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Eddie Murphy & 'Driving Miss Daisy' Director 'Cook' Up New Drama

20 October 2014 3:19 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Fans will see Eddie Murphy get back into Axel Foley mode soon enough with Beverly Hills Cop 4 on the way. Plus, there's still that Twins sequel in the works that will team him up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the cleverly titled Triplets. But before he makes a couple more comedies, he's going to take some time to get into drama briefly. In what will be his first non-animated, non-comedy role since the 2006 musical Dreamgirls, Empire reports that Murphy is slated to star in Cook, a new project from Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford, that originally had Samuel L. Jackson on board to star. The film would see Murphy playing a man hired by a dying patriarch to help take care of his girlfriend and daughter by cooking them meals and whatnot after he passes away. The script comes from "Californication" writer Susan McMartin with 300 and »

- Ethan Anderton

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Eddie Murphy Mixes Things Up And Joins Bruce Beresford’s New Drama, The Cook

20 October 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

They say that variety is the spice of life, which is a phrase that can certainly be applied to one Eddie Murphy. Having performed as a stand-up comic, singer, director and of course, actor, the 53-year old star has certainly dabbled in a range of different mediums. Plus, with the likes of Triplets — the quasi-sequel to 1988’s Twins — and Beverly Hills Cop 4 on the horizon, it looks as though Murphy is gradually returning to his comedic roots.

Before his appearance in those aforementioned continuations, the comic-slash-actor is set to star in something a little more serious: Bruce Beresford’s morbid drama, The Cook. Telling the tale of who a dying man who hires Murphy’s titular chef, the film will see Murphy providing meals to his girlfriend and daughter.

Speaking to Empire, the actor praised the script and claimed that The Cook is very much a character-driven project.

“It’s a great screenplay, »

- Michael Briers

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Eddie Murphy Will Go Serious Again With ‘Cook’

20 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In 2007, Eddie Murphy earned an Oscar nomination for his dramatic turn in Dreamgirls. In the years since then, he’s spent his time getting terrible reviews (Meet Dave, A Thousand Words), voicing a donkey (Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After), or planning sequels to old hits (Beverly Hills Cop 4, Triplets). But now it looks […]

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- Angie Han

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Addicted | Review

12 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Dirty Shame: Woodruff’s Erotic Fiction Adaptation Flatlines

Demurely arriving before the anticipated film version of E.L. James’ erotic fiction nonsense Fifty Shades of Grey comes the first adaptation of Zane’s 2001 novel, Addicted. Having had well over a decade to build her fan base, it’s surprising that it has taken so long for such a reality to transpire, though marketing for the title has been curiously slim considering Bille Woodruff is at the helm. Distributed by Lionsgate boutique division Codeblack, the film wasn’t screened for critics, which isn’t generally a vote of confidence. While those who know and appreciate Zane’s work, including a fan base that would appear to be mostly made up of heterosexual black women, will be curious to experience Woodruff’s film version, the only point it proves is that silliness knows no racial bounds.

Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) is a woman in trouble, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Film Review: ‘Addicted’

10 October 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Billed as an erotic thriller but playing more like an R-rated daytime soap, “Addicted” marks a rare but dramatically neutered opportunity to explore a black woman’s sexuality onscreen. Based on the breakthrough novel by popular erotica author Zane, musicvid director Bille Woodruff’s adaptation bears the conflicted burden of tempting audiences with its attractive cast in various states of undress, while simultaneously trying to destigmatize the touchy topic of sex addiction. Attempts at serious sensuality in mainstream movies haven’t been a theatrical turn-on for some time now (next year’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” looks like a more significant test case), but Zane’s fan base could propel this slick, superficial yet mildly seductive drama to some frisky action in ancillary.

Arriving in theaters sans screenings for critics, the latest release from Lionsgate’s CodeBlack Films division could be glibly dismissed as “Tyler Perry’s Unfaithful,” if Perry »

- Geoff Berkshire

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How to Cast Conjoined Twins on Broadway

10 October 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Bill Condon has always been drawn to outsiders in his work. He won an adapted screenplay Oscar for his breakout film, Gods and Monsters, a complex character study of Frankenstein director James Whale. His script unlocked the challenges of filming Chicago by staging the musical numbers inside the heads of its celebrity murderesses. He followed with Kinsey, about the controversial sexual behavior researcher; Dreamgirls, which revolves around a cruelly ousted Motown girl-group singer; and The Fifth Estate, about exiled whistleblower Julian Assange.

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- David Rooney

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NBCUniversal Sets Growing Broadway Ventures Under Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt

7 October 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Just a few weeks after the Disney Company roared that The Lion King had become the highest-grossing entertainment of all time, NBCUniversal today announced that Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, will oversee the company’s live-theater division, Universal Stage Productions. Jimmy Horowitz, Universal Pictures President, will “continue to run” Usp, while expanding its reach into NBCUni properties throughout film, TV and digital.

Chris Herzberger, Universal’s Executive of Live Theatricals, will continue in that position as hands-on with works in progress and a growing roster of developmental projects.

The company is not exactly a carpetbagger on Broadway, with a major stake in the long-running Wicked, a global box office phenomenon. Greenblatt is a producer of the most recent Tony Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder and of a “revisal” of Meredith Willson’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Denver Center Theatre Company. The company »

- Jeremy Gerard

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The Academy Celebrates The Opening of The Hollywood Costume Exhibition in Los Angeles

30 September 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By Gary Salem and Michelle McCue

“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.”

Edith Head

On Monday, Wamg attended the press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.

Taking five years to create, this exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.

Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition »

- Movie Geeks

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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Scribe Tackling 'Beauty and the Beast'

30 September 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After bringing his own iconic coming-of-age book The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the big screen, Stephen Chbosky is tackling another big screen adaptation. EW has learned that the author turned screenwriter and director has come on board Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, adapted from the studio's 1991 animated musical. Dreamgirls director Bill Condon is still getting behind the camera for the film, but Chbosky will write a new draft of the script. Previously we heard the film would be a "straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical," but could that change with Chbosky on board? It's unlikely that the musical elements of the film will go away, especially since they plan to use most of the songs written by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman from the stage play and the animated Disney film. But maybe the young adult angle will be played up more than it »

- Ethan Anderton

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets ‘Wallflower’ Writer

30 September 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Beauty and the Beast is among the centuries-old fairy tales that Walt Disney Pictures previously adapted into an animated feature – and now, the studio is re-inventing the story as a modern live-action movie. The project has a director in Oscar-winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2), along with an initial script draft put together by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules); according to the latest update, though, the screenplay is getting a rewrite.

EW is reporting that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast retelling is going to get a fresh script draft penned by Stephen Chbosky, the author/filmmaker whose past work includes the critically-acclaimed movie adaptation of his own teen coming of age novel, ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Jennifer Hudson on Dreamgirls Costar Beyonce: "I Have Parties" Anytime She Does Something

25 September 2014 2:57 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Consider J-Hud part of the Beyhive! Jennifer Hudson appeared on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday, Sept. 24, where she discussed her relationship with her former Dreamgirls costar Beyonce. One caller asked whether Beyonce gave her advice on the set of the 2006 musical drama, which was Hudson's acting debut. "I just remember her telling me, 'You have such an amazing start. Like, no one gets this opportunity,'" the American Idol alum recalled. "I felt like just being able to sit there and watch and learn from her [...] »

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Genre Films Can Break the Oscar Norm

24 September 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.

Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – September 1st 2014

1 September 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.

If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.

In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »

- Chris Holt

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Mike Epps to star as Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ biopic

26 August 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier this month it was reported that Mike Epps (The Hangover, Sparkle) had an explosive screen test for the role of Richard Pryor in The Weinstein Company’s upcoming biopic of the legendary comedian, and now director Lee Daniels (The Butler) has taken to Twitter to confirm his casting, with Epps set to star alongside Oprah Winfrey

Several actors have been under consideration for the role of Pryor over the years, including Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans, with the latter actually signed on to the film when it was at Sony, with Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) then set to direct. As it happens, the biopic won’t be the first time we see Epps as Pryor, as he is set to appear as the late comic in Cynthia Mort’s upcoming Nina Simone biopic Nina, whihc is currently in post-production.

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- Gary Collinson

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Off the Carpet: Eastwood crashes the season as Telluride gears up for another edition

18 August 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Jennifer Hudson's Son David, 5, Gets Epic Birthday Party With SpongeBob, Ninja Turtles—See the Adorable Photos and Video!

14 August 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Mom of the year? Jennifer Hudson recently threw the mother of all Nickelodeon-themed birthday parties for her son David Daniel Otunga, Jr., who turned 5 on Aug. 10. Iconic characters such as SpongeBob Squarepants and four heroes in a half shell made an appearance. "Look who came to Little David's Birthday Party!" WWE wrestler David Otunga, the boy's dad and fiancé of the 32-year-old Oscar and Grammy-winning Dreamgirls actress and singer, said alongside a photo collage of their family at the event, posted on his Instagram page. "Not sure who was more starstruck, him or Mommy & Daddy." Hudson, a former celebrity spokesmodel for Weight Watchers who has wowed »

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News Bits: Maggie, 13, Light, Nyff, League

13 August 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


New photos are out from Henry Hobson's "Maggie" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farm dad coping with the fact that his young daughter (Abigail Breslin) has been infected by a virus during a zombie apocalypse. The film is slated to premiere this Fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. [Source: Empire]


CBS Films has announced plans for a film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's stage musical "13". Bert V Royal will pen the script while Laurence Mark ("Dreamgirls") and Bob Boyett will produce.

The musical itself follows a 13-year-old boy from New York who relocates to small-town Indiana and concocts an ill-judged plan to make friends. [Source: Screen]

The Light Between Oceans

DreamWorks has locked down a September start date in New Zealand and Australia for filming on Derek Cianfrance's "The Light Between Oceans" based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz star.

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- Garth Franklin

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Casting Net: Mike Epps may play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

12 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »

- Jake Perlman

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'Dreamgirls' Producer to Adapt Broadway Musical '13'

12 August 2014 3:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

CBS Films is teaming up with Dreamgirls producer Laurence Mark to bring the hit Broadway musical 13 to the big screen.

Bert V. Royal (Easy A) has signed on to write the screenplay, which centers on a teenage boy who is at the top of his social circle in Manhattan. In the aftermath of his parents' messy divorce, he is transplanted to a small town in Indiana, where he finds himself "uncool" for the first time in his life. With his bar mitzvah coming up, he hatches a plan to become cool again, which doesn't go quite so well.

Dan Elish and Robert Horn wrote the book for the play, with Jason Robert Brown penning the music for the play, which debuted at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2007, before moving to Broadway in 2008.

Laurence Mark will produce alongside Robert L. Boyett, who produced hit TV shows such as Bosom Buddies, »

- MovieWeb

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CBS to adapt stage hit 13

12 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

CBS Films plans to produce Jason Robert Brown’s stage musical 13 to the big screen.

Bert V Royal adapts the musical about a 13-year-old boy from New York who relocates to small-town Indiana and concocts an ill-judged plan to make friends.

Laurence Mark is producing and recently served in that role on CBS FilmsLast Vegas. Mark also produced Dreamgirls and Julie & Julia.

Bob Boyett, who produced 13 on stage, is also producing, and David Blackman serves as executive producer.  

Vice-president of production Mark Ross and creative executive Winnie Kemp are overseeing the project for CBS Films.  »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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