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Eddie Murphy Is Hollywood’s Most Over-Paid Actor

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Comedy, Casting, Celebrity Gossip

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy has been named the most over-paid actor in Hollywood.

The 51-year-old actor - whose recent films Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave were all labeled flops - is reportedly no longer popular at the box office despite being paid a huge amount of money to star in huge number of movies. According to Forbes magazine, for every $1 Eddie was paid for his last three movies, they returned an estimated average of $2.30.

His movie Tower Heist, which was released last year also failed to wow audiences and earned just over double its budget of $75 million.

Earlier this year, Eddie revealed he is in talks to make a Beverly Hills Cop TV show. One of the comedian and actor's best loved roles was as wise cracking detective Axel Foley in the three action/comedy films of the late 80s and he's working on bringing him back. "What I'm trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there," he said.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Signs up to Twins Sequel

Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original TwinsArnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito are set to team up for a sequel to Twins.

The actors will reprise their roles as unlikely brothers Julius and Vincent, who were conceived via test tube, in the follow up to the 1988 movie but the new film Triplets will feature the twist that they have another brother, according to Heat Vision Blog: Eddie Murphy is being lined up for the role of the surprise sibling.

Ivan Reitman, who directed the original will return to the project but only act as a producer with his Montecito Picture Co. partners Joe Medjuk, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell. As yet, there is no director attached. The focus is currently on finding a writer to pen the script based on the new idea.

Twins was Arnold's first departure from action flicks and remains his highest grossing comedy, also ranking as one of the most successful films of Danny and director Ivan's careers. The movie was based on the idea that Arnold and Danny's characters were twins born "in a secret lab somewhere in the Western hemisphere" where Schwarzenegger got all the good genes and DeVito got all the leftovers.


Ricky Gervais Wants to Host Oscars

Ricky GervaisWatch out, Oscar! Ricky Gervais has offered to host the Academy Awards.

The controversial comedian - who upset Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie when he hosted the Golden Globes earlier this year - has revealed he would be happy to present the Oscars following the departure of Eddie Murphy as the host.

"I'll do it. I'll do that as well. I'll be in town any way for the Globes. I can knock off 20 per cent. A two for one deal! I'll just stay up there."

The British star, however, admits he is not yet been offered the opportunity to present the Golden Globes for the third time on January 15, 2012: "They haven't asked me officially yet, and I don't know whether I'd say yes. It's very tempting. It's tempting because for three hours, I'm the most feared man in Los Angeles, so that's nice. I think NBC wants me to do it, but the Hollywood Foreign Press have got to want me as well. It's their event, it's their party."


Box Office Breakdown: Twilight Eclipses Competition

Twilight Eclipse

Summit Entertainment saw fireworks at the theaters this holiday weekend.

The four-day frame ended with hauling in approximately $83.6 million. Although the David Slade-directed installment easily dethroned reigning champ Toy Story 3, the sequel actually failed to surpass the previous outing. Last fall, The Twilight Saga: New Moon grossed $178.9 million over six days. Eclipse, on the other hand, only raised $176.3 million since opening last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, scathing reviews didn’t keep from raking up a sizable share of the box office pot. M. Night Shyamalan’s take on Nickelodeon series fought off critics to earn $51.8 million over four days. Overall, the $150 million production has totaled $69.3 million domestically since its Thursday debut.

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Marlon Wayans, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler Team for Richard Pryor Flick


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Chris Rock and are producing a new biopic focusing on the life of well-loved comedian Richard Pryor, who inspired countless comics during his career. Pryor appeared in films and on stage from the 1960s to his 2005 death, though he is best known for his ribald standup routines.

Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said details Pryor’s early life, rise to fame and his serious drug problems, which led to the famous “freebasing incident” of 1981. will portray Pryor in the flick, though the role was originally given to Eddie Murphy. Murphy passed on the movie due to “creative differences.” Rumor has it that Pryor himself, who passed away in 2005 at 65, wanted Mike Epps to play the role.

said that Marlon’s screen test was amazing, and Wayans himself stated “I’m ready” to play the part.

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Box Office Breakdown: Woody, Buzz Top Sandler and Cruise

Toy Story 3

Despite increased competition from a number of A-list stars, easily cruised to another victory this weekend. The Pixar film added another $59.3 million to its total bringing its domestic gross to over $225 million.

Coming in second was , starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider. The comedy, which could have probably placed first on any other weekend, earned $40.5 million - the fourth best open in Sandler’s career. (The Longest Yard‘s $47.6 million from 2005 is still his best.) The movie also surpassed James’ last big hit, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which premiered to $31.8 million in 2009.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz found a box office win to be mission impossible. only fired up a mediocre $20.1 million ($27.4 million since Wednesday) and a third place finish. Keep in mind: Vanilla Sky, their last film together, debuted to $25 million back in 2001 - and that wasn’t even an action film.

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Box Office Breakdown: Toy Story Still Has Game

Toy Story 3

The number “11” appears to be a good one for .

Although it’s been almost 11 years since we had fun with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, those classic characters were apparently anything but forgotten. This weekend’s long-anticipated debut of rang up $110 million, giving Pixar its 11th chart topper in a row. The sequel also surpassed all previous Pixar debuts (including The Incredibles’ $70.5 million from 2004) and became the second best animated opener of all time (right behind Shrek the Third‘s $121.6 million from 2007).

, on the other hand, was unfortunately cursed from the start. The comic book adaptation - starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox - fired up a underwhelming $5.4 million. That performance was even more dismal than the debut of Megan Fox’s last film, Jennifer’s Body, which opened to $6.9 million in September 2009.

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Box Office Breakdown: A-Team’s Face Kicked by Karate Kid’s Foot

Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid

The battle of the ‘80s remakes was won by an actor born in 1998.

Despite featuring no actual karate and a Smith named Jaden, had no problem kicking up Will Smith-esque dollars this weekend. (I’m sure it had something to do with that Justin Bieber song.).  Sony’s remake of the 1984 classic surpassed early projections by rallying to a $55.7 million finish. The film’s debut means the 11-year-old star has already managed to outperform most of his father’s films. (I Am Legend opened to $77.2 million in 2007; Hancock premiered to $62.6 million in 2008.)

Meanwhile, Fox’s reboot of cranked out what could be considered a B-grade performance. The movie, which cost over $95 million to make (compared to Karate‘s $40 million), only rang up $25.7 million in its first three days. That’s barely above the figure Liam Neeson’s Taken earned in 2009 ($24.7 million) and nowhere near the debut Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel had with Valentine’s Day ($56.2 million).

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Get to the Greek…and Shrek

Get Him to the Greek

Ashton Kutcher may have more Twitter followers than Diddy and Russell Brand combined - but that achievement wasn’t reflected at the box office this weekend.

Despite pirating the first 13 minutes of Killers, Kutcher was unable to generate enough interest to earn more than third place. The film - Katherine Heigl’s first since leaving Grey’s Anatomy - only rounded up a mere $15.8 million. (In other words, Ashton got about $3 from each of his Tweeps.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Theatergoers Choose Shrek Over Sex

Sex and the City 2

Shrek - not cosmopolitans - was what fans were buying this weekend.

Despite competition from two heavily-promoted features, an aging green ogre was able to hang on to his title for two weeks in a row. raised an additional $57 million during the Memorial Day frame to bring its domestic total to $146.8 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. proved that people can get tired of sex. Sex and the City 2 - which featured the return of Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) - couldn’t get past the bad reviews to even match the first film’s numbers. (Sex and the City opened to $56.8 million in May 2008.) The lovely ladies also couldn’t overpower Jake Gyllenhaal’s four-day haul. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time wound up snagging second place with a $37.8 million debut.

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