The ‘Iron Man’ star will play the doctor who can talk to the animals.
Robert Downey Jr is set to star in Universal Pictures' The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, based on the classic children's character, created by Hugh Lofting.
According to Variety, Universal acquired the rights after a ‘heated bidding war’, with the film being described as a new take on children's classic.
Robert Downey Jr is set to star as Doctor Dolittle
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr To Star In New Take On Doctor Dolittle
Eddie Murphy was almost cast in 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' but was dropped after writers found the script became ''political''.
Eddie Murphy was almost cast in 'Star Trek'.
The 55-year-old actor was reportedly in line to appear in the fantasy film's 1986 production 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' and had a part as ''astrophysicist at Berkeley'' in the original draft of the script, according to script writer Steve Meerson.
The creative mastermind told The Hollywood Reporter Online: ''It was always the same story that got approved, but the original draft included a part for Eddie Murphy.
Continue reading: Eddie Murphy Almost Cast In Star Trek
Chris Evans, star of Captain America: The Winter Solider, plans to join this list of actors-turned-directors once his Marvel contract is up. But was it a wise decision for all of them to give directing a go?
Chris Evans has told Variety that when the time comes that he is no longer under Marvel contract he plans to turn his hand to directing. The Captain America: The Winter Soldier actor explained, “I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct. But [time] never really opens up...There’s another movie to do, there’s another acting job...If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing.”
Actor Chris Evans plans to direct when he is no longer under Marvel contract
Evans isn’t the first actor to feel the call of the director’s seat, some were more natural behind the camera, some should never have quit their day jobs.
Continue reading: Chris Evans And Other Actors Who Retired To Become Directors
Get ready to be reminded about some absolutely appalling films as we try to ease Disney's Lone Ranger-shaped worries with an overview of some of the biggest box office bombs of all time
Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp back together in another swashbuckling adventure, what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately for Disney, a lot did go wrong with The Lone Ranger; no one was interested in a big screen version of a 1930s radio series. Johnny Depp is starting to lose his box office appeal and, ultimately, it was terrible. But hey, at least there's worse film right?
The Lone Ranger probably wont make it into the top five
The film isn't out of cinemas yet, so we can't really say how much it will lose (who knows, it might have the best week three in cinema history), but we can assume it will sit nicely next to Disney's last big box office flop: 2012's John Carter. Speaking of John Carter, when it comes to the top box office flops, the confused martian adventure doesn't even break into the top ten. Here's the five worst performing films of all time.
Forbes has released their most bankable Hollywood stars list for 2012, and topping the list is Natalie Portman.
Portman brings back $42.70 for every $1 she's paid which makes her a very lucrative investment for any film maker. Her first movie was Leon: The Professional way back in 1994, which was not only successful at the time but has gained something of a cult status. Her roles since have been diverse and interesting, including V for Vendetta, the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the multi-award winning Black Swan. However, as Forbes notes, it's that she's simply not being paid enough for her talents and appeal that push her to the top of the table. To put her numbers in perspective, the most overpaid actor in Hollywood is Eddie Murphy who brings back just $2.30 for every $1 he's paid.
Following close behind in second place is Kristen Stewart largely for her starring role in the Twilight Saga, she makes film companies $40.60 for every dollar paid. In third is Shia LaBoeuf, perhaps a little surprising, but his roles in The Transformers movies - enormous summer blockbusters that have never failed to make millions upon millions of dollars- have pushed him into the top 5. He'll probably not be seen here again having said that he'll not be appearing in anymore movies of the franchise.
Continue reading: Men Dominate Most Bankable Stars List, But Topped By Women.
Eddie Murphy has topped one of Forbes magazine's annual lists for 2012, though unfortunately for him, it details the world's most overpaid actors. The actor - who was reportedly commanding $20 million a movie around the turn of the millennium - returns just $2.30 for every $1 he is paid for each of his films.
The stats make Murphy the most overpaid actor in Hollywood, with recent flops including Meet Dave, Imagine That and comedy Tower Heist concreting his No.1 spot. The latter was the most successful of Murphy's recent flicks though it still only earned $152 million on a $75 million budget. The Beverly Hills Cop star can probably take solace in the fact that he returns SOME amount of money for investors, with 2011's most overpaid Hollywood star Drew Barrymore bringing in just 40 cents for every $1 she was paid. Murphy could claw himself out of the list in the next couple of years, with one movie in particular already generating hype. Murphy has signed on to star in Ivan Reitman's comedy Triplets, a sequel of the classic Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito. The film revisits both of the original characters Julius and Vincent as they discover they have a third sibling, played by Murphy. Even if the movie was a critical dud, Triplets would almost certainly do good business at the box-office.
Elsewhere on this year's most overpaid actors list, Katherine Heigl placed at No.2 after returning just $3.40 for every $1 she was paid for her movies. After past commercial hits including Knocked Up, Heigl has appeared in a couple of romantic-comedy bombs such as One For The Money, which took just $37 million. Reese Witherspoon was in at No.3 with $3.90 for every $1 paid, while Nicolas Cage brought in $6 for every $1.
Continue reading: Can 'Triplets' Rescue Eddie Murphy's Ailing Hollywood Career?
Forbes’ rich lists are always a joy to behold each year, aren't they?. Oh, how we rejoice, with ne’er a hint of jealousy, to learn of the many millions of dollars that our favorite (or not, as the case may be) stars have earned in the previous 12 months. OK, let’s be honest. Those lists make us mere mortals sick with envy, right? As the global recession firms up its grip on our dwindling cash reserves, it sickens us to learn of the amount of money these celebrities earn. And what’s worse is the way that they are celebrated for it, with no question of what the hell one person could possibly need all that money for (yes, Oprah Winfrey, we ARE looking at you).
How refreshing then, that Forbes should also point out that many of these celebs are barely worth the money we’re paying them. Bad news for Eddie Murphy, then, who’s been named as the top of their list of over-paid actors. This isn’t just based on opinion of course – though frankly, even it were, you’d probably find Murphy up the top of the list; after all, he’s hardly made any movies worth watching since Dreamgirls and that was six years ago. Forbes look at how much an actor is paid and then compare that to how much money their movies bring in. And Eddie’s currently scoring a rather paltry $2.30. Not exactly a great return, there.
That said, he’s still doing a lot better than Drew Barrymore did last year, whose movies earned just 40 cents for every dollar she was paid. Now, we don’t need to sit through an economics lesson to know that those numbers just don’t add up. Lucky for Drew, she’s out of the top ten this year.
The mantle of most overpaid actor sounds good, doesn't it? It suggests that Eddie Murphy, who has been awarded the title by Forbes, is just sitting around in his huge mansion and getting paid for it. But it's not that simple...
Forbes have calculated that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office, so, suddenly, the title becomes somewhat unwanted. So what happened for Murphy? His 90's classics; Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop were huge, and his voice work in Shrek and Mulan and family-friendly roles in Norbit and Dr. Dolittle have prolonged his successful career into the noughties. But his recent films; Imagine That, A Thousand Words, Meet Dave, and Tower Heist, flopped at the box office, and have brought down his dollar average, propelling him to the top of the overpaid actors list. Still, one more smash hit and that could all change. So, you must be wondering who makes up the top 10, and not to worry, as we have it right here!
1. Eddie Murphy - Returns $2.30 for every $1 paid.
Little has caused more contention in the contactmusic office than our recent discussion about the Christmas films list! Obviously, everyone has their own favourite, and to them that will always be the top of the list. One thing that became all too clear to us was that - with the exception of Elf & Bad Santa - there really hasn't been too many full blown Christmas films so we'd like to make a plea to Bill Murray and the other Hollywood greats - PLEASE make a new (top quality) Christmas film to join these festive favourites!
I can't say we particularly advocate parents encouraging their offspring to watch films above their age certificate, but it appears we all grew up in houses that didn't really mind what we watched - and let's face it, some of the best Christmas films might have a few boobs or rowdy drunken behaviour... As children of the 80's and 90's, we're fully aware that there's original to some of these remakes, but as is always the way, these are the films we grew up with and as such, they are our favourites.
Enough explanation, in no particular order here are the films we recommend you watch over the holidays!
Continue reading: Top Twenty Classic Holiday Season Christmas Films
Eddie Murphy's Girlfriend Paige Butcher Before Meeting the Star in 2010
Eddie Murphy's latest girlfriend Paige Butcher became a worldwide trending topic this week after stepping out with the Beverly Hills cop star at a tribute bash in Los Angeles. Butcher, 33, is some 20-years Murphy's junior though the pair looked pretty smitten at the exclusive bash.
Continue reading: PICTURES: Paige Butcher, Eddie Murphy's Latest Girlfriend
The latest 'Eddie Murphy girlfriend' was unveiled at an event in Beverly Hills this week, dedicated to the comedy actor's career. Murphy turned up to the bash with new love Paige Butcher, 33, who is some 20-years his junior.
Paige is a Los Angeles model best known for her Maxim covers, though she was also the face of Escada Sunset perfume. At the tribute event, she showed off her enviable figure in a skin-tight blue dress and looked pretty happy whilst arm-in-arm with Eddie. The Beverly Hills actor is a father to eight children with four different women. In 2006, he became involved in a scrappy paternity battle with Spice Girls singer Mel B during which he acknowledged he was the father of her daughter Angel, now five years old. He recently split withtelevision presenter , who accompanied him on a Hawaii holiday with his kids in June.
Continue reading: Eddie Murphy Girlfriend Becomes Internet Sensation After Party (Photos)
Eddie Murphy was honoured by his peers for his outstanding contribution to film, TV, music and stand-up over his 30 + year career.
Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, and Russell Brand were just some of the famous faces at the Beverley Hills gala being aired on Spike later this month (it airs Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. on Spike). Murphy's friends and co-stars had nothing but praise for Murphy, with his appearances on such comedy classics as Coming To America and The Beverley Hills Cop being recalled by co-stars Arsenio Hall and Judge Reinhold. Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks Animation also gave his heart to Murphy's Donkey character from the Shrek films, whilst his Life co-star, Martin Lawrence, told him from onstage, “You’ve got a friend for life."
There were also video highlights from the funny man's seminal stand-up performances from the 80's, Raw and Delirious, although despite much attempted persuasion Murphy declined to get back on stage and perform stand up again.
Continue reading: Eddie Murphy Honoured By Fellow Stars For Spike TV
Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to reprise one of his most famous film roles for the upcoming sequel to the reboot of the Conan the Barbarian movie, which now stars Jason Momoa as the fictitious warrior, Reuters reports.
Today (Oct 26) Universal Pictures announced that it not only planned to make a follow-up to the 2011 reboot, which was poorly received by critics and made little impact at the box office, but also that Schwarzenegger, 65, will play the sword-swinging hero in The Legend of Conan. His new role comes 30 years after he first started in the Conan film, the film that made him the star he is today.
On top of the Conan reboot, Schwarzenegger also has a few other projects up his sleeve as he continues to prove that regardless of his eight-year hiatus from Hollywood whilst serving as the Governor of California he will always have a spot waiting for him in Hollywood.
Continue reading: Arnold Schwarzenegger Set To Reprise 'Conan' Role
Jack McCall is a literary agent who has a way with words. He knows just what to say to use any situation to his advantage. For example: after joining a long queue at his favourite coffee shop, Jack became impatient and faked an emergency phone call in order to get himself to the front.
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Josh Kovacs has been a resident in Queens for more than ten years; in that time, he has acquired and lived in one of New York City's most secured and lavish apartments. He works for the Wall Street billionaire Arthur Shaw, who just so happens to live above Josh, in a swanky penthouse flat, making him the wealthiest resident there.
One day, Arthur is convicted of stealing two billion dollars from his investors and he is placed under house arrest. The investors he stole from turn out to be Josh and his crew; Arthur has taken their pensions that they entrusted him to manage. Josh is forced to admit that his retirement fund was taken too.
Josh and his crew form a plan to take back their pension fund, which they think is hidden in Arthur's penthouse. They call upon a petty robber, Slide, to help them, who in turn hires his team of amateur thieves, to scout the penthouse. It turns out that the crooks know the layout of that particular apartment, so taking the two billion back should be a cinch, right?
Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena, Gabourey Sidibe, Alan Alda, Nina Arianda, Judd Hirsch and Marcia Jean Kurtz
For the tiny extraterrestrials from the planet Nil, Earth seems like the perfect solution to their problems. With their homeland long depleted of its main energy source -- salt -- the aliens plan on using an ocean-draining orb to replenish their supplies. In their humanoid-shaped and -sized starship piloted by a courageous captain (Murphy), they will infiltrate Manhattan, locate the missing device (it crash landed there three months earlier) and complete their mission. Along the way, the newly-named vessel Dave Ming Chang (Murphy, again) will befriend a young widow (Elizabeth Banks) and her son Josh (Austin Lynd Myers). As the police try to track down the man-shaped craft, a mutiny among the crew puts all in danger.
Continue reading: Meet Dave Review
With WWF-style wrestling, vivid color schemes, a scary ogre who's not that scary, psychological evaluation by a talking donkey, loads of humor, and a simple and straightforward plot, Shrek zings along, providing fun and thrills at every turn. But the real treasure lies in Shrek's ability to subtlety poke fun at the mega-mouse corporation of Disney en route to providing a quick 85 minutes of pure entertainment. Torturing the Gingerbread Man? I'm sold.
Continue reading: Shrek Review
The Klumps once again revisits the life of Sherman Klump, an overweight university science professor looking for love in all the wrong places. Sherman has just invented a new "youth drink" that enables man or beast to become younger for a short period of time. Janet Jackson is the love interest who chooses the lovable Sherman for a soul mate rather than excel at her career as a university professor (and for the most ridiculous reasons). With love on his mind, Sherman is determined to rid himself of his alter ego, Buddy Love from the first Professor, who still resides with vigor inside his psyche and causes Sherman to act like a bad imitation of Vince Vaughn from Swingers. With some convoluted mumbo-jumbo about DNA extraction, Sherman extracts the "Buddy Love" link in his DNA and smartly deposits Buddy into a handy-dandy lab beaker. But one night, the beaker is knocked over and Buddy Love is regenerated... because every movie like this needs an unnecessary villain to thwart the good guy.
Continue reading: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Review
Beverly Hills Cop is actually a bit of a nutty idea -- combine a standard cop actioner with a fish out of water tale. Who would've thought that would be any good? But it works, and how, with Murphy turning in perhaps his funniest performance ever -- mocking the supporting cast at every turn (favorite targets: gay men, uptight men, and gay/uptight men) and tossing off one-liners like he's got a wad of them stuffed in his pocket. His Axel Foley, one of the most widely impersonated characters in film (remember the popularity of the "Mumford Phys. Ed." sweatshirt?), heads from rough-and-tumble Detroit to prim-and-proper Beverly Hills to investigate the murder of his best friend, uncovering a much bigger plot, of course.
Continue reading: Beverly Hills Cop Review
The sequel begins where part one left off. Ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) and his now equally ogre-rific wife Fiona (Cameron Diaz) embark on a hilarious honeymoon montage, complete with mermaid-tossing. They return to find Donkey (Eddie Murphy) still fulfilling his role as "annoying talking animal." Before they can kick him out, however, they receive an invitation from Fiona's parents, King Harold (John Cleese) and Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews), who want to meet their daughter's new husband. Unfortunately, they didn't see the first film, and have no idea that their daughter is now permanently of the green persuasion, as is their new son-in-law.
Continue reading: Shrek 2 Review
After realizing that Eddie Murphy's new cop movie is not"Beverly Hills Cop IV" but something worse -- being far too longon action and far too short on laughs -- I began trying to salvage thispaticular trip to the theater.
What were the things I liked about "Metro," inwhich Murphy plays a police hostage negotiator in San Francisco? I counttwo.
First, there is a raucous chase scene involving an out-of-controlcable car that sends tourists and automobiles flying every which way. Thisscene requires an extraordinary ability to suspend disbelief since, asmost Northern Californians know, a penny on the tracks derails one of thesethings.
Continue reading: Metro Review
How many times are we going to have to see some former stand-up comedian dressed in rubber fat lady suit, beating to death saggy boob jokes before people realize this kind of comedy just isn't funny enough to carry a movie?
Robin Williams walked the legs off this dog in "Mrs. Doubtfire." Just last month, Martin Lawrence force-fed the same quadriplegic mutt a meal of clodding libido and flatulence gags before dragging it around the block in "Big Momma's House."
Apparently now it's Eddie Murphy's turn, and with its bottom-scraping sex and body function humor, "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" is the biggest dog of them all.
Continue reading: The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Review
As mechanical as an old Disneyland automaton, "The Haunted Mansion" is the third movie in a year from the Mouse House studio based on one of its own theme park rides -- and while it's certainly no inspired delight like "Pirates of the Caribbean," at least it's not as insufferably brain-dead as "The Country Bears."
Eddie Murphy is at his family-flick hammiest as a typical workaholic Movie Dad in need of a trite examination of his one-dimensional priorities. A sycophantic phony of a real estate agent, he often misses soccer games and anniversary dinners to make a sale, so his wife (Marsha Thomason) and smart-lipped, eye-rolling kids (Marc John Jefferies, Aree Davis) are especially chagrined when he takes a detour during a family outing to try to land the account to sell a cobweb-covered manse out in the boonies.
Scripted for maximum cluelessness, it takes Murphy's clan half the movie to catch on that the house is cursed and its occupants are ghosts, and the other half to realize what any half-astute viewer can ascertain in the first 15 minutes: The family becomes trapped in the house by its dead-by-his-own-hand Edwardian master (Nathanial Parker) because he thinks Murphy's wife is his reincarnated long-lost love who can lift the curse by marrying him.
Continue reading: The Haunted Mansion Review
There's a delightful surprise before the opening credits of "Daddy Day Care" -- a very funny CGI-animated short about tadpoles and peer pressure called "Late Bloomers."
The movie itself doesn't demonstrate half the creativity crammed into that four-minute cartoon. But it's not bad either.
Eddie Murphy stars as a workaholic ad exec sacked from his job (for promoting a kids' cereal called Veggie-Os) and saddled with taking care of his 4-year-old son (cute, uncommonly sad-eyed wisecracker Khamani Griffin) while his wife (Regina Hall) becomes the breadwinner, going back to work as a lawyer. But apparently she's a woefully underpaid lawyer because to make ends meet, Murphy turns their home into a day care center and enlists a couple laid-off buddies (pratfalling heavyweight Jeff Garlin and scatty sci-fi geek Steve Zahn) to help.
Continue reading: Daddy Day Care Review
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