Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Eddie Murphy accepts the lifetime achievement award at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Murphy will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame this month. The NAACP announced Thursday, March 11, 2021, that Murphy will be inducted during the March 27 ceremony, which will air on CBS. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)LOS ANGELES – Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of color. I’m very moved.”Murphy went on to send a message to Hall about his famous red leather suit from his 1983 stand-up special “Delirious.”“My red suit was not that tight Arsenio,” Murphy said. “I get a lot of cracks about that red suit.
Eddie Murphy stars in "Coming 2 America" 33 years after original hit film
Eddie Murphy stars in "Coming 2 America" 33 years after original hit film "Coming 2 America" is the long-awaited sequel to 1988's "Coming To America." Eddie Murphy, star of both films, talks movies and family with Gayle King.cbsnews.com
Eddie Murphy to be inducted into NAACP Hall of Fame
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Eddie Murphy accepts the lifetime achievement award at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Murphy will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame this month. The NAACP announced Thursday, March 11, 2021, that Murphy will be inducted during the March 27 ceremony, which will air on CBS. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)LOS ANGELES – Eddie Murphy will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame this month. The NAACP announced Thursday that Murphy will be inducted during the March 27 ceremony, which will air on CBS. The NAACP Image Awards honoring entertainers and writers of color will also simulcast on BET, MTV, VH1, MTV2, BET HER and LOGO.
33 years later, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall return to Zamunda
NEW YORK – When Eddie Murphy made the original “Coming to America,” he was, almost indisputably, the funniest man in America. “Now I take nothing for granted and appreciate everything.”Thirty-three years after “Coming to America,” Murphy and Hall have returned to Zamunda. At the barbershop, where Murphy and Hall also reprise their characters, the conversation bounces from Teslas to transgender people. Before making “Black Panther,” Murphy has said Ryan Coogler approached him about a “Coming to America” sequel. Ruth E. Carter designed the costumes of both “Black Panther” and “Coming 2 America.” Both were shot in Atlanta.
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, who played Deebo in 'Friday,' dies
FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister greets fans as he arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Straight Outta Compton" at the Microsoft Theater. Tommy Tiny Lister, a former wrestler who was known for his Deebo character in the Friday films, has died. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Tommy “Tiny” Lister, a former professional wrestler who was known for his bullying Deebo character in the “Friday” films, has died. His character was known for his infamous line “Get knocked out like your father used to.”“RIP Tiny “Deebo” Lister,” Ice Cube said Thursday night on Instagram. “WWE is saddened to learn that Tom “Tiny” Lister, known as Zeus to the WWE Universe, passed away today,” the WWE said in a tweet.
New this week: Selena series, 'Shameless' and Shawn Mendes
Because live shows aren’t really a thing in 2020, she’s launching a holiday TV special on Apple TV+ on Friday. “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” will includes a mix of musical performances and dancing with amination. — Shawn Mendes released his debut album in 2015 and he’s dropping his fourth effort Friday. Along with the album is the Netflix documentary called “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder,” which is available for streaming and follows Mendes’ rise and journey over the last few years. — Christmas came early when Carrie Underwood released her first holiday album in September, and on Thursday she’ll debut a musical TV special to accompany the album.
'Coming 2 America' to launch on Amazon Prime in March
“Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy, has landed on a date to come to audiences. The film which reunites Murphy and Arsenio Hall will debut on Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021, Amazon Studios said Friday. Originally a Paramount Pictures theatrical release, the studio sold the film to the streamer last month but had yet to finalize a date. “Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos will also be reprising their roles alongside new additions like Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan and KiKi Layne.
'Saturday Night Live' has best season opener since 2016
“Saturday Night Live” scored its biggest season premiere audience in four years and second best in 12 years, emphasizing the importance of presidential election time for the NBC comedy show. During a busy week for news and sports, “Saturday Night Live” was the most-watched entertainment show, despite starting at 11:35 p.m. on the East Coast, the Nielsen company said. With 8.24 million viewers, it was the second most-watched “SNL” episode since May 2017, with the exception being last December's triumphant return of Eddie Murphy. “We needed ‘Saturday Night Live’ to rise to the occasion for this moment, and it didn't,” agreed Eric Deggans, critic for National Public Radio. “Debate Analysis,” NBC, 6.94 million.
Oops, says Emmy: 'This Is Us' actor gets award after mix-up
(The Television Academy via AP)LOS ANGELES – In a virtual Emmys version of the wrong-winner Oscars gaffe, Ron Cephas Jones’ guest actor award for “This Is Us” was announced for another nominee, Jason Bateman. In a voice-over announcement, Bateman was declared the winner for his guest appearance on HBO's “The Outsider,” while the screen displayed Jones' name. He expressed delight when learning that the pair made Emmy history as the first father and daughter to win in the same year. More than 100 cameras are being deployed to nominees at home and elsewhere so winners can accept their award in real time. Other winners Saturday included Eddie Murphy, whose return to “Saturday Night Live” after more than three decades earned the star his first Emmy Award, for guest comedy series actor.
Eddie Murphy takes a swipe at Bill Cosby in his return to "Saturday Night Live"
Eddie Murphy returned to Saturday Night Live after a 35 year absence on Saturday and decided to take a swipe at Bill Cosby during his opening monologue. Remember, Mr. Murphy, that Bill Cosby became legendary because he used comedy to humanize all races, religions and genders; but your attacking Mr. Cosby helps you embark on just becoming click bait. "I've been a big fan of Bill Cosby all my life. "It's horrible," Murphy told The Washington Post. You're hurting him.cbsnews.com
Dave Chappelle accepts Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dave Chappelle accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday. The award is considered the highest accolade in comedy and recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in the vein of 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, or pseudonym, Mark Twain. Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy said in a video tribute Chappelle is the type of person who is "so much smarter than everyone." "Dave is one of the most, maybe the most, intellectual comedian ever," Murphy said. Previous recipients of the Mark Twain award include Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Bill Murray, David Letterman, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Eddie Murphy plans return to standup comedy
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Eddie Murphy has multiple upcoming projects and a standup tour sounds like one of them. "Next year I am going to tour, do some standup," Murphy revealed while speaking on the "Present Company with Krista Smith" Netflix podcast. No dates, no cites, no official tour announced, but he will be on stage working out material for a potential comedy special with Netflix. Murphy's 1987 comedy special "Raw" earned more that $50 million. In 2011, Murphy said he had no interest in making family movies any more, and basically disappeared from public eye.
'SNL' announces Eddie Murphy, Phoebe Waller-Bridge will host
New faces include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the Emmy-nominated star and creator of Amazon's "Fleabag," and David Harbour, who is known for roles such as Netflix's "Stranger Things" and the upcoming Marvel film "Black Widow." She will host the October 5 episode, featuring musical guest Taylor Swift. "SNL" kicks off what will be its 45th season on September 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish. Kristen Stewart will host the November 2 episode, with a musical guest who has yet to be announced. The "SNL" lineup so far:Sept. 28 -- host Woody Harrelson / musical guest Billie EilishOct. 5 -- host Phoebe Waller-Bridge / musical guest Taylor SwiftOct. 12 -- host David Harbour / musical guest Camila CabelloNov. 2 -- host Kristen Stewart / musical guest TBADec. 21 -- host Eddie Murphy / musical guest TBAThe-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Arsenio Hall confirms he'll be in 'Coming to America' sequel
- The Prince of Zamunda will not be alone in the "Coming to America" sequel. Actor and comedian Arsenio Hall tweeted on Monday that he'd be in the sequel to the 1988 film with Eddie Murphy. Hall played Semmi, the sidekick to Murphy's Prince Akeem. In the original, African Prince Akeem comes to Queens, New York, to avoid an arranged marriage. The as-yet untitled "Coming to America" sequel is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7, 2020.
Eddie Murphy refused to play Bill Cosby on "SNL"
Eddie Murphy refused to play Bill Cosby on "SNL" Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Norm MacDonald said Eddie Murphy wouldn't play the scandal-plagued comedian during the show's 40th anniversary special. CBSN's Nancy Cordes and Elaine Quijano have more on what happened behind the scenes.cbsnews.com