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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Review: LeBron James against the machine

To be perfectly fair to everyone, and to somewhat soften the blow that’s coming in a sentence or three, I want you to know that I had the exact same reaction as (almost) everyone else when the very first trailer for Malcolm D. Lee’s Space Jam: A New Legacy dropped a few months ago. It looked like the kind of bizarre and garish film that you’d inevitably get after an AT&T executive, already stoked up on the potential performance of their recent acquisition, Warner Bros., and keen to rev up the Tune Squad for a brand-new generation, strolled into a pitch meeting with a host of facts and figures derived from focus groups, social media metrics, and a tackle box full of stimulants. 

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson wanted for third Space Jam movie

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is wanted for the third ‘Space Jam’ movie.

The director of the most recent release – ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ – would love to see the wrestler turned actor appear in the next instalment of the franchise in the way Michael Jordan and LeBron James did.

Malcolm D. Lee told Entertainment Weekly: “I think the bar has been set so high in terms of the first one with this global iconic superstar in Michael Jordan, and now the same global iconic superstar in LeBron James, who transcends sports.

‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ review: How LeBron James’ performance compares to Michael Jordan from 1996 movie

What a splendid year in American culture. “Pokémon Red” and “Blue” were introduced to the United States. Kurt Angle won a gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck. And, by the way, you never fed that Tamagotchi you begged your parents to buy you. (And to think, you probably have kids now.)

LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam’ Reboot Is an Abomination

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.

LeBron James’s ‘Space Jam’ Spurs Stampede of 200 Product Tie-Ins

On Monday night, I sat in a dark theater, staring up at the movie screen, asking myself a perhaps-unanswerable question: What exactly does Hollywood think an “algorithm” is?

By definition, an algorithm is a set of operations (often rendered in code and meant for a computer) designed to solve a problem — calculating a number, showing you information based on data a device has collected about you, finding the answer to a question you’ve asked, or some much more complicated sequence. It’s a little black box into which you shove a set of parameters and boom, out comes a solution.

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