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Eddie Murphy To Receive Mark Twain Prize For American Humor


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Eddie Murphy is being honoured for his achievements in comedy by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The 54-year-old actor and comedian will receive the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Murphy will receive the award on 18th October 2015 at a gala performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

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Eddie Murphy Is Reportedly In Talks To Join The Cast Of Upcoming Richard Pryor Biopic


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Eddie Murphy is said to be in talks to join the cast of the as-yet-untitled Richard Pryor biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film is being produced by the Weinstein Co, with award winning director Lee Daniels behind the camera.

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Murphy is being line up to play the late comedian’s father, LeRoy, a boxer and WWII veteran, whose abusive relationship with his son was the subject of many of Pryor’s routines. Pryor himself will be played by Mike Epps, best known for his role in Next Friday.

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Oprah Winfrey Reportedly Set To Play Richard Pryor's Abusive Grandmother In Upcoming Biopic


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Oprah Winfrey has confirmed her involvement in an upcoming biopic of the late American actor and comedian Richard Pryor. The 60-year-old added a photograph to her Instagram account in which she posed alongside Lee Daniels and Mike Epps. She added the caption "just finished a great 1st read session" and used the hashtag "RichardPryor". 

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Oprah Winfrey will reportedly play Richard Pryor's grandmother in the upcoming biopic.

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Wendy Williams 50th birthday party?

Richard Pryor Jr - Wendy Williams 50th birthday party? with a legendary performance by Chaka Khan at The OUT Hotel - New York, United States - Thursday 17th July 2014

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Richard Pryor and Wendy Williams

Tribeca Film Festival - 'Richard Pryor:Omit the Logic'

at the premiere of Richard Pryor - Premiere of 'Richard Pryor:Omit the Logic' at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. - New York, NY, United States - Wednesday 24th April 2013

Should Katt Williams Retire From Stand-Up Comedy?


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Katt Williams says he's drawing the curtain on his stand-up comedy career after his recent problems with the law that culminated in his latest arrest on Monday (December 3, 2012). Williams - whose comedic style is often compared to Richard Pryor's - was in Seattle to perform over the weekend, though his alleged aggressive behaviour in a bar put an end to that.

He was also involved in incidents in Sacramento and Oakland during his comedy tour, including leading police on a bizarre chase and slapping a Target employee before escaping on a motorized cart. Speaking to Seattle TV station KOMO on Monday night, Williams said, "I'm just going to go ahead and announce my retirement from stand-up.I'm kinda done." Speaking after he was ejected from a south Lake Union hotel, Williams added, "I've already discussed it with my kids. I wasn't really going to do it on a Seattle street. I was going to Los Angeles and do it in the offices of ICM (talent agency) or LiveNation (concert promoters). His most recent arrest related to an argument in a local bar, with the comedian accused of brandishing a pool cue at the manager and refusing to leave. 

Should Williams stay true to his word, it would certainly be a sad end for a performer once considered a true rising star of American comedy. His first courted attention in 1999, before making television appearances on the BET network and filming several movies including Eddie Murphy's Norbit.

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Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney Songs Among Grammy Hall Of Fame List


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Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney are amongst the artists to have songs inducted into the Grammy Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dylan has ‘the Times They Are A Changin’’ up for the honour and Macca has ‘Band on the Run’ on the list.

In a statement from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, reported by the Sacramento Bee, Neil Portnow said “With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations. Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social and cultural history.”

One stipulation of being entered onto the list is that the song must have been recorded at least 25 years ago and have had lasting significance. Also on the list of inductees are Whitney Houston and Elton John’s self-titled albums, Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man,’ recordings by James Brown, Richard Pryor and Little Richard, amongst others. Next year’s Grammy awards will be broadcast on February 10, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on the CBS Network, they are amongst the most highly regarded awards in the music industry. This years awards were marked with a tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who died just the day before the ceremony. 

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The Grammy Hall of Fame List for 2013 Marks Its 40th Year


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Since 1973, the Grammys have been inducting particular recordings that have stood the test of time into their hall of fame. The list doesn't only include music and one of the most famous hall of famers in there is Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech. The institution have just released a few of the artists and tracks that will be included in the hall of fame for 2013 on their home website.

Included in the list are James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, Little Richard, Paul McCartney & The Wings, and Billy Joel. Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy spoke of next year's importance. "With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," he said. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history."

There are a couple of tracks in this years list of 27 entrants that are surprising, if only that it's take 40 years for them to make the cut. Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York' will be in the hall of fame as of next year, though surely its iconographic status had already more proven its worth. AC/DC's 'Back in Black' also appears in the list. Perhaps to pay tribute to a great figure in music, Whitney Houston's self titled album will also be inducted, marking the further great achievements and talents from all over the world, and rounding off a great 40 years of the Grammy hall of fame. 

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