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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Bad Boys TV Spinoff in the Works, With Gabrielle Union Set to Star

Bad Boys TV Spinoff in the Works, With Gabrielle Union Set to Star
We may never see Bad Boys 3 on the big screen, but the franchise might just continue on the small screen — with a familiar face attached.

A Bad Boys TV spinoff series is currently in development, according to our sister site Deadline, that centers on Gabrielle Union’s Bad Boys II character, with Union attached to reprise her role. The Blacklist writers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier will pen the untitled pilot, which is currently being pitched to networks; original film producer Jerry Bruckheimer is onboard as an executive producer here as well.

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Dora the Explorer Movie in the Works With Michael Bay Producing

Dora the Explorer Movie in the Works With Michael Bay Producing
Dora is setting a course for New York City — and this time, she’s going to need a much bigger backpack.

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A live-action, feature-length film based on the Nickelodeon series Dora the Explorer is in the works at Paramount Players, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie will follow teenage Dora as she moves to the Big Apple to live with her cousin Diego, the titular character in the Dora spinoff Go, Diego, Go!

Though Dora was originally introduced as an eight-year-old girl in 2000, she was
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Jackie Chan Wants to Win a Best Actor Oscar

Jackie Chan Wants to Win a Best Actor Oscar
To American audiences, Jackie Chan is best known as one half of buddy comedies like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. But his latest English-language release (his first since 2010's The Karate Kid) is a departure from what domestic moviegoers are used to seeing from the 63-year-old actor. 

In the Martin Campbell drama The Foreigner, out Friday, Chan stars as a father whose daughter is killed in an Ira bombing in London, and will stop at nothing until he finds her killers.

"For action stars, it's hard to change," Chan told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about his choice to take a dramatic turn. "How many...
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‘The Goldbergs’ Are Doing ‘Weird Science’ in the Season 5 Premiere [TCA 2017]

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‘The Goldbergs’ Are Doing ‘Weird Science’ in the Season 5 Premiere [TCA 2017]
The movie-themed episodes of The Goldbergs have been fan favorites, and favorites of creator Adam F. Goldberg. Movies like The Karate Kid, Dirty Dancing, Short Circuit and Batman have provided the basis for several episodes of the family sitcom. On a Television Critics Association set visit to the Sony Studios lot, Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey told reporters that […]

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‘The Foreigner’ Trailer: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan Square Off In Revenge Thriller — Watch

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‘The Foreigner’ Trailer: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan Square Off In Revenge Thriller — Watch
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Jackie Chan in a serious acting role, which is why “The Foreigner” could be a game-changer. The multi-hyphenate actor, martial artist, director and singer has had success with children’s franchise hits “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Karate Kid,” and his comedy chops are well known to “Rush Hour” fans. Now, audiences get a different side of him in “The Foreigner,” a slick revenge thriller which released its official trailer today.

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Based on the unfortunately titled novel “The Chinaman,” by British crime novelist Stephen Leather, the movie has thankfully been renamed. Chan plays Quan, a restaurant owner with some serious combat skills whose daughter dies in an attack by the Ira. When the authorities botch the case, he is determined to find the people responsible and avenge his daughter’s death.
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Quantico, Psych, Stranger Things, Fear Twd, Fargo, Supernatural and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Quantico, Psych, Stranger Things, Fear Twd, Fargo, Supernatural and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: So, what’s the deal with Quantico Season 3? Is ABC completely overhauling the show? —Justine

Ausiello: I don’t know about a complete overhaul, but it’s certainly going to be a significant one. I’m told the network — in conjunction with the drama’s new, Tbd leadership — is looking to streamline the series in the hopes of making it more accessible to viewers. That means more self-contained storylines (although sources insist Quantico is not becoming a
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Cannes: Harald Zwart on Fulfilling a Childhood Dream With 'The 12th Man'

Cannes: Harald Zwart on Fulfilling a Childhood Dream With 'The 12th Man'
With films like The Karate Kid and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Norwegian director Harald Zwart has established himself in Hollywood as a go-to-guy for mainstream genre titles.

But the 51-year-old filmmaker regularly returns to his native Scandinavia for a local-language project, including, in 2006 and 2008, the first two installments in soccer comedy franchise Long Flat Balls.

Zwart is back in Europe for his latest, The 12th Man, but the drama, marks a major departure for the director. His first period picture, the movie is also Zwart's first true-life drama: the story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud...
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Jackie Chan’s History of Panda Conservation

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Jackie Chan’s History of Panda Conservation
Jackie Chan has a long and historic career in films, and he’s as passionate about panda conservation as he was about his death-defying stunt work during his heyday.

“I’m the ambassador of panda,” Chan explained, showing off the two stuffed pandas he was toting on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night. After earthquake, they get hurt and I raise them. I have two pandas in China, my own. They go wherever I go. They meet all the famous people.”

Chan wasn’t kidding: In May 2009, he visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a year after
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Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan Had the Sweetest Reunion on the Oscars Red Carpet

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Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan Had the Sweetest Reunion on the Oscars Red Carpet
While you were ogling all of the gorgeous dresses on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, you might have missed this adorably sweet moment between the gorgeous Taraji P. Henson and her former costar Jackie Chan. The actors starred together in the 2010 martial arts film The Karate Kid, a remake of the 1984 original. Jackie spotted Taraji, who was there with her Hidden Figures costars, as she strutted her way on the red carpet and immediately swooped in for a hug. Taraji, who was visibly shocked and excited, shouted, "Oh my God, it's so good to see you!" Watch their epic reunion ahead. Taraji And Jackie Chan Reunited pic.twitter.com/NYxofQnaqI - ㅤ (@uhsophieturner) February 26, 2017
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Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer Has Robots, Monsters and Lots of Action

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Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer Has Robots, Monsters and Lots of Action
After a short teaser that debuted yesterday, Warner Bros. has released the full-length trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie. We also have the first poster, all of which can be seen in your local theater this weekend as Lego Batman Movie makes its premiere. The Lego movie universe is expanding, and as evident in this latest footage, there's going to be some bad blood raging through the rivers of Ninjago.

A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie} stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon,
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Official The Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer Is Here! (Plus A New Poster!)

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Yesterday, we shared with you a 25-second "trailer tease" for The Lego Ninjago Movie, and today I get to share with you the whole enchilada!

The Lego Ninjago Movie is set to come out later this year as the second of two The Lego Movie spinoffs (with The Lego Batman Movie coming out this Friday), and it looks like they want to capitalize on the brand's popularity by giving you a lot of little colored blocks to stare at right this second.

Here's the full, official trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie:

And they've also released a brand spankin' new poster for the flick:

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon,
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First Lego Ninjago Movie Footage Unleashes a Secret Ninja Force

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First Lego Ninjago Movie Footage Unleashes a Secret Ninja Force
Yesterday, we got to see three images from the hugely anticipated animated comedy adventure The Lego Ninjago Movie. It is the second spin-off of The Lego Movie following this weekend's Lego Batman Movie, which is in theaters Friday. The first sneak peek at Ninjago will be followed by the full trailer reveal sometime tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8.

A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.

Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad.
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Meet Jackie Chan as Master Wu in Lego Ninjago Movie

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This weekend, Warner Bros. will release the first of their highly-anticipated Lego Movie spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie, which brings back Will Arnett as the voice of Batman. Later this year, fans will be introduced to another corner of the Lego universe with The Lego Ninjago Movie, slated for release on September 22. While we wait for the first trailer's release, Warner Bros. has shared new images, featuring Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Justin Theroux as the villainous Lord Garmadon, Dave Franco as Garmadon's estranged son Lloyd, and the ninjas in his "super squad," Kai (Michael Pe&#241a), Zane (Zach Woods), Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) and Nya (Abbi Jacobson).

USA Today debuted these images, and also spoke with Dave Franco and Justin Theroux about their characters. Justin Theroux is described as the "black-helmeted, four-armed supervillain" who tries to rule over Ninjago City. Standing in his way is a team of teenage ninjas,
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Review: Railroad Tigers, Jackie Chan vs. Japanese Invaders

Jackie Chan last found success in Hollywood by mentoring young Jaden Smith in a remake of the surprisingly decent The Karate Kid. That was more than six years ago. Since then, Chan has rarely been seen in North American theaters. Most recently, historical action epic Dragon Blade and buddy comedy Skiptrace both received token releases here; each has its own problems and neither represents Chan at his finest. Railroad Tigers sees Chan reuniting with director Ding Sheng for an action picture that really moves. That's a weak but true statement; for a late-period Chan movie, Railroad Tigers features a series of action sequences that sometimes defy the laws of physics but are mostly fun to watch unfold. Chan and Sheng began their collaboration with Little...

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Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia on DVD January 3rd

From the awe-inspiring martial arts legend comes another pulse-pounding feature, Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia, arriving on DVD and Digital HD on January 3, 2017 from Lionsgate. In a race against time and memory, Chan delivers an action-packed remake to his 1998 thriller Who Am I?. Starring Ken Lo, Xingtong Yao, and Rongguang Yu, the Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Check out this exciting trailer:

Martial-arts legend Jackie Chan presents this pulse-pounding update to his own classic thriller. Finding himself at a murder scene, bike courier Li Ziwei tries to escape, but the culprits force him off a bridge. The amnesia from his head injuries means he can’t recognize the faces of his enemies, who have framed him for the crime. Now, carrying the parcel that’s his only clue, and with the help of sassy hitchhiker Tong Xin, Li Ziwei must outrun killers
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Exclusive Interview: Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson and James Wilson on Paying Mr. McGetty

david j. moore chats with Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson and James Wilson about their new film Paying Mr. McGetty

Kickboxing legend turned action star of over 30 feature films Don “The Dragon” Wilson is back in the radically unique action comedy Paying Mr. McGetty from Traditionz Entertainment, the same company that produced Don’s previous hit film The Martial Arts Kid. Don and his brother James Wilson, who produced both films, sat down with with Flickering Myth for an exclusive interview on Paying Mr. McGetty, and they discussed Don’s role as an assassin (a rare villain-type part for Don) in the film, as well as their company Traditionz Entertainment.

What’s the magic formula for you guys in taking on a project? How do you go about deciding what’s your next project? You’ve done two in a row with director Michael Baumgarten.

James: I like working with Baumgarten.
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TVLine Items: Lost Vet Joins Blacklist Spinoff, Once's Bae Recast and More

TVLine Items: Lost Vet Joins Blacklist Spinoff, Once's Bae Recast and More
Tom Keen’s family on The Blacklist: Redemption is expanding.

Lost alum Terry O’Quinn will recur on the spinoff series as Howard Hargrave, the father of Ryan Eggold’s character, EW.com reports.

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Howard shares a complex relationship with his wife of many years, Scottie (Famke Janssen), and has suffered profound personal tragedies. He is the founder of Halcyon Aegis, the international private military contracting firm for which undercover operative Tom works.

The Blacklist: Redemption premieres Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10/9c on NBC.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

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Taraji P. Henson Competes In ‘The Actathalon’ on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

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Taraji P. Henson Competes In ‘The Actathalon’ on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’
Sometimes it takes a competition to prove your mettle, and last night on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” actress Taraji P. Henson went above and beyond the call of duty. Meyers invited Henson on to compete in the “Actathalon,” a “multi-stage theatrical obstacle course to measure and test an actor’s commitment to the craft of acting.” Some of the stages includes The Devil’s Desk, in which Henson must say a line into a phone and then clear off a desk in rage; The Slide of Tears, in which she takes a phone call, hear devastating news and slide down the wall crying; the Fellini Crusher, where she shows her range by performing a scene in the distinct dramatic style of Federico Fellini’s films. Watch the segment below.

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Henson is
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