by Ms. Black Hollywood
Mahershala Ali Suits Up For “Blade” Reboot Fans on Twitter call it “perfect casting”, “impeccable casting” and the “best casting ever”.–Who are we to argue? At the Comic-Con San Diego panel, Marvel announced that “Moonlight” & “Luke Cage” star Mahershala Ali is the new “Blade”. Ali took center stage and sent the crowd into a frenzy when he donned a cap with the word Blade emblazoned on the front…
— Ryan Gajewski (@_RyanGajewski) July 21, 2019
Ali is reprising the title role of the day walking vampire who gives other vampires nightmares as he hunts them down. In the original 1998 franchise, actor Wesley Snipes played “Blade” in a role that earned him critical acclaim and two sequel films. No word from Marvel on the exact date we can expect to see “Blade” the reboot in theaters.
“Lion King” Ruling the Box Office Opening Weekend Take a beloved children’s classic, add iconic stars like Beyonce, Danny Glover(aka Childish Gambino) and Seth Rogan and you destined to have a hit. That’s the story of Disney’s opening weekend of the “Lion King” remake. The NYT is calling the live-action remake “Disney’s Latest Box-Office Smash” after the movie raked in $185 million opening weekend. That lands the children story running with pride alongside other behemoth films like “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avatar” which also had huge openings. Fans may love the retelling of a classic story, but critics aren’t loving it. On movie site Rotten Tomatoes, “The Lion King” has a 55% rating and many critics panned the movie saying it’s a word for word remake of the original. The other biggest criticisms- the special effects aren’t all that special since there are no “discernible facial expressions” on the characters and not enough “Beyonce” since her Nala character doesn’t get a lot of screen time. But even all those criticisms weren’t enough when pitted against nostalgia. “The Lion King” is playing in theaters nationwide.
“Coming To America” Is Coming To America AGAIN! The year of the reboot wouldn’t be complete with the original cast all returning for “Coming to America 2”. Actor/comedian Eddie Murphy was already rumored to be on board as well as veteran actor James Earl Jones. The last one to the reunion party is actor/comedian/talk show host Arsenio Hall who “has officially closed his deal” according to entertainment news site Shadow and Act. Murphy is reprising his role from the 1998 original as Prince Akeem of the Royal Family of Zamunda. Back then Prince Akeem was coming to America to find a wife, in the sequel, he will be coming to America to help family members discovered their royal ancestry and find their true paths to greatness. “Coming to America 2” is written by Kenya Barris of “black-ish” and “Girls Trip” fame. Expect to join Eddie and Arsenio on their journey to this new America when films hit theaters in December 2020.
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