Zac Efron joining Baywatch

It’s been 26 years since David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson first hit the beach in the television series Baywatch, and that means it’s the perfect time for Hollywood to recycle it in the form of a big screen adaptation.

Dwayne Johnson is set to star in a raunchy, comedic take on the ’90s series with Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon at the helm. And now Neighbors star Zac Efron will likely also throw on some swimming trunks ad take his shirt off for the adaptation. Find out more about Zac Efron joining Baywatch after the jump! Read More »

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Hansel and Gretel 2

Notice to witches: you’re still not safe. There was talk of a sequel for the January 2013 release Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters even before the film hit theaters, but more than two years later there has been relatively little movement. Until now.

Hansel and Gretel 2 is still happening, likely because the international box office for the first film was enough to offset the relatively lackluster domestic performance. Paramount has just hired commercials director and photographer Bruno Aveillan to direct. Read More »

Rogue Nation opera

When we examined all the action scenes and setpieces in the Mission: Impossible film series, I ranked the Vienna Opera sequence from Rogue Nation as number three out of all the series’s accomplishments, behind the Burj Khalifa sequence from Ghost Protocol and the wire hang from the original film.

The Rogue Nation opera sequence is a complex piece of work, with multiple characters navigating the backstage area of the Vienna State Opera House — in reality a collection of sets built with more verisimilitude than usual — and incredible timing and definition of space to help audiences keep track of the intersecting trajectories of all the characters.

Now writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has taken the time to provide commentary on that sequence to the New York Times, and the resulting “Anatomy of a Scene” video on the Rogue Nation opera sequence is one of the better scene dissections we’ve caught in a while. Read More »

Ronda Rousey movie

This past weekend, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey proved just how great she is in the ring when she took down her opponent Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds. And now she’s getting another career boost, this time meshing her life as a fighter with her blossoming acting career

Paramount Pictures has just snagged the rights to Ronda Rousey’s best-selling autobiography My Fight/Your Fight, but what’s interesting about this project as opposed to other biopics is that Rousey will be starring in the film herself. Find out more about the Ronda Rousey movie after the jump! Read More »

Mission: Impossible 6

The Mission: Impossible series is a slow-burning one, unlike the fuse that accompanies each film’s opening credits, and very much unlike the typical development path for some big action franchises. (2006 through 2015 delivered three Mission: Impossible movies, but five Fast and the Furious films, for example.)

With the latest mission, Rogue Nation, about to hit theaters, star and producer Tom Cruise says the wait for the next film might be much shorter. He isn’t getting any younger after all, and so the wait for Mission: Impossible 6 might be much shorter than the interval between other installments in the series. Additionally, Cruise says he has pitched an Edge of Tomorrow sequel to couple recent collaborators.

Update: Paramount has confirmed Cruise’s announcement of the Mission: Impossible 6 development.

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Zoolander 2 teaser

It’s been 14 years since male model Derek Zoolander saved the Malaysian prime minister from being assassinated by a really, really, ridiculously good looking merman. But now Ben Stiller is back as the dimwitted fashion icon.

The teaser trailer for Zoolander 2 hand just debuted online, and while there’s no footage from the movie, it’s clear that Stiller is back in clueless male model mode as he argues with Stephen Hawking’s voiceover about the title of the sequel.

Watch the Zoolander 2 teaser below! Read More »

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Chris Farley in Mission Impossible

Unfortunately, in the winter of 1997, we lost comedy star Chris Farley. The Saturday Night Live veteran was overcome by fame and glory, letting drugs and alcohol rule a life that brought laughter and joy to millions. We’ll never know just how much more comedy Farley could have brought to the masses in future film and television projects.

Thankfully though, Farley is still able to bring us a good laugh from the footage that we already have of the actor hamming it up in films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. And friend of the site Todd Spence decided to use Farley’s signature comedies to lighten up this weekend’s latest blockbuster, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Chris Farley takes the role of Tom Cruise with footage of the actor intercut with the trailer for the action sequel to humorous effect. It’s amusing throughout, but it’s the payoff at the end that makes it all worth it. See Chris Farley in Mission Impossible after the jump! Read More »

Battling Boy Movie

It makes sense that the first movie based on a comic by Paul Pope would be his entertaining and relatively accessible Battling Boy, rather than something more strange and complex like his Mars epic THB or the set of future-Manhattan stories from 100%. A boy hero, even a boy hero who is a demigod who fights with magic t-shirts, is the sort of character who makes for a slightly easier movie marketing pitch.

Still, Plan B and Paramount have been working on a Battling Boy movie for years, since long before the book was even published. But now a director has been hired, and it’s a choice that will probably generate some great interest for the Battling Boy movie: the person in question is Patrick Osborne, who directed the short Feast for Disney. Read More »

Transformers 5 writers

Yesterday Steven DeKnight, former showrunner on Daredevil and current member of Paramount’s Transformers writer’s room, told us about the arrival of the Punisher to the second season of Daredevil. Today he has talked to other outlets about the Transformers project, and his comments help us understand who’s doing what (such as Jeff Pinkner writing Transformers 5 with Akiva Goldsman) and how the whole system is laid out. Read More »