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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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Ice Age: Collision Course Blu-Ray Review

The Ice Age franchise is unbelievably 14 years old at this point, and the fifth film, Ice Age: Collision Course, brings together most of everything we’ve seen in the past for a last hurrah.

This time around Scrat actually manages to kick off the adventure, stumbling onto a spaceship and launching himself into space, ultimately causing a massive asteroid to head toward Earth.

Once doom is headed our way, we check in with our main characters, who are each given mediocre, sit-com difficulties to contend with. Manny (Ray Ramano) heads to the overplayed, “not good enough for my daughter” well, while also forgetting his anniversary. Sid (John Leguizamo) only has a story that is vaguely distinct from his general mopey, goofball attitude, this time aimed specifically at his lack of ability to find a mate. Diego (Denis Leary) and Shira (Jennifer Lopez) have their hands full delivering their lines with
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Explosive Test Makes Mike Epps Fave To Play Richard Pryor In Lee Daniels Pic

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Explosive Test Makes Mike Epps Fave To Play Richard Pryor In Lee Daniels Pic
Exclusive: After blowing away everybody with his audition, actor-comic Mike Epps has emerged as the front-runner to star as Richard Pryor in the biopic that Lee Daniels will direct at The Weinstein Company. Daniels has been in TWC headquarters working with and auditioning a group of young actors that has included Epps, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans, and Nick Cannon, with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway the names I’ve heard to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. I can only imagine what it must mean to several of these guys to get the role and play the stand-up comedian they grew up revering before they themselves succeeded onstage. It’s especially poignant for Epps and Wayans, because each one was signed to play Pryor in prior incarnations of the movie that fell apart.

Wayans had the job in the last version of the comic legend’s story when
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Interview with Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, the co-stars of About Last Night

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This Valentine’s Day the remake of the classic romantic comedy, About Last Night descends on theaters. The film, from director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), is more of a reimagining of the 1986 and actually has more in common with the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago on which both films are based. The new contemporary version two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom as they try to carve out their own unique space in the world of dating.

The cast is headed by Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant, who play Danny and Debbie, a couple brought together on a blind double date with their best friends, Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall), who are on their all-important post-coital second date. The film then follows all four as they navigate through the rocky terrain of the contemporary world of dating and through the
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Big Momma's House Writer Dead at 51

Don Rhymer, the writer behind such films as "Rio," "Big Momma's House" and "The Santa Clause 2," died of cancer in Los Angeles. He was only 51 years old. Rhymer started his career on Martin Lawrence's "Big Momma's House" comedy. He went on to write the sequel, as well as Cedric the Entertainer's "The Honeymooners" and Matthew Broderick's "Deck the Halls." He also wrote the animated films "Surf's Up" and "Rio." The writer has been battling cancer for a long time, and has documented his treatment in a blog, called "Let's Radiate Don."
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R.I.P. Don Rhymer

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Screenwriter Don Rhymer, whose credits included 20th Century Fox Animation’ hit Rio and the CBS comedy Evening Shade, has died. He was 51 and his longtime friend Dave Gallagher told the La Times that Rhymer died Wednesday of cancer at USC’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. One of Rhymer’s earliest credits was NBC’s Valerie. He also wrote for CBS’ Hearts Afire. He also worked on feature films, including Big Momma’s House and its two sequels, The Santa Clause 2, Agent Cody Banks 2, The Honeymooners and Sony Pictures Animation’s Surf’s Up. His TV credits also included episodes of the NBC series Caroline In The City and Bagdad Cafe. After his diagnosis three years ago, Rhymer started a blog “Let’s Radiate Don” that chronicled his treatment and his relationship with his wife and kids.
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First images from found footage spoof A Haunted House

With the “found footage” genre dominating horror movies at the moment it was only a matter of time before king of spoofs Marlon Wayans (writer of the Scary Movie franchise) jumped on board to get a piece of the action. A Haunted House, directed by Michael Tiddes (associate producer on Dance Flick) and written by Wayans, is set for release in January 2013 and Indiewire has unveiled the first look images from the forthcoming movie, which stars Wayans alongside Nick Swardson (Just Go with It), David Koechner (Anchorman), Essence Atkins (Are We There Yet?), Cedric the Entertainer (The Honeymooners), and Dave Sheridan (Horrible Bosses):

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"In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in,
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New interviews with Alessandra Torresani, new Husbands clips, James Marsters in Hawaii Five-0 and Toronto screenings

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Let's start with Husbands. The show premieres tomorrow at HusbandstheSeries.com.

Teresa Jusino has a report from the L.A. screening and Q&A yesterday at Tor.com, and several really great interviews with Alessandra Torresani and Jane Espenson showed up since yesterday.

Alessandra talked to Digital Chick TV:

Daryn: So, what is your role on Husbands?

Alessandra: Let me tell you a little bit about this fabulous show! I play the larger than life, crazy, fun, silly, old school comedian Haley! She is Cheeks’ Bff for life and can’t live without him. She is beyond co-dependent of him and literally can’t pick out a pair of shoes without his approval. Although at times she’s a little too nuts, it’s all in good fun! And hey, just another excuse for a cocktail. She’s traumatized that Cheeks didn’t have her at the wedding, because of
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Trailer: Peep World

New trailer released today for the film Peep World starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson (The Office Us, Super), Ben Schwartz (Parks And Recreation), Kate Mara (127 Hours), Ron Rifkin (Brothers & Sisters) and directed by Barry W. Blaustein a writer and director responsible for such great works as The Ringer and The Honeymooners. Below is what the film is all about;

On the seventieth birthday of their hard charging businessman father (Ron Rifkin), four siblings and their extended relatives make plans to reunite for dinner to celebrate the momentous occasion, despite an unshakable animosity towards one another that’s about to come to a blistering boil. The youngest sibling, Nathan (Ben Schwarz), has just published a bestselling and revealing exposé about their family’s most intimate and shameful exploits, and no one is happy about it except himself.

It seems like a very commercial and bland version of
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Veteran agent Hal Ross dies at 86

Hal Ross, whose career in television as a talent and literary agent spanned nearly 50 years, died July 30 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.

Ross co-founded the Ziegler-Ross Agency, where he was a pioneer in the TV packaging business and one of the first agents to represent a major sports figure when he negotiated Sandy Koufax's blockbuster deal to become an analyst with NBC Sports in 1967. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher had suddenly retired after the 1966 season at the height of his career because of arm injuries.

During that time, Ross also packaged such hits as "Daniel Boone," "Medical Center" and "M*A*S*H." He later joined Wma as a senior vp, where he worked until his retirement in 1997.

Ross also executive produced the 2005 film version of "The Honeymooners" that starred Cedric the Entertainer.

A native Angeleno who attended Fairfax High School and UCLA, Ross served at
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R.I.P. Hal Ross

Hal Ross, whose career in television as a talent and literary agent spanned nearly fifty years, died last Friday. He was 86. The native Angeleno co-founded the Ziegler-Ross Agency, where he helped pioneer the television packaging business and was one of the first agents to represent a major athlete when he negotiated Sandy Koufax's blockbuster deal with NBC Sports in 1967. During that time, he packaged such hits as The Daniel Boone Show, Medical Center and M*A*S*H. He later joined the William Morris Agency as Svp where he plied his talents until his retirement in 1997. Even then Hal could not stay away from show business: he found time after his early morning swims in Malibu to produce the motion picture version of The Honeymooners in 2005.
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Louis C.K. Contemplates the Eccentric Behavior of Being Louie

Louis C.K. contemplates the eccentric behavior of Being Louie

Comedian Louis C.K. is set to debut his new half-hour comedy series Louie tonight on FX with two back-to-back shows, Episode 1.01: Pilot (which follows the comedians exploits as he goes on both a field trip with his daughter and a romantic date, both of which end up badly) and Episode 2.02: Poker/Divorce (which finds Louis engaged in a friendly game of poker as his divorce proceedings become finalized).

Louie is a comedy filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louis' hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two daughters. The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louis C.K.'s stand-up comedy and scripted short films. Louis C.K.serves as executive producer, writer and director on the show.

We recently caught up with him to
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Boos! & Whoop-doos!: Why Is Pegasus Black? and Other Remake Mysteries!

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B. Alan looks at a decade of horrible cinematic remakes and rehashes that ruined film as an art form.

Black Pegasus? Boo!

Why is Pegasus black? Why did this flying horse need to be recast El Negro? It makes about as much sense as casting Cedric the Entertainer in the role of Ralph Kramden. There is no reasoning being placed behind it, other than, "We can do what we want! We can do what we feel!" It's strange that in both Clash of the Titans and 2005's The Honeymooners, the only hint of imagination or originality came from swapping ethnicities. In neither case does it pertain to, or help push along the story. It's senseless esthetic scrambling. Sure, poor black folks probably work in the sewer and beat their spouses, too. So why not update an old 1940s sitcom to reflect how far we've come? But Pegasus? Come on! Nowhere
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Sure fire Oscar bait

Perhaps in an attempt to produce films made to make black men look foolish, such as Big Momma’s House 1, 2 (and soon 3!!!!) Soul Men, Meet Dave, and The Honeymooners, producer David Friendly has optioned and will produce a film based on the non-fiction best seller Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino.

The story, which has been profiled on 60 Minutes and just recently on the Dr. Phil Show, tells the true story of Thompson, who, back in 1984, as a collage student, was raped by an unknown black assailant. She later positively identified Cotton as her attacker, and who was found guilty, and spent 11 years in prison, until eventually freed when DNA evidence proved conclusively that he was totally innocent.

Later both Cotton and Thompson met, and through a lot of soul searching, angst and reconciliation, became friends. Friendly will be financing the film independently, and a screenwriter is currently writing the
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'Funny People' tops modest boxoffice

'Funny People' tops modest boxoffice
Universal's "Funny People," a film about stand-up comics with serious problems, staged a good-humored weekend bow estimated at $23.4 million.

But that was on the lower end of industry expectations for the Adam Sandler-starring dramatic comedy, which will be watched for drawing power during coming weeks. Industry consensus maintains summer-laggard Uni needed not only to open the R-rated "Funny" well but also to sustain positive word-of-mouth.

Its first-frame tally gains luster when viewed among lackluster results elsewhere in the limp boxoffice session. The weekend's top 10 rung up $106 million, or 25% less than top performers in the same frame last year, according to Nielsen Edi.

As for the other openers, Fox's "Aliens in the Attic" arrived in fifth place with $7.8 million, down in the cellar of prerelease forecasts for family action fantasy, and Freestyle Releasing's R-rated horror film "The Collector" missed the top 10, collecting just $3.6 million.

After topping the previous weekend's rankings,
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Box office preview: 'Funny People' likely to top charts

Judd Apatow has become a household name thanks to his past two outings: Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. But where both comedies went on to become $100 million+ box office successes, his latest endeavor, Funny People, is much more of a wild card. The R-rated flick still features some of Apatow's unique brand of comedy, but hidden within is the downer story of a sad clown battling a fatal disease. The upshot: Adam Sandler is the star. The film's sure to open at No. 1. How it holds on will be anyone's guess. 1. Funny People: $35 million While Virgin bowed to $21 million with an unknown Steve Carrell at the center and Knocked Up pulled in $30 million with newcomer Seth Rogen, Funny People has giant movie star Adam Sandler leading the charge. But the comedy pro is leaving his PG comfort zone and the results when he does so are never certain.
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Box office preview: 'Funny People' likely to top charts

Judd Apatow has become a household name thanks to his past two outings: Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. But where both comedies went on to become $100 million+ box office successes, his latest endeavor, Funny People, is much more of a wild card. The R-rated flick still features some of Apatow’s unique brand of comedy, but hidden within is the downer story of a sad clown battling a fatal disease. The upshot: Adam Sandler is the star. The film’s sure to open at No. 1. How it holds on will be anyone’s guess.

1. Funny People: $35 million

While Virgin bowed to $21 million with an unknown Steve Carrell at the center and Knocked Up pulled in $30 million with newcomer Seth Rogen, Funny People has giant movie star Adam Sandler leading the charge. But the comedy pro is leaving his PG comfort zone and the results when he does so are never certain.
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'Funny People' looks to top boxoffice

'Funny People' looks to top boxoffice
The boxoffice weekend is shaping up as a tale of two genres.

A trio of studios will be singing "We Are Family" again this weekend at domestic multiplexes. But the No. 1 pic is likely to be "Funny People," an R-rated comedy in a continuation of another recent theatrical trend.

The family-friendly films "G-Force," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" nabbed three of the top five spots in the most recent boxoffice rankings, so one might think that the moms-and-kids segment is saturated. But so far this summer, parents have shown boundless enthusiasm for rounding up the tots for a couple hours of air-conditioned diversion.

Fox's family-targeting adventure fantasy "Aliens in the Attic," which opens Friday, mixes CGI extraterrestrials into predominantly live-action shenanigans. Originally scheduled for a spring bow, "Aliens" -- then titled "They Came from Upstairs" -- was delayed after the studio decided
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Gabrielle Union Signs on for FlashForward

Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, Bad Boys II) is joining the cast of ABC's exciting new fall drama, FlashForward in a recurring role as Zoey, a criminal defense attorney who will have a romantic arc on the show. FlashForward premieres Thursday, September 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.

"We're thrilled that Gabrielle is joining our cast," said executive producer David S. Goyer. "When we met with her, we immediately knew she was our Zoey. She's witty, soulful and beautiful. I've been wanting to work with her for a long time."

What would you do if you were given a glimpse of the future? Would you accept what you saw and live life to its fullest, or would you do everything in your power to change your destiny? In FlashForward when the world's population is given a glimpse of their future, it forces everyone to come
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Ashley Tisdale and Robert Hoffman Hooking Up on 'Aliens in the Attic'

Ashley Tisdale and Robert Hoffman are photographed hugging in one of their scenes on upcoming movie "Aliens in the Attic". In two new stills from the film, the 28-year-old actor, who portrays Ricky, is seen cuddling to Tisdale's Bethany Pearson.

Another still shows Tisdale hiding from her father, who is played by Kevin Nealon, behind a door in what seems to be a bedroom along with her younger sister Ashley Boettcher. Their co-stars, including Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler, Henri Young, and Regan Young, are featured in one particular pic. Then, the Pearson family also strikes a pose in a shot.

"Aliens in the Attic" is an adventure-comedy film about some kids of the Pearson family who go on a vacation. They must fight off an attack by knee-high alien invaders with world-destroying ambitions, while their parents remain clueless about the battle. Coming from director John Schultz, who previously worked on
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