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Network: USA Network Episodes: 26 (half-hour)Seasons: ThreeTV show dates: April 29, 2014 -- July 14, 2017Series status: Cancelled Performers include: Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair, Keegan-Michael Key, Zach Woods, Brad Morris, and Jane Kaczmarek.TV show description: A comedy, this series revolves around childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair). They've shared countless adventures growing up together in the charming town of Pinebrook, Ct. Now, they're about to have one of their biggest adventures -- raising a baby. When Maggie discovers that her husband Bruce (Brad Morris) is having an online affair (with a muscular German woman), Emma gives up her burgeoning business career in China to stay in their hometown and help Maggie raise her baby. Read More…
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Malcolm in the Middle: Frankie Muniz Doesn't Remember Filming the Fox Sitcom

Remember Malcolm in the Middle? Sadly, Frankie Muniz doesn't. Recently, the star revealed he can't recall filming the Fox TV show, EW reports.Muniz, who is currently a cast member on Dancing with the Stars, played Malcolm on the Fox sitcom from 2000 to 2006. The cast also included Bryan Cranston, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield, and Erik Per Sullivan.Read More…
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Who ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Really Attacking, And R.I.P. ‘The Get Down’ — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

Who ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Really Attacking, And R.I.P. ‘The Get Down’ — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon

This week: The executive producer of “Lost” gets a turn behind the camera, and Baz Luhrmann makes us miss “The Get Down” even more than before.

Disney Sure Knows How to Celebrate Pride

These photos shared by “Once Upon a Time” producer Jane Espenson and writer Leah Fong are pretty delightful. Cupcakes! Mickey!

Good times on the lot! Rt @leahfong: Celebrating #Pride2017 on the Disney lot with the #OnceUponATime staff. pic.twitter.com/plyNSq1irH

Jane Espenson
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Who ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Really Attacking, And R.I.P. ‘The Get Down’ — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

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Who ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Really Attacking, And R.I.P. ‘The Get Down’ — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon

This week: The executive producer of “Lost” gets a turn behind the camera, and Baz Luhrmann makes us miss “The Get Down” even more than before.

Disney Sure Knows How to Celebrate Pride

These photos shared by “Once Upon a Time” producer Jane Espenson and writer Leah Fong are pretty delightful. Cupcakes! Mickey!

Good times on the lot! Rt @leahfong: Celebrating #Pride2017 on the Disney lot with the #OnceUponATime staff. pic.twitter.com/plyNSq1irH

Jane Espenson
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Chips Review

Let’s be clear. Any attempt to adapt a television series for the big screen is inherently an effort to wring an influx of cash out of an often-dormant property, leveraging name recognition in the hopes that it will translate into solid box office. Rarely is such a move inspired by any real necessity or sharp creative vision, and perhaps this overt disinterest in reviving a beloved show with an infusion of fresh ideas is why we have far more films like Bewitched and Lost in Space and far fewer like Mission: Impossible and The Addams Family, both of which reinvigorated their respective franchises decades after the shows went off the air.

One approach that filmmakers have routinely taken in recent years is to apply a comedic lens to properties like Starsky and Hutch and 21 Jump Street. Chips – the latest film based on a popular TV series – takes a similar route.
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Movie Review – Chips (2017)

Chips, 2017.

Written and Directed by Dax Shepard.

Starring Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Jessica McNamee, Kristen Bell, Ryan Hansen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody, Maya Rudolph, Ben Falcone, Justin Chatwin, Rosa Salazar, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Jane Kaczmarek.

Synopsis:

A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involve some crooked cops.

Chips opens with a message explaining to viewers that the actual California Highway Patrol is not associated with this reboot of the semi-popular television series (it ran throughout the 70s and 80s), and to be honest, why would they want to? This comedy is straight-up lowest common denominator trash that is agonizing torture to sit through for 100 minutes. Dax Shepard is responsible for producing, writing, directing, and starring (as Jon Baker) in this new take on the property,
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‘Chips’ Review: Dax Shepard’s 1970’s TV Reboot Is Offensive and Awful

‘Chips’ Review: Dax Shepard’s 1970’s TV Reboot Is Offensive and Awful
It’s hard to pinpoint when Dax Shepard’s “Chips” takes a sharp turn into indefensibly racist humor, but one place to start would be a passing reference to Michael Peña as “the little brown one.” It’s not the only cringe-worthy moment.

It may be unfair to pigeonhole Shepard as endorsing ugly stereotypes, even if he did write, produce, and direct a movie that derives 90 percent of its humor from gay jokes, race jokes, and punchlines about attractiveness that basically amount to a beta version of the pre-Facebook website “Hot or Not.” But they’re all there, in this overblown and completely baffling adaptation of a 1970’s TV series that literally nobody asked for.

Read More: ‘Chips’ Trailer: Dax Shepard and Michael Peña Patrol the Highways in Big Screen Adaptation of 70s TV Drama

Shepard plays Jon Baker, a former professional motorcycle racer who joins the California Highway Patrol
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First Chips Movie Trailer and Poster Show That It's Nothing Like The 80s TV Show

These aren’t the CHiPs your dad watched decades ago.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the first trailer of Chips was revealed, which stars Dax Shepard and Michael Pena as the buddy motorcycle cops.

The trailer shows lots of jokes, fun and plenty of raunchiness. They’re not quite the cool and serious Poncherello and Baker from the television show.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro moterbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s
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CHiPS Is R-Rated and Loaded with Nudity, First Photo Revealed

CHiPS Is R-Rated and Loaded with Nudity, First Photo Revealed
When Deadpool became the highest grossing R-rated movie in history (at least where the domestic box office is concerned), it opened the floodgates for other like-minded movies to follow suit. Only it's not the superhero genre that is jumping on this raunchy bandwagon. It's movies based on old TV shows, as they scramble to repeat what such sex-fueled comedies did in the 80s. We already know that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Baywatch reboot is going to be one filthy party. Now we have word from Dax Shepard that his big screen version of CHiPs is veering off into adult land as well.

It really should come as no surprise. There was a shortage of R-rated comedies in the first part of the teens, after a big boom in the late 90s and early 2000s that happened in the wake of American Pie and the Farrelly Bros.' classic Something About Mary.
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James Corden on Why U.S. Networks Failed to Successfully Adapt ‘Gavin & Stacey’

James Corden on Why U.S. Networks Failed to Successfully Adapt ‘Gavin & Stacey’
British romantic comedy “Gavin & Stacey” was a huge hit across the pond, and seemed ripe for a U.S. adaptation a la “The Office.” And indeed, both NBC and Fox tried to make American versions of the show – but James Corden, who created the series with Ruth Jones, knows why those remakes fell flat.

“They never understood what the show was about,” Corden said of the U.S. networks. “They would buy the show and immediately change it.” Corden spoke Sunday to an audience of “The Late Late Show” fans at EW’s PopFest in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Gavin & Stacey” followed the budding relationship between Gavin (Mathew Horne) from Essex and Stacey (Joanna Page) from Wales, and how their families are brought together. Corden played Gavin’s best friend, Smithy, while Jones was Stacey’s pal Nessa. The show launched in 2007 on digital channel BBC Three, but was so popular
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James Corden on Why U.S. Networks Failed to Successfully Adapt ‘Gavin & Stacey’

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James Corden on Why U.S. Networks Failed to Successfully Adapt ‘Gavin & Stacey’
British romantic comedy “Gavin & Stacey” was a huge hit across the pond, and seemed ripe for a U.S. adaptation a la “The Office.” And indeed, both NBC and Fox tried to make American versions of the show – but James Corden, who created the series with Ruth Jones, knows why those remakes fell flat.

“They never understood what the show was about,” Corden said of the U.S. networks. “They would buy the show and immediately change it.” Corden spoke Sunday to an audience of “The Late Late Show” fans at EW’s PopFest in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Gavin & Stacey” followed the budding relationship between Gavin (Mathew Horne) from Essex and Stacey (Joanna Page) from Wales, and how their families are brought together. Corden played Gavin’s best friend, Smithy, while Jones was Stacey’s pal Nessa. The show launched in 2007 on digital channel BBC Three, but was so popular
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Duffer Brothers Have Been Writing New Season For Months

‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Duffer Brothers Have Been Writing New Season For Months
Fans of the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” rejoiced when the streaming service renewed the 80’s-influenced sci-fi series for a second season this past August. It seemed like Netflix held out from renewing the show for quite a while given the immense popularity of the show, but it turns out that Netflix had actually renewed “Stranger Things” for a second season before it initially premiered, and that creators and executive producers Matt and Ross Duffer have been writing the new season for months.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Netflix Confirms 2017 Premiere, Releases Teaser Trailer

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the Duffer Brothers explained that Netflix kept the renewal secret on purpose in order to build up hype around the series. “They greenlit the second season before we even premiered,” says Matt. “So when everyone was going, ‘Is there going to be a second season?’ we had been writing the entire time.
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Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco and Jane Kaczmarek to Star in Netflix Heroin Drama ‘6 Balloons’

Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco and Jane Kaczmarek to Star in Netflix Heroin Drama ‘6 Balloons’
Netflix is attempting to tackle the timely subject of the heroin epidemic sweeping the country in their new feature film, “6 Balloons.” Dave Franco, Abbi Jacobson, Jane Kaczmarek and Tim Matheson have now signed on to star in the new film. Franco will play Seth, a recovering addict who falls back into heroin while having to care for his two-year-old daughter. Deadline reports that Jacobson is set to star as his sister who must act after discovering this.

Read More: Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer on Their Favorite Comedic Performances on ‘Broad City’ & Beyond (Consider This)

Marja-Lewis Ryan, who most recently wrote the screenplay for the somehow-happening “Splash,” an upcoming update on the1 1984 Ron Howard film starring Tom Hanks, has written the script and will also direct the film.

Read More: Dave Franco, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman & More Take It ‘Easy’ For Joe Swanberg’s Netflix Series

“6 Balloons” represents an
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Newswire: Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco to lead Netflix’s heroin-epidemic drama

Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco are no strangers to pot jokes, but they’re going to get serious about saying no to drugs in a new Netflix original film. Deadline reports the two have been cast as siblings in 6 Balloons, a drama from writer-director Marja-Lewis Ryan, who’s been tapped to pen the Splash remake.

6 Balloons will reportedly address the “upper-middle-class heroin epidemic” that first seized the nation in 1991, but has also affected other socioeconomic strata. Franco will play Seth, a heroin addict who relapses on the Fourth Of July despite having his 2-year-old daughter is in his care. His sister Katie (Jacobson) will be on hand to help pick up the pieces. Jane Kaczmarek and Tim Matheson have also been cast in the film, which Netflix recently picked up along with a helicopter heist flick starring Jake Gyllenhaal. There’s currently no word on when production ...
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Broad City Star Abbi Jacobson Joins Netflix's Heroin Drama 6 Balloons

Broad City Star Abbi Jacobson Joins Netflix's Heroin Drama 6 Balloons
Best known for her role on Comedy Central's Broad City, Abbi Jacobson is about to get very serious in the new Netflix drama 6 Balloons. She will appear alongside Dave Franco in the lead. The rest of the ensemble cast includes Jane Kaczmarek and Tim Matheson. There is no set launch date at this time.

Deadline reports that the drama series will delve deep into the subject of upper-middle class heroin addiction. The script is coming from Marja-Lewis Ryan. She will also direct. The synopsis reads as such.

"The drama unfolds on July 4, as Katie (Jacobson) discovers her brother Seth (Franco) has relapsed on heroin while his two-year old daughter is in his care."

That sounds pretty heavy, especially with Abbi Jacobson in the lead, as she has become known for her comedic talents. Campfire's Samantha Housman and Ross Dinerstein will produce alongside Free Association's Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan.
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Netflix Sets ‘Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Dave Franco For Heroin Drama ‘6 Balloons’

Netflix Sets ‘Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Dave Franco For Heroin Drama ‘6 Balloons’
Exclusive: Netflix has set Broad City star Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jane Kaczmarek and Tim Matheson to star in 6 Balloons, a drama on the topical subject of the upper-middle-class heroin epidemic. Marja-Lewis Ryan wrote the script and will direct. The drama unfolds on July 4, as Katie (Jacobson) discovers her brother Seth (Franco) has relapsed on heroin while his 2-year old daughter is in his care. Campfire’s Samantha Housman and Ross Dinerstein are producing with Free…
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‘3%’ Trailer: Netflix’s First Brazilian Original Series Is a Dystopian Thriller

With the premieres of “Love,” “Stranger Things,” and “Luke Cage,” Netflix is having quite a busy year for original series, but soon they will debut their first Brazilian original production “3%.” Created by Pedro Aguilera, directed by Cesar Charlone (“City of God”), and executive produced by Tiago Mello for Boutique Films, “3%” follows a dystopian future Brazil in which the surviving population resides in the Inland, a place that lacks basic resources. But at the age of 20, everyone is given a chance to apply for the Process, which allows 3% of applicants to live in the glorious Mar Alto. The cast includes Joao Miguel (“Xingu”), Bianca Comparator (“Pure Beauty”), Zeze Motta (“Chica da Silva”), Mel Fronckowiak (“Rebelde”), and more. Watch the teaser trailer for the series below.

Read More: ’13th’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Documentary Is the Most Relevant Movie of the Year — Nyff

Based off a 2011 web series also created by Pedro Aguilera,
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Marisa Tomei Channels Urban Planning Legend Jane Jacobs in ‘Citizen Jane’ (Exclusive Video)

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Marisa Tomei Channels Urban Planning Legend Jane Jacobs in ‘Citizen Jane’ (Exclusive Video)
Oscar winner Marisa Tomei channels the urban planning legend Jane Jacobs in the new documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.” Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, which had its world premiere Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, follows the life and legacy of the journalist, activist, and author of the influential 1960 book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” Jacobs’ book sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Also Read: Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek to Star at Williamstown Theatre Festival Jacobs was also.
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Q&A: Composer Giona Ostinelli on Collaborating with Mickey Keating for Carnage Park, Darling & More

Hitting the big screen in New York City and VOD platforms on July 1st before making its Los Angeles theatrical debut on July 8th from IFC Midnight, Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park marks his fourth feature film collaboration with acclaimed composer Giona Ostinelli. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Ostinelli to discuss working with Keating, using a wide range of instruments and items (including a nail gun) to create unease in Carnage Park, and much more.

Giona, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Your score for Carnage Park marks your fourth collaboration with director Mickey Keating. What first attracted you to Keating’s work?

Giona Ostinelli: Thanks so much for having me! Yes indeed, Mickey Keating and I have collaborated on four films. Our first film together, Ritual, was acquired by Lionsgate; our second film, Pod, was released theatrically with
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