Eddie Murphy

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that refuses to wear a fat suit. Unless it’s Halloween, because then it will be dressing up as Patton Oswalt. Because no one else is doing it, even though they should be. For those who have not heard yet, Eddie Murphy will host the upcoming 84th edition of the Academy Awards. According to show producer and Murphy fanclub vice president Brett Ratner, Eddie Murphy was meant to be Oscar host. Because the golden guy’s special night needs nothing more than a little fatsuit comedy — that’s why!

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There are two elements to this bit of news. One, they’re making a live-action/animation hybrid of Hong Kong Phooey. What does that mean? It means that instead of using traditional animation to make a feature length film, Alcon Entertainment will be making something that resembles the original cartoon instead of actually looking like it. Imagine the difference between the cartoon Smurfs and the ones that ended up walking around New York City. Therein lies a major problem with updating animated characters. There is a mile-wide gap between the character as people know and love them, and the character as restylized through a computer. But not to fear, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Eddie Murphy will be stepping behind the gi to voice the kung fu fighting dog of 70s fame. In the original cartoon, Penry was a janitor that cast off his mild-mannered alter ego and became Hong Kong Phooey whenever there was trouble.

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The entire setup for the Tower Heist trailer is solid and pretty damned timely. A staff at an incredibly schmancy apartment building are fleeced out of their pensions by the building’s wealthiest schmuck so they decide to rob him. But they’ll need help. Enter the moment the trailer stops dead in its tracks. You know you’re poison when a perfectly harmless action comedy (even one where Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick try to keep straight faces while Alan Alda tries to be unlikable), becomes a laughingstock just by inserting your image into the trailer. Guess who, movie fans. It’s your favorite comedian turned least favorite comedian and he ruins everything here:

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr hands out grades to Shrek: The Final Chapter 3D, MacGruber and Human Centipede.

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‘Shrek Forever After’ offers conclusive proof that the franchise has run out of steam.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Kevin gives his lukewarm review of the new Shrek movie while Neil shows some 80s action movie love for MacGruber! The Fat Guys also promise to play a listener voice mail, then reneg on that promise (they’re awesome like that), then take a look at the gruesome and controversial Human Centipede.

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And it includes suicide! Hilarious!

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As the year winds down to a close and with award season is already underway, everyone is looking back on all the fine performances in cinema over 2009. But to truly recall all the great performances, we have to slag through some pretty awful ones.

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With Bill Nighy’s claim that he doesn’t like watching himself in movies, I figured I’d take the opportunity to suggest the practice to a few other actors. But it’s not exactly what you think.

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Thanks to the Hollywood Insider, we’re almost sure that one of the less-than-generic Wayans brothers, Marlon, will play Richard Pryor in Happy Madison Productions/Sony Pictures’s forthcoming Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said.

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Yoostar put’s you in your favorite scenes from your favorite movies. And Employee of the Month.

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I refuse to make this article about Transformers. I refuse to talk about how awful of an actor Megan Fox is, who cannot even effectively scream “Saaaaaaam!” I refuse to espouse on the ridiculous plot. I refuse to complain about seeing John Turturro’s hairy buttcheeks in my face, 20 feet high.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: The Taking of Pelham 123 and Imagine That.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

After a couple good weeks with at least one good movie to enjoy, Kevin and Neil hit the dog days of the cinematic summer. The Fat Guys debate the ability of John Travolta to be a badass and wonder why Eddie Murphy is still making films. Neil also threatens to stab Kevin in the eyeballs.

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Richard Pryor is Funny. Eddie Murphy used to be.

Remember the iconic, legendary comic that never, ever got un-funny in the slightest measure? Bill Condon has attached Pluto Nash to play him.

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Brett Ratner insists he won’t water things down in his upcoming resurrection of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Are he and Eddie Murphy up to the challenge?

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Our friends at Latino Review got their hands on the storyline and, in a nutshell, it doesn’t sound too good.

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The Nutty Professor

You may not have picked up on it yet, but the current economic climate in the United States and around the world has caused some changes within the strategies for many of the major Hollywood studios.

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Pink Panther 2

What is there to say really? Steve Martin has dueling personalities. One is a comedic genius responsible for films like Roxanne and L.A. Story, and the other has recognized the sizeable cash-cow that is the family film market.

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The Reject Report

Well, on this fine July day the big story here at the Reject Report is Eddie Murphy. Not because his new movie, Meet Dave, was a moneymaker at the box office. No, the story is how badly the thing tanked!

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