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:
John Travolta keeps Brooklyn stayin’ alive at event honoring actor
Hundreds of fans gathered outside pizzeria featured in Saturday Night Fever 41 years ago to catch glimpse of and dress like the actor
“Forty-one years after strutting down a Brooklyn street, merrily swinging a paint can to the sound of the Bee Gees Stayin Alive, an older, less lithe John Travolta returned on Tuesday, to be honored for his services to the now-trendy New York City borough.
Hundreds of people gathered outside Lennys Pizza in Bensonhurst, south Brooklyn, to glimpse Travolta, who brought the neighborhood to national and international consciousness in Saturday Night Fever.
The 1977 film saw his character Tony Manero disco dance, conduct troubling relationships with women and occasionally engage in punch-ups. In the opening scene, Travolta orders two slices of pizza at Lennys before combining them in a double decker-type situation. The pizzeria claims Saturday Night Fever fans regularly order the same.
This is a great day, New York state senator Martin Golden who represents the Bensonhurst neighborhood and has submitted a 1,070-word legislative resolution commending Travolta for putting Brooklyn both on the map and in Americas hearts told the crowd.
A great day for John Travolta, a great day for his family, and a great day for Brooklyn.
Watch these movies after you see ‘Ocean’s 8’
“After months of building anticipation, Ocean’s 8finally hit theaters Friday. Yes, it featured the stunning, talented, female-led cast you’ve heard so much about. Glad you noticed.
But Ocean’s 8 is more than the token “female remake” it has been boiled down to. Like many audience members this past weekend, I showed up for the all-star actresses, but stayed for the crime, glamor, comedy, celeb cameos, and general badassery.
So to get you through those days where you can’t make it to the theater for a rewatch, here are fourteen films that show off groups of ladies getting together to kick ass — literally or metaphorically.
Headed up by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, this jailhouse musical took home six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It’s tough to make Richard Gere look like a third wheel, but somehow the murderesses of Cook County Jail pull it off.
Where to watch: HBO
Thelma & Louise (1991)
This road trip classic follows two women as they attempt to outrun their darks pasts by any means necessary. While neither Susan Sarandon nor Geena Davis won Best Actress for their performances, the leads’ double nomination cemented Thelma & Louise as a feminist classic.
Where to watch: Starz
Plaid skirts, football players, and drain cleaner? Color me stoked. A dark high school comedy laced with visceral teen murders, this cult classic is the adolescent destruction fantasy you didn’t know you needed. Starring Winona Ryder and the titular “Heathers.”
Where to watch: Netflix
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Meryl Streep shines amongst a cast of notoriously fabulous character actors in this romantic comedy with a pop twist. The costumes, musical numbers, and female stars glisten in an ABBA-made universe. Stay tuned for the sequel hitting theaters July 20th.
Where to watch: Netflix
Beauty Shop (2005)
Nothing feels better than a comedy that celebrates inner and outer beauty equally. Queen Latifah and the rest of her salon crew (featuring Alicia Silverstone and Andie MacDowell among others) gave us one of the most styling girl-power movies to date in this Barbershop spin-off.
Where to watch: Vudu
First Wives Club (1996)
Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton team up in this instant classic, reuniting as long lost friends and taking down the men who have wronged them – all while donning stunning coordinated power….”
John Cusack likes what you have to say about ‘Say Anything’
“If you liked Say Anything…, the 1989 coming-of-age film about a nervous-talking high school graduate winning over his crush in the summer before college, feel free to tell star John Cusack if you see him.
Cusack appreciates it when fans of the movie give him kudos for it, partly because they tend not to quote the film or, say, mime holding up an imaginary boombox in some sad attempt to replicate the movie’s most memorable scene. They mostly just say how much they liked it.
“They seem to be very warm about it, that it means something to them, so that’s nice,” Cusack told Mashable in a phone interview to promote his upcoming Q&A about Say Anything… at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. “For some movies, they’ll have a line that they’ll repeat to you a lot of times, but that one is more just a vibe. People seem to really still dig it.”
That’s kind of an understatement. Say Anything… didn’t set box office records, but to many Gen Xers like myself, the movie perfectly captured the ennui that often follows high school graduation. And Cusack hit the bull’s-eye in his portrayal of the quirky Lloyd Dobler, simultaneously giving him a coolness and vulnerability that appealed to both male and female audiences alike.
Cusack already had movies like Better Off Dead…, Sixteen Candles, and Eight Men Out under his belt when he made Say Anything…, but the film…”
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