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 »


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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 »

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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Eddie Murphy in A Thousand Words

Eddie Murphy gave us some of the best-loved comedies of the ’80s, including Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America, and for that we’ll always have a soft spot for him. But the past several years have been a rough time for Eddie Murphy fans. He hasn’t been seen onscreen since 2012’s A Thousand Words, and before that he was mostly starring in stuff like Imagine That and Meet Dave.

Maybe his next project will be the one to turn things around. Murphy is teaming with Brian Grazer for what the producer calls a “raw,” “tour-de-force” project, to be distributed by Netflix. Read about the Eddie Murphy Netflix project after the jump.

Update: A source who spoke with Deadline cautions that the project is “too premature to announce at this point in time; that details weren’t even locked down from a project or contract standpoint.” Original story follows. Read More »

Richard Pryor biopic

After kicking around development hell for years, The Weinstein Company is finally getting a biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor off the ground, and the cast has been finalized for production to begin in March.

As reported just over a year ago, Mike Epps will be taking the lead role as the late Richard Pryor, the man responsible for inspiring a whole new generation of comics and changing the face of stand-up comedy forever. In addition, some of the primary supporting cast has been confirmed and expanded as Eddie Murphy also joins the Richard Pryor biopic. Read More »

Rush Hour 4 update

Today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Brett Ratner was on a panel for the National Geographic series Breakthrough. Ratner directed an episode of the series, focused on the human brain. After the panel, a few journalists approached Ratner for follow-ups and I asked him about the status of the Rush Hour franchise. Read More »

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Twins sequel Triplets

With Arnold Schwarzenegger doing press for Terminator Genisys, we now have an update on the Twins sequel which has been in the works since 2012. Writer-actor Josh Gad was hired to write the screenplay for Triplets, but said earlier this year that the project was now “on hold”. Arnold seems to think there is forward momentum and claims that Eddie Murphy “loves the idea” and wants to join the threequel as the third brother.

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Beverly Hills Cop 4 release date

Last summer, Paramount announced Beverly Hills Cop 4 alongside Transformers 5G.I. Joe 3, and Hansel and Gretel 2. Brett Ratner was to direct, with Eddie Murphy returning to star as Axel Foley in a story that takes him back to Detroit.

The film was even given a release date, March 25, 2016, but we’ve heard very little about the film since then. No story, no casting, no shoot date. Now Paramount has scrubbed the Beverly Hills Cop 4 release date from the calendar, leaving the film in a sort of limbo. Just try not to cry all over your screen, OK? Salty tears leave awful smudges. Read More »

Ghostbusters New York

There are some big updates on some really big sequel in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Paul Feig says his Ghostbusters reboot will take place in New York and include winks to the original.
  • Don’t fret, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are returning for Sharknado 3.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 starts filming in April.
  • There’s still no script for latest Friday the 13th sequel.
  • See a new poster for Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
  • Eddie Murphy sounds less than optimistic about Beverly Hills Cop 4.
  • See an image of Roland Emmerich location scouting for Independence Day 2.
  • New images of the evil D-Rex from Jurassic World have hit the web.

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