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 »

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 »

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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 »