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Don’t weep for J.Lo and Eddie Murphy — their real trophies are their revived acting careers

Don’t weep for J.Lo and Eddie Murphy — their real trophies are their revived acting careers
At least Renee Zellweger got the Oscar nomination love she deserved this week for her big-screen comeback as the late-life Judy Garland in “Judy.” But the actress knows all too well that winning that coveted trophy doesn’t always result in a rush of fabulous opportunities, especially for ladies of a certain age.

She was up for Academy Awards three years in a row, starting with her lead performance as a British working-girl singleton in 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and as a ’20s-era murderous wannabe singer and dancer Roxie Hart in the musical “Chicago.” But it was her earthy supporting role as talky, no-nonsense farmer Ruby Thewes in the 2003 Civil War drama “Cold Mountain” that earned her a trophy.

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But instead of being more in demand than ever, the size of her roles in films began
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Leslie Jones to Host ‘Supermarket Sweep’ Reboot at ABC

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Leslie Jones to Host ‘Supermarket Sweep’ Reboot at ABC
Saturday Night Live” alum Leslie Jones will host a “Supermarket Sweep” reboot at ABC, network boss Karey Burke announced at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday.

A reboot of the 1965 game show hosted by Bill Malone, each episode of the new “Supermarket Sweep” will see three teams of two battle it out “using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes.”

Production is set to begin on the 10-episode order in the spring. No premiere date has been announced.

“I’ve always dreamed of being on ‘Supermarket Sweep,'” Jones said in a statement. “Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I’d have to take matters into my own hands. Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!”

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Need a reason to watch the Critics’ Choice Awards? Eddie Murphy is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award

Need a reason to watch the Critics’ Choice Awards? Eddie Murphy is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award
The year 2019 was notable for many ups and downs, but one of the more pleasant surprises was the return of comic actor Eddie Murphy back into our lives thanks to his performance as scrappy underground filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore in the Netflix comedic biopic “Dolomite Is My Name.” Even better was enjoying Murphy’s recent hosting stint on the TV variety show that launched his career, “Saturday Night Live,” as he revived such beloved characters as Gumby, Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson and Velvet Jones.

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Apparently, the folks behind the Critics’ Choice Awards took note of his rather successful showbiz comeback — including nominating Murphy for his “Dolemite” performance — and have decided to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 25th edition of their ceremony. The event will air live on the CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12, 7 to 10 p.
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Eddie Murphy Set to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards

Eddie Murphy Set to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards
It's been a long time coming.  Eddie Murphy made his legendary return to the world of entertainment in 2019 after slowing down his pace for the better part of the last decade. The star got his start as one of the best stand up comedians to ever do it, before moving onto such huge box office successes as The Nutty Professor, Shrek and Coming to America.  In 2019 alone, he starred in the critically acclaimed Dolemite Is My Name, returned to the Saturday Night Live stage after more than 30 years and started production on the highly anticipated sequel Coming 2 America. His legendary work is finally being recognized, and he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 at the 25th Annual...
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“No Time To Die” and “Tenet”: 100 Movies To Look Forward To In 2020

Tomorrow is the last day of 2019, which means that we’re about to enter an entirely new decade. Fingers crossed that 2020 is something special. With a whole new year about to be upon us, and as such, there’s a ton of new films to anticipate. Fun times, right? Today will be a day to look forward, which is a little different than most are doing here in the final days of December, when looking back is all the rage. Indeed, there’s a whole slate of titles emerging in the weeks and months to come, so that’s what we’ll be focusing on. Even just in the coming days, we’ll see 2020 releases begin to overtake the current 2019 expansions. There will be some rather rough times as studios dump their lesser projects, but look to the independent flicks for saving graces until the bigger films begin to come out,
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The Internet’s Loving Eddie Murphy’s Sweet SNL Revenge On Bill Cosby

Eddie Murphy knocked it out of the park hosting this week’s Saturday Night Live. Making his first appearance in 35 years, expectations were sky-high. Some assumed that he would’ve gone a little soft over the years, with contemporary audiences more familiar with his work in the Shrek movies than his blistering early 80s stand-up specials. But he proved them all wrong, with the highlight being him bringing up his old rivalry with disgraced former icon and sex offender Bill Cosby.

The legend goes that Cosby called Murphy as he was beginning his ascent to the top with a complaint that his comedy was “too raunchy” and told him to tone it down. Proving that the best revenge is served ice cold, Murphy referenced this in his opening monologue, saying:

“But if you would have told me 30 years ago that I would be this boring, stay-at-home house dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail,
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Eddie Murphy Brings Back Buckwheat, Gumby, Velvet Jones & More for SNL Return

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Eddie Murphy Brings Back Buckwheat, Gumby, Velvet Jones & More for SNL Return
Eddie Murphy came back to Saturday Night Live over the weekend and brought some of his most iconic characters with him. It's been over 35 years since Murphy was on the show that launched his career in the 1980s. Murphy is back in the public eye after putting out Dolemite is My Name on Netflix earlier this year and has his eyes set on a busy 2020. As he mentioned in his monologue, Murphy has finished work on Coming 2 America, which will be released next year.

Mister Robinson was an inevitable comeback, so it was not a shock when Eddie Murphy reprised the character for Saturday Night Live this weekend. The character still lives in the neighborhood, but a lot has changed since we last saw him. The word of the day is "gentrification," and Murphy gives us some insight on what it's like to be Mister Robinson these days. Ultimately,
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Watch Eddie Murphy Slo-Mo Walk Into Studio 8H in First Promo for His ‘SNL’ Return (Video)

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Watch Eddie Murphy Slo-Mo Walk Into Studio 8H in First Promo for His ‘SNL’ Return (Video)
Eddie Murphy is back at “SNL.” He’s just taking his sweet time in getting to Studio 8H.

NBC dropped the first promo for Murphy’s long-awaited return this Saturday, which features Murphy walking in slow motion like a rockstar to the studio. Pretty simple and it’s set to the tune of “Cuz I Love You,” which is from Lizzo, who happens to be the musical guest this week.

You can watch it in the video above.

Also Read: 'SNL': McKinnon as Greta Thunberg and a Magic Snowman Unite to Bum Everyone Out for Christmas (Video)

This will be Murphy’s first time hosting “SNL” since he left the show in 1984. He was last seen on the show for a brief appearance on the 40th anniversary special, “SNL 40,” in 2015. Murphy is in the middle of a comeback with his Netflix film, “Dolemite is My Name” and will return as
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Eddie Murphy Drops an F-Bomb on Superhero Movie Question

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Eddie Murphy Drops an F-Bomb on Superhero Movie Question
Eddie Murphy has zero interest in starring in a comic book movie. The comedian is out promoting Dolemite is My Name, which is currently streaming on Netflix. A lot of actors have been getting into the superhero genre as of late, but Murphy just can't see himself jumping into that world. "No! I'm going to be 60 in a year," Murphy responded. "Who would I play? The old brotherman? I guess that'd be the character." He went on and had a bit more to say, which you can read below.

"Man, f**k that. I can't be standing around in a movie with a stick and sh*t, pointing and telling people, 'Oh, you should do this or that.' I'm just not down with the whole superhero movie thing. But, if I had to, I guess I could play a villain or some shit like that."

Eddie Murphy was also
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Don’t Tell Eddie Murphy ‘Dolemite’ Is His Comeback: ‘I’m Out There 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week’

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Don’t Tell Eddie Murphy ‘Dolemite’ Is His Comeback: ‘I’m Out There 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week’
Don’t call it a comeback! Eddie Murphy has been around for years, and he never left, despite headlines that suggest the contrary. His latest is “Dolemite Is My Name,” a new original feature from Netflix, based on the life and work of blaxploitation hero Rudy Ray Moore. Starring Murphy and directed by Craig Brewer, the film tells the story of how Moore, a larger than life comedian, singer, actor, and film producer, launched a movie career in the 1970s, with one of the most well-known Blaxploitation films of all time, “Dolemite.”

Murphy’s performance in the film has drawn much acclaim, earning him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, and putting him among contenders for the 2020 Best Actor Oscar, and the film for Best Picture.

Remarkably, despite a career that spans 40 years, and is chock-full of memorable
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The Art Of Craft: Ruth E. Carter Talks ‘Coming 2 America’ & ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Costume Concepts

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The Art Of Craft: Ruth E. Carter Talks ‘Coming 2 America’ & ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Costume Concepts
After becoming the first African-American to win the Oscar for Best Costume Design with Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter embarked on her sixth collaboration with Eddie Murphy on Craig Brewer’s biographical comedy, Dolemite Is My Name.

Here, Carter channeled the essence of Rudy Ray Moore, a charismatic self-starter who gained a cult following in the ’70s as a comedian, guerilla film actor and producer, through his creation of the Dolemite character—an eccentric ‘urban dandy,’ who entertained the masses with his karate kicks and iconic, handmade looks, over the course of four films.

Going through 75 different story days over the course of the film, Moore (and his alter ego) subsequently had 75 different looks, so Carter spent a substantial amount of time with Murphy in prep, taking the actor through fittings until he was exhausted. “I could always tell when he was exhausted [because] he got real quiet. But in the onset,
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‘SNL': Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson to Host in December

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‘SNL': Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson to Host in December
Saturday Night Live” has filled out its hosting assignments for the rest of the year, adding Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson to go along with the previously-announced Eddie Murphy.

Lizzo will be the musical guest for Murphy’s long-awaited return to Studio 8H on Dec. 21. Lopez will host on Dec. 7 with DaBaby as the musical guest, with Johansson taking over on Dec. 14, with Niall Horan as musical guest. This will be the third time for Lopez and the sixth for Johansson.

Meanwhile, it is DaBaby’s “SNL” debut and the first time that Horan will perform solo (he previously performed with One Direction) on the NBC late-night franchise.

Also Read: Will Ferrell to Join 'SNL' 5-Timers Club When He Returns as Host Later This Month

This will be Murphy’s first time hosting “SNL” since 1984. He was last seen on the show for a brief appearance on the 40th anniversary special,
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Bad Boys for Life Trailer #2 Reunites Will Smith & Martin Lawrence for One Last Ride

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Bad Boys for Life Trailer #2 Reunites Will Smith & Martin Lawrence for One Last Ride
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back in action for the hugely anticipated sequel that some thought would never happen. Today, we have a fresh, hot new Bad Boys for Life trailer, and it's everything action fans could have hoped for, even if our leading men look a little slow on the uptake when things kick off in this high-octane ride. That's okay, because there are a couple of new kids on the block who prove to be like a musical boy band, only with guns.

The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life. Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah are directing a screenplay from Joe Carnahan, who dropped out as director, and collaborator Chris Bremner. Will Smith is producing alongside franchise staple Jerry Bruckheimer and Doug Belgrad. Executive producers this time out include Barry Waldman,
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Coming 2 America & Bad Boys for Life Casts Collide at Tyler Perry's New Studio

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Coming 2 America & Bad Boys for Life Casts Collide at Tyler Perry's New Studio
Coming 2 America has officially started production in Atlanta. Eddie Murphy was spotted on the set with Wesley Snipes, Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, and more. Out of the aforementioned names, Murphy and Snipes are the only ones who have officially been announced for the cast of the highly anticipated sequel, which will hit theaters with a PG-13 rating. With a rating like that, it's going to be hard to keep Morgan around and Murphy and crew may end up rethinking the whole ratings deal, though that seems unlikely.

Shari Headley was also spotted in the Coming 2 America set photos. However, it appears that the sequel is being shot at Tyler Perry's studio in Atlanta, which is apparently where Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are doing reshoots for Bad Boys for Life. These photos were more than likely taken in between takes of both projects. As for Tracey Morgan,
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Eddie Murphy Might Quit Acting and Do Stand-Up Full Time

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Eddie Murphy Might Quit Acting and Do Stand-Up Full Time
Eddie Murphy can't "imagine" doing any more movies once he gets started on his stand-up career again. We hadn't seen a whole lot of the comedian over the years, but he has made a strong comeback with Dolemite Is My Name. The Rudy Ray Moore biopic has been getting praise and there have even been Academy Awards whispers due to Murphy's performance. However, it looks like the return to movies might already be nearing its end. Murphy had this to say about the future.

"Once I get back on stage, I kind of feel like that's what I was born to do more than anything. When I get back on the stage, I can't imagine wanting to do movies again."

Eddie Murphy shocked fans when he announced a return to stand-up earlier this year. It may seem like an odd time to get back into making people laugh, especially considering
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Eddie Murphy Details His Glorious Return to ‘SNL’ and Stand-Up on Kimmel

After a string of unimpeachable movie hits (Coming to America), stand-up specials (Eddie Murphy Delirious), and dramatic work (Dreamgirls), Saturday Night Live comedy superstar Eddie Murphy largely retreated from the limelight starting in the mid-2000s. But now, Mr. Murphy is back with a vengeance and making some of the best work of his career. He's getting Oscar buzz for Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name. He's making a sequel to Coming to America, called, appropriately, Coming 2 America. And for the first time in 35 years, as he explained on a Brooklyn-based episode of Jimmy …
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No Soul Glo in Coming 2 America? Eriq La Salle Confirms He Won't Have a Cameo

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No Soul Glo in Coming 2 America? Eriq La Salle Confirms He Won't Have a Cameo
Eriq La Salle is leaving his days sporting Soul Glo long behind him, as the actor has confirmed he will not be making an appearance in Coming 2 America. Because so many original stars from Coming to America are reprising their roles for the anticipated sequel, La Salle had been speculated to return by some fans of the series. Unfortunately for those hoping to see him back in some capacity for the sequel, La Salle has since confirmed he will have no involvement whatsoever with the sequel, as he will instead be focusing on continuing working behind the scenes on the drama series Chicago P.D.. Speaking with The Grio, here's the response La Salle offered when directly asked if he would be in Coming 2 America.

"No... I've already given you an answer. No... Straight to the point. I knew where you were going with it... I'm a little busy right now.
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Watch Tracy Morgan’s Voice Get Recognized on ‘Crank Yankers’ Prank Call (Video)

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Watch Tracy Morgan’s Voice Get Recognized on ‘Crank Yankers’ Prank Call (Video)
Tracy Morgan voices the silk-robe-wearing puppet Spoonie Luv on Wednesday night’s episode of “Crank Yankers,” but the hotel receptionist he prank calls might be on to him.

Created by Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison, “Crank Yankers” makes all the crank phone calls you wish you’d made when you were a kid. Yankerville’s puppet citizens are voiced by celebrities and stand-up comedians who make real calls to real people.

Watch a clip of Morgan impersonating Spoonie Luv above, in which he propositions a hotel receptionist at “The Embarassy Suites” named Jenny to come visit the room he’s pretending to book and partake in his… festivities.

Also Read: Tracy Morgan Joins Eddie Murphy in 'Coming 2 America'

“Do you have cool people on your staff? Like people that could keep secrets?” he asks. “Do you have any ‘Do Disturb’ signs?”

And later, “What kinda toes you got?
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‘Dolemite Is My Name’: How Costumes Made Eddie Murphy into Blaxploitation Star Rudy Ray Moore

‘Dolemite Is My Name’: How Costumes Made Eddie Murphy into Blaxploitation Star Rudy Ray Moore
Ruth Carter, the Oscar-winning costume designer of “Black Panther,” took a deep dive into the life and times of Rudy Ray Moore for Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name,” starring Eddie Murphy as the ’70s blaxploitation comedian. It was not only fun but also insightful, creating 75 costume changes for Murphy, who switched back and forth between playing the performer and his outrageous alter ego, who became an underground sensation for his stand-up, his records, and his movies. Carter could be back in the Oscar race for designing a wide range of looks for this evocative period showbiz movie.

Carter classifies both Moore and Murphy as “transformationist” performers, creating their own characters along with distinctive looks. “The parallel, I think, is built in already to what Eddie’s been doing for some time,” she said. “He studied Rudy Ray Moore going all the way back to when he was on ‘Saturday Night Live.
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Coming 2 America Won't Be R-Rated Like Original Says Eddie Murphy

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Coming 2 America Won't Be R-Rated Like Original Says Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy has confirmed that Coming 2 America will come with a PG-13 rating. The comedian is currently out doing press for the Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name. The comedy biopic marks the first time in twenty years that Murphy has put out an R-rated comedy, and sadly, that isn't in the cards for the long-awaited Coming to America sequel. The first installment came with an R-rating, so many just assumed the sequel would be more of the same.

In a new interview, Eddie Murphy discussed Dolemite Is My Name, along with the ratings of comedies over the years. 1999's Life with Martin Lawrence was Murphy's last adult comedy movie and many fans were hoping Coming 2 America would hit theaters with the same rating as the original. Murphy had this to say on the matter.

"I think what happened was, there was a period when Hollywood was
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