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Ruth E. Carter Explains How Zamunda Costumes Will Change For Coming To America 2

April 14, 2019 2:37pm

After winning an Oscar for her costumes on the ..

After winning an Oscar for her costumes on the Ryan Coogler blockbuster Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter is carefully stitching together a plan for her next assignment — bringing the wardrobe to life for Coming to America 2.

Last week, Carter posted pictures on Instagram with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, confirming shell be dressing the cast of the forthcoming Coming to America sequel.

At a gala Saturday night in Los Angeles, hosted by the Black Design Collective, Carter said shes in the early stages of mapping out the costumes for the Craig Brewer-directed film.

“Im excited about it,” she said. “Im reunited with Eddie Murphy. Weve done several projects together.”

John Landis directed the original film, and his wife Deborah Nadoolman Landis designed the costumes for the 1988 comedy, earning an Oscar nomination for her work on the clothes for the fictional African country of Zamunda.

Yet, even after winning an Oscar, Carter said she doesnt want to disappoint Coming to America fans.

“Its big shoes to step in. Thats an iconic film,” she noted. “Were going to continue Zamunda. Were not trying to change the look, but we are going to modernize some things to show the new generation.”

(L-R) Black Design Collective founders TJ Walker, Kevan Hall, Angela Dead pose with Ruth E. Carter. (Credit: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

(L-R) Black Design Collective founders TJ Walker, Kevan Hall, Angela Dean pose with Ruth E. Carter. (Credit: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

The costumer has worked on dozens of films, including Malcolm X, Selma, Amistad and Do the Right Thing, just to name a few. She was honored during Saturdays gala, for becoming the first African-American to take home an Academy Award in the Costume Design category.

Los Angeles-based red carpet designer Kevan Hall is one of the founders of the newly created collective.

Hall and fellow designers Angela Dean, and TJ Walker started the organization to promote and support the work of black fashion designers and costumers, as well as to raise money for students at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown L.A. They handed out a $10,000 scholarship at the event.

“We just saw a need for there to be an opportunity to help young designers find their way,” Hall explained. “We wanted to be able to give back.”

Ruth E. Carter, Black Design Collective Honoree and Academy Award Winning Costume Designer for “Black Panther” and Gabrielle Union attend the Black Design Collectives 1st Annual Scholarship Tribute, honoring Ruth E. Carter, at FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

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Mark Medoff Dies: Oscar-Nominated Children Of A Lesser God Writer Was 79

Mark Medoff, who won a Tony Award for writing Children of a Lesser God and earned an Oscar nom for i..

Mark Medoff, who won a Tony Award for writing Children of a Lesser God and earned an Oscar nom for its movie adaptation, died Tuesday at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, NM. He was 79.

Children of a Lesser God won the 1980 Tony for Best Play and ran for more than two years and 880 performances at Broadways Longacre Theatre. The show about a hearing speech teacher at a school for the deaf who falls for a deaf custodian was turned into a 1986 feature directed by Randa Haines. The film starred William Hurt and Marlee Matlin, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the role. Hurt and supporting actress Piper Laurie also scored Oscar noms, and the film was up for Best Picture but lost to Platoon.

Children of a Lesser God, 1986

A revival of Children of a Lesser God played on the Main Stem for six weeks last year. Medoff also penned Prymate, which had a brief Broadway run in 2004.

Medoffs other feature writing credits include The Outright Winner (2016), City of Joy (1992), Claras Heart (1988), Good Guys Wear Black (1978) and the 1979 adaptation of When You Comin Back, Red Ryder? — which was based on his play that won him the 1974 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding New Playwright.

Born on March 18, 1940, in Mount Carmel, IL, Medoff also had roles in more than a half-dozen films, including his penned pics Claras Heart, Red Ryder? and Santa Fe (1997). He also produced a handful of features.

His final film is Walking with Herb, a faith-based drama starring Edward James Olmos, George Lopez and Mary McDonnell. Medoff wroRead More – Source

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Angela Bassett Joins Lena Headey & Karen Gillan In Gunpowder Milkshake

EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett has signed on to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thr..

EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett has signed on to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thriller from Studiocanal and The Picture Company. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are directing the film from a script that they wrote with Ehud Lavski. Bassett, whose recent credits include the smash hit Black Panther, Bumblebee, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout, is joining previously announced stars Lena Headey and Avengers: Endgames Karen Gillan.

The pic is said to be a high-concept female-centric assassin thriller that spans multiple generations. Angela will play Anna May, one of the unassuming leaders of a massive armory.

The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce through their overall deal with Studiocanal.

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Angela Bassett Joins Lena Headey & Karen Gillan In Gunpowder Milkshake

EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett has signed on to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thr..

EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett has signed on to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thriller from Studiocanal and The Picture Company. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are directing the film from a script that they wrote with Ehud Lavski. Bassett, whose recent credits include the smash hit Black Panther, Bumblebee, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout, is joining previously announced stars Lena Headey and Avengers: Endgames Karen Gillan.

The pic is said to be a high-concept female-centric assassin thriller that spans multiple generations. Angela will play Anna May, one of the unassuming leaders of a massive armory.

The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce through their overall deal with Studiocanal.

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