Our Own Tina Jenkins Crawley is the WINNER of The Chicago Music Awards "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR!"
Fans are puzzled after the famed comedian comes and goes with no jokes or famous character reprisals
By Dylan Stableford
February 15, 2015 11:42 PM
In one of the most highly-anticipated moments of "Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary special, Eddie Murphy returned to "SNL" for the first time since 1984.
And his first appearance on the show in 30 years lasted exactly 73 seconds.
After a touching, three-and-a-half-minute introduction from Chris Rock — who called Murphy his idol ("I wanted to be Eddie Murphy") and credited the "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Bowfinger" star with saving the NBC comedy show for future comedians like him (without Murphy, Tina Fey "would've been the funniest English professor at Drexel University") — Murphy, 53, took to the stage and received a standing ovation.
Welcome home, Eddie. Standing ovation for Mr. Murphy. #SNL40
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16, 2015To say Murphy's subsequent speech was awkwardly short would be an understatement.
"Hey, isn’t this an incredible night, this night?" Murphy said. "This show is such a big part of who I am and my life. And I’m so happy to be back here. It’s a magical feeling. Actually it feels like going back to my old high school, kind of. It’s a good feeling. I’m really happy that so many people here value the stuff that I did 35 years ago. It makes me feel really happy. I will always love this show and .. let’s have some more show. Let’s have a big round of applause for everybody.”
When the monitors failed to segue to commercial or another montage, Murphy froze.
“I thought that right there you guys were gonna do the ... Well, then let’s do it again," he said. "You know, this has been a helluva night. A real magical evening. You’re always going to be a part of my life.”
Eventually, the producers panned to a photo of Dick Ebersol, "SNL's" former executive producer.
Twitter users hoping for jokes or reprisals of Murphy's iconic "SNL" characters -- like Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson or Gumby -- were none-too-keen on Murphy's far-too-brief, and unfunny, return.
I don’t understand. They brought out Eddie Murphy to accept applause and then go away? I want that job. #SNL40
— Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook) February 16, 2015Is Eddie Murphy unable to be funny? I don't understand why he did what he did tonight, which was nothing.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) February 16, 2015So...Eddie Murphy. Unwilling or unable?
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) February 16, 2015Going from Chris Rock's intro for Eddie Murphy to the actual Eddie Murphy we got there was like going from cocaine to heavy sedatives
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 16, 2015How do you have Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock make a dual appearance on SNL and not end up with the greatest moment in comedy history?
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) February 16, 2015How does Miley get more stage time than Eddie Murphy? #SNL40
— Tall Cathy (@tallcathy) February 16, 2015Murphy last appeared on the show Dec. 15, 1984 as host. He notably skipped the "SNL" 25th anniversary and show creator Lorne Michaels has publicly acknowledged some bad blood with Murphy after he approved a sketch in the 1990s that poked fun at one of the comedian's box office bombs.
In an April 2013 panel talk moderated by former "SNL" castmember Martin Short, Michaels called his decision to air the sketch starring David Spade, “a mistake,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I figured it was kind of a clean hit. I didn’t really think about it, but Eddie did,” he said, recounting that Murphy called Spade after the skit saying, “You’re standing on my shoulders, you didn’t get to be there unless I was there.”
On Sunday night's show, all three men were there and the decades-old jab seemed forgotten.
As for Murphy's missing humor, all we can say is maybe he was saving his humor for the after-party.
Sunday night, in the middle of Katy Perry's flashy Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring dancing beach balls and sharks, rapper Missy Elliott and her dancers dropped in. They stole the show with a three-song medley of "Get Ur Freak On," "Work It" and "Lose Control." Those songs are, respectively, 14, 13 and 10 years old, so any teenagers watching might be forgiven for assuming Elliott was a brand new act that Perry was introducing to the world.
But Elliott is one of the most revered rappers and producers of her generation. AsMicrophone Check co-host Frannie Kelley tells NPR's Audie Cornish, "Without Missy, there is no Nicki."
Still, she's been quiet lately. Elliott hasn't put out an album of new music since 2005. "She has said that she has Graves' Disease, which is a disease of the thyroid and has very different symptoms depending on the person who has it," Kelley says. "She has said there's been times where she couldn't even pick up a pen to write songs."
"She's also spoken about the pressures of following her wild success less than 10 years ago, and also sort of not being inspired by new sounds, wanting to make something really different, and maybe even also wanting to be an underdog again — to come out and shock the world," says Kelley.
BMI Celebrates Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at 2015 Trailblazers Event
Pictured: The Anointed Pace Sisters and Israel Houghton (center) with BMI Executive Director, Writer-Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy (far left), BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton (center), and BMI Director, Writer-Publisher Relations Byron Wright (far right). Photo: Arnold Turner
Broadcast Music, Inc. brought legends and contemporary stars together to celebrate the careers of gospel giants Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at its 16th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards yesterday in Atlanta.
The event, held at the Rialto Center for the Arts, also recognized BMI’s Most-Performed Gospel Song of the Year: “The Gift,” written and performed by Donald Lawrence. The song, featured on Lawrence’s album Best For Last, topped the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart and achieved wide-spread success. BMI also recognized five additional opuses as Top-Performed Gospel Songs of the Year (2014): “1 On 1,” written by Lucius B. Hoskins and performed by Zacardi Cortez; “Clean This House,” co-written by Philip Cornish and Isaac Carree, who is the performer; “God Will Make a Way,” written by Ay’Ron Lewis and performed by Shirley Caesar; “Here in Our Praise,” co-written by Michael Bethany and Fred Hammond, who is the performer; and “It’s Working,” co-written by Aaron Lindsey and William Murphy, who is the performer.
Musical tributes began with an awe-inspiring nod to The Anointed Pace Sisters, featuring Zie’l (“Safety Zone”), The Walls Group (“Contentment”), The Company (“U-Know”), Dorinda Clark Cole (“Be a Fence”) and Lisa Page Brooks and Tasha Page-Lockhart (“When God is in the Building”). The charismatic songs of LaShun Pace were then celebrated with dynamic performances by B. Slade (“I Know I’ve Been Changed”), Kathy Taylor (“Just Because God Said It”), and Rance Allen (“He Keeps Doing Great Things For Me”). Serving as the event’s triumphant finale, the exalted songs of Israel Houghton were then celebrated with dynamic performances by Tommy Sims (“Nothing Else Matters”), Fred Hammond (“Friend of God/Again I Say Rejoice”), Kim Burrell (“It’s Not Over (When God Is In It”), Micah Stampley (“New Season”), Tasha Cobbs (“Alpha & Omega”), and Jonathan McReynolds (“Moving Forward”).
Gospel music authorities Kim Burrell and VaShawn Mitchell hosted the ceremony, along with Mike O’Neill, BMI President and CEO and Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta.
BMI’s impressive roster of gospel songwriters includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Jessica Reedy, Marvin Sapp, Twinkie Clark, BeBe Winans, Wess Morgan, Kim Burrell and many others.
JANUARY 23, 2015 | 10:14AM PTElizabeth Wagmeister@EWagmeister
TruTV has ordered a scripted comedy pilot for Shaquille O’Neal, the cabler announced Friday.
“Shaq. Inq.” will star the former basketbal player who will also exec produce the workplace comedy, loosely based on the team running his business empire.
“There is no denying Shaq’s multifaceted appeal,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. “Thus, we couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with him, as well as Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media, as we continue to push into new formats.”
Tollin, who is exec producing with O’Neal, added, “Shaquille and I have been friends for 20 years, and his growth as a businessman never ceases to amaze and amuse me.”
Jeremy Garelick (“The Wedding Ringer,” “The Break Up”) will write the pilot, John Fortenberry (“Galavant,” “Instant Mom”) will direct, and Dan Kaplow (“Trophy Wife”) and Jon Weinbach (“The Other Dream Team,” “Straight Outta L.A.”) will serve as co-executive producers on the pilot. Mandalay Sports Media is producing.
Just as the Berlin Film Market is set to bow, Open Road has picked up the distribution rights to the remake of the 2011 French film “Sleepless Night” and will produce with Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan attached to star.
Baran Bo Odar is directing.
The pic was originally set up at Warner Bros. before being put into turnaround even though Foxx had expressed interest in starring. After hearing Foxx was circling the project, Open Road moved quickly to acquire it and plans to sell international rights next week in Berlin.
Story follows an undercover police officer who scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.
Roy Lee and Adam Stone will produce for Vertigo Entertainment, and Open Road Films will finance production and take worldwide distribution rights under its recently announced partnership with FilmNation. Open Road Films’ Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson are executive producers.
Andrea Berloff penned the script.
“With a sharp script and a first rate team of talent in front of and behind the camera, we are proud to produce ‘Sleepless Night’ and to make this project the inaugural film under our international distribution agreement with FilmNation,” Ortenberg said.
Foxx continues to keep busy, having also recently announced plans to play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic; he also has a starring role in Harmony Korine’s “The Trap.” The actor was most recently seen in Sony’s “Annie.”
Monaghan is coming off the first season of “True Detective,” which earned her a Golden GLobe nomination, and can be seen next in “Pixels.”