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When Michael Jordan took on the original batch of MonStars back in "Space Jam," he did it WITHOUT his running mate, Scottie Pippen ... and now Pip is telling us why he wasn't in the flick. Remember, MJ and Bill Murray starred in the movie back in 1996 ... with a core group of NBA stars that included Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and more. When production on the movie began in 1995, Michael Jordan had just come back from retirement ... so he and Pippen were teammates in the Chicago Bulls again -- which had people wondering why didn't #33 have a significant role??? So, when we saw Pip at LAX on Thursday, we needed that explanation!!! I think I was injured or recovering from offseason injuries," Pippen said ... "I wasn't able to participate." If he WAS healthy though, Pippen says he would have agreed to a role in a heartbeat. Meanwhile, LeBron James is already shooting the sequel -- and some people are wondering why he didn't sign Zion Williamson to take on the MonStars. Pippen has an explanation for that, too -- "They haven't reached that pinnacle yet!" (TMZ)

Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Replace Chris Evans in Antoine Fuqua Thriller 'Infinite'. The movie is an adaptation of the 2009 novel 'The Reincarnationist Papers.' Mark Wahlberg is in negotiations to star in Infinite, an action thriller that Antoine Fuqua is directing for Paramount. The actor is stepping into the shoes previously worn by Chris Evans, who dropped out of the project in recent weeks. Sources say that the Avengers: Endgame star, who boarded the project in February, ran into scheduling issues with his Apple TV series, Defending Jacob. Infinite, with a script by Ian Shorr, adapts the 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers, centering on a group of near-immortal men and women who are reincarnated over the centuries and known as "the Infinite." To defeat an evil mastermind, the group must rely on a man who suffers from schizophrenia and who will have to learn that all his vivid dreams are actually memories from past lives, in order to defeat the villain. If a deal makes, Wahlberg will stars as the schizophrenic-turned-hero. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing Infinite with Mark Vahradian. John Zaozirny at Bellevue Productions is also producing, with Rafi Crohn executive producing. Evans ended his decade-long run in the MCU this summer with Endgame and will be seen in the Rian Johnson murder mystery Knives Out, out Nov. 27. Wahlberg is a Paramount favorite, having starred in two Transformers movies plus the Daddy's Home comedies for the Melrose Avenue-based studio. His last big-screen effort, Instant Family, was also for Paramount. This will be his next film as Infinite is heading towards a September start date. Wahlberg is repped by WME and Levinson Management. (Hollywood Reporter)

Melissa McCarthy in Talks to Play Ursula in Live-Action Little Mermaid. Melissa McCarthy may be headed under the sea. E! News has learned that the A-list actress is in early talks to appear in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. According to Variety, who first reported the news, a deal is not complete just yet. That won't stop fans, however, from freaking out! While details about the upcoming movie remain top-secret, Disney and the production team are hard at work finalizing casting decisions. And with Rob Marshall serving as director, the project plans to incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated film as well as new music from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. With casting well underway, pop culture fans haven't been shy about sharing their thoughts on social media as to who may be a good fit. At the same time, some Hollywood stars have experience with The Little Mermaid production. Back in 2016, John Stamos, Rebel Wilson, Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess and pop singer Sara Bareilles appeared in The Little Mermaid In Concert Live to Film event at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. The cast performed amid a screening of the film, backed by a 71-piece live orchestra and a 12-person choir. In addition, many fans won't forget when Lindsay Lohan expressed interest in playing Ariel on Instagram. "I will sing again, as #ariel #thelittlemermaid," the actress wrote in a now-deleted post that included a side-by-side pic of her and the animated mermaid princess. "@disney approve that "#billcondon directs it along with my sister @alianamusic singing the theme song for the soundtrack." (Eonline)

The Haunting of Bly Manor Books Hill House Star Victoria Pedretti. The Haunting of Hill House is over, now it's time for The Haunting of Bly Manor. Netflix announced the details of the next chapter in the new anthology series, including the return of Haunting of Hill House star Victoria Pedretti. She played Nellie Crain in the first season. "I play Dani, a governess who takes care of two very unusual children," Pedretti said in a video released on Twitter. "I'm so excited to get going. It'll hit Netflix in 2020 and I think you're going to love it." The title was revealed in February 2019 and the new season is inspired by The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. "Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are masterful at creating authentically frightening stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seats, but unable to look away," Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, said in a statement when the renewal was announced. "We're excited to continue our partnership with them on The Haunting series and future projects to come." The Haunting of Hill House turned into a big hit for the streamer, with many wondering what would come next. Flanagan said the story of the Crain family at the center of the first season was done. "I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well. But to me, I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it. We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers' room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family," he told EW in October 2018. Along with Pedretti, the first season starred Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Kate Siegel. Pedretti shot to fame with The Haunting of Hill House. In the upcoming season of You, Pedretti will play Love Quinn, an aspiring chef who comes into contact with Joe Goldberg (Pen Badgley). (Eonline)


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