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Eddie Murphy May Return To Stand-Up With $70 Million Netflix Deal

Don’t call it a comeback!

Eddie Murphy is reportedly in talks with Netflix to grace the stage for the first time in decades. The streaming service is reportedly offering the legendary comedian somewhere in the ballpark of $70 million to perform a stand-up special or two. While Murphy isn’t exactly hurting for money, it’s hard for anyone to turn down that kind of dough. An event like this could be exactly what the notorious funnyman needs to accelerate his upcoming return to Hollywood, too.

The 58-year-old was once the most hilarious man in the world. His comedy specials Raw and Delirious are often heralded as some of the funniest stand-ups of all-time. Murphy’s film career was just as iconic as well, headlined by movies like Coming to America, Trading Places, The Nutty Professor, Dr. Doolittle, Norbit, Daddy Day Care, Dreamgirls, the Shrek franchise and more.

Since then,
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Eddie Murphy Returning to Stand-Up in Landmark $70M Netflix Deal?

Eddie Murphy Returning to Stand-Up in Landmark $70M Netflix Deal?
Eddie Murphy is one of the true pioneers of stand-up comedy, but it's something he hasn't done for a very long time. That could all change very soon though, as it's come to light that the 58-year-old legend is eyeing a return to the stage in a series of specials for Netflix. If this does indeed come to pass, it's not going to come cheap, as the streaming service is about to shell out an unprecedented amount of money to get Murphy telling jokes on stage again.

According to several reports, Eddie Murphy is negotiating with Netflix for an unnamed number of stand-up comedy specials that would see him earn a whopping $70 million. Netflix has handed out some huge paydays to comedians in the past, giving Dave Chappelle $20 million each for his specials, and handing out $40 million to Chris Rock for a two-show deal. Amy Schumer also negotiated an $11 million payday for her special.
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The ‘Cats’ Trailer Is Even More Terrifying Than Anticipated

The ‘Cats’ Trailer Is Even More Terrifying Than Anticipated
We should’ve seen it coming. When we first learned that a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway musical Cats, would be a mix of live-action and CGI, there was a collective dread over how the computer-generated human-cat hybrids would look on-screen. Earlier this week, the stars of the film – notably Taylor Swift – shared a “behind-the-scenes” teaser of the movie, fawning over the musical’s history and showing off their choreography without a whiff of the actual felines. Now we know why.

The first official Cats trailer
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‘Shangri-La’ Review: Morgan Neville Creates a Beautiful Meditation on Ingenuity

‘Shangri-La’ Review: Morgan Neville Creates a Beautiful Meditation on Ingenuity
In another benevolent look at an aging legend, Morgan Neville’s latest documentary boils down Rick Rubin’s atypical path to greatness into a universal message of inspiration, using the variety of musicians who visit his mythic Southern California recording studio as avenues into the record producer’s guiding ethos, as well as a resource of widely applicable words for the audience at home. Tyler the Creator, Ezra Koenig, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, as well as non-musicians like David Lynch, David Blaine, and Jerrod Carmichael all stop by “Shangri-La” to shoot the shit with the bearded, barefoot Rubin, his long white hair and white-walled retreat lending added calm to the therapeutic vibes — he’s there to help with whatever’s blocking their creativity, and Neville’s four-part docuseries is here to do the same for viewers.

The biopic elements of “Shangri-La” are pretty fun,
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‘Shangri-La’ Review: The Art of Zen Record Producing According to Rick Rubin

‘Shangri-La’ Review: The Art of Zen Record Producing According to Rick Rubin
“It’s not about me at all,” says Rick Rubin — renowned record producer, hip-hop pioneer, possessor of one of the world’s truly magnificent celebrity beards — at the very beginning of Shangri-La, Showtime’s four-part docuseries that premieres tonight and is … well, ostensibly about him. He’s talking to the project’s co-director, Morgan Neville; the Won’t You Be My Neighbor? filmmaker is asking Rubin about what the focus of the series should be. The subject sort of demurs, deflects, dodges the invitation to step into the spotlight. He mentions the artists,
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10 DreamWorks Logic Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

DreamWorks is famous for the Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar franchises. They've also produced memorable favorites The Croods, Shark Tale, Over The Hedge, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, to name a few.

Related: 10 Perfect Gifts For The Shrek Fan In Your Life

Avid viewers recollect these movies with nostalgia, no doubt laughing over certain scenes and then referencing them in everyday conversation.

DreamWorks tends to skew its logic from time to time--like how could Donkey and Dragon have children!? That said, here are 10 DreamWorks logic memes that are just too hilarious for words.
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The 25 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now

Hulu has a lot of great movies - here are the 25 best films on the streaming service. In an age of options, less feels like more. While Netflix has an ever-expanding library, Hulu offers a more focused collection of great movies. Because volume isn’t the objective, Hulu succeeds in curating a batch of excellent films.

There are the iconic classics like Silence of the Lambs and Reservoir Dogs, the arthouse darlings like Sorry to Bother You and Let the Right One In, and the pure entertainment gems like Independence Day and Shrek. Hulu keeps it simple, and offers something for everybody. Here are the 25 best movies that you can watch on Hulu right now.

Related: The 25 Best Films on Netflix Right Now

Before we start, first a disclaimer. modern streaming libraries are like carousels, always moving and always changing. The films in this list are available on Hulu at the time of writing.
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‘I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

  • Variety
Netflix has ordered a second season of the sketch comedy series “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.”

The first season saw Robinson and a few of his famous friends navigate awkward workplace drama, host an intervention in a Garfield themed house, talk their way out of a babysitter’s fake hit and run, and much more. Season 2 of the series is slated to debut in 2020.

The series was created by Robinson and Zach Kanin and is produced by The Lonely Island and Irony Point.

“We are very excited to be working with The Lonely Island, Irony Point, and Netflix to make another season of ‘I Think You Should Leave,'” said Robinson and Kanin. “We are so thankful we get to do it again!”

Other Netflix original sketch shows include “W/ Bob & David,” which reunited “Mr. Show” stars Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Variety exclusively reported in April
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Tencent boards ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’, ‘Wish Dragon’

Tencent boards ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’, ‘Wish Dragon’
Chinese tech giant also co-financing Monster Hunter, Terminator: Dark Fate and Top Gun: Maverick

Tencent Pictures, one of two production divisions under Chinese tech giant Tencent, unveiled its upcoming slate at the on-going Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff), including investments into TriStar Pictures’ A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and Sony Pictures Animation’s Wish Dragon.

Scheduled for Us release in November, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood follows the attempts of an Esquire journalist to write a profile of beloved TV icon Fred Rogers. Tom Hanks plays Rogers, with Matthew Rhys as the journalist.

Directed by Chris Appelhans, Wish Dragon
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Somebody Once Told Me: An Oral History of Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star’

Smash Mouth’s “All Star” has followed you incessantly for the last two decades. If you’re under the age of 30, it’s a part of the fabric of your life as much as it’s a strand of the DNA that keeps the internet funny and weird. But before “All Star” was an inescapable hit, or the anthem for a misanthropic, titular green ogre in Dreamworks’ mega-hit Shrek, or the inspiration for countless memes on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and TikTok today, it began as a chance for Smash Mouth to prove themselves.
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Sony Pictures Animation Unveils Expanded Slate: New ‘Boondocks’, ‘Hungry Ghosts’ Anthology, More – Annecy

  • Deadline
Sony Pictures Animation unveiled an expanded slate Wednesday at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in Annecy, France.

Coming off the success of its Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the studio announced that China’s Tencent has boarded Jackie Chan’s Wish Dragon, and also revealed three projects in development – a reimagining of The Boondocks, horror series Hungry Ghosts, based on the Dark Horse Graphic Novel by the late Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, and comedy Superbago, a collabortion with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios – along with two new adult-skewing animated features from Genndy Tartakovsky.

The studio also announced a big international initiative spearheaded by Oscar-winning producer Aron Warner. With the initiative, Sony Animation will collaborate with storytellers from different countries around the world to develop and produce a wide variety of animated features for both local and global release.

Warner is currently producing the initiative’s first release,
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Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ to Be Turned Into Animated Film

  • Variety
Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ to Be Turned Into Animated Film
Terry Pratchett’s “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents” is set to become the first of the much-loved author’s books to be adapted as an animated movie. The Discworld novel, the 28th in the series and the first for children, has been optioned by Germany-based Ulysses Filmproduktion, which will make the film alongside Ireland’s Cantilever Media. U.S. writer Terry Rossio, whose extensive credits include “Shrek,” “Aladdin,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” has written the screenplay.

Carter Goodrich, who worked on “Ratatouille” and “Brave,” is on board for character design. Toby Genkel (“Ooops! Noah Is Gone…”) is attached to direct the €15 million ($17 million) movie.

Pratchett’s book, published by Doubleday in 2001, is a reworking of the classic tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It follows Maurice, a streetwise cat, who has the perfect money-making scam. He finds a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe and has
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Shrek: Donkey's 10 Most Hilarious Quotes

When the first Shrek movie was released in 2001, it was clear that the animation game would never be the same. With a star-studded cast featuring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow, Shrek took familiar fairytales and totally turned them on their heads, adding in slapstick humor and larger than life characters you would never find in any other story, fairytale or otherwise.

The films were clearly meant to follow Mike Myers' Shrek, a misanthropic ogre who finds himself thrust into the role of a hero as he goes on familiar fairytale adventures. But while Shrek may be the lead character of the franchise, there's no way to deny that Eddie Murphy's Donkey, Shrek's devoted and hilarious sidekick, is the real star of the films. With sharp wit, pop culture commentary, and seemingly endless enthusiasm, Donkey is Shrek's secret weapon. Here, we look back at Donkey's best lines.
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Shrek's 10 Funniest Quotes

Shrek is one of the most iconic characters in the history of animated movies. In fact, he’s easily one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema, period. Mike Myers took the lead character in a satire of fairy tales that was, at the time, considered to be risky, and turned him into a deep, engaging, and lovable guy.

Related: 'Shrek' Story Reel Features Chris Farley As The Original Shrek

Shrek subverts the clichés of the fantasy genre by being an ogre who ultimately becomes heroic when he’s given a chance to save a beautiful princess – who also turns out to be an ogre (that’s another subversion). Here are Shrek’s 10 Funniest Quotes.
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Sibling composers Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams on their first ever collaboration on ‘Catch-22’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Sibling composers Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams on their first ever collaboration on ‘Catch-22’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was very organic,” reveals composer Rupert Gregson-Williams about working alongside his older brother Harry Gregson-Williams on Hulu’s limited series adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel “Catch-22.” “In this business, there’s no one that can have more empathy of the stresses and strains of what you’re trying to achieve than somebody who is another composer let alone another composer who is your own brother,” he says. “But it helps that we weren’t left alone on a desert island, where we probably would’ve killed each other,” Harry jokes. Watch the interview with the composers above.

“Catch-22” stars Christopher Abbott plays Captain John Yossarian, a bombardier stationed in Italy during World War II, desperate to finish off his flight missions and get the hell out of there. Based on the classic Heller novel, the limited series executive-produced by awards magnets George Clooney and Grant Heslov premiered Friday,
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10 Perfect Gifts For The Shrek Fan In Your Life

We hope you like the items we recommend! Screen Rant has affiliate partnerships, so we receive a share of the revenue from your purchase. This won’t affect the price you pay and helps us offer the best product recommendations.When it comes to characters famous on the internet, no one has reached the levels of popularity like Shrek. While seemingly a harmless movie character from Dreamworks, Shrek has become a well-respected member of the online community. Despite there being no new Shrek films since Shrek: Forever After, there are still plenty of fans around the world.

With the sheer number of Shrek fans in the world, you might be wondering what sorts of things they would like. Journey back to the magical world of the Shrek franchise with our gift guide and see all the great things that came from those films.
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Shrek: 30 Things Everyone Completely Missed In The DreamWorks Movie

One of the things that makes the Shrek franchise so great is its modern humor and frequent references to pop culture. The first movie hit theaters back in 2001 and, thanks to its unique brand of humor for both an animated and a fantasy film, quickly proved to be a hit with audiences of all ages. Its popularity has since spawned three sequels, a spinoff movie, two holiday specials, a TV series and several short films – not to mention a whole slew of toys, books, apparel, etc. Who knew that taking such a modern, unconventional approach to a relatively simple fairytale story would result in an empire of success?

But we're not here to talk about the massive franchise that Shrek has become. Instead, we're taking a closer look at the first movie that started it all. For as funny as Shrek is on the surface, there's a surprising amount of
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‘Perry Mason’ Series at HBO Casts John Lithgow

  • Variety
‘Perry Mason’ Series at HBO Casts John Lithgow
John Lithgow has joined the cast of the upcoming “Perry Mason” limited series at HBO, Variety has learned. He joins previously announced series lead Matthew Rhys as well as Tatiana Maslany.

“Perry Mason” was ordered to series back in March. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer (Rhys). When a child kidnapping case breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Lithgow will play Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan, described as a personal attorney at the nadir of his career and a semi-regular employer of Mason. A mentor and a father figure to Mason, E.B. is handed the kind of case he hasn’t seen in years: a high-profile parallel investigation to the Lapd involving a case of child kidnapping.
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How to Train Your Dragon Soundtrack Is Getting Picture Disc LP Release

How to Train Your Dragon Soundtrack Is Getting Picture Disc LP Release
Years after its 2010 release, the Academy Award nominated soundtrack to How to Train Your Dragon is finally getting a release on Picture Disc LP. This version includes a 4-page foldout poster that focuses on the characters of this magical world filled with Vikings and Dragons. The critically acclaimed score can be pre-purchased below and will be available on Varesesarabande.com.

Oscar nominated composer, John Powell is best known for his scores for animated films such as Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek, and How to Train Your Dragon. Some of his recent work has been on the films Solo: A Star Wars Story and Jason Bourne.

"On the occasion of How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell goes a step further and shows us indeed how a flawless score sounds like! Until this score and despite his previous total of eleven animated films, the composer had not been able to reach such
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Shrek Screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli (and Saturday at Noon)

” That’ll do, Donkey. That’ll do. “

Shrek (2001) plays this weekend (April 19th and 20th) at the Tivoli (6350 Delmar Boulevard)as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.It also screens Saturday 4/20 at noon.

Happy 4/20! Taking a Fractured Fairy Tale approach to a “Beauty And The Beast”-type plot, throwing in a few mild profanities, flatulence jokes, and Michael Myers’ over-the-top faux-Scots accent, Shrek shows off a very snarky humor, full of jokes that likely went over the heads of its target audience back in ’01 while registering with their parents. “Sure it’s big enough, but look at the location,” Shrek observes upon seeing a giant castle in the middle of nowhere. I have a feeling folks who see it at the Tivoli midnights this weekend will love it! Shrek is Love!

A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here

Admission is $8

The Tivoli’s
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