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The final five of The Apprentices get grilled, Ruth Peter and Tom reveal the last Secrets Of The Castle and Jonathan Ross hosts The British Comedy Awards 2014. Plus: a look at why drivers Hit And Run, the end of Alan Sorkin’s The Newsroom and the big match – can Bournemouth knock out Liverpool?
A junior take on the fly-on-the-wall school doc trend popularised by the Educating … franchise, this series has followed new pupils at a Stockton-on-Tees secondary school over the course of 15 episodes. While some have had a smooth transition from primary school, others have struggled to adjust, or required support for disabilities such as dyspraxia and Adhd. In this final instalment, there’s an end-of-term talent show and a party for the increasingly independent year sevens. Hannah J Davies
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- Hannah J Davies, Gwilym Mumford, Mark Jones, Jonathan Wright, Bim Adewunmi, Ali Catterall and David Stubbs
Here's an interesting, informative infographic that breaks down the worth of a wide range of 1980's toys, video games and gadgets which are now selling online for serious money. It's called "1980s Cash In The Attic," and there are quite a few things featured on it that I had when I was kid. Boy oh boy, do I wish I had these toys now!
Some of the toys I owned that are on this list included Lazor Light Skeletor, A-Team Van, Transformers Optimus Prime, Transformers Magatron, Transformers Sky Lynx, Transformers Hot Rod, He-Man BattleCat, Tmnt Michelango, G.I Joe Hit and Run Parachute, and the Original GameBoy. It's crazy that I don't have any of these things anymore. The one thing on the list that I do still have is The Amazing Spider-Man #300.
Ever wondered how much all your old toys, comics and gadgets from the 80s are worth? You »
- Joey Paur
When news broke that Dax Shepard was writing, directing, and starring in a remake of CHiPs, the popular television series that ran from 1977 to 1983 and followed two California patrol officers, fans immediately wondered what a “more serious” take on the story would look like. And according to Shepard, it will add the FBI to the mix, but retain a few things from the original (namely, the tight pants).
EW caught up with Shepard to get some details on the upcoming remake.
EW: So CHiPs might have been my favorite show growing up.
Dax Shepard: Really? Did you have a major crush on Poncherello? »
- Samantha Highfill
Whatever boundaries once existed between the big and small screens have all but evaporated over the past decade. Now, filmmakers and actors flow freely between television and movies, free of the stigma that once vexed a young Clint Eastwood eager to put the “Rawhide” days behind him. Three reports surfaced online over the past week to further link the two mediums. First up, Deadline reports that the world must prepare itself for a “CHiPS” movie. Yes, the same late 70s/early 80s show that featured khaki-uniformed motorcycle cops and starred the winsome duo of Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox. Warner Bros. has tapped actor-turned-director Dax Shepard to helm the big-screen adaptation, as well as write and star in it, no doubt based on his previous feature, the disappointing—at least to us—2012 action comedy, “Hit And Run.” Fortunately—or unfortunately, depending on your point-of-view—the studio wants a film closer »
- Cain Rodriguez
Frozen Fever: Disney announced a new animated short film, based on its megasuccess Frozen. Titled Frozen Fever, the short revolves around Anna's birthday, as Elsa and Kristoff aim to give her "the best celebration ever." Original directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will return to helm the short; Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez also have a new original song up their sleeves. It's not yet clear if the short will open with a feature in theaters or debut on TV. [Variety] CHiPS: Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) and Michael Pena will star as motorcycle cops in a big-screen version of CHiPS, the venerable TV show that starred Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada. The series ran for six seasons, from the fall of 1977 to the summer of 1983. Shepard will...
- Peter Martin
The Hollywood reboot machine shows no sign of slowing down, as Warner Bros has tapped Dax Shepard (Parenthood) to write, direct and star in a big screen version of decades-old TV show, CHiPs. The series, which ran from 1977 – 1983, was essentially a police procedural, centred around two California Highway Patrol Officers, and really won its audiences over with the charming performances of its leading men – Larry Wilcox as Jon Baker, and Erik Estrada as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. Those roles are now set to be filled by the equally charming Michael Pena (End Of Watch) as Ponch, and Shepard as Baker.
At the time of its original broadcast, the sight of Wilcox and Estrada in their clingier-than-clingy uniforms, astride powerful motorcycles, became as iconic as Catherine Bach’s ‘Daisy Dukes’ from The Dukes Of Hazzard – but unlike that show, CHiPs had hitherto failed to achieve a big screen reboot. While Starsky And Hutch »
- Sarah Myles
There have been many a big screen reboot of classic t.v. shows, Starsky and Hutch, The Dukes of Hazard, and the upcoming The Equalizer to name just three, and while some of them should have stayed on the small screen, that doesn't stop Hollywood from green lighting the next one. Which brings us nicely to CHiPS, which Deadline report to be slated to go ahead at Warner Bros. with Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) attached to write, direct, and star. Following the adventures of two California motor cycle cops, Shepard has signed onto the role of Officer Jon Baker, originally played by Larry Wilcox, and Michael Pena will step into the shoes of Erik Estrada's Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello. While most of these big screen reboots have been comedies slyly aware of their small screen roots, word is CHiPS will be a buddy cop movie in the vein of Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Running from 1977 to 1983, the antics of the California Highway Patrol in CHiPs gave NBC a big hit show, one that enjoyed solid success over here in the UK too. The focus was on a pair of police officers patrolling the highways of California on their motorbikes, and several attempts have been made over the years to try and mount a movie version of the show.
However, Warner Bros is going to have another go.
The studio has hired Dax Shepard to star in, write and direct a CHiPs movie, with him taking on the role of Jon Baker (played by Larry Wilcox in the TV show). Michael Pena is set to play Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello (originally played by Erik Estrada). Shepard is reportedly looking to make CHiPs more along the lines of a buddy cop movie. »
Frozen Fever: Disney announced a new animated short film, based on its megasuccess Frozen. Titled Frozen Fever, the short will revolve around Anna's birthday, as Elsa and Kristoff aim to give her "the best celebration ever." Feature directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will return to helm the short; Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez also have a new original song up their sleeves. It's not yet clear if the short will open with a feature in theaters or debut on TV. [Variety] CHiPS: Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) and Michael Pena will star as motorcycle cops in a big-screen version of CHiPS, the venerable TV show that starred Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada. The series ran for six seasons, from the fall of 1977 to the summer of 1983....
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Trying to bring Rick Rosner's popular television series CHiPs, which aired from 1977 to 1983 on NBC, to the big screen has been a huge endeavor over the past few years with many failed attempts with various configurations. Now, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has hired actor and filmmaker Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) to write, direct and star in a new adaptation. »
Warner Bros. is finally moving forward with its big screen adaptation of the 1970s NBC cop series CHiPs with Michael Pena set to play Ponch and Dax Shepard as his partner Jon. Shepard will also write and direct the action comedy.
The story will revolve around two motorcycle cops patrolling modern day Los Angeles. The original series ran on NBC from 1977 to 1982, with Erik Estrada portraying the iconic Frank "Ponch" Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as his partner Officer Jon Baker. Rick Rosner created the original series.
Warner Bros. attempted to turn CHiPs into a movie a few years ago, with That '70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama set to take on the role of Ponch. The actor is rumored to have shown up in the office of executive Greg Silverman wearing the tight-fighting patrol uniform, exclaiming, "Funny, right?"
He apparently walked out of the office with the job. Though both The Dukes of Hazzard »
If you have been sitting at home waiting for a big screen adaptation for your favorite TV series CHiPs to come along, well get up off that couch and put on some pants! Dax Shepard (Hit And Run), the actor, comedian, writer and director, will be bringing a film version of the classic NBC TV series to theaters. Shepard is set to play Jon Baker, the by-the-book officer played by Larry Wilcox in the TV show and Michael Pena, who will co-star, will play Frank Poncherello, Baker's wild »
- Graham McMorrow
While the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival closes with A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman (Truly Madly Deeply) and starring Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the festivities will commence with the screening of The Judge which is helmed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and features the acting talents of Robert Downey Jr. (Wonder Boys), Robert Duvall (Days of Thunder), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Vincent D’Onofrio (The Whole Wide World), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) and Billy Bob Thornton (Primary Colors).
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
“I brought my first film, Clay Pigeons, to Toronto, »
- Trevor Hogg
Kristen Bell's family continues to grow! The House of Lies star, 33, is pregnant again and expecting her second child with husband Dax Shepard, a rep for the couple tells Entertainment Tonight. The Hit and Run costars are already parents to daughter Lincoln, nearly 15 months. "I can confirm that Kristen and Dax are expecting their second child and a sibling for Lincoln," the rep says. "The whole family is beyond excited." Married since last October, the Veronica Mars actress and the Parenthood star welcomed their first child [...] »
The trailer and poster for upcoming drama The Judge, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) have been released online through Robert Downey Jr.’s (Iron Man 3) official Twitter account. Check out both below…
Downey stars in and produces The Judge, which sees him as Hank Palmer, a big shot lawyer who returns to his hometown after his father (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now) is accused of murder, and sets out to find out the truth. His father, a judge himself, doesn’t hold the best of relationships with his son, and the two have been estranged for many years.
Also starring Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air), Vincent D’Onofrio (Men In Black), Dax Shepard (Hit and Run), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), The Judge hits Us cinemas October 10th, 2014, with a UK release a week later.
The post Trailer and poster for The Judge starring »
- Scott Davis
TNT‘s Cold Justice is one of those shows that makes you wonder what the hell has gone wrong with the television imitation machine. While every terrible piece of garbage almost instantly spawns at least two or three rip-offs, Cold Justice is still alone in the brilliant and fascinating realm of turning TV money into the funds to pursue difficult cases and the criminals behind them.
The series is returning with new episodes on the 20th, which will kick off with an all day marathon, and on July 18th fans will get their wish as the show will put out a special update episode hosted by John Walsh.
That’s obviously a great tie-in, because just like America’s Most Wanted back in the day, this is the new show you want to root for, especially because it gets results. Already with several confessions and many more arrests, the show »
- Marc Eastman
From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for June 2014:
Jun 02/14 - Jun 22/14
Apr 04/14 - Jul 16/14
The Driftless Area
May 14/14 - Jun 13/14
May 14/14 - Jun 02/14
May 12/14 - Jun 13/14
The Bleeding Edge
May 24/14 - Jun 13/14
Backstrom ~ S.1
May 30/14 - Oct 22/14
Cedar Cove ~ S.2
Mar 31/14 - Jul 21/14
Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce
Jun 09/14 - Oct 10/14
Intruders ~ S.1
Feb 24/14 - Jun 13/14
Rush ~ S.1
May 21/14 - Aug 19/14
Jun 11/14 - Oct 21/14
The Returned ~ S.1
Jun 16/14 - Sep 26/14
Apr 30/14 - Jun 12/14
Witches Of East End ~ S.2
Apr 22/14 - Aug 29/14
Behind The Hit: The Unauthorized, Untold Story Of Saved By The Bell
Jun 02/14 - Jun 25/14
Jun 03/14 - Jul 04/14
May 27/14 - »
- Michael Stevens
Microsoft's debut games console, the Xbox, made a big impact on gaming, but not all of its games got the attention they deserved...
The new generation console war may turning towads a two horse race, with Nintendo playing catch up, but wind back a few years, and Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo were all hard at it, competing for your money and loyalty. The PlayStation 2 would go on to win the war of its generation, but Microsoft's Xbox was a tough competitor, giving the company a secure foothold, which it would later take advantage of in the next generation with the Xbox 360's dominance.
The original Xbox had a host of great games, many of which have gone on to become successful franchises, with no better example than Halo, but not all of its good games gained the attention they deserved, even if sequels managed to appear in later years. »
Prince is ready to rock the UK in May of 2014 with several arena dates and tickets are on sale to see the eccentric artist live on stage. Prince, who has played a number of gigs in London and Manchester as part of his 'Hit and Run' tour this year, is heading back to the UK in May for four dates with his band 3Rdeyegirl. The shows in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds are his first regional arena dates since 1995 and his first big gigs since his sold-out residency at The O2 in London in 2007. It will be the first time Prince has ever performed in Leeds and is also the first time Prince has headlined a show in Birmingham and Glasgow in 19 years. His Manchester gig follows two nights at the city's Academy in February. Tickets went on sale Friday, May 2 at 12pm and are priced from £65 plus booking fees, »
Opening in theatres this Friday, March 21st is the new romantic comedy from Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) entitled About Last Night, and to get you in the mood, Sony Pictures have released an exclusive clip with interviews with the cast. The film is a remake of the ‘80s movie of the same title and based on David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
The film stars Kevin Hart (Ride Along), Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening), Regina Hall (The Best Man Holiday) and Joy Bryant (Hit and Run) and closely follows new love for these two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually tested in the real world. The clip interweaves interviews with the four leads, with scenes from the film and showcases the evident chemistry between the actors both on and off-screen.
- Will Roberts
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