News Bits: Miles, Balls, LeBron, Mothers, King

Miles Ahead
The Film Society of Lincoln Centre have announced today that Don Cheadle’s directorial debut “Miles Ahead,” a biopic of legendary musician Miles Davis (played by Cheadle), will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night selection of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival. Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor also star in the film, and the festival runs September 25th to October 11th. [Source: Deadline]

Balls
Amy Poehler will star in and produce the sports comedy “Balls” for Universal Pictures and Paper Kite Productions. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will also produce.

Poehler will play a once-promising basketball coach who is asked to lead an NBA team. Ike Barinholtz will co-write the script with David Stassen and have a supporting role. [Source: Variety]

LeBron James
NBA superstar LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment label are partnering with Warner Bros. Entertainment in an agreement covering projects in TV, film and original digital content. James made his feature film debut in the just released romantic comedy “Trainwreck” portraying himself. [Source: Variety]

Mother’s Day
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy “Mother’s Day” and have set an April 29th 2016 release date. Anya Kochoff-Romano, Lily Hollander, Matt Walker and Tom Hines penned the script.

Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis star in the ensemble piece which unfurls intertwining stories about the lives of several mothers as the title holiday approaches. [Source: Variety]

The King of Comedy
“Hedwig & The Angry Inch” composer/lyricist Stephen Trask and “Rock Of Ages” author Chris D’Arienzo have signed on for the Broadway musical adaption of Martin Scorsese’s 1982 film “The King Of Comedy” for New Regency.

Jerry Lewis starred in the original as a talk show host who is kidnapped by a desperate comedian stalker (Robert De Niro) who wants his own fame. Arnon Milchan produced. [Source: Deadline]