi commercials starring NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving, which will be released via Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment on June 29. Charles Stone III directs the pic, which stars Get Out‘s LilRel Howery as Dax who, after draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament, is dealt some unfortunate setbacks, including losing
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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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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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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.)

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