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There Should Be a Sequel: 'Coming to America'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Throughout his life, Coming to America‘s Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) has had it all. The finest clothes, cuisine, and women were at his fingertips — but Akeem wanted something more.

At a pivotal moment in his young adult life, on the evening of his 21st birthday, Prince Akeem reaches a turning point. Tired of having it the easy way and wanting to make his own decisions in his romantic life, Akeem confronts his father, King Jaffe (James Earl Jones), tricking him into thinking he wants to go to the United States to sow his royal oats, when really, he wants to find love on his own terms. Traveling with servant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to America in search of a woman who would love and appreciate him for more than hus status, the pair reached the land of opportunity and hit the heart of the slums circa 1988 in Queens. They rent an apartment in Jamaica and pick up the day-to-day duties of regular Americans with full-time jobs at McDowell’s (not McDonald’s), all while Akeem searches for his soul mate.

That soul mate turns out to be Lisa (Shari Headley), the daughter of his boss Cleo McDowell, and the movie ends with the couple getting married and assuming the throne of Zamunda.

Fast-forward 25 years later, and what should the plot be of a sequel for this classic movie?
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Eddie Murphy tops Forbes list of most overpaid actors

Image Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Image Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

I bet Eddie Murphy would like to trade places with another actor right about now.

The Saturday Night Live alum tops Forbes‘ list of the year’s most overpaid actors again, followed by newcomer Katherine Heigl and Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock (say it isn’t so!). Murphy’s earning power has steadily declined since his string of ’80s hits, including Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop. His voice work in Shrek and Mulan and family-friendly roles in Norbit and Dr. Dolittle left him in good standing, but his recent films, Imagine That, A Thousand Words, Meet Dave, and Tower Heist, flopped at the box office. Forbes calculates that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office.

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Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan among stars paying tribute to Eddie Murphy

So many Goonie-Goo-Goos, so little time.

Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, and Russell Brand were among the throng of comedy nerds turned superstars who came out Saturday night to pay homage the man who gave the world Axel Foley, Gumby Dammit!, the Klumps, Jimmy “Thunder” Early, and on and on. Spike TV’s two-hour Eddie Murphy: One Night Only taped Saturday in Beverly Hills (it airs Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. on Spike), and if the carpet-length display of Murphy’s moniker in gold letters wasn’t enough to honor the man, the accolades inside certainly were. READ FULL STORY

If Ricky Gervais doesn't host the Golden Globes, who should?

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Ricky Gervais has made friends and enemies these past three years hosting the Golden Globe Awards, with his penchant for feisty, frisky barbs and tongue-in-cheek British wit, but who else could fill the comedian’s shoes as host of the most fun awards show of the season?

“As of now, there are currently no plans for Ricky to host,” a rep from Gervais’ agent William Morris tells EW.com. Following Tuesday’s announcement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that next year’s 70th annual Globes, airing live on NBC, will take place on Jan. 13, 2013, the field is open for an array of would-be hosts. Here are a few of our suggestions:
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