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The week in film: 'Harold and Kumar' and Eddie Murphy

November 4, 2011 |  4:14 pm

The week in film: 'Harold and Kumar' and Eddie Murphy
The "Harold and Kumar" trilogy has never been a giant money-maker, but with a dedicated fan base (i.e. pot smokers) and a small price point, the raucous R-rated comedies have continually been a solid investment for New Line Cinema. This weekend, the laughter will have some steep competition from two big box-office draws, Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, in "Tower Heist." Stiller's star power has been pretty reliable for years. It's Murphy who's much more of a wild card.

The Times' Steve Zeitchik and Nicole Sperling discuss the allure of Harold and Kumar and ponder what exactly Murphy wants with his career.


Kal Penn: From 'White Castle' to White House and back

Movie Projector: 'Tower Heist' to swipe No. 1 spot from rivals

'Tower Heist' has plot holes aplenty but laughs too, critics say

Photo credit: New Line Cinema

The week in film: Johnny Depp and Justin Timberlake

October 28, 2011 |  4:28 pm

While "Puss in Boots" will win the box-office crown this weekend,  two other new releases will provide some of the most compelling storylines. "In Time" will serve as the latest notch on the acting resume of Justin Timberlake, who continues his career reinvention from singer to actor. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp will try to prove that he can still work his quirky magic in a smaller, more independent film when he opens "The Rum Diary."

The Times' Nicole Sperling and Steven Zeitchik break down the careers of two of the more magnetic, and complicated, entertainment personalities working today.



Movie projector: 'Puss in Boots' to stomp on the competition

Justin Timberlake and amanda Seyfried on action, 'Alpha Dog' reunion

Justin Timberlake is focused on film

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Justin Timberlake in "In Time." Credit:  20th Century Fox


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The week in film: Steve Jobs, 'Tower Heist' and 'Ides' [Video]

October 7, 2011 |  5:41 pm


As the world mourned the passing of Steve Jobs this week, Hollywood also reflected on the legacy the Apple and Pixar co-founder left on the movie world. Meanwhile, Universal announced a bold experiment under which the Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller movie "Tower Heist" will be available on-demand three weeks after it arrives in theaters.

The Times' Rebecca Keegan and Steven Zeitchik offer their thoughts on what Jobs meant to Hollywood, as well as on the viability of the "Heist" experiment and this weekend's release of George Clooney's political drama "The Ides of March."


Steve Jobs' Apple had another role: Movie star

'The Ides of March' splits the vote with film critics

Would you pay $60 to watch Eddie Murphy from home?

-- Steven Zeitchik

 Photo: Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick and Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist." Credit: Universal Pictures


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