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Eddie Murphy & More Announced To Host Saturday Night Live Season 45

NBC has announced the guest lineup for the next five episodes of Saturday Night Live, which will feature Eddie Murphy hosting on December 21 following the release of his next project Dolemite is My Name which is set to premiere sometime this fall. This marks his first time hosting the program since 1984.

Woody Harrelson (Zombieland: Double Tap) will host on September 28 with musical guest Billie Eilish; Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) will host on October 5 with musical guest Taylor Swift; David Harbour (Stranger Things) will host on October 12 with musical guest Camila Cabello, followed by the November 2 host Kristen Stewart (Underwater) and Murphy making his appearance on December 21.

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Watch The Trailer For Dolemite Is My Name Starring Eddie Murphy

Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.

Comics and rappers have praised Moore as a pioneering influence over the past few decades, and Dolemite Is My Name is a hilarious celebration of a singular talent who made his own legend. From director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Empire); Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. O.J. Simpson); and the producing team of Oscar and Golden Globe nominee John Davis (Ferdinand, Joy), Golden Globe nominee John Fox (Joy) and Murphy; the film features an all-star supporting cast — including Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell, Tasha Smith — plus costumes designed by Academy Award winner Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther). 

In select theaters and on Netflix this fall.

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Eddie Murphy To Return In Coming To America Sequel

Fans of the 1988 flick “Coming to America” are in luck – Eddie Murphy is on board for a sequel.

Murphy confirmed the news Friday, saying that he was “thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

“We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen,” Murphy said in a statement to the outlet.

The actor and comedian will reportedly once again play Prince Akeem in the Paramount movie. Paramount is hoping the majority of the original cast, including Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones, will return for the sequel.

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