“COMING 2 AMERICA” RETURNS
UNDATED (AP) – It’s the second coming of “Coming To America.” And this time it comes out during a pandemic – so it will be online, instead of in theaters, making its debut on Amazon Prime. But there’s still plenty of anticipation for the Eddie Murphy classic that came out 33 years ago. Joining Murphy in sequel is Arsenio Hall and several other members of the original cast. One of the trickier aspects of the reboot was tweaking the plot to reflect a more modern view of women in the (hash)MeToo movement. The remake sees Murphy’s character with three daughters, one of whom wants to be the heir to his throne in Zamunda.
AARP NAMES TOP MOVIES AND ACTORS
UNDATED (AP) – AARP is out with its list of top movies for the year. And keeping with the organization’s focus on films aimed at grownups, the choices skew toward the more mature set. The group’s top pick for the year is “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” directed by Lee Daniels. Other picks include Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and Regina King’s “One Night in Miami…” This year, AARP is recognizing TV shows and performances for the first time. The winner for best limited series is “The Queen’s Gambit.” Catherine O’Hara won the best actress prize for “Schitt’s Creek” and Mark Ruffalo won best actor for “I Know This Much is True.” Winners will be recognized in a virtual awards show to be broadcast on PBS on Mar. 28.
PARAMOUNT+ MAKES ITS DEBUT
NEW YORK (AP) – For those who’ve been clamoring for just one more big streaming service, here you go. Paramount+ is up and running, setting up shop as the last streaming option from a major media company. The service carries live sports and news, original shows like “Star Trek: Discovery” – and the entire ViacomCBS library. But analysts are wondering if viewers – especially those who have already signed up for other streams – will be willing to pay for Paramount+, which costs $4 more than its forerunner, CBS All Access.
POLICE: NO CRIMINAL PROBE OF JOURNALIST IN PRINCESS DIANA INTERVIEW
LONDON (AP) – British police say they won’t launch a criminal investigation into an interview conducted with Princess Diana in 1995. The interview was done by Martin Bashir – and there have been allegations by Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, that Bashir used illegal tactics to get Diana to agree to the sit-down. The Metropolitan Police force says after detectives “carefully assessed” the allegations. During the interview, Diana shocked viewers when she complained that “there were three of us in this marriage” – referring to Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles. Diana divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a Paris car crash the following year. In 2005, Charles married Camilla, who is now the Duchess of Cornwall.