stx animated movies

CinemaCon 2017 is underway in Las Vegas right now and STX Entertainment have announced three new animated movies. One will come our way courtesy of Robert Rodriguez, another will star Eddie Murphy, and the third will bring one of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice‘s musicals to movie theaters. Let’s run down what we know.

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coming to america

Here’s the latest wild rumor to hit the movie news world: Eddie Murphy may be in the early stages of writing a sequel to his 1988 comedy hit Coming to America. Let’s dissect the Coming To America 2 rumor and see if it holds any water.

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Richard Pryor Biopic

Director Lee Daniels has come back to the Richard Pryor biopic, and he’s brought producer Jay Z with him. Pryor was set to star Mike Epps as the iconic comedian, in addition to Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy, Kate Hudson, and Tracy Morgan, but this summer, Daniels dropped out of the biopic due to his crowded schedule. The Butler director is now back with a new early 2017 start date.

Below, learn more about the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic.

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‘Mr. Church’ Trailer: Eddie Murphy Gets Serious

Mr Church Trailer

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 himself — a cook hired to care for a young girl (Britt Robertson) and her dying mother (Natascha McElhone). What was supposed to be just a job blossoms into a lifelong friendship. It’s directed by Bruce Beresford, which seems appropriate since Mr. Church definitely has strong Driving Miss Daisy vibes. Watch the Mr Church trailer below.  Read More »

Beverly Hills Cop

The on-again, off-again development process on Beverly Hills Cop 4 is officially on again. Paramount has tapped Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to direct the next installment of the action-comedy series, which will bring Eddie Murphy‘s Axel Foley back to his Detroit roots.  Read More »

HAYDEN PANETTIERE, ROBERT RAY WISDOM, CHARLES ESTEN, POWERS BOOTHE, ERIC CLOSE, CONNIE BRITTON, SAM PALLADIO, CLARE BOWEN, JONATHAN JACKSON

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Nashville has seemingly found a second life at CMT.
  • Homeland season 6 will feature a female President.
  • Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner are teaming up again on Netflix.
  • Netflix reveals the trailer for Marco Polo season 2.

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Richard Pryor Biopic

A biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been developing long enough that Eddie Murphy was once considered for the lead role, but has since been hired to play the father of the iconic comic, who will instead be played by Mike Epps. The project finally seemed like it was on track to make it in front of cameras with Lee Daniels at the helm, but the filmmaker behind The Butler and Precious has now fallen away from the project, leaving it without a director.

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Tracy Morgan playing Redd Foxx

This past August, we learned that the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic was finally moving forward, with Mike Epps leading the film to be directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Dreamgirls scribe Bill Condon and Fox’s Empire collaborator Danny Strong.

And now the production has just gained a new cast member to play another iconic comedian. We have word that Tracy Morgan will be playing Redd Foxx, the stand-up comedian and star of the hit classic comedy series Sanford and Son. Find out how Foxx fits into the Pryor biopic below. Read More »

Coming to America McDowell's

There’s plenty of people out there who will be dressed up in costumes tonight for Halloween, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that dressed up for the holiday. However, residents of Chicago won’t have such a difficult time finding out.

Anyone who has seen the Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America knows that the restaurant McDowell’s, which is totally not a ripoff of McDonald’s at all, plays a key part in the movie. And now the restaurant is real (kinda). The hot dog joint known as The Wiener’s Circle (famous for having employees verbally harass each other and the customers late at night) has been given a makeover for the weekend to look like and operate as a McDowell’s franchise. Read More »

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Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History

The holy grail for most movie geeks is J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars and Indiana Jones books, which offer in-depth looks at the making of some of the greatest films of all time. But it’s rare for films to get this kind of treatment, which is why it’s so great to see that Michael Klastorin‘s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History does just that.

If you are a Back to the Future fan, this book will blow you away. I’m a hardcore obsessive who thought I knew and saw everything having to do with the film, but almost every other page of this book had a quote or an image that I had never seen before. To help promote the book’s release this week, I thought I’d take a look at the 11 coolest things I found in this book. Hit the jump to go 88mph and see some never-before-seen photos from behind the scenes of Back to the Future. And by the way, you can order the book now on Amazon.
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