Over the weekend, we came across an article revealing some of the behind-the-scenes secrets from classic 80s flick Coming to America on www.madamenoire.com over the weekend, and it made for a very interesting read.
If you are interested in finding out ‘who was originally in line to play the parts of King Jaffe Joffe or Prince Akeem’s (Eddie Murphy) love interest Lisa McDowell?’ Or, ‘why Eddie Murphy and the film’s director John Landis didn’t get on?’ And, ‘which former TV talent show judge choreographed the now iconic opening dance scene?’ Then this article tells you all that and more!
I (Ed) am a bit of a vacuum cleaner of random general knowledge and facts when it comes to the world of entertainment, and I love ‘sucking up’ little tidbits that I never knew before, so this really fed my appetite! I hope it does the same for you too. Get into it by clicking this link, then don’t forget to come back and let us know what you think in the comment section below…
I read this week that Eddie Murphy is to be honored as the first recipient of the inaugural ‘Comedy Icon Award’ at ‘The Comedy Awards,’ the first-ever multi-network, multi-platform, annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy’, which is being put on by MTV Networks.
I can’t believe that Toni Braxton has been in the music industry now for nearly 20 years! My, how time flies. I still remember her first single Breathe Again, and the short do she sported in the video. Short hair was to become her signature look in her early career and it suited her. Signed to LaFace Records in 1993, Toni certainly benefited from having legendary award-winning songwriting/music-making duo Babyface and L.A Reid executive producing her debut album. And gems featured on the set included aforementioned Breathe Again, Another Sad Love Song and How Many Ways.
So Michael J Fox…. Love him! Always have. Always will. He was the actor I loved most growing up and I had to watch every film and TV show he was in. To say I was heartbroken when I first heard he had Parkinsons Disease back in 1998, is an understatement. But then I read his autobiography Lucky Man, and realised that he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself, in fact the complete opposite, and I loved him even more.
Today (1st April, 2010) is the 26th anniversary of the death of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Coincidentally it is also the day before his birthday. He would have been 71 years old tomorrow.
He may not have released a decent movie in a minute, and shamefully tried to shirk his fatherly duties when he knocked up a Spice Girl (that still seems so unreal of a situation to me, even a coupla years down the line), but for me Eddie Murphy will always be first and foremost one of the funniest to have ever done it. And when I say ‘done it’, I don’t mean impregnate a Spice Girl, I mean ‘funny-ass comedy’.