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Bill Cosby’s publicist dubbed Eddie Murphy as “Hollywood slave” after SNL joke

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Bill Cosby’s publicist unloaded on Eddie Murphy, 58, labeling him as a “Hollywood slave” following a skit where he poked fun at his client during the comedic veteran’s return to Saturday Night Live.

“If you would have told me 30 years ago that I would be this boring, stay-at-home… dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I wouldn’t have took that bet,” Murphy scoffed during the performance.

He then furthers the joke on Cosby, quipping: “Who is America’s Dad now?”

Amid receiving raving reviews by the SNL audience and critics, Cosby’s publicist Andrew Wyatt slammed Murphy in a vicious statement, calling the star out for playing a role in “the destruction of black men in Hollywood”.

“Mr. Cosby became the first black to win an Emmy for his role in I Spy, and Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the entertainment industry, so that blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell [sic], Kevin Hart and et al, could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come,” Wyatt cited.

“It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby. One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation so that he could make his own decisions, but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood slave.”

He continued: “Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of black men in Hollywood. Remember, Mr. Murphy, that Bill Cosby became legendary because he used comedy to humanize all races, religions, and genders; but your attacking Mr. Cosby helps you embark on just becoming clickbait.

“Hopefully, you will be amenable to having a meeting of the minds conversation, in order to discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance black people rather than bringing all of us down together.”

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Hollywood has a new love story, starring Tessa Thompson!

Tessa Thompson stars opposite Nnamdi Asomugha in writer-director Eugene Ashe‘s romantic Jazz Era film Sylvie’s Love, which made it’s World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020.

Set in ’50s and ’60s New York City, the story follows aspiring television producer Sylvie (Thompson) as she meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

“Sylvie’s Love” does not yet have U.S. distribution.

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Anne Hathaway on new Role in Netflix Original ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’

Academy award-winning actress Anne Hathaway joined director Dee Rees and co-stars Edi Gathegi, Rosie Perez, and Willem Dafoe for the red carpet premiere of “The Last Thing He Wanted” at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Adapted from the Joan Didion novel of the same title, the film is set against the nebulous milieu of the Iran-Contra scandal. Veteran D.C. journalist Elena McMahon played by Hathaway abandons the 1984 campaign trail out of a misguided sense of duty to her father.

“The Last Thing He Wanted” will debut on February 21 via Netflix

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Actress Kerry Washington takes a Seat at the Hollywood Producer Table

Golden Globe nominated actress set down for in-depth discussion “Women Breaking Barriers: How Far Have We Come?” at the SundanceTV Headquarters, moderated by HFPA member Elisabeth Sereda. Panelists also included Julie Taymor (Oscar nominated director), Frankie Shaw (Golden Globe nominated actress, producer, writer and director) and Lisa Jackson (filmmaker and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author).

Panelists discussed their thoughts on the best ways to continue pushing boundaries and creating positive change in the entertainment business. Having dominated the Hollywood big screen for over 20 years, Washington now has her eyes set on joining the ranks of elite producers. Take a look.

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