Screen Junkies » lebron james http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:13:02 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Kevin Hart To Play LeBron James’ Brother In Basketball Comedy ‘Ballers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-hart-to-play-lebron-james-brother-in-basketball-comedy-ballers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-hart-to-play-lebron-james-brother-in-basketball-comedy-ballers/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:01:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258231 One's large and one's small! This is comedy at its finest!

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It’s no Space Jam, but that’s probably a good thing. The recently announced LeBron James-starring baksketball comedy Ballers has found its costar in Kevin Hart. The decision seems to be a logical one, bringing a comedian to star in a comedy.

However, upon first reading the story in Deadline, I read the name as “Kevin James,” and what’s most troubling is that I didn’t even bat an eye. Kevin James could play Osama Bin Laden‘s more menacing brother in a Zero Dark Thirty sequel and I would just nod politely and get on with my life.

Remarkably, Kevin Hart is only 5’3″, which makes his proposed genetic sharing with LeBron all the more unlikely, which means this film will be much, much better than if he was like 6’0″ or something.

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LeBron James Will Treat Us To A Semi-Biographical Comedy Series On Starz http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lebron-james-will-treat-us-to-a-semi-biographical-comedy-series-on-starz/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lebron-james-will-treat-us-to-a-semi-biographical-comedy-series-on-starz/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:35:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256765 Not Black Starz. Starz. I checked like three times to make sure I got that right.

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LeBron has taken to Starz with his upcoming show Survivor’s Remorse, which sounds like it should be a J.J. Abrams show about the living victims of a plane crash, but is actually about a couple dudes from Philly who are able to make it (presumably via basketball skills), and feel some regret when they realize they’ve “made it,” and left their old lives behind.

Or maybe it’s just about a guy named Survivor and his interminable sadness. Nah. That’s just as weird.

Sounds like kind of a lot of introspection who eschews realism on the basketball court for wild flops, but that’s probably my seething hatred of LeBron James tainting my objectivity.

Rather, I remain optimistic that this show will be groundbreaking and at least as good as Breaking Bad, but with more headbands to hide people’s baldness.

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LeBron James Would Just Love To Do A ‘Space Jam’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lebron-james-would-just-love-to-do-a-space-jam-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lebron-james-would-just-love-to-do-a-space-jam-sequel/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:08:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250563 Further evidence that LeBron is 100% incapable of being his own man.

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LeBron’s tweet “Wish I could do Space Jam 2!” isn’t exactly an edict to Warner Bros, but it’s probably enough to get some greasy executive calling around, checking to see if Chris Bosh reads well to test audiences.

I don’t wish LeBron could do Space Jam 2. I wish LeBron would stop trouncing and flopping around like an Italian soccer player and step up.

I’m thinking neither of us will get what we want.

Space Jam was a film that captured two very ephemeral phenomena: mainstream America’s dumb fascination with Looney Tunes characters and a fever pitch of NBA superstardom that Nike had pretty much hand-delivered to the masses. Both those things are relics of the past, so Space Jam 2 sounds pretty damn weird in this day and age.

Instead of Barkley and Larry Bird, we would get…DWIGHT HOWARD and DERRICK ROSE! Or maybe JEREMY LIN and JOE JOHNSON. Or they could just do the obvious thing here and put accused rapist Kobe Bryant in the forefront of a family film.

 

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Michelle Obama And Seven Other Instances Of Celebs Getting Booed http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/michelle-obama-and-seven-other-instances-of-celebs-getting-booed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/michelle-obama-and-seven-other-instances-of-celebs-getting-booed/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:02:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237521 Please have their assistant arrange for a box of Kleenex to be placed on their private jets.

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Michelle Obama got booed at the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale in Florida this weekend. Also, the sky is blue and puppies are adorable. I don’t know why anyone would think she WOULDN’T get booed at a NASCAR event. I mean, she’s the black wife of a democrat president.

Well, when you’re in the public eye for any reason, you have to expect a little bit of hate. While it’s the cost of doing business, there are still a few occasions when the booing catches celebs off guard and just makes them want to jump under all the covers and have a good cry while Mazzy Star plays in the background. Here are a few examples.

LeBron James

This is a very anticlimactic video, but I had to include it because it wouldn’t be a list about people voicing their hatred unless it included Nickelback. Well, I take great pains to avoid generalizations, but THE PORTUGESE HATE NICKELBACK!

So much so that they actually lob rocks at Chad Kroeger, who nonchalantly bids the audience adieu so as not to be, you know, killed by flying rocks.

How the hell did they wind up like this?

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LeBron James Pushes Back ‘Ballers’ To Do Some Damage Control, Practice Basketball http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lebron-james-pushes-back-ballers-to-do-some-damage-control-practice-basketball/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lebron-james-pushes-back-ballers-to-do-some-damage-control-practice-basketball/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:58:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216153 Apparently, starring in a hokey basketball comedy is not LeBron's highest priority right now. Weird.

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It looks like, after dropping the title game to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, LeBron James has enough on his plate with just basketball that his feature debut as a star of Ballers (produced by Brian Grazer) won’t be shooting this summer.

That’s…too bad?

He has been attached to star in the sports comedy since 2009, but postponed it from last summer so he could make his much-maligned “decision” about his free agency destination. He probably should have just done the movie in hindsight. Criticism over his finals performance is just the latest volley of attacks on LeBron since his departure from Cleveland last summer.

Is there any chance that this film can help restore his popularity? Very unlikely. Is there any chance that if he were to participate in this film this summer rather than work on his high-post game that he would be crucified? It’s guaranteed. I have to imagine that the producers of the film would probably see King James’ participation here as more of a liability than an asset right now, anyway.

So all he has to do is completely rebuild his reputation and legacy, then we get the basketball comedy.

Fans of Ballers: Don’t hold your breath.

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