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 [...]
Here's the trailer for Chris Rock's new film Top Five, which centers on Rock as a comedian who attempts to abandon comedy for drama. The film also stars Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah with cameos from Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Hart. Top Five opens in select theaters December 5th and nationwide on December 12th.
One of Robin Williams's final films just got a trailer. A Merry Friggin' Christmas stars Williams as a grumpy father who goes on a road trip with his son played by Joel McHale. The film also stars Clark Duke, Lauren Graham, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker, Oliver Platt, and Candice Bergen and is set for a November 7th release. In addition to Friggin' Christmas, Williams will also appear in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb due out December 19th as well as Terry Jones's upcoming animated movie Absolutely Anything set for a release next year.
Following yesterday's news that he had teamed up with writer Katie Dippold to make the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig sat down with Entertainment Weekly to shed some light on his vision for the film. Feig put a lot of emphasis on his respect for the original films and the pressure of taking on a Ghostbusters movie especially in the wake of Harold Ramis's death and Bill Murray's lack of interest in continuing the franchise:
I love origin stories. That’s my favorite thing. I love the first one so much I don’t want to do anything to ruin the memory of that. So it just felt like, [...]
The Super Troopers sequel is happening. Speaking to Us Weekly last week, Broken Lizard's Steve Lemme confirmed that the long-awaited Super Troopers 2 is now set to begin production sometime early 2015 following some legal and financial hurdles:
"You know, it was a combination of having to settle some of the legal disputes about making a sequel, while also negotiating terms for it," Lemme told Us of what took so long. "The fans have been asking for it for a while, but we were finally able to package everything together. Fox is going to distribute the film, but we needed to raise the money for it. We're [...]