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Eddie Murphy to Get Cracking on Marion Barry Biopic

9 December 2011 12:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"Tower Heist" star Eddie Murphy, who recently bowed out of the hosting gig for next year's Oscars, is attached to play scandal-plagued former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry in a biopic that's being developed by HBO Films, HBO confirms to TheWrap. Spike Lee will direct the project, while John Ridley (whose resume includes "The Wanda Sykes Show," the "Barbershop" TV series and "Undercover Brother") will write the script. Murphy, Lee and Ridley will all serve as executive producers. The project's source material will include the 1994 book "Dream City" by Washington, D.C. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Elvis Nolasco joins Spike Lee's Da Brick

9 November 2011 12:02 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Elvis Nolasco has joined the cast of HBO.s new series "Da Brick" from Mike Tyson and Spike Lee. Tyson and Lee have teamed with "Entourage" creator and HBO show creator Doug Ellin for the new series . which is set in Newark and based on Tyson's early life growing up in the projects. The pilot was written by John Ridley (writer on "The Wanda Sykes Show", "Third Watch" and "Barbershop" TV series) with Lee set to direct. Nolasco was cast in the role called, "Hector Acevedo aka The Real" - who is a quite menace but dangerous. The actor has appeared in Lee.s Clockers, the futuristic sci-fi short film "White" and as "Jefe' in the film "Low »

- Patrick Luce

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The 20 Funniest Women in Movies... Right Now

11 May 2011 1:30 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

For women, breaking into comedy is a tough enough nut to crack without the chauvinistic "women aren't funny" comments. Not only is it not true, but with a male-dominated writer's field in Hollywood (73 percent of the WGA's film writers are men) it's only too clear that if women aren't funny onscreen it's probably because the only funny thing they had to do in the script was fall down and go boom boom.

The widely accepted paradigm in movies (not to mention TV) is having an out-of-shape or mildly attractive but funny husband and his hot, not-as-funny wife. And it's getting stale, baby. In order for a woman to go against that grain takes massive ovaries, the ability to generate her own material, and absolutely no fear of looking stupid.

Here are our picks for the 20 funniest women working in movies today.

20. Eva Mendes

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- Cassie Carpenter

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