What Movies Are Out: Power Rangers, CHIPS, Wilson

Power Rangers
Power Rangers

What Movies Are Out – Made in Hollywood Show Previews Power Rangers, CHIPS, Wilson

Old TV shows get the movie treatment as “Power Rangers” and “CHIPS” leap from the small screen to the big one, and Made in Hollywood has all the details in this week’s episode.

Elizabeth Banks finds her evil side — and gives herself a physical makeover — as the villainess Rita Repulsa in “Power Rangers.”

“One of the hardest parts about it was that I wore contact lenses, which I’ve never done before,” the actress tells reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “Not only are they contact lenses, but they’re colored and they’re really funky. And they rendered me nearly blind.”

Transforming the low-budget TV show into a blockbuster action film challenged the young stars who donned the fancy new “Power Rangers” suits.

“Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott and Ludi Lin Power took time out of playing with their action figures and guns — courtesy of Made in Hollywood — to reveal the serious side of getting into shape for their high-flying roles while filming in Canada.

“I trained pretty hard before I even got to Vancouver,” says Scott. “What’s interesting is it wasn’t just an aesthetic thing. To have the stamina to get through the shoot, because it was such a physical shoot, it was just as well for us as actors to stay strong and healthy. It was a tough, tough shoot.”

In “CHIPS,” Dax Shepard and Michael Pena replace television’s Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada as motorcycle-riding California Highway Patrol officers in this comedy costarring Shepard’s wife Kristen Bell.

“I loved working with my husband,” the actress tells  reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “I married him because I like spending time with him. I also married him because I trust him.  And that’s really what it is. When we work together we get to spend time together.”

For audiences seeking more original fare, Woody Harrelson plays a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

“I just thought it was a really dynamite script,” says Harrelson. “Daniel Clowes, who also wrote the graphic novel, also wrote the script. I thought it was really funny, quirky, a really unusual guy.”

“I fell in love with it, too,” adds Dern. “I think it is heartbreaking and subversive and poetic.”

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