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Paramount Turned Down Offers from Streamers to Buy ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Paramount Turned Down Offers from Streamers to Buy ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Paramount Pictures has spent much of the pandemic selling off its major titles to the big streamers, including Amazon Studios and Netflix. In 2020 alone, Paramount sold films including Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar contender “The Trial of the Chicago 7” to Netflix, as well as Michael Showalter’s action comedy “The Lovebirds.” Meanwhile, Paramount sold the rights to Tom Clancy thriller “Without Remorse,” starring Michael B. Jordan, as well as the Eddie Murphy sequel “Coming 2 America,” to Amazon. Paramount also shuttled “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” to Hulu at the last minute.

But two of the biggest titles still on Paramount’s slate for 2021 are “Top Gun: Maverick,” set for a July 2 release after being repeatedly postponed due first to post-production issues and then the pandemic, and the seventh “Mission: Impossible” film, scheduled for November 19. According to a recent report out of the Wall Street Journal, both Netflix and
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‘A Quiet Place 2’ Gets New Release Date

‘A Quiet Place 2’ Gets New Release Date
Add “A Quiet Place Part II” to the growing list of 2021 films that have already been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Paramount’s post-apocalyptic thriller — directed by John Krasinski and starring Emily Blunt — has been postponed for a third time. It will now open in theaters on Sept. 17.

A Quiet Place 2” was initially slated to release last March, but those plans were abandoned in the 11th hour as the heath crisis first started to grip the United States. It was most recently moved to April 23, however that date recently started to look unlikely considering coronavirus cases are still on the rise.

With the surge in Covid-19 infections, moviegoing has been slow to return in the United States. That means studios still don’t feel confident in releasing their buzziest movies on the big screen. Currently in North America, around 65% of movie theaters remain closed, and cinemas that have
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Star Wars & Coming to America Fans Celebrate James Earl Jones on His 90th Birthday

Star Wars & Coming to America Fans Celebrate James Earl Jones on His 90th Birthday
The one and only James Earl Jones has just turned 90 years old, and fans are celebrating the career of the award-winning actor and Hollywood icon. With his instantly recognizable voice and truly incredible performances, Jone is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors in American history. With the hopes that the actor is having a very happy birthday, fans all across the world, from Star Wars fans to Disney fanatics and everything in between, are posting tribute messages wishing him well and honoring his work.

"He's got the most iconic voice in the galaxy. Leave birthday wishes for James Earl Jones below," the Star Wars UK account on Twitter posted, prompting many, many birthday wishes from Star Wars fans.

He’s got the most iconic voice in the galaxy. Leave birthday wishes for James Earl Jones below. pic.twitter.com/MuX79fwqX0

— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) January 17, 2021

One fan tweets,
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How James Earl Jones Became ‘The Voice’ After Years of Childhood Silence

How James Earl Jones Became ‘The Voice’ After Years of Childhood Silence
James Earl Jones, who turns 90 on Jan. 17, has one of the most famous voices of all time — not just as Darth Vader and Mufasa, but as the voice of CNN and hundreds of other programs. But the distinguished actor and narrator almost didn’t find his voice at all.

Born in Mississippi, Jones went to live with his grandparents in Michigan at the age of 5. The disorienting move left him nearly speechless for years, due to severe stuttering. Finally in high school, a teacher helped him discover his powerful bass through reading poetry — kicking off one of the great oratorical careers of all time.

After moving to New York to study at the American Theatre Wing, one of his first mentions in Variety came in the review of the 1957 play “The Congo” from New York’s Equity Library Theater company. “James Earl Jones plays the preacher. He has a good voice,
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Update: Chris Pratt's The Tomorrow War likely heading to Amazon

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Update: Chris Pratt's The Tomorrow War likely heading to Amazon
Update: Deadline is now reporting that Amazon has made a rich $200 million offer, $75 million more than what they paid for the same studio's Coming 2 America. The deal isn't done yet, but clearly this film is heading towards a streaming bow. Likely it won't be the last 2021 film to go that way. Such a deal would make sense for Amazon, who have aggresively…
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Chris Pratt’s ‘The Tomorrow War’ Sci-Fi Movie Shopped To Streamers By Skydance; Amazon Eyeing For $200M – Update

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Chris Pratt’s ‘The Tomorrow War’ Sci-Fi Movie Shopped To Streamers By Skydance; Amazon Eyeing For $200M – Update
Update 6:05 Pm after earlier exclusive: As we previously told you, Skydance was bound to unload The Tomorrow War. Tonight, Amazon has aggressively offered $200M. The deal is still not done. Amazon recently bought Paramount’s Coming 2 America for $125M, which was set to debut during the year-end holiday corridor, and Skydance’s Without Remorse which was also set to get a theatrical release via Paramount this past autumn.

Exclusive, 11:01Am: We hear that the Paramount/Skydance Chris Pratt movie The Tomorrow War was recently screened to the major streamers over the weekend. It played really well, I hear, and that there is a strong interest for the movie. Skydance, I understand, is leading the process in selling the movie here, not Paramount.

The sci-fi film, which Pratt is also an EP on, follows a man who is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate
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Amazon Circling Chris Pratt Sci-Fi Film ‘The Tomorrow War’ in $200 Million Megadeal (Exclusive)

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Amazon Circling Chris Pratt Sci-Fi Film ‘The Tomorrow War’ in $200 Million Megadeal (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios has swept in and is poised to land “The Tomorrow War,” a science-fiction action film with Chris Pratt that Skydance developed and produced. The price for the film is rumored to be roughly $200 million, but insiders stress the sale has not been finalized and financial terms have yet to be determined.

The film was being shopped to streamers and drew interest from companies due in part to its star power. Every major service, including Netflix and Apple, viewed the movie. Several were impressed by the film and thought it had commercial potential.

Amazon has been aggressive in landing splashy content, buying the likes of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “Coming 2 America,” and the Michael B. Jordan thriller “Without Remorse” in recent months as the coronavirus pandemic has upended the theatrical landscape. It’s also a sign that Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios, is continuing to push the streamer to back bigger,
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Coming 2 America rated PG-13 for “crude sexual content, language and drug content”

Coming 2 America rated PG-13 for “crude sexual content, language and drug content”
Star Eddie Murphy had already revealed that the comedy sequel Coming 2 America would be targeting a PG-13 certificate as opposed to the R-rating of the classic 1988 original, and now that has been made official by the Motion Picture Association of America. With its release set for this March through Amazon Prime Video, the […]

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‘Coming 2 America’ Confirmed to Be Rated PG-13, Unlike Eddie Murphy’s Original Comedy

‘Coming 2 America’ Confirmed to Be Rated PG-13, Unlike Eddie Murphy’s Original Comedy
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 […]

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Three Reasons why Regina King’s Directorial Debut ‘One Night in Miami’ is a Must See

Three Reasons why Regina King’s Directorial Debut ‘One Night in Miami’ is a Must See
Photo: ‘One Night in Miami’/Amazon Studios The film 'One Night in Miami,’ out in limited theatres now and releasing on Amazon Prime Video on January 15th, is a feat of artistic and imaginative genius. A fictional account of a real 1964 night in Miami where public figures Malcolm X, iconic vocalist Sam Cook, football legend Jim Brown, and leading heavyweight champion of the 20th century Cassius Clay (more famously known as Muhammad Ali), all met in person to celebrate the record-holding fighter's title win over Sonny Liston. Although the film’s dialog doesn't come from recorded interviews, speeches, or autobiographies like many biopics, the film is special because of its imaginative liberty. As we anxiously await the film’s wide-scale release, here are three reasons why 'One Night in Miami' is an absolute must-see. Related article: Must-Watch: ‘Sylvie’s Love’ is the Very Soul of Music Related article:
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HBO Max’s ‘How to With John Wilson’ is the Must-Watch Comedy of 2020

HBO Max’s ‘How to With John Wilson’ is the Must-Watch Comedy of 2020
Photo: ‘How to With John Wilson’/HBO HBO’s recently premiered comedy docuseries How To with John Wilson is one of the more unique viewing experiences in recent memory. Reminiscent of (and executively produced by) Nathan Fielder, known for his popular comedy docuseries Nathan For You, John Wilson’s comedic series stands out with a more authentic feel, providing candid shots of New York City, and interviews featuring real people who often share bizarre stories and wild points of view. Related article: ‘Coming 2 America’: Everything We Know About Eddie Murphy’s Anticipated Sequel 30 Years Later Related article: Roberto Benigni in ‘Pinocchio’: Matteo Garrone’s Daring New Interpretation of a Fairytale Classic How To’s premise relies on Wilson giving often hilariously unhelpful advice. In the first episode, titled “How To Make Small Talk,” Wilson treads the line between plausible advice and self-deprecating silliness. He initially suggests promising small-talk topics,
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‘Coming 2 America’: Everything We Know About Eddie Murphy’s Anticipated Sequel 30 Years Later

‘Coming 2 America’: Everything We Know About Eddie Murphy’s Anticipated Sequel 30 Years Later
Photo: ‘Coming 2 America’/Amazon Studios Comedians Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are set to reprise their iconic roles and head back to Queens, New York, from the fictional land of Zamunda, in the upcoming sequel ‘Coming 2 America.’ The original film, ‘Coming to America,’ was released back in 1988 and grossed nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office. Its original cast included Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall (‘The Arsenio Hall Show’), James Earl Jones, Shari Headley (‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’), John Amos, and was directed by John Landis. The story followed a charismatic African prince named Akeem (Murphy), who travelled to New York City in order to escape his unwanted arranged marriage back home. Related article: Must-Watch – ‘Soul’: Pixar Proves the Power of the Human Spirit in Newest Original Film Related article: Shondaland and Netflix Team Up for Juicy Regal Drama, ‘Bridgerton’ Arguably one of Murphy’s
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26 Most Anticipated 2021 Movies That Were Delayed by Covid, From ‘F9’ to ‘Black Widow’ (Photos)

26 Most Anticipated 2021 Movies That Were Delayed by Covid, From ‘F9’ to ‘Black Widow’ (Photos)
Instead of writing a new list of the most anticipated movies of 2021, I could just link you to last year’s list. Covid-19 forced studios to shelve many of their biggest blockbusters until next year. And it wasn’t just a date on a calendar either: many of these movies got full blown trailers, late night show appearances and marketing campaigns hyping us up before the pandemic pulled a fast one. In some regards, it’s a fool’s errand putting together any sort of calendar list, because 2020 proved constantly shifting dates or a sudden move to streaming is no longer a sign of a bad movie but is just par for the course. All of these movies were meant to come out at some point in 2020, and this doesn’t even include hot titles for early next year such as “Cherry,” “The Many Saints of Newark,” “Cinderella,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday
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Wesley Snipes Remembers Auditioning for the Original ‘Coming to America’

Wesley Snipes Remembers Auditioning for the Original ‘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 […]

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What We Learned from the Coming 2 America Trailer

What We Learned from the Coming 2 America Trailer
Well, the trailer for Coming 2 America has dropped and it’s likely that a couple of jaws have dropped too since from the front to the back of this trailer there might be a few people willing to say a few things since the whole ‘male heir’ that’s need to rule Prince Akeem’s kingdom might raise some hackles while the idea of the barbers greeting Akeem and Semmi in their unique fashion might do the same. To those of us with a sense of humor, it’s easier to get a kick out of it since this is the kind of

What We Learned from the Coming 2 America Trailer
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‘Coming 2 America’ gets a trailer!

‘Coming 2 America’ gets a trailer!
Directed by Craig Brewer and starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, with Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones; and John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Paul Bates, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bella Murphy, Coming 2 America will exclusively release globally on Prime Video March 5th 2021.

Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.

Check out the trailer for Coming 2 America below – and let us know your thoughts on the forthcoming film in the comments below!
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Amazon Prime Video ‘Coming 2 America’ trailer: Eddie Murphy’s funny dialogues

Amazon Prime Video ‘Coming 2 America’ trailer: Eddie Murphy’s funny dialogues
'Coming 2 America' trailer is out now.

Amazon Prime Video dropped the official trailer for the Eddie Murphy-led upcoming comedy film 'Coming 2 America' and it doesn’t disappoint at all.

The rom-com film is a sequel to 1998's hit comedy flick 'Coming to America' and sees the 59-year-old actor reprises his iconic role as Prince Akeem Joffer, the Prince of Zamunda.

The new trailer kicks off with the voice of James Earl Jones, who plays Akeem's father King Jaffe Joffer, who orders him to return to America to find his son about whom he knew nothing.

"You must heed my words before I'm gone, my son," he says. "Now you will be king. But the throne must pass to a male heir. Akeem, it appears, you have a son. He must be found," as per The Hollywood Reporter.

The first movie follows
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Denzel Washington & Rami Malek are hot on the heels of Jared Leto in trailer for ‘The Little Things’

Denzel Washington & Rami Malek are hot on the heels of Jared Leto in trailer for ‘The Little Things’
Warner Bros. has launched the first trailer for John Lee Hancock’s psychological thriller ‘The Little Things’ starring Denzel Washington.

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto.

Also in trailers – Teaser trailer drops for ‘Coming 2 America

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Trailer Drops For “Coming 2 America”

Trailer Drops For “Coming 2 America”
Eddie Murphy is back in one of his most iconic roles. Yes, Prince Akeem is again going to tickle our funny bones. A sequel to Coming to America had long been spoken about, but it finally happened. Moreover, we now have a Trailer for Coming 2 America which we can pour over. Of course, the film notably got acquired by Amazon Studios and will drop on Amazon Prime Video in March, so we have a bit of a wait (one that excludes it from any Oscar consideration this year). Still, it’s something exciting, and you can see the Trailer at the end of this post… The movie is, obviously, a Coming to America sequel. The synopsis is as follows: “Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them
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Coming 2 America (2021) Movie Trailer: Eddie Murphy & Arsenio Hall Travel Back to America for a Long Lost Son

Coming 2 America (2021) Movie Trailer: Eddie Murphy & Arsenio Hall Travel Back to America for a Long Lost Son
Coming 2 America Trailer — Craig Brewer‘s Coming 2 America (2021) movie trailer has been released by Amazon Prime Video and stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Garcelle Beauvais, Clint Smith, Leslie Jones, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Louie Anderson, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Rick [...]

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