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Will the Lethal Weapon TV Show Stick Close to the Movies?

21 September 2016 12:31 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's been nearly 30 years since Mel Gibson and Eddie Murphy teamed up as odd couple cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh—which means that plenty of people who might tune in to Fox's updated TV version of Lethal Weapon tonight who haven't seen the original movies. "This is really a character piece. It's about two guys at different points in their lives who need each other in order to live," reboot star Damon Wayans tells E! News of his new buddy cop dramedy. "Although it has a modern feel, it's still really dealing with what was so brilliantly laid out in the original Lethals, which is the character relationships." Much like the films, the TV show follows widowed daredevil cop Riggs »

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Stephen King Novella ‘Hearts in Atlantis’ Set for Big Screen (Exclusive)

21 September 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Johannes Roberts is re-teaming with production and finance outfit The Fyzz Facility for coming-of-age drama “Hearts,” an adaptation of Stephen King’s critically acclaimed novella “Hearts in Atlantis.”

Set in 1966, “Hearts” is a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a group of college boys and their first time away from home, their obsession and self-destruction, and what it means to be an adult in a world where, in the face of a devastating war no one understands, adults can no longer be trusted.

Roberts adapted the story with his regular writing partner, Ernest Riera. The pair has recently come off of horror film “The Other Side Of The Door,” starring Sarah Wayne Callies and released worldwide by 20th Century Fox, and shark thriller “47 Meters Down,” starring Mandy Moore, which marked Roberts’ first collaboration with The Fyzz Facility. “47 Meters Down”is scheduled for U.S. release through Entertainment Freestyle in 2017.

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- Robert Mitchell

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Kate McKinnon’s Emmy win marks a surprising first for ‘Saturday Night Live’

19 September 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Saturday Night Live has been on the air for over four decades, with its 42nd season debuting next month, but last night marked the first time ever an SNL cast member performance has earned an Emmy. The late night comedy stable has picked up a handful of Emmy statuettes for its guest hosts but never before an Outstanding Supporting Actor or Actress in a Comedy Series award for one of its regular cast members. The first acting win for SNL was Justin Timberlake’s in 2009 for his third time as host. Four other SNL cast members had been honored with Emmy nominations for their work on the sketch comedy show though without taking home a statuette: Eddie Murphy, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig. McKinnon’s wonderfully wacky SNL performances had also been nominated twice before. SNL also put another first in the Emmy history books this year: The »

- Emily Rome

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Jay Pharoah’s Impressions Of Jay Z, Kevin Hart And Barack Obama Will Render You Speechless

19 September 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Saturday Night Live” alum Jay Pharoah stopped by “Windy City Live” recently where the comedian unleashed a parade of pitch-perfect impressions for the daytime show. Pharaoh, who got cut from the “SNL” lineup this season, hit the show with incredible impressions of Barack Obama, Eddie Murphy, Jay Z, Kevin Hart and Denzel Washington, which may […] »

- Sylvia Ogweng

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Record-Breaking Emmys: How the 2016 Awards Made History

19 September 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Well, the dust has settled on the 2016 Emmy Awards. We laughed, we cried, some of us ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Matt Damon was there. But in between all the wacky hijinks, there was some history being made. Let's take a look at what longstanding records got overturned last night, and just how much it's going to take to overturn them again. Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes Veep into the history booksLouis-Dreyfus picked up her sixth lead actress in a comedy Emmy award Sunday, and her fifth in a row. That's a new record for the category: Previously, she'd shared it »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Newswire: Eddie Murphy’s down to send up superhero movies

19 September 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Although the material in Mr. Church wasn’t really worthy of it, Eddie Murphy gave a solid performance in his first dramatic lead role, bringing nuance to his portrayal of an alcoholic cook who helps out a sick mother and her teenage daughter. Those everyday heroics aren’t usually the stuff of most onscreen comic-book capers, but they have inspired some people to imagine Murphy in the world of gadgets, capes, and of course, lasers.

The actor-comedian recently sat down with Mashable for some Church talk, when he was asked if he had any interest in appearing in a superhero film. Given the option of playing the crimefighter or the villain, Murphy chose the former, with a couple of caveats. He believes he’s too old to carry a tentpole film, so he’d rather play the “voice of reason,” the person who points out the holes in a plan »

- Danette Chavez

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Eddie Murphy would be game to do a "funny" superhero movie

19 September 2016 6:40 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Despite what dissenting hipsters or right-wing conspiracy theorists may say, this is a great time to be alive. Virtual reality is a thing, our presidential election resembles a sitcom, and Eddie Murphy is taking back the spotlight. Okay, he may not have a bevy of premium roles on the conveyer belt, but the man is obviously more focused, and has even contemplated a return the stand-up. However, you... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Kate McKinnon Becomes First ‘SNL’ Cast Member to Win Comedy Supporting Emmy

18 September 2016 5:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kate McKinnon nabbed an honor Sunday that eluded Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Eddie Murphy and Bill Hader: a performance Emmy for “Saturday Night Live.” McKinnon scored a major upset by winning the Comedy Supporting Actress category, besting such Emmy stalwarts as Allison Janney of the CBS sitcom “Mom.” Poehler, Wiig and McKinnon herself had all previously been nominated in the category without winning. Hader lost in the Comedy Supporting Actor category in 2012 and 2013, while Eddie Murphy failed to win in 1983. Also Read: Who Will Play President Obama on 'SNL' With Jay Pharoah Gone? However, McKinnon is not »

- Scott Collins

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Sully Wins Box Office Weekend #2 with $22 Million

18 September 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend's box office winner, the hit biopic Sully, squared off against three newcomers in theaters, the horror sequel Blair Witch, the comedy sequel Bridget Jones's Baby and the biopic Snowden. We had predicted that Sully would drop roughly 50% in its second weekend, allowing Blair Witch to take the top spot. That didn't happen, though with Sully dropping much less than expected, triumphing over the three under-performing newcomers to win this weekend with $22 million.

According to Box Office Mojo, Sully dropped just 37.2% this weekend, and its 3,525 theater count was still the widest release of any movie this weekend. This weekend's tally brings its domestic total to $70.5 million, with an addition $23.4 million from overseas territories for a worldwide total of $93.9 million from a $60 million budget. All three newcomers took the second, third and fourth spots at the box office, with Blair Witch taking second with $9.6 million, with a $3,092 per-screen average from 3,121 theaters. »

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Arthouse Audit: ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ Concert Doc Soars in Hybrid Release

18 September 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Reaching back over a half century, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” thrived with a contemporary mix of theaters and Hulu home viewing availability to become a major grossing event this weekend. The Ron Howard concert doc led an otherwise bleak set of new openers as audiences wait for top titles from festivals to reach theaters.

Included among the openers are two films from directors of Best Picture winners that got little attention: “Mr. Church” from Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”) and “Finding Altamira” from Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire”). Fortunes take different paths. Ron Howard directed “Eight Days a Week,” while Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone are nabbing attention with “Sully” at #1 and “Snowden” farther back in the pack, respectively.


“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” (Abramorama) – Metacritic: 72

$615,632 in 88 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,243 ; Cumulative: $772,467

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- Tom Brueggemann

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'Sully' Repeats at #1 While 'Blair Witch', 'Bridget Jones' & 'Snowden' Fall Short

18 September 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

As expected, Clint Eastwood's Sully enjoyed a second straight weekend atop the box office and it wasn't much of a competition. Not one of the weekend's three new widest releases managed to even top ten million as Blair Witch and Bridget Jones's Baby fell well short of expectations and Open Road's Snowden pretty much delivered as expected depending on whom you asked. Overall, the weekend's top twelve was down 11.6% compared to last week and down 24.3% compared to last year with the top twelve generating an estimated $74.6 million, just $136k shy of the worst weekend of the year so far. With an estimated $22 million, Sully dropped only 37% in its second weekend as the film's domestic cume now stands at $70.5 million, just $1.8 million shy of the entire run of Tom Hanks' Bridge of Spies, which went on to earn six Oscar nominations last year including a win for Supporting Actor. »

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Eddie Murphy On Whether He Ever Wants To Play A Superhero

18 September 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Out promoting his upcoming drama, Mr. Church,  longtime Hollywood heavyweight Eddie Murphy spoke to Mashable about the chances of him ever starring in a comic book movie.  Said Murphy, "I’m kind of long in the tooth to fly in in a cape now, so I’d have to be like the voice of reason or somebody. “Don’t do that, super-fellow! Or we need such-and-such.” I would do a superhero movie if it was funny and we were making fun of superhero movies and I figured out how to do something funny."  It sounds like Murphy wants to be the Lucius Fox to someone's Batman.  Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy suddenly becomes very different with Murphy in the role instaed of Morgan Freeman.    While he did flirt with superhero movies during his earlier years( he was nearly Robin in his younger days and was more recently rumored »

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Emmy Awards Weekend Kicks Off With Variety and Women in Film Celebration

16 September 2016 10:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy weekend kicked off Friday night at Variety and Women In Film’s Emmy nominee celebration.

Celebrities were greeted by a metallic blue Mercedes-Benz S550 convertible as they hit the red carpet at Gracias Madre restaurant in West Hollywood.

Upon seeing the car, Margo Martindale, who was named Outstanding Guest Actress at last week’s Creative Arts Emmys, joked, “Is this the gift at the end of the night?”

Beyond the Rue La La booth, stars took photos at the Shutterstock Portrait Studio. That’s where nominee Constance Zimmer gleefully reunited with her “Unreal” creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, whom she hadn’t seen since nominations. The evening was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Shutterstock and Rue La La.

There was another reunion of sorts inside, with Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey’s” Lady Mary and Anna, respectively). They were later joined by Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) and Tom Cullen (Tony), the handsome date of nominee Tatiana Maslany.

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- Lawrence Yee

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Watch Eddie Murphy sing the disco song that was a hit at his prom

16 September 2016 1:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Eddie Murphy’s newest movie, Mr. Church, took him back to his high school days. The comedy legend tries out drama in the film, playing Henry Joseph Church, a cook who has a unique friendship with a young girl named Charlie (Britt Robertson) and her sick mother. The film is based on the real-life adolescence of the screenwriter, Susan McMartin, and takes place primarily in the 1970s. One scene has Mr. Church seeing Charlie off to her prom for the class of 1977. Murphy’s own senior prom was in 1979, but it looked quite different from the California WASPy private school dance in Mr. Church. When I interviewed Murphy about the film, he recalled the song that got played over and over at his prom in Roosevelt, New York: “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.” The song by R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead rapidly became a hit after its release in »

- Emily Rome

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Shrek 5 Script Is Finished, Will Eddie Murphy Return as Donkey?

16 September 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Since the last Shrek movie, nearly a decade will have past by the time Shrek 5 hits theaters, and that's okay with everyone involved, from the filmmakers to the fans. Shrek Forever After felt a little tired, and it was clear that DreamWorks Animation needed to take a break from the adventures of this Ogre and his talking donkey. But the next sequel is starting to heat up, and it appears that the script for Shrek 5 is done.

Eddie Murphy has recently been making the press rounds for his upcoming dramatic turn in Mr. Church, and several sites asked the comedian whether or not he'd be returning as Donkey in Shrek 5. There had been some rumors that he was done with this animation franchise. But apparently that's not the case. Speaking with Cinema Blend, Murphy confined that the script for Shrek 5 is done, it's good, and it should be on screen by 2020 at the latest. »

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[Review] Mr. Church

16 September 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If you didn’t know what you were getting into upon sitting down for Bruce Beresford‘s Mr. Church, you will following this onscreen text: “Inspired by a True Friendship.” The vagueness of this statement notwithstanding, the words ooze enough schmaltz to prepare you for the melodrama of death and miracles screenwriter Susan McMartin has concocted. Maybe she based it on a friendship she had with an adult male who become her father figure in a time of need or perhaps the entire premise is a purely fictional construct surrounding feelings experienced within a relationship devoid of similarities besides being between two people. All I know for certain is that those involved didn’t just want to make any old tearjerker; they sought to squeeze their audience dry like a sponge.

Despite the plot dealing with the cook (Eddie Murphy‘s Henry Joseph Church) a married dead man hired in »

- Jared Mobarak

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Britt Robertson Talks 'Mr. Church' Movie and Working with Low-Key Eddie Murphy

16 September 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

Britt Robertson stars in Mr. Church, a true story about a man, played by Eddie Murphy, who was hired to cook for a dying mom and her young daughter, and stayed beyond what was required of him. Robertson talks to CineMovie about the movie's challenges and working with Eddie Murphy who taught her a thing or two by observing him off and on set.

Mr. Church opens September 16.

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Mr. Church Review – Eddie Murphy And Bruce Beresford Are A Team You Wish Met Long Ago

16 September 2016 8:29 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The movie industry has long since moved away from films that I think of as “somber yarns.” These are films that, while they likely have many happy moments, are generally sad and slow-moving, and aren’t exactly about anything. Last year’s Brooklyn is a good example, and I suspect that at least a small part of the reaction to that film is by way of its being, at this point, so out of the ordinary.

Mr. Church is such a film as well, and Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy, Evelyn) is a director who has just the right history to know how to meander through a young woman’s walk down memory lane.

Charlotte, who goes by Charlie (Britt RobertsonTomorrowland, Mother’s Day), narrates our way through a story that started when she was 10, in the early 70s. She woke up one day to find Mr. Church »

- Marc Eastman

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Eddie Murphy Says ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ and (‘Twins’ Sequel) ‘Triplets’ Are Not Happening

16 September 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

While promoting his new movie “Mr Church” (which opens in the USA today), Eddie Murphy, speaking with the AP, revealed that previously announced new projects, “Triplets” and “Beverly Hills Cop 4” are not happening! First, the “Triplets” project; the first… Continue Reading → »

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Walter Hill on Controversial Revenge Thriller '(Re)Assignment'

16 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If you've ever clinked bottles on your fingers while chanting "War-ri-orssss, come and out and pla-ayyyy," dressed as a member of the Baseball Furies for Halloween, watched a Xenomorph scurry around darkened spaceship hallways or enjoyed that foul-mouthed poetry of Deadwood's pilot, then you owe Walter Hill a serious debt. The 74-year-old writer, director and producer has had a hand in some of the more memorable tough-guy films and genre flicks of the past 40 years. He's the man who gave us the colorful New York gang movie The Warriors, »

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