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Blu-ray Review: 'Tower Heist'

February 22nd, 2012 12:10pm EST
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Is legendary funnyman Eddie Murphy still, well, funny? We’re gonna answer that one with a review of his latest outing that teams the comedian with a wry Ben Stiller in "Tower Heist," out Feb. 21 from Universal Home Video. Check out the stolen goods below!

Title: "Tower Heist"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick

Director: Brett Ratner

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 105 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment

Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

The Flick: While not one of Eddie Murphy’s most amazing outings, "Tower Heist" is by far his bes...
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'The Help' Dominated NAACP Awards While Stars Honored Whitney Houston

February 18th, 2012 9:55am EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama "The Help" was the toast of the 2012 NAACP Image Awards on Friday after landing three top honors.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name was crowned Outstanding Motion Picture, seeing off competition from "Pariah," "Tower Heist," "Jumping the Broom" and "The First Grader."

Viola Davis scooped the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture prize, while her co-star Octavia Spencer was presented with the Outstanding Supporting Actress award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ceremony in Los A...
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'The Help' Leads 2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

January 19th, 2012 2:40pm EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama The Help looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee Pariah, comedy Tower Heist, Jumping The Broom and The First Grader, while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

The Help co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, alon...
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'Immortals' Beats 'Jack And Jill' At Weekend Box Office

November 14th, 2011 8:39am EST
Immortals
Director Tarsem Singh's stylish, ultra-violent action film "Immortals" has beaten Adam Sandler's gender-bending comedy "Jack & Jill" and Clint Eastwood and Leonardo Dicaprio's "J. Edgar" biopic to the top of the box office.

The 3D epic, which stars British actor Henry Cavill as ancient Greek hero Theseus and Mickey Rourke as bloodthirsty villain King Hyperion, hauled in $32 million in its opening weekend to take first place from Sandler's new release, which claimed a solid $26 million.

Former number one "Puss in Boots" fell to third place, comedy "Tower Heist" came in fourth and the new "...
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Brian Grazer Replaces Brett Ratner As Oscars Producer

November 10th, 2011 9:52am EST
Brian Grazer & Bret Ratner
Movie mogul Brian Grazer is to replace Brett Ratner as the co-producer of the 84th annual Oscars.

Ratner resigned on Tuesday over a homophobic slur he used during a movie question-and-answer session with fans on Friday and his pal Eddie Murphy stepped down as host on Wednesday.

Officials at the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences aren't wasting any time in naming their new man - Grazer's appointment was released on Wednesday afternoon.

It still isn't clear who will host the Academy Awards next year, but movie producer and Oscar winner Grazer has a long history with Tom Hanks, who is ...
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'Puss In Boots' Wins Second Weekend At Box Office

November 7th, 2011 8:53am EST
Puss in Boots
"Puss In Boots" has dug its claws into the top spot on the box office chart to celebrate a second week at number one.

The animated Shrek spin-off, featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, earned $33 million to shut out Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy's new comedy "Tower Heist," which garnered $25.1 million.

"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" was another new entry at three after grossing $13.1 million.
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Eddie Murphy Is Fired Up By Pacquiao & Mayweather, Jr. Fight

November 5th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy is using press interviews around his new movie "Tower Heist" and his Oscars hosting gig to help promote a potential boxing clash between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

A big fight fan, Murphy recently hung out with Mayweather, Jr. in Las Vegas and he insists he's a longtime supporter of Pacquiao - and he can't wait for the two boxers to sort out their differences and get in the ring.

And Murphy's interest has been spiked by the news Mayweather, Jr. has tentatively booked the MGM Grand in Las Vegas next May for the big fight.

Appearing as a guest on late-night show...
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Two Jews' Review 'Tower Heist' And Find This Caper Comedy Not Very Funny (Video)

November 5th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Tower Heist
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: All I can say is thank the Movie Gods for Eddie Murphy because he single handedly put the funny in this new so-called, comedy entitled, 'Tower Heist,' directed by Brett Ratner.

So here's the story in a nut shell.

There's this super sleazy, super rich, Wall Street dude named, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) - No, this film isn't a fantasy. Sleazy Wall Street dudes really do exist.

Arthur occupies the Penthouse apartment of New York City's tallest high rise called 'The Tower.' Arthur is charming, friendly to the staff, loves to play chess with the...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,' 'Tower Heist' & More

October 31st, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Harold & Kumar 3D - Tower Heist
Last week I watched two classic horror movies: “The Thing” and “The Exorcist.” Watching John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” just further reminded me of how crappy the recent prequel was. With its spooky score, good looking practical effects, and more fully formed characters, Carpenter’s story is far superior. If you were thinking about seeing the prequel, skip it, so you can stay in and watch Carpenter’s version.

Even though I didn’t find myself grossed out by any of the nasty behavior of the possessed little girl (Linda Blair) in “The Exorcist,” I really appreciated the eerie music, the sp...
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New Couple Rumors: Jennifer Love Hewitt And Jarod Einsohn? Jason Sudeikis And Ashley Olsen?

October 27th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jarod Einsohn
Love is in the air! Celebrities are cozying up as the cold weather arrives, but some of these new celebrity couples seem to be coming out of left field.

Cameron Diaz and Sean Diddy Combs: After splitting from Alex Rodriguez, Cameron has not been shy being seen in public with other guys. Even though Puff Daddy is apparently still with his girlfriend Cassie, Cameron and Diddy were spotted hanging out at Catch, according to the New York Post. Maybe he's introducing her to some of his guy friends?

Jason Sudeikis and Ashley Olsen: On the other hand, we think these two could be an actual coup...
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Tea Leoni Partied Hard With FBI Adviser On 'Tower Heist' Set

October 25th, 2011 8:42am EDT
Tea Leoni
Tea Leoni researched her role as a top cop for "Tower Heist" by getting drunk with an FBI agent.

The star admits she was initially intimidated by her technical adviser on the set - but the two women became fast friends following a night out in New York.

Leoni says, "My best imitation of her is like Botox face, where nothing moved. I thought, 'Is she gonna kill me?'

"We went to this little upper east Italian eatery and we had a couple of drinks and I was saying, 'Listen, take your badge off,' so she does. Then it gets hot and the next thing you know we are two drunk ladies in an Upper Eas...
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Universal Scraps Plan To Make Eddie Murphy Movie 'Tower Heist' Available In Homes

October 12th, 2011 8:59pm EDT
Eddie Murphy
Movie executives at Universal Pictures have abandoned plans to release Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller's new film Tower Heist as a pay-per-view video-on-demand movie on TV three weeks after its theatrical release following an outcry from cinema chiefs.

The bosses of a handful of leading cinema chains vowed not to play the comedy at all if Universal bigwigs went ahead with the idea to make the movie available at home in select markets before the end of November. It opens in the on November 4.

Executives of one big player, National Amusements Inc., insisted the film would not show at any of th...
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Brett Ratner Sorry For 'Seizure Boy' Comment In 'Tower Heist' Trailer

September 6th, 2011 8:25am EDT
Brett Ratner
Moviemaker Brett Ratner has apologized for including a joke about epilepsy in the TV trailer for his upcoming film "Tower Heist."

Former "Lost" actor Greg Grunberg, who has an epileptic 15-year-old son, took offense to the "Tower Heist" movie preview and called on his Twitter followers to boycott the comedy upon its release in November.

In the clip, Eddie Murphy's character pokes fun at Ben Stiller's, calling him "little seizure boy" twice.

And, although Ratner claims the exchange was not meant to be hurtful, many viewers were angered by the insensitive reference.

Responding to the crit...
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