>Eddie Murphy Regains His Mojo
Murphy, 45, is back with a vengeance. After years of ambling through forgettable family films (excepting 1999’s Bowfinger and the Shrek duo), in Dreamgirls he comes alive as James “Thunder” Early. To portray this hip-shaking soul singer, Murphy—now a Golden Globe nominee—draws on the ferocious energy familiar from his comic heyday but layers on a desperate, sorrowful edge. Bravo.