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Hollywood Flashback: A Sober Richard Pryor Spent 'Brewster's Millions' in 1985

George Barr McCutcheon's novel Brewster's Millions has been a source for movies about money madness since 1902. The book has been adapted for the big screen 13 times, including a 1914 film by Cecil B. DeMille; another silent version in 1921 starring Fatty Arbuckle; and on four occasions in India, in both Hindi and Telugu. While all the Millions versions follow the novel's plot of an average guy who has to spend an enormous amount of money in a limited time to receive an even larger inheritance, only Walter Hill's 1985 take features the premier black comedian of ...
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'Hello Mr Billionaire': 5 Things to Know About the Hit Chinese Comedy

'Hello Mr Billionaire': 5 Things to Know About the Hit Chinese Comedy
The homegrown comedy Hello Mr Billionaire opened to a stellar $131 million this past weekend, dominating the Chinese box office and sparking debate across social media in the country. 

Loosely based on the 1985 Richard Pryor comedy Brewster's Millions, the movie's debut boosts its hopes of becoming the breakout summer hit at the local box office. Hello Mr Billionaire tells the story of an underachieving soccer player's attempt to reasonably spend 1 billion yuan ($147 million) in a month as a condition of inheriting the 30 billion yuan ($4.4 billion) in assets from his late Taiwanese uncle. ...
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China Box Office: 'Hello Mr Billionaire' Opens at No.1 With Stellar $131 Million

China Box Office: 'Hello Mr Billionaire' Opens at No.1 With Stellar $131 Million
Despite the Chinese government's official disdain of profligate spending and obscene displays of wealth, Hello Mr Billionaire, a comedy loosely based on the 1985 Richard Pryor film Brewster's Millions, dominated the box office in China this weekend with a stellar $130.77 million opening. 

With Mission Impossible: Fallout still to secure a China release date, Chinese audiences have been flocking this week to see the comedy from the directing duo behind 2015's $228 million-grossing comedy hit Goodbye Mr Loser, Yan Fei and Peng Damo.  

Hello Mr Billionaire tells the story of an underachieving soccer player's attempt ...
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The Assignment Trailer: Michelle Rodriguez Used to Be One Killer Dude

The Assignment Trailer: Michelle Rodriguez Used to Be One Killer Dude
Saban Films and Lionsgate have released the first trailer for The Assignment, which puts a unique twist on the assassin thriller genre. Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez lead a diverse and impressive cast in this thriller, which also includes Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard. If that wasn't enough, we also have the first poster for The Assignment, which you can check out below the trailer.

Legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors) gives the revenge film a modern neo-noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he's not the man he thought he was, he's been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. The hitman, now a hitwoman,
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Creature From The Black Lagoon: the unmade Carpenter film




Universal's classic monster movie Creature From The Black Lagoon was almost remade by John Carpenter in the 1990s. So what happened?

It's one of the great suspense scenes in 50s genre cinema: a woman swims in the clear cool water of an Amazonian lagoon, blissfully unaware of the grotesque creature emerging from the depths beneath her. The score builds to a crescendo as the monster closes in, reaching out with a clawed, webbed hand...

Director Jack Arnold directed some of the best American sci-fi movies of the post-wwii era, and Creature From The Black Lagoon is perhaps his most famous. About a team of scientists investigating the fossilised remains of a strange man-fish hybrid - and discovering the thing still very much alive in the depths of the Amazon - the movie was a sizeable hit for Universal when it came out in early 1954.

The cultural impact
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What's Leaving Netflix in October 2015

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Well, this is lousy timing. Several horror movies, including "The Exorcist," "Night of the Living Dead," and "Interview with the Vampire" are leaving Netflix on October 1, right before Halloween.

Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."

More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.

Leaving Oct. 1, 2015

"Aces High" (1976)

"A Fond Kiss" (2004)

"Agata And The Storm" (2004)

"A Good Day to Die" (2013)

"Alakazam The Great" (1960)

"All Is Lost" (2013)

"An Affair to Remember" (1957)

"Agora" (2009)

"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)

"America Declassified" (2013)

"Analyze This" (1999)

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)

"Angela's Ashes" (1999)

"Annie Hall" (1977)

"Another Woman" (1988)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Axed" (2012)

"Baby's Day Out" (1994)

"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)

"Baron Blood" (1972)

"Beaufort" (2007)

"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)

"Big Night" (1996)

"Blue Velvet" (1986)

"Brewster's Millions" (1945)

"Buying & Selling" (2013)

"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)

"Caprica" (2009)

"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)

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One last 'Parks and Recreation' Q&A with Mike Schur

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One last 'Parks and Recreation' Q&A with Mike Schur
It’s been a week since “Parks and Recreation” ended. In my review of the series finale, I said that I put off my usual post-season interview with Mike Schur at the time because he was otherwise occupied. (He did, though, offer an answer of sorts as to the question of who is Potus in the year 2048.) Over the last few days, though, we emailed some questions and answers back and forth on leftover bits of business from the finale and the final season, including the show finally identifying Leslie’s party affiliation, which guest stars Schur didn’t manage to squeeze into the final season, Ron and Leslie’s brief estrangement, the religious background(s) of the all-important Lerpiss family, and more. So if you haven’t tired of Schur after the two-part interview we did before the finale, here’s us talking “Parks” one last time (sigh)… Was
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The Brewster's Millions Remake Just Took A Huge Step Forward

For a novel that's been adapted into ten different films, Brewster's Millions seems to still have some life in its pages. Since 1906, audiences have had quite a few chances to see what could have been their favorite book adapted for the screen, with the most memorable one being the Richard Pryor/John Candy version from 1985. And just when we'd thought we'd heard the last gasp for any sort of modern shot at a revival, a new Brewster's Millions remake has arrived and it brought a director along for the ride! Variety has reported that Robert Townsend, director of such classics as Hollywood Shuffle and Meteor Man, will be the latest director to tell the tale of a man who stands to inherit a large fortune... if only he can spend a small one in a limited amount of time. In the 1985 version, the stakes were to spend $30 million in 30 days,
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Brewster's Millions Remake Gets a Director

Back in 2009, it was reported that Warner Bros was moving forward with another version of "Brewster's Millions," which is based on a 1902 novel. And now comes word that the project is happening again. Variety is reporting that Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats, The Meteor Man, Baps) has signed on to direct. The book has been adapted for the big twice already, first in 1945 with Dennis O'Keefe starring and then in 1985 with Richard Pryor and John Candy. The story centers on a man who inherits $1 million from a rich grandfather. When a rich uncle who hated the grandfather also passes away, the will leaves the young man $7 million -- but under the condition he spends the grandfather's million within a year and not end up with any assets from the spending spree.
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Another 'Brewster's Millions' Film Adaptation in Development, With Robert Townsend Directing

There have been at least 5 film adaptations of "Brewster's Millions" - the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon. But maybe the one most are familiar with is the 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy, which was directed by Walter Hill (who was not really known for comedies. He got this job after directing Eddie Murphy in "48 Hours").  The movie received mixed reviews en route to a $40+ million domestic box office. Now the story will be revisited again, for the umpteenth time, in a feature film that will be directed by Robert Townsend, from a screenplay penned by Michael Williams Schmidt. The novel revolves around Montgomery...
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'Brewster's Millions' Lands Director Robert Townsend

'Brewster's Millions' Lands Director Robert Townsend
Actor-filmmaker Robert Townsend has signed on to direct the reboot of Brewster's Millions, news which comes 30 years after the 1985 comedy Brewster's Millions was released, starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. The story is based on George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel, which was turned into a stage play in 1906 along with 10 different movie adaptations, including a lost 1914 Cecil B. DeMille version towards the beginning of his career.

Michael William Schmidt is writing the screenplay, which centers on Montgomery Brewster, a man who inherits $1 billion, under one condition: he must spend $100 million in one week, or he loses everything. The financial stakes in the reboot have been increased considerably, since the 1985 version, directed by Walter Hill, centered on Richard Pryor's Brewster tasked with spending $30 million in 30 days, in order to receive his full inheritance of $300 million. No further story details were released at this time.

Joseph Nasser and Jack Nasser are producing the reboot,
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Brewster's Millions: new remake on the way

The 11th - really - big screen adaptation of Brewster's Millions is in the works...

The history of Brewster's Millions on the big screen is extensive. Based on the novel by George Barr McCutcheon, that was published in 1902, there have, to date, been ten screen adaptations of it (not including television projects). They range from the first, a 1914 adaptation directed by Cecil B De Mille and Oscar Apfel, through arguably the highest profile, the Richard Pryor-headlined version that landed in 1985.

Well, number 11 is on the way (and we're indebted to Film Divider for pointing out there have been that many).

The new Brewster's Millions, the first English language take on the book since that 1985 project (that was helmed by Walter Hill, with John Candy co-starring), will be directed by Robert Townsend, based on a screenplay by Michael William Schmidt. The basic premise will be the same: for a man to inherit a large fortune,
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Review: Kristen Wiig walks a comic tightrope in the uncomfortable 'Welcome To Me'

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Review: Kristen Wiig walks a comic tightrope in the uncomfortable 'Welcome To Me'
When I reviewed "The Judge" last night, I talked about how one character in particular really rubbed the wrong way. In the film, Robert Downey Jr's character has a younger brother who is portrayed as "slow." I put that in quotes because the film goes out of its way to avoid ever naming what's wrong with him, and it's that movie thing where they're afraid to offend anyone so they make it so generic that it's basically offensive to everyone. It bothers me because it treats the character as an easy punchline, a cheap laugh, and they use him for convenient exposition. Need to explain something? Just have the slow brother ask someone to explain it to him again. I'll be honest… it made my skin crawl, and they certainly aren't the first to do it. When I first heard the premise for "Welcome To Me," I was afraid
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Stephen Collins Talks NBC’s Revolution, Making Brewster’S Millions with Richard Pryor, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture at WonderCon

Earlier today, right before Stephen Collins took the WonderCon stage to promote NBC's Revolution, I was able to participate in a group interview backstage. While I'm sure NBC wanted me to focus on the show, with Collin's great resume, I had to ask about some of his previous projects like Brewster's Millions with Richard Pryor and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Thankfully, Collins was more than happy to talk about both, revealing what it was like working with Pryor and what DeForest Kelly told him while making Star Trek. In addition, Collins talked about Star Trek's reception at the box office and with critics. Of course, he also talked about what fans can look forward to on the last four episodes of Revolution, teasing a huge action set piece on a steam train and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch. Revolution airs on NBC Monday nights. ComplexEmbed.
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Dave to air 'Brewster's Millions'-style new celebrity show

Dave has commissioned a new comedy series asking celebrities to needlessly spend vast sums of money.

Echoing 1985 movie Brewster's Millions, Spending Dave's Money will see celebrity pairs tasked with spending £10,000 in only 24 hours.

Comedians David Baddiel, Richard Herring and Susan Calman - as well as former cricketer and presenter Phil Tufnell - have so far been confirmed as contestants on the show, which is scheduled to air in 2014.

The rules of the programme dictate that the double acts must have absolutely nothing to show for their spending spree and they can only gamble away 10%, which they can place on strategic bets they hope to lose.

The globetrotters will face an outrageous forfeit if they fail to spend every last penny of the local currency.

Five hour-long episodes will be filmed around the globe.

Executive producer for the series Harry Lansdown said: "It's a very bold commission that takes Dave into
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Top 50 underappreciated comedy films of the past 30 years

Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14

They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...

For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.

As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or
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Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Biopic Coming from Producer Forest Whitaker

Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Biopic Coming from Producer Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker has signed on to produce Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, a biopic centering on the life of late comedian Richard Pryor. The actor will produce alongside the comedian's widow, Jennifer Pryor and his Significant Productions partner Nina Yang Bongiovi.

The actor-producer will oversee the development of a new screenplay, although it isn't known if a writer has been attached yet. Forest Whitaker recently produced the indie hit Fruitvale, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Bill Condon was previously attached to direct Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, which had Marlon Wayans poised to play the comedy legend. The project fell apart when Bill Condon signed on to direct The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Since Forest Whitaker is developing a whole new screenplay, it seems unlikely
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Weekly Poll Results: Best Walter Hill Movie

Last week we asked Film Junk readers to pick Walter Hill's best movie of all time, and as you might expect, the voting was somewhat sparse. I figured there were at least a handful of his movies that most people had seen, but it appears that may not be the case. Coming out on top after laying a serious beatdown on the competition was his seminal '70s gang flick The Warriors with 42% of the votes. His buddy cop entry 48 Hrs. placed second with 24% of the votes followed by The Driver. Streets of Fire, Brewster's Millions and Southern Comfort all essentially tied for the next three spots. After that, there were just a few votes spread around the remaining options, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Red Heat which was all the way down at #10. Trespass did not receive a single vote. Do you agree with these results? 1. The Warriors -- 42% 2. 48 Hrs.
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Review: Bullet To The Head Offers Up Cinematic Cotton Candy

Bullet To The Head is more than just a Walter Hill project, or the newest movie starring the resurgent Sylvester Stallone. It's also shaped by the firm hand of producer Joel Silver, a man not known for keeping his cards close to his chest. Genre stalwart Hill has said, "Every film I've done has been a Western." However, beyond the obvious ones he's made in his career, such as The Long Riders or Wild Bill, it's hard to see explicitly the "stripped down moral universe" he's referred to in interviews when watching the likes of the gang musical Streets of Fire or the slapstick Brewster's Millions. Nonetheless, Hill has secured his spot in cinema history as a writer/producer on part of the Alien franchise, and...

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Set Visit: Bullet to the Head with Sung Kang and Director Walter Hill

Set Visit: Bullet to the Head with Sung Kang and Director Walter Hill
We head to New Orleans to visit the set of Bullet to the Head, starring Sylvester Stallone

I'm a big proponent of meaningful movie titles. That's not to say that there has to be some deep-seated, thoughtful meaning behind a title, but it has to mean something, unlike a movie such as Rush Hour, whose title comes from an arbitrary line uttered in the first act. When I hear about a movie like Bullet to the Head, I know immediately what to expect: fight scenes, gunplay, general badass-ness, and the like. Bullet to the Head is not a movie guys will take their girlfriends to. Teenage girls will not wait in line for days on end to see Bullet to the Head on February 1. Bullet to the Head is a motherf*&%ing Action movie, and a throwback action movie at that.

Back in August 2011, I was invited to New Orleans
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