From <i>21 Jump Street</i> to <I>Family Ties</i>: How to Remake Classic ’80s TV Shows for the Big Screen

How in the world could anyone make a good movie out of the campy '80s cop series 21 Jump Street? Well, if you're the film's creative brain trust -- a team that includes stars/producers Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller -- your keep the basic premise of the show (undercover cops go back to high school) and change almost anything else. So instead of an earnest procedural where both the cops and teens learn Important Life Lessons, you've got a rollicking buddy action comedy about two guys who get the chance to relive their school days only to discover high school isn't quite how they remember it. The success of 21 Jump Street got us thinking about the best ways to reboot other fondly (and not so fondly) remembered '80s TV shows for the big screen. You're welcome, Hollywood.

Bryan Cranston: Before He Was Famous

by Rebecca Bellotto March 6, 2009 5:15 pm
Bryan Cranston: Before He Was Famous

The Season 2 premiere of AMC's award-winning drama Breaking Bad is fast approaching, and with it comes a remarkable amount of publicity about leading man Bryan Cranston. Last year he won an Emmy for his role of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and must turn to cooking and dealing methamphetamines in order to make big money for his young family before he dies, but Cranston's been gracing the small screen ever since he showed up on an episode of ChiPs in 1982. You probably know him as Hal from Malcolm in the Middle (for which he was nominated for multiple Emmys), or as Dr. Tim Whatley the questionable dentist from Seinfeld, or even as Buzz Aldrin on the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. But there's one series Cranston appeared on early in his career that may surprise you...

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