Big-screen Brand

Elton Brand and the Sixers face the Heat in Game 4 of their playoff series Saturday afternoon. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Elton Brand and the Sixers face the Heat in Game 4 of their playoff series Saturday afternoon. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Posted: July 12, 2011

ELTON BRAND won't accept failure.

Even if it has the propensity to lighten his already deep pockets.

That's probably why the Sixers forward is trying his luck in the movie industry again, this time signing on as a co-producer for the upcoming film "Tupac," a biopic on the life and death of the West Coast hip-hop artist.

This isn't Brand's first venture into the movie game. While in Los Angeles as a Clipper, Brand co-founded a small production company called Gibraltar Entertainment. According to a 2006 report from the Los Angeles Times, Brand's outfit was hit with four separate lawsuits in a year span. Though none alleged any wrongdoing by Brand specifically, the report also claimed Brand dropped $250,000 out of his own pocket to settle a lawsuit.

However, with "Tupac," Brand is merging with powerhouse Morgan Creek Productions. And the flick is being directed by Antoine Fuqua, of the Oscar-winning film "Training Day," and Afeni Shakur-Davis, Tupac's mother, will serve as executive producer. The film has not been rated, but production is under way in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas.

Yo, Elton we get it. Your mantra definitely is "if at first you don't succeed . . . " and that's admirable. Except this time, try, try not to get sued again.

He must be from Philly

Despite the hot water it could land him in, Joe Bryant isn't letting a little thing like the law stand in the way of reppin' the city of Brotherly Love.

The former Sixers star and father of NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant told the Los Angeles Times that he still has Pennsylvania license plates on his SUV, even though he resides in California. Bryant was recently reappointed as coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks; he led the team to a 25-9 record and a conference finals berth as head coach in 2006.

"[The plates are] part of my roots," Bryant told the newspaper. "I won't let it go."

The state of California is unlikely to go to great lengths to hunt down "Jellybean" for a misdemeanor traffic offense, but why play the odds?

- Kerith Gabriel

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