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Eddie Murphy to Receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor This Year

The Kennedy Center has revealed this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The New York Times reports that Eddie Murphy will receive the Kennedy Center's annual lifetime achievement award this year, which honors "a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective on social injustice and personal folly." Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter added: "Through his appearances on Saturday Night Live, groundbreaking stand-up comedy, and work as a movie star, Eddie Murphy has shown that like Mark Twain, he was years ahead of his time." Murphy joins recent Mark Twain Prize recipients Tina Fey, [...]

'SNL 40' Review: The Stars Come Home

After 40 years, Saturday Night Live may be the only remaining "watercooler comedy" that everyone still has something to say about. Whether it's "The first five years were the best," or "Bring back Victoria Jackson!" (just kidding, no one says that), we all have our opinions on what is or isn't funny on the show… not just us nerdy online reviewers. SNL is, after all, one of the only shows we grew up with that's still on the air – those of us under 40 haven't lived in a world without it — and we each have a personal connection to the first incarnation of it that spoke to us. For me, it was Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond [...]

Eddie Murphy Lines Up Another Dramatic Role in 'Cook'

Eddie Murphy just landed his first dramatic film role since 2007's Dreamgirls. Slash Film reports that Murphy has signed on to star in an upcoming film directed by Driving Miss Daisy's Bruce Beresford and written by Two and a Half Men writer/producer Susan McMartin. Titled Cook, the film follows Murphy's character as a man "hired by a dying man to cook meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he’s gone." Murphy is reportedly replacing Samuel L. Jackson, who dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. "Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the [...]

'Beverly Hills Cop IV' Set for a Spring 2016 Release

After over a decade in development a new sequel to Beverly Hills Cop is one step closer to happening. Paramount has set a release date for Beverly Hills Cop IV for May 25, 2016, Deadline says. The sequel will find Axel Foley returning to his hometown of Detroit.

As previously reported, Eddie Murphy will be reprising the role of Foley, with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec writing the script and Brett Ratner directing. Beverly Hills Cop IV, which has been in development since in various stages since the late '90s, came close to happening in 2008, also with Murphy and Ratner (script review [...]

Brett Ratner Signs Back On to Direct 'Beverly Hills Cop IV'

Director Brett Ratner is back on board Beverly Hills Cop IV, Deadline reports. Ratner was attached to direct the sequel a couple years ago, but the project was called off when Eddie Murphy was unhappy with the script and backed out. After that, Ratner produced a CBS one-hour pilot for a Beverly Hills Cop spinoff centered on Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley, but the network passed on it and Beverly Hills Cop IV was put back into development in July. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, the duo who wrote Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, are writing the script. This is [...]

Eddie Murphy in Talks to Play Richard Pryor's Father in Lee Daniels' Biopic

The upcoming Richard Pryor biopic by Lee Daniels just added another big name to its cast. Entertainment Tonight reports that Eddie Murphy is in talks to play Pryor's father LeRoy "Buck Carter" Pryor, joining previously announced star Mike Epps in the lead role and Oprah Winfrey as Pryor's grandmother Marie Carter. ET also confirms that Kate Hudson will play Pryor's wife Jennifer, who is co-producing the film. Daniels teased the Murphy casting news in an Instagram post last week, which you can check out below:

Eddie Murphy Confirms He's Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

Huge news, SNL fans: Eddie Murphy is ending his 30-year SNL absence and is headed to the show's 40th anniversary special set to air on February 15th. Murphy revealed the news during a phone interview with News One when asked about why he's never returned to the show since leaving in 1984: "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it … They're actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. I'm going to that, and that'll be the first time I've been back since I left."

The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.

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Looking at the Planned 2008 Version of 'Beverly Hills Cop IV'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Eddie Murphy has been trying to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie made since the late '90s, and it's something he and director Brett Ratner are still currently working on. Beverly Hills Cop IV was briefly called off last year as plans to shift the franchise towards a CBS series called Beverly Hills Cop starring Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley (played by Brandon T. Jackson, Tropic Thunder) with Murphy producing and playing a recurring role, but when the [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Eddie Murphy (1980-1984)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

When Eddie Murphy arrived at SNL in 1980, all odds were stacked against him: The magic of the original cast, writers, and producer was gone, public opinion of the show dwindled, and at only 19 years old, he was the youngest performer to join the cast. But thanks to a combination of undeniable talent, persistence, luck, and a streak of Hollywood blockbusters, Murphy [...]

Read Norm Macdonald's Fascinating Recap of "Celebrity Jeopardy" and #SNL40

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter last night to look back on his experience working for the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special, and the whole thing is a must-read for SNL fans who are interested to learn about how the special came together, the history of the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch, how some SNL cast members feel about Rolling Stone's recent cast member rankings, and whether or not Eddie Murphy was asked to perform in a sketch. Read Macdonald's recap in full below:

Eddie Murphy Shares His "Ultimate Vision" for a Live Music/Standup Show

"My fantasy I always be having when I think about getting onstage is to do everything. If I came back and did stand-up again, I can't just be like the other standup comics. To have a real hot band, play some tracks for about 40 minutes, the curtain drops and then you do an hour of jokes? That's a unique-ass show. [Laughs] That's the ultimate vision."

- Eddie Murphy fantasizes about a possible return to the standup stage in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Six Comics Aziz Ansari Is Joining as Madison Square Garden-Worthy

Yesterday, The Wrap confirmed earlier reports that standup Aziz Ansari is set to headline at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of his new tour Modern Romance, which also includes stops in Dallas, Houston, D.C., Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, not to mention a book slated for a September 2015 release. "There is something very insane and amazing about starting standup in New York City at the lowest rung — open-mic spots — and then many years later going to the other utmost, utmost extreme of playing Madison Square Garden," Ansari told Billboard last month. "I felt a sense of that when I did Carnegie Hall, [...]

Richard Pryor Biopic Back On with New Director; Eddie Murphy, Marlon Wayans, Michael B. Jordan Eyed to Star

A biopic about the late great standup Richard Pryor has been in the works for nearly two decades now, and while the project has been dormant for the past few years, it looks like a Pryor biopic is once again in development. Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) is in talks to direct the movie, THR reports, and Marlon Wayans, Eddie Murphy, and Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan are being considered to star in it.

Wayans was attached to the part back in 2010 when director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) was going to direct it. Condon left the project to direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn and the movie's been stalled out [...]