Eddie Murphy never ceases to amaze–me and everybody else.
Dating from his days on “Saturday Night Live” to the bigscreen, with multiple characters in “Coming To America,” Eddie then expanded to eight roles in “The Nutty Professor.”
Now upcoming is a triple role in “Norbit” — as himself, Norbit, also the over-sized Rasputia. He’s also “Norbit’s” savior, Mr.Wong who raised him at the Golden Wonton Restaurant and Orphanage. All of these roles accomplished, of course, with the help of Oscar-winning makeup genius Rick Baker. Then Eddie unleashed more hidden tal-ents — singing and dancing his heart out in “Dream Girls.”
Now he’s readying to face an armada of aliens — 1 ¾ inches tall — in “Spaceship Dave.” And he plays the captain of the spaceship — and the spaceship as well. The far out story’s by Rob Greenberg and Bill Corbett. David Friendly, Oscar-nominated for “Little Miss Sunshie,” produces “Dave” with John Berg and Todd Komarnicki.
“Norbit’s” roducer John Davis tells me he marveled at Murphy’s multi talents while watching Eddie segue into each character for “Norbit”– as he donned each wardrobe change. Davis starts his 79th film, “The Express” in March — it’s the animated tale of an albino Koala Bear…Could there be yet another impersonation for Eddie Murphy?
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Ace Hollywood still photographer Murray Garrett bows a show benefitting the Motion Picture and TV Fund Feb.8 at Fred Segal’s in Hollywood. Shirley MacLaine, the subject of many of Garrett’s fotos — some with Frank Sinatra — has curated the show — and interstingly-captioned some of the pix of people you know…
The Swann Catalog of last month’s auction of 20th Century-Fox stars’ documents from the Golden Age is a collector’s item in itself. Each illustrated page reveals and unveils both the studio and the star. The MPTFund received an unexpected $270,000 from the auc-tion. Now, sales of the catalog are being considered as an additional MPTFundraiser…
Phyllis Diller quit performing on stage in 2002, but she hasn’t stopped working — painting at her easel. Her next show is Feb.25 (yeah, Oscar Sunday) at her home where 500 of her latest paintings go on sale — prices range to $200,000 (that one, a painting of a spot-lighted stage, is titled “And Now–“). When Diller isn’t painting, she plays gin rummy with pals including Elliott Gould, Joanne Carson, and George Chakiris. She’ll celebrate her 90th birthday July17 — on Jay Leno’s show…
While expectant Tori Spelling is settling down in a bed and breakfast hotel for her tv’er, brother Randy Spelling has moved back into the family Holmby Hills estate as he tapes A&E’s “Sons Of Hollywood” with Rod Stewart’s son, Shaun Stewart.