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NBA Struggles To Find The Balance Between Free Speech And China’s Sensitivities

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The National Basketball Association continued to dig deeper into a public relations hole today, as an executive shut down a question from a CNN anchor on the league’s China problem.

CNN’s Christina Macfarlane was cut off at a Japan press conference after an exhibition game between the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. The Rockets have been at the center of a dispute that started when one of its executives, general manager Daryl Morey, tweeted support for the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

Macfarlane attempted to ask Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook whether they would feel comfortable speaking out on political and social issues in the future after the uproar from China in reaction to Morey and the events of this week. The unidentified Rockets media relations person stopped them from answering – even though Harden appeared ready to respond – saying that “basketball questions only” were the only permissible path.
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WGA Makes Its Case For Requiring Agencies To Turn Over Writers’ Contracts and Invoices

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As the WGA’s ongoing battle with Hollywood’s talent agents nears the end of its sixth month, the guild is making the case for one of its demands that’s kept many mid-tier agencies from signing its new Code of Conduct.

That code, which went into effect on April 13 when the guild ordered all of its members to fire their agents who refuse to sign it, bans packaging fees after one year and prohibits agency affiliations with corporately related production entities.

Many mid-tier agencies, which don’t do much packaging and have no production affiliates, nonetheless have been reluctant to sign up because they don’t want to have to turn over their clients’ contract information and invoices, as is required by the new code. The WGA, however, now is reminding members why that’s still a key demand.

The union said:

“One of the wonkiest issues in this
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Endeavor Content Acquires ‘The Wall’ & ‘Spin the Wheel’ Producer Glassman Media

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Exclusive: Endeavor Content is making a move in the unscripted TV space with the acquisition of Andrew Glassman’s Los Angeles-based production company Glassman Media. The company behind such non-scripted series as The Wall and Spin the Wheel, will continue to operate independently, with founder and President Andrew Glassman remaining in his role overseeing the company.

No financial details are being revealed but sources are pegging the value of the deal at more than $60 million. The pact was negotiated before Endeavor Content parent Endeavor’s push for an Ipo last month, which the company ultimately shelved.

“Andrew has created hit after hit of non-scripted series that have a unique ability to connect with audiences around the world,” said Endeavor Content Co-Presidents Chris Rice and Graham Taylor. “We are excited to partner with Andrew and see what innovative concept he comes up with next.”

Glassman Media created the Fox gameshow Spin the Wheel
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‘Million Dollar Mile’ Producers Hope French & German Remakes Can Breathe Life Into CBS Competition Format – Mipcom

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The team behind CBS format Million Dollar Mile hope that tweaks and international ratings success for the LeBron James-exec produced competition challenge can help give the show another life in the U.S.

The ten-episode series, which is produced by James and Maverick Carter’s Springhill Entertainment, Big Brother producer Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, has been adapted in France and Germany with a number of small changes designed to give a local flavor.

In Germany, the series has aired as a four-part run of 120-minute episodes on Pro7, while the format, set in the famous Stade De France, airs later this month on France 2.

The format sees contestants have the chance to win a major cash prize every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. Standing in their way is the most challenging course ever designed and a group of elite athletes
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NBA, Politicians Weigh in as Fallout From Rockets Gm’s Hong Kong Tweet Grows

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A tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong protesters has created tensions between the NBA and the Chinese government.

On Friday, Morey tweeted his support of Hong Kong, writing in a since-deleted tweet: “Fight for Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” It was immediately criticized by the Chinese government. The Chinese Basketball Association (Cba) suspended all cooperation with the Rockets, which is among the most popular in China. The Chinese Media Group, the country’s state-controlled media arm, said it was “deeply shocked by the erroneous comments” made by Morey. Tencent Sports, which signed a five-year, $1.5 billion to continue as the NBA’s streaming partner in China, said it would no longer offer live-streams of Rockets games and suspended all news coverage of the team.

The fallout from Morey’s tweet threatens to strain what has been a very lucrative business relationship with China, while
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The NBA Chooses China’s Money Over Hong Kong’s Human Rights

Daryl Morey did the right thing — at first.

In a Friday night tweet that he has since deleted, the Houston Rockets general manager expressed support for the legions of protesters who have taken to the streets of Hong Kong.

The demonstrations started as a protest against a new Chinese extradition bill that opponents believe would lead to the disappearance of Hong Kong’s critics of the Chinese regime, as well as infringe upon the limited independence the semi-autonomous region enjoys. The bill was pulled in September, but the protesters have additional demands,
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Less Shaft, more House Party: Hollywood revisits 90s black film boom

With help from Issa Rae and LeBron James, the industry is remaking a slew of classics, including Set It Off and New Jack City

Hollywood’s remake trend knows no limits. After delivering a steady stream of profitable, white-centric remakes, studios are turning their attention to popular black-centric films from the past.

Film studios are remaking a slew of small-budget 90s movies including Set It Off, New Jack City and House Party that delivered respectable box office returns and became black pop culture mainstays. The remakes come after campaigns for increased diversity in Hollywood, including #OscarsSoWhite and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at University of Southern California.
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‘EastEnders’ Star Danny Dyer On Going From “Cool & Cult” To Primetime Soap Star & Fronting UK Remake Of ‘The Wall’

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‘EastEnders’ Star Danny Dyer On Going From “Cool & Cult” To Primetime Soap Star & Fronting UK Remake Of ‘The Wall’
British actor Danny Dyer has claimed that he wasn’t really “acknowledged” for his acting until starring in BBC primetime soap EastEnders.

The star of gritty British dramas such as The Football Factory and Vendetta highlighted the “snobbery” around UK soaps, which remain some of the highest rated scripted series on British television.

Dyer joined the BBC One series, which is based around a community in East London, in 2013. He has since picked up National Television Awards and TV Choice Awards for his role as pub landlord Mick Carter. Speaking on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show, he said, “It’s mad because towards soap there is a bit of snobbery and I think I was part of that mob when I was making films, you think you’re cool and cult. I never really got acknowledged for being an actor until I went into a soap.”

“I know there
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Legendary Sets Ryan Coogler To Produce Comic Series Adaptation ‘Bitter Root’ With Zinzi Evans & Sev Ohanian

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Legendary Sets Ryan Coogler To Produce Comic Series Adaptation ‘Bitter Root’ With Zinzi Evans & Sev Ohanian
Exclusive: Legendary has made a deal with Black Panther and Creed director Ryan Coogler to produce the comic book series adaptation Bitter Root, alongside Zinzi Evans and Sev Ohanian. They will spearhead the development of a screen adaptation of the Image Comics series created by David F. Walker & Sanford Greene and indie veteran Chuck Brown.

Set during the vibrant Harlem Renaissance of 1924, Bitter Root focuses on a fractured family of once-great monster hunters who must face an unimaginable evil that descends upon New York City. For generations, the Sangeryes have hunted and cured those infected by a supernatural force that feeds off the prejudice of the era, transforming human beings into hideous monsters. But their heyday has faded and with most of the family dead, and the surviving Sangeryes at odds between saving or killing these creatures, the remaining Sangeryes must overcome the wounds of the past in the hopes of thwarting the invasion.
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‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series

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‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series
Exclusive: Scandal alum Cornelius Smith Jr, Keeya King (Van Helsing) and J. Alphonse Nicholson (P-Valley) are set for recurring roles opposite Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish in Madam C.J. Walker, an eight-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Spencer and executive produced by LeBron James.

Written by Nicole Asher based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C.J. Walker tells the untold and highly irreverent story of black hair-care pioneer and mogul Madam C.J. Walker (Spencer) and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first self-made black female millionaire.

Smith will play W.E.B. Dubois, America’s foremost black intellectual and civil rights activist who is publisher of The Crisis and a co-founder of the NAACP, who befriends Walker.

King will portray Peaches, a stunning, tomboyish jazz
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California Passes “Game Changer” Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money From Name & Likeness

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California Passes “Game Changer” Law Allowing College Athletes To Make Money From Name & Likeness
There was a real-world vibe on LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted talk show The Shop today as California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that gives the state’s college student-athletes the ability to benefit financially from their name, image and likeness.

The Fair Pay to Play Act (Sb 206) is the first of its kind in the U.S. It addresses the Ncaa’s longstanding ban on student athletes earning compensation from their association with college sports even though their respective school can make millions from their athletic performance.

Newsom signed the legislation live on The Shop alongside James — a vocal proponent of the bill — Carter, UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, Wnba star Diana Taurasi, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, James’ agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group and the bill’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).

“This is the No. 1 reason why we created this platform,
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Best 1990s Sports Movies For Kids

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The 1990s were something of a golden era for the movie industry, with many films made during the decade still looked back on with fondness.

It was a particularly noteworthy time for kids’ movies too, with titles like Toy Story, Jurassic Park, The Lion King, Home Alone and Babe proving hugely popular at the box office.

There were also plenty of sports movies made during the 90s, many of which have gone on to become big family favourites.

Ice hockey, baseball, basketball and bobsleigh were amongst the sports covered, highlighting how good filmmakers can turn their hand to a wide variety of subjects.

Read on as we look at some of the best sports movies for kids made during the 1990s.

The Mighty Ducks

This superb 1992 movie grossed over $50 million in the United States, inspiring two sequels and an animated television series.

Emilio Estevez plays Gordon Bombay, an
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Uncut Gems Trailer Has Adam Sandler in Pursuit of the Ultimate High Score

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Uncut Gems Trailer Has Adam Sandler in Pursuit of the Ultimate High Score
A24 teaming with Adam Sandler is something no one thought they'd see, especially at this point in the comedian's career, as he mostly makes Netflix original movies now. But here we are, with the first official trailer for Uncut Gems. And the thriller is already winning Sandler plenty of Oscars buzz. This is the Safdie brothers follow-up to their critically acclaimed hit Good Time, and from the look of this sneak peek, they could very well be sweeping awards season early next year.

The first trailer for the Safdie brothers' Uncut Gems arrived this morning starring Adam Sandler in what some people are describing as the role of his career. In theaters this December, the movie also features Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, and Eric Bogosian.

From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York
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House Party remake finds its director

Deadline is reporting that Calmatic, the MTV Video Music Award-winning director of ‘Old Town Road’, is set to make his feature directorial debut with a remake of the cult 1990 comedy House Party from New Line Cinema.

The original film was directed by Reginald Hudlin and starred Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin of the hip hop duo Kid ‘N Play. A critical and commercial success, the film spawned two theatrical sequels in 1991 and 1994, along with straight-to-video follow-ups in 2001 and 2013.

The remake was originally announced back in February of last year, with NBA superstar LeBron James producing through his SpringHill Entertainment company and the Emmy-nominated Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori (Atlanta) penning the script.

The post House Party remake finds its director appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Official Trailer for 'Unlikely' Doc About the University Drop Out Crisis

"That's a problem - it's perpetuating inequality." Three Frame Media have debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Unlikely, which is opening in select Us theaters starting next month. The documentary sheds light on the underbelly of the higher education system -- the student drop out crisis. Not everyone knows this, but the Us has ones of the worst college completion rates in the entire world - less than 50% of students who start college ever finish. Set in the cities of Akron, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles, the film investigates America's college dropout crisis through the lives of numerous students navigating the broken higher education system and the innovators working to close the opportunity divide. Featuring interviews with LeBron James, Howard Schultz, and many others. This looks like it takes a very hard-hitting look at the problem, examining why it's not working, but also focusing on how to improve and fix what's broken.
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House Party Remake Gets Old Town Road Music Video Director

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New Line Cinema's remake of the 90s comedy classic House Party has just taken a major step forward. The studio has tapped Calmatic, the director of Lil Nas X's Old Town Road music video, to make his feature directorial debut with the project. NBA star LeBron James, who has been making inroads in Hollywood, is set to produce the remake via his SpringHill Entertainment production company.

According to a new report, Calmatic landed the gig not long after winning an MTV Video Music Award for his work on Old Town Road. The Lil Nas X single, the remix version featuring country music icon Billy Ray Cyrus, recently had a record-breaking run at the top of the Billboard charts, and much of that was thanks to the star-studded video, which included a cameo from Chris Rock. While it's only a music video, few things in modern pop culture have
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‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director Rides Into ‘House Party’ Remake at New Line

We've known for some time now that LeBron James was teaming up with New Line to throw a brand new House Party, and now that movie has a director, as Calmatic has been tapped to take the reins of the remake on the spurs of directing the music video for Lil Nas X's hit remix of "Old Town Road." LeBron's SpringHill Entertainment is developing the project, which is based on the 1990 comedy directed by Reginald Hudlin that starred Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin of the rap duo Kid 'N Play. The film co-starred …
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‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director To Helm ‘House Party’ Remake At New Line

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‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Director To Helm ‘House Party’ Remake At New Line
Exclusive: After winning an MTV Video Music Award for bringing his vision and humor to the video for Lil Nas X’s remix of “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, director Calmatic is looking to celebrate with a party…a House Party to be specific. The music video director will make his feature directorial debut with the forthcoming reimagining of the comedy classic House Party at New Line Cinema.

The remake from SpringHill Entertainment will be cut from the same cloth as the original 1990 comedy directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin of the rap duo Kid ‘N Play (it was also a dance shown in the pic). The movie, which told the story of a house party to end all house parties, was drenched in ’90s hip hop flair and featured Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell-Martin before they went on to star
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"Old Town Road" Music Video Director Tackling 'House Party' Remake for New Line

Calmatic, the director behind the music video for "Old Town Road (Remix)," is making the jump to the big screen.

He has been tapped by New Line to helm the company’s remake of its 1990 cult comedy House Party, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

LeBron James is producing with his SpringHill Entertainment partner Maverick Carter.

Written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, House Party starred the hip-hop duo Kid ‘n Play and told of their hijinks as they attempted to throw the party of the year.

Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori from FX’s Atlanta wrote the new ...
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NBA 2K20 Review

It can be tough to write about the latest yearly sports releases. Year to year differences are often minuscule, and the specter of micro-transactions has been a drag on the genre. 2K Sports’ NBA 2K franchise is no different in either regard. It’s been near the top of the genre for quite some time now, largely due to the excellent gameplay. In recent years, however, the rampant micro-transactions featured in the franchise have garnered much controversy. As you may expect, NBA 2K20 continues straddling the line between perfection and pain.

Unlike last year’s edition, which added the Takeover system, NBA 2K20 is pretty static this year. Definitely not a bad thing, as the series’ gameplay remains as enjoyable and fluid as ever. No other basketball franchise has ever made the sport feel as good as it does as Visual Concepts has. There are improvements to be found, though,
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