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‘Coming 2 America’ to premiere at Queens drive-in, not in theaters

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This flick isn’t coming to movie theaters anytime soon, but it is coming to a field in Queens.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Coming 2 America” — the highly anticipated sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 cult classic “Coming to America” — will not premiere in theaters. It instead will be released exclusively to Amazon Prime Video and, for one night only, will screen to 200 cars at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 

“‘Coming to America’ is the quintessential, iconic Queens film, and we are beyond thrilled to host one of the only screenings of its sequel, ‘Coming 2 America,’ right here in the film’s backyard,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. in a press release. The new film again stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, as well as Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones and Wesley Snipes.

The 6:30 p.m. March 5 screening coincides with the flick’s video release and will feature free food, Amazon Studios merch and an introduction by Richards. Tickets are free with RSVP but have already sold out. 

Eddie Murphy in “Coming 2 America.”

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Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in “Coming 2 America.”

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The film kicks off the second season of programming for Queens Drive-In, a collaboration between nonprofit Rooftop Films and Queens’ Museum of the Moving Image and the New York Hall of Science. The drive-in, one of many that materialized amidst the ongoing pandemic, hosted more than 80 sold-out COVID-safe events last fall and summer, including a number of world premieres. (Indeed, amid a dearth of other safe live entertainment options, NYC’s drive-ins became the hottest ticket in town during the pandemic.)

Programming for this season currently extends through April and includes screenings of “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “The Shining” and an assortment of themed double features, including “Thelma & Louise,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Magic Mike XXL.” Tickets start at $35 per car (which can contain up to five passengers), with discounts available for members of the affiliated organizations.

Queens Drive-In at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York City

The Queens Drive-In has announced a second season of programming.

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FEATURES: Queens Drive-In, handout art for Coming 2 America screening

From the Queens Drive-In’s first season of programming.

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Joe Buck will take a turn as ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host

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Joe Buck will take a turn as 'Jeopardy!' guest host

Joe Buck will be a guest host on “Jeopardy!” putting him in contention for the coveted permanent job, The Post has learned.

Buck’s episodes are expected to air at some point in the mid-summer, according to sources. Guest hosts have done one- or two-week stints. No word yet on how long Buck will be on.

The tryout will not impact Buck’s schedule as the voice of MLB and the NFL on Fox.

Buck will join a group of guest hosts who have vied to replace the late Alex Trebek. He will be the second from the world of sports.

Over the past two weeks, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hosted the program. Before Rodgers, the host list included Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ken Jennings and the longtime executive producer of the program, Mike Richards.

Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker, Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are all on the schedule, as well.

Buck, 51, has been the voice of the World Series for Fox since the 1996 Yankees were winning the World Series. He has called Fox’s top NFL game since 2002.

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‘Borat’ star Maria Bakalova’s secret plan to sneak into White House

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'Borat' star Maria Bakalova's secret plan to sneak into White House

She gave herself a leg to stand on.

Maria Bakalova, a best supporting actress nominee at Oscars 2021, devised a special contingency measure in case she was busted infiltrating the White House for “Borat 2” — writing her lawyer’s number on her leg.

The Bulgarian star spilled the beans during a Wednesday appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

“I was shaking, I was scared, I had a number of a lawyer written on my leg,” said Bakalova, 24, who played Borat’s daughter Tutar in Sacha Baron Cohen’s acclaimed mockumentary.

The bombshell said she devised the lifeline because she was “without her phone, without anything.” At the time she thought, “If I make it [out of here], I’m going to be so grateful to the universe and to Sacha [Baron Cohen] and the whole team,” she explained.

“You’re literally going there alone,” the Critics’ Choice award winner continued. “It was extremely scary. But I made it with my passport and my name.”

The deleted White House scene shows the undercover actress carousing with Donald Trump Jr. while sporting a brunette wig. She later appears in the same room with former President Donald Trump.

Bakalova, however, didn’t disclose how she managed to sneak in.

Her shocking admission came after Amazon said it will release a supplemental series to “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” that promises hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes and even more outrageous antics from Baron Cohen.

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Gucci and Balenciaga unveil biggest fashion mashup of 2021

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To celebrate its 100th birthday, Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele threw a bedazzled party complete with a secret club, bright lights and flashing cameras, and the reveal of a highly anticipated noncollaboration with Paris-based luxury label Balenciaga.

And yes, you read that last part right: After rumors of an actual collaboration between the two Kering-owned brands swirled throughout the fashion industry earlier this week, a statement issued by Gucci after unveiling a 16-minute video celebrating its centennial collection (dubbed “Aria”) clarified: “Please note, this is not considered a collaboration or a capsule, and should not be referred to as such.”

But at a juncture when everyone and anyone in the industry has dabbled in monster-hit collaborations (Supreme x Louis Vuitton, Adidas for Prada, the list goes on), what, exactly, does a noncollaboration between two fashion powerhouses sharing a runway look like?

If your mind works anything like Michele’s, envision a “hacking lab” (a term Michele also referenced via press release) in which signature Balenciaga codes reinforced or established under Creative Director Demna Gvasalia are boldly peppered throughout the collection’s just-under-100 looks: majorly exaggerated shoulders, immaculately tailored skirts, outerwear padded at the hips, wasp-waist detail and an impossible to miss whiff of ’80s influence.

Combined with Michele’s fantastical flourishes — feathers! sequins! rainbows! — as well as Michele’s references to Gucci signatures and eras past (horse bit accents, BDSM-inspired black leather whips that double as top handles on purses and a red velvet pantsuit recalling Tom Ford’s reign at the brand), the looks, collectively, offered glimmering hope of the return of festivities — as well as ideas of what to wear to them — in our not-too-distant future as they walked their way through the imaginary Savoy Club. (This was Michele’s nod to brand founder Guccio Gucci, who worked as an elevator operator at the Savoy Hotel in London.)

Die-hards will go straight for looks stamped with both of the iconic brands’ logos (cue the silver embellished skirt suit, which doubles up on logomania with sparkling aplomb) and a chain-link “Balenciaga” necklace bearing Gucci’s signature double-G logo where the single “G” would typically be.

And those emoji heart crystal embellished minaudières? Be still.

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