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Eddie Murphy lands role in Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor biopic

It was over a year ago when news broke that Lee Daniels was in talks to tackle the story of famed comedian Richard Pryor . One of the names brought up to play Richard Pryor was Eddie Murphy , a move that surprised no one as he had been connected to the role when Bill Condon was on-board to direct. However as we now know, the role ended up going to Mike Epps . Those...

Selma's Ava DuVernay says she's down for directing a Marvel movie

You can add another filmmaker to the list of directors who are up for helming a Marvel movie; SELMA's Ava DuVernay recently told HitFix she is open to directing a movie for the studio. DuVernay says she's not that familiar with Marvel's comics or their superheroes ( "That would probably be the first step, figuring out what they got over there." ) but said if...

Selma's Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo set to tackle hurricane Katrina film

You may have heard of a little picture called SELMA that's been snowballing into a media frenzy since it hit theaters in limited release. At the very least, you're probably aware that it has earned itself no less than a Best Picture nomination in this year's Academy Awards. You can check out our review of the film here , but it goes without saying that the relatively new...

Spike Lee has some choice words on this year's Oscar snubs

A lot has been made of this year's nominations for the Academy Awards with several citing an out of touch voting panel and a near whitewashing of the acting and directing categories. Specifically, the lack of nominations for David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay seemes to have pissed a lot of people off. So, naturally, we are going to hear about it from everybody from...

Review: Selma

PLOT: The true story of Dr. Martin Luther King ( David Oyelowo ) and his involvement in the landmark civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. REVIEWS: Some movies canít help but be timely and man, is SELMA ever timely. Watching SELMA, itís tempting to look back in disgust at the terrible injustices that African-Americans in the South had to deal with just fifty...

The Butler's Lee Daniels turns his head towards horror with Demon House

When it comes to Lee Daniels (THE BUTLER, PRECIOUS), all talk has pointed towards a Richard Pryor biopic starring Mike Epps . However it looks as if Daniels is also itching to dive into the horror genre with a tale about demonic possession dubbed DEMON HOUSE. The story is based on the real-life Latoya Ammons, in which her and her family claimed to have been under the attack and...

Oprah Winfrey to play Richard Pryor's brothel-running grandmother

Oprah Winfrey has always treated acting as a hobby more than a career, but since the end of her iconic talk show and the formation of her own cable network, Winfrey has found time to stretch her thespian muscles. After a substantial role in Lee Daniels ' drama THE BUTLER and Ava DuVernay's upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr film SELMA, Winfrey is looking to make a very uncharacteristic...

Mike Epps is officially playing Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

A few weeks ago we told you that comedian Mike Epps was the frontrunner to take on the role of the legendary comic Richard Pryor . Now after beating out other hopefuls for the role including Eddie Murphy , Chris Rock , Marlon Wayans , and Michael B. Jordan , he has officially been given the role. The movie has been in the works for years but is now finally gaining momentum...

The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma gets a Christmas day release

Looking to draw attention during this year's awards season, Paramount has set a Christmas Day release for the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic SELMA that's being directed by Ava DuVernay. The drama will be led by David Oyelowo who will play the civil rights icon. Oyelowo is no stranger to films based on factual events having starred in THE BUTLER , LINCOLN , RED TAILS , and...

Lee Daniels in talks for Richard Pryor biopic with Eddie Murphy and Michael B. Jordan among contenders for the lead

Let the onslaught of late comedian biopics continue! THE BUTLER director Lee Daniels is in talks to take on a biopic of late great comedian Richard Pryor with Eddie Murphy , Marlon Wayans , and Michael B. Jordan in contention to take the lead. The film has been in development for years now, with both Murphy and Wayans in the mix from the start. However, with Jordan emerging as...

Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

PLOT: A butler serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986 while his son engages in the Civil Rights movement down south. REVIEW: LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER could have been an awkward disaster; it has all the makings of being an ungainly, foolhardy mess weighed down by pretension and melodrama. It is not this. In fact, some of it is quite good. There...

Harvey Weinstein says the controversy over The Butler's title is because of The Hobbit

Harvey Weinstein and Warner Bros. are currently at odds over the title to Lee Daniels ' latest movie THE BUTLER. At the heart of the case is an obscure 1916 silent short movie of the same name that WB is claiming THE BUTLER is infringing on. Weinstein recently lost his hearing with the MPAA to retain the title for the Forrest Whitaker movie that hits theaters next month and is vowing...
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