If you’re not a child of the 80s you might not know that Eddie Murphy released several albums during that decade and the early 90s. He even scored a huge hit with “Party All The Time” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1985. 20 years after his last foray in music, the 52-year-old returns with a brand new single.
Murphy shared the news via Twitter which he just joined yesterday. “Red Light” is the lead cut from his forthcoming album titled 9. Unlike his previous singles which were either pop or R&B influenced, he decided to go the reggae route this time. He also enlisted Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg) to accompany him on the track which is fitting considering Snoop released his own reggae album earlier this year. The official music video for the single debuts on September 9, but you can check out the audio below.
There used to be a time when Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler could do no wrong at the box office. No matter what vehicle they starred in, it would undoubtedly become a bona fide blockbuster. But as they say, nothing lasts forever. The two veteran comedy actors find themselves on a list that no Hollywood actor wants to be on. To quote one of Murphy’s movies, I’m sure he wants to be Trading Places with anyone else right now.
Also landing on the list are one-time rom-com queens Katherine Heigl and Sandra Bullock. All it takes is one box office bomb to bring down their dollar return average. Each lady had exactly that with One For The Money and All About Steve respectively. You can also add Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close to Bullock’s less-than-stellar grosses. Find out below who ranks No. 1 on the list with a return of $2.30 for every dollar they were paid.
The director of such films as Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II committed suicide on Sunday August 19th. Tony Scott, the younger brother of director Ridley Scott, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles “without hesitation” according to witnesses. Reports say the 68-year-old director left a suicide note along with “instructional” notes to family members and friends. Why would a successful filmmaker want to end his life? ABC News is reporting that Scott was suffering serious health issues. Their source reveals that he had inoperable brain cancer. His wife has issued a statement since then refuting the claim about cancer. Our hearts go out to Scott’s family and friends.
Tony entertained the world, including myself, with a long list of riveting action films. I never realized that so many films I’ve enjoyed through the years were directed by the British director. Arguably, his biggest film was Top Gun starring Tom Cruise. His follow up to that blockbuster was another beloved hit, the sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy. A few of my other favorite films from him include Enemy of the State with Will Smith and the Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance with Christian Slater.
Scott’s last theatrical film was 2010′s Unstoppable which I surprisingly loved and rewatched yesterday in honor of his death. That film starred frequent collaborator Denzel Washington. The actor and director worked together on five films: Crimson Tide; Man on Fire; Deja Vu; The Taking of Pelham 123; and the aforementioned Unstoppable. What are your favorite Tony Scott films?
Let me preface this by saying that this isn’t an early April Fool’s Day joke. Unless it’s part of an elaborate “punk’d” by the movie studio. Typically, announcing a sequel is in production for a successful film isn’t at all surprising. In this day and age, sequels are in the planning stages the second opening box office receipts are being counted. In this case, it’s the complete opposite and been 24 years since the original hit theaters.
“Twins” was released in 1988 and signaled Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first foray to comedy. His dynamic chemistry with Denny DeVito proved to be a winning combo. Directed by Ivan Reitman, the film starred the two as radically visually mismatched siblings born as a result of a genetics experiment. The twins were raised in completely different environments and as a result were complete polar opposites. Cue hilarious situation comedy.
I’m curious to know what initiated a sequel to the film. Why now? Were they simply waiting for Schwarzennegger to finish his term as California governor? Whatever the reason, I think it’s a horrible idea. It’s the sequel no one wants. That being said, the follow-up film has an interesting plot twist? Reports say that the story will revolve around a long-lost brother to Arnold and Danny’s characters. The film will aptly be titled, “Triplets“. If you thought Danny and Arnold were genetically different, wait til you see who’s playing their sibling below.
While promoting his new film “Tower Heist“, director Brett Ratner revealed himself to be quite a douchebag. The 42-year-old made several degrading comments regarding several women in his past including Olivia Munn, Rebecca Gayheart and Lindsay Lohan. I love how he noticeably left out former girlfriend Serena Williams from his comments. Obviously, he had enough sense that Williams would serve up a whoop assing if he did. But as tasteless and awful as some of his boorish comments were, it was one four-letter word that caused him a whole lot of pain.
During an a screening of “Tower Heist”, Ratner uttered the word “fags“. Here’s the context he used it in: “Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal’s for fags. Rehearsal. Not much.” What an idiot!!! In this day an age, he should know better not to use that world. Considering he’s in the entertainment industry and been tapped to direct the 2012 Oscar telecast, he should’ve been on his best behavior. Obviously, once GLAAD heard wind of his usage of the gay slur, they went into attack mode.
With the growing controversy and pressure from GLAAD, Brett Ratner decided to step down from his Oscar telecast duties. Whether the Academy had anything to do with it, nobody knows. I’m guessing it did. In the wake of recent events, Eddie Murphy, too, has decided to walk away from this year’s telecast. Murphy was brought on by Ratner and it seems like he’s stepping down in a show of solidarity. Boo. I was really looking forward to seeing Murphy has Oscar host. Check out what Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak said about Ratner’s resignation:
After last year’s disaster duo-hosting job from Anne Hathaway and James Franco, it’s time that a comedian took back the stage and hosted the upcoming 84th Annual Academy Awards which are slated to air on Sunday, February 26th, 2012. So is in the front running position as of late? None other than funny man Eddie Murphy. While some sites are claiming that Eddie has already sealed the deal, show producers have yet to sit down with the Academy president to make their pitch for the hosting gig.
Brett Ratner and Don Mischer are producing this year’s Oscars so what is there connection to Mr. Murphy? Ratner recently directed Eddie in the upcoming film Tower Heist and after working with him has been heard saying that he’d love for Eddie to front the big gig. After Ratner and Mischer meet with president Tom Sherak, more negotiations will take place and official word will probably come before September ends. However, Eddie isn’t the only name being thrown into the hat.
Once upon a time, in a land Far Far Away lived an Ogre named Shrek. Shrek was a terrifying Ogre, and then he fell in love with a beautiful Princess who happened to also be an Ogre named Fiona. They got married, had three ogre babies and were living happily ever after. But what if they hadn’t fallen in love, what if they hadn’t met?
That’s pretty much the basis of the 4th Shrek film. It’s a few years after Shrek and Fiona got married and had kids, and Shrek is no longer a feared horrible creature, but a loveable hero of sorts with a family. Shrek now lives in his swamp with his wife Fiona and their three 1 year old baby ogres (who are adorable btw). His life now consists of being woken up by his kids, making breakfast, changing diapers, being a roadside attraction to tourists, and always having to fix the clogged outhouse. Over and over and over and over again, and he’s getting restless. Shrek starts to long for the days of when he was a feared ogre, I guess you could say he’s having a midlife crisis.
How devastating would it be to find yourself on this list? I’m sure this list will definitly affect their next paycheck/negotiations. Forbes has released their Top 10 List of overpaid stars among Hollywood’s Top 100 biggest stars. Meaning, the return on investment – how much they’re paid versus how much the movie ends up making. In order to qualify for this list, each actor had to have appeared in three films in the last five years that opened at at least 500 theaters. Here is the list:
10. Jim Carrey (His movies earn for every dollar spent on his pay check $8.62)
Well, this doesn’t surprise me. Jim Carrey is always Jim Carrey. Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, you know? I mean, he sort of started to do something different with The Number 23, but unfortunately the film wasn’t much of a hit (I liked it though). I think he needs to continue to reinvent himself and try different roles because I can admit if I see that he’s in a comedy, I automatically think Ace Ventura or The Mask and it doesn’t really interest me. That being said, his niche character was PERFECT for Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events.