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Drive-In Dust Offs: Empire Of The Ants (1977)

26 August 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Schlock should never be a dirty word in the world of cinema. Some of my favorite films are utterly devoid of taste and frequently, refinement. The majority of drive-in treasures lie somewhere between perspiration and inspiration, covered in flop sweat and trying desperately to entertain. This is often where you’ll find the films distributed by American International Pictures, and always where you’ll see director Bert I. Gordon’s oeuvre. Empire of the Ants (1977) is no exception.

Released by Aip in July and bringing in $2.5 million, Empire was the follow up to Gordon and producer Samuel Z. Arkoff’s success from the previous year, The Food of the Gods, another “loose” H.G. Wells adaptation, and was an even bigger hit (in B.I.G. terms, anyway—everything’s relative, folks). Naturally dismissed by critics, Empire continues the winning Gordon formula of B stars and groovy, goofy, rear projection grisliness. »

- Scott Drebit

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8 Photos of Chris Pine and His Famous Dad That Prove the Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

1 July 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Chris Pine has been making us swoon since he first burst onto the scene in the 2006 romantic comedy Just My Luck, but his very first TV appearance actually happened when he was just 3 years old. In case you weren't aware, Chris's dad is none other than Robert Pine - the actor who famously played Sgt. Joseph Getraer on NBC's CHiPs in the late '70s and early '80s - and in 1983, Chris joined his dad on the show as a boy named Christopher. The two teamed up for an adorable duet of "Hurry, Hurry Climb the Ladder" and melted hearts everywhere. Of course, this isn't the only glimpse we've gotten of their close bond. Robert often steps out to support his son at his movie premieres, and back in May 2014, the veteran actor said he knew "from the very first moment" that Chris would make it big in Hollywood. »

- Monica Sisavat

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7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Chris Pine

29 June 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Chris Pine got his start on ER back in 2003, and he's currently heating up the big screen alongside Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman. Even though the handsome actor has been in the spotlight for over a decade, there are still a few things you may not know about him - like his shoe fetish, for instance. Before you run off to buy a pair of heels, read on for more fun facts. Related10 Lucky Ladies Who've Been Romanced by Chris Pine He comes from a famous family. Chris's mom, Gwynne Gilford, is an actress and has appeared in a handful of films including Masters of the Universe and Fade to Black. Gwynne is married to Chris's dad, Robert, who is famous for his roles in The Bold and the Beautiful, The Office, and CHiPs. In fact, Chris's first TV appearance happened on CHiPs when he was just »

- Monica Sisavat

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‘Animal House’ Actor Stephen Furst Dies at Age 62

17 June 2017 7:49 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Actor and comedian Stephen Furst, best known for his roles in Animal House and Babylon 5, died from complications related to diabetes on Friday. He was 62.

His sons, Nathan and Griff Furst, confirmed the news on their father's Facebook page on Saturday.

Related: ‘Rocky’ Director John G. Avildsen Dies at 81, Sylvester Stallone Pays Tribute

"Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments," the actor's sons wrote. "He was known to the world as an brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing."

"To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst. But rather, enjoy memories of all the times he made you snicker, laugh, or even snort to your own embarrassment," the message continued. "He intensely believed that laughter is the best therapy, and he would »

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Stephen Furst, St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5 Star, Dead at 62

17 June 2017 4:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Stephen Furst, best known to TV audiences for his role as Dr. Elliot Axelrod on the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere, has died. He was 62.

Furst died Friday morning in his Ventura County, Calif. home, his son tells TMZ. His death was a result of complications from diabetes.

Furst initially rose to fame as Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the 1978 film Animal House, a role he would reprise one year later in the short-lived TV series Delta House. He would eventually go on to find small-screen success on St. Elsewhere, joining the show in Season 2.

In 1994, Furst booked the part of »

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Video: 6 Best Movies based on TV shows

17 June 2017 4:53 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

With Chips (2017) becoming the latest in a list of movies based on television shows, we decided to look back at previous attempts and rank our favourites. So here are the 6 best movies based on television shows.

6. The Man from Uncle (2015)

One of many shows from the 60s that explored the world of spies, The Man from Uncle (1964-1968) starred the legendary Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as Us and Russian spies, respectively. In 2015, Guy Ritchie revisited the characters of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin in a film adaptation. Keeping the 60s cold war setting, but with epic set pieces and a tongue-in-cheek tone, The Man from Uncle was your typical Guy Ritchie fair with its slickness.

5. The A-Team (2010)

It was always going to be hard to replace the original actors who spent most of the 80s helping those in need, however once you add Liam Neeson to the cast your film immediately gains several points. »

- Tom Batt

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‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC

12 June 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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.

The hosts for “Battle of the Network Stars” are Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore of Espn; Cassidy Hubbarth and Cari Champion of Espn will be the sideline reporters. Super »

- Joe Otterson

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Glenne Headly, ‘Dick Tracy’ and ‘Lonesome Dove’ Star, Dies at 63

9 June 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emmy-nominated actress Glenne Headly has died at age 63, Variety has confirmed.

“It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” her reps said in a statement. “We ask that her family’s privacy be respected in this difficult time.”

The film, television actress, and theater actress was known for starring alongside Warren Beatty in 1990’s “Dick Tracy” as Tess Trueheart. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove,” as well as the 1996 Showtime film adaptation of “Bastard Out of Carolina.” She was in production on the Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg produced Hulu comedy series “Future Man” at the time of her death.

Headly’s career began on the stage, when she was an originating member of Chicago’s renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She went on to marry fellow ensemble member John Malkovich in 1982, though the pair divorced in 1988. She »

- Joe Otterson

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Dan Aykroyd Changes Tune On Ghostbusters Remake

7 June 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Dan Aykroyd has taken to Facebook to further comment upon the Ghostbusters remake, expanding on comments he made to Britain's Channel 4 that Lrm discussed a couple days ago. In the comment, he changes his tune on whether or not the original characters should have been involved.

Paul Feig made a good movie and had a superb cast and plenty of money to do it. We just wish he had been more inclusive to the originators. It cost everyone as it is unlikely Kristen, Leslie, Melissa and Kate will ever reprise their roles as Ghostbusters which is sad.

Where to begin. As the screenwriter of the original movie and with his agent Bernie Brillstein as one of the producers, Dan had a lot more power than your average screenwriter and actor when it came to a potential remake. Add onto that the fact that Ivan Reitman, the original director, had »

- Tim Jousma

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How the Brutal Murder of a Playboy Centerfold Sent Shock Waves Through Hollywood

13 May 2017 9:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dorothy Stratten had the world at her fingertips in 1980.

She had rocketed to fame as the Playboy Playmate of the Year. Now, Hollywood was calling. She landed guest roles on TV shows such as Buck Rodgers and Fantasy Island

Things got even better for her when she earned a substantial role in the movie They All Laughed, a comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara  and John Ritter.

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

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Amy Madigan & Peter Fonda Join Cast Of ‘The Last Full Measure’

4 April 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Amy Madigan and Peter Fonda are joining what has turned out to be an impressive ensemble cast for writer-director Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure. LisaGay Hamilton (Take Shelter) and Robert Pine (Chips) also have boarded the film about the cover-up and ultimate sacrifice and heroism of a 21-year-old kid from Piqua, Oh. The project is based on a true story. It follows a young Pentagon investigator as he unravels the injustice and battles the political… »

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Film Score Review – Chips (2017)

30 March 2017 1:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black reviews the score for Chips

You remember CHiPs right? The 1970’s police drama starring Erik Estrada about two Californian motorcycle cops? No? Yeah, me neither. A hit American TV show, it wasn’t as popular across the Pond and hasn’t particularly retained a place in pop culture as many shows that straddled the less sophisticated 70’s & 80’s (on TV at least) have. Which makes Dax Shepard’s cinematic adaptation all the more baffling – who exactly is Chips for? It’s a question many seem to have asked given the negative reviews and poor box office, but thankfully like many bad movies, it doesn’t necessarily get in the way of a decent score. Fil Eisler, not a major name on the composing circuit, won’t blow anyone away with his score for Chips but he doesn’t disgrace himself like the rest of the movie. His music »

- Tony Black

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Kristen Bell and James Corden's Aerial Performance Goes Horribly Awry

29 March 2017 5:05 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The show must go on. Kristen Bell and James Corden's performance went horribly awry on The Late Late Show Tuesday. Though they weren't plagued by sound issues (as Adele, Lady Gaga and Metallica were when Corden hosted the 2017 Grammys), the musical duo did encounter wire-work issues. The performance began fine enough, with Bell and Corden exchanging frothy banter. "You know, Kristen, I was just thinking: Love can be a funny thing," Corden said. Bell replied, "You know, I love love, James." "And I love love, too, Kristen," Corden said, "but love can lift us up." "That's right, James," the CHiPs actress said. "It can lift us »

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Beauty and the Beast Beats Power Rangers and Life in Weekend #2

26 March 2017 1:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After shattering box office records last weekend with an amazing debut of $174.4 million, nothing was expected to stand in the way of a second straight weekend win for Beauty and the Beast. The live action fairy tale adaptation squared off against three newcomers this weekend, Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's Life and Warner Bros.' CHiPs, although, as expected, none of these new releases managed to come close to Beauty and the Beast. The Disney blockbuster easily won its second weekend in a row with an estimated $88.3 million.

Last weekend, this long-awaited live-action adaptation broke Batman v Superman's record for largest March opening ever, and it also broke records for the largest debut for a PG movie, and had the biggest IMAX debut ever for a PG film as well. While it only opened against one other movie last weekend, the R-rated thriller The Belko Experiment, which debuted in roughly 1/4th »

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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dazzles Again, ‘Power Rangers’ Off to Solid Start

26 March 2017 8:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Repeats No. 1 on Friday

25 March 2017 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Power Rangers” is the new superhero film on the block, but “Beauty and the Beast” still has the most guests.

The Disney live-action adaptation starring Emma Watson grabbed an additional $23.5 million on Friday night from 4,210 theaters. After conquering box office records in its first frame, the movie could capture an additional $90 million by the end of its second weekend, which would put its domestic total well above $300 million. Its global total after Friday also waltzed past the $500 million milestone.


Film Review: ‘Power Rangers

Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers,” meanwhile, morphed to $15 million of Friday from 3,693 theaters. The reboot of the popular ’90s TV show should land solidly in second this weekend with over $40 million.

The other two major openings — Sony’s “Life” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, and Warner Bros.’ “Chips” from Dax Shepard — are showing moderate-to-low interest from theater-goers. On Friday, the former made $4.3 million from 3,146 spots, while »

- Seth Kelley

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The Preview Reel: Power Rangers, Life, and CHiPs

24 March 2017 3:31 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. After a record breaking debut from Beauty and the Beast last weekend, three new releases look to make a splash at the box office. There’s two reboots hitting the theaters this week, Power Rangers and CHiPs, and the horror-sci-fi flick, Life. None are likely to dethrone Beauty and the Beast, but lets see if any of these movies are worth your time.

Power Rangers

What we are excited about: Although this writer did not grow up watching the Power Rangers TV show, I know there is a lot of nostalgia attached to this property. People who love it are supremely passionate about it, and in an era filled with reboots and remakes, why can’t something like Power Rangers work today? It looks like it has a solid cast (anything »

- Scott Davis

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CHiPs Star Larry Wilcox Reveals Why He’s Not in the Reboot: ‘I Wasn’t Invited to My Own Party’

24 March 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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.

In the new CHiPs, Dax Shepard – who both wrote and directed the film – portrays Jon, and Michael Peña is Ponch.

Wilcox said he used to »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Review: ‘CHiPs’ is a Frantic, Lowbrow Action-Comedy

24 March 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Borrowing character names and a few elements from the Larry Wilcox- and Erik Estrada-led television drama CHiPsDax 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

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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Still Commanding No. 1 Despite ‘Power Rangers’ Surge

24 March 2017 1:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

This weekend will make “Beauty and the Beast” — starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast — the »

- Dave McNary

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