2 items from 2015
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
2 items from 2015
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