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Coming 2 America Gets Superior Donuts Star Jermaine Fowler in Key Role

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Coming 2 America Gets Superior Donuts Star Jermaine Fowler in Key Role
Jermaine Fowler has taken on one of the lead roles in the anticipated comedy sequel Coming 2 America, which will reunite Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall on the big screen. No details about Fowler's character have been officially divulged at this time.

Jermaine Fowler is a comedian perhaps best known for his starring role in the sitcom Superior Donuts. Fowler will begin shooting Coming 2 America soon, with the movie already locked in for December 18 of this year, arriving as one of Christmas' biggest blockbusters and serving as a return to form for Eddie Murphy, who hasn't been seen on the big screen since 2016's Mr. Church.

Fowler plays Franco Wicks on the CBS comedy Superior Donuts. He is part of a classic ensemble that includes sitcom legends Katey Sagal (Married...With Children) and Judd Hirsch (Taxi), along with former SNL cast member David Koechner, who is perhaps best known as Champ Kind in Anchorman,
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Jermaine Fowler To Star In ‘Coming 2 America’

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Jermaine Fowler To Star In ‘Coming 2 America’
Jermaine Fowler is headed to Zamunda. The comedian and Superior Donuts actor has been cast as one of the leads in Paramount’s Coming 2 America, which is set to be released December 18.

Fowler recently starred as Franco Wicks on CBS’ Superior Donuts alongside Judd Hirsch, Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, and Rell Battle. He most recently he starred opposite Zoey Deutch in Buffaloed which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. His other credits include the critically-acclaimed film Sorry to Bother You and the HBO comedy series Crashing. Currently, he is developing and executive producing a television series with Larry Wilmore and Quinta Bronson for CBS, and in development on an original story The Come Up with New Line.

Craig Brewer is set to direct the sequel to the 1988 blockbuster comedy written by Kenya Barris. Eddie Murphy is poised to reprise his role as Akeem, the pampered
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Jermaine Fowler to Co-Star With Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’ (Exclusive)

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Jermaine Fowler to Co-Star With Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’ (Exclusive)
Jermaine Fowler is set to play one of the leads opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount’s sequel “Coming 2 America,” sources tell Variety.

Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer is on board to direct the pic with the studio planning an August 7, 2020 release.

Plot details of “Coming 2 America” are unknown, as are the details of Fowler’s character.

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

The original movie starred Murphy as 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 the pic, which was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.

Fowler stars as Franco Wicks on “Superior Donuts” for CBS alongside Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal.
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Netflix Plants Ryan Gaul, Lauren Lapkus, And Jiavani Linayao For ‘Between Two Ferns’

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Exclusive: Netflix’s movie adaptation of Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns talk show has added Ryan Gaul, Lauren Lapkus and Ucb’s Jiavani Linayao. The trio will join Zach Galifianakis’ crew in the feature that will be directed by Comedy Bang Bang‘s Scott Aukerman. The movie is set to debut on the streaming platform September 20.

The meta film follows a version of Galifianakis who dreams of becoming a star. When Will Ferrell discovers his low-budget public access TV show Between Two Ferns, he uploads it to Funny Or Die and as a result, Zach becomes a viral laughing stock. Zach and his loyal crew end up taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews in order to restore his reputation. Between Two Ferns: The Movie is a
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Taika Waititi to Guest-Star in IFC/Channel 4 Comedy Series 'Year of the Rabbit'

Taika Waititi to Guest-Star in IFC/Channel 4 Comedy Series 'Year of the Rabbit'
Taika Waitiki is stepping in front of the camera again, but this time for someone else's comedy creation.

The New Zealander, who directed himself as Adolf Hitler in the upcoming dark WWII comedy feature Jojo Rabbit alongside Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell, and is set to helm an upcoming Time Bandits TV series for Apple and a live-action feature adaptation of Akira, will guest-star in an episode of IFC/Channel 4 series Year of the Rabbit.

Set in Victorian era London, the comedy focuses on a crime-fighting trio, led by Matt Berry’s Detective Inspector Rabbit, assisted by Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum, Crashing) ...
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HBO Intimacy Coordinator Alicia Rodis on Importance of Consent Beginning in Casting

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HBO Intimacy Coordinator Alicia Rodis on Importance of Consent Beginning in Casting
Intimacy coordinator Alicia Rodis was working on a short film as a stunt coordinator when she first noticed the need to create protocols for physically intimate scenes, as the industry had for physically violent ones. Joining forces with Tonia Sina and Siobhan Richardson, Rodis co-founded Intimacy Directors International (Idi) in 2015. Since #MeToo went viral in 2017, she has seen the business expand exponentially and is now training the next wave of this new profession.

How did you first get into stunts, let alone intimacy coordinating?

I started acting professionally when I was a teenager, and I came from a dance and martial arts background, so I became very interested in movement, and I started to do fight work; I was a fight director for theater, and I started to get involved in stunt work. Something I love about physical work like that is I don’t think I understood the power
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Trailer for Weird and Wacky Netflix Series Tuca & Bertie

Here’s a super weird trailer for you to watch for the upcoming Netflix series Tuca & Bertie. The series stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as two 30-year old bird women who live in the same apartment building. Yep, you read that right. Bird women. It looks super weird and super hilarious. It has an awesome supporting cast that includes Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Nicole Byer (*Loosely Exactly Nicole), John Early (Search Party), Jermaine Fowler (Crashing), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery), Amber Ruffin (Late Night With Seth Meyers), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), and Reggie Watts (The Electric Company).

Watch the trailer below and let us know if you’ll be watching Tuca and Bertie when it comes to Netflix on May 3!
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This Is the Brilliant Voice Behind L3, Who Steals Every Scene in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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As the lights went down in my theater and the first words in Solo: A Star Wars Story's intro began to crawl, I was mentally prepared for two things: (1) to potentially fall in love with Alden Ehrenreich and (2) for Donald Glover to steal every scene he's in. While both of those things happened - I mean, how could they not? - they still didn't come close to ranking as the best character in the film. Both of them do exceptional work, but it's Phoebe Waller-Bridge's brilliant, enlightened L3-37 droid who saunters off with Solo's best lines.

British actress, comedian, and playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge provides the voice for L3, who cares deeply about both her partner in crime, Lando, and droid rights. She spends most of the movie cracking jokes at Lando's expense - although they're done with love, since she swears he has
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Variety Announces Updated List of Panelists for A Night in the Writers’ Room

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Variety is proud to announce its complete lineup for A Night in the Writers’ Room. The event, which takes place June 14th at the Jeremy Hotel, includes lively discussions with the top comedy and drama Emmy-contending writers.

Earlier this week, Variety was called out on social media for the lack of women represented on both of its comedy and drama series panels. We take conversations about inclusion in the entertainment industry very seriously, and consequently we revised our panelist line-up to include parity among female and male writers. Variety will continue to strive to do our part in contributing positively to the all-important inclusion initiative.

The full lineup listed below:

Comedy Panel

Judd Apatow (“Crashing”)

Gemma Baker (“Mom”)

Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”)

Peter Farrelly (“Loudermilk”)

Stephen Glover (“Atlanta”)

Davey Holmes (“Get Shorty”)

Laura Jaqmin (“Get Shorty”)

Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”)

Carly Mensch (“Glow”)

Tanya Saracho (“Vida
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Chewing Gum's Susan Wokoma: 'The door shuts firmly on us a lot quicker'

She was a demon hunter, stole scenes as Michaela Coel’s sister and is in a farce about Labour’s identity crisis. But Susan Wokoma is turning to her own family to write her next roles

‘You’re quite chatty, shut up, go use your energy somewhere else.” Susan Wokoma is explaining how she ended up as an actor by imagining how her teachers saw her. “I’m from quite an opinionated bunch of Nigerians. I’m the second youngest, and to make your space in that group of people is really hard. At school I had the space to be funny.” Her school suggested she use up her excess energy by joining theatre groups. It’s easy to see why. When we first meet, she makes the story of the “ugly jumper” she’s wearing, a cross between festive knitwear and something in a Swedish crime thriller, into a highly entertaining mini-saga.
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On my radar: Susan Wokoma’s cultural highlights

The Crazyhead and Chewing Gum actor on a podcast about grief, some mind-blowing electronica, and the perfect pre-theatre venue

Born in Southwark, south London, Susan Wokoma made her acting debut aged 18 in Bafta-winning docudrama That Summer Day (2006), before going on to train at Rada. Wokoma has since starred in Channel 4’s Crashing, as Cynthia in E4 comedy Chewing Gum, and as the lead in E4/Netflix co-production Crazyhead; she made her film debut in 2013’s Half of a Yellow Sun. In 2016 she won the BBC audio drama award for best supporting actor for her role in the radio adaptation of Marie NDiaye’s Three Strong Women. From 25 September, Wokoma will star in James Graham’s political comedy Labour of Love at London’s Noel Coward theatre; from 20 September she will be in Dave original comedy Porters.

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Judd Apatow interview: The Big Sick

Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2017

Judd Apatow chats to us about The Big Sick, directing, stand-up comics and bad interviews...

Heading into UK cinemas this week, The Big Sick is a reinvigorating romantic comedy. It has a brilliant cast of characters, a unique pitch (boy meets girl, boy loses girl, awkward situations and a medically induced coma ensue) and a balance of drama and comedy that means you never know whether to brace yourself for a broken heart or split sides. A breath of fresh air, it’s the sort of film regular cinema goers need. It’s also the sort of film that needs regular cinema goers; it needs those that see it and enjoy it to shout about it, to tell people that it’s worth paying attention to.

Directed by Michael Showalter, the film stars Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the script with his real life spouse Emily V. Gordon
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18 British Sitcoms You Can Stream Right Now (Photos)

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18 British Sitcoms You Can Stream Right Now (Photos)
Crashing” (Netflix) Created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Crashing” follows seven people who live together as “property guardians” of an abandoned hospital. “Being Human’s” Damien Molony, “Broadchurch’s” Jonathan Bailey and Louise Ford also star. “Chewing Gum” (Netflix) Based on her play “Chewing Gum Dreams,” the E4 TV series stars Michaela Coel stars as 24-year-old virgin Tracey Gordon, who wants to have sex and learn about the world to avoid becoming like her uptight older sister. “Lovesick” (Netflix) Formerly known as “Scrotal Recall,” Tom Edge’s “Lovesick” follows a Dylan (Johnny Flynn), who must contact all of his past
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Sandra Oh to Star in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Killing Eve”

Sandra Oh in “Tammy”: Michael Tackett/Warner Bros.

Move over, Cristina Yang; Sandra Oh has lined up a new series-regular role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Grey’s Anatomy” actress has signed on to topline “Fleabag” creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s thriller “Killing Eve.” The show, adapted from Luke Jennings’ “Villanelle” novellas, is set to bow on BBC America in 2018.

The eight-episode series will center on Eve (Oh), a fiercely intelligent security services operative who dreams of leaving her desk job behind to be a spy, and Villanelle, an elegant and proficient murderer. No word on who will portray Villanelle yet, though it seems possible that Waller-Bridge may take on the role. She’ll serve as showrunner on “Killing Eve” and exec produce with Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris.

“I am quivering with excitement about working with Sandra! I have been a huge fan of hers forever and am pinching myself that she is playing our Eve,” Waller-Bridge told THR. “She is going to be so badass in this role.”

“Killing Eve” marks Oh’s first series-regular TV role since she left “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2014. She starred as the smart, competitive, and independent Dr. Cristina Yang on the series from its 2005 debut to its tenth season finale. She received a Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, and five Emmy nods during her tenure on the Shondaland medical drama. “American Crime,” “Catfight,” and Ann Marie Fleming’s “Window Horses” are among her recent credits.

Fleabag,” based on Waller-Bridge’s one-woman play, is set in London and centers on a self-destructive young woman (Waller-Bridge) who owns a guinea pig-themed café. Waller-Bridge took home the Breakthrough and Best Comedy Writer prizes at this year’s Royal Television Society Awards for her work on the dark comedy, which has been renewed for a second season. She previously wrote and starred in “Crashing,” a comedy about a group of twentysomethings using an old hospital as apartments.

Sandra Oh to Star in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Killing Eve” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Sandra Oh To Star In Title Role Of ‘Killing Eve’ BBC America Series

Grey’s Anatomy alum Sandra Oh has landed the title role in BBC America’s original scripted series Killing Eve. The casting marks Oh’s first series regular role since her exit from Grey’s Anatomy two years ago. The eight-episode drama from Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Crashing) is a dramatic thriller revolving around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down. It’s slated to premiere in 2018. Oh’s Eve is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security…
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Breaks Down ‘Fleabag’ And Says Shooting ‘Han Solo’ Is “Wicked” [Podcast]

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is on the cusp of something big. As a writer, producer and actress she already has two critically acclaimed TV series to her credit, “Crashing” and “Fleabag,” and she’s now shooting Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff.

The British writer and actress crossed the pond for a quick 48-hour Emmy publicity tour for “Fleabag,” the six-episode BBC produced dramedy series that Amazon distributed in the United States.

Continue reading Phoebe Waller-Bridge Breaks Down ‘Fleabag’ And Says Shooting ‘Han Solo’ Is “Wicked” [Podcast] at The Playlist.
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sally Wainwright Win Big at Royal Television Society Awards

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag

Here’s some happy news about two very dark shows: writer-creators Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Sally Wainwright (“Happy Valley”) were the big winners at last night’s Royal Television Society (Rts) Awards, BBC News reports.

Waller-Bridge accepted the Breakthrough and Best Comedy Writer prizes, and Wainwright received Best Drama Writer and the Judges’ Award. “Happy Valley,” a crime drama starring Sarah Lancashire, was also honored with the Rts Drama Series award.

Fleabag,” which was recently renewed for a second season, is set in London and centers on a self-destructive young woman (Waller-Bridge) who owns a guinea pig-themed café. “I really wanted to hide a tragedy in a comedy and I really wanted to trick people,” Waller-Bridge has said. “I love the idea of disarming an audience through comedy and making them feel safe, and in turn making them vulnerable to twists and turns that they might not be expecting from a character.”

Waller-Bridge previously wrote and starred in “Crashing” about a group of twentysomethings using an old hospital as apartments. She is also working on BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” which centers on Eve, a fiercely intelligent security services operative who dreams of leaving her desk job behind to be a spy, and Villanelle, an elegant and proficient murderer. Waller-Bridge will serve as showrunner on the series.

Wainwright is keeping busy as well. Her new series about trailblazing landowner Anne Lister, “Shibden Hall,” will be produced by Lookout Point for BBC One and co-produced with HBO. Wainwright also wrote and directed the TV movie “To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters.” Premiering March 26 on PBS, “To Walk Invisible” follows sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne (Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie, and Charlie Murphy) as they face “numerous obstacles to write some of the greatest novels in the English language.”

Julie Walters was honored at the Rts awards with the Lifetime Achievement award. “I simply can’t thank all the amazing people I have elbowed out of the way to get where I am,” Walters quipped as she picked up the prize. Probably best known as Mrs. Weasley from the “Harry Potter” films, the actress has appeared in the Hulu series “National Treasure,” “Brooklyn,” and “Brave.” Walters will next be seen in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Finally, Sophie Okonedo was named Best Female Actor for her work in “Undercover.” The drama miniseries centers on lawyer Maya Cobbina (Okonedo), who “returns to Britain to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions,” according to its synopsis. After accepting the position, “she begins to suspect that everything she knew about the man she has been married to for the past 20 years (Adrian Lester) is a lie.”

Okonedo received an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for her role in “Hotel Rwanda.” Her other credits include “The Hollow Crown,” “The Escape Artist,” and “After Earth.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sally Wainwright Win Big at Royal Television Society Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Peak TV Treasure: Fleabag

Peak TV Treasure: Fleabag
Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

Fleabag

Network | Amazon

Created By | Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Number Of Episodes | 6

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Premise | Waller-Bridge (Broadchurch) stars — and shines — in this UK comedy as Fleabag, a proudly promiscuous London café owner who talks directly to the camera, sharing her most intimate dating misadventures with us like we’re old chums.
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Newswire: Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge might co-star in Han Solo

Variety reports that Phoebe Waller-Bridge—who recently drew rave reviews for her starring role in her Amazon and BBC 3 comedy series Fleabag—is being considered for “a key role” in the upcoming Han Solo standalone feature. The role would be CGI-driven—i.e., a droid or an alien, most likely—and is being compared in impact to parts like C-3Po or Alan Tudyk’s recent role as K-2So in Rogue One.

Waller-Bridge came up through British TV, appearing in shows like Broadchurch and The Cafe. She had her first breakout role in 2016’s Crashing, before going on to write and star in Fleabag, which is based on her own award-winning one-woman play. If she signs on for Han Solo, Waller-Bridge would be joining a cast that includes Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Alden Ehrenreich, as the beloved space scoundrel himself.
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Han Solo Gets Fleabag Star as a Key CG Character

Han Solo Gets Fleabag Star as a Key CG Character
With production already under way, more cast members are starting to come together for LucasFilm's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Fleabag creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge coming aboard. Her character's identity was not yet revealed, although it was stated that she is playing a "CGI-driven" character that will play a "significant part" in the ensemble cast. Her role in the Han Solo spin-off was compared to Alan Tudyk's K-2So droid character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which he portrayed through a motion-capture suit.

Variety broke the casting news this afternoon, although no further details were given regarding her character. Regardless of who she's playing, Phoebe Waller-Bridge joins a growing cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han Solo's mentor, Garris Shrike, and Emilia Clarke as a currently unspecified character. There have been rumors that Emilia Clarke is playing Sana Starros,
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