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Did Courteney Cox Inspire the Carlton on Fresh Prince? | Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro Reveals the Inspiration for the Carlton on Fresh Prince

Originally posted 07/22/2013 10:05AM

What do Courteney Cox and Eddie Murphy have in common?

According to former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribiero, they both inspired his iconic Carlton dance.

The actor, who played Carlton Banks on the show, told Buzzfeed his crazed dance moves weren't just something he made up the moment he heard Tom Jones singing "It's Not Unusual."

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Adam Sandler Sets Razzies Record

Adam Sandler Nominated for 11 Razzie Awards

Originally posted 02/26/2012 02:00PM

Adam Sandler isn't up for an Oscar this year, but his work did not go unrecognized.

The comedian, 45, has earned 11 nominations between three movies from the Golden Raspberry Awards – or the Razzies – which honor the worst in film.

But that's not the worst of it: Sandler's work – as either actor, writer or producer – on Jack & Jill, Bucky Larson and Just Go With It surpassed Eddie Murphy's old record of five nods. Sandler's nominations include worst picture, worst screen couple, worst screenplay, worst rip-off, worst actor, worst actress and worst screen ensemble.

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Brace Yourself, Celebs: Ricky Gervais Returning to Globes | Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais Returning as Golden Globes Host

Originally posted 11/16/2011 06:00PM

The Oscars may have sought to cool the controversy over their awards show, but the Golden Globes are saying: Bring it on!

For the third year in a row, caustic funnyman Ricky Gervais will host the Globes on Jan. 15 despite – or perhaps because of – complaints that he went too far with his remarks last year.

The decision was made after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association met with a top official at NBC, which is airing the awards.

"While many welcome Gervais's return, not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters," says a blog post on the HFPA's own Web site.

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He's Back! Billy Crystal Now Hosting Oscars | Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal Replacing Eddie Murphy as Oscars Host

Originally posted 11/10/2011 05:30PM

Sorry, Miss Piggy.

Despite a social media campaign to have the Muppets host the Oscars this year, the job instead went to a perennial favorite, Billy Crystal.

Crystal replaces Eddie Murphy, who announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down from his originally assigned duties.

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Eddie Murphy Out as Next Year's Oscar Host | Brett Ratner, Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy Out as Next Year's Oscar Host

Originally posted 11/09/2011 02:15PM

Brett Ratner's resignation from producing the 84th annual Academy Awards has resulted in another departure – that of his Oscar host, Eddie Murphy, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak announced Wednesday.

"I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well," Sherak said in a release from the Academy.

Murphy also released a statement through AMPAS: "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

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Brett Ratner Resigns 2012 Oscars – Will Eddie Murphy Follow? | Brett Ratner, Eddie Murphy

Brett Ratner Resigns 2012 Oscars – Will Eddie Murphy Follow?

Originally posted 11/09/2011 08:45AM

Brett Ratner tendered his resignation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday after apologizing for using an offensive term to describe homosexuals.

The filmmaker was going to co-produce next year's 84th annual Oscarcast – and his resignation could conceivably throw into question whether Eddie Murphy will still host the event. Murphy had been recruited for the job by Ratner, who directed him in the movie Tower Heist.

"He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself," Academy President Tom Sherak said in a statement, regarding Ratner's resignation. "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."

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Tower Heist Features Old-School Eddie Murphy: PEOPLE Review | Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick

Tower Heist Features Old-School Eddie Murphy: PEOPLE Review

Originally posted 11/04/2011 05:00PM

Eddie's back.

More accurately, he's way back – all the way to the pugnacious, raunchy comic of 48 HRS. and Trading Places. (If you're as sick as I am of seeing him in dresses and fat suits, this is cause for celebration.)

Tower Heist is an ensemble comedy, but it's appropriate to start with Murphy, because the energy picks up significantly when his convict character, Slide, joins his neighbor Josh (Ben Stiller) in a plot to steal $20 million.

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POLL: Eddie Murphy to Host Oscars – What Do You Think? | Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy to Host Oscars

Originally posted 09/06/2011 04:15PM

Eddie Murphy is set to step back into the spotlight in a big way: He's agreed to take on hosting duties at the Oscars next February.

The selection of Murphy, 50, is a departure from last year's Academy Awards hosts – the unlikely duo of James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," telecast producer Brett Ratner says. "I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show."

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Eddie Murphy's Ex: No Tension Between Eddie and My Fiancé

Eddie Murphy's Ex: No Tension Between Eddie and My Fiancé

Originally posted 11/23/2009 02:35PM

These days, Nicole Murphy has a lot on her mind: her kids, her upcoming wedding to Brothers star Michael Strahan and her new jewelry line, Friendship Love & Peace. But one thing she doesn't have to worry about is any bad blood between her husband-to-be and her ex, Eddie Murphy.

"They're cool," Murphy, 41, tells PEOPLE of Strahan, 39, and Eddie Murphy, 48, the father of her five children – Bria, 20, Myles, 17, Shayne, 15, Zola, 9, and Bella, 7. "They'll give each other a hug when they see each other."

Now, three years after her divorce, Murphy is preparing to wed again. After two years of dating, Strahan proposed in the Bahamas last June.

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Eddie Murphy Misses His Movie Premiere

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Eddie Murphy Misses His Movie Premiere

Originally posted 07/09/2008 10:25AM

Meet Eddie? Not at the Tuesday premiere of Eddie Murphy's new sci-fi comedy Meet Dave in L.A., where the star was a surprising no-show.

"He's not here because he's doing a movie and shooting – he goes back-to-back-to-back," producer David T. Friendly told PEOPLE on the premiere's red carpet. "Eddie, he'll never admit it, but he loves to work. And I think work keeps him happy."

Murphy, 47, is shooting the film A Thousand Words, Access Hollywood reports.

He has kept a low profile since his sudden split from Tracey Edmonds last winter, and recently he talked about retiring from acting. But his Meet Dave costar Gabrielle Union says the father of seven is "at peace."

"He's a really cool guy," says Union. "His kids were always on set. He's just really cool and at peace with himself."
–Nicholas White

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