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This is either going to be really good or so bad, it’s great. But either way, ABC’s relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars (premiering Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c) is looking like the summer’s must-see — especially since on Tuesday the full list of competitors was released. The celebrities we’re most psyched to see throwing down in events like the kayak relay race and dunk tank:
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ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network” stars has set 20 teams of five celebrities each to compete in the upcoming season, the network announced Monday.
Stars from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The West Wing,” “Dallas,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order” and many more will take part in the throwback to the classic series from the 1970’s.
The 10-episode season will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank. The series will premiere June 29 at 9 p.m.
- Joe Otterson
Dorothy Stratten had the world at her fingertips in 1980.
She maintained warm relationships with several Hollywood heavy hitters, including Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
But Stratton’s personal life was messy. Her marriage to her controlling small-time manager, Paul Snider, was on the rocks. »
- Steve Helling
Disney’s second weekend of blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” is dominating moviegoing in North America with $88.3 million at 4,210 locations — capping the best March ever.
Lionsgate’s rebooted “Power Rangers” is launching with a solid $40.5 million this weekend while Sony’s space-thriller “Life” showed only moderate traction with $12.6 million. Warner Bros.’ action-comedy “Chips” opened with a disappointing $7.6 million at 2,464 sites.
The “Beauty and the Beast” weekend is one for the record books as the fourth-largest second weekend of all time, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $149 million, “Jurassic World” at $106 million, and “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $103 million.
“Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, declined just 49% from its opening weekend, which was the seventh-best ever. And after just 10 days in North American theaters, “Beauty and the Beast” is already 55th on the all-time domestic list at $317 million. It »
- Dave McNary
One half of the CHiPs TV series’ iconic duo doesn’t show up in the big screen reboot – and now he’s revealing why.
Larry Wilcox – who portrayed California Highway Patrolman Jon Baker in the 1977-1983 show – does not make a cameo in the new film, although his former castmate, Erik Estrada – aka Frank “Ponch” Poncharello – does.
“It’s a complex issue, but basically, I wasn’t invited to my own party,” Wilcox told Vulture.
Wilcox said he used to »
- Lindsay Kimble
Borrowing character names and a few elements from the Larry Wilcox- and Erik Estrada-led television drama CHiPs, Dax Shepard’s remake feels more like a big-budget reboot of his delightful shit-kicking action comedy Hit and Run. His sophomore feature as a director delivers, fittingly, a few sophomoric laughs operating at the same frantic energy level as his previous film. Although its structure is similar to that of a loose Judd Apatow sensibility (which can be quite painful, as was the “extended cut” of the 40-Year-Old Virgin), CHiPs is a buddy comedy that’s more interested in homosocial bonding than the actual mission. The problem is the bonding, as sweet as it is, grows a little tiring and the film is structured so that we’re far ahead of our heroes, and where’s the fun in that?
Shepard stars as Jon Baker, a former BMX champ who has »
- John Fink
Disney’s second weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” is heading for a dominant $85 million in North America for the Friday-Sunday period, early estimates showed Friday.
Lionsgate’s opening of “Power Rangers” is launching with as much as $40 million this weekend — though the studio is maintaining its $30 million forecast. Sony’s space-thriller “Life” is showing moderate traction with early estimates pegging the film to around $14 million while Warner Bros.’ action-comedy “Chips” appears headed for a quiet opening in the $6 million to $9 million range.
In short, it’s a “Beauty and the Beast” weekend again at 4,210 domestic locations — one that should rank as the fourth-largest second weekend of all time, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $149 million, “Jurassic World” at $106 million and “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $103 million.
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” has launched with a solid $3.6 million at 2,700 North American locations from Thursday night previews.
“Power Rangers,” a reboot of the 1990’s television show about five teenage superheroes, is opening at 3,693 locations Friday with expectations of about $30 million for the weekend. The cast features Becky G. as the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger and R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger. Elizabeth Banks plays the evil alien witch Rita Repulsa.
Film Review: ‘Power Rangers’
The movie reimagines the origins of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high schoolers given extraterrestrial powers who unite to save the world. Lionsgate and Haim Saban announced plans in 2014 for a live-action movie based on Saban’s “Power Rangers »
- Dave McNary
Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the undercover FBI agent tasked with investigating corruption in the California Highway Patrol as portrayed by Michael Peña in the new action-comedy Chips, is heterosexual. Normally, that isn’t something that would be deemed important enough to note in the opening paragraph of a review. But this movie, loosely based on the late ’70s-early ’80s NBC cop show starring Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada and blatantly emulating the 2012 movie adaptation of 21 Jump Street, seems to think it’s really, really important for audiences to know that Ponch is not a homosexual.
He’s so straight, in fact, that he gets defensive and angry when he’s greeted by a man in his underwear, even if they happen to be in a locker room at the time. As Ponch explains it, it’s not homophobic to have a phobia of another man’s body, as long ...
- Katie Rife
Although he hasn’t seen the movie yet, Wilcox, who starred with Erik Estrada on the NBC show from 1977 to 1983, isn’t sold on the new raunchy premise.
“I have not seen the film but the trailers looked like a soft-porn version of ‘Dumb and Dumber,'” Wilcox told the Associated Press. “However, I hear the actors are both very talented and funny, so maybe it all works.” He said he’ll likely “wait for the video” instead of watching the pic in theaters.
— larry wilcox (@LarryDWilcox »
- Maane Khatchatourian
CHiPs stands (in new-series TV-Code) for California Highway Patrol motorcycle cops — in this case, two in particular: Frank "Ponch" Poncherello, played by Erik Estrada (he's the ladies' man with the daredevil streak and a Latin temper), and Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox), the conscientious type and graduate of the Jim Nabors school of smiling.
Born from the network's new anti-violence policy, these "chippies" never draw their guns. They let their bikes do the »
- THR Staff
We critics often get asked how we can sit through so many bad movies. The answer — apart from the fact that it isn’t exactly hard labor — is that even a lot of middling Hollywood product has moments of baseline entertainment value. The average Adam Sandler comedy is funnier than the worst Adam Sandler comedy; most mediocre superhero movies are better than “Suicide Squad.” And when it comes to the brain-dead action comedy that “ironically” reboots a piece-of-crap television series from the ’70s or ’80s, “Starsky & Hutch” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” were flat-out masterpieces compared to “Chips,” an ultra-violent and ultra flavorless buddy movie that’s so dedicated to hitting the generic sweet spot of “what the audience wants” that it actually had to go and capitalize the “i” in the title, as if that quirky lower-case digit from the TV show was just too threateningly odd.
“Chips” was »
- Owen Gleiberman
No one really asked for a “CHiPS” movie, right? As far as can be determined from the rowdy, laugh-challenged mess that is writer-director-star Dax Shepard’s badges-and-bikes action comedy, baked-in nostalgia for the cheesy ’70s-’80s slab of filler prime time is barely evident. After all, the presumed audience probably wasn’t born when Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada retired their helmets, shades and Kawasakis. Besides, the original TV show about California Highway Patrol studs was already its own light-entertainment parody of sorts, so apart from keeping the names Jon Baker and Ponch, you approach this “CHiPS” for what it is: one more. »
- Robert Abele
Not 24 hours before I met up with Dax Shepard to discuss his CHiPs reboot (or as it's now called, Chips), Kristen Bell had done the same, interviewing her husband and their costar, Michael Peña, as a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. That's a tough act to follow, and even more so after hearing how she did from Shepard: "Much hotter than your average host, I gotta say," he deadpanned. "I don't actually know who she was replacing, so that's not directly comparing her to someone else. But any question that she asks goes down with a spoonful of sugar."
Despite the taste of my questions (salty?), Shepard happily discussed his wife and how she ended up playing a "sh*thead" in his movie, the perks of casting famous friends, and hard-r ratings -- it's the same Chips you love, now with more dick jokes!
Hard-core CHiPs fans hate it and the real California Highway Patrol seems not quite sure what to make of it.
But Larry Wilcox, who rode his motorcycle to everlasting fame in the old CHiPs TV series, says that for now, he'll give the benefit of the doubt to CHIPs, the forthcoming film based loosely — very loosely — on the show that made him and Erik Estrada two of the biggest stars of the 1970s and early '80s.
"I have not seen the film but the trailers looked like a soft-porn version of Dumb and Dumber,'" Wilcox said recently. "However, I »
- the Associated Press
22 March 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
CHiPs is the latest series that aired during the 1970s to get adapted for the big screen.
The feature film remake stars Dax Shepard and Michael Pena, who step into the boots of series stars Larry Wilcox (as Officer Jonathan A. Baker) and Erik Estrada (Officer Francis (Frank) Llewelyn "Ponch" Poncherello).
As the remake heads to theaters Friday, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at 15 other series from that decade to get remade as feature films.
- Lexy Perez
Author: Jon Lyus
This week the beige-clad law enforcers of the California Highway Patrol roar into picture houses around the world with the release of the movie CHiPs. The late ’70s TV series starred Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as an ostensible odd couple on patrol, facing off against weekly ne’er-do-wells.
James Kleinmann sat down with co-star Michael Pena and Dax Shepard (who wrote and directed the film, spearheading the resurrection in front of, and behind, the camera) to talk about their new film. They play Ponch and Jon Baker, and seem to be having the time of their lives.
We couldn’t let the moment pass without asking about his future date with Ant-Man and The Wasp. His character, Scott Lang’s cell-mate Luis, was the undoubted highlight of Marvel’s 2015 film. After a nicely timed storm off from Shepard, Pena explained his big ideas for an expanded role in the superhero sequel, »
- Jon Lyus
“Every day we blew something up or had a motorcycle crash,” he admitted. “A lot of action-comedies are comedies with just a splash of action so this is a bit of a throwback where the humor comes from the action. I’d like there to be 20 movies a year like ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Lethal Weapon.'”
“This may sound a little arrogant but it turned out how I thought it might be when I sat in a lonely hotel room dreaming it up,” he admitted on the red carpet. “I knew I wanted [Michael] Pena to play »
- Dave McNary
How do you adapt a show as bad as the cheesy 70s cop hit? As a daft, bland, squabbling buddy comedy with fart jokes, of course
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You know who’s not happy about Dax Shepard’s forthcoming movie reboot of police drama CHiPs? The series’ original stars, Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada – Jon and Ponch themselves. Wilcox tweeted after a preview screening: “Way to go Warner Bros - just ruined the Brand of Chips and of the Calif Highway Patrol. Great choice!” while Estrada retweeted hostile comments from fans vouchsafing that CHiPs never drew their guns.
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- John Patterson
The new R-rated comedy Chips, based on the classic '70s-'80s TV show starring Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as motorcycle cops on a mission to stop crime, comes to theaters March 24 and tickets are on sale today (March 17). This new version, which we haven't seen too much of other than the trailer, is written and directed by Dax Shepard. Shepard also stars as Chp rookie Jon Baker, a brash adventure seeker who gets teamed up with Michael Pena's undercover FBI agent Frank...
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