Eddie Murphy's Break from Acting

After blowing up in the 1980s as a stand-up comedy act and movie star, Eddie Murphy worked steadily on the big screen for nearly 30 years, typically releasing at least one movie almost every year since his big screen debut in 48 Hrs. in 1982. But his comedy star began to fade in the early 2000s, and Murphy wasn’t making the kind of quality comedies he’d become known for. Though it may not have seemed like it at the time, this was something Eddie Murphy was keenly aware of, which is why he took a step back from acting in 2011. And it turns out that we may have the Razzies to thank for it. Read More »

Coming 2 America Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, listen as Coming 2 America director Craig Brewer breaks down the return of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall to Queens. Plus, watch a throwback featurette for the 2016 reboot of Godzilla with a one-hour dive into the making of the movie. And finally, check out a blooper reel from the first season Amazon’s survival series The Wilds. Read More »

Coming to America's Louie Anderson

Coming to America is full of comedy heavy hitters and a handful of up-and-coming comedy stars. But one of the film’s supporting cast members wasn’t originally intended to be in the movie until Paramount Pictures forced them into it. Since nearly the entire cast of Coming to America was Black, the studio wanted a white actor with a somewhat prominent role in the movie. And that’s how comedian Louie Anderson ended up working alongside Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall at McDowell’s. Read More »

Coming 2 America Cameos

This week brings Coming 2 America to Amazon Prime, and it’s already an overstuffed affair, with Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and almost everyone from the original returning for another round. Murphy and Hall are also playing multiple characters again, just as they did in the first movie, but there was once an idea that would have had Murphy playing more characters in a single film than he ever has before. Eddie Murphy revealed that The Nutty Professor family The Klumps were once slated to be in a scene, creating a massive comedy crossover. Read More »

coming 2 america trailer new

Eddie Murphy returns to one of his most memorable roles with Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to his 1988 hit. The sequel finds Murphy’s King Akeem once again setting out on a journey to America, and brings back familiar faces from the first film like Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, and more. Craig Brewer, who directed Murphy in the excellent Dolemite Is My Name, helms the sequel. A new Coming 2 America trailer has arrived ahead of the film’s March release – watch it below.

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The Queen's Gambit Chess Explained

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, listen to a world chess champion analyze some of the chess scenes from the Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit. Plus, hear what stuntmen have to say about Hard Target, Project Power, The Rundown and some Hong Kong martial arts comedies. And finally, marvel at an awesome story about Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor from Arsenio Hall. Read More »

Coming 2 America Rated PG-13

The original Coming to America was a huge comedy hit back in 1988. It scored over $128 million at the domestic box office, and it raked in another $160.6 million in international territories. That’s huge business for an R-rated comedy released in the late 1980s, but that was the drawing power of Eddie Murphy at the time. However, when Coming 2 America went into production at Paramount Pictures, before the studio sold distribution rights to Amazon Studios, and it seems like they thought making the sequel R-rated would hurt their box office chances. The movie has officially been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America. Read More »

Wesley Snipes Auditioned for Coming to America

After more than 30 years, Coming 2 America is bringing back Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall to reprise their royal roles from the original comedy Coming to America. Joining them will be Wesley Snipes as a new character, a military man named General Izzi who will undoubtedly stir up trouble for the fictional African nation of Zamunda. Funnily enough, Snipes could have been part of the original Coming to America cast, but he ended up losing the role in question to someone else. Read More »

Coming 2 America Trailer

Eddie Murphy reprises one of his most iconic roles in Coming 2 America, the sequel to the 1988 hit Coming to America. Murphy is prince-turned-king Akeem of the African nation of Zamunda, who once again has to head to New York City. Original Coming to America cast members Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, and Louie Anderson are back along with Murphy as well. Watch the Coming 2 America trailer below.

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Coming 2 America Poster

After Amazon brought us Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earlier this year, they’re reaching back a few decades to bring us another anticipated comedy sequel in 2021.

Coming 2 America is the follow-up to the hit 1988 comedy starring Eddie Murphy as the young African Prince Akeem who comes to America to find a queen whom he truly loves. A few decades later, Akeem must return to the United States when he learns that he’s the father to a son in Queens, New York, and the first Coming 2 America poster teases his arrival. Read More »