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Amazon Studios Announces the Royal Arrival of Coming 2 America's Official Teaser Trailer and Official Movie Poster.

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began in 1988.

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Available March 5th on Prime Video. Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, with Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones.

Also starring John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Paul Bates, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bella Murphy.

Screenplay by: Kenya Barris and Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield
Story by: Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield and Justin Kanew
Directed by: Craig Brewer
Based on characters created by: Eddie Murphy
Produced by: Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy
Costumes by: Ruth E. Carter

Amazon Studios will exclusively release COMING 2 AMERICA globally on Prime Video March 5th, 2021.
 

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Arsenio Hall (left) is feeling the pressure for Coming 2 America to be successful after reading social media comments.

Social media followers warned the Arsenio and his co-stars not to mess up the sequel to the much-loved original classic.

The 64-year-old actor reprises his role as Semmi alongside Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem in the long-awaited comedy sequel to 1988 film Coming to America. He admits that after reading comments from fans on Twitter he is now aware of just how meaningful the original movie was to people.

"I'm a big social media nut," Arsenio explained. "Eddie's not so much into social media. One day we're sitting at his house, and I'm looking at something. I'm reading different stuff. I guess I said something like, 'Wow'. He said, 'What?' It was somebody tweeting saying, 'Don't y'all f**k it up.' I was like, 'I never thought about it that way.'"

Arsenio continued: "Here's what I got out of the entire tweet, 'That's our movie. My daddy used to make us watch that once a year like The Wizard of Oz at the house. Don't y'all f**k it up.'"

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Arsenio told Complex magazine the fan's comment "shook him up" even though his response was met with disapproval by Eddie (pictured with Shari Headley).

"I was like, 'Eddie...' He said, 'First of all, put that f***ing phone down, man. Somebody got to you like that? Put your f***ing phone down.'

"But I had never thought about the fact that it means a lot to people, and they put that in our arms and say, 'Care for it and do it right, y'all.'

"That shook me up, but I'll tell you what it did. It made me go read the script three more times in a row and say, 'Let me get ready for this s**t.'"

Arsenio insists the story is a "perfect" continuation from the 1988 movie.

The sequel, which is set after the events of the first film, sees Akeem set to become king of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son in America named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler).

Akeem and Semmi return to America to find Akeem's son.

Coming 2 America will stream on Amazon Prime Video starting on March 5, 2021.

Amazon Studios is proud to present the most-anticipated sequel, Coming 2 America. Amazon Studios will exclusively release Coming 2 America globally on Prime Video March 5th, 2021.

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

Coming 2 America also stars Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, with Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones, John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Paul Bates, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bella Murphy.

Directed by Craig Brewer. Screenplay by Kenya Barris and Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield

Story by Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield and Justin Kanew

Based on characters created by Eddie Murphy

Produced by Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy

Costumes by Ruth E. Carter

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Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, may have to file for bankruptcy if she can't convince a judge to increase her child support from Eddie Murphy.

The Spice Girls singer has reportedly claimed she'll go bankrupt if ordered to pay $500,000 to her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. She requested an increase in child support from Eddie to offset her increased living expenses due to the Covid outbreak.

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Mel B, who is mom to the comedian and actor's 13-year-old daughter Angel Iris Murphy, has asked the court to allow her access to Eddie's financial records.

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The 45-year-old English singer (pictured with Belafonte in 2014) was "devastated" when Eddie announced they were no longer a romantic item on a Dutch TV show in 2006.

"I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a test," he said about their unborn daughter.

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Eddie continually denied Angel was his until a paternity test confirmed he was the father in 2007.

The 59-year-old comic previously agreed to pay Mel $25,000 -a-month in child support, as well as cover Angel's health insurance and her educational costs.

Mel B was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to cover $400,000 in legal fees and $100,000 in accounting fees for her ex-husband following their 2017 divorce.

According to MailOnline, Mel told L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas she is having financial difficulties.

She wrote: "I will effectively be insolvent and will in all likelihood have to file for bankruptcy. I simply do not have the ability to pay such an exorbitant sum."

She told the court she's been unable to work due to the coronavirus lockdowns.

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Angel (far right) is one of Eddie's nine kids, who range in age from 22 months to 31.

Mel shares her eldest daughter Phoenix, 21 (left), with ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar, and daughter Madison, 9 (2nd from left), with Belafonte.

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Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, has requested more child support from Eddie Murphy to help her through some financial troubles.

The Spice Girls singer, who is mom to the comedian and actor's 13-year-old daughter Angel Iris Murphy, has asked for Eddie's financial records to determine how much more child support she can request.

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"Eddie and Melanie have both established careers in the entertainment industry," her lawyers write in the court documents.

"Melanie is a singer, songwriter and television personality. Eddie is a legendary comedian and actor. Until recently, Melanie has been fortunate in her career to sustain a comfortable lifestyle for herself and Angel. Unfortunately, Melanie’s income has dramatically reduced, such that she must consider modifying child support for the first time."

Mel B's lawyer insist she made "numerous efforts to resolve the case without court intervention," adding, "Melanie was left with no choice but to file this."

According to court records, Murphy, 59, previously agreed to pay Mel $25,000 -a-month in child support, as well as cover Angel's health insurance and her educational costs.

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Angel (far right) is one of Eddie's nine kids, who range in age from 22 months to 31.

Mel B, 45, has two other daughters: Madison, 9 (2nd from left), and Phoenix Brown, 21 (left), and a stepdaughter Giselle Belafonte, 16 (2nd from right).

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Eddie Murphy's much-anticipated Coming to America sequel, Coming 2 America, was sold by distributor Paramount Pictures to Amazon Studios for a reported $125 million.

The sale was made to Amazon Studios as more theaters face bankruptcy amid ongoing closures during the coronavirus lockdown.

Paramount Pictures weighed numerous options for the movie's Christmas premiere -- including selling the rights to Viacom's steaming service CBS All Access.

The expected streaming premiere date is December 18, sources tell Variety.

The original Coming to America, starring Murphy, Shari Headley and John Amos, grossed $300 million in theaters worldwide.

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In the sequel, Prince Akeem is set to become king of the fictional African country of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son in America. Akeem learns he fathered the boy, named Lavelle, with a Queens, NY native (Leslie Jones).

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Akeem and his loyal assistant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) depart for America to find Akeem's son, whom he has never met. Apparently, Akeem kept the NY Yankees bomber jacket he purchased during his first trip to Queens in 1988.

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The movie's supporting cast includes Jermaine Fowler (Lavelle); Tracy Morgan, and Wesley Snipes.

Coming 2 America was filmed on location in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce are among a long list of minority actors who were snubbed by the Academy Awards. The Academy unveiled their 2020 Oscar nominations on Monday, Jan. 13, WENN.com reported.

Lopez was expected to earn Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as an aging stripper in the film Hustlers (2019). But she was left off the list of nominees, which included British actress Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie, Florence Pugh, Kathy Bates, and Laura Dern.

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Jay-Z is reportedly consoling his wife, Beyonce, who was overlooked for an original song nomination for her single "Spirit" off the soundtrack to one of the year's biggest movies, Disney's remake of The Lion King.

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Lupita Nyong'o was snubbed for her role in the comedy/thriller Us, as was actress Awkwafina for her critically acclaimed performance in The Farewell.

The list of Black actors who were bypassed by the Academy also includes Eddie Murphy, who was expected to be recognized for his portrayal of comic Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name.

Not a single female filmmaker earned any recognition in the directing category, according to WENN.com.

Lopez's Hustlers director Lorena Scafaria was ignored, as was Beyonce's music music director Melina Matsoukas.

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Eddie returned to Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years on Saturday, Dec. 21. But at least one comedian didn't think he was funny.

Bill Cosby's reps called Murphy a "Hollywood slave" after the comedian took a jab at his elderly colleague, who is currently behind bars.

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Murphy, 2nd from left, is pictured with Cosby, 2nd from right, in a photo taken at a charity softball game in 1989. Also pictured are Redd Foxx, left, Sidney Poitier, center, and Richard Pryor.

Murphy, 58, dissed Cosby in his opening monologue when he mentioned the 82-year-old comedian's conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

"My kids are actually pretty much my whole life now," Murphy said. "And you know what - if you told me thirty years ago that I would be this boring stay-at-home, you know, house dad, and Bill Cosby would be in jail? Even I would have taken that bet. Who is America's dad now?"

In response to Murphy's apparent jab, Cosby's publicist Andre Wyatt took to Instagram to demand respect:

"Mr. Cosby became the first Black to win an Emmy for his role in I Spy and Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry, so that Blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell, Kevin Hart and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come."

He continued:

"It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby. One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation, so that he could make his own decisions; but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood Slave."

Comparing Murphy to Stepin Fetchit, a Vaudeville comedian who was famous for his condescending Negro act, Wyatt wrote:

"Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of Black Men in Hollywood. Remember, Mr. Murphy, that Bill Cosby became legendary because he used comedy to humanize all races, religions and genders; but your attacking Mr. Cosby helps you embark on just becoming click bait. Hopefully, you will be amenable to having a meeting of the minds conversation, in order to discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together."

 

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The successful Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise is getting another remake. Netflix has secured the rights to a fourth Beverly Hills Cop sequel starring Eddie Murphy as wisecracking, street-smart Detroit officer Axel Foley.

Netflix has picked up the rights in a one-time licensing deal with Paramount Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first three Beverly Hills Cop films were released in 1984, 1987 and 1994, respectively. The movie franchise shot Murphy to international stardom and cemented his reputation for striking box office gold in the '80s and '90s.

Beverly Hills Cop earned $234 million, making it the highest-grossing film in 1984. The three films grossed $736 million worldwide.

In addition to winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, Beverly Hills Cop also picked up an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1985.

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Netflix breathed new life into Murphy's stalled career with the movie Dolemite Is My Name, which garnered strong reviews.

Murphy, 58, has no plans to slow down. Next year he will host Saturday Night Live for the first time in over 3 decades before heading out on the road for a sold out comedy tour.

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Eddie Murphy isn't going easy on the #MeToo movement when he returns to the stage as a standup comedian next year.

According to WENN.com, Murphy doesn't plan to change his stand-up comedy sets in light of the #MeToo movement. Murphy says his material has always been controversial and subject to a high level of scrutiny.

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The Me Too movement was founded in 2006 by activist, community organizer and sex assault victim Tarana Burke (above) to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The 58-year-old actor and comedian will return to host sketch TV series Saturday Night Live, where he got his big start 35 years ago. Murphy will host SNL on December 21 before heading out on the road in 2020.

Reflecting on his return to the stage for the first time in three decades, the Beverly Hills Cop star told the Wall Street Journal's WSJ magazine that he is used to a heightened level of scrutiny.

He previously had to apologize to certain special interest groups for some of his comedy material, but not everybody will get the same white glove treatment.

Murphy he won't be apologetic for offending the easily offended.

"Before there was the #MeToo movement, all this stuff that's going on, the woke stuff, whatever y'all are calling it. People would talk s**t, get bent out of shape," he said.

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"I had to apologize for stuff. And that was, you know, 30 years ago," said Murphy, who is currently engaged to 40-year-old Paige Butcher, the mother of his two youngest children.

"Now everybody gets treated the same way. But it's not like I'm looking at it like, 'Oh, now I don't know if I can do stand-up because it's changed'. It's like, it changed for everyone else."

He added: "So when I put my stuff together, I ain't stepping on nobody's toes, giving nobody reasons to picket me and all that s**t."

Explaining how he plans to test out his new material before he heads out on the tour, Eddie added: "I'm just going to pop up and do the comedy clubs. And try to get my s**t together.

Last week, the star told late-night host Stephen Colbert it was former U.S. President Barack Obama who inspired his return to comedy, after Barack asked him, "When are you going to do stand-up again?" in 2015.