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Charlie Murphy, Comedian and Brother of Eddie Murphy, Passes Away at 57

Charlie Murphy, Comedian and Brother of Eddie Murphy, Passes Away at 57
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, after losing another beloved actor and comedian. Charlie Murphy, the older brother of legendary comedian Eddie Murphy and star of the iconic comedy series Chappelle's Show, has passed away at the age of 57. Murphy's manager confirmed that he died from Leukemia earlier this morning in a New York City hospital, where he was undergoing chemotherapy.

TMZ reports that the actor's death comes as an absolute shock to his family, since they had thought he was improving. The site says that his family would call him frequently, and that he would even joke that they were calling him too much. It hasn't been confirmed how long he had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for, before his death.

Charlie Murphy was born July 12, 1959 in Brooklyn to Lillian Murphy, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a New York transit officer who was also an amateur actor and comedian.
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WWE Superstars Get Animated in Surf's Up 2: WaveMania Trailer #2

WWE Superstars Get Animated in Surf's Up 2: WaveMania Trailer #2
Sony Pictures Animation debuted the second trailer for Surf's Up 2: Wavemania, a sequel to the 2007 hit Surf's Up. The trailer features WWE Superstars John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Paige and Mr. McMahon as the voices of The Hang 5, a world famous surf crew known for their extreme stunts and personalities. The studio debuted the first trailer for this adventure back in August, but today the studio unveiled more footage, while announcing that this movie is coming out on DVD and Digital on January 17th.

WWE Superstars John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Paige and Mr. McMahon, along with actors Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader and Jeremy Shada, lend their voice talents to Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios' family-friendly adventure Surf's Up 2: Wavemania. Debuting on DVD and Digital on January 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Surf's Up 2: Wavemania follows surfer penguin Cody Maverick as his childhood dream comes
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‘Surf’s Up 2’ teaser trailer arrives from Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios

Surf’s Up 2 trailer: Watch the fist teaser for the new animated effort from WWE Studios.

The Surf’s Up 2 trailer can be viewed below. The film arrives in 2017.

If you weren’t aware Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios have teamed up for a sequel to the 2007 Oscar-nominated comedy Surf’s Up. Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania, to give it its full title, will debut in early 2017, and the first teaser trailer has just hit the web.

The film will feature the voices of WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. Vince McMahon.

Here’s the official blurb from the studio.

Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big-wave-riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a
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WWE Superstars Catch Wavemania in Surfs Up 2 Trailer

WWE Superstars Catch Wavemania in Surfs Up 2 Trailer
Next year, Sony Pictures Animation will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its animated hit Surf's Up. What better way to kick off the celebration than with the release of a brand new sequel, Surf's Up 2: WaveMania. Earlier today, Sony and WWE Studios debuted the brand new trailer for this animated sequel, offering our first look at The Hang 5.

Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big wave riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where legend has it, they'll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer. Surf's Up 2: WaveMania will be released
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No Powerball Jackpot Winner Saturday – See How Big Prize Has Grown

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No Powerball Jackpot Winner Saturday – See How Big Prize Has Grown
The biggest-ever U.S. lottery just got bigger. There was no jackpot winner in Saturday’s Powerball drawing, which promised a record $900 million payout. So now the payday for this Wednesday’s Powerball drawing climbs to an estimated $1.3 billion, according to lottery officials. Also Read: 'Lottery Ticket's' Erik White to Direct 'Break It Down' Movie Ode to '90s R&B That’s twice as large as the last biggest lottery payout in the U.S. — a $656 million MegaMillions jackpot in 2012. The numbers drawn Saturday were 32, 16, 19, 57 and 34. The Powerball number was 13, with a multiplier of 3. The odds of winning Saturday’s.
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Indian kids' projects head to Sweden

Indian kids' projects head to Sweden
Sweden’s Financing Forum for Kids Content has selected two projects from Film Bazaar’s inaugural Children Screenwriters’ Lab for its 10th edition.

Sagarika Banik’s A Lottery Ticket was chosen to join the Forum as a pitching project. It is a rite-of-passage tale about a boy who believes his lottery ticket will fulfil his dream of owning a bicycle one day.

Head of the Forum Annette Brejner said, “Banik is telling a story for the story’s own sake and with a truly local origin. We believe this project can turn into a beautiful film, with the right kind of roughness and cinematographic texture, which will inspire a young audience – not only in India.”

Brejner who is attending the Film Bazaar for the first time intended to choose only one project (out of six) from the Children Screenwriters’ Lab. But she decided to pick up a second one as she was impressed by the high quality
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New Edition Biopic in Works as Bet Miniseries

New Edition Biopic in Works as Bet Miniseries
New Edition is getting a Bet biopic.

Five of the group’s members, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant, will reunite for the three-night miniseries premiering in 2016. All five will co-produce the untitled project.

New Edition founding member Bobby Brown was not mentioned in the release announcing the biopic on Monday. The group has broken up and reunited several times since its inception in 1978. Brown left their tour early when the the six members rebanded last year.

Jesse Collins Entertainment is exec producing the original miniseries, which will mark Bet’s first scripted music-focused TV movie. New Edition’s longtime manager Brooke Payne will also serve as a co-producer. Abdul Williams (“Lottery Ticket”) wrote the script. A director has not yet been selected.

“From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like the Temptations and the Jackson 5,
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‘Lottery Ticket’s’ Erik White to Direct ‘Break It Down’ Movie Ode to ’90s R&B

‘Lottery Ticket’s’ Erik White to Direct ‘Break It Down’ Movie Ode to ’90s R&B
Music video director Erik White has signed on to direct the dark comedy “Break It Down” for Night Fox Entertainment, one of the companies that produced this year’s Sundance entry “Z for Zachariah.” “Break it Down” follows a washed-up ’90s R&B star who must come to terms with his selfish and destructive behavior in order to get his band back together and court the woman of his dreams. White, who will direct from a script by Ted Beck, made his feature film debut with Universal’s successful “Lottery Ticket.” Also Read: Jimmy Fallon, Pharrell Williams Are Awfully Demanding
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Season One of Deadbeat Coming to DVD

The Sixth Sense‘s Cole Sear isn’t the only character with the ability to see dead people. Kevin Pacalioglu, the main character of Hulu’s supernatural comedy series Deadbeat, not only chats with ghosts, but also attempts to fulfill their final wishes on earth, resulting in some hilarious and bizarre encounters with both the living and the dead. Starring Tucker & Dale vs. Evil‘s Tyler Labine, season one of Deadbeat is coming soon to DVD and digital from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

You can laugh your way through Kevin’s paranormal predicaments from the comfort of your couch starting on August 26th, when Deadbeat hits the shelves on DVD and digital. In April, Hulu renewed Deadbeat for a second season. We have the DVD’s special features and Hulu’s official Deadbeat trailer for you to check out:

Press Release - “The supernatural comedy series Deadbeat arrives on DVD (plus
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Lego Movie edifice growing for third week, with Non-Stop static at No 2

Oscars buzz boosts UK box office and whether growling on a plane or voicing an animation, it's Liam Neeson's moment

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The winner

Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).

Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children.
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‘Glee Project’ Director On ‘Break It Down’ Movie (Exclusive)

‘Glee Project’ Director On ‘Break It Down’ Movie (Exclusive)
Musicvideo helmer Erik White will direct dark comedy “Break It Down” for StarStream Entertainment, with music produced by Gregg Alexander.

White, whose credits include multiple episodes of “The Glee Project” and seven Chris Brown videos, will direct from a script by Ted Beck. White made his feature film helming debut on “Lottery Ticket.”

“Break It Down” is produced by StarStream Entertainment’s Liz Destro and Jordan Kessler, who produced Toronto Film Festival closing-night film “Life of Crime,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes. They also exec produced “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler.’”

“Break It Down” follows a washed-up ’90s R&B star who must come to terms with his selfish and destructive behavior in order to get his band back together and court the woman of his dreams.

Alexander recently collaborated with director John Carney for “Can a Song Save Your Life.”
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5 Greatest Movies Featuring A Win On The Lottery

Be honest: every time you play the lottery, the same fantasy runs through your head, of you sitting in a bath full of champagne, wearing a top hat and monocle, and throwing wads of cash into the air gleefully. Before you’ve even left the shop, you’ve spent half the money that you’re almost definitely destined to win, no matter what the actual odds.

Feeding this fantasy is the many, many movies that have involved lottery wins, and the results for the winners. They are invariably everyman characters, just like you, who need an escape from the mediocrity of mundane life, and who see their universe changed entirely by the huge injection of cash brought when the right numbers come in.

Now more than ever, the experience of buying a ticket is even easier, so that dream can be fed without even needing to go to the shop,
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AnnaSophia Robb and Jake T. Austin Earn Animation Stripes

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AnnaSophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain, "The Carrie Diaries") and Jake T. Austin (Hotel for Dogs, "Wizards of Waverly Place") will voice characters in Khumba, an animated movie about a zebra who only has half his stripes (Austin) and becomes a scapegoat for the drought his herd is experiencing. He teams up with a narcissistic ostrich and an overprotective wildebeast and defeat a leopard dictator and his herd. Steve Buscemi (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) and Anika Noni Rose (Tiana from The Princess and the Frog)  just joined the cast which includes Liam Neeson (Wrath of the Titans), Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel) and Loretta Devine (Lottery Ticket, "Doc McStuffins"). South Africa's Triggerfish Animated Studios is behind the film. 

Source: Deadline
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Smiley arrives on DVD February 12

Director: Michael J. Gallagher

Cast: Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Michael Bart (TV’s Desperate Housewives, The Stepford Wives), Keith David (Lottery Ticket, Stomp the Yard 2), Shane Dawson (You Tube star)

A twisted killer let loose. A college student yearning for a fresh start. Internet trolls looking for trouble. It all comes together in Smiley: the most terrifying and controversial horror film of the year. Troubled teen Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) … Continue reading →
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Watch Viola Davis In New Longer Trailer For 'Beautiful Creatures'

Now that those Twilight sparking vampire movies are finished, studios are scrambling to find the next film series to attract impressionable 16 year old girls. Back in Spetember Tambay posted the first trailer for what Warners Bros and Alcon Entertainment (the production company that gave you The Blind Side, The Book of Eli and Lottery Ticket) hope will be their own Twilight series called Beautiful Ceatures, coming out in February, which is the first of three novels written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film is a "supernatural love story set in the South, telling the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town,...
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Brandon T. Jackson to Play Axel Foley’s Son on Beverly Hills Cop TV Series?

A couple of months back we heard that Eddie Murphy was in talks to reprise his iconic role as fast-talking cop Axel Foley -- not in a sequel or a remake, but rather, a brand new Beverly Hills Cop TV series. At the time, it was still being shopped around Hollywood, but since then we have learned that the show was picked up by CBS, who have ordered a pilot. The thing is, although Axel Foley will make occasional appearances, he won't be the star of the show. Instead, the story will revolve around his son Aaron, who also happens to be a cop and conveniently decides to move to Beverly Hills. Now we have the inside scoop on who might play Foley's son and it looks like it could be Tropic Thunder star Brandon T. Jackson. The news comes courtesy of a site called Humor Mill, and although I'm not too familiar with it,
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Andrew Wilson Joins Zero Gravity Management

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Exclusive: Manager Andrew Wilson has joined Zero Gravity Management, Mark and Christine Holder have confirmed. Wilson spent 11 years at Evolution Entertainment and Twisted Pictures, leaving a year ago to join Prolific. His clients include author and filmmaker Clive Barker, Mother’s Day helmer Darren Lynn Bousman, Bag of Bones scribe Matt Venne, who just turned in Mystery on 5th Ave for Jj Abrams at Paramount; Jake Wade Wall; and Christina Welsh, whose script Mind Games has Joe Ruben attached to direct at Inferno and Anonymous Content. Wilson’s producing credits include Lottery Ticket with Ice Cube. “Andrew is a manager with phenomenal taste and a fantastic work ethic,” Mark Holder said. “Christine and I are absolutely thrilled to have him as part of the Zg team and look forward to a long future together.”
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Anthony E. Zuiker Debuts Original Series on BlackBoxTV

Today CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, in collaboration with director Tony E. Valenzuela and Collective Digital Studio, launched BlackBoxTV, the highly anticipated premium YouTube original channel dedicated to horror. Appropriately launching on Friday the 13th, BlackBoxTV will present the best in horror, thriller and sci-fi online programming, building upon Valenzuela's BlackBoxTV anthology started in 2010. The relaunched channel has been attracting an impressive stable of talent, including Bill Bellamy (How To Be A Player, Lottery Ticket and Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday), Goran Visnjic (‘ER,’ Pan Am, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Drake Bell (Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, Superhero Movie), Justin Deeley (90210), Yvonne Zima (Daisy Carter in The Young and the Restless), Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Boston Legal, Saving Grace) and Jordan Hinson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas), who have signed on to be a part of the upcoming programming

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Naturi Naughton Talks "The Rub" in Lifetime's "The Client List" (Loretta Devine Co-Stars)

Naturi Naughton Talks
Recall back in December we announced Naturi Naughton, whose last stint on the TV screen was in the NBC short-lived The Playboy Club, is slated to co-star in the upcoming Lifetime "dark" dramedy series The Client List, headlined by Jennifer Love-Hewitt. Naughton will also reunite with veteran actress and her Lottery Ticket co-star Loretta Devine. In Client List, Naughton plays Kendra, who Naughton describes as a “young very optimistic sometimes naïve girl from Beaumont, Texas.” She's a "masseuse" at a Sugarland, TX spa called "The Rub". Devine plays Georgia, the owner of "The Rub" and a mother figure to the girls at the spa. In a recent interview, Naughton talks more about her character and show's themes. Naturi says that although the show is a drama and will go to the "dark side," it will still be lighthearted, fun, and for "many different people." She says her character Brenda.
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BlackBoxTV YouTube Channel Launching on Friday, April 13th

We're not saying that everything cool happens on Friday the 13th, but cool things seem to happen every Friday the 13th. On April 13th a new idea in entertainment will launch with a horror-themed premium channel on YouTube Channel. This is BlackBoxTV.

As we mentioned earlier this year, the creator of television's "CSI", Anthony E. Zuiker; director Tony E. Valenzuela; and Collective Digital Studio are presenting the channel, which will feature a variety of programming. The official launch site is YouTube.com/BlackBoxTV. Read on for the scheduled programming and what you can expect from BlackBoxTV.

For more information visit BlackBoxTelevision.com.

From the Press Release

Part of YouTube’s premium programming strategy, BlackBoxTV will present the best in horror, thriller, and sci-fi online programming. The new channel will build upon the cult favorite BlackBoxTV anthology online series from the twisted mind of director Tony E. Valenzuela with an array
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