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Coming to America sequel finds a director and screenwriter

Back in March of this year it was rumoured that Eddie Murphy was working on a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy Coming to America, with Paramount Pictures subsequently confirming the report and revealing that original screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield were on board to pen the film.

Well, Deadline now has an update on the progress, with the trade reporting that Jonathan Levine (Snatched, 50/50, The Night Before) has signed on to direct, while Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Girls Trip) will rewrite the script from Blaustein and Sheffield.

Apparently, Murphy is yet to finalise a deal to reprise his role as Prince Akeem but is expected to return. As yet, there’s no word as to whether any of the other cast members from the original – such as Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Eriq La Salle – are likely to be back.
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‘Coming to America’ Sequel Moving Forward With Kenya Barris, Jonathan Levine

‘Coming to America’ Sequel Moving Forward With Kenya Barris, Jonathan Levine
Paramount Pictures is moving forward on a sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming to America” with Jonathan Levine on board to direct from a script by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

Levine, whose credits include “Snatched,” “The Night Before,” “50/50,” and “Warm Bodies,” will direct from a script that Barris will rewrite from a screenplay by original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Kevin Misher is producing.

Murphy is involved with the development of the sequel, although there’s no deal in place yet for him to star. Kevin Misher is the producer.

The original movie was directed by John Landis, with Murphy playing a charming African prince who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos co-starred in the “Coming to America,” which was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.

Humorist Art Buchwald sued the studio on grounds that the
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Beastmaster’

The Beastmaster’ is a sword and sorcery film that was released in 1982. Don Coscarelli directed the film and also co-wrote it with Paul Pepperman. It is based on a 1959 novel called ‘The Beast Master’ by Andre Norton’. The movie starred Marc Singer, Rip Torn, Tanya Roberts, and John Amos. It is about a witch stealing a baby from the womb of his mother and when the child, Dar, grows he can telepathically communicate with animals. He vows revenge on beasts who destroyed his village under the orders of a sorcerer called Maax. It is now 35 years since

10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Beastmaster
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Critics Reveal the TV Character They First Identified With — IndieWire Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: When was the first time you saw a TV character that you felt represented you or your experience? Who was it? How did you feel? (This is jumping on the #FirstTimeISawMe hashtag about representation.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

This is a tough question, because I don’t think I’ve seen a character like me yet on television (black comics nerd who loves playing drums, has a thirst for pop culture, spent his teens grooving to Frank Zappa and Parliament/Funkadelic and has a passion for racial issues and opposing stereotypes in media. Nope, haven’t seen that character yet). But the first time I saw
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Critics Reveal the TV Character They First Identified With — IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: When was the first time you saw a TV character that you felt represented you or your experience? Who was it? How did you feel? (This is jumping on the #FirstTimeISawMe hashtag about representation.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

This is a tough question, because I don’t think I’ve seen a character like me yet on television (black comics nerd who loves playing drums, has a thirst for pop culture, spent his teens grooving to Frank Zappa and Parliament/Funkadelic and has a passion for racial issues and opposing stereotypes in media. Nope, haven’t seen that character yet). But the first time I saw
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Edgar Wright on the Mechanics of a Perfect Action Scene and the Timing of ‘Baby Driver’

It’s fortuitous enough that Edgar Wright‘s films will inspire any number of questions — fairly often along the lines of “how did they even do that?,” admittedly, but one takes what they can get — and all the more fortunate that the writer-director stands among the more verbose and open of his generation. (And that’s to say nothing of those working in the mainstream.) With the latest, Baby Driver, being a praise-worthy bit of craftsmanship from top to bottom and the man himself standing in something of a spotlight, now might be the best time to get his attention.

Although I could’ve thrown inquiry after inquiry at Wright for, say, two hours, our talk was a good bit of ground-covering — an update on how feeling about the progression of his career, where one film feeds into another, and, because it’d be silly to sit down with a
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Do We Really Need Coming to America 2?

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Do We Really Need Coming to America 2?
The 1980s seem to have come back in an odder way than we could have ever imagined. In 2017, we have a President who is a former reality TV star. In the 1980s, we had a President who was a former actor. Today, we have social media running our lives and giving us innumerable ways to compete with each other. In the 1980s, MTV had us under its thumb. It made us compete with one other about being the first to see the new media known as music videos. And now, in 2017, there's talk of Eddie Murphy writing and actually making a sequel to 1988's wildly successful Coming to America, which, like the first movie, will be released by Paramount Pictures.

Today's cinematic landscape is mired in nostalgia. For most of the 1990s and 2000s, we had films that looked back fondly (and not so fondly) at the go-go times of the 1970s.
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Original 'Coming to America' Writers Will Now Write Sequel for Eddie Murphy

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Riding high after the successful sequel Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy returned to pure comedy, reteaming with director John Landis (Trading Places) to make Coming to America. Murphy played a pampered African prince who decides to travel to America to find a bride. Released in the summer of 1988, it was an instant smash, spending three weeks as the top-earning movie at the box office. Ultimately, it made more than $288 million worldwide. What made the comedy so funny? For one thing, Murphy was teamed up with Arsenio Hall as his best friend and personal aide; both actors played multiple roles. They were surrounded by a wonderful cast that included James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair and John Amos. Cuba Gooding Jr. made his big-screen debut and Samuel L. Jackson stood out...

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Coming To America Sequel confirmed with original writers onboard

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Only recently Eddie Murphy took to twitter to tease 80’s film fans over a return to set for a Coming to America sequel, subsequently, that tweet and his whole account were deleted after he claimed his account had been hacked.

Fast forward to only a month later, it has now been confirmed that writers of the original, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, have taken on a contract to pen a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy in which saw Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem of the fictional African nation of Zamunda in a role in which he wanted to know what it was like to be a normal man, one who didn’t need servants to wipe his backside and sow his royal oats before engaging in an arranged marriage with a complete stranger.

Details of the plot are being kept secret, well under lock and key for
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Coming to America 2 Brings Back Original Writers

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Coming to America 2 Brings Back Original Writers
Last month, a new report surfaced that comedy legend Eddie Murphy has been secretly writing the screenplay for Coming to America 2, a follow-up to his 1988 classic which he both starred in and received a story credit for. The news regarding this sequel was never confirmed, but first surfaced after Eddie Murphy's verified Twitter account sent out a tweet about a Coming to America sequel, which lead to the actor's entire account being deleted. Today we have confirmation that the sequel is actually happening, with original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield writing the script.

The news first surfaced after Eddie Murphy's Twitter account posted a cryptic tweet that only read, "Coming to America sequel?" along with a photo of the Princess Imani character played by Vanessa Bell Calloway. After the actor's account was deleted, a report surfaced that claimed Coming to America 2 is in fact in the works,
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Paramount developing Coming to America 2 with original screenwriters

Nearly thirty years after the release of the original film, Paramount Pictures is finally moving forward on a sequel to the hit Eddie Murphy-led comedy, Coming to America. The 1988 film saw Murphy playing an African prince who decides he wants no part in an arranged marriage and travels to Queens in search of a smart, independent-minded and loving wife.

The Tracking Board first reported the long-rumoured news and confirmed that writers of the original film, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, are on board to pen the sequel. Kevin Misher (Public Enemies, Carrie) is set to produce the film, which is still in the very early stages of development.

Murphy’s involvement with the sequel is unknown at the time, although one would assume that the film would have a hard time getting off the ground without his return as Prince Akeem. Of course, the creative team behind the movie
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Coming to America 2 Is Happening, Eddie Murphy Will Write the Script

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Coming to America 2 Is Happening, Eddie Murphy Will Write the Script
Fans who followed comedy superstar Eddie Murphy on Twitter were treated to quite the surprise on Wednesday night, when the actor's verified Twitter account posted the cryptic tweet "Coming to America sequel?" along with a photo of Vanessa Bell Calloway's character, Princess Imani. Not only was the tweet later deleted, but the actor's entire Twitter account was deactivated, sparking speculation that the actor may have been hacked. A new report reveals that Eddie Murphy didn't authorize that tweet, but he is actually working on the script for Coming to America 2.

TMZ reports that there are actually plans in place to make this sequel, and that there were plans to post something similar to that tweet, but it wasn't supposed to happen yet. The actor himself doesn't actually tweet, since he has a social media team to do that for him, and the deleted Coming to America 2 tweet wasn't authorized by him,
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‘Coming to America 2’: Eddie Murphy Writing A Sequel — Report

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‘Coming to America 2’: Eddie Murphy Writing A Sequel — Report
A sequel to the 1988 romantic comedy “Coming to America” may be in the works. According to TMZ, sources close to Eddie Murphy confirm that the comedian is in the early writing stages of the project. On Wednesday night, a post on Murphy’s official Twitter account teased a potential sequel to his iconic film. “Coming to America sequel?” was all the post said, and included a picture of Vanessa Bell Calloway in character from the first film. Murphy’s Twitter account has since been deleted.

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Review: Danny Boyle’s Surprisingly Fun Sequel Is a Drugged Out Trip Down Memory Lane

Calloway reacted to the possibility of Murphy working on a sequel. “I would love to do a sequel, I loved the movie. It’s like, ‘Come on Eddie, let’s make this happen!'” the actress told TMZ, but also wondered if Murphy’s account was hacked.
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A Medium With a Message: Inside TV’s Long History of Tackling Social Issues

A Medium With a Message: Inside TV’s Long History of Tackling Social Issues
Abortion. Alcoholism. Pedophilia. Slumlords. Assisted suicide. Civil rights. Criminal justice reform.

These are all timely topics for television drama in 2017. But they were also tackled, with gritty realism, more than a half century ago on two landmark CBS series: “The Defenders” (1961-65), starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as crusading father-and-son defense attorneys, and “East Side/West Side” (1963-64), featuring George C. Scott as a New York City social worker, with Cicely Tyson as his able secretary. Tyson’s series regular role, coupled with the fact that she appeared with her natural hair, was groundbreaking in a fraught period of civil rights struggles.

The New Frontier era ushered in by President John F. Kennedy’s election marked a moment when the networks made room for “prestige” narrative series that dealt with weighty social issues. The appetite for serious fare was stoked by the May 1961 declaration by Kennedy’s FCC chairman, Newton
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Norman Lear Documentary Exclusive Clip: Why He’s the Michelangelo of TV Sitcoms — Watch

Norman Lear Documentary Exclusive Clip: Why He’s the Michelangelo of TV Sitcoms — Watch
See just how much legendary sitcom writer and producer Norman Lear values creative integrity over monetary gain in this Indiewire exclusive clip. With an $11 million syndication deal with CBS in the balance, Jerry Perenchio, Lear’s former business partner at Tandem Productions and Embassy Television, tells how Lear refused to compromise the integrity of his shows, compared his life’s work to the most famous painting in history: Michelangelo’s “Mona Lisa,” and insisted on consulting his psychiatrist before signing over syndication rights.

The clip is a never-before-seen DVD extra from the first documentary about the 94-year-old television legend, “American MastersNorman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” which premieres Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9 pm on PBS. PBS Distribution will release the film, with additional bonus features, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD the same day.

Read More: Sundance Review: Norman Lear Fans Will Get a Kick Out of ‘Just Another
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Norman Lear Documentary Exclusive Clip: Why He’s the Michelangelo of TV Sitcoms — Watch

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Norman Lear Documentary Exclusive Clip: Why He’s the Michelangelo of TV Sitcoms — Watch
See just how much legendary sitcom writer and producer Norman Lear values creative integrity over monetary gain in this Indiewire exclusive clip. With an $11 million syndication deal with CBS in the balance, Jerry Perenchio, Lear’s former business partner at Tandem Productions and Embassy Television, tells how Lear refused to compromise the integrity of his shows, compared his life’s work to the most famous painting in history: Michelangelo’s “Mona Lisa,” and insisted on consulting his psychiatrist before signing over syndication rights.

The clip is a never-before-seen DVD extra from the first documentary about the 94-year-old television legend, “American MastersNorman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” which premieres Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9 pm on PBS. PBS Distribution will release the film, with additional bonus features, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD the same day.

Read More: Sundance Review: Norman Lear Fans Will Get a Kick Out of ‘Just Another
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‘Criminal Minds’ Star Thomas Gibson and 9 More TV Stars Fired Amid Controversy (Photos)

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‘Criminal Minds’ Star Thomas Gibson and 9 More TV Stars Fired Amid Controversy (Photos)
After more than a decade as Aaron Hotchner on “Criminal Minds,” Thomas Gibson got the boot from the CBS show following reports that he kicked a writer on the series. He’s not the only small-screen star to say “sayonara” to a steady gig on the heels of controversy. Read on for TheWrap’s roundup of TV stars fired for bad behavior. John Amos claims that he was fired from ground-breaking comedy “Good Times” after clashing with producers over the direction of the show. Amos’ character, family patriarch James Evans, was subsequently killed off. Nothing funny about that. Damn, damn,
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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Director: Jake Szymanski

Cast: Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron

Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

The Secret Life of Pets

Director: Chris Renaud,
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Fall TV First Impression: Designated Survivor

Fall TV First Impression: Designated Survivor
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up, new sitcoms from Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc, and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

Related Get First Impressions of NBC’s Timeless, CBS’ Bull and ABC’s Notorious

The Show | ABC’s Designated Survivor (Wednesdays at 10/9c, premiere date Tba)

The Competition | NBC’s Chicago P.D. and CBS’ Code Black

The Cast | Kiefer Sutherland (24), Natascha McElhone (Californication), Maggie Q (Nikita), Kal Penn
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Remaking 'Roots' should have been an awful idea. But the new one's great.

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Remaking 'Roots' should have been an awful idea. But the new one's great.
"This is how I heard about the boy, Kunta Kinte," Alex Haley (Laurence Fishburne) tells us in the opening moments of History's new miniseries Roots. "And this is how I'll tell you the story." The importance of stories, and the way that we tell them, form the heart of the new Roots, which debuts Monday night at 9 (the eight-hour project will air over four straight nights, simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime). From the time we meet Kunta (Malachi Kirby) as a young man abducted from his home in Juffure, Gambia by slavers, until we leave his descendants over 100 years later in the post-Civil War American South, Roots prizes the power of stories and tradition, from how Kunta's Uncle Silla (Derek Luke) teaches him the ways of the Mandinka warrior, to how Kunta's grandson Chicken George (Rege-Jean Page) will tell his own offspring stories about the grandfather he never met,
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