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'Space Jam' Director Thinks The LeBron James Sequel Is Doomed

Director Joe Pytka's worries have little to do with James, and more about the relevancy of the potential players in the sequel. 

The promise of a sequel to 90's favorite Space Jam has been fulfilled, but a lot of people thinks it's a bad idea, including the film's original director. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday (May 12,) director Joe Pytka says Space Jam 2 is "doomed" in more ways than one.

"Don't do it," Pytka said. "It's doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet."

MJ's star power helped bring in $230 million at the box office and at the time, everyone was in love with Bugs Bunny. So far, LeBron James has reportedly been in talks to star in the film while Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious 6) will direct.

Pyka shared a few more gripes about the film, including the undeniable notion of Steph Curry's popularity. He also mentions the former/current NBA players like Larry Bird and Charles Barkley had personalities that kept the film entertained for everyone.

"When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing," says Pytka. "They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now."

So far, J.R. Smith has been in talks with producers to be a part of the film. Sure, he isn't warm and fuzzy like Barkley and Ewing, but there are some potential players like Nick Young or Dwayne Wade who bring hilarity to the Monstars team.

Another worry is the relevancy of the once-beloved Loony Tunes gang. The cartoons and entertainers of yesteryear are slowly fading away from the spotlight, hence the recent cancellation of ABC's reboot of The Muppets. It should be noted in the 90's, the use of animation in films was a big deal. Thanks to Pixar and Disney, these things aren't a wonder anymore.

Space Jam 2 could be something special. Let's just see how Hollywood will win over the audience this time around.

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Love can truly be an emotional rollercoaster. When it's high, it feels beautifully warm. But when it's low, it can become really cold and dark. The enactment of the latter can be seen in Tyler Perry's upcoming Netflix film, A Fall From Grace.

While feeling disheartened after discovering her ex-husband's affair, new divorcee Grace Waters played by Crystal Fox (The Haves and Have Nots) finds herself alone and lonely. With encouragement from her best friend Sarah Miller (Phylicia Rashad), she goes out to an event where she meets what she thought to be the love of her life which she soon finds to be her biggest nightmare.

Perry plays an obnoxious defense lawyer (Rory) with no intention of doing much defending and instead adamantly insists that his prodigy Jasmine (Bresha Webb) push for a plea deal. But after meeting Waters, Jasmine isn’t so sure about her guilty admission and suspects foul play. When curiosity meets persistence, the film takes you on a journey of unveiling plot twists that will have you on the edge of your seat guessing hard about how the story will end.

VIBE chatted with the actors behind these characters to talk about love and relationships and the importance of being aware.

"Keep your heart open but keep your eyes open, too; Watch out for red flags," said the film's writer, director, and producer. "Keep your heart open. Love yourself before you look for somebody else to love you, and remember that grace is over you and in you," added leading lady Fox.

When asked what they hope viewers walk away with after watching the crime drama film, Webb pointed out: "I feel like as well as being on the edge of your seat and [while] you're watching it and you're being lost in the drama, also leave with a knowledge of knowing what this movie encompasses together."

Legendary actress Rashad concluded, "I think it's always great for me as an artist when an audience can walk away feeling satisfied, yes? But also reflective of what they've experienced and continue to reflect on the experience."

Ultimately, this movie is a must-see and what is said to be Tyler Perry's best work. A Fall From Grace hits streaming platforms Friday, January 17 on Netflix.

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Issa Rae And Kumail Nanjiani Are 'Lovebirds' Turned Investigators In Upcoming Film

Issa Rae’s 2020 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year. The California native will star in a new film out this April where every twist and turn is full of action.

On Thursday (Jan. 16), the trailer for her latest movie The Lovebirds, co-starring Kumail Nanjiani (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), pits the budding couple at the center of a murder they didn’t commit. When they decide what to do about the dead person, two bystanders phone the police and give them Rae and Nanjiani’s description. The pair then set out on a hunt for the real suspect(s) as they dodge law enforcement’s grasp.

Once the trailer was released, a few Twitter users expressed their excitement and happiness that they're receiving more film and television content featuring Rae.

WHAT I completely missed that Aaron Abrams co-wrote The Lovebirds, #fannibalfamily we've got what looks like a super fun movie to see.

— Alana Bloom's Wardrobe (@EthicsAesthetic) January 16, 2020

Lovebirds gonna be the funniest/ best movie 2020 @IssaRae 😂😂😂 that trailer had me fucking dying dawg

— Slickk (@_Slickk22) January 16, 2020

@IssaRae has two movies coming out this year and i definitely plan on watching them both ; The Lovebirds & The Photograph. They both look great & Insecure coming back on... hopefully we getting 1 hr episodes sis? pic.twitter.com/Y7phXN0O0Q

— 🐉 (@JohnyLovely_) January 16, 2020

I've seen two trailers with @IssaRae in romantic movies with a POC male lead and I'm so happy about it.

It's The Lovebirds and The Photograph.

— Kristen Squire (@kristensquire) January 16, 2020

Season 4 & new movies 😭😭😭😭 @IssaRae just ... thank you. #lovebirds #ThePhotographMovie

— Daryle-Kennedy (@itsdaryle) January 16, 2020

Presented by Paramount Pictures and MRC Film, The Lovebirds debut in theaters April 3. Watch the trailer above.

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On the flip side, Mouse feels drawn to  the power artistry an energy of motorized dirt-bikes. Charm City Kings takes viewers on a ride with Mouse as he embarks on an unforgettable summer that forces him to steer his way between two father figures, his very first girlfriend, the intrigue of illegal influences, and the thrill of stunt-riding.

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Charm City Kings will debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival later this month followed by releases in New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles, on April 10. The film opens nationwide on April 17.

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