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James Brown Biopic Gets Title, Release Date

Published by Smriti Mundhra on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10:00 am.

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Days after it was confirmed that Chadwick Boseman will play James Brown in The Help director Tate Taylor’s upcoming biopic, the highly-anticipated film has a title and a release date.

The film will be called Get On Up, according to The Hollywood Reporter, after one of Brown’s biggest hits. The title also aptly describes Brown’s journey from poverty to superstardom.

Get On Up will hit theaters on October 17, 2014, Universal has confirmed.

The biopic on the Godfather of Soul, who dominated music for six decades and influenced countless artists, including Michael Jackson, has been over a decade in the making. Brown himself was involved with the development until his death in 2006. At different times, Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes were rumored to star.

But the meaty role has ultimately landed in the hands of relative newcomer Boseman, who earned the respect of critics for his portrayal of another historical icon, Jackie Robinson, in 42 earlier this year.

Production on the film begins this September in Mississippi.

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Beverly Hills Cop Television Reboot Dropped by CBS

Published by Smriti Mundhra on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 9:30 am.

(Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images for AFI)

(Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images for AFI)

One of the most anticipated new series of the next television season just got stopped in its tracks.

Beverly Hills Cop, the series reboot of the classic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, has been dropped by CBS after the network put in an order for a pilot. The drama is now being shopped to other networks, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes as a huge surprise to insiders, who thought a series order was imminent for the franchise spin-off particularly because of Eddie Murphy’s involvement. While the reboot centered on the son of Axel Foley, Murphy’s character in the 1984 hit, Murphy is an executive producer of the spin-off and was committed to appearing in a handful of episodes. Murphy starred as wise-cracking detective Foley in three installments of the franchise between 1984 and 1994. The films were huge hits and launched Murphy to the Hollywood A-list in his post-SNL days.

Murphy and producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield) are still holding out hope that the series will find a home at another network.

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Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words Won’t Get UK Release

Published by Smriti Mundhra on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm.

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Looks like Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words is lost in translation. The actor’s latest film, which was a critical and commercial bomb in the US, won’t be coming to theaters in the UK. Local distributors canceled the film’s release after it’s poor showing stateside.

The film, which also stars Kerry Washington, sat on a shelf for close to four years before it got a chance at the box office here at home, but it’s $15 million performance over three weeks hasn’t exactly made up for lost time. The film is still scheduled to open in France and Germany in May.

Meanwhile, Murphy is moving onwards and, um, upwards with a new project: the Hollywood Reporter just announced he’ll star opposite Arnold Schwarznegger and Danny DeVito in the sequel to the 1988 hit Twins, called…you guessed it…Triplets. Murphy will, of course, play the third brother.

Who says what’s old can’t be new again?

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In Theaters Today: Eddie Murphy’s “A Thousand Words”

Published by Ronke Reeves on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm.

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Gone are the various characters, latex and fat suits, Eddie Murphy is back on the big screen in the comedy A Thousand Words. This time out the funnyman plays Jack McCall a fast-talking literary agent who finds a Bodhi tree on his property, who soon discovers he only has a thousand words left to speak. Kerry Washington stars as his wife.

A Thousand Words is in theaters today, check out the trailer below.

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Movie Review: “Tower Heist”

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 12:00 am.

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Summary: Disgruntled employees at a luxury apartment complex in Manhattan (a mock version of the Trump Tower) are seeking revenge on Arthur Shaw, their boss and a corrupt Wall Street businessman, who lost their pensions in poor investments. With the help of a ‘hood criminal, various employees plan to steal 20 million dollars that they believe is stored in Shaw’s penthouse.

Review: Directed by Brett Ratner, Tower Heist stars Ben Stiller and includes a diverse cast, including Gabourey Sidibe and newcomer Michael Peña. Surprisingly smart, especially in the days of Occupy Wall Street, cutesy funny and one of the better comedies this year, the Universal Pictures film might be a hit.  Fortunately, there are few novices in Tower Heist: Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick and the great Eddie Murphy all appear in the film.  The all-star cast smoothed out a layered, unpredictable and sometimes ridiculously implausible comedy that is right on time in this disastrous economy.

That said, the good news is that edgy comedy icon Eddie Murphy has returned to the big screen in the role of “Slide,” a loud-mouthed criminal. It is easy to forget how raw the New York native used to be and, judging by the box office numbers, audiences have grown tired of “Disney Eddie.”  We missed the cussing, hollering and one-liners that made Eddie a star, from the days of Trading Places, 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop.  Although a supporting cast member, Murphy is the one you want to watch in this movie.

In addition, there is Gabourey Sidibe, who is shutting down everyone who said she wouldn’t work after her Oscar-nominated role in Precious. Sure, there might be some who will whine about her playing a maid named Odessa in Tower Heist — she licks cake off her face and plays up the “sassy big girl.”  Nonetheless, she is funny and holds her own with comedic heavyweights — even, and despite, an unnecessary and sometimes distracting Jamaican accent.

For everyone who has been duped by Wall Street or hit hard by the economy, Tower Heist delivers the fantasy that you can get your revenge. Yes, the flick is deeply silly at times, and not anything fresh plot-wise, but it is a fun, no-brainer ride.

Tower Heist is in theaters today.

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‘Tower Heist’ Trailer

Published by Michael Arceneaux on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:49 am.

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Has anyone been saying to themselves, “I wish they’d make a movie similar to The Italian Job or Ocean’s Eleven, but like…funny?” Yeah, me either but that’s never stopped Hollywood from making slight alterations to an old story for a new movie before, now has it? This time the latest celebrity-centered robbery flick comes courtesy of the action-drama Tower Heist.

Ben Stiller leads the all-star cast that includes Eddie Murphy, Gabourey Sidibe, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, and Alan Alda. In the movie, a group of angry maintenance workers at a luxury apartment building seek to rip off a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street tycoon who is guilty of depleting them of their pension funds. Seeking revenge and their lost funds, the workers are led by their manager (played by Stiller), and plan a mission to find the missing money. Murphy will play a known thief who helps them learn the ways of stealing.

The Brett Ratner-directed Tower Heist, opens November 14th.  Check out the trailer below.

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Top Five Black Holiday Movies

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 11:15 am.

Now that Halloween is gone, holiday movies are already on heavy rotation.  It’s easy to remember holiday classics like Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol.  However, if you want to check out holiday movies with a lil’ color, this list is for you.

5. Last Holiday (2006)

There have been a string of Black holiday films (Perfect Holiday, This Christmas) in the past five years, but one could argue the success of Queen Latifah’s Last Holiday rejuvenated the trend.  The film is a remake from 1955 with Latifah playing a woman who finds out she only has weeks to live.  She spends her last holiday doing all the things she never had a chance to do.  Latifah’s presence carries the film and her co-star, LL Cool J, adds some flavor.

4.  A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)

A fun, light-hearted film — and any excuse to see Vanessa Williams on camera is a plus.  Before Williams was a diva on Desperate Wives she played Ebony Scrooge (Ebenezer Scrooge – get it?) in the 2000 VH1 production, A Diva’s Christmas Carol, a modern and divalicious remake of Charles DickensA Christmas CarolA Diva’s Christmas Carol is an amusing watch and includes appearances from Brian McKnight and Chilli of TLC.

3.  Holiday Heart (2000)

Ving Rhames in drag is more like a horror flick during Halloween; however,  for better or worse, Holiday Heart is a classic.  Rhames is a drag queen named Holiday who is a staunch Christian.  Wanda (Alfre Woodard) is trying to care for her daughter while battling drugs.  Rhames becomes a parental figure with the story’s climax hitting on Christmas Eve.

2. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

The Preacher’s Wife would be Whitney Houston’s last big screen film appearance and probably her best acting to date.  The Preacher’s Wife starred Oscar winner Denzel Washington and was a story about a preacher who prays for help with his struggling church.  His prayers are answered with the help of an angel (Denzel Washington) who falls for the preacher’s wife — Whitney Houston’s character.  A great holiday film for the entire family.  Plus, Nippy belts out her hit “I Believe in You and Me.”

1.  The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)

A made-for-television movie that was produced by Eddie Murphy Productions and starred Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Della Resse, and marks Sammy Davis Jr.’s last film appearance.  The Kid Who Loved Christmas is a touching story about a child whose only wish is to be with his father for Christmas.  While not well known, one would think with all its star power that the movie would at some point make it to DVD.

Happy Holidays!

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Box Office: ‘Hangover’ rules; ‘Imagine’ struggles

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 12:00 am.

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The Hangover is relentlessly hanging on at the box office — beating out legends like Denzel Washington and John Travolta on their opening weekend. For the second week in a row The Hangover - the comedy that includes an appearance from Mike Tyson – rocked the number one spot at the box office. This is only the second movie this year to spend two consecutive weeks at #1, the other was Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail in February. Washington and Travolta’’s The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 brought in $25 million and ranked at #3 this weekend.

Eddie Murphy’s Imagine That, which was met with mixed reviews, made $5.7 million charting at #6 for the box office this weekend. This is a slight increase from Meet Dave from last year, which only brought in $5 million. However, the movie did not even top Night at the Museum 2, which was released over a month ago.

1. The Hangover $33.4 million

2. Up $30.5 million

3. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 $25.0 million

4. Night at the Museum $9.6 million

5. Land of the Lost $9.2 million

6. Imagine That $5.7 million

What movie did you see this weekend?

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Movie Review: ‘Imagine That’

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 7:00 am.

imagine_that300x400Summary: A father (Eddie Murphy) is consumed with his professional life and is neglecting his daughter. When he discovers she has the gift of predicting his business ventures via a blanket, he discovers the world of imagination.

Review: I miss ‘bad’ Eddie Murphy. You know, the one who would curse up a storm in a movie, the Billie Dee Williams of the 1990s and whose edgy comedy had everyone in the neighborhood imitating him. Well, I guess we all have to grow up, but I hope Murphy one day returns to his “Raw” roots.

Imagine That isn’t the most imaginative movie, but Eddie Murphy is still a comedic genius and has mastered the art of children’s movies. The man who was once policed by Bill Cosby now beautifully appeals to kids. He is funny, charismatic and seems to have a natural chemistry working with children on the big screen. This time around it’s Yara Shahidi, in her first film. Shahidi is undeniably adorable and when the film lags, just watching her is enough to raise the cute factor of this Nickelodeon film.

The plot line is no “E.T.,” but kids could care less about inconsistencies, predictability, or a lazy script. Children want to be entertained and Imagine That effectively does that.

Imagine That also reunites Nicole Ari Parker and Vanessa Williams, who were sisters in the popular Showtime series Soul Food.  While they don’t get much screen time, one can only hope someone will hand these two television and film veterans a movie.

Overall, Imagine That is definitely a kid’s movie and doesn’t transcend that category. Nonetheless, it is good to see an African-American dad and his daughter bonding on screen. It’s the perfect film for Father’s Day.

Imagine That is in theatres today.

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“Imagine That” Trailer

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11:46 am.

imagine_thatWe all know Eddie Murphy is the king of children movies and now the Oscar nominee returns to the big screen on Friday, June 12th with the family film “Imagine That.”

In Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ family comedy “Imagine That,” Eddie Murphy stars as a successful financial executive who has more time for his BlackBerry than his seven-year-old daughter (Yara Shahidi). When he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts going down the drain, however, he finds the solution to all his problems in his daughter’s imaginary world.

The cast includes Nicole Ari Parker and Vanessa Williams from Soul Food and Bobb’e J. Thompson from the edgy comedy Role Models. Check out the trailer below!

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