Eddie Murphy's ex-wife Nicole has ended her five-year engagement to former American football star-turned- TV personality Michael Strahan. The model and reality TV regular is determined to stay close to the former New York Giants star, who will be inducted into the sport's Hall of Fame on Saturday (02Aug14).
Murphy's representative tells People.com, "They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule it has been hard to maintain the relationship."
The pair has nine children between them and first started dating in 2007.
A representative for comedian Eddie Murphy has denied a U.S. tabloid report suggesting he is set to become a father for the ninth time. Sources tell Star magazine the Shrek star's girlfriend, 35-year-old model Paige Butcher, is pregnant with the couple's first child and, according to an insider, the pair is planning to wed before the tot is born.
The source says, "She (Butcher) made it clear that she wants to be married before having their baby, so they're hashing out a prenup before announcing anything."
However, Murphy's spokesman has shot down the story, simply telling WENN the report is "not true".
Murphy, 53, has five children with his first wife Nicole, while he also has a son by each of his exes Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely, in addition to a daughter, named Angel, with former Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown.
The actor has been dating blonde beauty Butcher since 2012.
Veronica Mars has made history. Along with films like Serenity (an adaptation of the TV show Firefly) and the questionable direct-to-DVD Dead Like Me movie, it brought a sense of closure and excitement to fans everywhere. When a show gets prematurely canceled, fans have a hunger for some more quality time with their favorite characters. Veronica Mars proved that that want is enough to drive the production of a feature film. Using Kickstarter, the folks behind the movie established seed capital and revealed the market for television revival films.
A great program can get the axe for any number of reasons. For example, Claire Danes wanted to pursue a career in movies, so she was instrumental in the cancellation of My So-Called Life. Shows like Popular or Freaks and Geeks were ahead of their time and got prematurely canceled due to low ratings. Television involves a lot of juggling, competition with other networks, and actor politics. Film adaptations are a quick way to tell a story and provide fans with what they want.
Here is our list of television series that deserve to be forever immortalized in film.
This show had everything: a love story, lush cinematography, musical numbers, magic, and procedural crime drama tropes. However, the show did not find its footing in ABC’s line-up. Despite a bevy of amazing guest stars and genuinely entertaining moments, the show was rushed off with a hasty 30-second wrap up to series-long storylines. A film could incorporate all of the magic of the series while also providing the writers with a chance to explore the mythology of a pie-maker who can resurrect the dead, and maybe find the opportunity for him and his undead love Chuck to touch.
Popularity Potential: It may be a tough sell to audiences beyond fans of the show. However, given the success of Frozen, musicals aren’t going anywhere. It also has such a fresh unique premise with a storytelling format that would befit the big screen.
This comedy helped reinvigorate the ensemble comedy after the genre’s post-Friends lull. The show has a firm grasp on comedy today with fun cutaways and outrageous plots. It captures dating in an age of hipsters, the Internet, and bizarre new rules. Each season ends with a wedding, so why not a film about the most epic wedding ever? A movie could focus on the craziest of bridezillas Penny Hartz (Casey Wilson) while reviving a lot of the dangling subplots of the series.
Popularity Potential: The film could easily appeal to more than just established fans: romantic comedy audiences, Wayans family advocates, and people looking for a fun comedy could enjoy this film.
Ryan Murphy has proved himself to be a powerhouse producer with the success of Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story. However, Murphy he’s had limited success in films (lest we forget Eat Pray Love). But his first series, Popular, would be great fodder for a movie. This series was ahead of its time. It talked about Manolos and the mystique of Gwyneth Paltrow before it was cool. His characters Mary Cherry and Nicole Julian were progenitors to Lea Michele’s character on Glee and Jessica Lange’s characters on AHS.
Popularity Potential: None of the core cast members have a huge name draw but Murphy’s huge celebrity rolodex could bring some major star names. Fans would enjoy answers to the cliffhanger ending and fans of all of Murphy’s other shows could enjoy a snarky comedy.
It’s hard to remember when Jessica Alba broke into showbiz. It wasn’t her role in the Glitter-reminiscent dance movie Honey, or her parts in Fantastic Four and Good Luck Chuck. No, it was James Cameron’s insanely amazing action series Dark Angel. A young Alba played Max, a girl genetically modified with hybrid DNA who used her abilities to fight for justice in a post-apocalyptic Seattle. The twist: terrorists released an electro magnetic pulse that turned America into a third world country. Sadly, the Cameron connection could not save the series from being eclipsed by Buffy and Alias. However, this show definitely has the makings of an epic James Cameron movie. Plus, Alba’s ex-hubby and co-star Michael Weatherly could use the career boost since he’s now relegated to NCIS.
Popularity Potential: James Cameron, ‘nuff said.
This British superhero series Misfits started out great, but a revolving cast and a monotony of sesonal arcs kind of left the final season with a dud of an ending. A movie could bring back a lot of the cast members and guest stars and have them take on a major foe. Considering Robert Sheehan’s turn in Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Iwan Rheon’s role on Game of Thrones not exactly panning out in the stardom department, they should be willing and able to return to their old stomping grounds.
Popularity Potential: Attack the Block proved the sci-fi genre could work with a chav makeover. Anyone interested in sci-fi and comedy would be up for a Misfits flick.
Freaks and Geeks
Every Judd Apatow production feels like a Freaks and Geeks reunion, so why not just have one? The cast’s 10-year high school reunion would be a who’s who of Hollywood, blended with Apatow’s comedy flair. Plus, a comedy about a high school reunion is no more or less inspired than the plots of This Is 40 and Funny People.
Popularity Potential: Audiences are bound to like someone from the cast. Plus, Apatow is synonymous with box office success.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Prince's former wife Mayte Garcia has turned to Eddie Murphy's ex for parenting tips after adopting a baby girl. The singer/dancer became a mum earlier this year (13) and she has chronicled her transition to parenthood on new U.S. reality show Hollywood Exes, which also features mum-of-five Nicole Murphy.
So, when it came to seeking out tips, she knew exactly who turn to.
Garcia says, "We talk about it. It's a beautiful bonding experience between the women and I, and I'm enjoying every moment of it. She (daughter) had a little something on her eye and (Murphy) was like, 'It'll go away, don't worry about it'."
Appearing alongside Garcia on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live on Monday morning (15Jul15), Murphy also offered up a great tip to breastfeeding mums, stating, "When you're breastfeeding a baby, you're like a walking pharmacy. If they have, like, rashes or anything like that, you take the breast milk and you (rub it on)."
And Garcia, who lost a child she had with pop superstar Prince, admits she wrestled with the idea of becoming a mum after members of her family let it be known they did not think it was a good idea.
The 39 year old added, "(My mum) was not having it and it was really hard for me to make that decision, but at my age and being around all these women (on Hollywood Exes) I decided I want to be a mum and I was gonna go against her... It's just a beautiful experience."
The American incarnation of The X Factor has seen more featured players come and go than the cast of Designing Women. And yet again, we bid farewell to one of Simon Cowell's costars: this time, the departing individual is Khloe Kardashian, as reported by series producers via Deadline. However, fans might take comfort in knowing that Mario Lopez, Kardashian's co-presenter, has officially signed on board for the Factor's upcoming Season 3.
Brought onto the Fox series as a replacement for Season 1 presenter Steve Jones, Kardashian is leaving for yet unspecified reasons. Producers stated on Monday, "Khloe Kardashian will not be returning to co-host The X Factor. We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors." A press release from the reality series indicates that Saved by the Bell vet Lopez will be among the returning players. Cowell, the show's creator and one of its judges, and Demi Lovato, another judge brought onto the cast in Season 2, are also returning.
But Kardashian is among the far larger community of ex-X stars. Season 2 marked the absence of presenter Jones, judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Cheryl Cole. Season 2 judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid are new departures, with no replacements named at this time.
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Vince Vaughn has always worked best in pairs. He was the boisterous yin to Owen Wilson's calmer yang in Wedding Crashers...and to Jon Favreau in Swingers....and to Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up....and so on. In the promo spot for Vaughn's Saturday Night Live hosting gig, the actor is now paired up with cast member Bobby Moynihan, but for once, it looks like the roles are reversed: here Vaughn is playing the straight man.
Vaughn — who is returning to host SNL for the first time since 1998 (!!) to promote his upcoming comedy The Internship — is calm, cool, and collected as the animated Moynihan asks him how to pick up (literal) chicks, plays with with control room buttons, and gets him alone in the dark. ("I just want to hear you breathe"). That's not to say the actor doesn't get a few laughs in (he plays off of the gag that Jay Pharoah will be his stunt double in case he can't make it on Saturday night) but it's safe to a lot has changed since 1998, including Vaughn.
Watch the video in which the star does, in fact, pull out some old school Vaughn-isms ("The sweater is everything!") below:
Vaughn's episode of SNL, which features Miguel as the musical guest, airs this Saturday, April 13 at 11:30 PM ET on NBC.
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Recent news may have had you thinking otherwise, but as it turns out, not everyone is getting fired from The X Factor this year. Hollywood.com has confirmed that Demi Lovato, the "young adults" mentor who had a natural rapport with boss Simon Cowell on the judging panel last season, is set to return for Season 3. That leaves Cowell with two out of four seats filled, since Britney Spears "quit" (was probably going to be fired) in January, and L.A. Reid left to spend more time with his own recording artists.
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“I couldn’t be happier that Demi wants to come back this year,” Cowell said in a release. “She’s a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year. Even though she can be really, really annoying — I truly enjoyed working with her and so did the artists. I’m especially pleased she’s back, even during her world tour!”
Lovato's return is great news for the struggling show, which did not get the ratings it anticipated with its all-star judging panel last year. Spears proved to be a disappointment, as did Season 1's fired judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. Host Khloe Kardashian's fate on the show is yet to be determined, but we wouldn't be too surprised if Cowell gave her the boot.
What do you think, fellow X Factor fans? Happy to see Demi back? Who should fill the other two spots? Let us know in the comments!
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They Tried To Make Her Go To Rehab: And Lindsay Lohan will go go go, just not before shooting her guest stint on Charlie Sheen's FX comedy Anger Management. The permanently troubled actress was just sentenced to 90 days in rehab, but first she'll be allowed to shoot her previously booked guest spot — as a patient who romances Sheen — in April. Celebrities — just like us! [EW]
ABC Announces Summer Line-Up: They announced their spring finale schedule yesterday, so ABC satiated our need for constant entertainment today by releasing their summer schedule. Wipeout will return May 9, The Bachelorette May 20, new series Motive on May 21, Rookie Blue on May 23, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on May 28, What Would You Do? on May 29, Mistresses on June 3, and Celebrity Wife Swap and Whodunnit? (another newbie) on June 23. [Via Release]
Emily Owens Returns: ... To another show. Mamie Gummer, a.k.a. Meryl Streep's daughter, just booked a role opposite Rainn Wilson on CBS' comedy pilot Backstrom. Gummer will play the female lead — Nicole Carlton, a police detective who is also a lesbian. [TVLine]
So Necessary: David Anders, who plays Dr. Frankenstein on ABC's Once Upon a Time (and the not-so-dearly departed Uncle John on The Vampire Diaries), has just booked a recurring guest role on USA's Necessary Roughness. He'll play Troy Cutler, the second-in-command to John Stamos' sports and talent agency honcho Connor. What a horifically unattractive group of people that show is hiring, let us take pity on those poor casting directors. [Via release]
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