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Is Lebron James son in Space Jam?

Young Actor Cedric Joe Stars as LeBron James' Son in "Space Jam: A New Legacy" Get ready to jam: The Looney Tunes gang is back in action! ... One face fans might not immediately recognize, however, is 16-year-old Cedric Joe, who plays Dom James (LeBron's son) and is excited for his film debut. Sports Illustrated KidsYoung Actor Cedric Joe Stars as LeBron James' Son in "Space Jam: A New Legacy"

When does the new Space Jam come out on HBO Max?

“Space Jam: A New Legacy″ will premiere on HBO Max on Friday, July 16. To watch, sign up for a subscription by going to HBO Max's website. nj.com‘Space Jam 2’ on HBO Max: How to watch, release time, price, cast, trailer

Is Lebron James real family in Space Jam?

Sonequa Martin-Green as Kamiyah James, LeBron's wife (a fictionalized version of Savannah James). Cedric Joe as Dominic "Dom" James, LeBron's younger son (a fictionalized version of Bryce James). ... Harper Leigh Alexander as Xosha James, LeBron's daughter (a fictionalized version of Zhuri James). wikipedia.orgSpace Jam: A New Legacy

Amongst those cameos are the droogs from A Clockwork Orange droogs (who infamously rape and beat the shit out of people with their canes for fun in the Stanley Kubrick film), who show up in the crowd for the climactic basketball game between the Tune Squad and Al’s Goon Squad. Elsewhere in the movie, you’ll find Jane from What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies, Wonder Woman, one of Daenerys’ dragons from Game Of Thronesand Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith.

Word of that last cameo spread on Twitter this morning, after Space Jam: A New Legacy became available on HBO Max. In a scene where LeBron and Bugs Bunny are looking for more members to join the Tune Squad, Rick and Morty drop off the Tasmanian Devil, and Rick says, “We’re done running tests on your badger thing. It turns out his condition is irreversible.” Morty adds, “I’ll never erase what I saw from my brain.” Rick doesn’t get to say “fuck” or “shit,” so he goes for the very PG insult “dum-dums.” And don’t count on seeing Rick drunk; he’s appears extremely sober for once.

If you want to skip straight to Rick and Morty’s appearance in Space Jam: A New Legacy, it occurs roughly 40 minutes and 50 seconds into the film—shortly after LeBron and Bugs pull Yosemite Sam out of Casablanca.

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Space Jam: A New Legacy Is Peak, Mindless Corporate Synergy

Slate 16 July, 2021 - 02:17pm

A New Legacy’s villain and chief instigator is Don Cheadle’s Al G. Rhythm, a Warner Bros. algorithm determined to get public recognition for his overlooked accomplishments. But what’s noteworthy about the movie’s garbage-dump of WB properties is just how arbitrary and non-algorithmic it feels. There’s no apparent logic to what’s included and what’s left out, who makes the cut and who gets left to molder in some forgotten corner of the digital domain. Some of the characters who make cameos, whether in the course of the film or just crammed into the audience that fills the stands during the movie’s climactic basketball game, are truly iconic; others, like the Hanna-Barbera obscurity Frankenstein, Jr., are just seat-fillers, party-crashers who turn out to be a friend of a friend of a friend. Pride of place, naturally, goes to franchises like The Matrix and Fantastic Beasts which the studio is actively mining for further installments. WB also seems happy to peddle all things Casablanca, which has essentially become Warner Bros. synecdoche for all of the company’s holdings pre-1980. (It’s the classic that plays in a movie theater in Doctor Sleep, the WB sequel to the WB-owned The Shining.) There’s nothing here from Citizen Kane or The Big Sleep or North by Northwest or 2001 or All the President’s Men, all of which made it into the centenary collection the studio assembled in 2013, but there’s generous representation from every era of Batman, including the 1960s TV show, as well as various Gremlins and Goonies, et al.

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A certain amount of winking intertextuality has been part of cartoons almost since their inception: The Looney Tunes short “Racketeer Rabbit,” released in 1946, features animated caricatures of Warner Bros. contract stars Edward G. Robinson and Peter Lorre . But there’s no apparent artistry behind how A New Legacy digs into the rich history of one of Hollwood’s most venerable studios. The corporation’s holdings are there only to be recognized, not critiqued. (You could arguably say the same about WB’s Ready Player One, but that seems more like a failed attempt at subversion than a lack of one.) When LeBron James shows up as Harry Potter himself, triumphantly brandishing a snitch atop a Quidditch broom, it’s not a commentary on or a subversion of J.K. Rowling’s overwhelmingly white world; it’s just the kind of posed snapshot that would set you back $25 at a theme park. On the sidelines of the big game, A Clockwork Orange’s rapists and Game of Thrones’ genocidal icicle rub shoulders with Scooby-Doo and the Thundercats, because why not? (No Pepe Le Pew, though; he’s beyond the pale.)

The mash-up vibe is a little less morally idiotic than it appeared from the movie’s advance trailers, if only because the characters come off less like digital automatons and more like half-successful cosplayers. As they bounce around in the background of every shot—and I do mean every shot; whatever assistant director was in charge of making sure the extras gave it their all really put their back on it—the droogs seem less like psychopaths on the prowl and more like collegiate dumbasses, whose girlfriends didn’t vet their costumes in advance. The collisions between properties don’t create anything akin to the memorable (and carefully negotiated) meeting between Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, instead serving as toys crammed onto the same shelf willy-nilly, displaying nothing but the fact of their ownership. The only place where those brands actually co-exist in reality—the only place where the sprawling holdings of what was then WarnerMedia and is now Warner Bros. Discovery can claim any core identity—is on the company’s streaming service HBO Max, where the new Space Jam is not coincidentally making its debut. (It’s also technically in movie theaters, but Warner Bros. doesn’t own those.)

A New Legacy is much slicker and more appealing than the original Space Jam, in no small part because James is approximately 50 times the actor Jordan is. But it’s also because corporations handing a bag of unrelated IP and ordering screenwriters to come up with a story around them is the template for most studio filmmaking now, if not all of contemporary existence. In the first Space Jam, Michael Jordan is a spokesperson for brands, a position lampooned when Wayne Knight’s publicist character urges him to “get your Hanes on, lace up your Nikes, grab your Wheaties and your Gatorade.” But in 2021, Lebron James is a brand unto himself, complete with his own logo, and the titular legacy refers both to the franchise reboot and the passing of the torch to James’ real-life son—who, in the movie, chooses to seek his future not on the basketball court but as a video-game designer. It’s standard sequel practice to flip the original’s script, but that this one involves the main character getting sucked into the Looney Tunes’ world rather than them invading ours seems only too fitting. We all live in the serververse now.

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Zendaya and Sonequa Martin-Green's Dream Tune Squads Include Exactly Who You'd Expect

Yahoo Lifestyle 16 July, 2021 - 08:52am

Space Jam: A New Legacy has some pretty big shoes to fill - Michael Jordan's size 13s, to be exact. Of course, Zendaya and Sonequa Martin-Green were more than up for the task when they accepted the roles of Lola Bunny and Kamiyah James, respectively. The 2021 film has a similar premise to 1996's Space Jam, in which an NBA superstar has to team up with the Looney Tunes for a game of basketball in order to save their world. LeBron James takes over for Jordan in the sequel, with the biggest difference being that James has to save his family in addition to Bugs Bunny and crew.

"This movie is good enough to hopefully be a new classic." - Sonequa Martin-Green

A lifelong fan of the original, Martin-Green had her own expectations for the film. "I think it exceeds those childhood expectations because the original film is such a great foundation to jump off of," she shared with POPSUGAR. "We really dig into these important themes of family and sacrifice and authenticity, and you see this family learning and growing and changing together. That's what makes it even more relatable to today's audience." Even now, she's still amazed she's part of Space Jam's legacy. "I'm overwhelmed with gratitude because it's not just that I'm a part of this franchise, but that this movie is good enough to hopefully be a new classic."

Unlike Martin-Green, whose character's debut comes in the film, Zendaya had the added pressure of making the iconic Lola Bunny her own, while staying true to the original. "I totally understand because she's an iconic character and everybody has kind of grown up with her in a major way," Zendaya said of the intense reaction her casting received on Twitter. For Space Jam: A New Legacy's Lola, the idea was to reimagine her and what she represents. So when Zendaya got the call asking if she'd be Lola Bunny 2.0, she couldn't say no. "I got a really lovely call from my fellow Oakland native Ryan Coogler," the 24-year-old added. "I'd already told him that, 'Anything you want to do, man, I'm doing it.' So when he said, 'We would love for you to be Lola,' I was like, 'That's a huge deal. I'm excited. I'd love to do it.' I just felt honored to have been asked."

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Despite having voice-over experience with Euphoria and Smallfoot, voicing Lola had its own difficulties. "I'll tell you what, the voice-over between Rue and Lola is very different. One, I barely move my face when I'm in the recording booth, and the other one, I get to move around, have fun, and scream," she said with a laugh. "I have such respect for voice actors because you have to make all of these things happen without the ability to use your face or hands. There's also no kind of visual representation so you leave that to the incredible animators and people who use your performance and turn it into something really special."

"I have such respect for voice actors because you have to make all of these things happen without the ability to use your face or hands." - Zendaya

Because of COVID-19, Zendaya didn't get a chance to be with James or director Malcolm D. Lee in person. "It's not easy to be in a room by yourself," she revealed. "I wish I could have had one of those opportunities to be across from LeBron, but I still had a lot of fun. It's really cool kind of seeing your voice coming out of something that's not you." Although she might not have gotten to work with James in person for the film, he was an obvious choice for Zendaya's ideal Tune Squad. "I would definitely hit up LeBron because there's really no one better," she reasoned. "Who else? I would call up my mom because she used to play college basketball and never hesitates to tell everyone the record she broke. She's also [six feet, four inches tall] so she can hold it down. We'll have my dad be the coach. What else? I have my little niece, who's adorable and 5. Distraction. Boom. You think, 'Look how cute she is,' and then here comes my mom to pass it over to LeBron. I think it sounds like a good plan to me."

The star confirmed that the look was inspired by her iconic character in the film.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 12: Zendaya attends the Premiere of Warner Bros “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Regal LA Live on July 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) As if the ‘90s and ‘00s weren’t already having a moment in fashion, Zendaya is now taking on a classic Looney Tunes character on the red carpet. On Monday night, the actress attended the premiere of Space Jam: A New Legacy, the LeBron James reboot of the Michael Jordan-starring 1996 film. E

'Space Jam: A New Legacy' isn't the same movie from the 90s, and while that's a bummer, it's a great story for a new generation.

Even her hair paid homage to her character in the new film.

"Obviously there's pressure involved because she is such an iconic character."

The director Malcolm Lee felt Lola Bunny was oversexualized in the original "Space Jam": "This is a kids' movie, why is she in a crop top?"

The funny cameo comes at a crucial moment in LeBron James and the "Looney Tunes" cartoons' basketball game against the evil Al-G Rhythm.

The Moschino look was inspired by her character Lola Bunny.

The "Space Jam" sequel follows LeBron James as he and his fictional son Dom (played by Cedric Joe) get stuck inside a computer server universe.

Mid-90s me is so freaking out.

Walmart has everything you need to start building a new Space Jam legacy of your own, from school supplies and toys to bedding and fruit snacks.

They've known each other for five years now!

The two (extremely!) accomplished actors briefly appear as Warner Bros. executives and then never return. That's all, folks.

Welcome to “What’s Good,” where we break down what’s soothing, distracting, or just plain good in the streaming world with a “rooting for everybody Black” energy. Enjoy! What’s Good? One thing about me: I’m gonna watch a basketball movie. Space Jam: A New Legacy is in theatres and on demand today and while I hesitate to heap praise on a movie that isn’t even trying to hide its blatant attempt to brainwash children into loving a billion-dollar corporation as much as they love LeBron James, it is

After 25 years, 'Space Jam' is back with a 'New Legacy' and a slew of collectibles, from Funko Pops and pet toys to plushes and hoops!

You have options if you'd like to re-welcome yourself to the slam.

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LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam’ Reboot Is an Abomination

The Daily Beast 16 July, 2021 - 03:52am

Space Jam: A New Legacy Ruined My Childhood

Last weekend, as “research” for the Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James that’s out Friday in theaters and on HBO Max, I rewatched the original 1996 film for the first time in at least two decades. Though it is important to point out that, in that first year after it came out, I probably watched it at least 15-20 times.

Revisiting objects of nostalgia after so long can be traumatizing. Surely, I thought, the movie was going to be dumb, bordering on unwatchable. Michael Jordan would make me want to pull my arm hairs out one by one to disguise the pain of his acting. Whatever pedestal I had put my toon pals on was about to come crashing violently down in my dumb little apartment, [redacted]-year-old me devastated by fond memories now ruined.

But guys, the original Space Jam still slaps.

Then that “come on and SLAM and welcome to the JAM” song starts booming and oh my fucking god. The irresistible music never relents. (All-time great soundtrack.)

Mostly, I was impressed by how much of it impressed me. There are really clever meta jokes about Jordan’s ill-fated baseball career. The pacing is seamless, moving from the events on Earth to the ones on the Looney Tunes’ planet. And when the two worlds meet, the effects are pretty spectacular.

The Three Stooges-esque humor is still funny. Jordan does a surprisingly good job acting in what I’m sure was a challenging, bizarre green-screen shoot. Wayne Knight is in it, the only true identifying mark of a ’90s pop-culture phenomenon.

It pumped my heart up, Looney Tunes-style, to oversized excitement for the sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, which I saw earlier this week. Instead, it was truly one of the most unpleasant times I’ve had watching a film in recent memory. Would I use a hyperbolic word like “abomination” to describe it? I don’t know. Maybe Bugs Bunny would.

When it finally ended after what seemed like another 25 years had passed—evidently only 115 minutes in the real world—I almost felt shell-shocked. I don’t remember getting back to the street from my theater seat. It’s as if I floated out in a daze.

I pride myself on grading these kinds of things on a curve. It’s a big-swing blockbuster. It’s meant to appeal to kids. The corporate opportunism is going to be glaring. But you can still do that with a sense of fun and style. Even just recently, Cruella did just that.

I was shocked by how cynical the whole thing was. The animation and the effects were confusingly ugly. LeBron James makes Michael Jordan look like the Meryl Streep of athlete-actors. There was one good joke—which I won’t spoil—and other than that I legitimately don’t remember laughing. At the Looney Tunes!!!

The whole thing, and I can’t believe my career has come to the point where I am about to type these words, misses everything that was magical about the spirit of Space Jam.

When I describe to you the plot of this film, I need you to imagine sitting in a theater ignorant of it, watching it unfold in utter disbelief.

LeBron James and his son, Dom, have tension because Dom wants to be a video game developer and James wants him to be a basketball great just like Dad. Warner Brothers approaches James with the idea of incorporating a digital likeness of the NBA star into the company’s entire suite of franchises, which James rejects but Dom finds at least technologically fascinating.

The offer, you see, was calculated by a megalomaniac computer algorithm (?) named Al-G Rhythm who takes the form of Don Cheadle. Al-G is offended that James doesn’t appreciate his genius, and so he kidnaps both James and Dom, trapping them in the never-not-baffling Warner Brothers “ServerVerse” (inside a computer).

As James travels through the ServerVerse’s solar system of “planets” housing various WB intellectual properties—a Harry Potter World, a Game of Thrones planet, a DC Comics one—Al-G recruits Dom and uses a basketball video game he invented to threaten James. James can only save his son if he recruits a team of Looney Tunes players to help him defeat Al-G’s virtual Goon Squad in an immersive version of Dom’s video game.

If you followed that, congratulations, you’re now in Mensa.

The film becomes “spot that absurdly out of place Warner Brothers property!” more than a coherent story. There are incessant Game of Thrones shots of Daenerys’s dragons and the White Walkers. Pennywise from It is there. The War Boys from Mad Max. Alex and the Droogs from A Clockwork Orange. King Kong. The Mask. You know, classic kid stuff.

But even that game of I Spy can’t make the climactic basketball game, which I swear lasts probably half of the film’s screen time and is impossible to follow or make sense of, any fun.

I guess that’s the thing: I expected fun and got whatever the complete opposite of that is. (The complete opposite is LeBron James listening to people explain what a computer algorithm is for two hours.) And I had just experienced the fun of what it could have been. Has Space Jam: A New Legacy gaslighted me into believing that the original film was a masterpiece? Maybe that’s its most impressive special effect.

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