(Pics) Dolemite is My Name Premiere

(L-R) Craig Robinson, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Mike Epps attend the “Dolemite Is My Name” premiere presented by Netflix on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix


Celebrities turned out for the premiere of “Dolemite Is My Name,” which celebrated the making of this film, netflix.com/dolemiteismyname.


Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables.

Actor Obba Babatundé gets attention at the event. Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix

However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite

(L-R) Ruth E. Carter, Luenell, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Mike Epps, Keegan-Michael Key, Craig Robinson, Eddie Murphy, and Tituss Burgess attend the “Dolemite Is My Name” premiere and laugh the whole time. Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix

clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.

Eddie Murphy poses with  Justin Johnson. Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix

Comics and rappers have praised Moore as a pioneering influence over the past few decades, and Dolemite Is My Name is a hilarious celebration of a singular talent who made his own legend. From director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Empire); Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. O.J. Simpson); and the producing team of Oscar and Golden Globe nominee John Davis (Ferdinand, Joy), Golden Globe nominee John Fox (Joy) and Murphy; the film features an all-star supporting cast — including Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell, Tasha Smith — plus costumes designed by Academy Award winner Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther).

Actress Karrueche Tran is looking cute. Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix


The iconic group The O’Jays enjoy the festivities. Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix

In select theaters on October 4 and on Netflix on October 25, 2019.