Five years later, NBA star’s viral ad set to become a feature film

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You’ve seen the “Uncle Drew” commercials. But are you ready for the movie? 

Because that’s about to happen. So continues the unlikely rise of a concept that was never even intended to be a broadcast ad in the first place. 

“Uncle Drew,” for the uninitiated, is the advertising alter ego of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving dons old clothes and heaps on tons of makeup to transform into Uncle Drew, an old geezer who breaks ankles and dunks on flummoxed pickup hoopers at the park. (Oh, and Uncle Drew wants you to drink Pepsi.) 

Uncle Drew made his debut back in May 2012, when a five-minute short film of Irving-dressed-as-Drew became an immediate online sensation. In that original spot, Drew shows up at an outdoor basketball court and dominates pickup players who seem to think they are actually being schooled by an old man, not an NBA star.  Read more…

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President Donald Trump Will Not Fill Out NCAA Tournament Bracket

Forget President Donald Trump’s unpopular travel ban, allegations of collusion with Russia, and his bashing of the mainstream media in press conferences. His most recent escapade could be his most egregious yet.

Prepare yourself: President Trump will not be filling out an NCAA bracket.

ESPN had reached out to the White House to see if Trump would continue Barack Obama’s annual tradition of filling out a bracket for both the men and women’s basketball tournament, but alas, Trump will not be taking part in March Madness this year.

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“We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket,” ESPN said in a statement to TheWrap on Thursday. “They have respectfully declined.”

While he’s wagering on the big tournament, Trump does boast at least on college basketball veteran among his loyal supporters.

Former coach Bobby Knight (above with Trump), who won three national championships during a 30-year career at Indiana, attended a number of Trump’s rallies during his presidential campaign, telling a crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan: “we need a Donald Trump more than we’ve ever needed anybody since George Washington,” Politico reported.

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Obama, himself an avid basketball player, filled out a bracket every year he was in office. Sadly though, the former Commander-in-Chief was not so good at picking winners.

The only time he successfully predicted the final winner of the tournament was his first year in office, when he correctly picked North Carolina to win it all.

Last year, Obama picked Kansas to win it in the finals. He had previously picked Kansas University twice, both in losing efforts. But Kansas would not live up to Obama’s expectations, with Number 2 seed Villanova beating North Carolina.

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Tom Brady Book, Movie In the Works From Oscar Nominated ‘The Fighter’ Writers

If you haven’t had enough of Tom Brady over the past two weeks, rejoice in the knowledge that the five-time Super Bowl champion is going to be the topic of an upcoming book and movie from the writers of Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” TheWrap has learned.

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, who were nominated for an Oscar for 2010 boxing drama “The Fighter,” are combining forces with New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman to tell the historic story New England Patriots’ quarterback.

Also on board is fellow Bostonian Dave Wedge, who co-write “Boston Strong” with Sherman, which then got made into the movie “Patriots Day,” executive produced by Tamasy and Johnson.

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The Brady project is expected not only to detail his historic career and record-breaking comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, but also the controversies surrounding him and the Patriots, most notably the Deflategate scandal that left Brady suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.

Brady sealed his place not only in the record books but in NFL lore when he led the Patriots from 25-3 down at halftime to a 34-28 victory on Feb. 5, in a thrilling game that marked the only Super Bowl to ever go into overtime.

The 39-year-old veteran quarterback earned fourth Super Bowl MVP award for his miraculous comeback, and the fifth Lombardi Trophy for the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick, who is also being dubbed one of the best of all time.

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Tamasy and Johnson have also teamed up for another miraculous sports tale, this time the Cinderella story of Premier League underdogs Leicester City, who beat 5000/1 odds to win the title in 2016, under the leadership of Jamie Vardy.

From Hyannis, Massachusetts, Sherman is renowned for his Boston-themed writing. Along with “The Finest Hours,” which he co-authored with Michael J. Tougias, he has penned “A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler,” “Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob’s Most Feared Assassin,” “Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph over Tragedy,” and “Black Irish,” set in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Deadline was the first to report this news.

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Tom Brady Book & Movie Coming From ‘The Finest Hours’ Writing Team

EXCLUSIVE: A new book and feature film project about Tom Brady, who has won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history, is on its way. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the writers behind Disney’s The Finest Hours who were nominated for an Oscar for The Fighter, and New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman are reteaming.
Joining up with them is Boston journalist Dave Wedge, who was Sherman’s co-author on Boston Strong. Tamasy and Johnson used the book as part…

PSL 2017: Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif face exemplary punishment if proven guilty, says PCB chief

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Champions League: Barcelona’s progress to quarters ‘practically impossible’ after Paris Saint-Germain drubbing, says Neymar

Barcelona’s Brazilian star Neymar says it will be a virtual ‘mission impossible’ for the Spanish giants to progress in the Champions League after their 4-0 first leg demolition by Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

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England Test captain Joe Root hopes predecessor Alastair Cook smashes ‘every record going’

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