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Suddenly everyone’s writing obits for Eddie Murphy’s career. I told you on December 26th that this would happen: http://http://www.showbiz411.com/2011/12/26/tower-heist-failure-is-that-the-end-of-eddie-murphy

So what? “A Thousand Words” got a Zero on Rottentomatoes.com. My friends, Eddie doesn’t care. He’s over it. He’s had bigger failures. He’s loaded. He does what he wants. He walks out of the Oscars. He walks out on the Oscars. He doesn’t do publicity. He’s laughing right now. He is LOADED. Do you get it? “Dreamgirls” was the closest he was going to get to anything. That’s over.

It’s worse for Dreamworks and Paramount that “A Thousand Words” got not one decent review. They couldn’t even get one from the usual shills. The studios lose. Eddie got his money.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
8 replies to this post
  1. I would like to see the old Eddie. Most actors do not have attiude like this. I hope he comes to his sensens and gets back to acting like he used to. We need a good laugh Eddie and you can do it.

  2. It’s kind of a shame, because I think Murphy is still very talented and I’d love to see him in a good role – not for his sake (as you say he’s loaded), but for my sake – I want some good entertainment.

  3. Well, this can only go on for so long. Once the studios realize that they aren’t making some money, Eddie will be out of a job. It makes me dislike him – someone who is given everything and cynically tosses it aside. Selfish and shallow.

  4. Wow, i couldn’t agree more, Eddie Murphy is a long and storied career. He has made many successful recent films, including Shrek series and Tower Heist recently.

    This is one bad movie. Takes a team for movies, his part wouldn’t mean all his fault. Directors, Script, Studio help. all play factors.

  5. And while I don’t necessarily shares Mr Murphy’s taste in films where he dominates (hence the urge for other scripts), the Tower Heist where he is one of an ensemble cast is 42 on imdb.pro’s moviemeter.

    Box office:

    Budget: $75M (estimated)
    Opening Wknd: $24M (USA)
    Gross: $150M (Worldwide)

  6. I guess this stubborn man can’t choose a good script and will not let anyone direct him? But life is not all about being loaded – wouldn’t he enjoy doing something great on screen?

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