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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“We will never get a movie like The Blair Witch Project again. Having said that, weve had dozens of movies like The Blair Witch Project. In the 20 years since its release, it has transformed the horror landscape, and more besides. Found footage is now a sub-genre in itself thanks to it. How many horror movies have we seen claiming: This all really happened, honest? How many occult symbols and folk myths have crossed our screens? How many gung-ho teens have set off on an adventure, never to return? And how many times has a gimmicky horror reaped rewards for virtually no outlay? Blair Witch did not invent all these tricks but it put them together to create a phenomenon. It is the 21st centurys Exorcist………………………………………………….”
Yes, ‘New Mutants’ is still coming, Probably.
Jean Grey comes into her powers in ‘Dark Phoenix’.
“The X-Men are part of the Disney family now, and never has that felt clearer than at the studio’s CinemaCon presentation Wednesday.
Disney touted both Dark Phoenix and New Mutants as part of its upcoming slate, alongside the usual Avengers and Star Wars and Pixa
What exactly the X-Men’s future looks like at the Mouse House, though, remains unclear.
Deadpool clearly isn’t going anywhere. “You’ll be seeing more of Deadpool in the years ahead,” promised studio chairman Alan Horn, after sharing Ryan Reynolds’ cheeky tweet about Fox joining Disney.
And New Mutants, despite delayed release dates, reports of reshoots, and rumors of a straight-to-streaming distribution plan, does seem to be headed to cinemas — it was included on a slide of Disney’s 2019 theatrical releases.
But the core X-Men franchise led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Turner is evidently coming to a conclusion. Dark Phoenix, out this summer, was described by 20th Century Fox’s Emma Watts as “the perfect sendoff” to the X-Men series……………………………………………………….”
Dog assassins are a thing in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ and holy crap we can’t wait
These good boys are ready to help. Also, John Wick and Sofia are there.
“The entire John Wick franchise was set into motion by the death of a dog. Now, in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the canine species finally gets a shot at revenge.
In footage revealed exclusively at CinemaCon, two Belgian shepherds owned by Sofia (Halle Berry) take an active role in the fight, bringing down the bad guys who would harm Sofia and John (Keanu Reeves).
The scene opens with the two human assassins in what looks like a desolate, deserted castle, preparing for some dramatic event to come.
Parabellum knows exactly how long we’ve been waiting to see some dogs fuck some shit up.
Then the henchmen arrive and the shooting starts, and Sofia’s dogs spring into action. They race ahead to take down minions for Sofia to shoot. One mauls a guy, sending him off the side of a high wall.
At one point, Sofia spots a baddie coming at them from above — so she bends over and lets one of her dogs springboard off her back, leap onto that high wall, and attack that dude directly.
Mind you, Sofia and John are in the battle as well, frantically running around and shooting at nameless villains in the gracefully choreographed way we’ve come to expect from these films………………………………………………………………….”
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