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Film News Roundup: Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson Join Eddie Murphy’s ‘Dolemite Is My Name’

Film News Roundup: Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson Join Eddie Murphy’s ‘Dolemite Is My Name’
In today’s film news roundup, Eddie Murphy’s “Dolemite Is My Name” and DreamWorks Animimation’s “Abominable” have rounded out their casts and veteran exec Gary Glushon joins F. Gary Gray’s production company.

Castings

Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph have joined Eddie Murphy in the Netflix biopic “Dolemite Is My Name!”

Production started June 11 with Craig Brewer directing from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Murphy is also producing with John Davis and John Fox. Michael Buegg is executive producing.

The project centers on the life of Rudy Ray Moore, who recorded the Dolemite comedy albums in the early 1970s and used the proceeds to finance the 1975 film “Dolemite,” in which he starred as a pimp and ghetto hero. Moore also starred as Dolemite in “The Human Tornado,” “The Monkey Hustle,” and “Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-in-Law.
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Eddie Murphy Is Dolemite Star Rudy Ray Moore in Upcoming Biopic

Eddie Murphy Is Dolemite Star Rudy Ray Moore in Upcoming Biopic
Late comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who was best known for his Dolemite character, is getting a biopic at Netflix with Eddie Murphy as the star. If that wasn't already cool enough, the script was written by script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the duo responsible for quirky biographical films including Big Eyes, Ed Wood, and The People Vs. Larry Flynt. This could be a huge winner for Netflix and the legacy of Blaxploitation hero Rudy Ray Moore and his Dolemite alter ego.

Dolemite was a character that Rudy Ray Moore created while he was working in a record store in the early 1970s. He would hear stories from pimps and gang members walking into the store and always heard of a big bad dude named Dolemite. Moore then decided to embellish the stories and use them in his comedy act, which proved to be quite fruitful. He became Dolemite
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Film News Roundup: Eddie Murphy to Star in Biopic ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ for Netflix

Film News Roundup: Eddie Murphy to Star in Biopic ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ for Netflix
In today’s film news roundup, Eddie Murphy is starring in a Dolemite biopic for Netflix, Mark Ivanir joins Miranda July’s movie and the third Johnny English movie is set for October.

Murphy Movie

Eddie Murphy is producing and starring in the biopic “Dolemite Is My Name” for Netflix, with production starting June 12 and Craig Brewer directing from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

John Davis and John Fox are also producing. The project centers on the life of Rudy Ray Moore, who recorded the Dolemite comedy albums in the early 1970s and used the proceeds to finance the 1975 film “Dolemite,” in which he starred as a pimp and ghetto hero. Moore also starred as Dolemite in “The Human Tornado,” “The Monkey Hustle,” and “Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-in-Law.” He died in 2008.

Murphy began performing stand-up comedy at the age of 15 in 1976 and gained acclaim in
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10 Worst Reviewed Films on Rotten Tomatoes, From ‘Ridiculous 6’ to ‘Pinocchio’ (Photos)

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10 Worst Reviewed Films on Rotten Tomatoes, From ‘Ridiculous 6’ to ‘Pinocchio’ (Photos)
“Flatliners” is the worst reviewed movie of the Fall so far, and one of the worst-reviewed movies of the year. But it’s not the worst reviewed film of all time. Check which ones are, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, ranked by number of reviews. “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” (2002) Average Score: 2.59 # of Reviews: 116 Tomatometer: 0 Cast: Antonio Banderas, Lucy LiuOne Missed Call” (2008) Average Score: 2.48 # of Reviews: 80 Tomatometer: 0 Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Edwards Burns “Pinocchio” (2002) Average Score: 2.36 # of Reviews: 55 Tomatometer: 0 Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta BraschiA Thousand Words” (2012) Average Score: 3.18 # of Reviews: 54 Tomatometer: 0 Cast: Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Allison JanneySuperbabies: Baby Geniuses 2” (2004) Average.
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We're Getting an All-Female Lord of the Flies Movie Written by Men - What Could Go Wrong?

In "We Never Asked For This, but Hollywood Is Giving It to Us Anyway" news, another Lord of the Flies movie is on the way, but unlike William Golding's classic 1954 novel and the 1963 and 1990 film adaptations, this version is replacing the young male castaways with girls. Oh, and Deadline reports that it will be written and directed by two men, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, for Warner Bros. *pause for exasperated sigh* While the move to replace a large cast of male characters with female ones is gender progressive, in a way, the story - a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys is shot down during wartime and they're left stranded on a remote island, where they eventually devolve into a toxic society - basically negates all hope that this movie will be empowering for women in any way. Do we really need to watch a bunch of
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Paramount developing Coming to America 2 with original screenwriters

Nearly thirty years after the release of the original film, Paramount Pictures is finally moving forward on a sequel to the hit Eddie Murphy-led comedy, Coming to America. The 1988 film saw Murphy playing an African prince who decides he wants no part in an arranged marriage and travels to Queens in search of a smart, independent-minded and loving wife.

The Tracking Board first reported the long-rumoured news and confirmed that writers of the original film, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, are on board to pen the sequel. Kevin Misher (Public Enemies, Carrie) is set to produce the film, which is still in the very early stages of development.

Murphy’s involvement with the sequel is unknown at the time, although one would assume that the film would have a hard time getting off the ground without his return as Prince Akeem. Of course, the creative team behind the movie
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Eddie Murphy to Voice Star in Animated Film for Stx

Eddie Murphy to Voice Star in Animated Film for Stx
Eddie Murphy, who was previously featured as a voice in the Shrek films, will return to voice work in a new film for Stx.

The studio announced the new project at CinemaCon in Las Vegas Tuesday. The story centers on a young bull, and the audience at CinemaCon was given an early look at the animation. It's currently using the working title The Eddie Murphy Project.

Murphy’s most recent films include the indie Mr. Church and comedy A Thousand Words. He is known for voicing Donkey in the hit Shrek animated franchise.

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‘Mr. Church’ Exclusive Clip: Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson Discuss Bringing Susan McMartin’s Script To Life

‘Mr. Church’ Exclusive Clip: Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson Discuss Bringing Susan McMartin’s Script To Life
Bruce Beresford’s newest film “Mr. Church” follows the relationship between talented cook Henry Church (Eddie Murphy) and young girl Charlie Brooks (Britt Robertson) over the course of many years. It’s based on a true story from the life of screenwriter Susan McMartin, who was helped raised by a local cook who taught her to believe she could grow up to be anything. Though the film was stuck in development hell for over eight years, and was once attached to Samuel L. Jackson, it was finally released domestically this past September. In a behind-the-scenes clip from the film, Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson discuss bringing McMartin’s story to life. Watch the clip below.

Read More: Tribeca Review: ‘Mr. Church’ Starring Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson And Natascha McElhone

Susan McMartin is best known for being a writer and producer on the CBS sitcom “Mom.” She has also written episodes for such shows as “Californication,
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Oscars: Eddie Murphy to Be Pushed As Supporting Actor for 'Mr. Church' (Exclusive)

Oscars: Eddie Murphy to Be Pushed As Supporting Actor for 'Mr. Church' (Exclusive)
Eddie Murphy, the comedy legend whose performance in Bruce Beresford's drama Mr. Church, which opens Sept. 16, is earning him some of the best reviews of his decades-long career, will be promoted for awards consideration in the category of best supporting actor, rather than best actor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. It's a somewhat unexpected, but fully justifiable, move for the A-lister, who last appeared on the big screen four years ago in A Thousand Words. In Mr. Church, Murphy plays the title character — a black man who helps to raise a white girl after her mother is stricken

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‘Mr. Church’ Trailer: Eddie Murphy Gets Serious

‘Mr. Church’ Trailer: Eddie Murphy Gets Serious
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Eddie Murphy stretch his dramatic muscles. Heck, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Eddie Murphy at all. His last film was A Thousand Words, released all the way back in 2012. But he’s back this fall, and with his most dramatic role since 2006’s Dreamgirls. Murphy leads Mr. Church as Mr. Church […]

The post ‘Mr. Church’ Trailer: Eddie Murphy Gets Serious appeared first on /Film.
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Elegant First Trailer For Mr. Church Tackles Love, Family And Getting Older

It’s going on four years since Eddie Murphy last stepped before the camera for A Thousand Words, but the esteemed actor is ready to end that hiatus with a touching, heartfelt drama.

Entitled Mr. Church, today’s first trailer finds Murphy in the role of the titular Henry Church, a man of many talents who develops a strong bond with a young girl (Britt Robertson) and her dying mother. Said to be inspired by a true friendship, Church’s role in the family extends far beyond that of a surrogate father, and remains a loyal guardian to Robertson’s character as she goes through childhood, adolescence, and eventually pregnancy.

If that reads as a melodramatic, schmaltzy affair, we don’t blame you; making its debut at Tribeca Film Festival earlier in the year, our review found Mr. Church to be largely forgettable, wasting a stellar turn by Eddie Murphy with a lacklustre screenplay.
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Eddie Murphy Returns to the Big Screen in First Trailer For ‘Mr. Church’

Eddie Murphy is back in his first live-action performance since 2012’s A Thousand Words with Mr. Church. Rather than much of his past work, the film is not comedy, but a drama concerning the titular Henry Church (Murphy), a talented cook with a love of jazz who is hired by a dying mother as help for her six year old daughter. While the arrangement is set for six months, it develops into a 15-year journey of friendship and care.

Off a script by Susan McMartin — whose penned episodes of Two and a Half Men and Californiacation —Mr. Church is directed by Brurce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), making his first feature in five years. The film looks to be a touching, sad story of aging and acceptance with a sweet performance from Murphy. See the trailer below ahead of a release next month.

Mr. Church” tells the story of a unique
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Watch Eddie Murphy in Moving 'Mr. Church' Trailer

Watch Eddie Murphy in Moving 'Mr. Church' Trailer
Eddie Murphy will star in the forthcoming film, Mr. Church, and from the looks of the trailer, it's a more dramatic role than usual for the typically comedic actor. It's his first leading role in four years, following 2012's A Thousand Words.

Helmed by Australian director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), the film also stars Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) and Natascha McElhone (Solaris, Californication).

The film explores the bond that develops between a girl named Charlotte (played by Robertson) and cook Henry Joseph Church (portrayed by Murphy) whom her dying mother (played by McElhone) hires.
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‘Mr. Church’ Trailer: Eddie Murphy Returns to the Silver Screen in Bruce Beresford’s Emotional Drama

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‘Mr. Church’ Trailer: Eddie Murphy Returns to the Silver Screen in Bruce Beresford’s Emotional Drama
Eddie Murphy is returning to the silver screen for the first time in four years. His leading role in “Mr. Church” is his first since 2012’s “A Thousand Words,” with the actor joined by Britt Robertson and Natascha McElhone in Bruce Beresford’s drama based on screenwriter Susan McMartin’s own life. Watch its first trailer, which first premiered on Entertainment Weekly, below.

Read More: Tribeca Review: Eddie Murphy Gives One His Best Performances in Bruce Beresford’s Maudlin ‘Mr. Church

“Henry Joseph Church could have been anything he wanted,” Robertson narrates in the opening seconds. “He chose to cook.” McElhone plays Robertson’s single mother, who’s ill and not long for this world; from there we see the cook become a father figure to the girl over the course of several years beginning in 1970s Los Angeles.

Read More: First Clip + Poster for Eddie Murphy’s First Film
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Eddie Murphy Drama ‘Mr. Church’ Gets September Release

Eddie Murphy Drama ‘Mr. Church’ Gets September Release
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
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First Clip + Poster for Eddie Murphy's First Film in Five Years - 'Mr. Church'

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

'Mr. Church': Tribeca Review
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

Following his small-scale, black-and-white drama Nebraska, Alexander 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,
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Box Office Weekend: Ride Along 2 Finally Derails Star Wars Juggernaut

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
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