Marlon Wayans

Mike Epps Is the Front-Runner for Richard Pryor Biopic

Mike Epps Is the Front-Runner for Richard Pryor Biopic

http://movieweb.com/michael-b-jordan-marlon-wayans-and-eddie-murphy-circle-richard-pryor-biopic/Back in January, it was being widely reported that Michael B. Jordan and Marlon Wayans were the two front-runners to play comedian Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? (though the title may have now changed). While both are still in contention, it looks like comedian Mike Epps has found his way to the front of the pack after an explosive audition won over everyone involved with the film.

Originally set to be directed by Bill Condon, Lee Daniels is now at the helm of this drama that will look at the tumultuous early days of Richard Pryor and his meteoric rise to stardom. Eddie Murphy had been interested in taking the lead at one point. The movie is now set up at The Weinstein Company.

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Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans and Eddie Murphy Circle Richard Pryor Biopic

Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans and Eddie Murphy Circle Richard Pryor Biopic

Back in March, we reported that Forest Whitaker is producing the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, along with the comedian's widow Jennifer Pryor. Today, we have word that Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans and Eddie Murphy have emerged as front runners to play Richard Pryor, with Lee Daniels in negotiations to direct for The Weinstein Company.

The trio of actors represent vastly different age groups, although the 26-year-old Michael B. Jordan and 41-year-old Marlon Wayans are considered the front runners. The project is said to center on the comedian's life in his 30s, though it isn't known if Michael B. Jordan can be aged-up through makeup to take on the role. Both Marlon Wayans and the 51-year-old Eddie Murphy had previously been attached to the gestating biopic at different points in development, which once had Bill Condon set to direct.

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Five ‘A Haunted House’ Clips with Marlon Wayans and Nick Swardson

Five ‘A Haunted House’ Clips with Marlon Wayans and Nick Swardson

There are three found footage spoof movies coming soon, including A Haunted House, Scary Movie 5, and 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which proves the genre has finally come into its own. The first of these big screen parodies arrives January 11th, with A Haunted House, which tackles everything from Paranormal Activity to Ghostbusters. Original Scary Movie writer and star Marlon Wayans returns to prove he still knows his way around a good ghostly fart joke. We have five clips from A Haunted House, offering over four minutes of Wayans interacting with his comedian co-stars Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Nick Swardson, Dave Sheridan, and the legend himself, Cedric the Entertainer. Watch as this crack team of paranormal investigators get down to business!

A Haunted House was released January 11th, 2013.

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‘A Haunted House’ Red Band Trailer

‘A Haunted House’ Red Band Trailer

A Haunted House was released January 11th, 2013.

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‘A Haunted House’ 'This $*%! Ain't Paranormal' Poster

‘A Haunted House’ 'This $*%! Ain't Paranormal' Poster

The first poster for A Haunted House has arrived. Co-written by and starring Scary Movie alum Marlon Wayans, this spoof is targeted squarely at the Paranormal Activity franchise. Hopefully it will give us more than 65 minutes of empty survaliance footage followed by two jump scares. The cast also includes Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson, and David Koechner, who all clock a little face time on this parody one-sheet.

A Haunted House was released January 11th, 2013.

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‘A Haunted House’ Trailer

‘A Haunted House’ Trailer

Marlon Wayans pays homage to Mantan Moreland by spoofing the found footage genre with A Haunted House, which draws its humor from such recent haint-filled thrill rides as Paranormal Activity and The Apparition. The first trailer has arrived, featuring comedy masterminds Cedric the Entertainer, Nick Swardson, David Koechner, and the beautiful Essence Atkins, who proves she can ham it up with the best of them. Watch as a young couple find more than they bargained for in their new home.

A Haunted House was released January 11th, 2013.

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‘A Haunted House’ First Look Photos with Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, and David Koechner

‘A Haunted House’ First Look Photos with Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, and David Koechner

Marlon Wayans returns to his spoof movie roots with A Haunted House! Just in time for Halloween, we have a hi-res photo gallery from this parody of found footage movies, mostly pulling from the Paranormal Activity franchise. Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson, and David Koechner round out the top shelf cast. Check it out as the gang conjures the Ghostbusters back from the spirit realm!

A Haunted House was released January 11th, 2013.

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‘Smart Ass’ Lands Essence Atkins

Actress Essence Atkins is reuniting with Marlon Wayans for the new comedy Smart Ass.

The project is described as a spoof of found footage movies such as Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside. No story details were given, and it isn't known what character Essence Atkins will play.

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