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Eddie Murphy Drama ‘Mr. Church’ Gets September Release

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinelou Films has decided on a release date for its drama “Mr. Church,” starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson.

Mr. Church,” Murphy’s first film to hit theaters since the 2012 film “A Thousand Words,” will be released on September 16.

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

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First Clip + Poster for Eddie Murphy's First Film in Five Years - 'Mr. Church'

23 April 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

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 »

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'Mr. Church': Tribeca Review

22 April 2016 7:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter 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

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The Science of Failure in the Films of Alexander Payne

12 April 2016 11:33 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following his small-scale, black-and-white drama NebraskaAlexander 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

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Box Office Weekend: Ride Along 2 Finally Derails Star Wars Juggernaut

18 January 2016 1:02 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

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.

A more focused entry from Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is doing better critically than his Transformers films, but at an estimated $16 million »

- Seth Paul

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