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    Eddie Murphy returns to one of his most iconic characters. Photo: Amazon Prime Video | Amazon Prime Video At one point in the film, two characters compare the cinema of Hollywood with the one produced in the fictional nation of Zamunda. One of them assures that Americans, when they do not make superhero stories, are in charge of making remakes or sequels of old films that no one asked for, a comment that could be unfortunate if we check the critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But if we consider this page as a mere « statistics guide » and not as an infallible moral compass when choosing our next two hours of leisure, « Coming 2 America”, A late sequel to the comedy classic starring Eddie murphy in 1988, it offers just what it promises in its advances: the return of a character from the 80’s. You might also be interested...
    Boy Scouts plan to exit bankruptcy woefully inadequate French billionaire MP Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash Eddie Murphy will be coming to a stage near you… in due time. In a chat with Kevin Hart on the "Comedy Gold Minds" podcast, Eddie said he planned to return to stand-up in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic changed everything.  "My plan was to do 'Dolemite,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Coming 2 America,' and then do stand-up. And then the pandemic hit," Eddie said.  © Shutterstock Eddie Murphy Before COVID-19, the plan was working too. In October 2019, "Dolemite Is My Name" was released. Two months later, he returned to "SNL" and hosted for the first time in 35 years. Then, on March 4, the "Coming to America" sequel was released on Amazon Prime. Video: Bob Odenkirk Wishes He Had Acted a Little Differently on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Entertainment Weekly) Bob Odenkirk Wishes He...
    Refinery29 How Ruth E. Carter Brought Zamunda’s Royal Fashion To Life In Coming 2 America Bella Murphy, Akiley Love, Arsenio Hall, Eddie Murphy, Shari Headley, KiKi Layne and Paul Bates star in COMING 2 AMERICA Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert © 2020 Paramount Pictures There’s plenty of overlap between Coming 2 America, the sequel to the 1988 comedy of the same name, and Black Panther — and not just because the former referenced Wakanda early on in the trailer. For one, both films center around the homecoming of American sons, who go to their ancestral (and fictitious) African countries with plans to ascend the throne. And, secondly, they’re outfitted by costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who not only became the first Black woman to win the Oscar for her Afrofuturistic looks in the Ryan Coogler’s Marvel film but, last month, was awarded a Walk of Fame star (she’s only the second...
    New York : Eddie Murphy. Photo: Christopher Polk / . ‘A prince in New York‘, which premiered in the 1980s and ended up becoming a movie classic, it’s back. Amazon Studios premiered this Friday, March 5, the film starring Eddie murphy, a sequel that returns with most of the cast. Eddie, also the creator of the comedy, who was the most popular with the public, returns to the fictional nation of ‘Zamunda’ this time when Akeem, the character he plays, prepares to become king. His turn to reign has come and he discovers that the burden of the crown is heavier than he thought. Worried that he does not have a male child as heir, according to what the law requires, his faithful confidant Semmi, played by actor Arsenio Hall, confesses that he actually does have a son lost in New York. Exactly 33...
    Coming 2 America, Amazon’s sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 smash, is unfunny, poorly acted, and a woke lecture about how wrong we were to enjoy the sexist and insensitive original. Imagine if in 1988, Hollywood released sequels to Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, or My Sister Eileen , or We’re No Angels. Imagine Hollywood, in 1988, pumping out sequels to 33-year-old comedies released in 1955. Well, that’s exactly what happened with Coming to America.  The original is 33-years-old, Eddie Murphy turns 60 this year, Arsenio Hall just turned 65, and it’s a humiliating disaster for all involved. Let’s face it, the original, like everything Murphy touched in the 80s, might have been a smash-hit, but it’s nothing terribly special. It’s charming and funny and has its inspired moments, but other than presenting a flourishing and fictional African country thirty years before Black Panther’s Wakanda, there’s nothing terribly memorable that...
    Actor Eddie Murphy – Christine Calhan / ACE Pictures / Instar / Cover Images Eddie Murphy promises him that his skin color has never been a barrier in his life in Hollywood. The comedian rose to fame in the 1980s when America roared with valuable laughter Live Saturday night. The doors of Hollywood then opened for him, leaving him to collect millions of dollars at the box office. Flick of Beverly Hills Or Natty Professor. According to him, he always knew how to ensure that his color had no influence on his work. “In terms of my work and my career, my skin color has never been an issue. I’ve been making movies for 40 years and I never stopped filming because I was black. I won this thing. But that doesn’t mean heaven,” he told the Radio Times in an interview. Promised Evening standard. Born in...
    Shanya Robinson-Owens: This teen was offered over $1 million in scholarships when she applied to colleges Senate works through night with virus aid on path to passage © Amazon Studios (L-R) Colin Jost and Jermaine Fowler in "Coming 2 America." Amazon Studios Director Craig Brewer said he came up with the idea to give a hat tip to "Trading Places." The Eddie Murphy comedy is also referred to in 1988's "Coming to America." "I'm still a believer that there's a crossover movie to do with 'Coming to America' and 'Trading Places,'" Brewer told Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Coming 2 America" is filled with callbacks to the first movie. But there's also a scene in the sequel that gives a shout out to another classic Eddie Murphy movie. In the scene where Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler), the illegitimate son of Akeem (Eddie Murphy), goes for a...
    Like many people across the world, the sudden onset of COVID-19 shuttered Eddie Murphy's plans for 2020, which included a return to the medium that helped set him on the path to superstardom. But on Thursday, during an appearance on Kevin Hart's SiriusXM's podcast Comedy Gold Minds, the comedic legend revealed that he still wants to do new stand-up comedy performances once the pandemic ends. 'My plan was to do Dolemite, Saturday Night Live, Coming 2 America, and then do stand up. And then the pandemic hit, and it shut the whole s**t down,' Murphy, who turns 60 next month, explained. On a mission: Eddie Murphy, who turns 60 next month, reiterated his plan to return to stand-up comedy once the COVID-19 pandemic is over and it's safe for fans to return large gatherings Three-fourths of the plan went without too many hitches: Dolemite Is My Name dropped in October 2019,...
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    Eddie Murphy revealed he’s set to return to doing stand-up comedy when life goes back to normal. “My plan was to do [his 2019 movie ‘Dolemite Is My Name’], ‘Saturday Night Live,’ [upcoming flick] “Coming 2 America” and then do stand-up. And then the pandemic hit, and it shut the whole s–t down,” he said on Kevin Hart’s SiriusXM’s podcast “Comedy Gold Minds.” Murphy hosted “SNL” in December of last year. He added, “When the pandemic is over and it’s safe for everybody to go out and do it, then the plan is to do it.” Murphy transformed stand-up comedy in the 1980s with his legendary specials “Delirious” and “Raw,” but quit in 1987 when his Hollywood career took off.
    Warning: This story contains spoilers from “Coming 2 America.” Of all the must-see musical moments in the long-awaited sequel “Coming 2 America,” which arrives Friday on Amazon Prime Video, perhaps the most memorable one belongs to the man himself: Eddie Murphy. Or make that Randy Watson. That’s right: The Jheri-curled crooner — one of several characters that Murphy played in addition to Prince Akeem in 1988’s “Coming to America” — is back for his encore 33 years after warbling “The Greatest Love of All.” And this time — once again accompanied by his backup band, Sexual Chocolate — he’s singing “We Are Family” with a lyrical twist: “We are family/I got Sexual Chocolate with me.” “That was absolutely Eddie Murphy’s idea from start to finish,” said Randy Spendlove, president of Worldwide Music and Publishing at Paramount, the film’s production company. “That is 100 percent Eddie Murphy, the brilliance of him...
    More On: coming 2 america How Zamunda in ‘Coming to America’ instilled African pride in black Americans How ‘Coming 2 America’ revives the best parts of the original Rick Ross opens Georgia megamansion to film ‘Coming 2 America’ sequel ‘Coming 2 America’ to premiere at Queens drive-in, not in theaters Warning: This story contains spoilers from “Coming 2 America.” Of all the must-see musical moments in the long-awaited sequel “Coming 2 America,” which arrives Friday on Amazon Prime Video, perhaps the most memorable one belongs to the man himself: Eddie Murphy. Or make that Randy Watson. That’s right: The Jheri-curled crooner — one of several characters that Murphy played in addition to Prince Akeem in 1988’s “Coming to America” — is back for his encore 33 years after warbling “The Greatest Love of All.” And this time — once again accompanied by his backup band, Sexual Chocolate — he’s singing...
    Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda. Let me say that again for the people in the back: Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda. (No shade to “Black Panther.”) So it’s no wonder why black folks across the US, Africa and everywhere else melanin-blessed brothers and sisters who see themselves and their ancestors in Prince Akeem and of course King Jaffe Joffer — all hail James Earl Jones! — will be gathering for viewing parties Friday night to watch “Coming 2 America.” The long-awaited sequel to 1988’s classic “Coming to America” — starring Eddie Murphy back when he was EDDIE! — is a must-see event. Of all the movies Murphy made in his hilarious heyday — from “Trading Places” and “Beverly Hills Cop” to “Boomerang” and “The Nutty Professor” — it’s “Coming to America” that still holds such a special place in African-American hearts 33 years after it first put Zamunda on the map....
    More On: eddie murphy How ‘Coming 2 America’ revives the best parts of the original ‘Coming 2 America’ released on Amazon Prime a day early ‘Coming 2 America’ review: Funny, but no match for the original Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall forced to put white actor in ‘Coming to America’ Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda. Let me say that again for the people in the back: Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda. (No shade to “Black Panther.”) So it’s no wonder why black folks across the US, Africa and everywhere else melanin-blessed brothers and sisters who see themselves and their ancestors in Prince Akeem and of course King Jaffe Joffer — all hail James Earl Jones! — will be gathering for viewing parties Friday night to watch “Coming 2 America.” The long-awaited sequel to 1988’s classic “Coming to America” — starring Eddie Murphy back when he was EDDIE! — is a must-see...
    (CNN)After three decades and multiple blockbuster movies, Eddie Murphy is planning a return to the medium that helped launch his acting career. The "Beverley Hills Cop" star has revealed that he wants to do new stand-up comedy performances once the pandemic ends. Appearing on SiriusXM's podcast "Comedy Gold Minds with Kevin Hart" on Thursday, the actor said had it not been for Covid-19 restrictions, he would have already made a comeback. Coming 2 America brings Eddie Murphy back, riding a wave of nostalgia"My plan was to do 'Dolemite,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Coming 2 America,' and then do stand up. And then the pandemic hit, and it shut the whole sh*t down," the "Saturday Night Live" alum explained. "The whole time last year I would have been out working on my act, trying to get my sh*t right, and then the whole thing shut down." Read MoreHe added that "when...
    The much-awaited romantic-comedy titled Coming 2 America finally dropped on Amazon Prime Video on March 4. Directed by Craig Brewer, the flick is being bankrolled by Eddie Murphy and Kevin Misher under their respective banner. The story of the movie takes you on the journey of African monarch Akeem, who comes to know that he has a long-lost son in the US. This one stars Eddie Murphy, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall and Wesley Snipes in key roles. Coming 2 America Movie Review: Eddie Murphy’s Sequel Film Prefers Breaking Gender Norms Over Cheap Laughs, and That’s a WIN! (News Brig Exclusive).  As soon as the film was out, netizens flooded the internet with reviews of the same. Even on the critics front, the film has garnered mixed reviews. However, the only thing which all reviewers have agreed upon is Eddie’s amazing performance. Well, in case, you are planning to watch...
    ‘El Rey de Zamunda’ is the sequel that we can expect it to be, 33 years after an original whose circumstantial success and nostalgic memory places it above what it really is, both as a comedy and as a film. A project that was born with the clear intention of greening laurels, those of an Eddie Murphy who has not felt the right eye of America that one day was. Almost, almost from the time of Akeem Joffer or Axel Foley, a franchise whose third installment, released in 1994, can serve to position us against this other “even later” sequel to ‘The Prince of Zamunda’. I have to say that even at that time neither Murphy seemed particularly funny to me, nor did his films seem especially good to me, except for honorable exceptions. One of them would be the aforementioned ‘The prince of Zamunda’, as proof that it is...
    Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America" (left) and "Coming 2 America," out March 5, 2021 on Amazon Prime. Paramount Pictures/Amazon Studios "Coming To America" premiered in 1988. It was an instant classic, launching the careers of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Thirty-two years later, its sequel, "Coming 2 America," is on Amazon Prime Video today. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Coming To America," released in 1988, introduced a generation to the idealistic Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), who hailed from the mythical African nation of Zamunda, in search of a bride he was actually in love with. Refusing to wed the bride his parents had pre-selected for him, Prince Akeem traveled to Queens, New York with his best friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to find the woman who could love him with or without a crown. But it turns out their fairy tale ending came with a plot...
    (L-R) Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in 1988's "Coming to America." Paramount Warning: Spoilers below if you haven't seen "Coming 2 America." Brewer said the de-aging scenes was the thing he was most nervous about doing in the movie. "But I think we pulled it off," he told Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. No, you weren't seeing things. There is a scene in "Coming 2 America" where technology is used to make Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall look younger. In the flashback where Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) think back on their time in Queens, New York looking for a wife for Akeem thirty-plus years ago, we are taken back to that memorable scene in the first movie when the two go to a club and meet all kinds of different women, including Hall, dressed as a woman, hitting on them. It leads...
    Diversity is the biggest challenge in Hollywood today, but it’s hard to imagine a studio forcing a white actor in a movie. That is what happened in ‘A prince in New York’, a film from the late eighties that premiered its sequel on Amazon Prime Video, and where Eddie Murphy was forced to add a white character to the film. The 1988 film follows the adventures of Akeem Joffer, the prince of the fictional African country Zamunda, who travels to the United States in search of a girlfriend. Against the plans of his parents, King Jaffe (James Earl Jones) and Queen Aoleon (Madge Sinclair), who try to persuade him to accept an arranged marriage, the young prince is determined to have adventures beyond court and travels to New York with his personal assistant, Semmi (Arsenio Hall).
    EDDIE Murphy was the biggest comedy star of the Eighties, with hit after hit at the box office. But the laughter stopped and the hits dried up, while the star has a habit of shooting himself in the foot with controversial comments and a chaotic personal life. 15 Eddie Murphy is back in business with Coming 2 America after being hit by multiple scandalsCredit: Shooting Star After a scandal involving a transgender prostitute, fathering ten kids by five women and a string of flop movies, it appeared his star power had disappeared for good. But Murphy, 59, is back in a big way — and could make a fortune from his return to our screens. In 2019 he starred in Dolemite Is My Name, a Netflix biopic about US comedian and actor Rudy Ray Moore, which earned him a Golden Globe Nomination. Now he's starring in a sequel to his...
    Getty Eddie Murphy attends the WSJ Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA on November 6, 2019 in New York City Eddie Murphy is a father of 10.  The Coming 2 America star, 59, has fathered his brood – six daughters and four sons – with five different women. Some of Murphy’s kids were even born in the same year with different mothers. The star is close with all of his children and many of them have followed in his footsteps with acting roles. Murphy’s daughter Bella even plays his daughter in Coming 2 America, per Yahoo Entertainment –although she had to audition for the role just like anyone else. “I really got lucky with my kids,” Murphy told People magazine in 2016. “There really isn’t a bad one in the bunch, everyone turned out to be really good people.” He added that “none” of his kids are like him. “They...
    YOU'D be hard to find someone who doesn't know who Eddie Murphy is. But now his daughter Bella is making a name for herself in Hollywood. 4Bella Murphy is an actress like her famous father EddieCredit: BackGrid Who is Eddie Murphy's daughter Bella? Bella is a 19-year-old actress, who is following in her famous father's footsteps. Her dad Eddie is a household name thanks to his long career in the movies, which includes films like Beverley Hills Cop and The Nutty Professor. The actor has 10 children, and he had Bella on January 29, 2002 with his now ex wife Nicole Mitchell. You can follow Bella on Instagram at @bellamurphy, where she has many celebrity followers including Janet Jackson. 4Bella with some of her sisters and dad EddieCredit: Getty Images Who does Bella play in Coming To America 2? Eddie has house rules that prevent his children from working in the...
    Interview A prince in New York 2 This Friday Amazon Prime is releasing in the title role with Eddie Murphy. What changes for the French audience? His voice. Christine Bayrooks, dubbed actor, was actually chosen as the new French genius of the American star, who died in 2019, after Med Hondo. So, he is responsible for this highly anticipated film which will be released in more than 30 films. Years after the first part. “A respect and a little funk,” he adds. As he explains in Europe 1, he tried to bring his connection to the character, even if it caused some dissatisfaction. “I will not be in the shade” “I have this heavy burden, this respect is doubling One of the monuments to Eddie Murphy and dubbed is from Med Hondo, “explains Christoph Beyrooks.” Attempts to copy the work of his predecessors are questionable. ” I think it’s wrong...
    More On: arsenio hall ‘Coming 2 America’ review: Funny, but no match for the original Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall forced to put white actor in ‘Coming to America’ Arsenio juggling ‘Mayor’ role, stand-up and a ‘not famous’ girlfriend ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ canceled after one season “Coming 2 America,” the highly anticipated sequel to 1988’s “Coming to America” starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, has dropped a day early on Amazon Prime. The film was originally supposed to drop on the streaming service at midnight on Friday, but fans can now watch it starting Thursday. The sequel is set in the fictional African country of Zamunda, where Prince Akeem (Murphy) was recently crowned the king. He finds out he has a son he never knew about — a young man named Lavelle, whose mother is Mary Junson, played by “SNL” alum Leslie Jones. Akeem and...
    Eddie Murphy’s comeback is not stopping anytime soon. The "Coming 2 America" actor, 59, appeared alongside Arsenio Hall on an upcoming episode of Kevin Hart’s SiriusXM radio show, "Comedy Gold Minds," and confirmed that he plans to return to stand-up comedy once the coronavirus pandemic is over. "My plan was to do Dolemite, Saturday Night Live, Coming 2 America, and then do stand up. And then the pandemic hit, and it shut the whole s--t down," Murphy explained. "Then I was going – the whole time last year I would have been out working on my act trying to get my s--t right, and then the whole thing shut down." He added that "when the pandemic is over and it’s safe for everybody to go out and do it" then, Murphy said, "the plan is to do it." EDDIE MURPHY, ARSENIO HALL RECALL HIRING LOUIE ANDERSON AFTER FORCED TO CAST WHITE...
    (CNN)"Coming 2 America" was clearly designed to be crowd-pleasing back when crowds were possible, and as such it's among the few movies redirected from theaters to streaming that have genuinely lost something because of it. That said, it's still a good deal of fun, reassembling old faces from the 1988 original while adding plenty of new ones.The first movie came at the height of Eddie Murphy's rise to box-office stardom, after a string of hits in the 1980s. The new film follows a rousing comeback with "Dolemite is My Name" and his triumphant Emmy-winning return to "Saturday Night Live," with more nostalgia -- including plans for another "Beverly Hills Cop" sequel -- yet to come.At its core, "Coming to America" presented a simple and sweet fairy tale, about a pampered prince traveling to Queens in search of true love. Yet the movie spent much of its time simply serving as...
    review coming 2 america Running time: 110 minutes. Rated PG-13 (crude and sexual content, language and drug content.) On Amazon Prime. A sequel to Eddie Murphy’s classic comedy “Coming to America” was always going to be a tall order. The excellent 1988 film featured a remarkable ensemble of famous actors in their prime, and today die-hard fans can recite those jokes like Bible passages. “Good morning, my neighbors!” “Hey, f – – k you!” “F – – k you, too!” Gold. That continuing devotion is probably why “Coming 2 America” darn near copies its predecessor, down to specific cherished bits: attractive royal servants emerging from the bathtub, Fresh Peaches the rapper, an arranged marriage where the bride-to-be’s favorite food is “whatever you like.” It’s all here in director Craig Brewer’s movie, for better or worse. And the repetition doesn’t end there. The comedy is once again about a fish-out-of-water man...
    Coming 2 America Movie Review: Looks like Coming 2 America might have solved the conundrum Black Panther franchise was in after the unfortunate demise of its lead star Chadwick Boseman. After all, why boys should have all the fun ruling fictional African kingdoms, be it Wakanda or in this case, Zamunda? Coming 2 America is a sequel to the 1988 film Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy in the lead, and directed by the great John Landis. Eddie Murphy Says Coming to America Sequel Is a Cool Continuation. While Landis has, sadly, not returned to direct the sequel, Murphy returns to reprise his character of Akeem Joffer, who was the heir apparent in the first film, seeking his path and love in Queens. The sequel is directed by Craig Brewer of the excellent Dolemite Is My Name fame. It is set in present times when Akeem is happily married to his lover,...
    EDDIE Murphy has broken his family rule and allowed his daughter to enter the world of showbiz in new film Coming 2 America. The 59-year-old actor, who is dad to ten children, has been notoriously protective about his brood following their father's Hollywood footsteps. 5Eddie Murphy has bent his family rules in the new film Coming 2 AmericaCredit: AP:Associated Press Eddie has house rules that prevent his children from working in the entertainment industry until they become legal adults. But The Nutty Professor star allowed daughter Bella to break out in her acting career when she was just 17. Originally having asked to be an extra in Coming 2 America, Bella explained her father changed his mind as she was fast approaching her 18th birthday. "We're not allowed to work in this industry until we're 18 so I didn't think it would be a possibility,"...
    These 25+ Maternity Dresses Are the Perfect Choice for Spring Fufa slaps Police FCs Kasingye with Ush2.5m fine for comments on referees The original Coming to America is a treasure, an endlessly rewatchable modern classic that blends rom-com sweetness with standalone sketch-comedy brilliance. ("Sexual chocolate!") The story of coddled African Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), who travels to Queens and falls for an impressive beauty named Lisa (Shari Headley), Coming to America went on to become the second-highest-grossing movie of 1988. (That's all the more impressive given its predominantly Black cast, a true rarity for the time.) © Annette Brown/Amazon Studios Shari Headley, Arsenio Hall, and Eddie Murphy in 'Coming 2 America' Naturally, this makes the prospect of a sequel — especially after 33 years! — all the more worrisome. Anyone who bears a deep and protective affection for the original (as I do) will likely approach Coming 2 America...
    Eddie Murphy in the 1980s and in the production of “A Prince in New York”, the studio advised him to hire a white actor for the film. Paramount Pictures With the release of A Prince on Amazon Prime video this Friday under the name of Edis Murphy Prince Akhim, the actor is gradually returning to filming events from the first film, revealing that it is a cult comedy from the 80s. It forced him to appoint at least one white actor to his film. A memory in Murphy is even clearer Cinema Blend : At the time, in the 80s, seeing the entire cast made up of blacks, Paramount said to himself: “There has to be a white man in the film”. What Am I?” I was like, who was the funny white guy at the time? We know Louie is cool, and that’s what he ended up doing in...
    EDDIE Murphy has been married once for over a decade, but is currently engaged to another woman. Eddie stars in the eagerly-anticipated Coming 2 America, the sequel to the original eighties film of the same title. 4Eddie MurphyCredit: Getty - Contributor How many times has Eddie Murphy been married? Eddie Murphy has been married once, but has been in several relationships. He was married to Nicole Murphy from 1993-2006. He then dated Scary Spice, Mel B, from 2006-2007 and Tracy Edmonds in 2008. 4Nicole Murphy and Eddie MurphyCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd The comedian is currently engaged to Australian actress Paige Butcher. She was born on October 6, 1979, in Perth, Australia and has starred in Something's Gotta Give and Big Momma's House 2. Paige and Eddie have been in a relationship since 2012, but the two keep notoriously private. When they got together, she deleted all of her...
    Southwest One-Way Flights as Low as $29, Including Deals to Hawaii Serena Williams and her daughter starred in an adorable Stuart Weitzman campaign together, and Olympia looked like Mini Serena © Provided by People Everett Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall say they were "forced" to cast a popular white actor in Coming to America for the 1988 movie to get made. On Tuesday, the stars of the hit comedy appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! ahead of the release of the sequel where they discussed how white comedian Louie Anderson ended up in the original movie. "I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it," Hall, 65, said. "We were forced to put [in] a white person." "They were like, 'There has to be a white person in the movie,'" Murphy echoed, recalling Paramount Pictures' alleged request. "So who was the funniest white guy...
    Louie Anderson has expressed surprise that Eddie Murphy was 'forced' to cast him in the 1988 hit comedy Coming to America because studio execs wanted to include a 'white person'.  Murphy made the claim during an appearance on NBC's Today last Wednesday, stating: 'The whole cast was black, and the studio was like 'We have to have someone white in this movie or we're not going to make it'... So that's how Louie wound up in the film.' Anderson - who played fast food worker Maurice in the blockbuster comedy - appears to have spent the past 33 years unaware that he was a token inclusion, and took to Twitter to share his shock.  'Wait, what?' he wrote in a Twitter post shared last Wednesday above a clip of Murphy making the claim.  DailyMail.com have reached out to Anderson's representatives for further comment.    The revelation could be particularly awkward given...
    (L-R) "Coming 2 America" director Craig Brewer and Eddie Murphy. Invision/AP Brewer said after testing the movie, the jokes that were kept in led to a PG-13 rating. "We did all different kinds of jokes and it landed in a sweet place. I'm actually happy it's PG-13."  The director said the best moment on set was when the cameos in the movie were shot. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Coming to America" is up there as not just one of Eddie Murphy's greatest movies of all time but one of the greatest comedies ever. In the 1988 film, Murphy plays an African prince who sets out to Queens, New York with his personal aide Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to find a wife. It was groundbreaking thanks to the mainly Black cast and the fact that Murphy and Hall were turned into several other characters in the movie...
    If you had called Jermaine Fowler about two decades ago, you might have heard Eddie Murphy’s voice on the other end of the line. Like most millennials, the 32-year-old actor and comedian was probably too young when he first saw Coming to America, Murphy’s 1988 R-rated comedy that topped that year’s box office, maintained Murphy’s reign as a Hollywood megastar, and, three decades later, remains an indelible celebration of Black excellence and culture. Fowler, who grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., in Hyattsville, Maryland, estimates he was 8 or 9—maybe 10—when he first got his hands on a VHS copy of the film, in which Murphy plays the prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. Wanting to carve his own path instead of settling for a royally dictated arranged marriage, he decides to find his own wife. And where does a future king go to do that? He...
    March 2021 has just started and these are some interesting series and movies releasing on OTT platforms like Netflix, ALTBalaji, Disney+ Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video in the first week. Talking about the biggest release of the week, it would be Bombay Begums, which is all set to premiere on Netflix from March 8, which falls the International Women’s Day. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, which tells the story from boardrooms to society’s margins, where five ambitious women from various walks of life navigate dreams and desires in modern Mumbai. After many years, Pooja Bhatt will make a comeback on the screen in Bombay Begums. Bombay Begums: Pooja Bhatt, Rahul Bose’s Series to Release on Netflix on International Women’s Day. Another big release of the week would be Coming 2 America, which is all set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video from March 5. Directed by Craig Brewer, this film is the second instalment in...
    Hollywood star Eddie Murphy said that there is no diversity in the film industry. The actor said that this disparity is not just race-based but gender based, too. “It’s been this way for years and years, but it’s not just African-Americans. It’s also about women and other minorities, too. White men run this business. It’s always been this way,” the actor said in an interview to Radio Times, according to dailymail.co.uk. Eddie Murphy Says Coming to America Sequel Is a Cool Continuation. However, he went on to say that he has never been subjected to racism in his career. “In terms of my work and my career, race has never been an issue. I’ve been making movies for 40 years and never once could I not get a movie made because I was black. I transcended that stuff,” he said.  Eddie Murphy Returns to Host the ‘Saturday Night Live’ after...
    Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are looking back on filming "Coming to America." Ahead of the release of the famed comedy's sequel "Coming 2 America," the duo appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and revealed that Paramount had a demand when it came to the movie's casting. Hall, 65, revealed that the studio made them cast a White actor to play the character of Maurice -- who was played by Louie Anderson. "I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it," recalled the actor. "We were forced to put [in] a White person." 'COMING 2 AMERICA' FIRST LOOK INCLUDES EDDIE MURPHY AS KING AKEEM Similarly, Murphy remembered Paramount was opposed to the 1988 movie having an all-Black cast. "They were like, ‘There has to be a White person in the movie,'" he said. "So who was the funniest White guy around? Louie, we knew him, he was was cool,...
    More On: eddie murphy Rick Ross opens Georgia megamansion to film ‘Coming 2 America’ sequel Francisco Lindor arrives at spring training in style ‘Coming 2 America’ to premiere at Queens drive-in, not in theaters Eddie Murphy finally wins an Emmy after ‘Saturday Night Live’ return Call it equal opportunity laughter, but Louie Anderson did not appear in 1988’s “Coming to America” because stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall were dying to share the screen with him. When the two of them appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to promote the sequel, “Coming 2 America,” they revealed the real reason. “I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it,” Hall, 65, told the host. “We were forced to put in a white person.” Murphy, 59, agreed: “[The studio was] like, ‘There has to be a white person in the movie.’ I was like, ‘What?’ So who was...
    Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall have claimed that Paramount Pictures forced them to cast a white man in their 1988 hit comedy film Coming to America. The stars of the upcoming sequel, which is titled Coming 2 America, revealed that the edict from the studio is what led comedian Louie Anderson to be cast in the role of Maurice. ‘I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it,’ Hall told Jimmy Kimmel Live as he appeared remotely alongside Murphy to promote the highly anticipated sequel, which will be released digitally by Amazon on Friday. ‘We were forced to put in a white person.’ Murphy told Kimmel that Paramount was adamant that the cast of the film, which included James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, and Samuel L. Jackson, not be comprised exclusively of African Americans. COMMENTS ABOUT CASTING OF LOUIE ANDERSON START AT 8:20...
    NEW YORK (AP) — When Eddie Murphy made the original “Coming to America,” he was, almost indisputably, the funniest man in America. Murphy was at the very height of his fame, coming off “Beverly Hills Cop II” and the stand-up special “Raw.” They were heady times. Arsenio Hall, Murphy’s longtime friend and co-star in “Coming to America,” remembers them sneaking out during the shoot to a Hollywood nightclub while still dressed as Prince Akeem and his loyal aide Semmi. “We were insane,” says Hall. The ’80s, Murphy says, are “all a blur.” “I was so young, all this stuff was happening. You take everything for granted when you’re young, how successful I was,” Murphy says, speaking by Zoom with a shelf of award statuettes behind him. “Now I take nothing for granted and appreciate everything.” Thirty-three years after “Coming to America,” Murphy and Hall have returned to Zamunda. The...
    By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When Eddie Murphy made the original “Coming to America,” he was, almost indisputably, the funniest man in America. Murphy was at the very height of his fame, coming off “Beverly Hills Cop II” and the stand-up special “Raw.” They were heady times. Arsenio Hall, Murphy’s longtime friend and co-star in “Coming to America,” remembers them sneaking out during the shoot to a Hollywood nightclub while still dressed as Prince Akeem and his loyal aide Semmi. “We were insane,” says Hall. The ’80s, Murphy says, are “all a blur.” “I was so young, all this stuff was happening. You take everything for granted when you’re young, how successful I was,” Murphy says, speaking by Zoom with a shelf of award statuettes behind him. “Now I take nothing for granted and appreciate everything.” Thirty-three years after “Coming to America,” Murphy and Hall...
    FBI Director Wray says he was appalled by violent siege at Capitol Vernon Jordan, civil rights leader and close ally of Bill Clinton, dies © Warner Bros. "I just lingered around him all night like a weirdo and stared at him," Bella Murphy, 19, recalled on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Eddie Murphy surprised his daughters by delivering their favorite heartthrob movie star to their doorstep! On Tuesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Coming 2 America star, 59, and his 19-year-old daughter Bella talked about working together on the new sequel, her first-ever movie, as well as what it was like growing up with her famous dad. Bella said she often met Murphy's famous friends, recalling a starstruck moment she once had after meeting Leonardo DiCaprio. Eddie Murphy & Arsenio Hall Explain Their on-Screen Chemistry: Were Friends in Real Life People See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL...
    (L-R) Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in "Coming to America." Paramount Murphy and Hall said Paramount Pictures was concerned about the 1988 film's all-Black cast. Hall said they were given a list of three white actors to choose. They chose stand-up comic Louie Anderson, who plays Maurice in the movie and the sequel. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Despite Eddie Murphy being one of the biggest comics in the world when he made "Coming to America" in the late 1980s, it turns out he still had to obey studio requests to get the movie made. While on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" promoting the forthcoming sequel, "Coming 2 America," Murphy and his costar Arsenio Hall revealed that comic Louie Anderson was cast in the movie because Paramount Pictures wanted a white comic in the 1988 movie. "I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie...
    EDDIE Murphy reveals he has he's never experienced racism thought his 40-year career. The Nutty Professor star, who is the recipient of several major awards, insists "being black in Hollywood has been no issue." 4Eddie Murphy says he has never faced racism in 40-year careerCredit: Getty - Contributor The 59-year-old says we live an era of correctness where people are very sensitive as far as comedy is concerned. He also reiterated he that he has never suffered from any racial discrimination in his career. The Beverly Hills Cop star told Radio Times: "In terms of my work and my career, race has never been an issue. I’ve been making movies for 40 years and never once could I not get a movie made because I was black. "I transcended that stuff. But that’s not to say I walked out of heaven and into Hollywood." 4The star says race never...
    Comedians are in mourning over the news that Richie Tienken — founder and co-owner of legendary Comic Strip Live comedy club — has died, Page Six has learned. Tienken passed away on Saturday, “with his family able to say goodbye one at a time due to COVID,” Jeffrey Gurian, author of a 2016 book on the club, “Laughing Legends: How The Comic Strip Changed The Face of Comedy,” confirmed to Page Six. He added that, “His wife Jeannie was the last to see him, and then he left, like he was waiting for her OK. He was 75.” The club was where Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy famously got their starts. According to club historian Gurian: “The club opened on June 1, 1976, and on June 17, Seinfeld came in to audition. They rated him as ‘good,’ and said he should come back the next week...
    Comedians are in mourning over the news that Richie Tienken — founder and co-owner of legendary Comic Strip Live comedy club — has died, Page Six has learned. Tienken passed away on Saturday, “with his family able to say goodbye one at a time due to COVID,” Jeffrey Gurian, author of a 2016 book on the club, “Laughing Legends: How The Comic Strip Changed The Face of Comedy,” confirmed to Page Six. He added that, “His wife Jeannie was the last to see him, and then he left, like he was waiting for her OK. He was 75.” The club was where Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy famously got their starts. According to club historian Gurian: “The club opened on June 1, 1976, and on June 17, Seinfeld came in to audition. They rated him as ‘good,’ and said he should come back the next week to...
    Loading the player... Eddie Murphy has been on a promotional run for the sequel to his classic 1988 film Coming To America, this time entitled Coming 2 America. He stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Thursday, and during the interview, Jimmy Fallon asked about his experiences with the many legends he’s met in his career. Read More: Andra Day on ‘trauma’ of portraying Billie Holiday: “I hated myself in that moment” Murphy talked about making Richard Pryor laugh, and how iconic comedian Rodney Dangerfield once gave him bad advice about his future in comedy. Murphy told Fallon that Muhammad Ali was his personal hero and the “greatest African American who ever lived.” But when it came down to his encounters with other celebrities, a basketball game stands out, even though no one involved played basketball professionally. Eddie Murphy and Prince once played a very...
    The director of the new “Coming to America” sequel wanted to hire Michael B. Jordan for a starring role — but Eddie Murphy nixed the idea. Ryan Coogler — who has directed Jordan in “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” and “Black Panther” — pitched Murphy on the idea that the budding superstar should play his son in the upcoming “Coming 2 America.” “Coogler had an idea for Michael B. Jordan to play my son and he [would] be looking for a wife,” Murphy told the New York Times . “I was like, then the movie would be about the son … [plus] we already did that.” (The 1988 hit followed Murphy’s character as he tried to find an American wife.) Murphy told the Times that while he didn’t like that idea, he did agree that it was a good idea to do a sequel. “Coming 2 America” will tell the...
    Did Ted Cruzs Cancun trip distract from the biggest political failure in Texas? Bidens trade pick vows to work more closely with allies Francisco Lindor showed up to spring training on Thursday morning wearing the same New York Mets jacket – complete with all the pins – that Eddie Murphy made famous in the 1988 movie "Coming to America." Whos next in line for MLB mega deal? USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Freestore Foobank teams up with Gold Star for 3-way fundraiser WKRC Cincinnati Forever Families: Meet David L. KVUE-TV Austin Surviving Negro League baseball team owner recalls history KNXV Phoenix, AZ Craig Counsell tells us about team versatility, position players and the DH rule Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel History Makers: Jeffery Beckham, Homer Hans Bryant CBS Chicago UL Baseball...
    Things to buy at Sears before it’s gone for good Michigan, Northwestern establish trophy game honoring Big Ten’s first Black player Coming 2 America — and to Queens, New York, for a special drive-in premiere. © Provided by People Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in Coming 2 America The sequel film, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, will be screened to 200 cars at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on March 5, the same day it begins streaming on Amazon Prime, according to multiple outlets. "Coming to America is the quintessential, iconic Queens film, and we are beyond thrilled to host one of the only screenings of its sequel, Coming 2 America, right here in the film's backyard," said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. in a press release. The 6:30 p.m. EST screening will include free food and merchandise from Amazon Studios. Tickets are free with an RSVP but...
    This flick isn’t coming to movie theaters anytime soon, but it is coming to a field in Queens. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Coming 2 America” — the highly anticipated sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 cult classic “Coming to America” — will not premiere in theaters. It instead will be released exclusively to Amazon Prime Video and, for one night only, will screen to 200 cars at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  “‘Coming to America’ is the quintessential, iconic Queens film, and we are beyond thrilled to host one of the only screenings of its sequel, ‘Coming 2 America,’ right here in the film’s backyard,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. in a press release. The new film again stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, as well as Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones and Wesley Snipes. The 6:30 p.m. March 5 screening coincides with the flick’s video release...
    Over 2,400 COVID-19 vaccine doses wasted in Tennessee county: health officials Theres an early frontrunner for marquee Senate race of 2022 A sequel to Coming to America has been talked about for years, but there was one pitch Eddie Murphy received that helped get the ball rolling on finally making one. © Michael Kovac/Getty Images; John Sciulli/Getty Images The idea involved Michael B. Jordan playing Murphy's son. In a new New York Times interview, alongside Arsenio Hall, the comedy icon shares "We never thought about doing a sequel. The way the story ended was kind of like, 'And they lived happily ever after.'" But Murphy first saw how the movie gained a wide-reaching cult status over the years, "Then Ryan Coogler, before he directed Black Panther, I meet with him and he says, I want to do a Coming to America sequel." The director pitched the star a version...
    Ryan Coogler pitched a "Coming to America" movie before making "Black Panther," released in 2018. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Paramount Eddie Murphy didn't like Ryan Coogler's idea for a sequel to his hit movie, "Coming to America." The movie would have starred Michael B. Jordan as Eddie Murphy's son.  "I was like, then the movie would be about the son...not our characters," Eddie Murphy recalled. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Eddie Murphy is set to return with a sequel to his classic 1988 comedy "Coming to America" in March, but the actor recently revealed that "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler previously tried to revive the movie and pitched his own sequel, starring Michael B. Jordan.  In a new profile in The New York Times with his "Coming 2 America" co-star Arsenio Hall, Murphy said that he and the film's producers "never thought about doing a sequel" to the film...
    Nearly 100 Confederate statues were removed in 2020, but hundreds remain, new SPLC data shows Five board members of Texas grid operator ERCOT resign Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life Eddie Murphy's Daughter Is Making Her Film Debut in 'Coming 2 America' Comedy icon Eddie Murphy is a family man with a big family. And come Mar. 5, one of his 10 kids will be starring alongside him in perhaps the most eagerly anticipated comedies of 2021. Eddie Murphy's teen daughter Bella Murphy makes her film debut in Coming 2 America (streaming on Amazon Prime next Friday), the sequel to his wildly adored 1988 comedy Coming to America, and the two were thrilled to work together. Keep reading to learn why Bella is just beginning to act professionally now...
    Hollywood star Eddie Murphy is set to reprise his popular role of Akeem from the 1988 comedy hit Coming To America in a sequel. The sequel titled Coming 2 America is gearing up for a global premiere on March 5. Murphy said: “In Coming To America, an African prince travels to America to find a regular girl and he brings her back to make her his princess. Coming 2 America Trailer: Eddie Murphy Returns As King Akeem After 33 Years To Find His Male Heir From New York In This Fun Ride (Watch Video). It’s a modern fairytale that a lot of people love and also, it was the very first time they ever had a movie with Black folks, where you had kings and queens. The upcoming film is a really cool continuation of that story and I want people to have a great experience while watching it.” Eddie Murphy...
    To the delight of his millions of fans, Eddie Murphy is back on Amazon Prime with “A Prince in New York 2”! As you may have noticed, Eddie Murphy Hasn’t made a movie appearance for a few years now. But the most popular American actor brings the following to Amazon Prime Prince in New York ! MCE TV tells you everything. Rather than relaxing under a duet with a good movie, or a good series, what does this period say at least? Since the onset of the global epidemic, Streaming sites Unprecedented boom. Needless to say there aren’t many other ways to entertain. Among the most popular, so we see Amazon Prime. Provides beautiful nails like the latter Upload, this is us, Or children. She is getting ready to welcome the new! You probably understand, so this is a long-awaited movie, A prince in New York 2....
    Loading the player... ‘Coming To America’ is a cult classic, and audiences are ecstatic that a sequel is on the horizon. But now Vanessa Bell Calloway, who starred in the 1988 film, is making a stunning revelation that she believes colorism played a part in her not landing the lead female role. Monday, while speaking with Page Six, the Hollywood veteran shared her longheld belief that colorism played a heavy hand in why she auditioned for the role of Eddie Murphy‘s love interest but instead was tasked with barking like a dog while hopping on one knee. READ MORE: Netflix drops new trailer for ‘Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell’ documentary “When you have white people hiring Black people in movies, sometimes a certain look is wanted,” said Calloway, pointing out that she got the impression that when it came to a leading lady, executives “wanted a light-skinned girl.” “I just...
    In 1988, Coming To America released and now over three decades later, a sequel Coming 2 America is ready to be streamed on Amazon Prime Video on March 5. What’s funnier than the theme of the film is the fact that when the original released, OTT platforms probably weren’t even in existence. Anyway, the sequel will give everyone plenty of glimpse of the characters from the original movie which could work in its favour. Mel B Moves Court to Demand More Child Support from Eddie Murphy As Her Income Has Dramatically Reduced Thirty or more years later, King Akeem played by Eddie Murphy is the king of Zamunda now with three daughters and the love of his life Lisa, his American sweetheart played by Shari Headley. The only issue is the throne of Zamunda can only be succeeded by a male heir and he has none. That’s when he finds...
    Loading the player... We’re now weeks away from Coming 2 America, and the newly released second trailer for the sequel shows off the fictional country of Zamuda in all of its glory. Over 30 years since the original Coming to America premiered, the official sequel is set to drop on Amazon Prime Video in March. While the film’s first trailer mostly showed off Prince Akeem’s return to Queens, this preview spends a lot more time in the beautiful Zamunda.  Eddie Murphy stars in COMING 2 AMERICA Photo Courtesy of Amazon Studios Read More: ‘Coming 2 America’ trailer released: Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem learns he has a son Amazon’s official description reads, “Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African...
    Border wall: Supreme Court puts oral arguments on hold German army medics arrive in Portugal to help fight pandemic Watch Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite in new Coming 2 America trailer Put on your Soul Glo, order some McDowell's to-go, and prepare to reunite with Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) from the safety of your own home. Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad On Wednesday, Amazon Prime Video released the first full trailer for Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to John Landis' 1988 comedy classic. Picking up 30 years later, the new film from Murphy's Dolemite Is My Name collaborator Craig Brewer finds Akeem preparing to take over as king of Zamunda, only to discover that his memorable trip to Queens left the previously unseen Mary (Leslie Jones) pregnant with a son, Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). "Lavelle didn't have much growing...
    (CNN)Eddie Murphy is back in to his royal homeland of Zamunda in "Coming 2 America." The first official trailer for the much-anticipated sequel has dropped, and former Prince Akeem (played by Murphy) is now newly-crowned King Akeem.Along for the ride is Semmi (played by Arsenio Hall). The two must find the son Akeem never knew about, Lavelle (played Jermaine Fowler) who lives back in Queens, and groom him to become a prince. James Earl Jones, who returns as Akeem's father, says in the trailer: "You must heed my words before I'm gone, my son. Now you will be king. But the throne must pass to a male heir. Akeem, it appears, you have a son. He must be found."Along with Murphy and Hall the film also stars Leslie Jones, Jermaine Fowler, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones. Also making appearances are Teyana Taylor, and...
    Loading the player... The much-anticipated trailer for Coming 2 America has been released. Fans of the beloved comedy got a sneak peek at the upcoming sequel featuring comedy legend Eddie Murphy as the crowned Prince Akeem of the fictional African nation Zamunda. The film’s plot centers on Akeem, who is about to become King, but he must first satisfy his father’s dying wish for Akeem to find the long-lost son he never knew about Queens street savvy native Lavelle played by Jermaine Fowler. Read More: ‘Coming 2 America’ drops first look photos of cast (Credit: Amazon Studios) “You must heed my words before I’m gone, my son,” a dying King Jaffe Joffer, with James Earl Jones reprising the role, says in the opening scenes of the trailer and appears to be on his deathbed. “Now, you will be king!” “But the throne must pass to a male heir,” continues King Jaffe, the...
    The first trailer for the highly anticipated sequel "Coming 2 America" has finally dropped. On Tuesday, Amazon Studios gave fans a special treat: seeing Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprise their roles as Prince Akeem Joffer and his best friend Semmi. The original comedy, "Coming to America," came out in 1988 and "2" will follow newly crowned King Akeem of the fictional country Zamunda as he travels back to New York to locate his long-lost son.  Last week, the studio shared the first-look images on Twitter, showcasing not only Murphy, 59, and Hall, 64, but also several other members of the cast, including screen icon James Earl Jones and Shari Headley. EDDIE MURPHY SAYS HIS OLD STAND-UP JOKES ABOUT GAY PEOPLE MAKE HIM 'CRINGE': 'I CAN'T BELIEVE I SAID THAT' In several images, the "Saturday Night Live" alum is decked out in royal regalia, but another shows the goofy monarch wearing a blue-and-orange New York-themed bomber jacket covered in pins...
    NYPDs use of force and mass arrests heightened tensions during George Floyd protests, watchdog reports NYPD likely escalated tensions at George Floyd protests, city report says Wesley Snipes is ready for war in new Coming 2 America photos © Provided by Entertainment Weekly Quantrell D. Colbert/Amazon Studios Wesley Snipes is finally getting to be a part of Coming to America. Above, see the first look at the legendary action star in Coming 2 America. Snipes playing General Izzi in the long-awaited sequel comes more than three decades after he was passed over for the role of Darryl, the Jheri curl-having romantic rival of Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy). “I auditioned for the first Coming to America, but I didn’t get to audition in front of Eddie," Snipes previously told EW. "After three call backs, I ended up losing the role to Eriq La Salle. But, ever since I saw that...
    EDDIE Murphy has been pictured for the first time as King Akeem in the Coming to America sequel. Last month, Amazon Prime Video announced a sequel to the classic 80s film was in the works, and now the first picture from the movie has been released. 4Eddie Murphy has been pictured for the first time in the Coming to America sequel Credit: Amazon Studios It shows Eddie, 59, dressed in regal attire as King Akeem, looking as delighted as fans will be once the film premiers on the streaming service in March 2021. The film, called Coming 2 America, sees Eddie reunite with his co-star Arsenio Hall, who plays his trusty aide and confidante, Semmi. Speaking about the film, Eddie said: "My favorite part of reuniting with the cast of Coming to America was making a movie that's as good as the first one. "Getting everybody together, including...
    Eddie Murphy is returning to one of his most famous roles. On Thursday, Amazon released eight first look images from the upcoming film "Coming 2 America," a sequel to 1988's iconic comedy "Coming to America." The film will follow Murphy's newly-crowned King Akeem of the fictional Zamunda as he travels to New York once again with his trusty sidekick Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, per a release obtained by IGN. The studio shared the first look images on Twitter, showcasing not only Murphy, 59, and Hall, 64, but also several other members of the cast, including screen icon James Earl Jones and Shari Headley. EDDIE MURPHY SAYS HIS OLD STAND-UP JOKES ABOUT GAY PEOPLE MAKE HIM 'CRINGE': 'I CAN'T BELIEVE I SAID THAT' In several images, the "Saturday Night Live" alum is decked out in royal regalia, but another shows the goofy monarch wearing a blue and orange New York-themed bomber jacket...
    Loading the player... The wait is almost over for one of the year’s most highly anticipated sequels. In an exciting sneak peek, Coming 2 America dropped first look photos of the cast. James Earl Jones stars in ‘Coming 2 America’ (Photo Amazon Studios) Read More: Amazon Studios acquires ‘Coming 2 America’ and sets March release date Bring on the nostalgia! It’s been over 30 years since Coming To America starring Eddie Murphy was released in theaters, and in March 2021, the official sequel will drop on Amazon Prime. Cleverly titled Coming 2 America, the sequel will debut on March 5, and will see the return of Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, Arsenio Hall as Semmi, as well as acting legend James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer.  Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’ (Amazon Studios) The exclusive pictures show a smiling and regal Jones wearing his crown and one...
    Loading the player... Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to the Coming 2 America from Paramount Pictures and they have already set a release date for the star-studded sequel.  The world has been waiting to see the film that reunites much of the original cast from the 1988 hit and it looks like we’ll finally get o see it when it premieres on the streamer on March 5, 2021.  Read More: Eriq La Salle is NOT returning for ‘Coming 2 America’ Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.  (Credit: Paramount Pictures) Returning OG’s include King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones), Queen Lisa (Shari Headley), Cleo McDowell (John Amos), Maurice (Louie Anderson) and the...
    AMAZON Prime Video will premiere one of the most anticipated sequels of all time, Eddie Murphy's Coming 2 America. The new film will be the epic follow-up to 1988's Coming to America whose cultural impact remains keenly felt to this day. 7Eddie Murphy is returning as King Akeem on Amazon Prime Vide in the sequel to Coming To AmericaCredit: Paramount Amazon Studios revealed it has picked up the worldwide rights to Coming 2 America and will premiere the film globally on Prime Video, on 5 March next year. The sequel starts in the lush and royal - but also fictional - country of Zamunda where newly-crowned King Akeem (Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure. They will traversed the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.  Akeem heads back to New York learning he has a long-lost son in...
    She was one of the five most successful girls on the planet, she was one of the Spice Girls. Divorced and mother of a girl, she was ready to fall in love again. He was the king of comedy, also divorced and the father of seven children, when he saw her at a party in Beverly Hills. Mel B She was British, but her work commitments had led her to settle in Los Angeles. Eddie murphy he lived there and moved like a fish in water. They were together for no more than six months that were intense, romantic and scandalous: she returned pregnant to England and he denied his paternity until a DNA test put him between a rock and a hard place. “If you want my future, forget my past”, the Spice sang in “Wannabe”, their first big hit. Eddie forgot everything too soon....
    SHE'S locked in a fresh courtroom wrangle with her ex Eddie Murphy after asking him to pay more child support for their teen daughter. Yet Mel B's relationship with the Hollywood star hasn't always been rocky - with the Spice Girl once describing Eddie as the "love of my life". 11Spice Girl Mel B has described ex Eddie Murphy as the "love of my life"Credit: Visual Press Agency Mel, one fifth of the best-selling girl group of all time, and Eddie met back in 2006, following the actor's divorce from his ex-wife Nicole Mitchell.  They clapped eyes on each other during a party at Eddie's home in Beverly Hills, California, complete with a giant hot tub, bowling alley and gym. And for Scary Spice, it was love at first sight. 'A 2k-volt electric current' "It was as if a 2,000-volt electric current had passed between us," she wrote of...
    MEL B may have been in the money after the Spice Girls’ lucrative reunion tour last year, but she’s been hit hard in 2020 – and is in a fresh ­wrangle with ex Eddie Murphy. The duo share daughter Angel, but are back in the US courts after her lawyer said her income had “dramatically reduced” — in a move set to reignite their fiery disputes. 20Mel B and her daughter by Eddie Murphy, Angel Iris Credit: BackGrid Mel has asked the dad-of-ten to reveal all about his income in fresh paperwork, as well as pay for her legal costs. A previous deal agreed in 2009 gave Mel sole custody after Eddie was ordered to pay £21,000 per month plus additional health ­insurance and education costs. In new court documents, the star claims she has made “numerous efforts to resolve this case without court intervention without any ­success,” and has...
    HOLLYWOOD’s Eddie Murphy and former Spice Girl Mel B had a child together in 2007. At first, there was doubt on who the father of the child was but paternity tests cleared the air and reps of Mel B confirmed that it was Murphy.  7Mel B and Eddie Murphy have a daughter togetherCredit: Visual Press Agency Do Mel B and Eddie Murphy have a child together?  Mel B and Murphy had a daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown in 2007. Angel was born April 3 – the same day as Murphy – and entered the world as he turned 46 7Angel Iris Murphy Brown was born in 2007 but Murphy got to know her a few years laterCredit: Instagram 7Mel B has other children from another relationship as wellCredit: Getty Images - Getty It has been reported that Angel and Murphy did not have much of a relationship when she was...
    Singer Mel B has appealed for more child support from Hollywood star Eddie Murphy. Mel B is the mother of Murphy’s 13-year-old daughter, Angel. The singer, whose real name is Melanie Brown, has asked for Murphy’s financial records so that she can gauge what he pays her every month to cover costs for their daughter. “Eddie and Melanie have both established careers in the entertainment industry. Melanie is a singer, songwriter and television personality. Tobey Maguire’s Wife Jennifer Meyer Files for Divorce 4 Years After Splits Eddie is a legendary comedian and actor. Until recently, Melanie has been fortunate in her career to sustain a comfortable lifestyle for herself and Angel. Unfortunately, Melanie’s income has dramatically reduced, such that she must consider modifying child support for the first time,” Mel B’s lawyers wrote, according to a report in aceshowbiz.com. The singer’s representatives said that she made “numerous efforts to resolve...
    Mel B has allegedly asked ex Eddie Murphy to pay more child support for their daughter Angel, 13. According to reports, the Spice Girl, 45, has filed court documents after her income was dramatically reduced and also wants the actor to fund her attorney expenses. Mel B has reportedly attempted to resolve the case 'numerous times' and 'without court intervention' before filing the papers, she is said to have asked for a January court hearing. Claims: Mel B has allegedly asked ex Eddie Murphy to pay more child support for their daughter Angel, 13 (pictured in 2006)  Us Weekly claims that the court documents read: 'Eddie and Melanie have both established careers in the entertainment industry. Melanie is a singer, songwriter and television personality. Eddie is a legendary comedian and actor.  'Until recently, Melanie has been fortunate in her career to sustain a comfortable lifestyle for herself and Angel. Unfortunately, Melanie's...
    It was tough to compete with the sexual prowess of Eddie Murphy at the height of his career. Actor David Alan Grier found that out the hard way. Grier told Page Six that when he was appearing in 1992 movie “Boomerang” with Murphy and Martin Lawrence, he found himself in a conversation with the pair about their romantic adventures — and did his best to keep up. “I remember Eddie and Martin were going back and forth talking about the famous women they had slept with,” said Grier, who just received his fourth Tony nomination , for Featured Actor in “A Soldier’s Play.” “And at one point they looked at me and said, ‘David, you ain’t been with nobody famous?’ And I couldn’t even front — and the sad thing was I wasn’t trying to be funny — I just looked at them and said, ‘I f - - ked a girl...
    Another highly-anticipated movie originally slated for a theatrical release, Coming 2 America, will be skipping theaters and heading to Amazon Studios.  Paramount Pictures has sold the Eddie Murphy sequel to Amazon Studios for a reported sum of $125 million, according to Variety.  Paramount had originally set a December 18 release for Coming 2 America, which is the same date Amazon is expected to debut the sequel on its streaming service. Move to Amazon: Another highly-anticipated movie originally slated for a theatrical release, Coming 2 America, will be skipping theaters and heading to Amazon Studios While final details are still being hammered out, sources added the deal also includes 'two complex consumer marketing tie-ins with McDonald's and whiskey brand Crown Royal.' Those marketing deals are expected to be transferred to Amazon, and Murphy, who not only returns as Akeem from the first film but also serves as a producer, must also...
    Eddie Murphy has finally won an Emmy, scoring the coveted statue for his work on “Saturday Night Live’’ — 40 years after his first appearance on the show. The comedian — who reprised some of his classic characters, including Gumby and Buckwheat, for his Emmy-winning episode of the late-night TV show in December — laughed and thanked “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels during a short  videotaped acceptance speech. “This is 40 years since I started ‘Saturday Night Live.’ This is my first Emmy, so thank you so much,’’ Murphy, 59, said. “This is a very, very special thing for me, to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I’m still floating from it,” the actor said. December’s show was the first time Murphy had appeared on “SNL” since 1984. His first appearance was in 1980. His Emmy was for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series....
    Eddie Murphy has finally won an Emmy, scoring the coveted statue for his work on “Saturday Night Live’’ — 40 years after his first appearance on the show. The comedian — who reprised some of his classic characters, including Gumby and Buckwheat, for his Emmy-winning episode of the late-night TV show in December — laughed and thanked “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels during a short  videotaped acceptance speech. “This is 40 years since I started ‘Saturday Night Live.’ This is my first Emmy, so thank you so much,’’ Murphy, 59, said. “This is a very, very special thing for me, to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I’m still floating from it,” the actor said. December’s show was the first time Murphy had appeared on “SNL” since 1984. His first appearance was in 1980. His Emmy was for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series....
    Loading the player... The final night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards streamed on FXX Saturday and the virtual celebration featured a number of first-time wins and milestones for Black creatives. As with other annual events honoring performers in the entertainment industry, the 100 Creative Arts awards, usually conferred across two nights a week prior to the primetime Emmy Awards show, were presented over the internet due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While there were some big winners, there were some stellar first-time winners, with Eddie Murphy leading the way among them. Eddie Murphy returned to Saturday Night Live after 35-year hiatus. (NBC screenshot) Variety reports that the 59-year-old comedian/actor took home the very first Emmy of his career for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series after hosting the 2019 Christmas episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” His triumphant return to his old sketch comedy program —...
    Eddie Murphy was all set to return to stand-up until the coronavirus pandemic hit — and says now hit’s “no times for joking.” Speaking Saturday at the Creative Emmys’ virtual backstage following his win for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, for his guest host appearance last December on “Saturday Night Live,” Murphy called 2020 “really serious times,” Deadline reported. “We were planning before the pandemic hit, this year we’d be working on doing stand-up and getting stuff together, but all this happened,” he said from his home after winning Guest Actor Comedy Series award — his first Emmy. “These are really serious times, no times for joking,” Murphy said in answer to a question about the importance of comedic commentary. “I don’t know right now if there should be any comedic commentary. We’re still right in the middle of everything,” he said, without ticking off all that’s going...
    Charley Gallay/Getty Images, Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images, Amy Sussman/Getty Images Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker almost starred in a “Black Ocean’s Eleven” about a gang that robs Trump Tower. Rock recalled the unmade project in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, noting that Donald Trump was envisioned as the film’s villain. Rock said the movie was pitched to him by Murphy at producer Brian Grazer’s office in Los Angeles. The heist comedy would see an all-star cast of black comedians take on Trump, who would be a villain akin to “Alan Rickman in Die Hard.” The project never came to fruition and instead became 2011’s Tower Heist, starring Murphy, Ben Stiller and “a whole bunch of white people,” as Rock put it. Trump wasn’t involved in Tower Heist either. Instead, the comedy sees the employees of a New York City high-rise rob their wealthy employer after...
    Leon Bennett/Getty Images, Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Lars Niki/Getty Images Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin recently bought a mansion in Beverly Park, a guard-gated community of Los Angeles known for its famous residents. According to the National Enquirer, several of those famous residents — namely Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and Sylvester Stallone — aren’t happy about the young couple moving into the neighborhood. Mediaite looked into the situation and we can set the record straight. An unknown source tells the magazine, “This is an old-school crowd that prides itself on privacy. Justin’s clashes with previous neighbors and party-hearty reputation aren’t exactly a selling point. Nobody wants to deal with his adolescent drama!” It’s true that Bieber was sued by two former neighbors in 2015 for egging their house two years prior. In 2014, many of the pop star’s Beverly Hills neighbors called the police on several occasions...
    A new Disney film will once again try to turn the Haunted Mansion into a major movie franchise after a reboot by director Guillermo del Toro failed to happen and a “dreadful” Eddie Murphy comedy based on the beloved Disneyland ride became a flop with critics and fans. A new ‘Haunted Mansion’ live-action movie by Disney’s film studio based on the 1969 Disneyland ride is in the works with “Ghostbusters” writer Katie Dippold, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Del Toro’s name has long been attached to a “Haunted Mansion” reboot that at one time was reportedly going to star Ryan Gosling. “The Shape of Water” filmmaker announced at Comic-Con 2010 that he was writing and producing a scary and fun “Haunted Mansion” movie centering on the Hatbox Ghost that would have a heightened sense of reality. The 2003 “Haunted Mansion” starring Murphy as a real estate agent who buys a...
    Feds want COVID vaccine distribution system ready to roll by Nov. 1 Quest for the Stanley Cup: Scores, schedules in the bubble Wesley Snipes Teases Hilarious Coming to America 2 (Exclusive) © et Wesley Snipes can't wait for fans to see Coming to America 2. ET's Nischelle Turner spoke with the 58-year-old actor about his latest movie, Cut Throat City, but first touched on his role as General Izzi in the upcoming Eddie Murphy-starring sequel. "I am the big brother [of Vanessa Bell Calloway's Imani Izzi]. I am also the one that is making sure that everything in the whole region is under control," Snipes teased. "My name is General Izzi. We can make it hard or we can do it easy. It is up to you." Murphy had previously told ET that the sequel is "funnier than the first one," and Snipes confirmed just that while talking to...
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