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10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew

10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew
It's the darkest chapter in the original trilogy of the most famous sci-fi franchise and it has one of the biggest surprising reveals in movie history. The Empire Strikes Back, long celebrated as the best chapter in the massive Star Wars saga, has many secrets swirling around that have yet been discovered by sone of the franchise's biggest fans. Here we take a look at 10 facts you never knew about what some claim is the greatest Star Wars adventure of them all.

Buffy the Jedi Master.

In the decades since Star Wars changed the world in 1977, a wealth of material about the saga's developmental stages has come out, with some bits of old concept art and words like "Starkiller," the original last name for Luke, even getting repurposed in later chapters and the extended universe. The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, by J.W. Rinzler, is a
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Writing a Movie About the Worst Movie Ever Made: A Conversation with ‘The Disaster Artist’ Screenwriters

Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have dealt with heightened emotions through their work in adaptations of Young Adult novels like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, but in Tommy Wiseau of The Disaster Artist they might have found the ultimate symbol of volatility. As played by James Franco in the film, Wiseau is a force of nature who refuses to bend down to things such as budgetary restrictions, other people’s feelings, and even common sense. His mission is to shoot The Room, a film in which he’s put all his energy and hopes. He doesn’t care that his film seems to make no sense, that his actors don’t know what they should be doing, and that the people he’s hired to work with him have no clue as to what he expects from them.

In the screenplay by Neustadter and Weber,
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Blu-ray Review – American Gods: Season One

Ricky Church reviews American Gods season one…

For many years, Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods was thought to be unfilmable. It was felt the novel was too grandiose for the big screen, with too many characters and too much story to fit into one 2-hour or 2-hour plus film. Almost 20 years later, Michael Green and Bryan Fuller thought to develop it as a television series for Starz starring Ricky Whittle (The 100) as protagonist Shadow Moon and Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday.

The 8-episode first season adapts roughly a third of the novel. Shadow Moon is released early from prison after learning his wife has died in an unfortunate car accident while having an affair with his best friend. Adrift, he meets the mysterious and enigmatic con-man Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. The two begin
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John Landis can’t give us his top 5 comedies of all time

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John Landis has directed a number of noteworthy movie comedies in his career, including The Blues Brothers, Coming To America, and Trading Places. We thought it would be appropriate to get Landis’ picks for the five best comedies of all time, but he wasn’t having it. In the video above, he schools us on the concept of…

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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend
Television is arguably the saving grace for all successful Thanksgiving celebrations. After getting stuffed to the brim with cheese and feeling tipsy in the early evening, it’s natural to yearn for a nap, a television marathon, or both.

Gear up for the occasion by scouting out the best movies available during Thanksgiving day and all through the weekend. Whether it’s a favorite movie from childhood or a marathon of your favorite show, here’s the complete list of all the best Thanksgiving programming for 2017.

Throwback Thanksgiving Marathon, VH1

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 until Sunday, Nov. 26

What: Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like “Dazed and Confused” and “Coming to America,” and “Space Jam.” The network will be playing the nostalgia game hard, so you’re bound to catch one of your favorites. Save room in your schedule for “Grease,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pretty Woman.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: First-Time Host Tiffany Haddish Proves She Truly is Ready

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: First-Time Host Tiffany Haddish Proves She Truly is Ready
Is it time? Because it feels like it’s time. Time for the official campaign for Tiffany Haddish’s Oscar nomination to begin, and what better place to begin than with a hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live?”

Tiffany Haddish’s performance in this year’s “Girls Trip” is absolutely worthy of Oscar attention — and her work on “The Carmichael Show” as well as her stand-up special “She Ready” definitely deserve praise too — and hosting “Saturday Night Live” is as declarative a statement as they come. Especially as the first African-American female stand-up comedian (yeah, neither Whoopi Goldberg nor Wanda Sykes have done this) to host in the series’ 43 seasons.

Host: Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish is just infectious positivity in comedy form, which is kind of necessary considering there’s still a question of what this season of “Saturday Night Live” wants to be outside of “a reminder that everything in the world is bonkers-slash-horrifying.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Coming to America

People really believed that Zamunda was a real place for a while, at least until they looked on the globe and saw it wasn’t there. But give the movie props, it came through in a big way and made a comedy that was worth watching and delivered laughs almost nonstop. This was when Murphy was still allowed to be himself and hadn’t yet gone to family films. The filter was off as much as it could be in order to keep this film within reason, but the comedy was spot on and the characters were one of the highlights of

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Coming to America
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Eddie Murphy as Black Panther in a Coming to America Mashup Trailer

Oh-my-head. I love them both on their own, but this mashup was, for lack of a better word, just painful to watch. Of course watching Michael B. Jordan trying to be serious as a bad guy is kind of painful to watch too. I like the guy but he seems more the type to crack a joke or be serious and not so campy as a bad guy. Anyway, back to the mashup. Eddie Murphy as the Black Panther wouldn’t have made sense even back in the day for one very big reason: he’s too funny. Eddie Murphy being serious

Eddie Murphy as Black Panther in a Coming to America Mashup Trailer
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Thor: Ragnarok' Live in "4D", Eddie Murphy in 'Black Panther' and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Promotional Stunt of the Day: Watch the stars of Thor: Ragnarok surprise fans with a live performance of scenes from the movie for The Late Late Show with James Corden:   Fan Theory of the Day: Speaking of Thor: Ragnarok, for Film Theory, MatPat wonders whether Thor is actually stronger than Hulk:   Recasting of the Day: Funny or Die mashes Black Panther with Coming to America to see Eddie Murphy in the role of the Marvel superhero   Movie Truth of the Day: Cracked explains what the movies get wrong about sharks, which is basically everything:   Vintage Image of the Day: Dolph Lundgren, who turns 60...

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Eddie Murphy is Black Panther in This Coming To America Mashup Trailer

Funny or Die has released an amusing spoof trailer that mashes together the upcoming Marvel movie Black Panther with the classic 1988 film Coming to America. It's called "Black Panther is Coming to America" and it puts Eddie Murphy in the role of Black Panther. It's kind of cool to see how well the two films work together.

In Coming to America, Murphy plays Prince Akeem, and that character amusingly slips into the role of King T'Challa. There are also some silly little action sequences from Coming to America that are spliced into the action sequences in Black Panther, and it hilariously works! You'll see what I mean when you watch it! Enjoy!
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The Morning Watch: ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Coming to America’, ‘Geostorm’ vs ‘The Snowman’ & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Coming to America’, ‘Geostorm’ vs ‘The Snowman’ & More
(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.) In this edition, Cracked tries to figure out whether Geostorm is […]

The post The Morning Watch: ‘Black Panther’ Is ‘Coming to America’, ‘Geostorm’ vs ‘The Snowman’ & More appeared first on /Film.
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Transform into Lil' Kim and Notorious Big for Halloween — See Their Costumes!

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Transform into Lil' Kim and Notorious Big for Halloween — See Their Costumes!
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have added yet another stellar couples costume to their Halloween tradition.

The couple dressed up for her Bff Kelly Rowland‘s party over the weekend, and fittingly channeled another powerhouse couple of music: Lil’ Kim and Notorious Big!

Beyoncé opted for a curly black wig, a white dress shirt, black suspenders and sunglasses to transform into Lil’ Kim from Missy Elliott’s “The Rain” music video. The mother of three even got the smallest of details down to a tee by drawing a mole above her lip.

Meanwhile, Jay-Z was influenced by his fellow Brooklyn rapper’s iconic look,
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We went to the McDowell’s in Hollywood from Coming to America

In the 1988 comedy Coming to America, Eddie Murphy played a prince who sheds his royalty to look for true love. In Queens, Akeem (Murphy) takes a job at a fast food place to meet women who are not interested in his money. The fast food restaurant was called McDowell’s. This week in Los Angeles, a real McDowell’s popped up for Halloween. Fat Sal’s, the sandwich shop owned by Entourage star Jerry Ferrara, became McDowell’s at their 1300 Highland Ave. location, so Monsters and Critics went to check it out. In the noon hour, lines were reasonable. That is, an...read more
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McDowell's from Coming to America Opens in Hollywood for Halloween

McDowell's from Coming to America Opens in Hollywood for Halloween
Back in 1988, instead of playing the product placement game, Eddie Murphy transformed McDonald's Restaurant into McDowell's for Coming to America, one of the movie's best jokes. If you've ever dreamed of visiting the spoof restaurant, you're finally going to get your chance. A real-life version of McDowell's is opening in the spirit of Halloween. You just have to live, or happen to be visiting Hollywood, this fall.

Coming to America 2 is currently in the works, with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall ready to reprise their iconic comedic roles from the hit 80s comedy. But while fans wait for that sequel to become a reality, they'll be able to revisit the movie in a completely different, albeit much more subversive way.

McDowell's was one of the key locations in Coming to America. Eddie Murphy's young Prince Akeem takes a job at the fast food restaurant to learn more about American living.
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‘Coming to America’ Restaurant McDowell’s is Coming to Hollywood

‘Coming to America’ Restaurant McDowell’s is Coming to Hollywood
Fans of the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America probably already know that a sequel is in the works, but while you wait for that to come to fruition, here’s a cool way to step into the world of the movie. McDowell’s, the fictional restaurant that serves as a key location in the film, is taking over a local […]

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American Woman Marries African Prince She Met in D.C. Bar, Lives the Movie Coming to America

American Woman Marries African Prince She Met in D.C. Bar, Lives the Movie Coming to America
The movie Coming to America came to life for one American woman!

When Ariana Austin, 33, met lawyer Joel Makonnen, 35, at the Pearl nightclub in Washington, D.C., she had no idea that a fairy tale was about to unfold.

“I said: ‘You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire’,” Makonnen told The New York Times about his opening line to Austin when they met on the dance floor at the club in December 2005.

“Not even five minutes later I said: ‘You’re going to be my girlfriend.’ ”

Hitting it off immediately, the couple started dating and as things started getting more serious,
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Mila Kunis Talks Parenting Two Kids with Ashton Kutcher: ‘We’re Not Gonna Raise A–holes’

Mila Kunis Talks Parenting Two Kids with Ashton Kutcher: ‘We’re Not Gonna Raise A–holes’
Mila Kunis may be a self-described “bad mom” in her hit comedy Bad Moms and its upcoming Christmas-themed sequel, but she’s determined not to live up to that title in real life.

The 34-year-old actress — who shares two kids with husband Ashton Kutcher: son Dimitri Portwood, 10 months, and daughter Wyatt Isabelle, 3 — opened up to Entertainment Tonight about her and Kutcher’s desire to raise open-minded children.

“Yeah, we’re not gonna raise a–holes. There’s enough a–holes in this world!” Kunis said. “We don’t need to contribute. But, you know, there’s some nice people.
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Mila Kunis on Post-Baby Body, New Christmas Traditions & Juggling 2 Kids: ‘We Needed Help’ (Exclusive)

Mila Kunis on Post-Baby Body, New Christmas Traditions & Juggling 2 Kids: ‘We Needed Help’ (Exclusive)
With her baby boy, Dimitri, gearing up to celebrate his first birthday next month, Mila Kunis is reflecting on her first year as a mom of two -- getting candid about how she and husband Ashton Kutcher are determined not to “raise a**holes,” their new family traditions and how she got in shape after giving birth.

The 34-year-old actress sat down with Et’s Brooke Anderson to promote the upcoming Bad Moms sequel -- A Bad Moms Christmas -- and admitted she has her own moments of feeling like a bad mom, but is more relaxed about balancing work and parenthood these days.

“I'm a little bit less stressed over what to anticipate,” explains Kunis, who also has a 3-year-old daughter, Wyatt, with Kutcher. “You're still stressed out and there's still the idea of the guilt of leaving your kids, but you know that they'll be Ok. Because I've already done it once and the kid
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“Making a Hammer Film As If It Was Directed by Scorsese”: John Landis on Innocent Blood and Operating Muppets with Tim Burton

One of the most underrated films by one of America’s most underrated filmmakers just arrived on Blu-ray in the form of Warner Archive’s 25th-anniversary release of John LandisInnocent Blood. To call Landis underrated might seem perverse given that he’s directed some of the most successful and enduring movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s – National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Coming to America – but I still think his body of work has never quite gotten its critical due in this country, partly because his movies are so damn […]
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Sex and the City 3 canned, huge Terminator 6 update, It becomes the biggest horror film of all-time and more – Weekend News Roundup

Girls Gone Cold

After making over $700 million across two films (although the second took a major dip in box office receipts), Sex and the City 3 seemed like a sure thing. The film had been in development for some time and a lot of talks were taking place, but it looks like the movie has now been shelved. “It’s over,” Sarah Jessica Parker told Extra. “We’re not doing it. … I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.” Read more here.

Coming Back To America

A film that is finally moving forward, however, is the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 comedy Coming to America. Deadline now has an update on the progress,
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