CBS has said no to a TV version of the 1984 Eddie Murphy action-comedy Beverly Hills Cop. The network commissioned a pilot for an hour-long procedural based on the film last year, but the show didn't make it on CBS's Fall 2013 schedule, which the network is unveiling this week. The pilot was created by The Shield's Shawn Ryan and it centered on Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley (played by Brandon T. Jackson from Tropic Thunder and Big Momma's House 3), who is following in his father's footsteps by doing fish-out-of-water detective work on the west side of Los Angeles.
Eddie Murphy appeared in the pilot as a [...]
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Three decades into a career that's seen him working as an actor, standup, and writer, Charlie Murphy is continuing to pound the pavement to hone his craft. Most recently, he traveled the world, headlining an ambitious 10 country standup tour, traveling from Scandinavia to Australia to perform before sold-out crowds. Murphy, whom you may know best from his work on Chappelle's Show (or as Eddie Murphy's brother), also keeps busy with movie and TV [...]
Regarded by his peers as the greatest stand-up comedian of all-time, Richard Pryor also lived a fascinating life to match his larger-than-life reputation as a comic. Pryor’s tumultuous personal experiences are what fed his comedy, and it’s no wonder that Hollywood executives, filmmakers, Pryor’s family, and Pryor himself have tried many times to make a biopic about his life. There’s enough stuff in Richard Pryor’s life to fill two or three movies (he grew up in a brothel, rose to the top of his field by breaking boundaries and fighting numerous censorship battles, had some run-ins with the mob, lit himself on fire while freebasing cocaine, and was diagnosed [...]
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart altogether. This week, we turn our attention to Chris Rock, one of the most prominent stand-ups of his generation as well as an accomplished actor and writer. Let’s take a look at the roles Chris Rock almost played over the years, including Jimmy Olsen in Tim Burton’s Superman movie, voicing KITT the Talking Car in the Knight Rider reboot, and starring in a Richard Pryor [...]
In a new interview with Details, Chris Rock gets on the subject of Eddie Murphy: DETAILS: Do you think Murphy will ever tour again? Chris Rock: Barring financial ruin, I don't think so. I think we'll see a Richard Pryor hologram on tour before we see Eddie Murphy.
DETAILS: Does it bum you out to see him in less-than-successful films? Chris Rock: We all do stuff that doesn't work. It bums me out when I'm at his house and he's making a bunch of people laugh and it's so effortless. His Obama impression? Amazing.
What would you give to get to hang out at his house and see him [...]