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Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince Akeem will officially have his right-hand man beside him in the upcoming sequel Coming 2 America.

According to Deadline, Arsenio Hall has closed his deal to reprise his role as Semi in Coming 2 America. The actor was rumored to be starring in the project alongside Eddie Murphy and was recently pictured with Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter on set just a few months ago.

The original 1988 film Coming to America starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semi, played by Hall, decides to travel to Queens, NY.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long-lost son and must return to America to meet the "unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda."

In addition to Murphy and Hall, most of the original film's cast, including Shari Headley and James Earl Jones, is expected to return. However, as of now, only Murphy, Hall and Jermaine Fowler have officially signed on.

As previously noted, black-ish creator Kenya Barris is rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to direct the project, which Murphy's also producing. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

Coming 2 America is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020.

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Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images(LONDON) -- One of the stunt performers on the London set of the ninth Fast and Furious film has been injured, and production on the film has been halted as a result.

In a statement to ABC News, Universal Pictures confirmed an accident had occurred at the famed Leavesden Studios, noting the production stoppage for the day would help the filmmakers "to focus on this situation."

Starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel and John Cena, Fast & Furious 9 is currently scheduled to be released on May 22, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, will arrive in theaters August 2.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Over the weekend, Avengers: Endgame finally de-throned Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, and in a post on Twitter, James Cameron officially passed the crown.

According to Box Office Mojo, James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi epic's final tally stands at almost $2.8 billion; this weekend, at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced Endgame had surpassed Avatar by a narrow margin.

Cameron posted a picture that shows Iron Man surrounded by floating sprites from Avatar's alien planet, Pandora. The picture features -- in the language of his blue-skinned alien heroes the Na'vi -- a greeting that translates to "I see you, Marvel."

In English, the picture also features the legend: "Congratulations to Avengers: Endgame on becoming the new box-office king."

In response, Endgame's directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Instagram to thank Cameron. They posted a shot from his first hit, 1984's Terminator, along with their silhouettes, as if they were in their movie seats, saying in tandem, "Holy sh**!" They said of Cameron, "[Y]ou're a monumental reason why we fell in love with film in the first place. Thank you for always inspiring us and opening the world's eyes to what's possible." They continued, "We can't wait to see where you take us next..." perhaps referring to the *four* Avatar sequels on which Cameron is working.

Back in May, Cameron congratulated Marvel Studios when Endgame sailed past Cameron's Oscar-winning film Titanic, which at the time was the second-highest grossing film of all time. With $2.1 billion in the bank, it's now number three.

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Marvel Studios(SAN DIEGO) -- Scarlett Johansson tells ABC's Good Morning America that she's relieved that she can "finally" talk about the fact that her character, Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, is getting her own Marvel stand-alone film, debuting in May of 2020.

During the chat at San Diego's Comic-Con this past weekend, ScarJo said, "I would've been happy to...end it at Endgame and walk away."

She adds, "I was proud of the work that we had all done together, and that the only reason to do this stand-alone would be to elevate the genre in some way. And so hopefully, we will have."

Johansson offers, "You actually get to all the questions you may have had about this mysterious character and who she is...What are the secrets of the past that haunt her?"

Johansson follows Brie Larson's Captain Marvel as the second female hero to lead an MCU movie, and she's ready.

"I think I'm in better shape than I've been in a long time, which is awesome to say, in my mid-30s, and also I have a five-year-old daughter," she says, adding, "I never could've done this film 10 years ago...I feel much more comfortable getting kind of dirty and digging deep, and I think the film will benefit because of it."

The MCU has mentioned Romanoff's past with her beloved friend Clint Barton/Hawkeye, who saved her life when he was sent to kill her -- so will Jeremy Renner, who plays Barton, be making an appearance here? 

"Oh my God, that's when you see the tranq[uilizer] gun come out," she joked about the MCU's notorious secrecy.  While her lips are "sealed," she did tease "surprises" to come.

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Photo: Lacey Terrell. ©2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Sony Pictures has released the trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the film in which Tom Hanks plays beloved children's programming icon Fred Rogers. 

The film portrays the true story of a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, a jaded magazine writer whose heart was melted by America's favorite neighbor.

Matthew Rhys, who won an Emmy for The Americans, plays the reporter, whose eyes are opened to the empathy and kindness Rogers taught millions by example.

"You like broken people like me," Junod says, to which Hanks' Rogers replies, "Sometimes we have to ask for help. And that's okay."

Affecting Rogers' famously soft-spoken voice, the two-time Oscar winner says, "I think the best thing we can do is let people know that each one of them is precious."

The movie comes out this Thanksgiving.

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AMC(SAN DIEGO) -- New trailers for The Walking DeadFear the Walking Dead and Netflix's highly anticipated series The Witcher were among the trailers making their debuts at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.

AMC used Sunday's panel to debut clips from The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, returning for their respective 10th and fifth seasons in the fall.  Fear the Walking Dead executive producer Scott M. Gimple revealed that the series has already been renewed for a sixth season returning next year.

AMC also announced the latest casting news for its as-yet untitled third Walking Dead series, which will reportedly focus on the first generation to come of age during the zombie apocalypse. Annet Mahendru and Aliyah Royale will join previously announced stars Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu and Hal Cumpston. Production begins in and around Richmond, Virginia next week. The series is slated for a spring 2020 debut.

The Walking Dead series regular Danai Gurira also announced that season 10 will be her final season, while American Beauty's Thora Birch will join the cast as Gamma, described as "a Whisperer sentry fiercely protective of Alpha. She is a believer and committed to the Whisperers’ way of life."

The Leftovers and Snowfall's Kevin Carroll also joins the cast as Virgil, "a highly intelligent and resourceful man who is desperately trying to get home to his family."

The Walking Dead season 10 premieres October 6.

Man of Steel's Henry Cavill was appeared on Friday to reveal the first trailer for his upcoming Netflix fantasy series, The Witcher. The eight-episode series, based on Andrzej Sapkowsk’s fantasy books, center on Cavill's famed monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, as he struggles to find his place in the world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes and monsters battle to survive. A release date has yet to be announced.

The third season of HBO's Westworld doesn't launch until 2020, but we got a sneak peak with this teaser the network debuted at it's Comic-Con panel on Saturday. The show, which started out as an amusement park made to resemble the Old West, will shift to a World War II setting for the upcoming season. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul joins the cast this season, along with Black Swan's Vincent Cassel. They join Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Jimmi Simpson.

The latest trailer for Damon Lindelof's take on the classic DC graphic novel Watchmen, about superheroes who are treated as outlaws, made its debut on Saturday and, from all indications, delivers on HBO's promise to “embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own." The all-star cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart and Louis Gossett Jr. Watchmen debuts in the fall.

In other Comic-Con news, Deadline reports FXX has renewed its animated spy spoof Archer for an 11th season.  Also, ahead of next week's series premiere of The Boys, Amazon has already picked it up for a second season. The series, from Seth Rogen, stars stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara and Elisabeth Shue.

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Photo Cr: Matt Kennedy/CBS ©2019 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved(SAN DIEGO) -- It was raining movie and TV show trailers at Comic-Con over the weekend, but one that's generating a lot of buzz is the first look at Star Trek: Picard, the forthcoming CBS All Access series featuring the return of Sir Patrick Stewart as former USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Set some 20 years after the events of 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis, the last film to feature the Picard Enterprise and its crew, Star Trek: Picard features a world-weary former captain who's retired to his family's ancestral vineyard in France, assuming the life of a winemaker. He's also clearly a legend, due to some unspecified actions of his years before.

"Sometimes I think you've forgotten who you are," an unidentified Vulcan woman declares.  "We do not."

But the arrival of a mysterious young woman whose life he must protect draws Picard out of retirement, into danger and, of course, back into space.

The Star Trek: Picard trailer also features appearances by familiar characters, including the merciless, villainous Borg, Jeri Ryan as Star Trek: Voyager character Seven of Nine, and even Commander Data, the android again played by Brent Spiner -- though the 70-year-old actor's made to look decades younger, thanks to some artful CGI.

Former Star Trek: The Next Generation actors Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes, aka Counselor Deanna Troi and Captain Will Riker, are also expected to make appearances on the series, with perhaps more familiar faces to come.

Star Trek: Picard, also starring Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Isa Briones and Santiago Cabrera, debuts on CBS All Access in early 2020.


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Marvel Studios(SAN DIEGO) -- At San Diego Comic-Con, Hall H is reserved for the biggest, most anticipated press events and announcements.  And this year, the biggest event was Marvel Studios announcing what fans have to look forward to, now that Avengers: Endgame signals the end of 11 years, 23 films and Phases 1-3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige revealed the lineup of feature films for the next two years, along with an update on the brand-new Marvel Studios’ series created exclusively for Disney , Disney’s upcoming streaming service, launching in the U.S. on November 12 -- all of which will mark Phase 4 of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.

Marvel's upcoming slate of feature films kicks May 1, 2020 with Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, reprising her Avengers role as Natasha Romanoff, whose past as a Russian spy has been hinted at in the Avengers films but never fully explained. She'll be joined by new MCU members including Stranger Things star David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz.

Next up, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Don Lee, Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff and Richard Madden team up for The Eternals, debuting November 6, 2020. Adapted from Jack Kirby's 1970s comic, The Eternals are a strange but peaceful group of immortal beings committed to peace, but locked in an ongoing war with their hateful, warlike counterparts, known as the Deviants.

February 12, 2021 will see the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with newcomer Simu Liu stepping into the role of the titular character, a martial arts expert and assassin-turned hero. Liu stars alongside Crazy Rich Asians' Awkwafina and Chinese actor Tony Leung.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the second installment in the Doctor Strange franchise, features Benedict Cumberbatch returning as the Sorcerer Supreme opposite Elizabeth Olsen, who reprises her Avengers role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Dr. Strange movie, is back at the helm for this one, which he describes as the "first scary MCU film.” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters May 7, 2021.

November 5, 2021, will see the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth film in the Thor franchise. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who returns for the new film, was joined by Ragnarok's Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Hall H, along with Natalie Portman, who revealed her Jane Foster character from the first two Thor films will become the Mighty Thor, Goddess of Thunder.

Finally, Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali joined Feige on stage at Comic-Con to announce that he'll star in a reboot of the Blade franchise, playing the half-human, half-vampire character Wesley Snipes played in three films.  No release date for Blade has yet been announced.

On the TV side, Disney will debut its Marvel slate with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which pairs Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier, again played respectively by Anthony Mackie and Sabastian Stan. They star in "a series of action-filled adventures as They fight together against evil after the events of Avengers: Endgame."

Coming in the spring of 2021, Paul Bettany reprises the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen the Scarlet Witch in WandaVision, and Tom Hiddleston will answer the question from Avengers: Endgame -- "Where did Loki go after taking the space stone?" -- when he returns as the fan-favorite god of mischief in Loki.

Hawkeye, coming to Disney in the summer of 2021, features Jeremy Renner reprising his role as the titular character from the Avengers movies. We'll also get to see Kate Bishop, a well known character from the Marvel comics but missing from the movies, who'll play a key role in the series.

Finally, many actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their roles in What If...?, the first animated series in the MCU, which will feature stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel universe. That launches in the fall of 2021.   

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Disney(NEW YORK) -- It was a historic weekend for a pair of Disney films, as the live-action remake of The Lion King and Marvel's Avengers: Endgame both entered the record books.

The Lion King roared to number one at the box office with an estimated $185 million debut -- a record-breaking opening for a July weekend. It surpasses the previous record of $169.1 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. It's also ranks as the second-largest opening of the year so far, and the seventh-largest of all time.

If you're of the opinion that the film is CGI-animated, rather than live-action, you can add largest opening ever for an animated feature as well, since it's also topped Incredibles 2's $182.6 million debut last year.

Internationally, The Lion King, featuring a voice cast including Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, delivered an estimated $269 million, bringing its global tally to around $531 million.

Avengers: Endgame also made history by topping Avatar's decade-long reign as the highest-grossing film of all time globally.  Endgame, released 12 weeks ago, earned an estimated $2.789.2 billion, surpassing Avatar's $2,789.7.

Also over the weekend, Marvel's Spider-Man: Far from Home took second place after topping the box office in its first two weeks of release, earning an estimated $21 million. That brings its domestic total to almost $320 million.

Pixar's Toy Story 4 took in an estimated $14.6 million for a third-place finish. After five weeks its domestic tally stands at north of $375 million, and just under $860 million globally.  In fourth place is the horror film Crawl with an estimated $6 million, followed by the rom-com Yesterday, rounding out the top five by earning $5.1 million.

In limited release, David Crosby: Remember My Name, the documentary on the legendary folk singer, delivered an estimated $41,050 from four locations.

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Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. The Lion King, $185 million
2. Spider-Man: Far from Home, $21 million
3. Toy Story 4, $14.6 million
4. Crawl, $6 million
5. Yesterday, $5 million
6. Stuber, $4 million
7. Aladdin, $3.8 million
8. Annabelle Comes Home, $2.66 million
9. Midsommar, $1.599 million
10. The Secret Life of Pets 2, $1.5 million

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Hulu(SAN DIEGO) -- Here’s a plot twist worthy of the show itself: Veronica Mars season four is now available on Hulu, one week ahead of schedule.

The show’s star, Kristen Bell, announced the surprise news at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. During the Veronica Mars panel, Bell declared that she wanted Hulu to release all eight episodes of the revival immediately, in honor of her birthday, which was Thursday.

The panel’s moderator, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, confirmed to the cheering crowd that Hulu had indeed granted Bell’s birthday wish.

Time to start binging, Marshmallows.

The beloved series originally aired on UPN and The CW from 2004 to 2007. A Veronica Mars movie debuted in 2014 after a successful kickstarter campaign. The fourth season was initially set to return on Hulu Friday, July 26.

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Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Like its unstoppable killer Michael Myers, the Halloween films will live on. On Friday, Universal Pictures announced release dates for two new films in the iconic horror series, following the blockbuster success of 2018's reboot starring original sole survivor Jamie Lee Curtis. 

The film, which was directed by David Gordon Green, was made for a modest budget of $10 million bucks, but went on to gross more than $250 million worldwide. That success will be spun into two follow-ups, Halloween Kills, slated for a Friday, October 16, 2020 release, and Halloween Ends, which will hit theaters on Friday, October 15, 2021. 

Green will direct both sequels, which will be co-written by him, as well as actor and Halloween reboot co-writer Danny McBride.

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Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramount Pictures and director Tim Miller want to make one thing clear to Terminator fans: Like its direct predecessors The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the upcoming film Terminator: Dark Fate is R-rated.

Want proof? Just watch the film's behind-the-scenes featurette that was recently revealed at San Diego Comic-Con.

The sneak peek has interviews with Miller, returning star Linda Hamilton as well as producer and francise creator James Cameron, and no one is censoring themselves.

Miller is a notorious potty mouth -- he directed Deadpool, in all the comic character's F-bombing glory, after all -- but in the featurette, Hamilton describes the new movie's action by saying some bad words repeatedly.

What is printable is that the film is "grim, gritty, it's fast, it's...a white knuckle ride," Cameron teases. 

Hamilton adds, "The action is just 10 times bigger" than any other film in the series.

"It's f****** insane," Miller says plainly.

The movie ignores the events that took place in the Terminator movies Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and the infamous Genisys, and instead picks up decades after the events of 1991's T2, one of those rare movie sequels that many fans feel surpassed its original.

Dark Fate also stars Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Gabriel Luna as a next-generation killing machine, plus Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger, as an aging T-800 Terminator unit.

The movie opens November 1.

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WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. (NEW YORK) -- To say horror is in bestselling author/producer Joe Hill's DNA is literally true -- he's the son of Stephen King, after all -- but he's also a massive fan of the genre in his own right.

The author, whose adaptation of his book N0S4A2 is now a series on AMC, tells ABC Radio he can't wait for September 6, when It: Chapter 2 debuts.

The trailer for the anticipated film, based on Stephen King's classic horror novel, went viral nearly as soon as it was launched at San Diego's Comic Con Thursday afternoon.  No surprise, considering its 2017 predecessor was a huge blockbuster.

Joe Hill credits the level of interest in the sequel to the director of both movies.

"Andy Muschietti...makes films with terrific heart," he explains. "He does do scary films, horror films, but...even when his characters are in tremendous trouble, you sense how much he cares about much he loves those characters."

The sequel picks up 27 years after the events of the first, which saw the Losers Club of Derry, Maine successfully defeat Pennywise, the evil clown -- or, at least, that what they thought. The trailer shows the adult versions of the our heroes, this time around played James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader, among others -- tangling with Bill Skarsgård's demonic character once again.

Muschietti's care in representing the onscreen pals was key to the movie's success, King says.

"We don't associate feelings of warmth with horror, but he makes tremendously warm films where we...just love those people and and we wish the best for them -- and instead, usually, they have to face the worst."

He enthuses, "No one's no one's more excited for the next It film than I am."

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The first trailer for the big-screen version of CATS debuted Thursday, and reaction has been decidedly mixed. For everyone who loved seeing Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson turned into furry felines via CGI, there were others who saw the effect as downright creepy.

One of those in the "creepy" camp was Twitter user Ian Abramson, who mashed up the CATS trailer with the ominous and scary-sounding remix of Luniz' I Got 5 On It" that director Jordan Peele used in the trailer for his horror film Us.

Abramson's mashup was then retweeted by none other than Peele himself.

"I think it fits better," Abramson wrote.  "Yes," was Peele's simple endorsement.

CATS arrives in theaters on December 20.

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Courtesy of Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- In today's Season 11 premiere of Netflix's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Eddie Murphy takes a ride with Jerry Seinfeld, and tells him that he's finally returning to the stand-up stage.

Murphy, whose stand-up specials Delirious and Raw basically gave birth to the idea of a comic who could be as famous as a rock star, hasn't grabbed a mic in years.

He revealed to fellow stand-up vet Seinfeld that the late Don Rickles urged him to return and added, "I'm going to do it again. Everything just has to be right...You have to get up there and start working out."

"You have to hit the clubs," Jerry agreed, meaning the small comedy venues where they work out their material.

"You should buy the Comic Strip, and I'll come and work out there," Murphy joked, referring to the famous New York City club where the pair first appeared way back in the Reagan Era.

"If you want to do that, I'll do it. I'll call it 'Jerry Seinfeld's Comic Strip,'" Seinfeld laughed.

But Murphy's return won't come cheap.  TMZ reports that Netflix is negotiating with him for a standup special now, with a payday in the neighborhood of 70 million bucks.

Season 11 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee also features Seth Rogen, Jamie Foxx, Martin Short, two-time Seinfeld guest player Mario Joyner, returning passenger Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, and others.

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