Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has emerged as the frontrunner to lead the cast of a new Baywatch movie. The big screen adaptation of the hit 1980s TV series, which featured Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, is on the slate at Paramount and the action man is set to star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Comedy kings Sean Anders and John Morris have signed on to direct the project.
Johnson has been linked to a Baywatch movie for years.
It's not known if any of the original Baywatch cast will be part of the big screen revamp.
Proving that there’s nothing Hollywood won’t reboot if given then chance, a new Scooby Doo movie is reportedly in the works at Warner Bros. According to Variety, the studio is looking to send Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang on another spooky adventure, which will be written by Randall Green. The news comes just a year after Warner Bros. also announced plans for an animated Scooby Doo movie, which is reportedly still on track. Though the last live-action Mystery Gang outings, 2002’s Scooby Doo and its sequel Monsters Unleashed, did well commercially, they weren’t received well by critics and fans of the series, which is why it’s surprising that Warner Bros. would be so intent at taking a third shot at big-screen adventure. After all, the live-action Scooby Doo’s were only slightly better than Yogi Bear. There are plenty of other great classic Hanna-Barbera properties that would make for great films, so why does Scooby get a third shot at big screen success? Think about all of the possibilities that are open…
Wacky Races Concept: Think The Lego Movie meets Speed Racer, with a touch of Mega Mind thrown in. Plot: Set at the Wacky Races Grand Prix, a sprawling, dangerous race that spans three days and covers a variety of terrains, the film charts the highs and lows of all your favorite racers, from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob to the Gruesome Twosome, and sees Dick Dastardly’s desperate attempts to finally experience the glory for himself. Starring: Charlie Day as Dick Dastardly, Isla Fisher as Penelope Pitstop, Bill Hader as Clyde the leader of the Ant Hill Mob, Amy Poheler as the Red Max, and Tom Hanks as the Narrator. Directed By: Edgar Wright.
Inch High, Private Eye Concept: The Maltese Falcon meets Osmosis Jones.Plot: The city is being terrorized by a robber who keeps stealing priceless works of art and jewels from museums and homes. The police are understaffed, and the detectives are at their wits’ ends, and the case has reached a dead end. Then, Mrs. Gotrocks hires Inch High, Private Eye, the most brilliant and tortured detective around to look into the case. But she might not like what he finds… Casting: Casey Affleck as Inch High, Kate Mara as Lori, Josh Brolin as Gator, Tommy Lee Jones as Mr. Finkerton and June Squibb as Mrs. Gotrocks. Directed By: The Coen Brothers.
Hong Kong Phooey Concept: Think 22 Jump Street, but sillier. Plot: Penry Pooch has always wanted to be a cop, but his enthusiasm for the job doesn’t quite balance out his complete incompetence. After failing out of the police academy, he takes a job working as a janitor under the watchful eye of the constantly frustrated Sergeant. One night, when he’s the only one at the precinct, he stops and apprehends a robber, which inspires him to take up crime fighting as Hong Kong Phooey. Luckily, he’s got Spot to help him out of whatever jams he finds himself in. Casting: Will Arnett as Penry, Keith David as Sarge, Anna Kendrick as Rosemary, the telephone operator, and Nick Frost as Spot. Directed By: Shane Black.
The Jetsons Concept: August: Osage County in space. Plot: George Jetson is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He loves his family, endures his job and spends his time relaxing with his dog, Astro. But when he catches his wife having an affair with his boss, his world comes crashing down around him, and he’s forced to re-evaluate everything he knew about his life, and decide whether to move forward or move on. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as George, Sandra Bullock as Jane, Hailee Steinfeld as Judy, and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Spacely, with Art Parksinson as Elroy and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie. Directed By: Spike Jonze.
JabberJaw Concept: Almost Famous meets Jaws, with a dash of Star Trek .Plot: The Neptunes were on their way to becoming the hottest rock band under the seas, until their drummer abruptly left. Then, they discovered Jabberjaw, a 15-foot-tall shark with the skills of Keith Moon, and it seemed like they had it made. But the path to rock stardom is paved with dangers and it’s time for the Neptunes to face them. Starring: Chris Pratt as Jabberjaw, Adam Levine as Clamhead, Malin Ackerman as Bubbles, Zoe Kravitz as Shelly, and Oscar Isaac as Biff. Directed By: John Carney.
Quick Draw McGraw Concept: A better homage to Blazing Saddles than A Million Ways to Die in the West .Plot: The Wild West is a dangerous place, thanks to outlaws, frequent dueling and a lack of modern medicine, but one man is there to keep order in place, and uphold justice where ever he goes… Sherrif Quick Draw McGraw. Unfortunately, he might have finally met his match when the deadliest outlaw in the west rides into his town. Starring: Damon Wayans Jr. as Quick Draw McGraw and Fred Armisen as Baba Looey.Directed By: Mel Brooks, in an ideal world.
Space Ghost Concept: It’s basically Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a monkey instead of a raccoon. Plot: After Zorak, Space Ghosts’ nemesis, escapes from prison, he recruits Black Widow (no, not that Black Widow) and Brak and Sisto in order to form a league of villains that will take over the galaxy and allow chaos to reign, but in order to do so, they need a gauntlet of power, one that only Space Ghost’s sidekick Jace possesses. Can Space Ghost and Jan rescue him and save the universe before it’s too late? Starring: Channing Tatum as Space Ghost, Emma Stone as Jan, Miles Teller as Jace, Idris Elba as Zorak, Dwayne Johnson as Brak, Jason Statham as Sisto, and Nicole Beharie as Black Widow (see, told you she was different!).Directed By: Joss Whedon, of course.
Top Cat Concept: Dancing on the Edge meets GoodFellas.Plot: Set in the 1940s, a group of rag-tag musicians are groomed to become a proper jazz sensation. But in order to do so, they’ll have to overcome prejudice, corrupt managers, in-fighting, and substance abuse and stick by each other through everything. Starring: Anthony Mackie as TC, Lamorne Morris as Brain, Albert Tsai as Choo-Choo, Michael B. Jordan as Fancy-Fancy, Josh Gad as Benny the Ball, Ruth Negga as Trixie, and Sean Penn as Officer Dibble.Directed By: Martin Scorsese.
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Beloved Wizard Of Oz tune Somewhere Over The Rainbow is to be named a Towering Song at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame gala. The 75-year-old Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg tune, which Judy Garland sang in the 1939 movie, will join Take Me Out To The Ballgame, Moon River, Bridge Over Troubled Water and A Change Is Gonna Come, among the other Towering Songs.
The 45th annual Hall of Fame event will be held in New York on 12 June (14).
Previously announced inductees Include Ray Davies, Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly, while the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award will be presented to songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Sony Music Entertainment Chairman and CEO Doug Morris will be honoured with the Hitmaker Award and Imagine Dragons star Dan Reynolds will receive the Hal David Starlight Award.
Music mogul Del Bryant will be presented with the Visionary Leadership Award.
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is set to receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. The Radioactive hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Taylor Swift and John Legend when he is feted with the prize, which was created in 2004 and named in honour of Hall of Fame Chairman Emeritus Hal David to celebrate the work of young songwriters.
Current organisation chairman Jimmy Webb says, "Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award.
"He has helped create truly contemporary rock 'n' roll with the band Imagine Dragons. A sound at once musically literate and issue driven yet founded on solid composition and songwriting. We are extremely happy to join Dan with the other distinguished alumni who have received the Starlight."
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Scottish singer Donovan and 10cc rocker Graham Gouldman are among the stars who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014, while another top accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, will be presented to music duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, and industry mogul Doug Morris will receive the Hitmaker Award.
The presentations will take place in New York on 12 June (14).
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Jerry Seinfeld is known to most people for his iconic hit television sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998), but his latest web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is clearly his best work.
Interest in the show has been growing since its 2012 premiere, and the recent Seinfeld "reunion" tie-in with the Super Bowl has introduced many audiences to the show for the first time. The show, which streams on Crackle, is straightforward, and the brilliant title is not at all misleading. In each episode, Seinfeld and another comedian drive around in a classic car and share a cup of coffee. It's like a late night talk show but more genuine: Seinfeld chooses fellow comedians he is fond of, his guests aren't there to promote anything, and the conversations feel spontaneous and honest. Although we'll never know if the show is planned like other talk shows, there's a sense that the conversations are mostly improvised, and because Seinfeld's guests are fellow comedians, we trust that they aren't censoring themselves in front of the cameras as, say, a politician or movie star would.
Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is preferable to his famous sitcom because it is his purest artistic statement to date. At this point in his career, the respected comedian can do whatever he wants, and that he chooses to push the creative boundaries with each project is remarkable. In this case, Seinfeld offers a meta-commentary on the art of comedy. His encounters with guests like Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Chris Rock, and Larry David provide glimpses into the entertainment industry and the experience of being a professional comedian. More interestingly, they demonstrate what draws individuals to comedy in the first place. Comedy, Seinfeld and his guests suggest, is the ability to laugh at the absurdity of life and the irrational, meaningless experience of being in it. Whether it is Chris Rock's articulation of why bullying benefits children, Larry David's rant on why it doesn't matter whether he drinks coffee or tea, or Louis C.K.'s justification that he went into debt to buy a boat, there's a sentiment that none of it matters so they might as well laugh at it while they can.
Seinfeld has always been a brilliant observational comic, and most critics and fans deem his self-titled sitcom "a show about nothing." However, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is the ultimate show about nothing, but the irony is that as we follow Seinfeld and friends as they talk about the meaning of comedy and the meaning of life, nothing inadvertently becomes everything. It is doubtful that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will become as popular as Seinfeld, but as an artistic and comedic expression, it is by far Seinfeld's greatest achievement.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Last week's New Girl found the loftmates celebrating Halloween a week early. The party was, needless to say, a bit of a mess (though not as much so as Schmidt's hellacious office party from a few weeks ago). Antics aside, all of the roommates (plus Cece, of course) had very...well, interesting costumes. Let's take a look, ranked worst to best.
Oh, Cece...I know you just had your heart broken, but that has got to be one of the lamest costumes ever. A cheetah bralette and a pirate hat? What is that supposed to be? A catty pirate—I mean, is that even a thing? Maybe I'm missing something here.
Okay, so to be fair, Nick tried even less than Cece, but at least his laziness forced him into a bit of originality: his costume consisted mainly of a rainbow beach towel (secured oh-so-classily with a piece of duct tape) and an old "happy birthday" crown. He dubbed it, "The Paper Mountain Trash King."
Are we really surprised that Jess would have a completely obnoxious costume? It's even worse than Shelby's "Reigning Cats and Dogs" bit from season 2: Joey Ramone-a Quimby. Pure insufferability. Though she does get points for the adorable bob (maybe Ms. Pantene Spokesperson can be the next starlet to make the chop).
So as much as everyone teased him for his David Letterman costume (Schmidt thought he was Maya Angelou), it was actually pretty spot-on. He got the shaggy gray wig just right, and the gold, wire-rimmed glasses? So pitch-perfect I got chills.
Is it really any surprise that Schmidt had the best costume of the bunch? He went as a "public serpent"—basically, he wore a skin-tight (would we expect anything else from our favorite douchebag?) lizard costume, and paired it with a snazzy purple tie. Only Schmidt has the confidence to make himself look that ridiculous—and that is why we love him.
Fans of The Inbetweeners have British funnyman David Walliams to thank for the hit comedy - he allowed the show's writer to stay at his home free for a year while working on the series. Iain Morris teamed up with his pal Damon Beesley to pen the show, using their own cringeworthy teenage experiences to inspire the antics of geeky schoolkids Simon, Neil, Jay and Will.
Now Morris reveals Little Britain star Walliams played a huge part in bringing the comedy to fruition, because he allowed him to lodge at his London home when he was down on his luck.
The writer tells BBC Radio 5, "That allowed me to write. Without David Walliams, and another friend who also let me stay for free for nine months, I probably wouldn't have been able to continue to try and write stuff."
The show won a cult following following its debut in 2008, spawning a U.S. adaptation and a movie spin-off, which holds the box office record for the most successful opening weekend for a comedy release in Britain. A big screen sequel is currently in the works.
Calling all Gleeks! Are you ready for a brand new season of sensational songs, high-energy performances, and jaw-dripping drama? Well, then get excited because we're just a few short months away from premiere and the first celebrity guest star of Season 5 has just been announced!
Hollywood.com has confirmed that American Idol star Adam Lambert will be joining the cast of Glee for Season 5. No news has been released just yet regarding the number of episodes Lambert will star in or who his character will be. However, we do know one thing: he’s got some big shoes to fill!
Glee is a champion when it comes to snagging celebrity guest stars. It doesn’t matter if that A-lister appears for a brief one-episode cameo or shimmy and shakes for a whole season — Glee always knows how to attract the big names. So let's take a look at the top ten Glee guest stars of all time and see if Lambert has what it takes to blow these talented celebs out of the McKinley Hall of Fame.
1. Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson joined Glee in Season 4 as Rachel's terrifyingly fabulous dance teacher Cassie July. She was fierce, fabulous, and a complete and total badass. Plus, her dance movies were incredible and her abs made us want to cry from jealousy.
2. Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel — also known as the flawless queen of everything ever — has appeared on Glee for multiple episodes. The Broadway legend plays Shelby Cocoran, Rachel’s mother and the woman who adopted Quinn’s baby girl Beth from Season 1. Menzel has graced us with many songs, but when she sings with her onscreen daughter life is especially perfect.
3. Sarah Jessica Parker
The former Sex and the City star joined the New York side of Glee in Season 4 as Isabelle Wright, Kurt’s boss at Vogue.com. Parker stunned us with her Carrie Bradshaw-esque personality and lead one of the most energetic and creative performances of the season with "Let’s Have a Kiki."
4. Matt Bomer
As Blaine’s older brother, Cooper Anderson, Matt Bomer joined Glee for one episode and pretty much made every girl and guy swoon. As an overly confident singer/actor, Cooper Anderson often overshadows his younger brother — but hey, when you're the star of the Free Credit Rating Today commercials it's hard not to let that fame get to your head.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow entered the halls of McKinley High in Season 2 as Holly Holiday, a substitute teacher who helped to loosen things up a bit in the glee club. She was energetic, fun, and oh-so talented. Plus, she helped bring one of the greatest couples ever — Brittana, duh! — together and for that we will always be eternally grateful.
6. John Stamos
Super hot Uncle Jesse — um... we mean John Stamos — came to Glee in Season 2 as Emma’s newest beau-turned-husband. Although the marriage didn't last long, we were still graced with a few performances from this heartthrob.
7. Kristin Chenoweth
Another Broadway legend, Kristin Chenoweth, has made multiple appearances on Glee throughout the years. Playing April Rhodes, Will's former high school crush, Chenoweth has popped in an out of Lima, but she always brings lots of energy with her when she returns.
8. Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin shook his bon bon on one episode of Glee in Season 3 as David Martinez, the uber sexy Spanish teacher. Martin was mucho caliente in "The Spanish Teacher" and we're beyond bummed that we haven't seen him since.
9. Jonathan Groff
Jesse St. James is a recurring character that Jonathan Groff introduced Gleeks to in Season 1. He's cocky, talented, and seems to get underneath Rachel's skin like no one else can. All we know is that Groff is wickedly talented and we'd pay money to watch him sit in a room and just breathe.
10. Neil Patrick Harris
It's Neil Patrick Harris, need we say more? This Tony legend has only appeared on Glee once, but goodness gracious it was one hell of an episode — he even won an Emmy for it! Back in Season 1, Harris played Bryan, Will's former rival and star of the Glee club. Fingers crossed he finds his way back to McKinley this year for another episode.
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Saved By The Bell, Knight Rider and Punky Brewster are among the TV series set for a return to pop culture in the form of comic books. The shows, as well as Miami Vice and Airwolf, aired on U.S. network NBC during the 1980s and 1990s, and now TV executives have teamed up with chiefs at Missouri publishing house Lion Forge Comics for a new project to revive the five programmes.
Digital forms of the comics will be available for e-book purchase later this year (13), reconnecting fans with some of America's most-loved characters, including Miami Vice detectives James 'Sonny' Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs, Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, who was portrayed by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Soleil Moon Frye's Penelope 'Punky' Brewster.
Comic book executive David Steward says, "From hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylised music and clothing choices, these TV franchises have had a significant impact on pop culture. We here at Lion Forge are looking forward to extending that influence by creating visually appealing and entertaining experiences on mobile devices for a whole new generation of fans."