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“Blade” Reboot, “Lion King” Reigns, Another King “Coming to America”:Black Hollywood Wrap Up




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…

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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    NBA is fixed

    July 22, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Opinion: Masherla Ali is a terrific actor, but he will not do a better job than Wesley Snipes. Wesley is a martial arts experts which made the Blade movies more authentic. I don’t think Mr. Ali can accurately play the Blade role. We shall see in due time.

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    NBA is fixed

    July 22, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    In addition, a black actress name Lashana Lynch will play the new 007 agent in the upcoming James Bond movie. Thanks to the Black Panther movie (Over 1 billion dollars gross worldwide), movie studios nationwide are intentionally casting black actors and actresses in roles meant for white actors. Disney, Viacom/Paramount and other movie studios now realize that we love to spend money at the movies the same way we spend money on Nike, Indian hair, Mercedes and Popeyes Chicken. Hollywood is owned by white, but their number one mission is to make green!

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    Shawn J.

    July 22, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    The 1st Coming To America movie was/is great, I’m planning on seeing the sequel to the movie when it hits theaters next December! For sure!

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    marcus davis

    July 22, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Its about time they bought Blade back.Too bad it is’nt Wesley Snipes playing the role because the first two Blade movies were great the third one sucked ass though.But i’d like to think that Mahershala Ali will do the role justice.

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