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. [...]
"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 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 [...]
We reported last week that the planned TV version of Beverly Hills Cop is dead and that a fourth movie for the franchise is in the works instead. Now, details about Beverly Hills Cop IV are beginning to trickle in. Deadline reports that Paramount is moving full steam ahead on the project and that Eddie Murphy is already signed on, as are screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, a writing team who scripted Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
Prior to the decision to turn the next entry in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise into a TV series, Murphy was working [...]
Business Insider has a great oral history of Trading Places today, and it's filled with awesome tidbits about the classic film. Tidbits such as:
1. The movie was originally written for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor
LANDIS: The script was developed for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. And when I was sent the script, Richard Pryor, unfortunately, had his accident where he burnt himself rather badly, and they sent it to me and said, 'What do you think?