In 2009, Eddie Murphy was set to star in a Richard Pryor biopic for Dreamgirls director Bill Condon. Years later, Mike Epps was supposed to play Pryor for filmmaker Lee Daniels. Neither of those versions never ended up happening, but Hollywood is still itching to mine comedic and dramatic glory from Pryor’s whirlwind life.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is the latest person to take a swing at a Pryor biopic. A new report says Barris will write the script and make his feature directorial debut with the new movie, which MGM will distribute after winning a “heated” bidding war for the film rights. Read More »
In 2018, ABC made a very expensive mistake.
After approving the production of an episode of its popular sitcom Black-ish, the network decided to shelve the episode just days before it was supposed to air. That decision did not sit well with the show’s creator, Kenya Barris, who ended up leaving The Walt Disney Company and signing a mega-deal with Netflix instead. But now, thanks to America’s grappling with racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, a new batch of executives at ABC Entertainment have finally signed off on the episode more than two years later – and you can watch it on Hulu right now. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we follow a pack of good boys and girls, check our assumptions, learn a thing or two about race, catch up with Iliza Shlesinger, and appreciate our music teachers.
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Anne Hathaway is joining The Witches remake cast as the Grand High Witch herself. Robert Zemeckis is helming the new take on the Roald Dahl children’s book, which was previously adapted into a disgusting (in a good way) movie from director Nicolas Roeg. Zemeckis’ film will allegedly take the story from the UK and set it in the American South.
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Update: The Coming to America sequel will open August 7, 2020. Our original story continues below.
There have been rumblings of a Coming to America sequel since 2017. Eddie Murphy was on board to reprise his role as Prince Akeem, a young man from the fictional nation of Zamunda who abandoned his arranged marriage and found a bride that he truly loved in the most royal place in America: Queens, New York. But we haven’t heard anything on the movie since 2017. That changes today.
Hustle & Flow and Footloose remake director Craig Brewer is signing on to direct Coming to America 2. The filmmaker is fresh off working with Eddie Murphy on a new movie called Dolemite is My Name, and the comedian was eager to collaborate with Brewer again. Find out more below. Read More »
The time has come for yet another reboot. This time: Bewitched. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris recently ended his deal with ABC to head to Netflix, but as he was leaving, he took time to sell ABC on a Bewtiched reboot. The new take on the sitcom will feature an interracial blended family. Barris developed the new Bewitched with Black-ish writer and producer Yamara Taylor.
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In this edition of TV bits:
- Sabrina gets a Halloween-adjacent release date
- black-ish creator Kenya Barris exits ABC for Netflix
- Netflix orders series based on graphic novel Daybreak
- Lena Waithe is making a horror anthology series for Amazon
- A new study suggests the number of TV cord-cutters will rise this year
- Sneaky Pete will keep on sneaking for a third season
- Nicole Kidman is producing a drama for Amazon
- First images from The Little Drummer Girl, the new AMC spy series from director Park Chan-wook
- Castlevania season 2 introduces a new character
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It’s been years since we heard about the gestating remake of Uptown Saturday Night. But the project appears to be back on track, albeit with some changes behind the scenes and in front of the camera.
The original 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night starred screen legend Sidney Poitier and sexual assaulter Bill Cosby as two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class but illegal club, and it ends up bringing them more trouble than fun. A remake was once in the works a few years ago that would have had Anchorman helmer Adam McKay directing Will Smith and Denzel Washington in the lead roles from a script by Forgetting Sarah Marshall scribe Nicholas Stoller. But that’s all in the past.
Now Kevin Hart is slated to start in the Uptown Saturday Night remake, and Will Smith will only be producing by way of his Overbrook Entertainment production banner alongside his partner James Lassiter. But that’s not the only change behind the scenes. Read More »
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After almost 30 years, an Eddie Murphy classic is about to land itself a sequel. Murphy’s 1988 comedy hit Coming to America is poised for a follow-up with a script rewrite from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and directorial duties falling to Jonathan Levine. If you’ve been wondering what Prince Akeem Joffer has been up to all these years, you’re about to find out. Read more about the Coming To America sequel below.
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Since Hollywood is remaking and rebooting everything else that hit the big screen in the 1980s and 1990s, it was only a matter of time before they started digging deeper into sports territory.
White Men Can’t Jump is one of the best comedies to come out of the 1990s. Written and directed by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham), the film follows Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as two hustling street basketball players who are either trying to swindle each other out of money on the court, or working together to swindle other players out of theirs. Now the 1992 film is getting a remake from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, and he has a couple of professional athletes helping to make it happen. Read More »