CHiPs – Dax Shepard, California Sun and Motorbikes

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If you’re old enough… or young enough to remember the hit American TV series of the same name, you’ll love the new Dax Shepard movie.

Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a professional motorbike rider who’s trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky, undercover FBI agent who’s investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job. Forced to work together, the inexperienced rookie and hardened veteran begin clashing instead of clicking while trying to nab the bad guys.

A self-admitted enthusiast of all things motorized and fast, Shepard talks to Moviefone about his latest movie CHiPs, Stunts and more…

Given you had that sort of mostly blank slate to start with, tell me about your process in building a movie out of that. What did you want to do with it?

“I’m always looking for anything that can combine motorsports and comedy, because all my free time is spent doing, if I’m not with my kids, I’m doing something that you put gas in. What I wanted to make was Bad Boys and Lethal Weapon. Those are the action-comedies that I love.

That was the singular goal. I think over the last 10 years, the action-comedies tend to be really comedies, and then they have a little bit of throwaway action. I was more interested in like getting the motorcycle chases right than I was worried about, say, Peña and I being funny or something…  read more

Beauty and the Beast Enchants Irish Audiences

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ENCHANTS IRISH AUDIENCES AND BECOMES THE HIGHEST GROSSING OPENING 3 DAY WEEKEND OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE IRISH BOX OFFICE WITH €2.2M IN IRELAND OPENING WEEKEND.

THE TALE AS OLD AS TIME BECOMES #1 FILM GLOBALLY

IRISH EXAMINER *****

RTE LYRIC FM *****

GEEK IRELAND *****

THE IRISH SUN *****

BUZZ.IE *****

IRISH INDEPENDENT *****
RTE.IE *****

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“A SUMPTIOUS SPECTACLE” – RYAN TUBRIDY, RTE RADIO 1
“SPECTACULAR” – IRISH EXAMINER
“HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES”- IRISH INDEPENDENT
“WHETHER YOU ARE TWO OR 82 THIS MOVIE IS FOR YOU” – RTE LYRIC FM
“ENCHANTING AND DELIGHTFUL” THEMOVIEBIT.COM
“A FILM OF WONDER AND ROMANCE” – METRO
“ONE TO SEE IN THE CINEMA” – BUZZ.IE

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is on track to open with a magical £18.4M at this weekend’s UK box office making it the 5th highest grossing 3 day opening of all-time and the highest grossing 3 day opening weekend for a PG movie. The Saturday box office of £7.9m was the second highest grossing Saturday ever, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the UK/Ireland it also delivered the biggest Disney live-action opening of all-time, the biggest March opening weekend of all-time and #1 opening of 2017 to date.

At the US box office the film has taken $170m – making it the #7 debut of all time, the #1 March debut ever, and the #1 PG movie debut of all time (surpassing Finding Dory). It’s also the highest US debut ever for a Disney Live Action title. It’s the seventh Disney release to open over $150M. Saturday’s gross of $62.7M marks the #4 Saturday
of all time. In excess of $350M globally. Critics and audiences have praised the live-action musical, proving this classic story is really a tale as old as time.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST now has the biggest opening ever for a musical in Ireland and the UK ahead of Universal’s Les Miserables (£8.13m).
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

Dark and Romantic… All new Beauty and the Beast

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In this 2017 remake of Disney’s fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love, Emma Watson plays Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

Emma Watson told the Irish Independent recently that Belle’s struggles in Beauty and the Beast are symbolic for young women.

In the remake of the classic Disney film, the Harry Potter star takes on the role of inventor Belle, whose ingenious washing machine is destroyed by suspicious local villagers.

“I think that happens a lot with women and a lot with young girls,” Watson, 26, said in an interview with American publication People.

“Them destroying the washing machine is symbolic, not just of her breaking something she has spent hours working on, but them trying to break her spirit and trying to push her and mould her into an acceptable version of herself.

“It was very important to me that Belle meaningfully tried to escape.” Read more…

Don’t Awaken the King – Kong: Skull Island

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It’s 1971, a team of explorers with a company of soldiers are following myth, legend in the Pacific amidst rumours of an island where creatures both prehistoric and monstrous are supposed to live. Soon they come to Skull Island, the creatures they come across has them all running for their very lives. Soon Kong shows up to let all know that He is King of Skull Island and top of the food chain. Will they survive to tell their story?

At the Kong: Skull Island Premiere in London recently, Tom Hiddleston said it was a privilege to film in an area completely untouched and unspoilt.

Hiddleston plays Captain James Conrad, an SAS tracker hired to go to a deserted island on a mission to find a giant ape. He admitted that the 10 days filming in a swamp, getting cold and wet day after day was tough and physically challenging. Despite this he found making the movie a fun filled adventure… read more