‘The King of Kong’ Musical in the Works

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We’re still waiting on New Line’s remake of The King of Kong: A Fistful of QuartersSeth Gordon‘s excellent 2007 doc about Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell competing over the world record for Donkey Kong. Gordon, who went on to direct Horrible Bosses and Baywatch, has been wanting to dramatize their rivalry in a feature film for years now – but that’ll have to wait until he’s done adapting the doc for the stage.

Below, learn more about the King of Kong musical.

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It’s up to Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron to “restore the Baywatch brand.” And it seems like that brand is fast, furious and explosive in the new official trailer for Paramount Pictures’ Baywatch — with plenty of good old-fashioned slow-mo shots thrown in there as well.

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Baywatch Super Bowl spot

Can Baywatch the movie do to Baywatch the TV show what 21 Jump Street the movie did to 21 Jump Street the TV show? We don’t know yet, but it looks like Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron will make it happen or die trying. They star as a couple of lifeguards tasked with restoring the Baywatch brand (how meta) and tracking down a sinister criminal plot threatening their beloved beach.

Also starring are Kelly Rohrbach as the new C.J. Parker (i.e., the new Pamela Anderson), plus Alexandra DaddarioIlfenesh HaderaJon Bass, and Priyanka Chopra. While this Baywatch clearly boasts a goofier tone and some splashier action, it retains the same obsession with ogling suntanned hardbodies. Check out the Baywatch Super Bowl spot below.

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Baywatch trailer

Paramount Pictures has dropped the first trailer for Baywatch, the big-screen adaptation of the 1990s TV series about scantily clad hotties running in slow motion. But this isn’t that Baywatch. Yes, there are still super attractive people hanging out on a beach in skimpy swimwear. But this one is much more in the vein of 21 Jump Street the movie, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron as a pair of mismatched lifeguards who set out to “restore the Baywatch brand.” Ha ha, get it?

Alexandra DaddarioKelly RohrbachJon Bass, and Ilfenesh Hadera play some of the other lifeguards surrounding them, and Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) directs. Watch the first Baywatch trailer below.

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toy wars tv series

If this doesn’t sound like a television series made just for me, then I don’t know what does. Actor/writer Josh Gad (Frozen, Jobs) will be co-writing and star in a new limited television series set up at Amazon called Toy Wars. The story follows the real-life battle between American toy giants Hasbro and Mattel in the 1980s and 1990s. Ryan Dixon (Triplets, Curious George) is attached to co-write with Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck), who will be the showrunner for the series with The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters director Seth Gordon expected to direct the pilot episode. Hit the jump to learn more.

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I can’t believe it’s been nearly a decade since The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was released. Seth Gordon‘s now-classic documentary chronicled the world of arcade gaming championships, with the main storyline focusing on the feud between a Redmond, Washington high school teacher named Steve Wiebe who attempted to break Billy Mitchell‘s record score in Donkey Kong. The film has become one of my favorite movies, and since its release we’ve followed the story as the championship title got passed among other gamers and back to Weibe again in 2010 for a short time before a plastic surgeon named Hank Chien took the title.

But it now seems that the story of the Donkey Kong championship may have come to an end, and neither Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell will ever be the King of Kong ever again.

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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 »

Baywatch

The long-gestating Baywatch movie may have finally caught itself a director. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is in negotiations to adapt Paramount’s action-comedy take on the 1990s series, which has Dwayne Johnson attached to star. Read all about the Baywatch Seth Gordon news after the jump. Read More »

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Seth Gordon (King of Kong, Horrible Bosses) will no longer be directing a big screen adaptation of Sony’s popular video game series Uncharted. The film will reportedly take a new creative direction, which is why Gordon is exiting the project.

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Mark Boal Uncharted

Video game adaptations tend to get a bad rap, but Sony is doing what it can to make sure Uncharted bucks that trend. The studio’s efforts now include bringing an Oscar winner on board. Mark Boal, the acclaimed screenwriter behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, has signed to work on the screenplay. Even better is the reason he signed on: He’s actually a big fan of the game. Hit the jump for more on the Mark Boal Uncharted hiring, plus new Uncharted plot details.

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