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Basketball fans have been going through withdrawals since the NBA has suspended its season because of the coronavirus, but they'll get the next best thing. ESPN has announced that its Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance would be released in April instead of June.
The Last Dance, a ten-part series, will now begin on April 19. It tells the story of Jordan and the Bulls' last championship season in 1997-1998, and includes never-before-seen footage from an NBA Entertainment crew that followed them around that year. ESPN also spoke to more than 100 people close to the team.
"As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience," ESPN said in a statement. "We've heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we're happy to announce that we've been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that. This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans."
The NBA suspended its season after two-time defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert, of the Utah Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus. Had the season not been suspended, fans would be preparing for the NBA's playoff race. Other sports leagues followed suit after the NBA's decision, and other athletes, including Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell and Brooklyn Nets Star Kevin Durant, have also tested positive. Mitchell and Gobert have since been cleared of the virus.
It might seem like it was ions ago, but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returned to the top of the box office in January with the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise. Bad Boys For Life brought our faves to the big screen with their classic banter and unmatched energy.
In an exclusive clip from the film's digital release, the two discuss what makes their chemistry so electric. For Lawrence, it was the mission to keep comedy at the forefront of the action-packed film. Elsewhere in the clip, the film's directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah share their experience working with the film veterans.
"I cannot even describe it when they're together something happens," Adil says. "Whatever they do is funny, cool and so interesting. We don't have to do a lot of directing, we just let them do what they do."
Bad Boys For Life grossed over $60 million in its opening weekend and $204 million globally. The film is officially available today (March 31) for digital release. It will land in 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, April 21.
It was recently announced that Sony already kicked off plans to develop a fourth film for the franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Bremner, who worked on Bad Boys for Life, has been tapped to handle the script.
You can read out VIBE VIVA cover story with Bad Boys For Life co-star Nicky Jam here.
Although Alicia Keys had to place the release of her seventh studio album, A.L.I.C.I.A. on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York City native is still giving fans original content in the form of a book. On Tuesday (March 31), Keys released her More Myself: A Journey memoir (An Oprah Book, via Flatiron Books) which tracks her upbringing in the Big Apple’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood all the way to becoming a world-renowned artist and humanitarian.
The book, which you can order here, features memories of meeting Prince, meeting her husband/famed producer Swizzled Beats, and signing record deals that each served as a learning lesson, including one with Clive Davis which she detailed in the excerpt below:
Jeff and I debated for days. I can still feel the below-freezing wind gusts cutting through my jacket and into my bones as I stood out on Fifty-seventh Street, arguing with him about why I wanted to remain with Clive. “Come on,” Jeff kept saying, “let’s just do the deal with Arista. Clive is great. L.A. is great. Both understand who you are as an artist, so either way, you win professionally. You might as well go with the best deal.” As much as I understood and appreciated that logic, and as eager as I was to carve out a Grand Canyon between me and an empty checking account, I didn’t feel good about walking away from Clive. He clearly cared about my career; I’d sensed that from our very first meeting. He’d also invested mightily in helping me untangle myself from Columbia. I also felt loyal to Peter, who’d wanted to sign me from the beginning, long before the universe brought us together at Arista. “I’m staying with Clive,” I finally told Jeff, who rolled his eyes and threw up his arms. My instincts had led me to sign with Clive, and now, that sixth sense urged me to remain loyal to our partnership. For one of the first times in my relationship with my manager, I refused to be swayed. In the coming years, he’d often say to me, “I will never doubt your instincts.”
On her Instagram account, Keys also read another excerpt which visualizes her NYC surroundings.
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Growing up in these Hell’s Kitchen streets taught me A LOT. I realize there’s a certain amount of armor u have to wear just to make it down the street. Mommy raised me on her own and she always taught me so much. The hard truths even when I was too young to understand. Mostly she taught me a lot about empathy. I always promised myself I would never be vunerable and exposed. I realize I carried that with me for so long. Now I’m ready to be more open. More vunerable. More Myself: A Journey 📚 is out TOMORROW!!!!! 😘 Thank you for your love! I Can’t wait to share with you.
The news arrives a day after Keys’ recent single “Underdog” reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes chart. The melody also has a remix component featuring reggae’s innovators Chronixx and Protoje which you can spin below.