David Hasselhoff has become the latest actor to join Piranha 3DD, the sequel to last year’s Piranha 3D (which in turn was a remake of the 1978 film Piranha). The new cast looks just as enjoyably eclectic as the last one — in addition to returning stars Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, and Paul Scheer, 3DD will also feature Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Gary Busey (Point Break), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), David Koechner (Anchorman) and Matt Bush (Adventureland).

Here’s the plot synopsis — not that the premise is terribly difficult to figure out:

There’s something in the water . . . again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.

Piranha 3DD is currently shooting in Wilmington, NC under the direction of John Gulager (Feast). The film will open November 23, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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In Hop, from Alvin and the Chipmunks director Tim Hill, Russell Brand voices a CGI version of the Easter bunny and James Marsden plays the human who gets stuck taking care of him. Well, it isn’t the Easter bunny exactly, but a young bunny who has been tapped to be the next global deliverer of eggs and candy. Close enough.

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“Kung Fool!” In a casting decision undoubtedly made to set the Internet on fire, that guy David Hasselhoff will star in Beverly Hills Ninja 2, the sequel to Chris Farley’s 1997 contribution to the fat joke. Apparently the sequel will be a theatrical release from Sony. It wasn’t confirmed whether Hoff will play the titular throwing star handler. Mitchell Klebenoff, who scribed the original as well as the 1987 Fatboys’ pill party, Disorderlies, will shoot the film primarily in South Korea, where no mainstream Hollywood production has gone before. Excited?

David Spade didn’t co-star in the original Ninja (Chris Rock did the honor), but I’m killing two clipped birds with one dull stone. Spade will star in the would-be comedy, Divorced Guys, for director Fred Wolf, who’s coming off the Happy Madison sleeper hit The House Bunny. Wolf also wrote Joe Dirt, Black Sheep and Dirty Work (Norm, we need you). They co-wrote the script with actor-writer Kevin Farley, Chris Farley’s younger brother, and the plot centers on a “group of divorced guys who go on a road trip to figure out why their marriages failed and stumble into a series of comic mishaps.” Sounds like Wild Hogs humped today’s Hangover in the name of friendship.

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VOTD: Star Crash Movie Trailer

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Star Crash Movie Trailer

The Pitch: Apparently in 1979, New World Pictures producer Roger Corman picked up the film to see if the market was viable for a low budget space opera. The result is a ridiculous Star Wars rip-off titled Star Crash, featuring a lightsaber battle featuring David Hasselhoff (seen below). The movie also features Christopher Plummer as The Emperor (I kid you not). Director Lewis Coates went on to direct the 1983 film Hercules starring Lou Ferrigno.

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Thanks to /Film reader Jonny for submitting this video.

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“The voice is mine.”

Oooh, K.I.T.T. voice draaama! Friend of the world’s beaches and former Batman and Real Genius, Val Kilmer, has signed on to voice the smooth-computin’ automobile in the latest TV-reboot of Knight Rider for NBC and Universal. Will Kilmer’s K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Three Thousand) do a passable Elvis impersonation and fire a laser that pops a billion golden kernals? I don’t know wise guy, but I do know that actor Will Arnett (Arrested Development) is right bummed right now. Arnett had already finished recording all of his voice work for the rebooted show, which premieres in just two weeks, see? And before you swipe Kilmer’s jolly hand away as it attempts to steal Arnett’s gooey, delicious voice of K.I.T.T., know this: it isn’t Kilmer’s fault, see?

In one of the silliest signs of a world run amok in corporate Brawndo tie-ins, Arnett has done commercial voice work in the past for General Motors, and K.I.T.T., see, is a Ford Mustang. Kablowski! That invisible line in the industrial sandbox? Well, Arnett just crossed it. But he still had time to jump back over said line, cover his tracks and allow Kilmer to swing in using a vine made from his absolutely batshit resume to save the day and grab a nice payday (PayDay?).

“I was very excited at the prospect of playing the part of KITT in the new ‘Knight Rider’ movie,” Arnett said to Variety. “However, because of a long relationship with General Motors as the voice of GMC Trucks, I had to respectfully withdraw from the project.”

So, all is well. The two-hour Knight Rider TV-movie-slash-pilot will still air as scheduled on February 17th, 2008. In fact, now you’re probably going to watch it. Right?

Ha ha ha. Showbiz casting finesse, people. So natural is it to Kilmer that he should scribe a mantra-filled business tomb like Norman Podhoretz’s classic Making It. And the man also needs to introduce his own suntan lotion and popcorn with his mug on them a la Paul Newman. And maybe the tanning butter can be edible-slash-a-condiment. Did I mention that Kilmer also cut a country album with a cover that ripped off Nirvana’s font/’90s imagery? You can stream it here. It’s pretty good, pritty, pritty Kilmer. I sent the link to Peter a while ago, but he didn’t respond. He was biz.

Will you respond? How about writing a haiku to/about Val Kilmer in the comments? If you do it, I’ll do it, and then maybe Val will do it and we can make a movie about the global sensation and dance underwater with a talking car.

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