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"21 Jump Street" Debuts at Number One with $35 Million

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- 21 Jump Street leaped to the top of the box office over the weekend.

The action-comedy, which is based on the 1980s TV series of the same name and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, debuted with an estimated $35 million.

The film's run in the number-one spot will likely be short-lived.  Many critics and box office analysts believe the highly-anticipated movie The Hunger Games will crack the $100 million mark when it opens next weekend.

The box office champ the previous two weekends, Dr. Seuss' the Lorax, dropped to second place, earning $22.8 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. 21 Jump Street, $35 million
2. Dr. Seuss' the Lorax, $22.8 million
3. John Carter, $13.5 million
4. Project X, $4 million
5. A Thousand Words, $3.8 million
6. Act of Valor, $3.7 million
7. Safe House, $2.8 million
8. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, $2.5 million
9. Casa de mi Padre, $2.2 million
10. This Means War, $2.1 million

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Movie Review: "21 Jump Street"

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- In high school, Jonah Hill's Schmidt was what his classmates would cruelly describe as a loser. He was overweight with close-cropped bleached hair, earning him the name "Not-So-Slim Shady" (after rapper Eminem's alter-ego, Slim Shady).  Making Not-So-Slim Shady's life miserable was Jenko, the handsome, long-haired jock played by Channing Tatum.

Seven years later, Schmidt and Jenko find themselves in the police academy together, where they discover their different skill sets actually complement one another, leading to a close friendship. Upon graduation, they're ready for a life of car chases and shoot-outs, but instead wind up on bicycles, patrolling a family-friendly park.  When their first arrest is tossed out because Jenko forgets to read the perp his Miranda rights, the deputy police chief -- played by Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman in a clever piece of writing -- sends them to the newly-revived 21 Jump Street program.  Which means Schmidt and Jenko are heading back to high school, this time undercover as students.

The question: is any of this funny? The answer: yes!  All of it is funny! Whether it's Ice Cube as Captain Dickson lecturing about stereotypes, James Franco's little brother, Dave Franco, as a popular high school drug dealer/environmentalist, or Rob Riggle's gym teacher confronting Schmidt and Jenko while the two are tripping on a designer drug -- a scene accompanied by hilarious visual effects -- there's barely time to catch your breath before you start laughing again.

The truth is, after The Sitter, Jonah Hill needed 21 Jump Street, to win back his comedy credibility. A special shout-out as well to Channing Tatum, who should stick to this genre.  He's great at it.

After watching 21 Jump Street, I can't wait to see the sequel.  And I hate sequels.

Rating: Four out of five Stars.

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"21 Jump Street" Opens Nationwide Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Jonah Hill puts a new spin on an old TV show when his latest movie, 21 Jump Street, opens Friday.

Inspired by the 1987-1991 series of the same name that starred Johnny Depp, Hill and Channing Tatum play immature cops who are transferred into a program in which they go undercover at a high school to investigate a drug ring.

The action-comedy co-stars Brie Larson, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle and Nick Offerman.  It also features appearances by Depp and another 21 Jump Street original cast member, Holly Robinson Peete.

21 Jump Street, the only film debuting in wide release this weekend, is rated R.

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TV Producer Stephen J. Cannell Passes Away

Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Veteran television producer and writer Stephen J. Cannell has died at the age of 69. Relatives say Cannell died Thursday at his home in Pasadena, California from complications of melanoma.

The Emmy Award-winning Cannell was a force behind scores of popular TV shows, including The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, The Rockford Files and The Commish.

He estimated that he wrote over 450 TV episodes and produced or executive produced over 1,500. He also wrote 16 novels, and was an occasional actor, appearing as a recurring character on the show Renegade, in an episode of his own show Silk Stalkings, and as a guest star on the current ABC series Castle.

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