Showbusiness Rumors

“It’s a gorgeous story,” Bryant, who is airing a new ESPN show called “Detail” that debuts on Thursday and will run throughout the playoffs, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. Good enough for Bryant, who is in the process of building his own film studio, to consider producing it as a movie? “Yeah, maybe,” he said with a laugh. “Who the hell knows, right?”
Yet while Bryant hopes the Lakers land one of their top-tier targets, the retired five-time champion swears he won’t take part in the recruiting efforts. “You do realize I’m trying to build a (film) studio, right?” he told USA TODAY Sports with a laugh during a recent phone interview while promoting his new ESPN+ show, “Detail.” “I’m just a little busy, right? I’m not recruiting people. That’s not what I’m here for. That’s not what I do, man. I mean I’m friends with everybody, so if a player is thinking about coming here and he wants to call me and talk about it, I’m more than happy to talk about it and tell him what a wonderful place this is, which they already know.”
Davis’ TV and film production company, No Label, will create content with a focus on diversity and empowerment. It’ll follow up on some thoughtful work he’s already produced, including the acclaimed documentaries “Crips and Bloods: Made In America,” and “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce.” Davis said the films arose from a need to communicate what it was like to grow up in South Central Los Angeles, while also giving a voice to the misrepresented.
“The Drew,” which Davis also directed, is about a storied basketball league in the community that attracts top talent. “Crips and Bloods” chronicles the rise of those infamous gangs through first-person accounts. “You see these documentaries on gangs, and they’re just telling you what the gang’s doing, telling you, telling you. So it’s like you’re so afraid of them and they strike this fear in you,” Davis said. “I was like, you know what, let’s turn the camera and let’s give the camera to them.” Davis sought to show a different side of gang life.