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The Coming 2 America Cast Then And Now

In 1988, at the height of Eddie Murphy’s movie career, the comedian released Coming to America, in which he played Prince Akeem Joffer from the African nation Zamunda. 

The movie followed Prince Akeem on his journey to America in search of a wife. The film was a massive success, bringing in more than $288 million at the box office against a budget of $36 million. 

Now, 33 years after the original movie’s release, the long-awaited sequel Coming 2 America is streaming on Amazon Prime. In honor of the movie’s release here is a look at the Coming 2 America cast, in 1988 and 2021.

Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem and King Akeem

Arsenio Hall as Semmi

Eddie Murphy as Randy Watson

Arsenio Hall as Morris

Eddie Murphy as Clarence

Arsenio Hall as Reverend Brown

Eddie Murphy as Saul

James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer

Shari Headley as Queen Lisa

Paul Bates as Oha

John Amos as Cleo McDowell

Louie Anderson as Maurice

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Steven Spielberg & The Duffer Brothers Team To Tackle Stephen King & Peter Straub’s The Talisman

In 1982, Steven Spielberg was so enamored by The Talisman, the fantasy horror book by Stephen King and Peter Straub, that two years before the book was published, he acquired the screen rights outright and in perpetuity.

He then spent the next 35-plus years developing it as a movie, trying in vain to find a way into the story.

Stephen King & Peter Straub

Now, The Talisman may finally be ready to reach screens but, as befits the times, as a series.

And, as it sometimes takes a village to raise a project, Spielberg has assembled some mighty collaborators to help him make the adaptation a reality.

The Duffer Brothers, whose own Stranger Things owes more than a few debts to King’s work, will executive produce a series adapting the book, that will be produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios.

The Duffer Brothers

Curtis Gwinn, who worked as a writer-exec producer on Duffers’ Stranger Things, will act as writer and showrunner of the project, which is in development. With deals still being sewn up and in negotiations, Netflix and the production parties involved had no comment.

Talisman tells of a 12-year old boy named Jack Sawyer who sets off on an epic road-trip quest in order to save his dying mother’s life. He is in search of the Talisman, a powerful relic that can not only heal his mother but, as he learns, save the world. Sawyer’s journey criss-crosses two realities: the America we know and its dangerous, fantasy-world twin, The Territories.

The book was an instant best-seller when it hit stories in 1984 and King and Straub reunited for a sequel in 2001. On the adaptation front, the most recent developments occurred inn 2019 when Mike Barker, who directed several episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, was involved in what was then being envisioned as a feature.

For the new take on Talisman, Matt and Ross Duffer will exec produce via their Monkey Massacre Productions while Spielberg exec produces via Amblin Television along with partners Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. King will also exec produce as will Paramount Television.

Todd Cohen will oversee day-to-day development on the project for Amblin, along with Spielberg, Frank, and Falvey.

After close to 50 years, King’s work remains incredibly popular in Hollywood thanks to his deep bench of best-sellers and recent success such as the recent It adaptations. The Running Man and a Pet Sematary prequel are among his works in development. King is repped by Paradigm and Gang Tyre.

A self-described geek, Gwinn first started out in comedy before becoming a writer-producer on the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. That darker genre path led to him working with Damon Lindelof on HBO’s The Leftovers, Kurt Sutter’s gritty Medieval drama The Bastard Executioner and Netflix’s Narcos. He is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg of Ginsburg Daniels.

The Duffers are currently readying season four of Stranger Things which is expected to bow later this year. The series remains one of Netflix’s signature and most popular shows.

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter

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Watch The Thunder Force Trailer

In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.

The cast includes Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo, and Jason Bateman.

Thunder Force will arrive on Netflix April 9, 2021.

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Stephen King On The Drew Barrymore Show

Writer Stephen King joins the Drew Barrymore Show to remember what it was like to work with a young Drew Barrymore on Firestarter and Cat’s Eye! The author also shares his thoughts on how the pandemic has affected him. Then the horror legend plays On the Book with Drew, and shares incredible insight into some of his most famous works, like why he didn’t like The Shining. Finally King talks about his new novel Later!

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Watch The Bad Trip Trailer

From one of the guys that brought you Jackass and Bad Grandpa, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem. 

Bad Trip stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish and Michaela Conlin.  The film is directed by Kitao Sakurai from the minds of Dan Curry, Kitao Sakurai, and Andre.

Bad Trip will be released on Netflix March 26, 2021.

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Stephen King Talks About His New Book Later On Good Morning America

Stephen King, the king of horror and one of the greatest storytellers of our time discusses his latest novel, Later on Good Morning America. The author also shares what he thinks his character Carrie would be up to during quarantine.

Later is available today wherever books are sold.

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Mattel Partners With Projectart To Auction Star Wars – The Mandalorian The Child

Whether you call him “The Child”, “Grogu”, or “Baby Yoda”, this tiny figure in Star Wars The Mandalorian has become the most important character in the show. 

Mattel partnered with ProjectArt to create this one-of-a-kind levitating pram that holds a plush version of Grogu. The pram levitates about 2.5 inches above the base and holds the exclusive 11″-tall figure that comes complete with a blanket and necklace. 

The piece is being auctioned on eBay with proceeds to benefit ProjectArt: a charity that empowers youth, emerging artists, and communities with free after-school art programs. 

Led by Mattel Designer, Michael Kadile, this levitating masterpiece was a labor of love.

Bidding is open now and runs through March 5th.

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Expedition: Back To The Future To Debut On Discovery+ March 15

Discovery+ will feature four-part series “Expedition: Back to the Future”, featuring “Back to the Future” star Christopher Lloyd and explorer Josh Gates’ search for The Delorean Time Machine. 

Throughout their journey, Josh Gates and Christopher Lloyd will be joined by Michael J. Fox, Donald Fullilove Lea Thompson, James Tolkan, and Harry Waters Jr. Josh Gates, avid explorer and host of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown has spent his career traveling the world investigating history’s greatest legends and mysteries. Now, he’s setting out on the journey of a lifetime in search of the most iconic car in Hollywood history – The DeLorean Time Machine from the classic sci-fi trilogy Back to the Future. Together with screen-legend Christopher Lloyd, Josh travels across the country and through the history of one of cinema’s greatest franchises on an epic search for this timeless vehicle all in hopes of delivering and donating it to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. 

“Expedition: Back to the Future” launches on Discovery+ on Monday, March 15.

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Here Is The 2021 Golden Globes Winners List

The 78th annual Golden Globes aired last night with long-time collaborators Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the event from different sides of the country. Like other award shows during this ongoing pandemic, the 2021 Golden Globes featured a mix of virtual and in-person appearances.

This year’s winners list both came with surprising and expected wins as the competition in most major categories proved to be strong and difficult to predict. The Golden Globes made history last night with Nomadland director Chloe Zhao winning her first Golden Globe for Best Director – Motion Picture which makes her the first Asian woman to win the coveted award as well as the second woman filmmaker to claim it over 30 years since Barbra Streisand’s groundbreaking win in 1983.

Check out the list of winners HERE.


Here Is Your First Official Look At Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy

In the first official look at Jupiter’s Legacy, watch as the first images from the series are revealed–transforming from Frank Quitely’s exclusive sketches to the first images captured from the all-new epic drama Jupiter’s Legacy, debuting May 7 on Netflix.  

The season’s most terrifying villain, Blackstar (Tyler Mane), comes to life. Hutch (Ian Quinlan), son of one of the world’s greatest supervillains and Chloe Sampson (Elena Kampouris), daughter of the world’s greatest superheroes are introduced. Sheldon Sampson (Josh Duhamel) in 1929 is revealed; and his future son, Paragon/Brandon Sampson (Andrew Horton). Finally, the first generation superheroes Lady Liberty/Grace Sampson (Leslie Bibb), The Utopian/Sheldon Sampson (Duhamel) and Brainwave/Walter Sampson (Ben Daniels) are unveiled. 

P.S. Fans might want to take more than just one look and keep an eye out for fun hidden details.  

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