Because none of his new ideas seem to work, Eddie Murphy may bring "Beverly Hills Cop" to television.
Murphy has talked about a possible "Beverly Hills Cop 4" movie for several years now, but now seems intent on bringing the series to TV. Vulture.com reported that Murphy has teamed with "The Shield" mastermind Shawn Ryan and Sony Pictures Television on a TV adaptation of the franchise that began in 1984. Broadcast networks reportedly started hearing the pitch from the team on Tuesday.
Murphy is being touted as an executive producer, and he's also reportedly agreed to an on-camera role, which would mark Murphy's first non-animated regular role on TV since his 1980-1984 run on "Saturday Night Live."
In October, MTV News spoke to Murphy's "Heist" director Brett Ratner, who said the pair were "hoping" to get a fourth film made, but Murphy wasn't sold on the idea.
Well, as long as he can get Judge Reinhold back. Hey, does anyone know if Judge Reinhold is still alive?
Murphy said in a Rolling Stone interview earlier this year a fourth film was dead because the script was just not right.
He did, however, leave the TV door open, saying, "What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel (Murphy's character) is the chief of police in Detroit ... I'd do the pilot, show up here and there."
Sources said the series would be an hourlong crime
LINDSAY LOHAN STIFFS HOTEL: No wonder Lindsay Lohan might be stealing stuff from people's homes.
The Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood has banned Lohan from the premises, claiming she owes the famed Hollywood hangout $46,350.04.
TMZ obtained a letter from the general manager of the hotel where John Belushi infamously died, stating the hotel repeatedly requested payment for the 47 days Lohan stayed there in June and July. Lohan was ordered out of her room Aug. 1 and banned from the property.
And, just for fun, let's look at how Lohan racks up a $46,000 hotel bill over 47 days:
Minibar charges: $3,145.07, with the highest daily tab being $502.43 on July 1. Since Lohan said at the time she no longer drinks, one must assume she really had a hankering for Pringles.
Cigarettes: $686. She blew through 49 packs in 47 days at $14 a pop.
Chateau Candle: $100. I don't know what that means, but it better be one fantastic candle.
Chateau restaurant: On July 4, Lohan ran up a $1,992.07 bill. She also spent $685.96 that day on room service. But. to be fair, it was Independence Day
PRINCE HARRY MAY NOT BE BUSTED: Prince Harry may not be in as much trouble as everyone thought.
Buckingham Palace is defending the Prince, a week after photos of him partying naked in Las Vegas hit the Internet.
"He didn't do anything unlawful," a Palace source told People magazine. "What he did was entirely his own business."
Notice the "source" isn't giving its name. I'd bet the source's name isn't Elizabeth or Charles.
According to sources and royal watchers, as third in line for the throne, behind his father, Prince Charles, and brother William, 30, Harry won't be changing his ways anytime soon.
Contrary to many predictions of people who supposedly know, Harry will soon resume official duties in London, attending the Paralympics on Aug. 31, and the WellChild Awards ceremony on Sept. 3.
"Harry is a big boy now," says Dai Davies, former head of royal protection services. "He knows the rules, but he thinks, 'I'm going to do whatever I want.'"
It's good to be the Prince.
STUDIO WANTS FILM PAIR BACK TOGETHER: Studio executives want Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart to get back together.
Don't we all? I haven't slept a wink since this whole mess started.
Reportedly, Pattinson's decision to sell the Los Feliz home he shared with Stewart was disappointing to "Twilight" executives at Summit Entertainment.
The New York Post reported that studio execs want Pattinson to forgive Stewart for cheating on him with director Rupert Sanders, and take her back. The couple met on the set of the first "Twilight" movie back in 2008, and their romance off-screen has helped fuel the obsessive fan-driven success of the film franchise.
That's true. I renamed all my three of my daughters "Bella."
With the fifth installment of the saga, "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," due in theaters in November, the apparent breakup presents plenty of awkward press obligations for Pattinson, Stewart and the executives. The couple has avoided each other since the scandal broke in July. Pattinson spent the first few weeks hiding out in Ojai, before he embarked on a media blitz in New York promoting "Cosmopolis." Stewart has managed to stay nearly completely out of sight, with the exception of recent paparazzi photos of the 22-year-old making her way to her car, while wearing a cropped white T-shirt, and a backward baseball cap that reportedly belonged to Pattinson.
There was talk they would have their first run-in at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards
on Sept. 6, but Stewart is scheduled to appear at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote "On The Road," and it's not confirmed if Pattinson will attend the awards.
But wait ... there may be hope!
There was a report Tuesday that Pattinson has agreed to meet Stewart face-to-face. Apparently he feels sorry for her because people are treating her like she's a rotten, cheating TRAMP.
Well ... she is.
Studio executives still haven't nailed down the details of the press tour for "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2."
"The studio's holding out to see if they get back together. But I don't think anyone is banking on that happening," an insider told the New York Post. "At this point, the press strategy would have been mapped out. It's usually very organized, but at this time it's undecided."
Come on kids, get it together. We're all counting on you. Honest.
ANN ROMNEY OFFERED ROLE ON 'MODERN FAMILY:' Ann Romney -- who says her favorite show is "Modern Family" -- has been offered a part on the show by its co-creator Steve Levitan.
Well, sort of.
"Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show," Levitan wrote on Twitter after Ann, 63, praised the series in an interview with The Insider. "We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal."
Wait -- it's illegal for women to officiate at weddings?
Played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, Mitch and Cam are the show's committed gay couple and the parents of an adopted little girl, Lily.
Romney's love of the show might be at odds with her husband and his political party's stance against gay marriage.
Mitt and Ann Romney also belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which helped raise million of dollars in 2008 to support anti-gay-marriage bill Proposition 8 in California.
Ann Romney has not responded to Levitan's "offer."
LEO TO GO FULL-FRONTAL: Leonardo DiCaprio will go full-frontal in his next film.
Big deal. It's not like women find him attractive.
The 37-year-old actor will reportedly "bare it all" in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," which will follow the rise and fall of hard-partying stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who spent two-years in prison for white collar crimes.
The New York Daily News reported that DiCaprio will bare all for the cameras, and a source revealed "there will be some pretty illicit sex scenes coming up. It involves four guys and two girls."
Scorsese is also intent on graphically depicting Belfort's addiction to cocaine and Quaaludes -- and actors in the film are expected to make the drug use look as realistic as possible. "They are asking the actors to get comfortable with snorting baby laxative. They all have to indulge heavily in cocaine," explained the source.
Baby laxative, huh? Sure ... baby laxative.
The movie began filming in New York City last week and DiCaprio and co-star Jonah Hill were spotted getting into character by doing some research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch offices at One Bryant Park on Tuesday.
The film won't be the first time DiCaprio has appeared nude on screen. The actor previously appeared nude in 2008's "Revolutionary Road," directed by his co-star Kate Winslet's then-husband Sam Mendes.
AUGUST 30 IN HISTORY
Thursday is Aug. 30, the 243rd day of 2012. There are 123 days left in the year.
1797: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, creator of "Frankenstein," was born in London.
1861: Union Gen. John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri and declared slaves there to be free. (However, Fremont's emancipation order was countermanded by President Abraham Lincoln.)
1862: Confederate forces won victories against the Union at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Va., and the Battle of Richmond in Kentucky.
1905: Ty Cobb made his major-league debut as a player for the Detroit Tigers, hitting a double in his first at-bat in a game against the New York Highlanders. (The Tigers won, 5-3.)
1941: During World War II, German forces approaching Leningrad cut off the remaining rail line out of the city.
1963: The "Hot Line" communications link between Washington and Moscow went into operation.
1967: The Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1983: Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first black American astronaut to travel in space as he blasted off aboard the Challenger.
1986: Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff, a correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, as a spy a week after American officials arrested Gennadiy Zakharov, a Soviet employee of the United Nations, on espionage charges in New York. (Both men were later released.)
1987: A redesigned space shuttle booster, created in the wake of the Challenger disaster, roared into life in its first full-scale test-firing near Brigham City, Utah.
1991: Azerbaijan declared its independence, joining the stampede of republics seeking to secede from the Soviet Union.
1992: The television series "Northern Exposure" won six Emmy Awards, including best drama series, while "Murphy Brown" received three Emmys, including best comedy series, in a ceremony marked by satirical jabs directed at Vice President Dan Quayle.
1997: Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. (Because of the time difference, it was Aug. 31 where the crash occurred.)
2002: With just hours to spare, baseball averted a strike; it was the first time since 1970 that players and owners had agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement without a work stoppage. Movie director J. Lee Thompson ("The Guns of Navarone") died in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada at age 88.
2007: In a serious breach of nuclear security, a B-52 bomber armed with six nuclear warheads flew cross-country unnoticed; the Air Force later punished 70 people. Taliban militants in Afghanistan released the last seven of its South Korean hostages.
2011: National Guard helicopters rushed food and water to a dozen cut-off Vermont towns after the rainy remnants of Hurricane Irene washed out roads and bridges in a deluge that had taken many people in the landlocked New England state by surprise. Libyan rebels said they were closing in on Moammar Gadhafi and issued an ultimatum to loyalists in his hometown of Sirte, his main remaining bastion: Surrender, or face an attack.
Olympic gold medal skier Jean-Claude Killy (69), actress Peggy Lipton (65), comedian Lewis Black (64), actor Timothy Bottoms (61), rock singer-musician Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) (41), actress Cameron Diaz (40), TV personality Lisa Ling (39), rock singer-musician Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish) (38), tennis player Andy Roddick (30), actor Cameron Finley (25).