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Here’s The Real Reason You Don’t See Eddie Murphy In Movies Anymore

Charmaine Blake

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As the year winds down, those year-end lists start making the rounds on the news. We talk about the biggest movies, the longest running hit songs, who got married, and of course who sadly passed away.

All those “in memoriam” lists get you thinking about who we haven’t seen on our screens in a while, and among those we haven’t seen lately is Comedy legend Eddie Murphy. However, despite popular death hoaxes, he is very much alive! So what happened? Where did everyone’s favorite funny man go? Just a few years ago, it seemed like he was everywhere. Remember Dr. Doolittle, The Nutty Professor, and Shrek? He even reprised his role voicing Shrek‘s Donkey in Donkey’s Christmas Spectacular in 2010. You may have seen it on repeat on your television this holiday season. Of course, Murphy is most fondly remembered by fans for his time on Saturday Night Live and in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise early on in his lengthy career. Yet in recent years, he seems to have disappeared completely. Well, one reason could be that he’s made quite a few flops. He’s admitted in interviews that he was getting choosier with his scripts and did not want to do a movie solely for the paycheck anymore. Murphy did make the movie, Mr. Church, just last year… But I bet you didn’t hear about it. While the film was hotly anticipated, it barely made a blip with awards shows or audiences. It seemed to come and go from theatres before anyone could even blink. It seems Murphy may not have cared too much, though. He told reporters, “It was like a really easy movie to go do, and everybody was really cool, so I just went and did it, then I went back to the hammock in the backyard.” Murphy’s quote may be a hint at what’s actually been going on with him. He’s retired! Murphy once famously said,“I keep telling people I’ll make movies until I’m 50 and then I’ll go and do something else. I’m going to be a professional gentleman of leisure. While the now 56-year-old hasn’t strictly stuck to his word, he has certainly slowed down, and perhaps rightfully so. After all, he did start his professional career at just 19 as a regular on Saturday Night Live. It seems he’s had retirement on his mind for a while now. In 2011, Murphy told Rolling Stone:

“I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise, I’m content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I’m a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I’ll go do some work to break the boredom up.”

Murphy has also revealed in a 2016 podcast that he hasn’t read a newspaper for over 20 years, and that he doesn’t even have an email address – or a computer! This certainly sounds like a man who is trying his best to distance himself from the outside world. Then in 2016, he told Variety:

“My stuff is on TV all the time for anyone checking for it. When do they think they’ll hear me say something funny [in the future]? I don’t know, because from here, I’m going back to the backyard to chill.”

His mentality is understandable. Murphy does have several children, and his current girlfriend just had a child last year. Perhaps Murphy just wants some time to spend with his family. However, he does have one more project in the works, and it’s one his fans will be excited about. Murphy says that he’ll do Beverly Hills Cop 4, but only if the script is perfect. “If we can get the script just right, it’s something that we’ll do,” he says. “But this’ll be perfect because I don’t wanna do anything else that sucks ever again.” I think a lot of us would be happy to see him back on the big screen. If you’re missing Eddie Murphy like we do, check out the video below. Jimmy Fallon interviews the beloved comedian and they discuss his career with a lot of laughs along the way:

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‘A Star is Born,’ ‘First Man’ And ‘Widows’ Are This Year’s Early Oscar Front-Runners

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“On the first day of the Toronto International Film Festival last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the Oscars will table the polarizing new category meant to honor the year’s “outstanding achievement in popular film.” Good. The award isn’t only misguided what makes a film popular, and why reward something on those grounds? but also quite unnecessary, as the festival itself made clear.

Many of the movies that premiered and screened in Toronto are crowd-pleasers destined to earn piles of cash and offer the sort of skillful prestige the Oscars favor. Already I can pinpoint three awards front-runners with solid shots at revenue exceeding the coveted $100 million mark: “A Star Is Born,” “First Man” and “Widows.”

All three have obvious selling points that could vault them into blockbuster territory. “A Star Is Born” is a beloved story exquisitely reimagined by the uberfamous Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga; “Widows” is an electrifying thriller featuring an all-star cast led by Viola Davis; “First Man,” which reunites Ryan Gosling with “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, depicts Neil Armstrong’s 1969 lunar journey imagery that’s seared into the American consciousness.

If all goes well, these movies will hit the sweet spot between commercial success and artistic merit that the academy seems to think eludes its grasp. (Never mind that “The Shape of Water,” a dreamy sci-fi romance with $195 million in worldwide grosses, scored this year’s Best Picture trophy.) “Star,” “Widows” and “First Man” are major studio releases distributed by Warner Bros., Fox and Universal, respectively, giving them the leverage needed to sail into the national zeitgeist long before fall’s top awards are announced. ……………………….”

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The Coen Brothers Films Ranked!

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“With the 20th anniversary re-release of The Big Lebowski, we rank the duos films (directing only), from their 1984 debut Blood Simple to this years The Ballad of Buster Spruggs

18. The Ladykillers (2004)

What on earth was this about? A remake of the Ealing crime-caper classic (with Tom Hanks in Alec Guinnesss crackpot mastermind role) at least proves, if proof were needed, that the Coens have excellent cinephile taste. But this was pointless and baffling. A case of No Coen Do.

17. Burn After Reading (2008)

What a dogs brunch of a film: a strained and unfunny black comic gang-show of big names, with one or two good gags and an admittedly intriguing turn from Brad Pitt as a dopey fitness freak.

16. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

This period Capraesque comedy about an ordinary guy a rather uncharismatic Tim Robbins who is elevated to corporate greatness as part of a share-price scam is an example of how the Coens comedy can sometimes lack focus: too quirky and spongy.

15. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

The Coens love of Preston Sturges resurfaced in this film that whimsically takes upon itself the title of the desperately serious social-realist movie being planned in Sturges 1941 Sullivans Travels. It is an appealing, likable film about three runaway chaingang convicts in depression America who pass themselves off as a bluegrass trio, their record somehow becoming a hit. Silly, amiable stuff that has faded with time.

14. Hail, Caesar! (2016)

More golden age Hollywood nostalgia with this cantering comedy about tinseltown: the boozers, the fixers, the divas, the hoofers, the scribblers. It features George Clooney as a none-too-bright ageing star in a cheesy toga-wearing Roman epic. The movie reminded the world what a great dancer Channing Tatum is.

13. True Grit (2010)

Unprecedented commercial success was what the Coens found with this handsome remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic; or rather a new adaptation of the original novel by Charles Portis. Jeff Bridges was probably the only possible casting as the no-account Rooster Cogburn, with Hailee Steinfeld as his employer, the 14-year-old Mattie Ross. It is a good-natured, well-made movie, but perhaps without the strong taste of the original, or the Coens other films.

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True Grit. Photograph: HO/Reuters

12. Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Here is the biggest underrating issue in contemporary Coenological studies. On release, most critics seemed to decide that this screwball divorce comedy with Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney was no good. I disagree. The smoothie lawyer Miles Massey was a part Clooney was born to play, and Zeta-Joness cat-that-has-every-intention-of-getting-the-cream predator is tremendous.

11. Raising Arizona (1987)

Some Coenoisseurs regard this early comedy as one of the top three; maybe even the gold medal. For me, it doesnt stand up that well, but it is an utterly distinctive film with twang and snap, a realist-fantasy action comedy drama with weird subplots and extraneous minor characters. Holly Hunter is the cop who falls in love with Nicolas Cages criminal; on discovering they cant have kids, they get involved in the most wackily innocent child abduction imaginable.

10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Coens have created a gem with their latest film, a western portmanteau of tales from a comically picturesque old west, conceived with humour, warmth and visual flair. Some stories are better than others, but the best are superb, and Tim Blake Nelson has what must be the greatest role of his career as Buster Scruggs, the singin, gunslingin cowpoke……………………………..”

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Burt Reynolds: the Easygoing Cannonball of Old-School Hollywood Manliness | Peter Bradshaw

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In his heyday in movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Reynolds became a hugely popular star who embodied the twinkly-eyed mans man with a touch of the rebel

“At his peak, Burt Reynolds had the kind of face, the kind of body, the kind of masculinity and appeared in the kind of movie that hasnt been fashionable in Hollywood for decades. From 1978 to 1982, Burt Reynolds in all his easygoing ruggedness was the undisputed king: the industrys top grossing star every year in that time for increasingly unfashionable but lucrative pictures. It was a short but legendary reign, after which his awful career moves, calamitous personal investments and matrimonial woes put his star into the descendant. But, like Travolta, he enjoyed a hip and postmodern comeback in the 1990s as the porn movie mogul in Paul Thomas Andersons Boogie Nights (1997), a role with a streak of darkness which reconnected to him to the disturbing John Boorman picture that made his name in 1972, Deliverance, the story of four white salarymen who go on a trip to the Georgia wilderness, unwisely patronise the locals and encounter a situation which unlocks ruthless violence in Reynoldss character.

But Deliverance however sensational it was was a slightly atypical role for Reynolds. In his glorious, sunlit heyday, Burt Reynolds was an easygoing figure. He had a wide, handsome and very intelligent face: sometimes accessorised with a big moustache, he appeared in an outdoors-guy leather, denim, sometimes in lawmans uniform or sports kit the kind of rangy look that was later co-opted by the gay community. Reynolds had a fine singing voice and appeared opposite Dolly Parton in the musical The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, and in 1973 released a country album called Ask Me What I Am…………………..”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/07/burt-reynolds-the-easygoing-cannonball-of-old-school-hollywood-manliness

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