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Gossip Extra: LeBron James to produce docu-drama about his high school basketball days

 

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Miami Heat superstar LeBron James is set to produce a docu-drama about his life as a high school basketball player in Ohio, according to several movie-trade news outfits in Los Angeles.

James, 29, who’s waiting for the second round of the NBA playoffs; Maverick Carter, James’ manager, and two big-deal Hollywood producers are set to pick one of four scripts under consideration.

The other two producers are the husband-and-wife team of Terence and Rachel Winter. Terence created the HBO hit series Boardwalk Empire and wrote the Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the scripts are loosely based on the documentary More Than a Game, which follows James and his teammates through their high school years at St. Mary-St. Vincent High in Akron.

With James, the school went from obscure to powerhouse in basketball before he was directly drafted into the NBA without a stopover in college.

The script is said to center partly on the struggles of Lebron’s teammates with his fame and attention.

courtroom update

Another Heat superstar, meanwhile, is due back in court with his ex-wife.

Dwyane Wade, whose battles with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches are slowly becoming the stuff of legend, is being accused by the ex of making it harder for her to see their two children on the upcoming Mother’s Day.

Wade, who could be playing in a second-round NBA playoff game May 11, allegedly is refusing to have their two boys dropped off at their mother’s house in Chicago.

So says Funche’s Boca Raton lawyer, Lisa Macci.

“Anything Dwyane and his lawyers do to make my client’s life a living hell, they do,” Macci said. “They’ve announced their intention of denying her a court-ordered Mother’s Day visitation, so I have to file an emergency motion to force them to hand her the children on Mother’s Day.”

Funches and Wade, who has custody of the children, have been ensnared in a back and forth since Wade filed for the split in 2007.

Estimates of the cost of the divorce and its remaining issues are in the $10 million range — and climbing.

While their divorce was pronounced, a financial settlement between the two is also in dispute — and in an appeals court in Wade’s hometown of Chicago.

Evan Marks, Wade’s attorney in Miami, didn’t return a call and an email for comment

real estate report

On one side, Hollywood big screen legend Burt Reynolds is hounded by banks trying to foreclose on his Palm Beach County house.

On the other, he’s being hounded by folks posing as potential buyers of the $4.9 million house. They are usually gawkers who claim to be in the market just so they can visit and, hopefully, meet the 78-year-old star of classics like Deliverance and The Longest Yard.

“It’s extremely difficult to work over there,” said one Realtor who asked not to be named told me.

One phony buyer was recently caught taking selfies on Reynolds’ bed. Since then, visitors have been asked to check their cellphones at the door.

radio daze

Stick a fork in it: The morning radio show that Hits 97.3 lured to the Miami radio market from West Palm Beach with great fanfare in July is no more.

The KVJ Show, hosted by Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington, quietly ended last week, not long after the talk show turned into a Top-40 music program. There has been no official word from the station, but the fact that all references to the trio was wiped off the Hits website is pretty telling.

Despite its No. 1 status up north for nearly 14 years, ratings show Miamians never really warmed up to the program.

Read more Jose Lambiet stories from the Miami Herald

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