Hard NOC Life 226: Why are Critics Dunking on ‘Space Jam’

Keith, Britney, and Dominic welcome back Jamal to figure out why everyone else is hating on LeBron James’ Space Jam reboot — a film the whole crew loved. Jamal is also here to plug our Twitch channel and Gaming Newsletter so be sure to subscribe to both! Later, Keith, Dom, and Britney break down the Loki finale and what it all means for the future of the MCU.

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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Puts Black Joy on Full Display

The reviews for LeBron James’ and SpringHill Entertainment’s Space Jam: A New Legacy are rolling in and they paint a considerably dismal picture of the imagination critics go to the movies with today. For some context, Steven Spielberg’s 2018 IP extravaganza Ready Player One sits with a decent aggregate rating of 72% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, particularly because of the way the film sets up its action sequences and because it is a Spielberg flick. A New Legacy, however, is already down to 32% from critics and that’s mainly because there are “too many IPs,” and the film doesn’t make algorithms function the way they should in the real world.

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NOC Interview: ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Stars Eric Bauza and Gabriel Iglesias

As I write this, reports have recently come in that our pal, Gabriel Iglesias, is currently recovering from COVID, so before we get into it, we want to wish him a very rapid recovery and all of our best wishes.

Today also marks the debut of Eric Bauza and Iglesias’ new film, Space Jam: A New Legacy! And to celebrate the return of the Tune Squad, we, at The Nerds of Color, were lucky enough to speak with Bauza and Iglesias about their roles in the new movie. Before we begin, here’s a bit about them.

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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ is For the Children (and Pop Culture Fanatics)

It was only 25 years ago when a major movie studio decided to take the world’s greatest athlete and put him in the world of Looney Tunes. Back in 1996, Space Jam was a phenomenon that sprung action figures, merchandise, comics, and video games.

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‘Jam’-tastic Night at the ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ World Premiere

Space Jam: A New Legacy is hitting theaters this week. And last night, the stars of the film, plus a few other special guests, took to the purple carpet to celebrate the looniest, toon-iest, basketball extravaganza on screen in the past 25 years!

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McDonald’s and ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Team Up for Fun Happy Meal & Sweepstakes!

I don’t know about you, but I remember getting the McDonald’s Happy Meal in 1996 when the first Space Jam was released. The nostalgia returns with McDonald’s partnering up with upcoming animated/live-action film Space Jam: A New Legacy to create the ultimate Looney Tunes kids toys!

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Nike Teams Up with Xbox For Incredible ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Collab

When LeBron James’ jersey first dropped in 2003, I dragged my father through the sweltering streets of Brooklyn to the nearest Foot Locker to buy it, alongside a headband and pair of wristbands to parade around in for the next month. I’d beg my mother to take us to the nearest Barnes & Noble with every new Slam magazine cover James appeared in, just to see if it was in stock. With Space Jam: A New Legacy on the horizon, my hopes of getting my hands on more coveted LeBron James memorabilia dwindle in the face of scalpers and buggy sneaker apps that seem to torture me incessantly.

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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Takes Over Six Flags

Earlier this week, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA got jammed (I know. As a Parks and Rec fan I shouldn’t do anything to glorify scumbag Jeremy Jamm, but the pun was right there, okay?)! And the Looney Tunes took over, with their good friends, Don Cheadle, Eric Bauza, and King James himself, Lebron James!

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Pump Up The Jam with This New Trailer for ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

Guilty confession: It’s been 24 years and I still have no idea what “pump up the jam” means? But it sounded cool, and it’s in the first movie, so I’m using it!

Anyway, a few weeks back, we posted a quick teaser trailer for the upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy! Today WB has dropped the full trailer, in all its glorious looney-ness!

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New TV Spot for ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

Last night during the MTV Movie Awards, Warner Bros. dropped a new TV Spot for Space Jam: A New Legacy. The new spot shines a particular spotlight on Granny and Tweety, and gives us answers about why Granny smells like gin every time we get together to watch a basketball game.

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Time to Jam with the New ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Trailer and Poster!

Everybody get up, it’s time to jam now! After 25 long years, we’re going back to (cyber)space with the Looney Tunes to play some basketball! And since MJ has long since retired, this time they’re bringing LeBron James!

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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Posters Show the Starting Line-Up for The Tune Squad

Guys, the friggin’ Tune Squad is back! I never thought in 25 years I’d have said something like that, but my 10-year old self is actually really excited. Back in November 1996, the original Space Jam debuted about a week prior to Disney’s live-action 101 Dalmatians film, and has since become a frequently discussed cult classic! Man so much has changed since then! It’s 2021, and now instead we’re getting Space Jam: A New Legacy and Cruella within a month and a half of each other. Indeed, the times they are a-changin’. But I digress.

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