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Eddie Murphy Tops "Forbes" List of Most Overpaid Hollywood Actors

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eddie Murphy hasn't given movie studios much bang for their buck in recent years.

According to Forbes magazine, Murphy is the most overpaid actor in Hollywood.  It estimates that for every dollar he was paid for his last three films, they raked in an average of $2.30 at the box office.

Murphy's most recent credits include Tower Heist and the box office flop A Thousand Words.

Katherine Heigl ranks second on the list, followed by Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock and Jack Black.

In compiling its list, Forbes examined the actors' last three films that opened in more than 2,000 theaters within the past three years.  The films' budgets and box office grosses -- as recorded by -- and the actors' salaries for their work were then taken into account.

Here are the top 10 most overpaid actors in Hollywood, according to Forbes:

1. Eddie Murphy, returns $2.30 for every $1 paid.
2. Katherine Heigl, returns $3.40 for every $1 paid.
3. Reese Witherspoon, returns $3.90 for every $1 paid.
4. Sandra Bullock, returns $5 for every $1 paid.
5. Jack Black, returns $5.20 for every $1 paid.
6. Nicolas Cage, returns $6 for every $1 paid.
7. Adam Sandler, returns $6.30 for every $1 paid.
8. Denzel Washington, returns $6.30 for every $1 paid.
9. Ben Stiller, returns $6.50 for every $1 paid.
10. Sarah Jessica Parker, returns $7 for every $1 paid.

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Eddie Murphy Honored by Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan and Others

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Eddie Murphy was honored Saturday night in Los Angeles by Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Jamie Foxx and others during the taping of a Spike TV special entitled Eddie Murphy: One Night Only.

The event, which will air on Spike TV on Nov. 14, retraced Murphy's career from his start as a stand-up comic to his work on Saturday Night Live, his HBO specials and his films.

According to E!, Morgan showed up wearing Murphy’s red leather suit form his 1983 special Delirious to introduce a clip of SNL cast members Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Jay Pharaoh and Kennan Thompson honoring the star.

Morgan said, “I’ll tell you what Eddie's real legacy is -- he made comedy sexy."

Samuel L. Jackson paid homage to Murphy’s movie career, saying, “Eddie Murphy is the man that changed the course of American film history, and I don't exaggerate when I say that.  He did it in 1987 when he gave me, Sam Jackson, my first big role in a major film, and thereby launched my career.”

Jackson jokingly added, "If it weren't for Eddie, the world would not have all the wonderful film's I have made."

Stevie Wonder put in a surprise performance, playing "My Cherie Amour" before Murphy joined the Motown legend to perform "Higher Ground," bringing the audience to its feet.  Other presenters included Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Martin Lawrence.

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Eddie Murphy and Toni Braxton Dating? 

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Eddie Murphy and singer Toni Braxton are in a serious relationship, according to reports.

The two stars "are seeing each other and very into it," a source tells US Weekly.

Braxton very publicly detailed her challenging love life with estranged husband Keri Lewis on WeTV's Braxton Family Values and admitted that she had begun dating.

It appears that 50-year-old Murphy has been courting the 44-year-old singer for four months now. The Tower Heist star was even spotted backstage at Braxton's Feb. 19 concert in Los Angeles.

Still, Braxton's rep denies the two are romantically involved. "Toni and Eddie are just friends and have been fans of each other's work for a long time." However, a source claims "their kids have met and everything. It's getting very serious."

Previously, Murphy has been linked to former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. The two even have a 3-year-old daughter together. Murphy also has seven other children by various women, and was linked to the late Whitney Houston in the 1980s.

Last fall, Braxton dished to Anderson Cooper that she was dating a white man, telling the anchor, “I’m beginning to play in the snow a bit.” The R&B singer has two kids with her estranged husband.

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Billy Crystal to Host Academy Awards

ABC/A.M.P.A.S.(LOS ANGELES) -- Billy Crystal will host next year's Oscars, ABC News affiliate KABC has confirmed.

“Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show,” he posted Thursday on his Twitter page.

Crystal, who has hosted the show eight times — only Bob Hope can top that — is the obvious safe choice. But at 63, the When Harry Met Sally star is not exactly a fresh face likely to lure the young viewers the Academy so desperately covets.

Still, Crystal, who is equally liked by audiences and Academy members, could rescue the show by returning for the first time since 2004.

The show has been under fire since producer Brett Ratner tendered his resignation Tuesday amid the backlash that ensued over his use of an anti-gay slur. The following day, his handpicked host, Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy, also stepped down.

Hours after Murphy’s exit, Academy organizers drafted Brian Grazer, the Oscar-winning producer of A Beautiful Mind, to fill the slot vacated by Ratner.

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Eddie Murphy Will Not Host the Academy Awards

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A day after Tower Heist director Bret Ratner stepped down as the producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards, the star of that film, Eddie Murphy, has now exited his role as the host of the show. 

In a statement, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak said, "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well." Ratner stepped down after he was widely criticized for using a gay slur during a Q&A session at a screening for his film; he also apologized.

In a statement, Eddie Murphy said, "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

The Academy Awards will air Feb. 26 on ABC.

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Tower Heist Fails to Impress, Debuts in 2nd Place

Bobby Bank/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller action comedy Tower Heist came an unexpected second in the weekend’s box office.

Puss in Boots, the Dreamwork's animation starring the voice of Antonio Banderas, topped the box office for the second week in a row with $33 million while Tower Heist grossed $25 million.

The Brett Ratner-directed Heist's standing was surprising given the star power of former MASH star Alan Alda as well as Casey Affleck, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena and Gabourey Sidibe.

In third place was A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas whose debut resulted in $13.1 million.

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Eddie Murphy Not Nervous About Oscars Hosting Gig

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars for the first time on Feb. 26. Is he nervous? Not at all.

The Tower Heist actor tells Access Hollywood, "I’m kind of looking forward to it, because I haven’t done it. I’m not nervous."

He does allow, "I might get a little excitement in my stomach before I go out."

Murphy's Tower Heist director, Brett Ratner, will produce ABC's Oscars telecast.

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Eddie Murphy to Appear on 'SNL' This Weekend?

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eddie Murphy has not appeared on Saturday Night Live since he left the cast in 1984. Could that change this weekend?

Ben Stiller, with whom Murphy co-stars in the upcoming comedy Tower Heist, will host the NBC show on Saturday and, according to the New York Post, there are rumblings that Murphy might make a cameo. However, his rep tells the Post, "There are no plans for Eddie to appear on SNL at this time, but perhaps in the future he will make a return."

According to the Post, Murphy hasn't seen eye-to-eye with SNL creator Lorne Michaels for a while because the show has poked fun at his recently rocky movie career.

Murphy was a cast member on SNL from 1980 to 1984.

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Eddie Murphy to Host 2012 Oscars

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscars, get ready for Eddie Murphy.

The academy in charge of Hollywood’s most major awards show announced Tuesday that the stand-up comic Oscar-nominated actor will host the 2012 ceremonies, which are being produced by Brett Ratner and Don Mischer.

“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” Ratner said in a statement put out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  “With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances -- especially on stage -- I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”

Murphy added: “I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others. I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

The Murphy-Ratner pairing makes sense. Murphy stars in the upcoming action/comedy Tower Heist, directed by Ratner, which opens Nov. 4.

The Murphy-hosted Oscars will air on ABC on Feb. 26, 2012. The comedian and Nutty Professor star scored his first Oscar nomination for 2006′s Dreamgirls.

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Report: Eddie Murphy Could Host the Oscars

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After James Franco and Anne Hathaway's critically panned performance as co-hosts of this year's Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may turn to a high-profile comedian to emcee its 2012 ceremony.

The Los Angeles Times reports Eddie Murphy is a "top candidate" to host the Oscars in February.  The producers of the broadcast, including director Brett Ratner, will meet with Academy President Tom Sherak this week and could make a decision then.

Murphy was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for his performance in Dreamgirls.  However, many of his films released since then, such as Norbit, Meet Dave and Imagine That, have not been well-received.  His most recent credits include Shrek Forever After and the upcoming Tower Heist.

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