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MaryAnn’s quick take… Toilet humor, cars exploding for no reason, random naked boobies, and gay panic… although, weirdly, also lots of awkward, unerotic nearly naked Dax Shepard. I’m “biast” (pro): enjoyed the TV show, but I was like eight then
I’m “biast” (con): enough with the reboots
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In 2011, the comedian and actor Dax Shepard made his feature debut with the mockumentary Brother’s Justice. In it, he plays a version of himself as — in the words of Gary Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times — “an impulsive, clueless narcissist on a journey to reinvent himself as an action star.” The plot involves Shepard running around Hollywood trying to raise money to make a cash-grab action movie starring himself. His 2012 second feature as writer and director (and star), action comedy Hit and Run, might have looked like a fulfillment of that dream, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Chips represents something of a burning passion project for Dax Shepard, who initially approached WB with a pitch that took the core concept of the ’70s TV show and slapped on a new lick of paint. The end result is a wildly over-the-top, laugh-out-loud funny, buddy cop movie in the vein of Lethal Weapon or Michael Bay’s Bad Boys, one in which Shepard is joined by Ant-Man‘s Michael Peña.
Together, they form the fiercest duo on the California Highway Patrol, one which spends their days catching criminals – or at the very least, trying to – and generally frolicking around on America’s sun-kissed West Coast. Rounding out the cast list for the hilarious, R-rated romp are Kristen Bell (Dax Shepard’s significant other), Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Jessica McNamee, Vida Guerra, Rene Moran and Kelly Richardson.
Recently, at the film’s press day in Los Angeles, we had the »
- Kit Bowen
But the Lionsgate reboot of “Power Rangers” (officially “Saban’s Power Rangers”) exceeded expectations to lead the new wide releases. The two other studio newbies, “Life” (Sony) and “Chips” (Warner Bros.) stumbled out of the starting blocks with weak showings as more attention is directed at the four March 2017 releases well past $100 million domestic (“Kong: Skull Island”/Warner Bros. and “Logan”/20th Century Fox) as March looks to be the new April in terms of studio release schedules. The calendar keeps expanding and the returns at the top are strong.
$88,347,000 (-49%) in 4,210 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $20,985; Cumulative: $316,953,000
2. Power Rangers (Lionsgate) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 44; Est. budget: $100 million
$40,500,000 in 3,693 theaters; PTA: $10,967; Cumulative: $40,500,000
3. Kong: Skull Island »
- Tom Brueggemann
Disney's Beauty and the Beast delivered a monster second weekend, pulling in enough to make it the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushing the film over $315 million in a matter of just ten days. Added to that, Lionsgate's release of Saban's Power Rangers debuted in second place and proved there was still an audience for the franchise that began in the early '90s. Meanwhile, Sony's Life didn't show much of it and WB's CHiPs finished mostly as expected, settling in the lower half of the weekend top ten. All that said it was a great weekend at the domestic box office with the top twelve delivering $192.3 million a 63% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $88.3 million, Disney's Beauty and the Beast finished atop the box office for a second weekend in a row. It's the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushes the »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Australian actress Jessica McNamee has no trace of an accent in Friday’s police comedy romp “Chips,” where she plays an all-American highway patrol officer. She had high praise for Dax Shepard, who made his directorial debut on the project as well as starring and writing the script. “He wore quite a few hats,” McNamee said. “He was a bit more serious, I think, than in his regular life.” The star of USA’s “Sirens” has quite a few impressive projects booked in addition to the Friday release from Warner Bros. Also Read: Emma Stone's 'Battle of the Sexes »
- Matt Donnelly
The stars were out to celebrate Dave Chapelle!
On Monday, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Stevie Wonder, Tobey McGuire and more came out to support Chapelle, who hosted an exclusive live stand up show celebrating his newly-released comedy specials presented by Netflix & Live Nation, at The h.wood Group's Peppermint Club, in West Hollywood, California.
Jenner sat with a group of friends at her own table next to West's table in the front row. Wonder, however, chilled backstage in the Virginia Black VIP Green Room while listening to Chapelle. The music legend even played the harmonica on the side, until Chapelle's band leader brought him out on stage.
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Jenni 'J Woww' Farley celebrated her 31st birthday with her husband Roger Matthews and daughter »
Plot: After a string of armored car robberies point to the California Highway Patrol, an FBI agent (Michael Pena) goes undercover among their ranks, where he’s paired with an inept rookie (Dax Shepard). Review: It takes a sure hand to successfully mix genres. If the recipe is off, the resulting film can seem schizophrenic, and that’s certainly the case with Dax Shepard’s Chips. A... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
There are some stories that deserve to be told and retold - handed down through generation after generation, from campfire tales through to the era of TV and cinema and far beyond. Whether they're related in the pages of a book or projected on a movie screen, these stories speak to the essence of what makes us human: our histories, our friendships, our fears and desires. CHiPs, based on the 70s TV show about two motorcycle cops in California, is not one of those stories.
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Michael Peña stars as a trigger-happy FBI agent from Miami who, on the trail of a group of bank robbers with a hidden connection to the Los Angeles police, goes undercover as »
Author: Stefan Pape
Even some of the more engaging action comedy capers have to make a compromise, as the success rate in establishing a strong narrative while remaining consistently funny is a a hurdle many a filmmaker has stumbled on. Some thrive in their farcicality and the story becomes something of a side-note, while in others, it’s the comedy that takes precedence, with the narrative working as a mere vehicle for the humour. Dax Shepard’s CHiPS is a rare case, though – for it succeeds in neither.
Shepard plays Jon Baker, a newly enforced member of the Chp (California Highway Patrol) wanting to make his mark, and impress his wife (Kristen Bell) in a bid to save their dying marriage. Threatened with being fired if he doesn’t file within the top bracket of performers, he’s unenthused when meeting his partner, undercover FBI agent Frank Poncherello (Michael Pena »
- Stefan Pape
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.
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, »
- Robert Kojder
Though his wife voices Princess Anna in Frozen, Dax Shepard isn’t the biggest fan of Broadway musicals. But that didn’t stop the CHiPs star from accompanying his love, Kristen Bell, to her first viewing of the hit show, Hamilton.
The couple left their two kids, Delta and Lincoln, at home for the fun date night, which Bell captured on her Instagram.
“Mommy and Daddy's night out!!!! #hamilton the musical is gonna bring the party! My excitement cannot be contained and full disclosure I cried during the opening number,” Bell captioned one clip.
In the video, the actress shows herself and her hubby in their seats at the Richard Rodgers Theater in NYC.
“I’ve got chocolate-covered blueberries and the cutest man in town!” Bell said.
“Where? Where?” Shepard asked, jokingly looking around.
“We’re seeing »
Warner Bros.’ reboot of the TV series “CHiPs” is the latest mainstream Hollywood film roiling with “gay panic,” or scenes where straight characters are distressed by social or sexual situations involving Lgbtq people. The buddy comedy — set amid the culture of a Southern California police force — seems to endlessly dredge up scenarios where men are confronted with the naked bodies, perceived masculinity and potential desire for other men. Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star as motorcycle cop partners with conflicting personalities: Shepard’s Jon Baker is a sensitive, lean-muscled former pro biker looking for a new career. Pena’s Frank “Ponch” Poncherello is a hyper-masculine, »
- Matt Donnelly
[[tmz:video id="0_yjtzqmqf"]] Movie star and UCLA basketball fan Michael Pena has a question for Lavar Ball ... and he's using TMZ Sports to ask. Pena was out in NYC promoting his new movie, "CHiPs," when we talked to him about the Ncaa tourney, and specifically his UCLA Bruins who are rollin' right now. Any conversation about UCLA, of course, turns to Lonzo Ball and his father, Lavar ... the man who just keeps making headlines with his outrageous statements. »
- TMZ Staff
As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kristen Bell may not have performed death-defying stunts for her new role in husband Dax Shepard‘s movie CHiPs — as his character’s wife, fittingly — but she did commit to the part in one very physical way.
“I was like, ‘My craft deserves it. I gotta do it. I’m a serious actor,’ ” Bell told Seth Meyers Wednesday evening. “I was breastfeeding at the time. I wanted my character to have an aggressive boob job, like it’s the only thing you can think about when you see someone.”
“So I didn’t pump for a full day,” explains the Veronica Mars alum, »
- Jen Juneau
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.
Shepard plays Jon Baker, a former professional motorcycle racer who joins the California Highway Patrol »
- Jude Dry
Dax Shepard is taking all sorts of steps to secure his future (if he makes it there). After the CHiPs actor got bumped from the Wednesday spot on Late Night With Seth Meyers in favor of a much bigger star (his wife, Kristen Bell), the actress used her time on the show to talk about the couple's interesting dynamic. While chatting with Seth about her recent interview with Dateline's Keith Morrison, Kristen revealed that she actually really needed to talk to him because of something suspicious Dax did on her phone. "My husband googled from my phone, as a prank, 'How do I get away with murdering my husband?'" Seth then asked, "What's the prank though?" to which she responded, "That I'm on some watch list I guess." She then said she asked Keith how much trouble she might be in, and he broke the news to her: "quite a bit. »
- Caitlin Hacker
Another old t.v. show makes the jump to the big screen when Chips is released tomorrow, and we have an exclusive interview for you with the Kingpin (or Edgar from Men in Black depending on how old you are) himself, Vincent D’Onofrio where he chats about working with stars Michael Pena and Dax Shepard, the stunts offer in the movie, and what audiences can expect. Check it out below. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
During an interview on Good Morning America on Wednesday, the 42-year-old actor revealed the key to his nearly decade-long relationship with Bell: therapy.
"We went to therapy early on to learn what our pattern of arguing was and where we needed to stop that," Shepard confessed. "It's great too, because you go to the therapist and he listens, you talk for about 30 seconds, and he's like, 'I got it.'"
"'You used to be a scumbag, right Dax? You always feel like you're in trouble? Okay, great,'" he went on, acting out the pair's therapy sessions. "'So when you phrase things like this, he thinks he's in trouble, but he's not in trouble. He doesn't deserve to feel like he's in trouble, because »
Lionsgate has big ambitions for “Power Rangers,” its reboot of the popular 1990’s television show about a group of teenage warriors. A year before the movie even hit theaters, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer predicted that there could be as many as seven Mighty Morphin’ adventures, and producer Haim Saban recently said that the filmmakers have a “six story arc” all sketched out for the youthful heroes.
Now, all the movie has to do is be a hit, preferably of the blockbuster variety. This weekend, Lionsgate will find out if it picked the right slice of nostalgia to dust off. “Power Rangers” will open across 3,693 North American locations, where it is expected to pull in more than $30 million. That’s a respectable result, but given its $100 million budget and the millions spent on hawking and distributing the film, “Power Rangers” will have to be a big hit globally in order to justify more sequels. »
- Brent Lang
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