Coming to America 2: Eddie Murphy Back, Empire Director to Helm

A sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Coming to America is officially in the works, with Eddie Murphy set to reprise his role as Akeem and Craig Brewer (Empire, Hustle & Flow) poised to direct.

Reported by Deadline, Paramount Pictures, the studio responsible for the original film, is looking to feature much of the original cast in the film, which includes Arsenio Hall as Akeem’s aide Semmi, Shari Headley as Akeem’s love interest Lisa McDowell, John Amos as her father Cleo McDowell, and James Earl Jones as Akeem’s father Jaffe Joffer, king of Zamunda.

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Inside Eddie Murphy’s Rollercoaster Love Life: From Dating a Spice Girl to Baby No. 10

At 57, Eddie Murphy is set to soon become a father of 10 with his girlfriend Paige Butcher expecting her second child in December.

Since Murphy broke through on the comedy scene in the 1980s, he’s been connected to multiple women and fostered a large, loving family.

In the wake of his latest baby news, here’s a look back on his romantic connections over the decades.

Mid-1980s
Murphy meets Whitney Houston and the two had a quiet romance. “I watched them once at a party,” family friend and employee Ellen White told PEOPLE. “Eddie came in, cameras were flashing and they just looked at each other and talked and laughed like they were the only two people in the room.”

1988He meets future wife Nicole Mitchell.

1989
The Oscar nominee is connected to Paulette McNeely and they welcome Murphy’s oldest son Eric, now 29, in July of that year. Murphy’s oldest daughter and first child with Mitchell, Bria, is born in November of that year.

1990
In November, Murphy’s girlfriend Tamara Hood gives birth to his son Christian, now 27.

1993
Murphy and Mitchell tie the knot in January and welcome Myles, now 25, in November.

1994
Their daughter Shayne Audra, 23, is born in October.

1997
The former Saturday Night Live cast member gets stopped by police at 4:45am after picking up a transvestite prostitute, born a male but identifying as a female, at a homosexual prostitution spot in West Hollywood. Police found that no illegal activity occurred on Murphy’s end, but the sex worker was picked up on an outstanding prostitution warrant. Murphy later claimed he was just giving her a ride home.

1999–2002
Murphy and his wife stay together and go on to have two more kids, daughters Zola Ivy, 18, and Bella Zahra, 16.

2006
Murphy announces he and Nicole are divorcing. “The welfare of our children is our main concern and their best interest is our first priority,” he said in a statement issued by his rep, Paul Bloc.

After the breakup, Murphy starts seeing former Spice Girl Melanie Brown and businesswoman Tracey Edmonds.

2007
Brown and the comedian welcome a daughter together, Angel Iris, now 11. Murphy publicly questioned Angel’s paternity, but a DNA test proved he is in fact her dad.

2008
Murphy marries Edmonds — who has two kids with ex-husband Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds — in a nonlegally binding ceremony on a private French Polynesian island on New Year’s Day, only to split up two weeks later. Sources suggested at the time that Edmonds didn’t get along with Murphy’s mom Lillian Lynch, and that the TV personality didn’t want to take the Daddy Day Care star’s last name.

2010
Murphy is spotted out with actress Maya Gilbert.

2012
Amid rumors that he’s dating Toni Braxton, Murphy tells Access Hollywood they’re “just friends.” Murphy is then linked with Australian model Butcher, who is 19 years his junior.

2016
Butcher gives birth to their first child together, Izzy Oona, in May.

2018
After being seen out in Los Angeles numerous times over the summer with a baby bump, a rep for Murphy confirms on Aug. 27 that Butcher, 39, and Murphy are expecting their second baby, his 10th, in December.


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Eddie Murphy Nails Bill Cosby Joke In Rare Stand-Up Set

Eddie Murphy delivered a rare stand-up set with the very thing he didn’t want to do a few months ago: a Bill Cosby joke. 

Murphy received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Sunday night, where he took to the stage for his first stand-up performance in 28 years. Back in February, we learned via a tweet from former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm Macdonald that Murphy had declined to portray Cosby on the “SNL” 40th anniversary special, not wanting to “kick a man when he is down.”

But Murphy wasn’t holding back on Sunday. “Bill has one of these,” the Oscar-nominated comedian joked, referring to the Mark Twain bust that honorees receive. “Did you all make him give it back?” (Several universities have revoked Cosby’s honorary degrees in the wake of his numerous sexual abuse allegations.) 

Murphy then morphed into Cosby’s sing-songy lilt, saying, “I would like to talk to some of the people who feel that I should give back some of my motherf**king trophies.” Continuing in his best “Pudding Pop” voice, a callback to his Cosby impression from his famous 1987 stand-up film ”Raw,” Murphy reportedly said, ”You may have heard recently that I allegedly put the pill in the people’s stomach … If I ever see or meet this Hannibal Buress in person, I am going to try and kill this man!”

Days earlier, Murphy had explained his decision not to do Cosby at the “SNL” anniversary tribute: ”There’s nothing funny about it,” he told The Washington Post. “If you get up there and you crack jokes about him, you’re just hurting people.” But Arsenio Hall, who was at Sunday’s celebration, told the Post that Murphy discussed the potential Mark Twain bit with him and Chris Rock, eventually changing his tune. “[Murphy] said, ‘Because Cosby gonna get sick of this soon, he’s gonna get sick of people hating, and eventually he’s gonna have to say something,’” Hall said of Murphy’s decision. “And we were like, ‘That is funny, man. Are you willing?’”

You can see a snippet of the set around the 2:25 mark in this video from The Associated Press. A full broadcast of the event airs Nov. 23 on PBS. 

 

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Eddie Murphy Explains Why He Wouldn’t Portray Bill Cosby On ‘SNL’ Special

Eddie Murphy says he chose not to reprise his famous impression of Bill Cosby on the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special because he didn’t want to joke about the embattled comedian’s sexual assault scandal.

“It’s horrible,” Murphy told The Washington Post in a lengthy interview published Tuesday. “There’s nothing funny about it. If you get up there and you crack jokes about him, you’re just hurting people. You’re hurting him. You’re hurting his accusers. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m coming back to SNL for the anniversary, I’m not turning my moment on the show into this other thing.'”

Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women.

Murphy, a former “SNL” cast member, almost appeared in the sketch before changing his mind and deciding to simply give a brief speech instead. He told The Post he “totally understood” why “SNL” wanted to do the bit, which ended up starring current cast member Kenan Thompson as Cosby. 

“It was the biggest thing in the news at the time,” Murphy said. “I can see why they thought it would be funny, and the sketch that Norm [Macdonald] wrote was hysterical.”

After the airing of the February special, Macdonald explained in a series of tweets that Murphy declined to play Cosby because “he will not kick a man when he is down.” In response, Cosby released a statement thanking Murphy for his decision. 

“I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,” a Cosby spokesperson said.

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Sneak Peek! See Exactly How to Style Eddie Borgo’s DIY-Inspired Jewelry Collection for Target

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Eddie Borgo’s mother just made your summer.

The jeweler of choice for the style set (think Poppy Delevingne, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Tabitha Simmons) is set to launch the Eddie Borgo for Target jewelry collection on July 12.

The collection was inspired by—you guessed it—his mom, whose love for all things crafts spurred Borgo to create a line that can be fully customized.

“We wanted to isolate different components of DIY and bring it into a modern context for today,” Borgo told Glamour on an exclusive studio visit to preview the entire collection, which includes customizable necklaces, earrings, belts, bags, and even a dream catcher. Borgo looked to his mom’s robust collection of ’60s and ’70s crafting books, such as Native Funk & Flash, a roundup of ’70s-era artisans of macramé, patchwork, and other crafts. “My mom’s very creative about her own personal style, added Borgo. “Being an individual was something she always promoted in her house.” (Right on!)

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First you buy a base to build on.

For bracelets, choose a simple gold cuff ($ 20) and loop on some beads ($ 17 per pack). You can also go for a perforated silicone strap ($ 15) and pop in studs of malachite, rose quartz, or halite. Add on charms of pyrite or amethyst (all real stones, by the way) for dimension ($ 8-$ 30).

For a necklace, try a wire choker as your base ($ 30) and hang a multitude of charms on it, such as a stained-glass feather or a “totem”—a pillar-like charm made of zigzagging beads (trust us, it’s amazing).

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the options, you can opt for a ready-made bracelet or necklace ($ 15 to $ 33). There are also earring kits ($ 17) that offer multiple options that are perfect for mixing and matching.

And the collection extends beyond jewelry! You can start with festival-ready pochettes and skinny belts as a base, then hang charms from them ($ 20 to $ 45).

“It’s the perfect summertime project to do with your friends. It’s like summer camp,” says Borgo. “I’m really interested to see how people do theirs.” Here are some ideas straight from the designer on how to style yours:

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Mix and match your earrings: “Girls don’t really wear earrings in pairs anymore,” said Borgo. “So [the collection] is really designed with that in mind, if you want a hoop and a stud, or a hanging earring.”

The Look: stud earrings (part of kit), $ 20; feather clip-on charm worn as earring, $ 10.

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Turquoise and pale pink will flatter any skin tone: Incorporate either (or both!) to add color to a basic outfit.

The Look: cuff, $ 20; beads, $ 17; Bag, $ 20; totem, $ 17; silicone bracelet, $ 15; assorted charms sold separately.

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The untraditional pieces are more versatile than you think: A metallic skinny belt ($ 25) might not telegraph “wardrobe basic,” but trust us, it’s worth buying—especially if you add jewels and charms. Similarly, we recommend hanging a long pendant off one of the collar necklaces for a surprisingly stylish look.

The Look: necklace, $ 30; belt, $ 25; cuffs, $ 20; charms, $ 8.

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More is more when it comes to evening dressing: While one or two bracelets might work for day, add a third one to create a bold look for a night out. The mesh necklace is great for work, but add some pyrite charms for more attention-getting detail.

The Look: necklace, $ 33; charms, $ 30; wristlet, $ 25; cuff, $ 20; beads, $ 17.

The Eddie Borgo for Target collection launches July 12 at select Target stores and Target.com.





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Eddie Murphy Apparently Declined Offer To Play Bill Cosby On ‘SNL 40’

Eddie Murphy’s first appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in 30 years was awkward and stilted, but according to Norm Macdonald, it could have been a whole lot different. Over the course of several tweets posted on Wednesday, Macdonald explained that there was, at one point, the idea to include Murphy in the “SNL 40” version of “Celebrity Jeopardy” as Bill Cosby.

As Macdonald wrote, he was disappointed “Celebrity Jeopardy” had become about celebrity impressions for the “SNL 40” special. But writer Steve Higgins thought having Murphy mimic Cosby would help tie it all together. Wrote Macdonald:


Macdonald relayed a bunch of other anecdotes about the week, including that Bill Murray almost didn’t make the show because of a golf tournament, before finishing out the Murphy story:


Without Murphy’s involvement, the sketch wound up happening with Kenan Thompson in the role of Cosby.

Murphy and Cosby memorably crossed paths before. During the 1987 concert film “Raw,” Murphy recalled how Cosby chastised him about using foul language in his stand-up routine.

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Life on the Funny Side: A Conversation With Eddie Sarfaty

Eddie Sarfaty is a comic, author, teacher and TV producer in the making. His 2009 book of autobiographical essays, Mental: Funny in the Head, was a critical success. Sarfaty, known for his acerbic wit and cultural insights, will perform in Eddie Sarfaty’s F&%king Show! Saturday, Nov. 2, at New York’s Metropolitan Room beginning at 7 p.m. Here he talks about his journey to becoming a comic, who makes him laugh and how he handles remarks about his hot good looks.

Tracey J. Smith: How did you get started in comedy?

Eddie Sarfaty: I thought I wanted to be an actor when I was a kid, but when I was a theater major in college, I discovered that I didn’t like acting as much as I thought I did. I liked being in a show and being creative, but I didn’t really love the nuts and bolts of everything. While studying at the National Theater Institute, I was telling a story, and this woman in my class said, “You should be a stand-up comic.” That’s the first time I thought of it, but it took me years before I ever got the nerve to do it.

Smith: How did you get the nerve to finally do it?

Sarfaty: I took a class at The New School that was taught by a comic. He took everyone to the Comic Strip on a night when he was hosting and stuck each of us up there for three minutes between the booked acts. I was so glad to have done it, but I didn’t do it again for a year. Then, about 2001, I said, “I have to see if I can make this work.” I didn’t want to regret, when I was 70, that I didn’t try.

Smith: I read online that you were part of a comedy trio for some time.

Sarfaty: There’s a group called Funny Gay Males, headed by three guys, Bob Smith, Danny McWilliams and Jaffe Cohen, who, in the early ’90s, were the only out comics in New York. This was during the height of the AIDS crisis, and club owners were like, “I think you’re funny, but I don’t know if my audience would go for that.” They put together a show called Funny Gay Males, which was supposed to run for just a couple of weekends at the Duplex, but they ended up doing it for three years. In 2001 I got a call to work in Provincetown, Mass., for the summer and ended up working with them for a time.

Smith: How did you find your voice as a comic?

Sarfaty: It just sort of happened. The fact that I’m gay, Jewish and grew up in New York influences it. I think it’s smart, good-natured sarcasm. There’s some silliness to it. I’d like to think that it’s got emotional resonance. I don’t really approach it from a certain point of view; anything that’s funny will go in my act. People may say, “Oh, there’s that gay Jewish guy,” but I’m more worried about being myself.

Smith: How did your book deal come about?

Sarfaty: It was one of those in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time stories. I was at a party and introduced myself to a guy standing next to me at the bar. He said, “Oh, I know you. You’re that comic. My partner and I have seen you perform in Provincetown several times. You’re really funny.” And I said, “Thanks. I’m so glad you enjoyed my show. What do you do?” He said, “I’m the editor-in-chief at Kensington Publishing.” I had just gotten my first story published and told him that I was thinking of writing some others, and he told me to send them to him. A week or two later he called me and said he wanted to publish them.

Smith: Would you do another book?

Sarfaty: Right now I’m working on a novel, but it’s not comic at all. It’s actually kind of dark and twisted. It’s not science fiction or fantasy, but the characters are odd, interesting people. That’s really been fun. Not sure if it’s the best move for my comedy career, but we’ll see.

Smith: How do you market yourself?

Sarfaty: I partner with a lot of different nonprofit groups, everything from AIDS organizations to youth at-risk groups, social and professional organizations. Stand-up is easy to produce, and you can make it work in a restaurant, bar, church, lecture hall, wherever. I can say to anyone who’s having any kind of event, “Hey, why don’t you have comedy?”

Smith: What makes a good comic?

Sarfaty: I think all good comics have had some kind of profound experience of being an outsider. If you look at who’s interesting, funny and smart, they’re all either black, Jewish, gay, a woman, fat or funny-looking There are not a whole lot of straight, white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant men who are just hilarious! I love people whose voices are original, like Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and Susie Essman. I learned a lot by watching old Henny Youngman, Burns and Allen, and Stiller and Meara footage. I admire people like Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller, who were the first women out there, when no one wanted them. Judy Gold makes me howl, and I’ve learned a lot from watching her.

Smith: What is the most challenging part of being a comic?

Sarfaty: Well, there’s the erratic hours and income, the desperate need for approval, the solitary torture of trying to write jokes. There have times when it’s been great, and times when it’s been not-so-great. Now I’m engaged to someone who is totally supportive. He’s been wonderful and given me the ability to focus more on it. The biggest thing for me has been the struggle to believe in myself. It took me a long time to get the courage to do this, and I still have doubts, but that helps me too, because I can make fun of myself and not crumble under my insecurities.

Smith: How do you respond to remarks about your good looks?

Sarfaty: It’s sort of weird talking about that, because you never think you look as good as other people do. I was a chubby kid, and I’ve always struggled with my weight. I usually laugh off those remarks, or “throw them away,” as my partner calls it.

Smith: How do you handle hecklers?

Sarfaty: If someone is interrupting your show, you ignore them the first and second time. If they keep doing it, then you go after them, because by that time the audience is pissed-off at them too. Sometimes I’ll just look at people and say, “You do realize this is not a conversation?”

Smith: And how do you address a joke that bombs?

Sarfaty: You laugh it off. You know, if you’re doing a joke about mousetraps and it doesn’t go over well, you say, “Well, not a mousetrap crowd.” If a joke bombs, it’s fine, because the audience is OK with you being human. There’s a certain amount of appreciation about how hard it is up there.

Smith: What is your ideal career in comedy?

Sarfaty: I don’t have a specific end-goal. I started doing comedy. I wrote a book. My friend Bob and I just finished a screenplay and pitched this reality show idea. I’m teaching. All these things are going on, and I like the variety of it. Would I like to be the new host of The Tonight Show? Sure, that’d be swell. But I don’t want to get full of anxiety because certain things aren’t happening. I want to go to work today and enjoy what I’m doing.

Smith: Do you feel successful?

Sarfaty: I do feel successful. It’s really amazing to me that people take time and pay money to watch me complain for one or two hours.

Smith: What do you want your legacy to be as a comic?

Sarfaty: The thing that interests me most is the emotional connection. I love when people say, “I was in a really bad mood, and my friends brought me to see you, and we had such a good time,” or getting an email that says, “Your book made me laugh.” For people to think that I’m good at what I do, and that I connected with or touched them, is important to me. Am I going to touch millions? Maybe.

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