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LeBron James Rocks Black Kobe Bryant Jersey To Celebrate Mamba Day — See Video



LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to Kobe Bryant during Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs on 8/24 — a date which marks the late Lakers legend’s two jersey numbers. The team wore ‘Black Mamba’ jerseys in honor of Kobe Day.

Kobe Bryant‘s memory lives on through his Los Angeles Lakers team, which donned “Black Mamba” jerseys for Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trailblazers on Monday, Aug. 24. LeBron James and Co. wore the special snakeskin uniform, which features drop shadows behind the numbers, as well as a special patch for Kobe’s late daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. The No. 2 patch is the number Gigi wore on the basketball court with her youth team. The design details are also a nod to the 1996-97 Lakers uniforms when Kobe was a rookie.

LeBron rocked the Kobe Black Mamba number eight jersey over a tie-dyed t-shirt as he made his way into the locker room prior to the game. He paired it with Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike Blazer Mid sneakers:

Even Trailblazers star Dame Lillard paid tribute to Mamba on Kobe Day by wearing his two numbers on the back of his game shoes:

At one point in the first quarter, the Lakers went up 24-8 against the Trailblazers, with Kobe’s numbers making another appearance!

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James drives down court in game four of the NBA playoffs against the Trailblazers, while wearing his Black Mamba jersey in honor of Kobe Bryant Day. Photo credit: AP.

The Lakers first wore the “Black Mamba” uniforms on January 26, 2018, against the Chicago Bulls — two years to the day before Kobe and Gianna’s death in a helicopter crash in California. Before his passing, Kobe collaborated with Nike to design the alternative uniforms. Nike announced it will celebrate “Mamba Week,” starting on Kobe’s birthday (August 23), by making a $1 million donation to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, in addition to releasing new color-ways of his popular Kobe V sneakers. The Lakers, as well as teams around the league, including the WNBA, paid tribute to Kobe on his 42nd birthday.

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Longtime friends Kobe Bryant and LeBron James share a moment during a timeout of a Miami Heat NBA basketball game in Miami, on January 23, 2014. (Photo credit: AP)

Also on the 8/24 Kobe day, L.A. City Councilmembers Curren Price and Herb Wesson introduced a proposal to rename a stretch of Figueroa Street next to downtown’s Staples Center in his honor. The three mile section from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the University of Southern California in Exposition Park up to Olympic near Staples would be renamed Kobe Bryant Boulevard. The late Oscar-winner spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, in which he won 5 championships and played in seven NBA Finals. The team retired both of Kobe’s numbers, 8 and 24, on December 18, 2017 and Staples became known as the “House that Kobe built” as his home court for so many seasons.

Tonight’s tribute is one of many orchestrated by the Lakers. Before practice on Monday, August 17, the team watched a two-minute video that showed a preacher delivering a sermon about focus and faith, through the lens of Kobe’s life story, according to ESPNs Dave McMenamin. On February 24, the city of Los Angeles, with the help of the Lakers organization, held a public memorial for Kobe at Staples Center. His wife Vanessa Bryant, his teammate Shaquille O’Neal, along with Kobe’s good friend Michael Jordan, were among those who gave heartfelt speeches. Four months later at the 2020 ESPYS on June 21, Snoop Dogg honored Kobe in an emotional performance, as well as ESPN, which aired a touching video of his career highlights.

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Kobe Bryant (24) on offense against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles on November 28, 2003. (Photo credit: AP)

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna both perished in a helicopter crash on January 26 — along with seven others including, her basketball teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah Chester, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser and the pilot Ara Zobayan. The group was on their way to a youth basketball game in Kobe’s Sikorsky S-76 private helicopter when it crashed in the hills of Southern California.

In April, Vanessa and Kobe would’ve celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. In addition to Gianna, the couple shares daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, who turned 1 on June 20. Also in April, Gianna and her two Mamba Academy teammates, Alyssa and Payton were selected as honorary picks during the 2020 WNBA draft. Our thoughts are with the families affected by this tragedy.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show



Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.


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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers



As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion


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The short, strange life of Quibi



“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.


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