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Bruce Beresford’s newest film “Mr. Church” follows the relationship between talented cook Henry Church (Eddie Murphy) and young girl Charlie Brooks (Britt Robertson) over the course of many years. It’s based on a true story from the life of screenwriter Susan McMartin, who was helped raised by a local cook who taught her to believe she could grow up to be anything. Though the film was stuck in development hell for over eight years, and was once attached to Samuel L. Jackson, it was finally released domestically this past September. In a behind-the-scenes clip from the film, Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson discuss bringing McMartin’s story to life. Watch the clip below.
- Vikram Murthi
9 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Eddie Murphy, the comedy legend whose performance in Bruce Beresford's drama Mr. Church, which opens Sept. 16, is earning him some of the best reviews of his decades-long career, will be promoted for awards consideration in the category of best supporting actor, rather than best actor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. It's a somewhat unexpected, but fully justifiable, move for the A-lister, who last appeared on the big screen four years ago in A Thousand Words. In Mr. Church, Murphy plays the title character — a black man who helps to raise a white girl after her mother is stricken
- Scott Feinberg
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Eddie Murphy stretch his dramatic muscles. Heck, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Eddie Murphy at all. His last film was A Thousand Words, released all the way back in 2012. But he’s back this fall, and with his most dramatic role since 2006’s Dreamgirls. Murphy leads Mr. Church as Mr. Church […]
- Angie Han
Entitled Mr. Church, today’s first trailer finds Murphy in the role of the titular Henry Church, a man of many talents who develops a strong bond with a young girl (Britt Robertson) and her dying mother. Said to be inspired by a true friendship, Church’s role in the family extends far beyond that of a surrogate father, and remains a loyal guardian to Robertson’s character as she goes through childhood, adolescence, and eventually pregnancy.
If that reads as a melodramatic, schmaltzy affair, we don’t blame you; making its debut at Tribeca Film Festival earlier in the year, our review found Mr. Church to be largely forgettable, wasting a stellar turn by Eddie Murphy with a lacklustre screenplay. »
- Michael Briers
Eddie Murphy is back in his first live-action performance since 2012’s A Thousand Words with Mr. Church. Rather than much of his past work, the film is not comedy, but a drama concerning the titular Henry Church (Murphy), a talented cook with a love of jazz who is hired by a dying mother as help for her six year old daughter. While the arrangement is set for six months, it develops into a 15-year journey of friendship and care.
Off a script by Susan McMartin — whose penned episodes of Two and a Half Men and Californiacation —Mr. Church is directed by Brurce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), making his first feature in five years. The film looks to be a touching, sad story of aging and acceptance with a sweet performance from Murphy. See the trailer below ahead of a release next month.
“Mr. Church” tells the story of a unique »
- Mike Mazzanti
The last time we saw Eddie Murphy on the big screen was in “Tower Heist” in 2011, 5 years ago. Although there was that terrible “A Thousand Words” which sat in limbo for years after it was made, until Dreamworks finally… Continue Reading → »
Eddie Murphy will star in the forthcoming film, Mr. Church, and from the looks of the trailer, it's a more dramatic role than usual for the typically comedic actor. It's his first leading role in four years, following 2012's A Thousand Words.
The film explores the bond that develops between a girl named Charlotte (played by Robertson) and cook Henry Joseph Church (portrayed by Murphy) whom her dying mother (played by McElhone) hires. »
Eddie Murphy is returning to the silver screen for the first time in four years. His leading role in “Mr. Church” is his first since 2012’s “A Thousand Words,” with the actor joined by Britt Robertson and Natascha McElhone in Bruce Beresford’s drama based on screenwriter Susan McMartin’s own life. Watch its first trailer, which first premiered on Entertainment Weekly, below.
“Henry Joseph Church could have been anything he wanted,” Robertson narrates in the opening seconds. “He chose to cook.” McElhone plays Robertson’s single mother, who’s ill and not long for this world; from there we see the cook become a father figure to the girl over the course of several years beginning in 1970s Los Angeles.
Read More: First Clip + Poster for Eddie Murphy’s First Film »
- Michael Nordine
It tells the story of a lifelong friendship that develops between a young girl and the cook hired to help care for her dying mother, portrayed by Natascha McElhone.
The film is produced by Cinelou and Ema, and Bruce Beresford directs. It was produced by Cinelou toppers Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton along with Lee Nelson and David Buelow; executive producers are Shenghua Entertainment’s Yu Wei Chung, in addition to Dennis L. Pelino, Fredy Bush and Brad Kaplan.
“Mr. Church” premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“We are proud to be a part of Eddie Murphy’s return to the big screen, particularly because he’s playing a »
- Dave McNary
It feels like it's been a long time since we last saw Eddie Murphy on the big screen, doesn't it? I'm sure he's comfortable financially, and isn't exactly pressed to make new money by taking on almost every project that's offered to him. So when Murphy does attach himself to a project, it immediately gets my attention. The last time we saw him on the big screen was in "Tower Heist" in 2011, 5 years ago. Although there was that terrible "A Thousand Words" which sat in limbo for years after it was made, until Dreamworks finally released it in early 2012 (it was made years before "Tower Heist") to overwhelmingly negative reviews and weak box »
- Tambay A. Obenson
22 April 2016 7:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
It's been four years since Eddie Murphy's last movie (the execrable A Thousand Words) and a decade since his last worthwhile performance (his Oscar-nominated role in Dreamgirls). But those who've dismissed him for his slapdash paycheck comedies will be eating their words after seeing his sensitive dramatic work in Bruce Beresford's new indie drama receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Playing the title role of Mr. Church, Murphy delivers the sort of superb character turn that may well mark a sea change in his career. Based on the real-life experiences of screenwriter Susan McMartin, the
- Frank Scheck
Following his small-scale, black-and-white drama Nebraska, Alexander Payne has jumped to something with quite a large scope. He’s finally underway on production for what’s his biggest film yet, the Matt Damon-led sci-fi drama Downsizing, which is a social satire depicting a man who believes he’ll have a better life if he shrinks himself. Ahead of the shoot, Payne discussed his choice for a leading man. “Among contemporary leading men he is the closest thing we have to an Every Man. We saw it in The Martian particularly. More and more he is assuming the role that say James Stewart and more recently Tom Hanks used to play. At least you can relate to the guy and you can project some of your own fears, yearnings, aspirations onto his face. You understand him,” the director recently told Leo Adam Biga, author of a book on Payne.
He continues, »
- Leonard Pearce
It took the weekend, but not the hearts of critics. Ride Along 2, the sequel to the surprise comedy hit of 2014 (though equally lambasted by critics), opened to lower numbers than the previous film with an estimated $34 million, enough to keep away The Revenant (estimated $29.5 million), which still flags behind its costs despite getting good business here and overseas. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens still looms large in its third-place finish of an estimated $25.1 million. Far and away the top domestic hit of all-time, it may still lose out the worldwide honor to Avatar, still needing a billion in revenue to topple that film, but time will tell if the seventh film in the storied franchise has the force necessary to do it.
- Seth Paul
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