Netflix’s Dolemite is My Name is writer-director Craig Brewer‘s first movie in eight years. Before this, Brewer, who made his debut with The Poor & Hungry and broke out with Hustler & Flow, last directed the 2011 Footloose remake. Since then, he’s written scripts that never got the green light and directed several episodes of Fox’s Empire. But after eight years away from a film set, Brewer returned sharper, not rustier, with a true story championing artists like comedian, actor, and filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore (played by Eddie Murphy).
Together, Brewer and Murphy returned with a bang. “Dolemite Is My Name makes it official: Eddie Murphy is back,” /Film’s own Chris Evangelista wrote in his review. “Here’s hoping he doesn’t go away again.” Murphy will be back next year in another Craig Brewer movie, Coming 2 America. After speaking with the filmmaker, it sounds like we could see even more from them in the future. Brewer told us about the joys of working with Eddie Murphy, his career leading up to Dolemite is My Name, and plenty more during a recent interview.
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Eddie Murphy hasn’t had much luck on the big screen for the past couple decades. With the exception of Shrek and Dreamgirls, he’s produced and starred in some truly dreadful movies. But it looks like we’re on the verge of a return to form for the once-thriving comedian, because along with the forthcoming comedy sequel Coming 2 America, we’ll see Eddie Murphy back as a real-life character who was truly larger than life.
Dolemite Is My Name stars Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore, a real-life comedian known as the “Godfather of Rap” who reinvigorated his struggling career by turning himself into a wild 1970s blaxploitation character called Dolemite. And along with Murphy, the film features an incredible ensemble cast that includes Tituss Burgess, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Snoop Dogg, and even Wesley Snipes, looking like he’s having the most fun he’s had in a long time. Watch the Dolemite Is My Name trailer below to see for yourself. Read More »
Wesley Snipes joined the cast of the comedy sequel Coming 2 America earlier this week. Now it seems the full supporting cast has been revealed thanks to several different reports. They not only reveal new and returning cast members, but also give us some plot details about the movie starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Read More »
Update: The Coming to America sequel will open August 7, 2020. Our original story continues below.
There have been rumblings of a Coming to America sequel since 2017. Eddie Murphy was on board to reprise his role as Prince Akeem, a young man from the fictional nation of Zamunda who abandoned his arranged marriage and found a bride that he truly loved in the most royal place in America: Queens, New York. But we haven’t heard anything on the movie since 2017. That changes today.
Hustle & Flow and Footloose remake director Craig Brewer is signing on to direct Coming to America 2. The filmmaker is fresh off working with Eddie Murphy on a new movie called Dolemite is My Name, and the comedian was eager to collaborate with Brewer again. Find out more below. Read More »
Wesley Snipes is joining Eddie Murphy in Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name!, a biopic of comedian and producer Rudy Ray Moore. Snipes will play D’Urville Martin, an actor and director who helmed the 1975 American blaxploitation film Dolemite.
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Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by Fred Topel
Today in their Television Critics Association executive session, Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman confirmed development on a new 10-episode season of Prison Break.
Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are confirmed to return, and Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring has pitched the new season. However, Walden and Newman are split on how the new series will address the straight to video movie Prison Break: The Final Break. Execs also addressed the upcoming Urban Cowboy series, saying the pilot shoots in September and that it could transform from an event series to an ongoing show. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Urban Cowboy will be the next movie to get a small-screen makeover. Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV are firing up a TV remake of the 1980 John Travolta movie about love and drama in a Houston bar. Craig Brewer (Footloose, Hustle and Flow) will write, executive produce, and direct the pilot.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
After a lengthy hiatus, Justin Timberlake finally returned to making new music last year with the album The 20/20 Experience. But he hasn’t given up on his Hollywood dreams. MGM is developing a remake of The Idolmaker, with Timberlake set to produce. Now Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer, who directed Timberlake in Black Snake Moan, in talks to helm. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Coming off the relatively wholesome Footloose, Craig Brewer is looking to get back in with society’s shadier elements. The Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan director has just signed on to direct The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills, about a Hollywood socialite who turns out to be a professional drug mule. If you think that sounds bizarre, the best part is that it really happened. The film is an adaptation of a Rolling Stone article that ran last summer. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Here we go again. We’ve seen a teaser trailer for Craig Brewer‘s remake of the ’80s film Footloose, and now here’s the full thing. Well, here’s another trailer, anyway — this one is quite a bit shorter than the teaser. Hit the jump to see Kenny Wormold as Kevin Bacon, Julianne Hough as Lori Singer, and Dennis Quaid as John Lithgow. Read More »