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Arnold Schwarzenegger promises 'Twins' sequel...again

Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by Reddit today for an “Ask Me Anything” session and dropped an interesting piece of information: the Twins sequel is still happening and Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy are on board, too.

The Ivan Reitman-directed comedy was one of the biggest hits of 1988 and has made over $200 million worldwide on a $15 million budget. Rumors of a sequel have been circulating for a while now and have mostly been propelled by Schwarzenegger himself (notably at Comic-Con last year). The word is that Triplets will add Murphy to the clan of brothers.

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'Book of Mormon' star Josh Gad and ScriptShark exec to write 'Twins' sequel 'Triplets'

Josh Gad’s comedic star is on the rise both on and off the stage.

The Book of Mormon actor, funny and slovenly as missionary Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Tony-winning Broadway hit, has closed a deal alongside ScriptShark website exec Ryan Dixon to co-write the script for the Twins sequel Triplets, starring Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, Universal Pictures confirmed to EW on Wednesday.

The movie from Universal and Montecito Picture Co. picks up from 1988′s so-campy-it’s-great comedy Twins that cast tall, buff Schwarzenegger and short, stout DeVito as unlikely twin brothers. In the sequel, Murphy will join as a third, previously unknown brother.

As for more hyphened roles, Gad will star in the NBC White House comedy 1600 Penn, which he co-created and is premiering midseason in December.

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No joke: 'Twins' sequel in the works, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, and Eddie Murphy

When Twins came out in 1988, it marked the first time Arnold Schwarzenegger — then known as the muscle-bound star of R-rated action movies like Predator and The Terminator — had tried his hand at headlining a comedy. It was his biggest hit to date. About a genetically perfect test-tube baby (Schwarzenegger) and his accidental low-life twin brother (Danny DeVito), Twins remains Schwarzenegger’s highest grossing comedy, and also ranks as one of the most successful films of DeVito and director Ivan Reitman’s careers. Adjusted for inflation, it pulled in a robust $218 million in the U.S.

So who’s up for a sequel?  READ FULL STORY

Box office disasters: The real lesson of 'John Carter,' and has Eddie Murphy finally run out of words?

The chattering classes of the infotainment-sphere love to kick a movie debacle in the shins. But from the moment that John Carter opened, the perceptions of how big — or maybe not quite so big — a disaster it was were a tad hazy, and they trickled in slowly. A dry dust storm of digital effects, corny fetishized machismo, and bad acting out of the loincloth-and-galactic-tiara school, John Carter, as just about everyone in the solar system had predicted, underperformed in a dramatic way. But was it merely a “disappointment,” or a major flop, or, in fact, a good old-fashioned game-changing heads-will-roll executives-will-commit-seppuku debacle? What did the $30 million opening-weekend gross stacked up against the movie’s $250 million price tag really mean? READ FULL STORY

Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller dangle precariously behind-the-scenes in 'Tower Heist' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Eddie Murphy has undergone pounds of makeup to transform into multiple members of the same family. He’s talked with computer generated animals. He’s been a computer generated animal. But until he made the 2011 comedy Tower Heist, he had never been hooked up to a wire harness before. At least, that’s what Brett Ratner tells us in this exclusive clip from the DVD/Blu-ray of the film, which hits stores Feb. 21.

“What was so funny and surprising was we’d heard all these rumors about how Eddie doesn’t like to do stunts,” visual effects supervisor Mark Russell tells EW. “But on the day [of the shoot], he was amazing. He was always totally professional. And as you can see from the clip, he was comfortable up there.”

Check out the clip below, which shows the making of the climactic moment when Murphy and co-star Ben Stiller attempt to purloin the rare 1963 red Ferrari owned by a Bernie Madoff-esque billionaire (played in the film by Alan Alda), from his penthouse suite:  READ FULL STORY

HBO developing Marion Barry biopic; Spike Lee and Eddie Murphy attached

Move over Herman Cain — a controversial politician of yester-year is ready to reclaim his spotlight!

HBO films is developing a biopic about former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry, EW has confirmed.

Spike Lee is currently attached to direct the project, while his frequent writing partner John Ridley is penning the script. Eddie Murphy is attached to star as Barry, who (in)famously served two separate terms as mayor from 1979-1991 and 1995-1999.

In between those two terms, Barry was slammed with drug charges after a video surfaced of the politician smoking crack cocaine. He ended up serving six months in prison before returning to office.

What do you think about the project? Would you watch? Or are you so over political drama right now?

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Eddie Murphy does charades in 'A Thousand Words' trailer...

And Eddie Murphy will no doubt be doing charades on the talk show circuit when he promotes A Thousand Words (if he promotes the movie that was shot before Tower Heist). Watch the trailer for the comedy below. He stars as a fast-talking liar who learns the power of words when his life force somehow becomes attached to the leaves on a tree. For every word he speaks, a leaf falls. When all the leaves have fallen, his time is up.

In a PopWatch poll earlier today, 48 percent of readers said that after Murphy’s well-received performance in the lukewarm Tower Heist (and resignation from hosting the Oscars in the wake of Brett Ratner’s exit), they wanted to see an Eddie Murphy comeback even more than before. Everyone’s vote stay the same? READ FULL STORY

Eddie Murphy exits as Oscars host in wake of Brett Ratner's resignation

In the latest twist in the ongoing drama surrounding the 84th Academy Awards, Eddie Murphy has dropped his plans to host the Oscar telecast following the resignation of producer Brett Ratner. Murphy had been brought on board by Ratner, who directed him in the current action-comedy Tower Heist — a move that seemed to be greeted with generally positive buzz both within Hollywood and among movie fans. But following Ratner’s departure amid controversy over his use of a gay slur as well as crude comments about his sex life, he has decided to step aside as well.

Murphy gave no clear reasons for his decision, saying in a statement, “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.”

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak — who now needs to find both a new producer and a new host for the film industry’s most important event — said in a statement, “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well.”

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Box office report: 'Puss in Boots' stuns 'Tower Heist' by topping weekend with $33 mil

The cat is all right. In a surprise victory, DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots led the box office for the second weekend in a row, grossing an estimated $33 million. That result nearly matched the movie’s $34.1 million debut last week, meaning that Puss dropped only 3 percent — the smallest second-weekend decline of any wide release this year. Families flocked to the PG-rated film on Saturday, resulting in a gargantuan Friday-to-Saturday increase of 94 percent. Clearly parents are hungry for entertainment options that the whole family can enjoy. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Tower Heist' leads Friday with $8.2 mil, but 'Puss in Boots' should win weekend

The Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy action comedy Tower Heist may have topped the box office on Friday with an estimated $8.2 million, but it will almost certainly lose the weekend to a feline with really huge eyeballs.

Heist, which was directed by Brett Ratner and cost $85 million to produce, fell a bit short of industry predictions. The PG-13 movie is on pace to finish the weekend with about $24 million — a step down from the $31 million opening Stiller has averaged over his past five films. It’ll be interesting to look at Universal’s demographic breakdown tomorrow to see whether, like so many pictures this year, it struggled to attract younger moviegoers. And although it’s impossible to say for sure, Tower Heist‘s Occupy Wall Street-friendly premise — about hotel employees plotting to steal from the millionaire who ruined their pensions — didn’t seem to make the movie any more attractive to ticket buyers. READ FULL STORY

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