April 13, 1986 |
It was July of last year, and New York was plagued by a drought that led the city to take drastic conservation measures. The question before the company making Off Beat on the streets of Manhattan was how to stage a thunderstorm without touching off a riot among parched and already ill- tempered New Yorkers. "We had to have rainy scenes because Michael (director Michael Dinner) is a very moody person, and he loves rain," recalled Judge Reinhold, the young star of the comedy that opened Friday.
April 11, 1986 |
Michael Dinner made his directing debut last year with a film called Catholic Boys. The reason nobody heard of it can be traced to the studio's decision to change the title to Heaven Help Us. Under its new name, Dinner's movie - actually a droll look at guilt-edged Catholic adolescence - was passed off as just another teen-jerk comedy and promptly died at the box office. After this less-than-heavenly experience with the marketing geniuses of Hollywood, Dinner returns with Off Beat.
June 22, 1988 |
Will the name Eddie Murphy revive CBS? The struggling network thinks so. CBS, languishing in third place in the ratings and facing continuing financial problems, is celebrating because Eddie Murphy Television Entertainment Inc. has agreed to produce a half-hour series, pilots and three annual specials for the network. But the three-year exclusive deal does not mean that viewers will see Murphy next year on television. In most cases, says his publicist Terrie Williams, Murphy's on-camera participation will depend on the scripts, program formats and his other commitments.
January 17, 1997 |
You have to wonder why Eddie Murphy, fresh off the $100 million success of "The Nutty Professor," chose a derivative cop story for his follow-up release. "Metro" is a cliched cop flick that isn't sure if it wants to be a psychological thriller, a cop buddy film or a retread of every other Eddie Murphy cop movie. What passes for a plot is this: Murphy is Scott Roper, a hostage negotiator for the San Francisco Police Department. When Lt. Sam Baffert (Art Evans) is murdered, Murphy wants to find his killer, jewel thief Michael Korda (Michael Wincott)
February 26, 2010 |
It's tough to screw up an omelet. But it can certainly be done. The good cop/crazy cop routine is a fluffy, almost fail-proof Hollywood action-comedy formula. But Cop Out , starring Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis, still does it injustice. It's a hyper procession of comic cliches, unimaginatively tacked together by director Kevin Smith. (Yeah, the guy who recently got booted by Southwest Airlines for billowing beyond his allotted seat space. Now that has the makings of a decent comedy.
August 13, 2014 |
Legends with Sean Bean ( Sharpe's Rifles ) is a show, that, like Josh Holloway's CBS series Intelligence last season, should work but doesn't due to a lack of imagination and daring. Bean's Martin Odum is an FBI agent who is, in the immortal words of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop 2 , "deep, deep, deep, deep undercover. " He gets so lost in the alter egos he adopts to infiltrate criminal enterprises that he will slip into their speech patterns without realizing it. So lost that he signs a child support check to his wife with the name of the militia nut job he is pretending to be. His identity is so splintered that as his handler (Cherry Hill native Ali Larter)
June 13, 1988 |
"You are just filled with creativity," gushes the interrogator, her voice dribbling like hot fudge onto ice cream, "and it makes me wonder: How does it keep coming?" Eddie Murphy, sitting on a stage in front of a roomful of inquiring minds, sends his eyebrows skyward. "You like me," he says with a self-assurance that would make Sally Field blush, "don't you?" Murphy can charm the world with a grin and a giggle. He's Hollywood's Billion-Dollar Man - that's the accumulated grosses of his films - and that kind of dough adds up to serious show-business power.
June 28, 1992 |
Eddie Murphy's studio-approved biography, a meticulously researched, three- page document titled "The First Decade," is a veritable font of Eddie trivia, worship and lore. It chronicles his glittering career in film, covering such blockbusters as Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places and 48 HRS., and quotes directors including John Landis, who compares him to Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness in the same breath. But the most telling anecdote about Murphy - the Toilet Moment - is nowhere to be found in the "First Decade" recap.
August 7, 1987 |
One of the surest ways for a director to show that a policeman's lot is not a happy one - and it never is in contemporary films - is to assign his hero a stakeout. Whether it's a freezing Gene Hackman eating a decrepit hot dog while his quarry enjoys a gourmet meal in The French Connection or Judge Reinhold sitting forlornly outside Eddie Murphy's luxury hotel in Beverly Hills Cop, the stakeout is the time when the hours of boredom weigh heavily. Traditionally, it's the down time in a detective movie before the action explodes.
December 19, 1986 |
"No Mercy," a drama starring Richard Gere and Kim Basinger. Directed by Richard Pearce. Screenplay by Jim Carabatsos. Running time: 107 minutes. A Tri-Star release. At area theaters. I kept waiting for it to happen. "No Mercy," the new thriller with Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, is such a comprehensive compendium of cop-movie cliches that the absence of my personal favorite was a major disappointment . The film's first 15 minutes tip off its ritualistic nature. Chicago Detective Eddie Gillette (Gere)