Movie news: Gandolfini goes back to HBO, Biggie Smalls has a director, and Scorsese's Stones doc gets pushed
08.13.07 by REELZ
Actor James Gandolfini, aka Tony Soprano, is heading back to HBO. That's right, the man who defined the New Jersey mob (at least on TV) is doing a movie for the network that made him.
Gandolofini has signed on to play another controversial Jerseyite-- basketball/athletic gear marketing figure Sonny Vaccaro, who signed Michael Jordan's first million-dollar deal with Nike and launched the careers of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant with his summer camp to showcase up and coming high school talent. The drama ABCD camp will be written by David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights)...
...Notorious, the biopic about the Biggie Smalls,which started a national open casting this weekend for its lead, has found its director. Longtime Biggie Smalls fan George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor, Soul Food) will direct the script by Cheo Hodari Coker (the journalist who wrote B.I.G.'s biography) and Reggie Rock Blythewood. Hip-hop musician and mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will produce...
...Martin Scorsese's Shine a Light, has been postposed until April. The concert film about The Rolling Stones was originally supposed to open next month, but Paramount is claiming it wants more time to properly coordinate marketing with Scorses and the Stones, who are curently on tour in Europe.