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Social media is in an uproar over the modernized, less sexy look of Space Jam 1 star Lola Bunny in the sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy.

If you recall, the original Lola Bunny was a top heavy sexy siren who made male fans forget for a minute that she was an animated bunny rabbit.

But this is a new day, and liberals have taken over Hollywood. They have something to say about top heavy sexy sirens -- even if they are just cartoon rabbits.

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Fans are mortified over the desexualization of Lola Bunny 2.0 in the sequel. Gone are Lola's sexy curves and her ample boobs are nonexistent. Instead of a crop top and short shorts, Lola is clad in the same genderless team uniform as the boys.

Social media reacted to the drastic change by pointing out that Lola Bunny now looks like a WNBA player -- 80% of whom are male-identified lesbians.
 

L.A. Lakers star LeBron James makes his leading man debut in the new Space Jam: A New Legacy sequel to 1996's Space Jam starring the g.o.a.t. Michael Jordan.

LeBron appears in the sequel alongside the Looney Tunes all-stars: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Taz and Lola Bunny.

But no one is talking about LeBron, because, apparently, a bunny rabbit is more interesting than he is.
 

LeBron is probably not happy that a bunny rabbit is taking all his shine in his first big screen debut.

No doubt someone on his team sat him down and gently explained that if no one was talking about Lola Bunny, there would be no buzz about the film at all.

Space Jam: A New Legacy director Malcolm D. Lee dismissed the criticism of new look Lola Bunny.

He tells Entertainment Weekly that he was caught off guard by the "very sexualized" look of the original Lola Bunny, and he thought her look should be updated for a more liberal audience.

"This is 2021. It's important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters, a.k.a. the team's best non-LeBron player."

His explanation may be PC, but fans are exhausted by the liberal gymnastics.

One Twitter user wrote: "I don't care that Lola Bunny is dressed less sexy in Space Jam 2 but I am unbelievably exhausted by the idea that the way you communicate that a female character is to be taken seriously is by removing her boobs."

A fan of the original took the time to depict Lola Bunny 2.0 the way she should look in 2021.

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Here's what others on social media had to say about the drastic change Lola has undergone in the sequel:

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Eddie Murphy wanted "Coming to America" to be an afrocentric extravaganza showcasing the wide range of talent in Black Hollywood. But the movie studio had different ideas.

Comedian Louie Anderson appeared in 1988's Coming to America as Maurice, a fast food employee who took pride in his work at McDowell's restaurant, owned by Cleo McDowell (John Amos).

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the sequel, Coming 2 America, Murphy and Arsenio Hall explained that Anderson wasn't originally cast in Coming to America.

"I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it," said Hall, 65. "We were forced to put in a white person."

Murphy, 59, added: "[The studio was] like, 'There has to be a white person in the movie.' I was like, 'What?' So who was the funniest white guy around? We knew Louie was cool, so that's how Louie got in the movie."

"It was official," Hall continued. "I had a list. They gave me a list with three white guys. They said, 'Who would you rather work with?' I said Louie."

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Also cast in the original was white comedian Jake Steinfeld who made a cameo appearance as a wise cracking cab driver.

Other cameos included Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, who reprised their roles as Mortimer and Randolph Duke from the 1983 comedy film "Trading Places," starring Murphy.
 

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Rapper T.I. won't be back for Marvel's third Ant-Man movie as new sexual assault allegations threaten to destroy his career

The Hollywood Reporter's sources claim the father-of-seven will not be returning as sidekick Dave in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

The news comes after the rap star and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, were accused of sexual abuse by as many as 30 women.

On Monday, Mar. 1, an attorney representing 11 alleged victims accused the couple of crimes including sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, false imprisonment, intimidation, assault and harassment.

The attorney, Tyrone A. Blackburn is asking authorities in California and Georgia to open criminal investigations into the Atlanta power couple.

T.I. and Tiny have strongly denied the accusations through their defense attorney, Steve Sadow, who writes: "Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris (Tiny) deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming."

Meanwhile, VH1 bosses suspended production of the reality TV show T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle last month, when the claims against the couple first came to light.

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Eddie Murphy is considering a return to music -- but never with raunchy rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

In the March 11 episode of Tamron Hall, Eddie -- who appears with his daughter Bella -- talked about the much-anticipated sequel Coming 2 America, which premieres on March 5 on Amazon Prime.

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Tamron asked him if he would ever consider recording new music. The comedian peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his Rick James-produced club hit "Party All the Time" in 1985.

According to Eddie, if he ever did go back into the studio, it wouldn't be with rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

"Megan Thee Stallion?! I'm 59, I can't be doing nothing with no Megan Thee Stallion," he laughs. "You know how crazy I would look doing something with Megan Thee Stallion? I'm gonna be 60 in April. I can't be having Megan Thee Stallion doing her stuff and I'm standing next to her with my old ass playing my guitar.

"I have my first grandchild," he adds of his son Miles' baby girl. "Once you're a grandpa, you can't do no tracks with Megan Thee Stallion."
 

 

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Charlize Theron, star of action films like Mad Max: Fury Road, is down for an all lesbian "Die Hard" with herself as a lesbian Bruce Willis lead.

She made the pitch in response to one fan who tweeted: "Lesbian Christmas rom coms are all well and good but what I REALLY want is a Die Hard where Charlize Theron goes on a rampage to save her wife."

Theron retweeted the post and added: "Where do I sign?"

In a new Vanity Fair interview, she stated, "It's a great idea. That's why I replied on Twitter, because I just thought it was kind of brilliant. I was like, 'This person needs to start pitching. That's a great idea', and the fact it would be two women, I was like, 'Yeah, sign me on'."

But the lesbian community is not eager for an all-lesbian "Die Hard" remake with an all-heterosexual female cast.

Here are just a sample of the responses on Twitter:

One user wrote:

"If it got greenlit there would be 2 factions on twitter condemning it, Die Hard fans and those who think Charlize Theron would be taking an acting role away from a lesbian actor."

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Another user wrote:

"Please no, just make a good movie with strong female characters. Charlie's Angels and Ghostbusters remakes were disasters. Stop trying to make a point and make a good move."

And a third user tweeted:

"Of course ride the name for money and make this change, because Hollywood can't simply make a new and original movie, that would be too hard."

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When the comedy film "Coming To America" premiered in theaters in 1988, Black women everywhere expressed their dismay that Eddie Murphy's character, Prince Akeem had colorism issues.

At issue was Vanessa Bell Calloway's character, Imani, who was groomed by her father to be Akeem's obedient and subservient wife.

On the day they were to be married, Akeem ordered her to "bark like a dog" and "hop on one leg" in a humiliating and degrading manner.

Akeem and his loyal man servant traveled to New York to pick his queen, Lisa, an arrogant and self-entitled light skinned woman, not a dark-skinned, regal, beautiful African woman like his mother, the Queen.

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In an interview with Page Six, Calloway confirmed suspicions that colorism issues played a role in her casting as Murphy's queen-to-be.

"When you have white people hiring Black people in movies, sometimes a certain look is wanted," said Calloway, who added that Murphy and the other executives "wanted a light-skinned girl" to play Lisa.

"I just wasn't light enough. Even though Eddie had the final say on who played Lisa."

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Murphy chose Shari Headley to play the part of Lisa McDowell.

"That's something that we've always dealt with within our race: A lot of men were indoctrinated by having a white woman or light-skinned woman on their arm," Calloway said. "I didn't want the part of Imani, I wanted to be Lisa -- I had read the script and I wanted the bigger role."

Black female moviegoers shared her frustration. They wrote letters to Murphy, the movie production company, and Ebony and Jet magazines, voicing their outrage over the optics of a stunningly beautiful African woman barking like a dog onscreen. While Lisa received $500,000 diamond and ruby earrings.

Calloway ultimately accepted the part despite her disappointment.

"The real deal is, when you're in a situation like that, you wanna be a part of an Eddie Murphy movie. I wasn't gonna say no! I would've loved to have had the lead part, but I was very happy to be in the movie. I can't lie about that. I said, 'I'll make the best out of this and I'll be the best.' It was a smaller role but it was a glamorous part to play. And Shari did a great job."
 

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Whitney Houston fans don't want to see a Bodyguard remake with rapper Cardi B in the lead role as an iconic singer.

The movie and soundtrack launched Whitney's career into the stratosphere after the film premiered in 1992. Whitney's debut role made her the biggest pop star in the world.

In the 1992 movie, Kevin Costner played a sexy Secret Service agent who guarded Whitney with his life.

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It's hard to imagine the Bronx rapper as a pop singer who begins an affair with her studly bodyguard (Channing Tatum).

Many on social media pleaded with Cardi not to ruin a classic film.

On Tuesday, Cardi lashed out at the haters with a cryptic warning on Twitter.com.

"I'm tired of people coming for me. It's going to be a day when I explode and I really don't want to go back to my old self."

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Now that the Covid-19 outbreak is nearly over, Hollywood has gone into overdrive producing movies and television projects.

One upcoming project about racial identity is sure to have tongues wagging.

For three years, Rebecca Hall had been struggling to find financing for her racial identity movie, Passing.

The movie's premise -- about minority women passing as white -- was considered too controversial.

In 2018, Hall approached producing partners Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker, who had financially backed other films. They were blown away by Hall's script and decided to back her directorial debut.

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The film — starring Tessa Thompson (right) and Ruth Negga — is shot in black-and-white. It will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 30.

Thompson and Negga, who are both mixed race, explained why now is the perfect time for a film about women embracing their mixed-race heritage.

"As a British woman of Welsh and Nigerian parentage, I was struck by how resonant and contemporary the theme of Passing still is," Thompson said. "Even in this moment as some of the old binaries break down or become more fluid, others remain stubbornly resistant."

Negga added: "Being a mixed-race person, I think that it naturally informed Clare. Feelings of perhaps alienation, of being different, about trying to find your place. But it's very hard for me to find distinct experiences. And even if I did, I'm not sure if I'd be comfortable articulating them because I think sometimes that's one's personal journey to a character, really."

In a 2018 interview with Deadline, director Hall, who is also mixed race, said, "I came across the novel at a time when I was trying to reckon creatively with some of my personal family history, and the mystery surrounding my bi-racial grandfather on my American mother's side. In part, making this film is an exploration of that history, to which I've never really had access."

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Actor Neil Patrick Harris says it's "sexy" for straight actors to play LGBT+ roles.

The former child star, best known for his role as Doogie Howser, M.D., is bucking the trend of shaming straight actors for playing LGBT+ roles.

He even said it can be "sexy" to cast a straight actor in same-sex relationships on the screen, according to the NY Post.

"I think there's something sexy about casting a straight actor to play a gay role — if they're willing to invest a lot into it," Harris, 47, told The Times.

Harris later explained that straight actors should do more than ghey for pay -- they should be willing to participate in steamy sex scenes with another man on-screen.

Heterosexual actor Darren Criss, who played the late fashion icon Gianni Versace, announced in 2018 that he will no longer take on roles that could be filled by LGBT+ actors.

Hollywood movie houses and TV producers say they will increase LGBT+ visibility 40% in roles in 2021.

The LGBT+ community is 6% of the U.S. population.

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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.