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Today in Soap Opera History (March 30)

1970: A World Apart and The Best of Everything premiered on ABC.

Another World spinoff Somerset premiered on NBC.

Dark Shadows' Maggie found a mysterious note."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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.

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1970: Daytime soap opera A World Apart premiered on ABC. The show was created by Katherine L. Phillips, Irna Phillips' daughter, and combined Irna's own life story with examples of the generation gap. Susan Sarandon
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Coming to America sequel finds a director and screenwriter

Back in March of this year it was rumoured that Eddie Murphy was working on a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy Coming to America, with Paramount Pictures subsequently confirming the report and revealing that original screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield were on board to pen the film.

Well, Deadline now has an update on the progress, with the trade reporting that Jonathan Levine (Snatched, 50/50, The Night Before) has signed on to direct, while Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Girls Trip) will rewrite the script from Blaustein and Sheffield.

Apparently, Murphy is yet to finalise a deal to reprise his role as Prince Akeem but is expected to return. As yet, there’s no word as to whether any of the other cast members from the original – such as Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Eriq La Salle – are likely to be back.
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Coming to America 2 Gets Snatched Director Jonathan Levine

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Coming to America 2 Gets Snatched Director Jonathan Levine
Paramount is moving forward with the long-gestating sequel Coming to America 2, setting a new director and writer. Jonathan Levine (Snatched) has come aboard to direct this Coming to America sequel, working from a script by Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Barbershop: The Next Cut). The project was first rumored earlier this year, but was eventually confirmed, and now it seems the studio is moving forward on this sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this sequel, which comes five months after original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield were brought on by Paramount to write the script. It isn't clear if Kenya Barris will be working from their draft, or if he will be doing a page-one rewrite and starting from scratch. Paramount hasn't set a release date or a production schedule yet, but with a new director and writer aboard, that may happen sooner rather than later.
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‘Coming to America’ Sequel Moving Forward With Kenya Barris, Jonathan Levine

‘Coming to America’ Sequel Moving Forward With Kenya Barris, Jonathan Levine
Paramount Pictures is moving forward on a sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming to America” with Jonathan Levine on board to direct from a script by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

Levine, whose credits include “Snatched,” “The Night Before,” “50/50,” and “Warm Bodies,” will direct from a script that Barris will rewrite from a screenplay by original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Kevin Misher is producing.

Murphy is involved with the development of the sequel, although there’s no deal in place yet for him to star. Kevin Misher is the producer.

The original movie was directed by John Landis, with Murphy playing a charming African prince who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos co-starred in the “Coming to America,” which was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.

Humorist Art Buchwald sued the studio on grounds that the
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Coming To America Sequel confirmed with original writers onboard

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Only recently Eddie Murphy took to twitter to tease 80’s film fans over a return to set for a Coming to America sequel, subsequently, that tweet and his whole account were deleted after he claimed his account had been hacked.

Fast forward to only a month later, it has now been confirmed that writers of the original, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, have taken on a contract to pen a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy in which saw Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem of the fictional African nation of Zamunda in a role in which he wanted to know what it was like to be a normal man, one who didn’t need servants to wipe his backside and sow his royal oats before engaging in an arranged marriage with a complete stranger.

Details of the plot are being kept secret, well under lock and key for
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Coming To America Sequel Picks Up Steam With Original Writers

Labyrinth isn’t the only cult classic from yesteryear that’s poised to receive a new lease of life – according to The Hollywood Reporter, that long-rumored Coming to America sequel has officially sprung into life, and who better to script the screenplay than the original writers?

That’s right, after introducing Eddie Murphy’s wonderfully pompous Prince Akeem to the world in ’88, Paramount has welcomed back Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield to pen a treatment for the follow-up. THR goes on to note that the sequel is currently lingering in the very early stages of development, though we understand Kevin Misher (Carrie, Public Enemies) has signed on to produce.

The big question now is, of course, whether Murphy will reprise as Prince Akeem, who uprooted from a wealthy African nation for Brooklyn, New York in order to escape the clutches of an arranged marriage. It was the ultimate pitch for a fish-out-of-water comedy,
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Coming To America sequel ‘on’ after original film’s writers hired for follow-up

The original writers of the classic 1980s Eddie Murphy movie Coming To America have reportedly been hired to pen a sequel. We first heard about this via a leaked tweet a couple of weeks ago, but The Tracking Board have seemingly confirmed the news that the sequel is ‘on’ after Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield have signed with Paramount Pictures to write a screenplay for a follow-up.

The original was directed by John Landis and followed Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), a prince of a wealthy African country who 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
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Coming to America 2 Brings Back Original Writers

Coming to America 2 Brings Back Original Writers
Last month, a new report surfaced that comedy legend Eddie Murphy has been secretly writing the screenplay for Coming to America 2, a follow-up to his 1988 classic which he both starred in and received a story credit for. The news regarding this sequel was never confirmed, but first surfaced after Eddie Murphy's verified Twitter account sent out a tweet about a Coming to America sequel, which lead to the actor's entire account being deleted. Today we have confirmation that the sequel is actually happening, with original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield writing the script.

The news first surfaced after Eddie Murphy's Twitter account posted a cryptic tweet that only read, "Coming to America sequel?" along with a photo of the Princess Imani character played by Vanessa Bell Calloway. After the actor's account was deleted, a report surfaced that claimed Coming to America 2 is in fact in the works,
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Paramount developing Coming to America 2 with original screenwriters

Nearly thirty years after the release of the original film, Paramount Pictures is finally moving forward on a sequel to the hit Eddie Murphy-led comedy, Coming to America. The 1988 film saw Murphy playing an African prince who decides he wants no part in an arranged marriage and travels to Queens in search of a smart, independent-minded and loving wife.

The Tracking Board first reported the long-rumoured news and confirmed that writers of the original film, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, are on board to pen the sequel. Kevin Misher (Public Enemies, Carrie) is set to produce the film, which is still in the very early stages of development.

Murphy’s involvement with the sequel is unknown at the time, although one would assume that the film would have a hard time getting off the ground without his return as Prince Akeem. Of course, the creative team behind the movie
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Is Eddie Murphy writing a sequel to Coming To America

Coming To America 2 on the way from Eddie Murphy?

Take this one with a huge pinch of salt as details are a little vague, but it looks like Eddie Murphy may be writing a sequel to one of his greatest 1980s movies Coming To America. Yes, we may be in for a Coming To America 2 in the near future!

Is a Coming To America 2 on the way?

The news all stems from a tweet sent from an apparent, verified Twitter account for Murphy with the words ‘Coming To America sequel’, and an image of the character Princess Imani from the original 1988 movie. Both the account and the tweet no longer exist, but this has sent the internet into a bit of a feeding frenzy which may have a bit of truth to the rumours.

According to sources at TMZ, the comedy legend is apparently in the early stages of writing
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Coming to America 2 Is Happening, Eddie Murphy Will Write the Script

Coming to America 2 Is Happening, Eddie Murphy Will Write the Script
Fans who followed comedy superstar Eddie Murphy on Twitter were treated to quite the surprise on Wednesday night, when the actor's verified Twitter account posted the cryptic tweet "Coming to America sequel?" along with a photo of Vanessa Bell Calloway's character, Princess Imani. Not only was the tweet later deleted, but the actor's entire Twitter account was deactivated, sparking speculation that the actor may have been hacked. A new report reveals that Eddie Murphy didn't authorize that tweet, but he is actually working on the script for Coming to America 2.

TMZ reports that there are actually plans in place to make this sequel, and that there were plans to post something similar to that tweet, but it wasn't supposed to happen yet. The actor himself doesn't actually tweet, since he has a social media team to do that for him, and the deleted Coming to America 2 tweet wasn't authorized by him,
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‘Coming to America 2’: Eddie Murphy Writing A Sequel — Report

‘Coming to America 2’: Eddie Murphy Writing A Sequel — Report
A sequel to the 1988 romantic comedy “Coming to America” may be in the works. According to TMZ, sources close to Eddie Murphy confirm that the comedian is in the early writing stages of the project. On Wednesday night, a post on Murphy’s official Twitter account teased a potential sequel to his iconic film. “Coming to America sequel?” was all the post said, and included a picture of Vanessa Bell Calloway in character from the first film. Murphy’s Twitter account has since been deleted.

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Calloway reacted to the possibility of Murphy working on a sequel. “I would love to do a sequel, I loved the movie. It’s like, ‘Come on Eddie, let’s make this happen!'” the actress told TMZ, but also wondered if Murphy’s account was hacked.
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From the Co-Creator of 'Real Husbands of Hollywood' & the Writer of 'B.A.P.S.' Comes 'I Really Hate My Ex'

If wither of the above titles mentioned in the header are your cup of tea, then this one's for you... Troy Byer wrote and directed this romcom, titled "I Really Hate My Ex," which will be released by Lionsgate in March.  In short, the film follows 3 women who kidnap their exes and hold them hostage until they get the answers they think they need, in order to be free. It stars Chris Spencer, Leon Robinson, Darrin DeWitt Henson, Shari Headley, Jd Lawrence, Troy Byer, Bresha Webb, Ernie G., Daphnee Duplaix, Tomiko Fraser Hines, Christopher Bailey, and Michael Bernard Beck. Troy Byer also produced the film, with Karon Aghotte, and Christopher Bailey. It's...
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Eddie Murphy Reveals Why There Was Never a Coming America Sequel on The Arsenio Hall Show

Eddie Murphy went on TV last night. That’s already news, but the bigger story is that he and Arsenio Hall revealed why a second Coming To America never happened. Sure, the overall plot of the first movie wraps up pretty neatly. (Fun Fact: Shari Headley’s Twitter bio is just “♕Princess Of Zamunda.”) But what becomes of that McDowell’s franchise in Long Island City? Does Darryl make good on the “Soul Glo” legacy? Does the royal penis remain more or less clean? (Oh, and they also could have made a sequel to make crazy money.)...
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There Should Be a Sequel: 'Coming to America'

There Should Be a Sequel: 'Coming to America'
Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Throughout his life, Coming to America’s Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) has had it all. The finest clothes, cuisine, and women were at his fingertips — but Akeem wanted something more.

At a pivotal moment in his young adult life, on the evening of his 21st birthday, Prince Akeem reaches a turning point. Tired of having it the easy way and wanting to make his own decisions in his romantic life, Akeem confronts his father, King Jaffe
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The Extra List: The Best Big Screen Boyfriends

The Extra List: The Best Big Screen Boyfriends
Love is in the air... and hearts melted for these leading Hollywood men who starred as these lovable boyfriends in some of the most romantic movies ever. Check it out!

The Best Big Screen BoyfriendsHugh Grant

Character: William ThackerFilm: "Notting Hill"Co-star: Julia Roberts as Anna ScottWhy couldn't a high-profile Hollywood A-lister fall in love with a timid bookstore owner?William Thacker was enamored with the beautiful and famous Anna Scott, and it was Thacker's
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 15)

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1925: Future soap opera star Philip Carey was born. He died on February 6, 2009, but not before leaving his mark as Asa Buchanan on One Life To Live for many years.

1948: Future soap writer James E. Reilly was born. He died October 12, 2008, after an award-winning run at soaps Guiding Light, Days Of Our Lives and Passions, among others.

1949: John Haggart's A Woman To Remember, an early television soap opera on the DuMont Television Network, aired its final episode.

1968: Agnes Nixon creation One Life To Live premiered on ABC.  The original planned title for the show was Between Heaven And Hell.  This was still the plan as of late April, and Don Wallace was expected to be the executive producer.

1977: Soap opera spoof All That Glitters from Norman Lear, aired its last of 65 episodes. Linda Gray, Gary Sandy and Louise Shaffer were among the stars.
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Coming to America: Prints & Turbans in Contemporary Fashion

Spring. It’s long overdue and so is spring fashion. While winter clothes inspired by trends of 2010 fall collections are still prevalent, stores are piling up with spring lines that were on runways during September. Two attention grabbing trends in women’s fashion this upcoming season are prints and turbans, empathised in hit 1988 comedy Coming to America (directed by John Landis).

U.S. Vogue currently features seven designers with their 2011 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear collections, referring to them as the “American All-Stars” of New York fashion in a spread entitled ‘Gangs of New York’. Rodarte, by Kate and Laura Mulleavey, who have made Vogue’s top ten season after season, are among the seven lines included. Photographed by Mario Testino and styled by fashion editor and creative director Grace Coddington, this spread (below) captured what was “distinctly American” about these collections.

Another American designer who featured prints – African prints to be
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Martin Lawrence Goes Back To America

Martin Lawrence, star of Big Momma's House and Black Knight, is producing and hoping to star in a new film called Back To America, which sounds like Eddie Murphy's Coming To America but in reverse.The premise of this film is that a working-class guy from Queens discovers that he is heir to an African country and travels there to claim his birthright. So it's entirely distinct from the John Landis / Eddie Murphy film where a prince who is heir to an African country travels to Queens to conceal his birthright behind a working-class facade and discover a bride for himself.We'd kinda like to believe that this is a sequel, starting where Coming to America left off, with Shari Headley's Lisa McDowell running off in horror when she realised that her wedding dress was in fact The Blob (check it out if you don't believe us) and
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[DVD Review] Coming to America

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Shameful confession: watching this "I Love the 80s" edition of Coming to America marked the first time I'd ever seen the movie. Now I consider myself one who's seen more movies than 95% of the general public - but some films just slip me by. In this case I was definitely missing out. I'd always heard Coming to America was hilarious. I now agree. Wholeheartedly.

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall execute an entire 114 minutes of hilarity that makes you wish both of their careers hadn't derailed to their current positions.

Prince Akeem (Murphy), unwilling to accept the arranged marriage set up by King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) and Queen Aoleon (Madge Sinclair), takes his royal assistant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to New York to find the smart and strong-willed queen of a wife he desires. With 40 days to complete his objective he goes
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