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James Earl Jones movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Field of Dreams’

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James Earl Jones movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Field of Dreams’
Happy 88th birthday on January 17, 2019, to the acting legend, James Earl Jones! The man with the legendary voice is still very active and will reprise his acclaimed voice work as Mufasa, King of the Pride Lands, in Disney’s new CGI remake of “The Lion King” this summer.

See‘Star Wars’: Top 20 Greatest Characters Ever Ranked Worst to Best

Revered within the acting community for his five decades of subtle performances, Jones, who first came to prominence as a stage actor, has carved out a career in which he has triumphed in a wide range of media. He has been nominated for four Tony Awards, winning two (“The Great White Hope” & “Fences”), as well as earning three Grammy nominations, winning for “Great American Documents.” He won his Golden Globe for “The Great White Hope” (from five nominations), garnered eight Emmy noms with three wins, earned an Oscar nomination for
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 17)

1975: The Doctor's Carolee made a decision.

1980: Dee and Ian arrived in Italy on As the World Turns.

1988: Australian soap opera Home and Away premiered.

2007: General Hospital's Elizabeth made a confession."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) called Willy and asked him to put two investigators on Toni for protection.

1966: Charles Baxter debuted as attorney Fred Douglas on Another World.

1967: On Peyton Place, Lee Webber (Stephen Oliver) taunted Chris (Gary Haynes) at Ada's tavern.
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James Earl Jones movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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James Earl Jones movies: 10 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 88th birthday on January 17, 2019, to the acting legend, James Earl Jones! The man with the legendary voice is still very active and will reprise his acclaimed voice work as Mufasa, King of the Pride Lands, in Disney’s new CGI remake of “The Lion King” this summer.

Revered within the acting community for his five decades of subtle performances, Jones, who first came to prominence as a stage actor, has carved out a career in which he has triumphed in a wide range of media. He has been nominated for four Tony Awards, winning two (“The Great White Hope” & “Fences”), as well as earning three Grammy nominations, winning for “Great American Documents.” He won his Golden Globe for “The Great White Hope” (from five nominations), garnered eight Emmy noms with three wins, earned an Oscar nomination for “The Great White Hope” and was awarded an honorary Academy Award in
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The Exorcist director says Exorcist II is “the worst piece of sh*t I’ve ever seen”

With 1973’s The Exorcist, director William Friedkin created one of the greatest and most successful horror movies of all time, only for studio Warner Bros. to follow it up with a strong contender for the worst sequel in history with 1977’s Exorcist II: The Heretic.

If you’re unlucky enough to have seen the movie, then you’ll likely share the same view as Friedkin, who has blasted the sequel on The Movies That Made Me podcast, calling it a “piece of shit” and “a fucking disgrace”.

“I tell you, I did see a great deal of Exorcist II, under the following circumstances,” said Friedkin. “I was at the Technicolor lab, color timing something, and one of the timers said, ‘We just finished Exorcist II, would you like to have a look at it?’ And I don’t know why, but I went into the room and I sat through maybe 40 minutes of it.
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A ‘Coming To America’ Sequel Is Definitely On The Way

It is being reported that a sequel to the hit 1980s comedy Coming To America is on the way and Hustle and Flow helmer Craig Brewer is set to direct for Paramount Pictures.

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The news was delivered over the weekend by The Hollywood Reporter.

If you’re unfamiliar with the plot of the original movie, which was released back in 1988, here’s the synopsis.

Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the prince of a wealthy African country and wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title. To escape an arranged marriage, Akeem flees to America accompanied by his persnickety sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), to find his queen. Disguised as a foreign student working in fast food, he romances Lisa (Shari Headley), but struggles with revealing his true identity to her and his marital intentions to his king father (James Earl Jones).

Eddie
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We're Headed Back to Zamunda! Coming to America's Sequel Finds a Director

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We're Headed Back to Zamunda! Coming to America's Sequel Finds a Director
It's been 31 years since we've visited Zamunda, and it's about time we went back!

The long-awaited sequel to the 1988 romantic comedy Coming to America has taken a step closer to becoming an official reality. Paramount Pictures has tapped Craig Brewer, the director of Hustle & Flow and the Footloose remake, to lead the project. Brewer is fresh from having directed Eddie Murphy in the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, and according to Deadline, the two are eager to work together again.

Murphy is expected to return as Prince Akeem, who traveled from his fictional African country of Zamunda to escape an arranged marriage. He went on to find the love of his life and eventual queen, Lisa McDowell, in Queens, while giving us a plethora of iconic scenes. And yes, there are quite a few familiar faces in that clip, because Coming to America had a star-studded cast, including Arsenio Hall,
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Film News Roundup: Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America 2’ Draws Craig Brewer to Direct

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In today’s film news roundup, “Coming to America 2” gets a director, Quincy Jones and James Blum get an honor and production begins on the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Will Ferrell’s comedy-drama “Downhill.”

Director Attached

Paramount Pictures has hired “Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer to direct its sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming to America.” Murphy is expected to return as the star.

The project has been in the works for several years with Jonathan Levine previously attached to direct. The California Film Commission awarded Paramount a $13 million tax credit last April for “Coming to America 2” but that was conditioned on production launching within 180 days.

Kenya Barris has been attached since 2017 to rewrite a script by original “Coming to America” writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy is producing with Kevin Misher.

The original movie was directed by John Landis, with Murphy playing a charming African prince who traveled to
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'Coming to America' Star John Amos Wants to Reprise Cleo McDowell Role in Sequel

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'Coming to America' Star John Amos Wants to Reprise Cleo McDowell Role in Sequel
John Amos is craving the opportunity to work with Eddie Murphy once again on the upcoming "Coming to America 2" ... and he's got a delicious reason why he should reprise his role as Prince Akeem's boss. We spoke to John, who plays McDowell's owner Cleo McDowell in the Og film, after news broke Friday that Craig Brewer is coming on board to direct the sequel ... and John gives us his pitch for why he belongs in the reboot.
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Coming to America 2 to reunite Eddie Murphy with director Craig Brewer

Having just recently wrapped filming on the Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name, director Craig Brewer and star Eddie Murphy are set to reunite on the long-rumoured comedy sequel Coming to America 2.

According to Deadline, the sequel to the 1988 classic will see Murphy’s Akeem learning about a long lost son and returning to America to meet the new heir to the throne of Zamuda.

So far, only Murphy is on board, but the plan is to bring back original cast members Arsenio Hall (Semmi), Shari Headley (Lisa), John Amos (Mr. McDowell) and James Earl Jones (King Jaffe).

“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” said Murphy. “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
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We're Headed Back to Zamunda! Coming to America's Sequel Finds a Director

It's been 31 years since we've visited Zamunda, and it's about time we went back!

The long-awaited sequel to the 1988 romantic comedy Coming to America has taken a step closer to becoming an official reality. Paramount Pictures has tapped Craig Brewer, the director of Hustle & Flow and the Footloose remake, to lead the project. Brewer is fresh from having directed Eddie Murphy in the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, and according to Deadline, the two are eager to work together again.

Murphy is expected to return as Prince Akeem, who traveled from his fictional African country of Zamunda to escape an arranged marriage. He went on to find the love of his life and eventual queen, Lisa McDowell, in Queens, while giving us a plethora of iconic scenes. And yes, there are quite a few familiar faces in that clip, because Coming to America had a star-studded cast, including Arsenio Hall,
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Coming To America 2 Finally Gets Director

Kirsten Howard Jan 11, 2019

Paramount taps Craig Brewer to direct Coming to America 2, and Eddie Murphy celebrates the news.

Craig Brewer has been selected to direct Coming to America 2, according to a new report in Deadline. The sequel will continue the story of Akeem, an African prince who blew off his arranged marriage to seek true love in Queens. Brewer has just finished directing a movie with star Eddie Murphy, called Dolemite Is My Name, and the pair are reportedly very keen to work together again on this long-in-gestation follow up flick.

Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish, is currently rewriting a screenplay done by the writers of the first movie. We previously heard the movie was about Murphy’s Akeem being a king who must take his son to America to sow his wild oats, but now it appears the plot will instead be about a long lost heir. Deadline
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Eddie Murphy Is Teaming Up With Director Craig Brewer for Coming To America 2

Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America 2 is one big step closer to happening. Paramount Pictures has just hired Craig Brewer to direct the film. Brewer is best known for films such as Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, Footloose, and Empire.

Murphy is set to reprise his role role as Akeem from the original 1988 comedy. Akeem is the pampered African prince who travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife who he can respect for her intelligence and will.

In the sequel, “Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.” The producers are hoping to bring back the original cast which also includes Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi, Shari Headley, who was courted by the prince when he went undercover as a fast food worker, John Amos, who played her father,
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Coming to America 2 Is Officially Happening with Eddie Murphy

Paramount Pictures has tapped Craig Brewer to direct Coming to America 2. Eddie Murphy released a statement announcing that the highly anticipated sequel is finally moving forward 31 years after the original hit theaters. Murphy will reprise his role as Akeem, the pampered African prince who must return to America to find his long-lost son and true heir to the throne of Zamunda. It is believed that the movie will see the return of Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and James Earl Jones.

The decision to have Craig Brewer helm Coming to America 2 comes after he just directed Eddie Murphy in Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name. Murphy was reportedly excited to work with Brewer again and felt that he would be the perfect candidate to direct the sequel. Jonathan Levine was previously announced as the director, but it's unclear why he left the project. Eddie Murphy had this to say
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Craig Brewer To Direct Eddie Murphy In ‘Coming To America 2’ For Paramount

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Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is setting Craig Brewer to direct Coming To America 2, finally bringing to the starting gate the sequel to the 1988 blockbuster comedy. Eddie Murphy is poised to reprise his role as Akeem, the pampered African prince who became bored of potential marriage partners in the kingdom too in awe of him, and who traveled to Queens to go undercover and find a woman with a strong will that he could respect.

Brewer just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name, and the star was eager to work with him again. The female empowerment theme of the original seems timely in today’s climate.

Kenya Barris is rewriting a script by original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy is producing with Kevin Misher and Barris is exec producer.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet
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The Exorcist Director Says The Sequel’s The Worst Movie He’s Ever Seen

Over 45 years later, The Exorcist is still remembered as one of the all-time great horror movies, while the sequel has yet to escape its reputation as a colossal disappointment. In fact, William Friedkin, director of the classic 1973 original, seems to have more disgust than ever for Exorcist II: The Heretic, sharing his recollection of the 1977 film when he appeared on The Movies that Made Me podcast.

Though Friedkin has never seen the follow-up in full, he did catch some footage while the sequel was still in post-production, and to say that he wasn’t impressed would be a serious understatement:

“I tell you, I did see a great deal of Exorcist II, under the following circumstances. I was at the Technicolor lab, color timing something, and one of the timers said, ‘We just finished Exorcist II, would you like to have a look at it?’ And I don’t know why,
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Oprah Winfrey Reads For SAG-aftra Foundation's Storyline Online

Actor, media mogul, television producer, philanthropist and literacy champion Oprah Winfrey is the newest reader for the SAG-aftra Foundation's award-winning children’s literacy program Storyline Online.

Video: The Hula-Hoopin' Queen read by Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey reads The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, a fun, intergenerational story about an enthusiastic girl with a hula-hoopin’ itch, written by Thelma Lynne Godin, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton and published by Lee & Low Books.

At the conclusion of her nearly 12-minute read, Winfrey shares why she chose to read The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, “I love hula hoops so much and it was one of my favorite things to play with as a girl. And even now whenever anything fun or special or really fantastic happens in my life, I go out and I get my hula hoops.”

“There is no greater champion of reading in the world than Oprah Winfrey, and that is why there is no greater
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All the Reasons You Recognize The Lion King's New Scar

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There are plenty of things you can say about the upcoming remake of Disney's classic The Lion King, but "the cast sucks" certainly isn't one of them. The voice cast is chock-full of big-name stars, from Donald Glover as Simba to Beyoncé as Nala to John Oliver as Zazu. There's even a bit of casting nostalgia: the legendary James Earl Jones and his unmistakeable voice will be returning as Mufasa, the same character he voiced in the 1994 original movie. And if you've been to the movies at all in the past few years, chances are you also recognize the actor who's lending his voice to Scar, the villainous usurper at the heart of the conflict, voiced by Jeremy Irons in the original film.

Chiwetel Ejiofor began his career on stage in his native England, where he starred in several Shakespeare plays including Othello and Romeo and Juliet. He made
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Disney chief says The Lion King isn’t animation or live-action

This year sees Disney tripling down on its live-action remakes of its animated classics with Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King – although in the case of the latter, “live-action” isn’t really the correct definition, seeing as the Jon Favreau-directed movie is created entirely through CGI.

So, if it’s not a live-action movie, then its an animated one, right? Well, not according to Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, who has told THR that:

“It is a new form of filmmaking. Historical definitions don’t work. It uses some techniques that would traditionally be called animation, and other techniques that would traditionally be called live action. It is an evolution of the technology Jon used in The Jungle Book.”

What do you make of Bailey’s comments? Do we need a new definition, or is it really just another type of animation? Let us know in the comments below…
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about James Earl Jones

Out of all the actors and all the voices that have come to prominence in show business James Earl Jones owns on of those that people know the most. In fact some people have actually been terrified of his voice when he uses it for certain purposes since it’s booming quality is something that unnerves those that don’t do well with loud noises. But throughout his career he’s been one of the most revered individuals when it comes to his acting or his voice work and he’s been an icon for so many years that simply getting him to speak

10 Things You Didn’t Know about James Earl Jones
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Ethel Ayler Dies: Actress For Stage, Film And TV’s ‘Cosby Show’ Was 88

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Ethel Ayler Dies: Actress For Stage, Film And TV’s ‘Cosby Show’ Was 88
Ethel Ayler, whose career spanned prominent Broadway, film and TV roles for five decades, died at age 88 on Nov. 18 in Loma Linda, Calif., according to her family. The cause of death was not given.

Born on May 1, 1930 in Whistler, Alabama, Ayler attended Nashville’s Fisk University as a voice major. But the lure of show business overcame the academic life, and she moved to Chicago to pursue a singing career. Her breakthrough came as a member of a touring company of Porgy and Bess.

Langston Hughes’s musical Simply Heavenly marked Ayler’s Off-Broadway bow in 1957, and she soon moved on to a role as Lena Horne’s understudy in the Broadway play Jamaica. She also worked on other Broadway productions, including The Cool World, Kwamina, Black Picture Show and The First Breeze of Summer.

Ayler was a long-standing member of the Negro Ensemble Company, and appeared with them many times.
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