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File: Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi on February 2, 2012.
Last week, it came out that Danny DeVito and our former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are doing a sequel to their movie "Twins," and that the sequel will be called "Triplets." Super creative, I know. Never heard of "Twins"? Well, that might mean you're 24 years old or under, because it came out 24 years ago in December of 1988.
Who's the triplet in the title? Why, their long-lost brother played by Eddie Murphy of course. As Schwarzenegger explained to ComingSoon.net when discussing the idea before Murphy was cast, "I'd find somebody like Eddie Murphy or someone that people would say, 'How does that happen, medically speaking?' and, 'Physically, there's no way!' Then, somehow, we would explain it. That would be hilarious with what we know about someone like him."
First off, wait, "someone like him"? I'm hoping that doesn't mean about Eddie Murphy what I think Arnold is saying about Eddie Murphy. (Funny? He must mean someone funny, right?)
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Actor Billy Crystal arrives to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute to Sophia Loren on May 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
So, Billy Crystal is hosting the Oscars. This follows Eddie Murphy pulling out after producer Brett Ratner, who Murphy is close friends with, made controversial remarks about gays and stepped down.
Crystal made the announcement on Twitter, writing, "Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show."
The Academy later confirmed that this was, in fact, happening, and not just Crystal having fun with Twitter.
It's an interesting contrast to make an announcement like this on Twitter on the same day Ashton Kutcher pulled back from his longtime relationship with Twitter after accidentally posting something defending Penn State coach Joe Paterno without knowing the full story about the allegations against Paterno and his staff. Kutcher explained that his management team would be handling his tweeting, as he didn't like the fact that he couldn't be as off the cuff on Twitter as he wanted to be.
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FILE: Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller attend the HELP HAITI benefiting The Ben Stiller Foundation and The J/P Haitian Relief Organization at the Urban Zen Center At Stephan Weiss Studio on February 11, 2011 in New York City.
Universal Pictures dropped plans Wednesday to offer the new Eddie Murphy/Ben Stiller movie "Tower Heist" for home viewing just three weeks after opening in theaters on Nov. 4. Several theater chains had threatened to not carry the film if Universal went ahead with their plans, expressing concern about the early release leading viewers to decide they should just wait and not go see the film in theaters.
Universal was looking to try out the idea of charging more ($60 in this case) for a chance to view a movie at home far earlier than normal. Get a few friends together and it could start looking like an attractive possibility, much like pay-per-view fight nights. The plan had only called for the film to get an early home release in two cities, but apparently even that was too much for theater owners. There have already been some similar experiments to this with smaller films, but "Tower Heist" would have been the biggest example to date.
Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy star in the 1999 movie Bowfinger.
Eddie Murphy is hosting the Oscars next year. We talked recently about skepticism over Murphy being chosen to host. Apparently Murphy's good pal Steve Martin wants to make sure Murphy delivers on the big night, so he wrote this essay for Funny Or Die, "Some Oscar Hosting Advice to Eddie Murphy."
My favorite bits:
"The losers can feel very sad, so when you’re backstage with them, pat their backs, then shake your head sadly. It’s a blast!"
"If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him."
"Remember to relax and have a good time while 12,000 livebloggers rip you to shreds."
He also offers a nice commentary on celebrity in closing:
"Eddie, since you and I are old friends, and I sincerely thought you deserved an Oscar nomination for BOWFINGER, the movie we did together that stands alone in comedy history, from which we got no credit or acknowledgement except large paychecks and drivers and any type of food we wanted delivered to us every day in our really nice trailers, I wish you all the best on your Oscar hosting gig."