Ryan Coogler Producing ‘Space Jam 2’, Starring LeBron James

LeBron James

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Space Jam 2 is really happening. LeBron James is officially set to start next year with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler producing the film. 

The Hollywood Reporter says that production is set to start on the Warner Bros. movie during the NBA off-season in 2019.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James tells THR. “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

Bugs Bunny is down, but no word on if Michael Jordan will make a cameo.

Photo; Nike

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(AllHipHop News) Last week Kendrick Lamar began shooting the music video for the song “Alright” off his critically acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. Pharrell Williams was one of the producers that worked on that track, and the Virginia native spoke about his contribution to K. Dot’s project while at Morocco’s Mawazine Festival.

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Montreality captured footage of Pharrell’s overseas press conference. The Neptunes and N.E.R.D member said the following about producer “Alright”:

One of my assistants really likes Trap music. I wanted to do something in that vein, but just a little bit more colorful, and add roads and instruments that are not usually used in that style of music. Just try to bring something a little bit more mystical. I kind of had my Tribe Called Quest hat on that day. I’m a huge Q-Tip fan.

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Rick Ross, Mannie Fresh To Talk Song Writing/ Producing With BMI

Music Rights conglomerate BMI will host invited guests Rick Ross, Mannie Fresh and others in a panel deemed “How I Wrote That Song,” which will examine the process of writing, producing and performing hit songs.

The discussion is a part of the looming Grammy festivities in February.

BMI Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton will host the chat that expects participation from scribe Ester Dean, Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer David Hodges, and Natalie Hemby, a popular songwriter.

BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song®” is open to members of the public, ages 18 years old and up (with photo ID). Tickets are $ 20 in advance; $ 25 day-of-show. Tickets can be purchased at https://bmihiwts.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Panel discussion will be held from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

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“Quincy walks in the door and says, ‘I need the song now,‘” Richie says. “And a day later, we had the bones for ‘We Are the World.'”

Now, it was just a matter or recruiting the talent. “Back then you couldn’t email it,” he says. “You had to put it on a cassette and send it to people. So we had people agreeing to be involved with a song they haven’t heard yet.”

The historic recording brought together an unprecedented number of artists, including Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper.

“And of course, what [the song] did do was beyond our wildest imagination,” Richie says. “We became a country unto itself. We became the world.”

“Oprah’s Master Class” with Lionel Richie airs Sunday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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