Eddie Murphy Art Buchwald and Coming to America

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Eddie Murphy Art Buchwald and Coming to America

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Eddie Murphy and Art Buchwald. How many people would use those two names in the same sentence during regular conversation?

As you all probably know, Art Buchwald died recently.

Well,

A few years ago, Art Buchwald sued Eddie Murphy et. al. (and won) charging that Coming to America was stolen from a movie idea created by Art Buchwald and a script Buchwald submitted to Paramount.

Coming to America is a 1988 comedy film directed by John Landis. The screenplay was written by David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein, and Eddie Murphy, based on an idea and an original script by Art Buchwald. Murphy joined James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall and Madge Sinclair in starring roles.

The film was the subject of the Buchwald v. Paramount lawsuit, filed by Art Buchwald in 1990 against the film's producers on the grounds that the film's idea was stolen from a 1982 script that Paramount had optioned from Buchwald. Buchwald won the lawsuit and was awarded damages. Facing a likely appeal, Buchwald later agreed to an out-of-court settlement with Paramount. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coming_to_America

I am obviously NOT a Hollywood Insider. However, based on what I've read about how The Movie Business/Entertainment Business works, there are certain things that are just NOT DONE PUBLICLY (i.e., Buchwald suing Paramount and T.R. Knight's Career Destroying Manuevers). The GOING LOGIC appears to be that there is just so much money to be made in Entertainment that you would have to be an idiot NOT to come to some kind of "private arrangement" with whoever you have some dispute with.

I just remembered this old story someone told about seeing Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz having a big fight on the set of one of their productions.

There can't be any human couple that has ever lived that could have been more talented than Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. I Love Lucy, The Untouchables AND Star Trek were all DesiLu productions. Desilu was sold to Paramount. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married but they eventually divorced each other.

Well, this person was describing a fight between Lucy and Desi. Now, there are certain assumptions you would make when someone is describing a fight between a regular married couple.

Lucy and Desi are having this big fight over a suitcase. Eventually, as the fight continues, the suitcase comes apart and it turns out that the suitcase was full of cash.