August 23, 2015 |
Daniel G. Sembello, who won a Grammy Award for his contribution to the soundtrack of Beverly Hills Cop , drowned in the Schuylkill last weekend, authorities said Friday. Mr. Sembello, 52, of Ardmore, disappeared while swimming late Saturday afternoon near the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, police said. His body was recovered that evening. Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Sembello during his Monday concert at Dilworth Park, calling him "a great songwriter and a great human being.
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)
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.
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)
May 25, 1994 |
The last time moviegoers saw Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, Ronald Reagan was president, Nelson Mandela was in a South African jail and the Olsen twins had yet to appear on Full House. Full House, in fact, had yet to appear - Bob Saget was still a Philadelphia comic trying to make a splash on network TV. But even back in May of '87, as Beverly Hills Cop II invaded multiplexes on its way to $276.7 million in world grosses, the powers-that-were were talking about a third installment.
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.
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.
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.
March 10, 1988 |
There are many reasons to thank the gods on this, the week that Beverly Hills Cop II gets slapped onto shelves in video stores across the land. One reason: We're not watching Sylvester Stallone. Yes, it's true. When the nabobs at Paramount Pictures first dreamed up the Beverly Hills Cop (high) concept many moons ago, it was designed as a vehicle not for Eddie Murphy but for the pec-flexing Sly One himself. Instead of Murphy swaggering his way down Rodeo Drive, blithely tossing one of those goofball laughs - the laugh that sounds like an emphysematous seal - we could have had the Italian Stallion, with his Mumford High T-shirt ripped open and a headband around those sweat-black locks, crashing into the Beverly Hills Hotel sporting a handful of Uzis.
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.