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10 items from 2015


'Trainwreck' director Judd Apatow channels Bill Cosby on 'The Tonight Show'

21 July 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Trainwreck" director Judd Apatow has been a relentless critic of Bill Cosby's since the rape allegations resurfaced in the media. During a promotional appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," Apatow got to simultaneously return to his stand-up comedy roots while skewering The Cos with a cruel and reasonably accurate impression (and one that also calls back to the punchline from Eddie Murphy's Cosby routine from "Eddie Murphy Raw"). It comes at about the 2:35 minute mark of this clip, after he first jokes about his own modest level of fame and what it's like to live in a house with three women: »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Cringe: 13 movies with blatantly homophobic scenes

26 March 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The new comedy "Get Hard" stars Kevin Hart as an unlikely coach who trains Will Ferrell for a stint in prison. In one scene, Hart insists that Ferrell go to a top La brunch spot and give oral sex to a random patron in the bathroom to learn -- I guess? -- the mechanics of prison rape. Yes, this movie equates consensual gay sexual activity with actual rape. Cut to Will Ferrell in a restaurant bathroom gagging at the sight of a penis for the amusement of a multiplex audience. Could it be the most homophobic scene in a comedy of the past ten years? It's certainly a candidate. To commemorate this weirdly ignorant movie, we've compiled a list: movies with homophobic scenes so blatant, they made us shudder. Sometimes a movie reeks of homophobia (See: that ol' heart-warmer "Cruising") and sometimes it's just a couple of moments in a »

- Louis Virtel

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Video Round-Up: Poltergeist, Salem, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scream Queens

20 March 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"The door to their world could close at any moment. I've got to go in and get her out." A commercial for the Poltergeist remake teases more horrors for the Bowen family. Also included in our latest video round-up is a new Salem Season 2 trailer and clip, along with a recent Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot and another Scream Queens teaser.

Poltergeist: A remake of the 1982 film of the same name that was directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) and produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist is rated PG-13 and will hit theaters in 2D and 3D on May 22nd.

Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt star as the Bowen parents, who move their family to a new home. Their children are played by Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, and Kyle Catlett. Jared Harris (Lincoln, The Quiet Ones) plays the star of a TV show, titled Haunted House Cleaners, »

- Derek Anderson

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Eddie Murphy to Portray Richard Pryor's Father in Biopic

14 March 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In Eddie Murphy's stand-up classic Raw, the comedian reveals, "Richard [Pryor] is the one who made me want to do comedy. When I was young, I wanted to be Richard Pryor so bad I used to sneak in the basement, put his albums on, and just listen… I wanted to be Richard so bad, I used to go out on stage when I was 15 and talk and act and walk and everything like Richard Pryor." With that admiration in mind, Murphy has been cast to play an unexpected role in »

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Eddie Murphy Joins Richard Pryor Biopic

14 March 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Hard to believe it, but Eddie Murphy was once one of the biggest stars and box office draws in the world. Since the heady days of his Raw and Delirious stand up shows and the runaway success that the Beverly Hills Cop franchise brought him, it's fair to say that his career has been in steady decline. With a string of poor career choices and forgettable roles, Murphy needs a hit, and Lee Daniels might be the man to give him a role worth remembering. Murphy has joined the cast of Daniel's Richard Pryor biopic, and the smart money says he will play Pryor's father in the movie.  Pryor had a turbulent lifestyle and drowned out the problems in his life with cocktails of drugs and booze, in between playing to sell out shows all over America. Widely regarded as one of the greatest comedians of all time, there's plenty »

- noreply@blogger.com (Dave Higgins)

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'Brewster's Millions' Lands Director Robert Townsend

27 February 2015 3:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor-filmmaker Robert Townsend has signed on to direct the reboot of Brewster's Millions, news which comes 30 years after the 1985 comedy Brewster's Millions was released, starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. The story is based on George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel, which was turned into a stage play in 1906 along with 10 different movie adaptations, including a lost 1914 Cecil B. DeMille version towards the beginning of his career.

Michael William Schmidt is writing the screenplay, which centers on Montgomery Brewster, a man who inherits $1 billion, under one condition: he must spend $100 million in one week, or he loses everything. The financial stakes in the reboot have been increased considerably, since the 1985 version, directed by Walter Hill, centered on Richard Pryor's Brewster tasked with spending $30 million in 30 days, in order to receive his full inheritance of $300 million. No further story details were released at this time.

Joseph Nasser and Jack Nasser are producing the reboot, »

- MovieWeb

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Robert Townsend Directing ‘Brewster’s Millions’ Reboot

27 February 2015 3:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Townsend has come on board to direct a new version of “Brewster's Millions,” three decades after the Richard Pryor comedy was released.

The story is based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon that was adapted into a play in 1906 and made into films 10 times — including a lost 1914 release directed by Cecil B. DeMille at the start of his career.

The Pryor version co-starred John Candy and was directed by Walter Hill. The Universal release was a solid performer with a $45 million domestic gross.

Producers of the new “Brewster’s Millions” are Joseph and Jack Nasser. The adaptation was written by Michael William Schmidt and follows Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion – with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up with nothing more than the clothes on his back.

Apa will handle domestic sales of the film.

Townsend’s first feature was 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle, »

- Dave McNary

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Essence Magazine Honors Black Women in Hollywood

19 February 2015 6:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

During an emotional luncheon, Essence magazine honored black women in Hollywood, with presenters and honorees frequently tearing up or sobbing. A performance by Common and John Legend helped add to the emotion in the room at the Beverly Wilshire on Thursday.

Gina Prince-Bythewood kicked off the doings referencing her athletic days at UCLA. “We are playing in someone else’s house, but it doesn’t matter. Tune out the Bs,” she said as she presented the Discovery Award to shorts filmmaker Iman N. Milner.

“Your mere existence is a reminder to keep fighting,” Milner told the guests, who included Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Essence mag president Michelle Ebanks, Carmen Ejogo and Aja Naomi King, as she tearfully accepted her prize.

Lupita Nyong’o presented to the cast of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” and Adrienne C. Moore, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba and »

- Shalini Dore

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Watch This Old Clip of Eddie Murphy Impersonating Bill Cosby

19 February 2015 11:50 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

In a bizarre Twitter rant yesterday, Norm Macdonald divulged 100 tweets worth of behind-the-scenes details from the making of SNL 40. His most revealing tweets, however, related to Eddie Murphy.

According to Macdonald, Murphy, who hadn’t been back to Studio 8H since leaving the show in 1985, refused to impersonate Bill Cosby, who’s been facing allegations of sexually assaulting multiple women, in a sketch. Instead, the veteran comedian opted to reminisce, however briefly, on his time on the show.

On Murphy’s decision, Macdonald tweeted:

Eddie Murphy is the coolest, a rockstar even in a room with actual rockstars.

Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) February 19, 2015

Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down. — Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) February 19, 2015

He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on SNL better than any one.

Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) February 19, 2015

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Finders Keepers’

27 January 2015 6:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If Flannery O’Connor had ever abandoned writing to try her hand at Southern-fried reality TV, the result would probably look something like Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel’s “Finders Keepers.” At times gleefully indulging in the absurdities of one of the decade’s weirdest man-bites-dog news stories — involving a pitched legal battle over ownership of a severed leg — and at others halting the laughter in its tracks to dig deep into the pain and struggles of the real people involved, this hysterical, insightful and genuinely empathetic documentary could easily prove a specialty hit with the right handling.

Finders Keepers” is not the first doc to attempt to restore three-dimensional humanity to someone who had essentially become a human meme — Ben Steinbauer’s “Winnebago Man” is a worthy predecessor — but it’s unusually skillful in balancing its rubberneck entertainment value with warm, wise perspective. As one interviewee notes, “It’s a funny story, »

- Andrew Barker

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