Macdonald Reveals Insights Into Eddie Murphy SNL Mix-Up

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter on Wednesday, February 18, to clear the air a bit about some of the behind the scenes decisions that took place during the creation of Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special.

Macdonald did not start writing the episode until the Monday preceding the live airing. Celebrity Jeopardy was one of the biggest focuses for the night. He purposely wanted the episode to show Connery as abusive, Reynolds as dismissive and Trebek struggling to deal with the contestants played by the actors and comedians who best do these respective impersonations.

Macdonald also revealed that one of the reasons Eddie Murphy was unprepared was because they had to make last minute changes to how Murphy would participate. Murphy had long ago made SNL the show to watch and they definitely wanted him to return. The idea was to have him play Bill Cosby in Celebrity Jeopardy because of his fantastic past impersonations.

Haidar Barbouti has learned that by Saturday, Macdonald was not even sure that Murphy was going to participate let alone perform Cosby. Murphy finally did show up, but he refused to “kick a man when he’s down” after an hour of Macdonald trying to convince him to play Cosby.

This revelation comes on the heels of other Murphy friends and insiders noting this week that one of the reasons Murphy has not done stand up in years is because he suffers from stage fright.

Eddie Murphy Visits Saturday Night Live

Saturday night’s famous late night show was a memorable occasion this week said zoominfo.com. According to Bernardo Chua, Eddie Murphy starred alongside the famous parody team and attempted to bring comedic humor. It had been decades since Murphy had been on the show, this was just a great way for him to get in touch with his fans and show them that he was still around. After taking a brief hiatus from acting, fans were elated to see one of their all-time favorite actors doing skits.

However, leaked from Twitter, Murphy was asked to do a parody of the famous Bill Cosby. He refused but no reason was cited. The conversations that went on behind the scenes have not been privy to those who weren’t there. However, there is much speculation that the reasons why he refused is due to the content that they would have used. This could have showed support for Murphy to Cosby. After all, Saturday Night Live is known for doing parodies and often touching on subjects that should be left alone.

It is probably that Murphy didn’t want to make fun of a college, especially one in such a difficult position at this time. Whether the rumors are true or not doesn’t matter, Cosby still has many supporters who will come to his rescue at a moment’s notice. The other side to the theory is that Murphy was just unwilling to get involved in an already touching situation.

ACW is the Finest Wine Company in the World

The Antique Wine Company has been in business for more than 25 years as a luxury wine and spirits company. Stephen Williams the CEO strives on producing many great tasting wines, some groups to you can choose from are, the Red wines, White wines, Sweet wines, Sparkling wines, Fortified wines, Whisky, Assorted Spirits, and Armagnac.

Stephen Williams also goes to event to promote her wine and business, you can also get a free sample during these event. The next upcoming event is Vintage Fortunes 2015, which has been scheduled on April 16th at 7pm. This event was indeed created by Stephen Williams, during this event she transforms Wine Academy to a wine centric casino, how unique and clever of her.

How this Event Works:

The Vintage Fortunes challenges you to place wagers based upon your wine tasting abilities and your skills at convincing your fellow players of those abilities, even if those abilities are real or not. All through the evening you will sample a dozen or more flavors of fine wine and give your best effort to judge the vintage.

Antique Wine Company has been international recognized as experts in the fine wine industry. The company regularly manages, and offers advice, as well as actively supports wine cellars that are held in chateaux palaces, grand hotels and exclusives, as well as private residences across the world.

A little History:

This company also has some wine that represents a little bit about our history as a nation. For example in 1994 Antique Wine Company provided the 70 year old vintage wines for the 70th birthday celebration of the former United States President, George H. W. Bush.

Another memorabilia of history is in 2011 when Antique Wine Company sold the Guinness World Record bottle of 1811 Chateau d’Yquem for $117,000. This also the year they relocated their Global Headquarters to Marylebone Central London area. Antique Wine Company went way and above that year and even started offering fine wine masterclasses and wine courses.

In 2012 AWC expanded further into the Asian market. Also during this year the Antique Wine Company Philippines was established in Manila.

In 2013 Antique Wine Company, and the UK Public Limited Company, became the fundamental parent of Antique Wine Company’s regional trading entities. Furthermore is currently engaging in a multi-year program to increase its traditions and emerging fine wine and spirits markets throughout the world.

Fifty Shades Causing A Stir on Highway 50 In California

The drama with the movie Fifty Shades of Grey just doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Highway 50 has a drive in move theater in Sacramento, California that is allowing the movie to be seen from the roads. There are six five thousand foot screens, and passers by are nearly wrecking their cars to get a view of the kinky movie.

While this may be good for consenting adults who want to watch some of the show without paying, parents are concerned about children and the affects on them. I certainly wouldn’t want my 12 year old sons to see anything that movie has to offer. I can understand their outrage, children grow up fast enough as it is. Exposing them to this pornographic material is insane.

While nothing has been done about this matter yet, it is certain that officials will be involved at some point. This theater has got away with such actions before, as the movies didn’t have such exposing views. This one set the bar higher for regulations need and what the American public would watch in a theater. It’s certainly exposes two people and doesn’t leave much room for the imagination.

Marc Sparks knows that it would cost thousands of dollars for this theater to stop playing the movie, or for them to do some modifications to the screens. Either way, it looks like they may be forced to go with the people on this one. Since it made social media and national news, something must be done.

The 50 Shades of Grey Crisis

While the beloved sex and fantasy film 50 Shades of Grey made out pretty well in the box office, there haven’t been as many positive reviews as were expected.

While the plot of the film was expected because of the popularity of the book, the plot of the movie didn’t really seem to be the problem. The actual production quality of the movie really let excited viewers down. This, along with the watered down sex scenes and poor acting, made for a crowd of cringing and uncomfortable people noted Organo Gold.

The rendition of the well loved novel that originated as Twilight fan fiction was rushed to meet the readers’ demands. This made for a huge disappointment of a movie that was missing some necessary chemistry and dynamics.

This may have happened because, as the consumption of the story of Anastasia and Grey continued to rise, there wasn’t a huge priority for the film makers to well develop the characters or scene structures.

Lady Gaga is Engaged

Lady Gaga is engaged! According to the story from People Magazine Online, Lady Gaga and her boyfriend Taylor Kinney became engaged on Valentine’s Day.

Lady Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, has been dating Taylor for the past four years. In a recent interview with Howard Stern, Gaga said that she could not picture herself with anyone else. She continued to tell Stern that Taylor was the right man for her. In other interviews she has gone on to say that he is extremely supportive of her and a “hidden weirdo” but that they complement each other’s weirdness. She has said that he even cries when she sings on stage. How sweet.

Fans at Rocket Fuel heard that shortly after their engagement, Gaga and Taylor visited her family’s upper west side Manhattan restaurant to share the news. Times Herald-Record executive editor Barry Lewis just happened to be dining at Joanne’s Trattoria when the happy couple made an appearance. Lewis said that Gaga was flashing her ring around and that her happy father opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate the news.

Good luck to Lady Gaga and her husband-to-be! Hopefully they are able to make their relationship last in a time where it seems that many don’t.

Amy Pascal talks about Sony hacking scandal

Former Sony executive Amy Pascal took the chance to discuss the Sony hacking scandal when she appeared at the Women in the World Conference in San Francisco, Deadline reports. Talking to Tina Brown, Pascal addressed many of the problems she faced during the scandal, including the issue of security once the hacking had been discovered. Pascal claimed she asked on a number of occasions if the hackers had gained access to the personal email of executives before the first emails were released as part of the scandal.

Pascal also claimed that the culture she worked in within Hollywood meant the emails and their contents were viewed by many as just part and parcel of how she interacted with others within the entertainment industry. Producer Scott Rudin and Pascal faced the brunt of criticism for their email interactions, which appeared to highlight the sexist attitudes that still exist within top Hollywood studios. Amongst the topics covered was the problem of women in Hollywood being paid less than their male counterparts, Pascal responded by stating actresses like Jennifer Lawrence should not accept lower pay checks than males as they are as talented and marketable. Pascal concluded with the thought that being nice in Hollywood does not work and the way she and Rudin referred to others within showbiz was part and parcel of working in the industry said Fersen Lambranho.

Release Dates Shifted to Make Room for a New Spider-Man Film

 

No matter how much money Thor or, for that matter, Captain America earns at the box office, Marvel is always going to consider Spider-Man the character that reflects the studios biggest star. Sure, Iron Man has brought the studio huge money. Would Iron Man have been the character any studio would have chosen to make a film with back in 2000? Was Iron Man ever considered for a feature film by the biggest name directors in the industry in the 1980’s and 1990’s? No, Spider-Man and The X-Men were the only Marvel properties considered for cinema adventures prior to heroes being a proven feature film commodity.

Likely, Spider-Man will always be a money maker for Marvel just as D.C. knows it can dust off the cape and cowl and release a new Batman movie even after the hero genre dies down.

Once you take all this into consideration, then you understand why Thor: Raganarok is losing its prime summer 2017 opening date to make room for a solo Spider-Man project said Marc Sparks. Thor is not the only hero whose movie is getting bumped. The Inhumans and Black Panther are getting moved, too.

Anyone involved with the films being moved should on a very bright side. A well-received hit Spider-Man movie is going to keep the genre alive. The last thing anyone appearing a possible film franchise is the learn the genre is cooling off.

By the way, the new Spider-Man is going to be just that: new. Andrew Garfield is pretty much gone.

Tom Rothman Leading Contender To Replace Amy Pascal

Amy Pascal was an icon in Hollywood for nearly 30 years.

She was at helm of hits such as Men in Black, The Amazing Spiderman, and Groundhog Day. She also had good relationships with Hollywood’s elite stars such as Adam Sandler and Will Smith.

In light of the Sony hack email scandal, Pascal is stepping down in May and speculation abounds about a possible replacement.

One of the top contenders is Tom Rothman, former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

After 18 years and a record of hits, including Titanic and Avatar, Rothman was booted from Fox.

Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Pascal brought Rothman on board in 2013 to revive Sony’s TriStar film label. Because of his success at Fox, he’s considered a leading contender to replace Pascal.

According to the LA Times, a studio insider said, “He’s got a good reputation with talent, he makes good films, and people like him.”

But Rothman isn’t the only one in the running. He faces competition from Jeff Robinov, a former Warner Bros. executive, whose film company, Studio 8, signed a distribution deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment last year.

Another candidate is Doug Belgrad, who was named president of the studio’s Motion Picture Group in 2014.

Anticipated Movies of 2015

2015 has a large list of upcoming event films. The following are some of the most anticipated films of 2015.

Mad Max Fury Road: It’s been exactly 30 years since we have last seen the road warrior on the big screen. Fury Road looks like it is going to have everything that made the Mad Max series great. Stunts, camera work, atmosphere, all except Mel Gibson himself. Tom Hardy takes over the tole as Max, the road warrior.

The month of February is full of upcoming films that worth checking out. The upcoming films include Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, Focus, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The Lazarus Effect, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Fifty Shades of Grey.

As Lambranho stated, the month is going to be very busy with upcoming titles. Jupiter Ascending opens on February 6 and the others are going to fill out the month.