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Musical ‘Ali’ About the Life of Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Is Being Developed for Broadway

The story of boxing legend, philanthropist and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali is being adapted into a new Broadway musical developed in partnership with his wife Lonnie Ali. Ali, announced on Wednesday by lead producer Richard Willis, will be written and helmed by the Olivier Award-nominated director Clint Dyer (Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley […]

Gene LeBell, Famed Stuntman and “Godfather of Grappling,” Dies at 89

Gene LeBell, the colorful judo champion, wrestler and stuntman who trained Bruce Lee, fought Elvis Presley and John Wayne in the movies and was an inspiration for Brad Pitt’s character in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has died. He was 89. LeBell died in his sleep early Tuesday morning at his home in Sherman Oaks, […]

Bill Russell, Boston Celtics Legend and the NBA’s Ultimate Winner, Dies at 88

Off the court, he was a champion for civil rights: "He represented things that were right while he had something to lose."

Steve Schapiro, Acclaimed Photojournalist, Dies at 87

Steve Schapiro, the photojournalist and documentarian who covered the civil rights movement, produced stills for The Godfather and Taxi Driver and shot portraits of David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Andy Warhol and Ray Charles, has died. He was 87. Schapiro died Saturday at his home in Chicago of pancreatic cancer, a publicist announced. Schapiro photographed the […]

‘Blood Brothers’ Director on Exploring Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali’s Friendship in Documentary

When Blood Brothers director Marcus A. Clarke was presented with the opportunity to make a film about the relationship and subsequent fallout between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, he wasn’t aware the two developed a friendship from 1962 to 1965. Now with Netflix’s Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, which is produced by Kenya Barris, […]

Netflix’s ‘Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali’: Film Review

The interviewees in Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali generously use words like “destiny,” “fate” and “prophecy” to describe the friendship between the two iconic civil rights activists at the center of this documentary. At first the words, a testament to the influence and deep meaning of the pair’s connection, sound beautiful. But as […]

Netflix Drops Trailer for Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali Documentary ‘Blood Brothers’

Upcoming Netflix documentary Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali details the three-year-long friendship between the civil rights and Nation of Islam leader and legendary boxer. In the trailer, civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton praises the icons by declaring: “They define a whole generation to be themselves and be bold.” Produced by Kenya Barris, […]

Rocky Balboa Threw Apollo Creed Fight in Sylvester Stallone’s Original, Darker Script

Sylvester Stallone’s first draft of Rocky was dark — so dark his then-wife Sasha Czack hated the character. The star, who turned 75 on Tuesday, said in a previous interview about his iconic boxing film that his first take on the character was all wrong. Having been inspired by Chuck Wepner’s impressive fight against Muhammad […]

Actual Films Names Justine Nagan Head of Production (Exclusive)

Veteran documentary producer Justine Nagan has been named head of production at Actual Films, the production company led by An Inconvenient Sequel directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk set for an international expansion. Nagan most recently spent five years as executive director at the New York-headquartered American Documentary Inc. (AmDoc), where her film credits included The […]

‘One Night in Miami’: Film Review | Venice 2020

Regina King makes her feature directing debut with Amazon's adaptation of One Night in Miami, the stage hit inspired by the 1964 encounter of four giants of sports, music and activism with conflicting perspectives on the Black struggle.

Boxing Champions Attend Premiere of New Muhammad Ali Documentary ‘What’s My Name?’

Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Shane Mosley all walked the red carpet at Regal Cinemas LA Live on Wednesday for the premiere of 'What’s My Name,' a two-part HBO documentary about the life of Muhammad Ali.

Tribeca: ‘What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali’ Team Talk Telling the Icon’s Story in His Own Words

"This film is a lot about sports being a metaphor for something greater,” director Antoine Fuqua told THR about 'What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali,' his new two-part HBO sports doc about the sports icon set to premiere May 14.