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Monday, April 6, 2020

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Magic Johnson says he might be too expensive for ‘Space Jam 2’

Magic Johnson

The “Space Jam 2” film project is starting to come together, but don’t expect to see Magic Johnson acting in it.

Johnson spoke with the media on Thursday about the upcoming Los Angeles Lakers season. Now that the team has LeBron James, the topic of the NBA star’s movie came up. Magic joked that the movie might not have the budget for him because his acting quote is high.

“Space Jam 2” has been in headlines this week after SpringHill Entertainment confirmed they have added director Terence Nance and producer Ryan Coogler to the project.

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There is no information yet on a planned release date for the movie, which is now heavily anticipated. Well, lots of people are excited about it, except for one prominent person from the first movie.

As for Magic, we never really saw him as a good fit on the Monstars anyhow.

Tim Tebow and his brother producing faith-based football movie

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has broken into the filmmaking industry, and we’ll give you one guess as to what the theme of his first movie is.

Faith and football, of course.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tebow and his brother Robby are listed as executive producers for a film called “Run the Race.” The feature is in the final stage of postproduction and filmmakers are negotiating a theatrical release.

The film, which is about two brothers who were abandoned by their father and are dealing with the death of their mother, stars former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back Eddie George.

“This is a story about overcoming the hard issues of life, about the power of sacrifice, the power of family and the power of forgiveness,” Tebow said. “I love being a part of a project like this because it will impact lives.”

George also offered some of his thoughts on the movie.

“Sports really is a microcosm of how life is,” he said. “Somebody’s going to deal with adversity. Somebody’s going to deal with loss. Somebody’s going to deal with pain. Somebody’s going to deal with victory and success. I think this film reflects that.”

Tebow’s stock was on the rise in the minor leagues this year before he suffered a season-ending injury. Between producing a film and dating the reigning Miss Universe, it’s good to know Tebow has plenty going on in his life besides baseball.

Prequel to ‘The Sandlot’ reportedly in early development

Sandlot

Good news for fans of “The Sandlot” — a prequel reportedly is in early development.

Deadline reported on Tuesday that a prequel for the hit sports comedy movie is in the works. They say that David Mickey Evans, who wrote and directed the original, will be involved in the project for 20th Century Fox, along with Austin Reynolds.

The original film, which came out in 1993, received renewed attention this year as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. Members of the original cast got together and even recreated the classic movie photo.

Two other movies were made after the success of the original film, but neither of them received much attention. A new movie involving some of the original cast members would certainly get fans excited.

Jordan Peele sends funny tweet after being confused for Michigan hero

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele sent a funny tweet on Sunday after he was confused by many online for Jordan Poole, the hero for the Michigan Wolverines.

Poole made a buzzer-beater on Saturday night to lift the Wolverines to victory over the Houston Cougars, sending the team to the Sweet 16. His name is pretty similar to Jordan Peele, which led the actor/writer/director/producer, to tweet this:

Peele just won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his movie, “Get Out,” and as you may have noticed, is a comedian. Poole hit one of the best shots of March Madness. It’s been a good month for the Jordan Peele/Poole crowd. And as far as name confusions go, we’ve seen much worse.

Ric Flair signs on to act in wrestling movie

Ric Flair

Ric Flair has signed on to have a large acting role in a wrestling movie.

The Wrap reported on Wednesday that Flair has agreed to join an R-rated wrestling movie called “Uncle Steamroller & Champion Rabbit.”

Flair is set to play the role of the president of a wrestling tour where the Uncle Steamroller character tries to make a comeback.

“I’m expecting the inspirational story line will appeal to fans that extend beyond my loyal core wrestling base, and I am seriously looking forward to getting this film in front of worldwide audiences. Wooooooooooooooooo!” Flair told The Wrap.

Flair is also set to be an executive producer on the film. The 69-year-old also made an appearance in “Magic Mike XXL.”

Pink appears to take out cough drop right before signing national anthem

Pink national anthem

Singer Pink was certainly fighting through things when she sang the national anthem before the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Pink was sick with the flu and still performed before the big game. She could even be seen taking something out of her mouth just before beginning her performance:

That appeared to be a cough drop or lozenge, which she was probably using to help her fight the flu symptoms.

Pink ended up singing beautifully, and she came in under the betting line time for her anthem performance.

Lamar Odom responds to Stephen A. Smith’s ‘crack’ comment

Lamar Odom

Stephen A. Smith has been outspoken about his displeasure with Phil Jackson and James Dolan’s efforts to run the New York Knicks. Thursday on ESPN’s “First Take,” he criticized Jackson, dating back to his first days in charge of the Knicks and Jackson’s interest in Lamar Odom. Smith boisterously added that Odom was using crack cocaine at that time:

Odom, and his lawyer, have responded.

Attorney Saam Zangeneh, who represents Odom, sent a letter to ESPN regarding Smith’s comments. Odom then tweeted the entirety of the letter, using hashtags “#slander” and “#ihopewearebetterthanthis”.

Zangeneh’s letter first denies that Odom was using drugs at the time in question, saying, “Let’s put aside the fact that Lamar passed all the required physicals and medical tests necessary to play in the league. Let’s put aside the fact that Mr. Smith attempted to qualify his statement by saying how much he likes Lamar, and wishes him well in his recovery.”

The letter goes on to criticizes Smith’s belittlement of addiction and those who battle that disease.

“Think about the others that are battling addiction. Those that have not had the strength of opportunity to share their struggle like Lamar. Imagine the effect this grotesque statement would have on any young athlete who is privately fighting this disease. To become the punch line of a vulgar joke.”

Jackson signed Odom to join the Knicks in April of 2014, but Odom never ended up playing for New York.

Shane McNichol covers college basketball and the NBA for Larry Brown Sports. He also blogs about basketball at Palestra Back and has contributed to Rush The Court, ESPN.com, and USA Today Sports Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain.