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:
‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman opens up about Hollywood racism in SAG speech
“Chadwick Boseman is a superhero, and you’d better believe he gave a speech worthy of a superhero after Black Panther picked up the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture on Sunday.
“To be young, gifted, and black,” Boseman, who plays the lead role of T’Challa, said to the crowd. “We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured — yet you are young, gifted and black. We know what it’s like to be told, to say there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above.
“And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew — not that we would be around during Awards season and that it would make a billion dollars — but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world.”
A complete guide to watching all 53 of the 2019 Oscar-nominated films
May the bingeing commence!
Alright, film buffs. It is go time.
“Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani took to the microphone Tuesday morning to announce the official nominees for the 91st Academy Awards. While the races may be tight, one thing is clear: we have got a lot of watching to do before the big show on Feb. 24.
To help you dive into your marathon of 2018 cinematic excellence, we have compiled a list of all 53 nominated films with details on where and when you can watch them within the U.S. Of course, availability is subject to change.
Best picture nominees have been denoted with an asterisks (*) and short film availability has been explained at the end of the post. A quick heads up: As of right now, Showtime, STARZ, and Cinemax have none of the nominated films available — we checked.
Now, get started on that 4,601 minutes (aka a little under 77 hours) of viewing! Oh, yes. We checked that too.
All of these films are ready to be streamed by you right now. Click a link to go directly to the film’s streaming page. Purchase or rental fees may apply………………………………………………………………………”
Razzie nominations skewer ‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ ‘Holmes & Watson,’ and the Trumps
Smile and wave … just smile and wave.
“Entertainment’s most dishonorable honors are back and this time their public shaming is focused on the White House.
Mocking the worst of the worst in last year’s cinema, the 39th Annual Razzie Awards announced their nominees today with President Donald J. Trump notably front and center. Nominated for his “roles” in documentaries Fahrenheit 11/9 and Death of a Nation, Trump is in the running for 2018’s Worst Actor as well as half of 2018’s Worst Screen Combo. (The other half? “His Self Perpetuating Pettiness.”)
Also appearing in Fahrenheit 11/9, First Lady Melania Trump and Counselor for the White House Kellyanne Conway are going head-to-head for Worst Supporting Actress.
In more traditional Razzie fashion, box office flops The Happytime Murders, Holmes & Watson, and Gotti — garnering six nominations a piece — are set to compete against Robin Hood and Winchester for Worst Picture.
The Razzie “winners” are due to be announced Feb. 23. Check out the official announcement as well as a complete list of nominees below.
The Happytime Murders
Holmes & Watson
Jennifer Garner / Peppermint
Amber Heard / London Fields
Melissa McCarthy / The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Helen Mirren / Winchester
Amanda Seyfried / The Clapper ………………………………………………………….”
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