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April 30, 2001
Michael Jordan's back! Yes it's true: Jordan is returning...to the big screen. Twentieth Century Fox has just bought a script called Like Mike, about a teen who receives a pair of Jordan's sneakers and discovers they have magical powers. The kid puts on the shoes, is transformed into a hoops stud and catapults to the NBA, leading the Bulls to a title. (Hey, it's Hollywood.) Lil' Bow Wow, the 14-year-old rap sensation, is in talks to star. MJ's involvement has yet to be determined, although screenwriter Michael Elliot says, "I'm hoping he'll be in it."...
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April 30, 2001

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Michael Jordan's back! Yes it's true: Jordan is returning...to the big screen. Twentieth Century Fox has just bought a script called Like Mike, about a teen who receives a pair of Jordan's sneakers and discovers they have magical powers. The kid puts on the shoes, is transformed into a hoops stud and catapults to the NBA, leading the Bulls to a title. (Hey, it's Hollywood.) Lil' Bow Wow, the 14-year-old rap sensation, is in talks to star. MJ's involvement has yet to be determined, although screenwriter Michael Elliot says, "I'm hoping he'll be in it."...

A strange twist in Reggie Miller's divorce case: Although Miller and his ex-wife, Marita Stavrou, finalized their divorce earlier this month, they're still fighting over assets. On April 17, Stavrou filed a petition in State Supreme Court in Manhattan asking Miller to explain "several substantial transactions" to Miller's former teammate Mark Jackson. Miller's lawyer, Jim Buck, acknowledges that Miller wrote checks to Jackson but says the money was to pay off gambling losses. Buck also says the money was rightfully Miller's and the sums are minor compared with Stavrou's $5 million settlement. (For example, Jackson received three checks in 1999 totaling $15,000. Jackson couldn't be reached for comment.) "This is a bitter knee-jerk reaction by Marita to embarrass Reggie," says Buck. Stavrou's lawyer declined to comment....

Former Oilers defensive back Bo Eason has written Runt of the Litter, a semiautobiographical play that's generating heavy buzz. Runt features Eason telling how he was pushed by a domineering father and how he labored in the shadow of his brother, former NFL quarterback Tony Eason. Last week Castle Rock optioned the feature rights to Runt, and the play, which recently workshopped in L.A., may open on Broadway this fall.

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