If Murphy's batting average at the box-office was transferred to baseball, he'd have been sent back to the minor leagues years ago. Yet, studio executives with millions to waste continue to meet his demands.
By Lee Pfeiffer
The New York Times looks at a perplexing question movie fans have asked in recent years: why is Eddie Murphy still commanding huge salaries when most of his films have limited appeal? The candid piece points out that Murphy can still deliver occasionally when he finds the right role, so studios keep extending another lifeline to him hoping to beat the odds and score another hit. However, what comes across is that Murphy seems to act as an arrogant ingrate to his benefactors. For his latest flop film, Imagine That, Murphy was two hours late for the film's press junket and 45 minutes late for a premiere - standard behavior for the one-time comic genius. Oh, and he's employed a mouthpiece who claims his new film isn't a flop even though Paramount is writing off the entire production cost as a total loss. With a few more "hits" like that, the entire studio will be out of business. The mouthpiece also says that Murphy doesn't do interviews for the print press. Here's a suggestion for all of the press: next time His Highness has a press conference or premiere, they should not show up. For the article click here
The Times of London takes a look at the director Sam Peckinpah's off-beat action film Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia starring Warren Oates. The article examine's the film's merits and why it was dismissed by critics and the public when first released in the 1970s. To read click here
Here's a fun new tribute to Stanley Kramer's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: an original trailer created by a fan. It's not really a trailer, of course, as it runs over 8 minutes, but it does a good job of incorporating all the highlights and setting them against Ernest Gold's great score. Click here to view