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Spike Lee To Direct Eddie Murphy In HBO Biopic On Notorious Washington Mayor Marion Barry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 9:07 AM
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Well, here's a pretty big surprise. Eddie Murphy, who was poised for a comeback with "Tower Heist," seemed to have those hoped dash by the film underperforming at the box office, coupled with his association in the Ratnergate Oscar ceremony fallout, that led to the comic actor stepping down as the host. And just when we pegged Murphy as simply returning to his recent run of dreck -- he's got "Hong Kong Phooey" on the horizon for chrissakes -- we were hit out of left field with this.

Eddie Murphy Bails On Hosting The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 2:17 PM
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Well, this is hardly a surprise and we kind of expected as much when Brett Ratner stepped down from producing the Oscars yesterday. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced this afternoon Eddie Murphy has withdrawn from hosting the Oscars.

Brett Ratner Working On New Project With Eddie Murphy, Admits He Lied About "Banging" Olivia Munn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 8, 2011 11:57 AM
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Hey guys! Brett Ratner here. You know, the Ratmeister? Sir Rats-A-Lot? Ratling Gun? Raturday Night Live?

Eddie Murphy Turned Brett Ratner On To The Classic Heist Films Before Making 'Tower Heist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 3, 2011 5:20 AM
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And More From The Director & Cast Of The High Concept ComedyIn Brett Ratner’s “Tower Heist,” Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an ensemble cast in a story of wronged hotel employees who decide to seek revenge against a ruthless financial world maven who has run off with their pensions. A comedy, heist flick and even a triumphant middle finger to the swindlers that put many out of house and home (though the filmmakers say the ties to current events were unintentional), the film is a crowd-pleasing confection about the little guys finally getting one over on those in authority. A solid supporting cast including Alan Alda, Tea Leoni, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and more help bring the story, a distinctly New York City-set tale, to life.

Eddie Murphy Is Writing ‘Jamal And Tyrell And Omar And Brick And Michael’s Wack-Ass Weekend'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 6:26 AM
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With Eddie Murphy now threatening a comeback (well, a return to halfway decent material) with this weekend's "Tower Heist," he made the most of his interview with Rolling Stone to drop some nuggets of info about what he plans next. "Beverly Hills Cop 4" may be dead, but he wants to bring Axel Foley to the small screen, and in the print edition of the mag transcribed by Moviehole he's got an all black alien invasion flick he's writing. But let's hold up a second.

Eddie Murphy Says He Was Really "Never Involved" With A Richard Pryor Biopic

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 28, 2011 4:08 AM
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"I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up."

Eddie Murphy Says 'Beverly Hills Cop 4' Is Dead, But TV Series About Axel Foley's Son In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2011 5:29 AM
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Also Says His Oscar Night Incident After Losing To Alan Arkin Was Misunderstood"We’re not close, but I’m hoping in the next few years there will be one," Brett Ratner recently told Collider about the forever in development "Beverly Hills Cop 4." "Eddie and I are even setting up some more of his ideas. I’m hoping that we have a long, fruitful relationship. We’re both still very young, believe it or not. Eddie’s only 50 years old, so I think we have a little bit of time to come up with a great 'Beverly Hills Cop.'" But it looks like the sand in the hour glass has run out as Eddie Murphy is hanging up the idea of starring in a fourth movie and is looking for a younger Axel Foley to take the adventures to the small screen.

Not Mad About 'Dreamgirls' Anymore, Eddie Murphy Considers Hosting The Oscars

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 5, 2011 10:35 AM
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Update: Deadline reports that Eddie Murphy is now officially on board to host the Oscars. Career comeback? Between this and "Tower Heist" it could well be. However "A Thousand Words" and the "Hong Kong Phooey" movie say otherwise.

Eddie Murphy Still Making Crap, Will Voice Title Character In 'Hong Kong Phooey'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 11, 2011 1:26 AM
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We can't help but feel that, decades from now, the early career of Eddie Murphy will be a trivia question. "Which star of terrible children's movies was once was an edgy, ground-breaking stand-up comedian, and star of comedy classics like '48 Hours' and 'Trading Places'?" Since the mid 1980s or so, Murphy has seemingly gone out of his way to make absolute shit, with only the occasional glimmer of hope -- "Bowfinger" was pretty good, "Life" is underrated, and we suppose he was fun in the original "Shrek," although subsequent sequels have run that one into the ground by now.

Probably Terrible Eddie Murphy Comedy 'A Thousand Words' Gets Dumped On January 13, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2011 4:48 AM
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It's been so long since Eddie Murphy made a good movie, we've kind of forgotten that he used to be funny. Making his bank account bigger over the past decade in a string of increasingly shitty family movies, the days when Murphy was edgy comic with a unique and hilarious voice are now a far distant memory. And the actor now has yet another high concept, and probably poorly executed comedy and it looks like even the studio are throwing up their hands on this movie which has been sitting around for a while.

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