ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- It's a good thingEddie Murphy decided to forge his own path early on in his career, because according to the legendary comedian, he received some pretty "bad advice" when he first started out.
In a new feature with W Magazine, Murphy reveals that the worst advice he's ever received was from late comic legend Rodney Dangerfield.
"In the early days, I don't remember getting any good advice. I remember some bad advice I got years ago," Murphy recalls. "I played the Comic Strip in Fort Lauderdale, and I was maybe 17, 18 years old. And Rodney Dangerfield comes in, he bumps everybody. It was like, 'Dangerfield is here. Dangerfield's going up.'"
"I was really full of myself back then," he continues. "So I would say, 'Mr. Dangerfield, after the show, will you watch my set?' And he was like, 'Yeah, yeah, sure kid.' "
Murphy then explains what Dangerfield witnessed.
"Back then, I was really dirty and did edgy, racial stuff," Murphy says. "And so, afterward, Dangerfield sees me and he's like, 'Hey, kid, I don't know where you're gonna go with that, you know? The language, and the race stuff,' and I was crestfallen."
However, according to Murphy, Dangerfield's criticism didn't quite inspire him to switch up his comedy style.
"Cut to two, three years later, I got on Saturday Night Live, and had gotten really successful," he says. "And I was in Vegas in the bathroom at Caesars Palace. I was at the urinal, and Rodney Dangerfield comes to the urinal right next to me. And I look over, and he looks at me and says, 'Hey, who knew?'"
It's safe to say Murphy's still doing pretty well, with a number of film projects and a comedy special lined up.
The issue of W Magazine featuring Murphy hits newsstands on February 4.
Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- In the '80s, an ABC series called Spenser: For Hire -- based on Robert P. Parker's bestselling detective novels -- was a popular crime drama. It starred the late Robert Urich as Boston private eye Spenser and Avery Brooks as his friend and enforcer, Hawk. Now, Netflix has reimagined the series as an action comedy called Spenser Confidential, streaming March 6.
The new version stars Mark Wahlberg as Spenser and Black Panther's Winston Duke as Hawk, but the characters and the relationship between the two men are very different. In this version, Spenser's an ex-cop who's sent to prison after being framed by the bad guys he was investigating. When he gets out, his old boxing coach, Henry, played by Alan Arkin, introduces him to Hawk, a promising MMA fighter played by Duke. Spenser and Hawk then team up to investigate the murder of two of Spenser's former colleagues.
The movie's inspired by the novel Wonderland byAce Atkins, who took over writing the Spenser book series after Parker died in 2010.
ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashley Graham has given birth to a baby boy.
The model and her husband, Justin Ervin, welcomed their first child together on Saturday and shared the happy news on their Instagram Stories Monday.
“At 6:00pm on Saturday our lives changed for the better,” Graham wrote in the post, along with a heart emoji.
She added, “Thank you all for your love and support during this incredible time.”
Further details, like the baby’s name, have not yet been revealed.
Graham, 32, announced her pregnancy back in August on her ninth wedding anniversary.
“Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life,” she wrote on Instagram. “It has been the best journey with my favorite person in the world! Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin. Life is about to get even better.”
A few months later, she revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they were having a boy.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- In an Instagram video posted Sunday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reflected on his father’s sudden death last week and thanked fans for their support.
His father, former wrestler Rocky Johnson, passed away Wednesday at the age of 75.
"As you know, I lost my old man a few days ago. I lost him just like that, didn't get a chance to say goodbye to him," Johnson says in the video.
He adds, "I would give anything right now to give him a big ole hug and a big ole kiss before he crossed over and just say thank you and I love you and I respect you. I didn't get a chance to say that, but such is life as many of you know.”
Johnson went on to reveal his father’s cause of death, saying it happened “very quickly.”
"He had not been feeling well. He'd been battling a cold and infection and on Tuesday he had what's called a deep vein thrombosis, which is essentially a blood clot in the leg," Johnson explained. "It was a big ole blood clot that broke free, traveled up his body, and went right to his lung, clotted his lung and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack."
He added, "That did give me great comfort because it wasn't prolonged.”
Johnson revealed in another post Monday that he's writing his father's eulogy. "Written a lot of things over the years, but nothing prepared me for this one," he wrote.
Showtime(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been a long time coming but thanks to Showtime, Mo'Nique has officially set a brand-new stand-up comedy special.
Premiering on February 7, Showtime will air Mo's first major comedy special in ten years: Mo'Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta. Filmed at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse, the hour-long special will feature original stand-up from the Oscar winner along with special guests that include Chappelle's Show vet Donnell Rawlings, and new comedians Prince T-Dub, Tone-X, Correy Bell and Just Nesh.
In the trailer, Mo' seemingly alludes to her ongoing issues with Netflix, which she alleges broke the law when the streamer lowballed her for a comedy special. Mo' subsequently filed a gender and racial discrimination lawsuit against them.
"They tired to shut a b**** out. They tried to make a b**** disappear. But you can't keep a good b**** down," Mo' says in the Showtime promo.
As previously reported, Netflix reportedly offered Mo'Nique $500,000 to shoot a comedy special for them, which Mo argued wasn't reasonable since Amy Schumer was offered $11 million for her Netflix special and other notable comedians, like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, were offered $20 million. Netflix responded to Mo'Nique's claims in a motion filed last week, calling the comedian's retaliation claims "nonsensical." There's no public word on how much Showtime paid Mo'Nique.
Mo'Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta airs Friday, February 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.
Terence Patrick/Getty Images for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- Bong Joon-ho's Parasite took home the night's top prize -- Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture -- at Sunday night's 26th Annual SAG Awards, becoming the first foreign film in the history of the SAG Awards to win that honor. It beat out Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit and Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood.
"Although the title is Parasite, I think the story is about co-existence and how we can all live together," Kang-ho Song, one of the actors in the movie said through a translator, before joking, "but to be honored with the best ensemble award, it occurs to me that maybe we haven't created such a bad movie."
On the TV side, it was another big night for Amazon, as the cast of its series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won for best comedy ensemble and star Tony Shalhoub nabbed the best male actor in a comedy series trophy for the second straight year. Phoebe Waller-Bridge won best female actor in a comedy series for her Amazon series Fleabag.
Elswhere, Netflix's The Crown took home the Actor for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series; best male and female actor in a drama series went to Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones and Jennifer Aniston for The Morning Show, respectively. In the drama category, Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams won best male and female actor honors, respectively, both for FX's Fosse/Verdon.
The winners on the movie side were also varied: Renée Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix each added to their Golden Globe victories, winning best male and female actor awards for their respective rolls in Joker and Judy; as did Brad Pitt for his supporting role in Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood. Laura Dern won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Marriage Story.
Leonardo DiCaprio presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert De Niro, who gave the evening's only politically charged speech, defending his right to speak out on matters he felt are important.
"There's right and there's wrong and there's common sense and there's abuse of power," he said. "And as a citizen I have as much right as anybody -- an actor, an athlete, a musician, or anybody else -- to voice my opinion."
"And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I'm going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power," he added to thunderous applause.
De Niro's statement is a stark contrast to the fiery opening speech made by Ricky Gervais, who hosted the Golden Globes on January 5. The British comedian chided the potential winners about being "woke" and encouraged, "If you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech. Right? You're in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world."
Ben Rothstein(NEW YORK) -- Bad Boys for Life exceeded expectations, delivering an estimated $59.17 million, the second largest January three-day debut, behind 2015's American Sniper with $89.26 million. It also stands to be generate the second best Martin Luther King weekend four-day performance, topping 2014's Ride Along. It also stands to become Sony's largest R-rated opening ever, topping 22 Jump Street's $57 million opening for back in 2014.
Overseas, Bad Boys for Life, the third outing for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence following 1995's Bad Boys and 2003's Bad Boys II, brought in an estimated $38.6 million.
The weekend's other new release, the Robert Downey Jr. led Dolittle, also exceeded expectations, though finishing in a distant second with an estimated $22.5 million over three days and $31 million for the long weekend.
Last week's number one film, the World War I epic 1917 dropped to third place in its second week of wide release, grabbing an estimated $22 million from Friday through Sunday and $30 million for the four-day weekend.
Jumanji: The Next Level took fourth place with an estimated $9.565 million over the three-day weekend and $12.57 for the holiday weekend.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker rounded the top five with an additional; $8.37 million over the three-day weekend, with $10.6 million expected over four-days.
Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. Bad Boy for Life, $59.17 million 2. Dolittle, $22.5 million 3. 1917, $22 million 4. Jumanji: The Next Level, $9.565 million 5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, $8.37 million 6. Just Mercy, $6 million 7. Little Women, $5.9 million 8. Knives Out, $4.3 million 9. Like a Boss, $3.8 million 10. Frozen 2, $3.7 million
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale(LONDON) -- Prince Harrybroke his silence about his and Meghan Markle's decision to leave the royal family.
On the couple's official Instagram, they posted a video of Harry's speech during Sunday's dinner for "supporters of Sentebale in London." Sentebale, a charity that was formed in 2006 in memory of Princess Diana, supports HIV-positive children in southern Africa.
Harry opened his speech by addressing the elephant in the room, "Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or, perhaps, read over the past few weeks," which elicited muted chuckles from the audience.
Wanting those in attendance to "hear the truth from me," and "not as a prince, or a duke, but as Harry," the 35-year-old praised his homeland and the audience for welcoming Markle "with open arms," before explaining that "it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly."
The former-royal went on to reveal their decision was a product of "so many months of talks, after so many years of challenges" before admitting, "and I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes...there really was no other option."
After reiterating his commitments to his country and family, Harry revealed that he hopes that giving up the role he was born into will lead to "a more peaceful life."
"The media is a powerful force and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful, because this is so much bigger than just us," Harry noted as he went on to express his profound gratitude to his country as he takes this "leap of faith."
John Shearer/Getty Images for PEOPLE(LOS ANGELES) --The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and many recent Golden Globe winners added another trophy to their collections.
Parasite, a South Korean film about class warfare, took top honors for best ensemble performance, becoming the first foreign language film ever to win. Meanwhile, individual awards went to Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Renée Zellweger (Judy), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) and Laura Dern (Marriage Story). All four earned Golden Globes for their roles and are also nominated for Academy Awards.
On the TV side, ensemble awards went to the casts of The Crown and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Individual awards went to Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Tony Shaloub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and Fosse/Verdon stars Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell. Waller-Bridge and Williams also recently won Golden Globes.
Here is the complete list of winners:
FILM Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Parasite
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Renée Zellweger, Judy
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Crown
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Tony Shaloub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The new streaming service Apple TV Plus has scooped up another very funny woman: Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
The company, which launched with the Golden Globe-nominated The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, has signed a deal with Louis-Dreyfus to develop new projects as both a producer and a star.
Saturday Night Live vet Louis-Dreyfus starred on three successful comedies, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, and won Emmys for each show. She has 11 Emmys in all, winning her sixth consecutive lead actress trophy for Veep in 2017 -- a record for any performer for the same role in the same show -- and has eight Emmys for acting, tying a record set by Cloris Leachman.
Louis-Dreyfus showed her comedy chops even in her reply about the good news. "I am thrilled about this new partnership with my friends at Apple," she said in a statement. "Also, many thanks and kudos to my representatives for structuring the deal in such a way that I am paid in AirPods."
Barbara Kinney(LOS ANGELES) -- Hillary Clinton is gearing up for the release of her upcoming Hulu documentary, Hillary. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate was on hand at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Friday to discuss the four-part documentary, which covers, among other things, the contentious 2016 election.
Being that 2020 is an election year, Clinton had some choice words for the Trump administration, as well as some advice for Democratic voters.
“We're in a real struggle with a form of politics that is incredibly negative, exclusive, mean-spirited, and it's going to be up to every voter, not only people who vote in Democratic primaries, to recognize that, you know, this is no ordinary time,” Clinton told reporters. “This is an election that will have such profound impact. So take your vote seriously.”
She advised Democratic voters to “try to vote for the person you think is most likely to win,” saying that, ultimately, that’s what will matter.
“And not just the popular vote, but the Electoral College as we’ve learned,” she added. In 2016, Clinton won the popular vote, but lost to Donald Trump in the electoral count.
“So I want people to take their vote really, really seriously because Lord knows what will happen if we don't retire the current incumbent and his henchmen, as [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi so well described them yesterday,” Clinton said.
Hillary will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, and debut on Hulu March 6.
L-R Dwayne Johnson, Lauren Hashian, Ata Johnson, Rocky Johnson/Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has broken his silence over the apparently unexpected death of his father, former wrestler Rocky Johnson. The 75-year-old WWE Hall of Famer's death was announced on Wednesday.
Under a video of his father in the ring, with a much younger Rock watching from the stands, Dwayne Johnson noted on his Instagram, "You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar."
The Rock hints that all wasn't smooth sailing, calling himself, "The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who...grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood."
Johnson continues, "Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass..."
The lengthy post ends with, "I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high."
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PCA(LOS ANGELES) -- Friday is Betty White's 98th birthday, and her co-stars in the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, really wanted to celebrate.
In a video posted on Reynolds' Twitter, the pair take turns serenading Betty with "Happy Birthday to You," but it's soon clear that they're competing for her affection.
While Bullock gets the song rolling, Reynolds cuts into her verses, and the pair quickly try to out-do the other.
"From Sandy, who loves you more than Ryan..." Bullock sings, to which Reynolds jabs, "From Ryan, who loves you way more than Sandy..."
He adds, "What does Sandy do for you every year? Does she like, show up and hand-deliver flowers to you wearing nothing but black socks and a dozen gold bracelets, just like you requested? Doubt it."
"I love you," Bullock signs off, air-kissing the camera. Reynolds then breaks down in tears before, of course, the Golden Girls theme, "Thank You For Being a Friend," closes out the birthday greeting.
In The Proposal, Bullock played Reynolds' highly-strung boss, who needs him to marry her so she can get a green card. White played Reynolds' grandmother.
VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In an apparent effort to avoid confusion, and conflation, with entities that it doesn't own, notably the controversial Fox News Channel, Disney has dropped the Fox name from the movie studios that it does.
20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are no more, according to Variety.
20th Century Fox, famous for its drum and trumpet-heavy fanfare ahead of movies, has been rebranded, with its iconic logo updated to read 20th Century Studios.
Fox Searchlight, the affiliated imprint behind modestly-budgeted hits like Napoleon Dynamite and Oscar winners like Black Swan and The Shape of Water -- and current Oscar nominee JoJo Rabbit -- will now be called Searchlight Studios.
The trade notes both companies' logos will retain the familiar 'spotlight' design features.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- After being touted as the final chapter to the Bad Boys franchise, it appears that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's upcoming sequel, Bad Boys for Life, may not be the official end.
In an interview with E! News, Smith says that he and Lawrence are open to continuing their action-packed films.
"We're going to wait for the audience," Smith said. "When the movie comes out this weekend-- and we absolutely love working together-- we would certainly be willing to do it again if the audience loves the chemistry."
As previously reported, Bad Boys for Life centers on a new, "highly specialized police unit" that butts heads with Smith and Lawrence's old-school ways when "a new threat emerges in Miami."
The new installment, directed by Moroccan-born directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, reunites Smith and Lawrence after the last Bad Boys film, 2003's Bad Boys II. In that movie, the two played Miami narcotics detectives on the trail of a Cuban drug smuggler.