BEVERLY HILLS COP 4 to Open March 25, 2016

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Paramount announced today that they’ve set the Beverly Hills Cop 4 release date for March 25, 2016.  While Detective Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) will be in the title setting for a portion of the film, he’ll be returning to his roots in “America’s Toughest City,” Detroit.  Brett Ratner is set to direct the movie with Jerry Bruckheimer producing; Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are writing the screenplay. Hit the jump for more on Beverly Hills Cop 4.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Talks PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 and BEVERLY HILLS COP 4; Hopes to Shoot Both This Year

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Blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer always has marquee projects in the works.  One of his biggest, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, was set to release its fifth entry—reportedly titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—on July 10, 2015.  But the film was delayed so that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) would have more time to work on the script with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3).  In a recent interview, Bruckheimer provided an update on the film saying he ‘”hopes to ‘get that going” by this fall or end of the year’ if everything lines up properly.”  I can’t imagine Disney wanting to let the franchise rest for long, especially since its latest entry, On Stranger Tides, raked in over a billion dollars worldwide.  Bruckheimer also said Johnny Depp is expected to come back (I don’t see how you make these movies without him) and “they’d be happy to have Keith Richards return.”

Hit the jump for what Bruckheimer had to say about Beverly Hills Cop 4.

Jerry Bruckheimer in Talks to Return as Producer on BEVERLY HILLS COP 4; BAD BOYS 3 Script in Development

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Though producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s recent hits are mostly massive, wide-appeal tentpole fare like the Pirates of the Caribbean series and National Treasure, he made a name for himself in the 1980s and 1990s for producing more R-rated content like Bad Boys and, to great success, Beverly Hills Cop.  Though CBS passed on a pilot adaptation of Beverly Hills Cop earlier this year, Paramount is now trying to get a fourth feature film off the ground and it appears that Bruckehimer—who produced the first and second BHC films—is keen on coming back to produce the fourth film.  Moreover, the report adds that Bruckheimer is helping develop a script for the long-awaited Bad Boys 3 (!!!).  Hit the jump for more.

Paramount and Eddie Murphy Developing BEVERLY HILLS COP 4; MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Writers to Pen Script

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It’s sometimes difficult for me to follow Hollywood logic.  Case in point: Paramount tried to re-launch the Beverly Hills Cop franchise as a TV series on CBS Starring Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson) as the son of Alex Foley with Eddie Murphy in a recurring role as street smart cop.  That pilot was not picked up.  At this point, a reasonable person might think: “Whether it was due to testing or company politics, this show wasn’t strong enough to go to a series.”  But Deadline reports that Murphy’s performance “had people talking”, which means he must have broken from his usual routine and done something commonly known as “trying.”

So because Murphy looked like he actually gave a damn, a property that wasn’t deemed worthy for network television will now have another shot at heading to the big screen.  Hit the jump for more.

ABC Cancels HAPPY ENDINGS and 4 More; NBC Cancels SMASH and THE NEW NORMAL; CBS Passes on BEVERLY HILLS COP

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The broadcast networks will announce their 2013-14 schedule during Upfront Week, starting Monday, so you will know the official fate of all your favorite shows soon enough.  The networks have already started handing out cancellations, though, according to Deadline.

  • ABC cancelled Happy Endings after three seasons.  Rumor has it USA may pick up the sitcom to pair with Modern Family reruns starting in the fall.
  • ABC also cancelled three-season veteran Body of Proof and freshman series Malibu Country, How to Live with Your Parents, and Red Widow.
  • NBC cancelled Ryan Murphy‘s new comedy, The New Normal.
  • Smash was a respectable hit for NBC in its debut 2012 season before taking a dive in season two.  After moving the show to Dead Air Saturdays in April, NBC is finally putting Smash out of its misery.
  • Beverly Hills Cop was a high-profile pilot, given the brand recognition and involvement of Eddie Murphy and showrunner Shawn Ryan (The Shield).  CBS surprisingly passed, but Sony Television is expected to shop the pilot around to other networks.

First Images from the Set of the BEVERLY HILLS COP Pilot Reveal Eddie Murphy and Brandon T. Jackson as Father and Son

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Production is currently underway on one of the more high-profile pilots of this season, and some debut images from the set have landed online.  The Shield and Last Resort vet Shawn Ryan serves as executive producer and showrunner on the potential Beverly Hills Cop series, and last night he shared a few images from the set that gave us our first look at the return of Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley alongside his son, played by Brandon T. Jackson.  The show’s focus is centered on the young Aaron Foley and is described as a police procedural with a comedic element.  Murphy appears in the pilot and will potentially have a recurring role on the show should CBS pick it up to series.

Hit the jump for more on the series and to check out the images.

TV Casting: Kevin Pollak Joins BEVERLY HILLS COP Pilot; Peter Sarsgaard Signs on for THE KILLING Season 3

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We’ve got a couple of interesting TV casting stories to share this evening.  First up, prolific character actor Kevin Pollak has joined the cast of CBS’ upcoming Beverly Hills Cop pilotEddie Murphy is producing the hourlong series alongside Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort), and Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) was cast in the lead role of Axel Foley’s son last October.  Now THR reports that Pollak is set to co-star as Rodney Daloof, the in-house lawyer for the Beverly Hills Police Department.  The character is described as “incredibly risk-averse, a stickler for the rules, and a loud-mouthed bully,” so yeah, it sounds like Pollak should be able to knock this one out of the park.

The series is envisioned as a police procedural with a comedic element, and Murphy will be reprising his role as the senior Foley in the pilot with the possibility of recurring should CBS pick the pilot up to series.  Hit the jump for news concerning Peter Sarsgaard taking on a major role in the upcoming third season of AMC’s The Killing.

BEVERLY HILLS COP TV Series to Star Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley’s Son

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We recently reported that a Beverly Hills Cop TV series had landed at CBS with franchise star Eddie Murphy attached for at least the pilot.  Previous reports indicated that the Shawn Ryan (The Shield) show would center on Axel Foley’s son Aaron in a blending of a buddy-cop and fish-out-of-water procedural.  Now it looks as if Brandon T. Jackson (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) is in final negotiations to join the series as the young Foley.  Ryan will write the pilot for the Sony Pictures Television production.  Hit the jump for more on Jackson and Beverly Hills Cop.

BEVERLY HILLS COP Series Lands at CBS with Pilot Commitment

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The only thing CBS loves more than reviving old series is the police procedural, so to combine the two must be an exciting prospect indeed.  As such, the network as given the greenlight for a series based on the movie Beverly Hills Cop, which originally starred Eddie Murphy as a quippy Detroit detective Axel Foley who moves to Los Angeles.

The new series will not move far from its roots — not only will Murphy reprise his role for the pilot (at least, if not more), the TV show will pick up where the movie franchise left off, this time focusing on Foley’s son.  In an interesting addition, The Shield creator Shawn Ryan will serve as showrunner, which could give the series more weight.  For more on the project, hit the jump.

Eddie Murphy Teaming Up with THE SHIELD’s Shawn Ryan for BEVERLY HILLS COP TV Series

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A television series iteration of the action comedy classic Beverly Hills Cop has been in the works for some time now, but it looks as if things are finally moving forward.  Vulture reports that Eddie Murphy is teaming up with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and Sony Pictures Television on the television adaptation, but the best part is that Murphy has agreed to take an on-camera role in the show as well.  The Beverly Hills Cop TV series is being pitched to networks as we speak, and I’d be shocked if the show didn’t find a solid home very soon.

Murphy expressed his intent to appear on the show last December, saying he’d star in the pilot and would “show up here and there” throughout the rest of the series.  Hit the jump for more. 

Eddie Murphy Quitting Family Movies; Turning BEVERLY HILLS COP into TV Series; May Return to Stand-Up

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It’s been easy to write off Eddie Murphy for about a decade.  There was a moment of hope when he turned in a strong dramatic performance in Dreamgirls, but then he went right back to making crappy family comedies.  Murphy now tells Rolling Stone that he’s done with family films, Beverly Hills Cop IV (which he might turn into a TV series), and his stand-up hiatus.

If you want to rekindle your hope that Murphy may return to form, hit the jump for some encouraging quotes.  Murphy will next be seen in Tower Heist (which looks less-than-encouraging) and he’ll be hosting the Oscars next year.

Brett Ratner Talks Eddie Murphy, the Oscars, a Woody Allen Documentary, BEVERLY HILLS COP 4, Tarsem’s SNOW WHITE, and More

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Brett Ratner is a very busy guy at the moment.  He’s currently preparing for the release of his latest directorial effort Tower Heist, which features an all-star cast that includes Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, and Alan Alda, and he’s also gearing up to produce the Academy Awards.  In addition, Ratner is juggling a number of other projects.  Steve recently got the chance to talk to Ratner and the conversation covered a wide range of topics.  In addition to talking about his plan for the Oscars and getting Eddie Murphy as a host, Ratner also spoke about Tarsem Singh’s Untitled Snow White Project which he’s producing, a comprehensive documentary about Woody Allen (which sounds awesome) that he’s also producing, a miniseries on Sidney Korshak, and much more including updates on Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Hong Kong Phooey.  Hit the jump to check out the full conversation.

BEVERLY HILLS COP and LE MANS Blu-ray Reviews

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Paramount Catalog Titles! Beverly Hills Cop was the film that cemented Eddie Murphy’s status as a film star, and Le Mans put Steve McQueen in a car for much of its running time. These films have little in common, other than being very manly movies at the end of the day. Both are now on Blu-ray in the best transfers of their home video lives. Check our reviews of both after the jump.

Brett Ratner Still Gunning for a Fourth BEVERLY HILLS COP

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Director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) and Eddie Murphy have been busy shooting Tower Heist outside the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan, which has provided Ratner countless opportunities to re-pester Murphy about suiting up in Axel Foley’s trademark blue jeans and Lions jacket for a fourth Beverly Hills Cop flick. The project has been in development limbo since 2008, and the most recent tidbit came in ’09 when it broke that a screenplay titled Dying Day from scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted) would be retooled as an Axel Foley adventure. Nothing of note has surfaced since, most likely because Eddie Murphy is far less optimistic about a fourth go-around as Foley than Ratner is. Hit the jump for comments from Ratner regarding the project and the embedded MTV News interview.

Silly Edited-for-TV Lines from THE BIG LEBOWSKI, SCARFACE, PULP FICTION, GOODFELLAS, and More

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“See what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?”  This is the type of incomprehensible sentence that results when Broadcast Standards and Practices decide that a particular piece of dialogue is too salty for television.  The above example is from the edited-for-TV version of The Big Lebowski, which is included in a clip alongside similar instances from Snakes on a Plane, The Usual Suspects, The Departed, Scarface, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, Basic Instinct, There’s Something About Mary, Beverly Hills Cop, Casino, Goodfellas, and Wild Things.  Check it out after the jump; be warned of NSFW language.

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