Friday, December 7, 2012
Media Blitz: Bosh goes Disney & more
By Sam Alipour ESPN The Magazine
When was the last time Chris Bosh missed a dunk?
“Let’s just say it was because I had a full diaper,” Bosh offers in the Jan. 18 episode of Disney Channel’s “Jessie.”
It’ll be brick city for the Heat’s big man when he visits the series’ NYC environs for a game against the Knicks -- whom he’ll surely be itching to beat after his team lost to New York in Miami on Thursday night.
The culprit: Knicks fan Luke (Cameron Boyce), who steals Bosh’s lucky socks.
For more, check out the video above from Blitz’s visit to the set and click here to watch an exclusive clip from the episode.
On to other Media Blitz news ...
TEAM DOCS: Linsanity and Kevin Pearce are Sundance-bound, and a “Konkussion” problem
• After leaving Broadway for Houston, “Linsanity” will next hit Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival, where the documentary about Jeremy Lin will premiere next month.
Directed by Evan Leong, a former assistant to “Fast & Furious” helmer Justin Lin, “Linsanity” takes an all-encompassing look at the Rockets’ sensation, covering his formative years in Palo Alto, Calif., his time at Harvard and his Big Apple breakout with the New York Knicks last season while also examining the role of family and faith in Lin’s improbable journey.
• A documentary about snowboarder Kevin Pearce will premiere outside of competition at Sundance.
“The Crash Reel,” directed by five-time Sundance veteran Lucy Walker, tells the story of the Olympic hopeful, who in 2009 suffered a traumatic brain injury at a Park City halfpipe -- the same mountain that took the life of skier Sarah Burke in 2012, just as the previous festival unspooled.
The film, which will explore the issue of safety through the prism of both accidents, will bow Jan. 18 in Salt Lake City and screen in Park City the next day, exactly one year after Burke’s death.
• The story of the NFL’s head-trauma drama will be told in “Konkussion Stories,” a documentary produced by '80s-era Cowboys Jeff Rohrer and Doug Cosbie, as well as “CSI: Miami” exec producer and “Hannah Montana” co-creator Barry O’Brien.
James Caan has agreed to narrate the doc, and a rep for the film says a slew of former players, including ex-Cowboys Drew Pearson, Charlie Waters and Mike Renfro, have signed on to appear.
You might never hear their stories, though: With only two days left in a Kickstarter campaign to secure $375,000 in financing, the producers are short by, oh, $371,160.
HARD-COVERS: Gabby Douglas’ bow and Notre Dame’s Irish memories
• On sale this week: Gabby Douglas’ memoir “Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith” (Zondervan), in which the Olympic gold medalist recounts her 16-year journey from womb to the thieving of America’s heart.
Douglas, with Michelle Burford, writes of racism, the grueling physical and emotional demands of competitive gymnastics, and the time she nearly gave it all up to work the counter at Chick-fil-A.
• From the “We Care Only Because You Don’t Stink For The First Time In A While” file: “Notre Dame’s Happy Returns: Dublin, the Experience, the Game” (University of Notre Dame Press), which recounts the Fighting Irish’s springboard to the BCS National Championship Game, a Sept. 1 whooping of Navy in the Emerald Isle Classic in Ireland.
The book recaps the game, offers a history lesson on Dublin and recounts the ties that bind Notre Dame to Ireland.