Obviously, this was coming. In a business where name recognition trumps cleverness, Warner Bros. has just put in motion a remake of the hit TV show CHiPs. The show, which ran from 1977-1983, followed two slick California motorcycle cops, played by Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada, as they fought crime and generally acted cool. It was very much of its time and had a pretty strong following that eventually evolved into a cult following.
Now Dax Shepard has been hired to write, direct and co-star in a CHiPs movie. He’ll play the Wilcox role with Michael Pena set as Estrada’s character. The tone will reportedly be less like the original series, though, and more along the action-packed lines of buddy action movies like Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys. Read More »
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If nothing else, This is Where I Leaves You earns a peek for its cast alone. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda are just a few of the names in this adaptation of a novel by Jonathan Tropper. In the story, a dysfunctional family is forced to reunite for a whole week when their father dies. Old feuds become newly inflamed, passions are ignited, and all kinds of other madness ensues.
But This I Where I Leave You isn’t a straight up, sad drama. There are laughs too, as evidenced not only by director Shawn Levy being at the helm, but the brand new trailer. Check out the first This Is Where I Leave You Trailer below. Read More »
Good news for fans of Parenthood (like me): NBC has renewed the series for a 13-episode final season. The network will air Parenthood Season 6 in the fall, in the Thursday 10pm time slot. More details on the return, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
With projects like Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook, and Susanne Bier’s Serena all coming up, The Hangover star Bradley Cooper looks poised to make the move into Serious Actor respectability. But he hasn’t left broad comedy behind completely, or at least not yet. Cooper’s next big-screen appearance will be as a dreadlocked ex-con in this summer’s Hit & Run, a film written, starring, and co-directed by Dax Shepard. As you might guess, it looks pretty silly.
Shepard plays Charlie Bronson (ha ha), a former getaway driver who’s now in the Witness Protection Program. A road trip with his girlfriend (Shepard’s real-life fiancee Kristen Bell) takes a sour turn when they’re chased by the feds as well as Charlie’s past criminal associates (including Cooper and Michael Rosenbaum). Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges, and Tom Arnold also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Ladies and gentleman, may we introduce Dax Shepard, feature film writer/director. The star of Idiocracy and Zathura has written and co-directed Brother’s Justice, a mockumentary in which he also stars as himself, shopping around a movie pitch in which he’ll play a martial arts action star. Featuring Tom Arnold, Jon Favreau, Ashton Kutcher and Bradley Cooper, the film is currently on the festival circuit and seeking distribution. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Phase 4 Films has released a movie trailer for the acclaimed 2010 Sundance Film Festival entry The Freebie. Written, directed and starring Katie Aselton, The Freebie is a romantic drama about a young couple in Los Angeles who try to spice up their marriage by allowing each other a one-night “freebie.” You might recognize Aselton from the Duplass brothers films The Puffy Chair, Cyrus, short films such as Scrapple and The Intervention, and the television series The League. She also produced The Puffy Chair and is married to Mark Duplass. I missed this film at Sundance, and have been kicking myself ever since. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Universal has sent us the first photo from the new comedy Baby Mama, which stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, and Sigourney Weaver. Writer turned director Michael McCullers‘ (Austin Powers 2 and 3) feature film debut tells the story of “two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives.” Yeah, doesnt sound that interesting to me either.
Tina Fey is funny, and good to look at on screen, but her true talents are behind a computer keyboard. Her work writing SNL was a highlight of the show, and Fey wrote (er adapted) one of the best teen comedies in the last 10 years: Mean Girls (remember when Lindsay Lohan was still “family friendly”?). If Fey was attached as writer, than I’d have a lot more faith. But truth be told, Baby Mama was penned by the same guy who wrote both the 2004 big screen adaptation of Thunderbirds and Undercover Brother.
I received an email last month from someone who claimed to have seen a test screening of the film. This is what he said: “It’s an average, decent comedy. Like Knocked Up but nowhere near as good.” Take that for whatever it is worth. Check out the full photo and newly released plot synopsis after the jump.
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