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Exclaim! - - SCREENSHOTS - BY JOSIAH HUGHES

EMMY FIGHT

While a num­ber of TV in­dus­try folks were fight­ing for ac­co­lades on­stage, a grit­tier brawl took place at a pre-Emmy party. Though no one re­ally knows what hap­pened, Tom Arnold al­leges that Sur­vivor pro­ducer Mark Bur­nett jumped him at a party. Of course, Bur­nett’s camp (in­clud­ing his wife, Roma Downey) claim Arnold ini­ti­ated the scuf­fle. Arnold has been ha­rass­ing Bur­nett over some al­leged Ap­pren­tice out­takes that will make Don­ald Trump look even worse than he al­ready does. Now, we’d rather see tapes from this fight.

NEXT JOR­DAN AF­TER ALL

LeBron James is wast­ing no time mak­ing Hol­ly­wood power moves now that he’s based in L.A. He’s team­ing up with Black Pan­ther direc­tor Ryan Coogler to pro­duce a se­quel to the 1996 hoops’n’toons flick Space Jam in which James will star. Ter­ence Nance (HBO’s Ran­dom Acts of Fly­ness) will di­rect the pro­ject, slated to film dur­ing sum­mer 2019’s NBA off-sea­son. The team will al­most cer­tainly ap­proach orig­i­nal star Michael Jor­dan for a cameo; ne­go­ti­a­tions with Bugs Bunny are re­port­edly “on­go­ing.”

THEY’RE TURN­ING TRUMP TWEETS INTO MOVIES NOW

Speak­ing of Trump tapes, a new movie about the re­viled pres­i­dent is on the way from Veep cre­ator Ar­mando Ian­nucci, and it started as a hum­ble tweet. On Septem­ber 5, he tweeted, “Film pitch: Trump drugged and moved to a replica White House, where he car­ries on think­ing he’s gov­ern­ing. Mil­lions spent on hir­ing ac­tors to play his staff, Sen­a­tors, news an­chors, peo­ple at ral­lies. There you go. Stu­dios, your high­est bid please.” At least eight ma­jor film stu­dios have shown in­ter­est in the pitch, so ex­pect the movie to ac­tu­ally get made.

SHOOT­ING STAR

Just how good is A Star Is Born? Along with an end­less stream of buzz at TIFF, the film’s de­but at Cannes re­ceived daps from Mother Na­ture her­self, un­less she was try­ing to say she hated it. The screen­ing was in­ter­rupted when the cin­ema was struck by light­ning. Talk about elec­tric per­for­mances.

HARDY GOES HARD

When he’s not star­ring in movies or stop­ping crime in real life, end­lessly in­ter­est­ing Tom Hardy moon­lights as a rap­per. His long-lost 1999 mix­tape resur­faced ear­lier this year, and now Hardy is re­port­edly work­ing on some new grime chunes. The Sun re­ports that Hardy is work­ing on new mu­sic with pro­ducer Sam Wil­liams (who has pre­vi­ously worked with David Bowie). Whether or not his bars will stack up against Skepta, Stor­mzy or Wi­ley re­mains to be seen.

TOM ARNOLD

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