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The successful Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise is getting another remake. Netflix has secured the rights to a fourth Beverly Hills Cop sequel starring Eddie Murphy as wisecracking, street-smart Detroit officer Axel Foley.
Netflix has picked up the rights in a one-time licensing deal with Paramount Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The first three Beverly Hills Cop films were released in 1984, 1987 and 1994, respectively. The movie franchise shot Murphy to international stardom and cemented his reputation for striking box office gold in the '80s and '90s.
Beverly Hills Cop earned $234 million, making it the highest-grossing film in 1984. The three films grossed $736 million worldwide.
In addition to winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, Beverly Hills Cop also picked up an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1985.
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Netflix breathed new life into Murphy's stalled career with the movie Dolemite Is My Name, which garnered strong reviews.
Murphy, 58, has no plans to slow down. Next year he will host Saturday Night Live for the first time in over 3 decades before heading out on the road for a sold out comedy tour.
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Aretha Franklin fans reacted with excitement to the first images of singer Jennifer Hudson portraying the Queen of Soul in the upcoming biopic titled RESPECT, filmed on location in Manhattan's Harlem Neighborhood.
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Jennifer, pictured at a July 4th concert in Philadelphia, was transformed into Aretha for a scene with costar Marlon Wayans, 47, who plays her onscreen husband Ted While. In the scene, which takes place in 1966, Marlon collects money from prostitutes while Jennifer looks on from a car.
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Later Jennifer and Marlon share a passionate kiss in the car. The images were shot on November 2 by BACKGRID celebrity photo agency.
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Aretha, who passed away on Aug. 16, 2018 at age 76, personally handpicked Jennifer to play her in the biopic.
The 38-year-old American Idol finalist is no stranger to big budget musicals. She played Effie Melody White in the 2006 movie, Dreamgirls, with Beyonce, left, and Anika Noni Rose, center. Jennifer notably sang "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" in the film Dreamgirls.
Will Smith's new action thriller Gemini Man is a box office flop. The movie is about a retiring assassin, Henry Brogan (Smith), who finds himself battling a mysterious killer that turns out to be a younger clone of himself. Henry needs to find out why he's being targeted and who created his clone to kill him.
Directed by Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain), the action thriller opened with just $20 million in domestic ticket sales over the Oct. 11-13 weekend. Then the terrible reviews began rolling in.
Critics trashed the "groundbreaking" de-aging technology and the movie's high frame-rate that looked like the film was sped up in some places. The terrible reviews resulted in a career-worst Rotten Tomatoes score of 25 percent for Lee.
Paramount Pictures had hoped Gemini Man would pick up the slack in China, but it was upset by Angelina Jolie's fantasy flick Maleficent: Mistress of Evil ($22.4 million).
Gemini Man finished Sunday with an underwhelming $82.2 million in foreign box office receipts.
Gemini Man faces a $75 million loss, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The production cost for Gemini Man is a staggering $240 million - including $100 million in marketing costs alone. The film was heavily marketed in television commercials, print ads and online.
Gemini Man sparked free press around the world, thanks to the de-aging technology that rendered a barely recognizable younger version of Will Smith. Did they think we forgot what he looked like in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?
The staggering marketing cost aside, Paramount and Skydance each ponied up 35 percent of the budget. The rest of the cost was split by 2 China-based companies, Alibaba and Fosun. All four companies will absorb the $75 million loss.
STXfilms' Hustlers is tracking for a big box office opening this weekend, after getting off to a great start with $2.5 million in ticket sales on Thursday.
According to Deadline.com, Hustlers is expected to rake in at least $20 million this weekend, with tracking indicating the film may debut with a $25 million-$30 million opening.
The stripper flick stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer and former stripper Cardi B as a group of criminal minded former strip club employees who rob their wealthy Wall Street clients.
Hustlers is inspired by a viral New York Magazine article about a crew of former strippers who were arrested for credit card theft fraud.
Anything over $23.1 million is a win for Lopez, 50, besting her 2005 high Monster in Law, and anything over $23.8 million is a record opening for STXFilms, according to Deadline.
Hustlers is the first major motion picture for rapper Cardi B, 26, and singer Lizzo, 31.
Viola Davis will play former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama in the forthcoming Showtime series First Ladies. Davis and her life partner Julius Tennon will executive produce the project through their company JuVee Productions, Yahoo News reports.
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Screenwriter and comedian Bisha K. Ali (inset) deleted her Twitter account and went into hiding after Disney announced she will serve as writer and showrunner for the studio's upcoming "Ms. Marvel" series. Ms. Marvel will be Disney's first Muslim superhero.
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Tiffany Haddish has suffered her first box office flop. Her new movie, The Kitchen performed so poorly at the box office that Warner Bros. pulled the flick from theaters after just two and a half weeks.
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Tracy Morgan has joined the star-studded cast of Eddie Murphy’s comedy Coming to America 2. According to WENN.com via Deadline, the 50-year-old stand up comic signed up to star in the highly-anticipated sequel, which sees Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprise their iconic characters Prince Akeem Joffer and his faithful servant, Semmi.
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Barack and Michelle Obama's first film offering under their lucrative Netflix deal has fans scratching their heads. The new film from the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions company is a documentary titled American Factory.
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Jamie Foxx was beside himself with pride after watching his daughter, Corinne Foxx make her big screen debut in 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. Father and daughter attended the Los Angeles premiere with his youngest daughter, Analise, 10, on Tuesday. Jamie, 51, couldn't wait to brag about his firstborn daughter's acting skills on Instagram.com.
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