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It may come as a shock to some, but Eddie Murphy is still funny. And he still knows how to command a crowd with the perfect joke. For a while, it looked like Eddie had retired his Bill Cosby impersonation in light of the legal troubles facing the befallen comedy legend. But he surprised everyone with some very funny Cosby banter during his acceptance speech for the Mark Twain Prize in Washington, D.C. And the AP Wire now has video from his appearance.
Eddie Murphy hasn't had a hit movie in years. Hard to believe, but his last big screen outing was in the 2012 comedy A Thousand Words. Since then, he has been laying dormant, plotting his return to the stage for his first stand-up comedy show in decades. Of course, we're no closer to that happening than we were back in 1987, when his final stand-up movie Eddie Murphy Raw hit theater screens. »
It.s been a while since we.ve seen Eddie Murphy in the spotlight. His last credit was reprising his role of Det. Axel Foley in a 2013 Beverly Hills Cop TV movie that never aired. On the big screen, he last appeared in 2012.s A Thousand Words, a kind of spin on Jim Carrey's Liar, Liar. He has a number of film roles in the works, including the Twins sequel Triplets, a Richard Pryor film, and Beverly Hills Cop 4. According to a new profile of the funnyman, Murphy himself claims to be done with making movies specifically for the money, which probably explains why we.ve seen so little of him lately. His exact phrasing to The Washington Post is, The check movies are over for me. He seems to be going the opposite direction as Adam Sandler, who said . either joking or not . during the press tour »
It looks like the good version of Eddie Murphy could be returning soon.
“I’m gonna do a tour de force movie that’s cinema verite with Eddie Murphy being as raw as he can be.”
Glazer didn’t say anything else more, but the prospects of Murphy “being as raw as he can be” sounds much more interesting than what he has been doing lately with flops such as A Thousand Words and Meet Dave. It also seems to be akin back to what he was doing while coming up as a comic and on Saturday Nigh Live rather than his more recent fares.
That being said, Murphy has a tendency to back out of projects also, »
- Zach Dennis
Grazer made the disclosure in an interview with Bloomberg at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday.
“I would take a movie to Netflix,” he said. “In fact, I’m going to do a movie with Netflix.”
He added, “I’m going to do a tour-de-force movie that’s cinéma vérité with Eddie Murphy being as raw as he can be.”
Murphy’s last movie was 2012’s “A Thousand Words.”
Grazer also said in the interview that a fifth season of “Arrested Development” is still in the works for Netflix, which revived the sitcom in 2013 with a fourth season.
“The way they govern their creativity is exceptional,” he said about the streaming service. »
- Dave McNary
Eddie Murphy gave us some of the best-loved comedies of the ’80s, including Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America, and for that we’ll always have a soft spot for him. But the past several years have been a rough time for Eddie Murphy fans. He hasn’t been seen onscreen since 2012’s A Thousand Words, and […]
- Angie Han
So is Netflix becoming the home of comic actors that no one thinks are funny anymore? The streaming leviathan has struck a four picture deal with Adam Sandler, and now producer Brian Grazer, who is behind "Arrested Development" on the service, reveals he's corralled another once great funnyman to the service. In an interview with Bloomberg, Grazer revealed he's landed Eddie Murphy for a feature film on Netflix. “I’m gonna do a tour de force movie that’s cinema verite with Eddie Murphy being as raw as he can be,” he said without spilling any further details. Nonetheless, this is news to be taken with both optimism and skepticism. Read More: 'Trading Places': More Than 7 Things You May Not Know (But We're Won't Bet A Dollar On It) On one hand, anything that suggests a return to form for Murphy is a sign of hope, particularly from »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Eddie Murphy was a miracle. Today, there is an industry around the show that is designed to be a sort of star-making assembly line, and I think many of the people who have used the show as a springboard to other things deserve that success completely. But when Eddie Murphy made his debut on the show in 1980, "Saturday Night Live" wasn't even guaranteed a spot on TV for much longer. After all, the original cast was gone by that point. The new cast, including Denny Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Charles Rocket, Ann Risley, and Joe Piscopo, seemed like a poor replacement for the likes of Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. I was a ten year old nascent comedy nerd, and for me, it was mystifying to see something that had been the absolute center of the comedy universe suddenly drop completely out of relevance. Everything about that »
- Drew McWeeny
For all of the superhero buzz that has stolen hearts and headlines over the past twelve months or so, there’s also another trend that has once again come to the fore in Hollywood circles: looking to old franchises in an attempt to reboot them. Mind you, it’s a tactic that doesn’t always pay dividends; whether it’s RoboCop, Annie or 2013’s Total Recall, it’s clear that this feat is a tricky butterfly to pin. Nevertheless, with the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World looming on the horizon, it’s one that looks set to continue unabated.
And one of these properties in question is Beverly Hills Cop 4, which is primed to be the first entry into the crime caper in two decades. At least, that’s what Paramount and director Brett Ratner will be hoping for. But before that, the studio may »
- Michael Briers
8 items from 2015
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