Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Roddy McDowall's home movie from The Planet Of The Apes

By most accounts, when Roddy McDowall appeared on The Carol Burnett Show in full Planet Of The Apes (1968) makeup, the host was genuinely frightened, a testament to the extraordinary work of legendary, Academy Award® winning makeup artist John Chambers – who as Ben Affleck's Argo (2012) reveals, also did work for the CIA. The character actor McDowall spent a good portion of his film career in makeup, most memorably as the characters Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen on the Planet Of The Apes series. A home movie buff and photographer, McDowall documented the lengthy process of his Apes' makeup, applied here by artist Don Cash and his assistants.





Shot and edited by McDowall, and set to excerpts from the dramatic Jerry Goldsmith film score, the footage also includes a quick shot of Maurice Evans in the first minute, gamely smoking a cigarette in full Dr. Zaius makeup.

The Planet Of The Apes franchise is one of the most successful and long running science fiction series of all time. Adapted from a 1963 novel by French writer Pierre Boulle, the original 1968 film spawned four sequels, Tim Burton's 2001 remake, the 2011 prequel Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, its sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) and War Of The Planet Of The Apes, which is out in cinemas now.



Saturday, 8 July 2017

New one sheet for The Dark Tower arrives online

Sony Pictures have just released their latest one sheet for Nikolaj Arcel's (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) The Dark Tower.




Finally headed our way after several versions failed to ignite, the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower series is finally heading to screens.

The Dark Tower promises a subtly different origin story for the conflict between Roland Deschain, know as The Gunslinger (Idris Elba), and warlock Walter, The Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey), who brought chaos and destruction to a realm known as Mid-World. Walter's current target is the Dark Tower, which maintains order in the various realms and multiverses, and Deschain's target is... Walter.

The first movie finds Walter on the hunt for Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who posses 'The Shine' (you might recognise the power from another slightly well known King story), which could help destroy the Tower's support and allow Walter to bring his particular brand of apocalypse to other realms.

The Dark Tower will arrive in cinemas 28 July.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Is Neill Blomkamp about to revolutionise the film industry?

Hollywood is a business in which there are no guarantees. Filmmakers and producers pour huge amounts of time, energy and money into projects in an industry where success is measured in box office dollars. But what if you could make an entire catalogue of short films and select the best for feature development? This is the idea behind Oats Studios, an experimental new production company seeking to take unpredictability out of the equation.





Created by South African-Canadian writer and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) in early 2017, Oats Studios is a creative collective with a focus on nurturing both emerging and established talent. Oats Studios: Volume 1 is set to contain four 20 minute films, all within the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, interspersed with shorter, even stranger films.

So far the first two main shorts have been released, Rakka and Firebase, alongside a two-minute spoof of an American infomercial. All are free to watch at oatsstudios.com, as well as Steam and YouTube. Blomkamp has also made all components of the films – from raw footage to computer generated 3D models – available to download to encourage users to create new films or even video games.

The potential benefits of this scheme are twofold – first it enables Blomkamp to obtain feedback from a much broader audience via online forums and YouTube comments; second, the collaborative nature of the studio's creative process will allow him to, in his own words, "interact with the audience directly, in a way that Hollywood doesn't really do."

Going further than this, Blomkamp says he wants to build up an archive of work much like a sculptor or painter, who might typically have "three or four hundred incomplete oil paintings or half-done sculptures lying around in their house." Clearly willing to experiment, Blomkamp's studio has opened up the doors to such possibilities.

This doesn't feel like a vanity project but a genuine attempt to do something radical within a risk averse industry. In terms of his own filmmaking career, Blomkamp is hopeful that Oats Studios will enable him to deliver his next feature to a ready made fanbase. Yet while the prospect of a mainstream director effectively bypassing Hollywood is certainly intriguing, at this early stage it remains to be seen just how practical it is.

It is worth noting that Blomkamp has a history of transitioning from shorts to features, having developed his viral hit, Alive in Joburg (2005), into the critically acclaimed District 9 (2009). Although this is common practice for filmmakers nowadays, what Blomkamp is attempting here is much more ambitious than your average upscaling project.

Of course one glaring problem, which Blomkamp has openly admitted, is that Oats Studios' "business model is to set fire to money right now." Funding the company out of his own pocket is clearly not sustainable in the long term, so a steady revenue stream will need to be established soon. One option (and possibly the most viable) is that after Volume 1, all future films will be released behind a paywall. With enough audience support to eventually fund the first feature that could in turn fund follow-up Volumes, Oats Studios could feasibly become self-sustaining within the next few years. This is a fairly big gamble, however, and is being treated as such.

Of course, streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon have already proven that traditional theatrical distribution isn't necessarily the safest model. Oats Studios' trial and error structure, on the other hand, is a lot more unstable – but if Blomkamp's next feature is a success, it will be interesting to see whether or not other filmmakers and studios follow suit. In any case, we are certainly excited to see what kind of impact Blomkamp's latest venture will ultimately have on the industry.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

New trailer and one sheet for Coco arrives online

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios' have just released a new trailer and one sheet for Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina's Coco.





Written by Molina, Coco is the story of young Mexican Miguel (Antony Gonzalez), who wants to be a music legend like his hero, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). But there is a problem – music has been banned in Miguel's family for years, but no one will quite tell him why.

Yet when our hero (accompanied by loyal canine Dante) accidentally finds a way into the Land of the Dead, he teams up with a trickster named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) and sets out to discover the truth.

Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Renee Victor and Sofia Espinosa also feature in the voice cast for the film, which is heading to US cinemas for Thanksgiving, but frustratingly now won't reach UK screens until 19 January next year.



New one sheet for Rough Night arrives online

Sony Pictures have just released their latest one sheet for Lucia Aniello's (Broad City) Rough Night.





With Bridesmaids (2011) and Bad Moms (2016) finding success at the box office, it is good to see more female led comedies hitting screens. The latest, launched with a silly, riotous, red band trailer finds Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) having a Rough Night.

Formerly under the title Rock That Body, Rough Night stars Johansson as Jess, a bride-to-be heading with her college friends for a wild bachelorette trip. Joining her on the trip are Zoë Kravitz's (Mad Max: Fury Road) Blair, Jillian Bell's (22 Jump Street) Alice, Kate McKinnon's (Ghostbusters) Pippa and Ilana Glazer's (The Night Before) Frankie, intending to drink, party and otherwise have a good time. But events take a darker turn when the male stripper they hire for some entertainment accidentally dies... And then the question becomes whether they cover up the death or admit what happened.

Coming across as movies such as the aforementioned Bad Moms, The Hangover (2009) and Very Bad Things (1998), blended together in a cocktail shaker, Rough Night is directed by Broad City veteran Lucia Aniello, who also wrote the script alongside fellow City writer Paul W. Downs, who appears in the movie.

Rough Night will arrive in cinemas 16 June.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Listen to a new compilation album of cover songs from Sofia Coppola films

Next months sees the release of American director Sofia Coppola's (Somewhere) latest film The Beguiled. To celebrate the film's imminent release, Super Fan 99 Records have announced a movie themed 50th release inspired by the films of Coppola, comprising covers of songs featured in her movies.





"We've been long time admirers of Sofia Coppola's movies since renting The Virgin Suicides (1999) from our local Blockbuster," says the record label about the release. "Film after film was soundtracked with the most impeccable selections playing a key role in the overall aesthetic of her movies. It seems the part the music plays in transporting you to her worlds has not gone unnoticed with the vinyl soundtracks of Lost In Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006) sometimes selling for up to £300 a piece.

"We asked bands from our label and beyond to choose songs from the soundtracks and cover them for this unique release and the response was great. Bands from as far a field as China, New Zealand and Scotland have contributed tracks ranging from lo-fi bedroom 4 track recordings to full band studio versions and we are now very excited to present 'Sofia Songs' The compilation marks the 50th release on the label and perfectly marries our love of film and DIY music culture."

Illustrator and long time Super Fan collaborator Kieran Gabriel has designed the sleeve and each boxed cassette copy will also include a movie script style guide book with detailed facts on each movie and it's music. Songs by Air, Phoenix, Frank Ocean, My Bloody Valentine and many more have been reworked by popular Super Fan bands.





Sofia Songs will be released via superfan99records.com on 7 July. You can check out the full track list below:

1. Sugar Candy Mountain - Playground Love (Air cover from The Virgin Suicides)
2. Winter - City Girl (Kevin Shields cover from Lost In Translation)
3. JUNKS - Hong Kong Garden (Siouxsie and the Banshees cover from Marie Antoniette)
4. Mooncall - I'll Try Anything Once (Julian Casablancas cover from Somewhere)
5. The Pooches - What's So Funny Bout Peace, Love and Understanding? (Elvis Costello cover from Lost In Translation)
6. Lips - Super Rich Kids (Frank Ocean cover from The Bling Ring)
7. Dot Plaza  - Too Young (Phoenix cover from Lost In Translation)
8. Mtbrd - So Far Away (Carole King cover from The Virgin Suicides)
9. Calvin Love - I'm Not In Love (10cc cover from The Virgin Suicides)
10. Free Cake For Every Creature - Just Like Honey (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover from Lost In Translation)
11. Patsy's Rats - More Than This (Roxy Music cover from Lost In Translation)
12. Queen of Jeans - Cool (Gwen Stefani cover from Somewhere)
13. Husband Material - Bad Girls (MIA cover from The Bling Ring)
14. Matt McKee - What Ever Happened? (The Strokes cover from Marie Antoinette)

The Beguiled, meanwhile, arrives in cinemas on 14 July.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

From Johnny Depp to Kurt Russell: How de-aging stars has become Hollywood's digital effects trick du jour

When a young version of Johnny Depp's zany Jack Sparrow appears in a flashback in Walt Disney Picture's Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, it became the latest example of the use of digital effects to de-age an actor for the purpose of having them appear in a flashback.





Moviegoers saw another example of the technology being used last month, when James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 introduced a young Kurt Russell as his character, Ego. Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel are clearly comfortable with taking this route, as they have also brought audiences a young version of Michael Douglas in Ant-Man (2015) and Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

"It definitely seems to be a trend," says Industrial Light & Magic animation supervisor Hal Hickel, who won an Academy Award® for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and recently completed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). "It may be because it's been done successfully and filmmakers realize it's an option in telling a story, or maybe it has opened up an option that they need."

For Ed Ulbrich, president of visual effects and virtual reality at Deluxe (the parent of visual effects houses Method an Iloura), the use of this sort of work can be attributed to this "age of franchises, and the franchises are prequels and sequels and spinoffs. These stories go omnidirectional in time. Some of the characters become iconic. But we all get older."

"It's very unforgiving – you either get it right or it's glaringly obvious," says Weta visual effects supervisor and two-time Oscar nominee Guy Williams (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2) of these techniques.

So how exactly does it work?

Methods vary, but Christopher Townsend, visual effects supervisor on Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, explains the creation of the digital Kurt Russell, created by one of the film's digital effects houses, Lola, which has earned a reputation for specialising in this sort of work. It started with collecting and examining 1980s photos of Russell as well as his films from that period, such as Big Trouble In Little China (1986), to come up with the desired look.

Next, director James Gunn and Lola cast actor Aaron Schwartz – in making the decision, Lola identified several actors with similar facial structure and Gunn brought them in for screen tests.

For filming, both Russell and Schwartz were identically dressed and makeup was applied to Russell to give him a younger appearance, with both actors wearing tracking markers on their faces for reference. First Russell performed the scene, and then Schwartz would step in and perform the same scene, mimicking what Russell did. Through visual effects, these takes were combined with some additional digital effects to create the final look and performance, frame by frame. "We cut and pasted pieces of Aaron's geometry," Townsend explains. "The geometry of the face changed, for instance his neck became fuller. We reshaped the jaw, chin, neck, lips – very specific details. It involved understanding the physiology of the human face.

"The technology is getting better, but it's really the artists, that's the key," he emphasised. "It was a huge amount of work – months and months of artists working at computers."

The digital Robert Downey Jr. from Captain America: Civil War and digital Michael Douglas in Ant-Man were both used for flashbacks and achieved in much the same way, says Townsend, who was also visual effects supervisor on those films.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

New one sheet for The Handmaiden arrives online

Curzon Artificial Eye have just released their latest one sheet for Park Chan-wook's (Stoker) The Handmaiden.





If The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook's follow-up to US set thriller Stoker (2013), takes the filmmaker back to his Asia roots, it still has a strong Western thread running through it. Sarah Water's novel Fingersmith is the source material for a byzantine period thriller full of twists and turns.

The Handmaiden tells the story of a beautiful Japanese heiress (Min-hee Kim), the young con artist (Kim Tae-ri) hired as her handmaiden, and the puppet master behind a scheme designed to relieve her mistress of her fortune.

Waters' book had already been adapted by the BBC in a 2005 miniseries. Park Chan-wook's version, a terrific potboiler filled with stunning visuals and elegant storytelling, shifts the setting from Victorian England to Korea under Japanese rule.

The Handmaiden is out in cinemas now.

New character one sheets for Cars 3 arrive online

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios' have just released a new batch of character one sheets for storyboard artist Brian Fee's directorial debut Cars 3.











They may not enjoy the same critical, and indeed commercial reputation as some of their Pixar stablemates on purely theatrical terms, but there is no denying that the Cars films bring in serious dollars when it comes to toys and other spin-offs. But the Emeryville team doesn't just think of that aspect, and the story for Cars 3 seems to be headed down a slightly darker path.

Darker, of course, is relative, but this is a series of films that hasn't strayed from oddly dark themes – witness a car being tortured in the James Bond riffing Cars 2 (2011). This time around, the film is focusing on Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), once the young hotshot of the track, now an older veteran struggling to keep up with the competition. He is especially challenged by newcomer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) and will need a little help from technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) if he is to match up.

Cars 3 will arrives in UK cinemas on 14 July, crossing the cinematic chequered flag a little under a month after its US debut on the 16 June.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

"You got one job, make sure swimming happy white people don't drown."

On paper, Baywatch sounds ripe with guilty pleasure – an update on one of the most popular, and cheesy, TV shows of all time, played for giggles and filled with beautiful people wearing very little. On screen, however, Baywatch flounders. If you are hoping for the meta yet mainstream, smart and stupid fun of the Jump Street movies, lower your expectations. Better still, re-watch the Jump Street movies instead...





It starts slickly enough, with an extended homage to the show's signature slow motion style. A sea rescue climaxes in the movie's title rising with tacky grandeur from the ocean, behind the rippling physique of alpha lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson).

Oddly, such over the top flourishes turn out to be few and far between. A couple more might have eased the overstretched plod of the plot, which has two strands – one centred on a drug trafficking operation masterminded by slinky villain Victoria Leeds (Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra), the other on drafting and moulding new recruits to the squad.

The 'thriller' side of the story is sub CSI stuff whose mysteries are resolved with feeble ease, while the character driven scenes don't actually have much character, or drive. For all the chatter about the importance of working as a team, Baywatch is really a bromance between Mitch and bad boy newcomer Matt Brody (Zac Efron) – no one else really gets much of a look in.

There is an almost endearing beauty and the geek flirtation between C.J. (Kelly Rohrbach) and 'tech guy' Ronnie (Jon Bass) – but they, like several others, flit in and out so much that you almost forget who they are.

Alexandra Daddario's (San Andreas) earnest Summer gets a slightly better deal – or at least more screen time, though she mostly just tags along with Mitch and Matt, offering wide eyed reaction shots at their exploits.

Daddario's presence alongside Johnson conjures the spirit of San Andreas (2015), a disaster flick defined by its inadvertent hilarity. Alas, Baywatch isn't a film to be laughed at, let alone with. Any flair for comic timing director Seth Gordon flexed on Horrible Bosses (2011) is absent without leave here.

It hardly helps that the script is awash with zingers with no zing and lines that aim for edgy but are just in poor taste: "You're like the Stephen Hawking of swimming, without the paralysis part." Similarly off colour is a strain of casual homophobia that reaches its nadir in a morgue set piece.

So, are there any signs of life here? Well, there is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) as a cop whose exasperation at Mitch's antics is Baywatch's best – and only – running joke.

Unfunny, unthrilling and unsexy, Baywatch doesn't even reach the incredibly low bar set by the source material.





Wednesday, 31 May 2017

These film scenes alongside the paintings that inspired them will change how you see movies

We often talk about movies paying homage to other movies. If you have ever seen a Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) movie, you have basically seen a collage of Kung Fu, Grindhouse, and classic film scenes repurposed into his chopped and screwed narratives. But we don't often talk about movies lifting scenes from classic paintings. Images jumping from the canvas to the screen is not an easy association to make, yet directors often do so all the time.





These calming compilations created by UK based photographer and director Vugar Efendi shows some beautiful shots from movies lifted from classic works of art. Some of these you may have known, like William Friedkin's use of L'Empire des Lumieres in The Exorcist (1973), but others – like Jutta by John Kacere and Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation (2003) or Jeune Homme Nu Assis au Bord de la Mer in There Will Be Blood (2007) – might be new revelations.

Now you have something new to look for every time you watch a good movie.







Sunday, 28 May 2017

New one sheet for Wonder Woman arrives online

Warner Bros have just released a new one sheet for Patty Jenkins (Monster) Wonder Woman.




Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on the sheltered island of Themyscira, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

With Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), David Thewlis (War Horse), Danny Huston (Children Of Men) and Lucy Davis (Shaun Of The Dead) among the cast, Wonder Woman will be out in the UK on 2 June.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

New one sheet for Wonder Woman arrives online

Warner Bros have just released a new one sheet for Patty Jenkins (Monster) Wonder Woman.




Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on the sheltered island of Themyscira, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

With Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), David Thewlis (War Horse), Danny Huston (Children Of Men) and Lucy Davis (Shaun Of The Dead) among the cast, Wonder Woman will be out in the UK on 2 June.

New character one sheets for Despicable Me 3 arrive online

Universal Pictures have just released a fresh batch of character one sheets for Kyle Balda (Minions), Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me 2) and Eric Guillon's Despicable Me 3.




















As the latest trailers have revealed, the Minions find themselves in jail in the latest Despicable Me, and these latest posters feature the six lead Minions as inmates, with cute tattoos to boot.

Despicable Me (2010), its sequel and spin-off Minions (2015) have all been huge box office surprises, so no one should be shocked that a third outing for Gru (Steve Carell) and the little yellow troublemakers is on the way.

While not much is know about the plot, we do know that it will see Gru and wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) still working for the Anti Villain League. And this time, the threat comes from weird supervillain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former child star gone rogue who is obsessed with the 1980s, when his fame was at its peak.

Despicable Me 3 is set for release on 30 June.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

New one sheet for Megan Leavey arrives online

Bleecker Street have just released their latest one sheet for Gabriela Cowperthwaite's (Blackfish) feature debut Megan Leavey, the true story drama about a young marine corporal who forms a lifelong bond with a military dog.





The film stars Kate Mara (127 Hours) as Megan Leavey, a U.S. Marine who was assigned to clean up the K9 unit in the Iraq War where she formed an unlikely bond with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex. The two ended up serving together and completed more than 100 missions before both were injured in a 2006 IED explosion.

Leavey received a Purple Heart and was honorable discharged after her recovery, while Rex was kept on active duty. Leavey spent the next five years fighting to adopt the dog even while Rex was scheduled to be euthanized after developing a palsy.

With Edie Falco (The Sopranos), Tom Felton (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Bradley Whitford (Get Out) and Common (Selma) also in the cast, Megan Leavey arrives in US cinemas 9 June but has yet to secure a UK release date.

New character one sheets for Wonder Woman arrive online

Warner Bros have just released a new batch of character one sheets for Patty Jenkins (Monster) Wonder Woman.











Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on the sheltered island of Themyscira, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

With Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), David Thewlis (War Horse), Danny Huston (Children Of Men) and Lucy Davis (Shaun Of The Dead) among the cast, Wonder Woman will be out in the UK on 2 June.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

New banner for Wonder Woman arrives online

Warner Bros have just released a new banner for Patty Jenkins (Monster) Wonder Woman.





Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on the sheltered island of Themyscira, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

With Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), David Thewlis (War Horse), Danny Huston (Children Of Men) and Lucy Davis (Shaun Of The Dead) among the cast, Wonder Woman will be out in the UK on 2 June.

Sir Roger Moore: James Bond legend dies aged 89

Veteran British actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing charismatic MI6 spy James Bond, has died aged 89. Known for his mellifluous voice, charismatic charm and arched eyebrow, he played the iconic character seven times, starting with Live And Let Die (1973).

Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with cancer".

The statement, from his children, read: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people."

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."





Born in London in 1927, Moore started his career in the 1950s as a knitwear model, before moving into acting with a series of small film roles. His initial breakthrough, though, came on the small screen in shows like Ivanhoe, Maverick, and The Alaskans. Moore became a household name with The Saint from 1962 to 1969, in which he played the suave, sophisticated, sharply dressed hero Simon Templar. Many of the Saint's characteristics, the easygoing manner, mocking eyebrow and ability to successfully charm every passing female, would later be incorporated into his role as James Bond.

In fact, Bond producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli had approached Moore twice to take the part, but his television commitments had got in the way. When Sean Connery officially retired from the role after Diamonds Are Forever (1971), the coast was clear and Moore accepted the role.

Moore played 007 seven times: Live And Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View To A Kill (1985). Throughout his tenure, he established a playful and debonair take on the character, injecting a sense of fun into Ian Fleming's creation.

Following his retirement from the role, he took a short break from acting, taking on smaller bit parts. His later years were largely devoted to charity and humanitarian efforts. In a statement, his family said he considered his work with UNICEF to be "his greatest achievement".

On his approach to his most famous role, he once said "I'm have a good time doing this, and I hope you're having a good time watching me have a good time."

Russell Crowe (The Nice Guys) led the tributes to the actor on Twitter, writing simply: "Roger Moore, loved him."

Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) said: "I am truly sad and think I will be in tears if I talk about him.
"Roger was the perfect gentlemen, adored by all his friends."

Singer Michael Ball said: "My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is.
"Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind."

Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby) wrote: "Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts with his family & friends."

Despite his many achievements, Moore never managed to shrug off the mantle of 007.

"Of course I do not regret the Bond days," he once remarked. "I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent."

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

imdb.com

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tim Minchin set to play Friar Tuck in Robin Hood: Origins

While he may be better known as the musical genius behind stage shows based on Matilda and Groundhog Day, Tim Minchin has plenty of acting credits on his CV. He is about to add another, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that he is set to play Friar Tuck in Robin Hood: Origins.





Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is preparing to play the lead role of the legendary outlaw who returns from the Crusades and battles the corrupt likes of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) while helping the locals survive.

Origins has been building an eclectic cast so far, including Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) on as Little John, Eve Hewson (Enough Said) as Maid Marian and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey) playing Will Scarlet. Scarlet is traditionally more known for his musical abilities than Tuck, but perhaps they are going in a different direction with everyone.

Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) will direct the film in Budapest later this year, aiming at a 23 March 2018 release in the US with no confirmed date for the UK just yet.

Robert Downey Jr set for Man Of The People adaption

News arrives via Deadline that Robert Downey Jr, closing in on his tenth anniversary playing Tony Stark, will likely follow up production of the next two Avengers films with a biopic of non-doctor John Brinkley, whose use of goat glands for medicinal purposes was his ticket to infamy in the early part of the 20th Century.





The untitled film, based on the Man Of The People episode of the Reply All podcast, focuses on Brinkley, and his rise in America with his procedure to transplant goat testicles into humans, initially to cure impotency but then for a wide variety of maladies. Using the social media of the day, radio, Brinkley spread the word of what he was doing and grew so popular that he eventually ended up managing clinics and hospitals in a number of states, and even twice ran for public office in Kansas. And all of this without ever having received a genuine medical licence. And yet despite success that turned him into a multimillionaire – spoilers alert – Brinkley died penniless due to a wide variety of lawsuits (including malpractice, wrongful death and fraud) that he became the subject of.

The film will be produced by Downey Jr and his wife's Team Downey production company, with Richard Linklater (Boyhood) directing. Downey Jr will next be seen as Iron Man in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is currently involved in back-to-back shooting on Avengers: Infinity War and a fourth untitled Avengers film, which he says "promises to be a year of fun-filled lensing." While the actor has appeared in recent years in The Judge (2014) and Chef (2014), there are persistent rumblings of a fourth Iron Man film, hardly surprising considering that the last entry in that series, Iron Man 3 (2013), pulled in $1.2 billion at the global box office.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Two new character one sheets for The Dark Tower arrive online

Sony Pictures have just released two new character one sheets for Nikolaj Arcel's (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) The Dark Tower.








Finally headed our way after several versions failed to ignite, the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower series is finally heading to screens.

The Dark Tower promises a subtly different origin story for the conflict between Roland Deschain, know as The Gunslinger (Idris Elba), and warlock Walter, The Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey), who brought chaos and destruction to a realm known as Mid-World. Walter's current target is the Dark Tower, which maintains order in the various realms and multiverses, and Deschain's target is... Walter.

The first movie finds Walter on the hunt for Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who posses 'The Shine' (you might recognise the power from another slightly well known King story), which could help destroy the Tower's support and allow Walter to bring his particular brand of apocalypse to other realms.

The Dark Tower will arrive in cinemas 28 July.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

New one sheet for Snatched arrives online

20th Century Fox have recently released their latest one sheet for Jonathan Levine's (Warm Bodies) Snatched.





With sketch show Inside Amy Schumer on hiatus for the time being, Schumer looks to be fully concentrating on the movies for the foreseeable future. First out of the gate is Snatched, in which the Trainwreck (2015) star teams up with Goldie Hawn – which is something of a coup since it is Hawn's first film since The Banger Sisters (2002).

After her boyfriend dumps her impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Schumer) persuades her overly cautious mother (Hawn) to accompany her on a vacation to Ecuador. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda soon realise that working through their differences as mother and daughter is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure that they have fallen into.

The script comes from Katie Dippold (The Heat) and is inspired by her relationship with her own mother.

With Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes and Christopher Meloni also in the cast, Snatched is out in the UK on 12 May.

New one sheet for Wonder Woman arrives online

Warner Bros have just released a new one sheet for Patty Jenkins (Monster) Wonder Woman.





Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on the sheltered island of Themyscira, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

With Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), David Thewlis (War Horse), Danny Huston (Children Of Men) and Lucy Davis (Shaun Of The Dead) among the cast, Wonder Woman will be out in the UK on 2 June.

Taikia Waititi set to direct Bubbles

He last brought us the wonderful Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016) and has been having fun in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Ragnarok, but Taika Waititi appears ready to head to an even stranger place. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he has signed on to co-direct Bubbles, a stop motion movie about the life of Michael Jackson's pet chimp.





Mark Gustafson, who has worked on movies such as Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and is developing a new Pinocchio with Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim), is on to co-direct the new film, which is coming from the team behind Anomalisa (2015).

Isaac Adamson's screenplay chronicles the ape's friendship with the King Of Pop after Jackson adopted him from a Texas research facility and gave him a home at his Neverland ranch in 1983. He lived with the megastar until he became too aggressive (Bubbles, not Jacko) and was moved to a primate sanctuary in Florida, where he still lives.

"It's an idea that fascinates me and one I want to develop further," says Waititi, who previously channeled obsession with Jackson through 2010 comedy Boy. "Most people know I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan, so the main thing for me is to make sure it's respectful of him and his legacy. I'm not interested in making a biopic; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world. This film is not about Michael Jackson because that's not a story for me to tell – or a story I'd be comfortable telling – it's about a chimpanzee's fascinating journey through the complex jungle of human life. I think animation is the only way to approach a story like this."

There is no date for this one to arrive yet, but it will certainly take time given the painstaking nature of stop motion. Thor: Ragnarok, meanwhile, will arrive in cinemas on 27 October in the UK and 3 November in the US.

Joel and Ethan Coen re-Writing Scarface reboot script

Though it lost its most recent director candidate (Antoine Fuqua) but there is good news for the latest version of Scarface. News arrives via Variety that Universal Pictures have Joel and Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!) providing their scriptwriting services to do a polish on the new movie's screenplay.




And the producers – which includes Martin Bregman who helped bring Brian De Palma's 1983 version starring Al Pacino to screens – appear to be close to finding a replacement director to call the shots, with Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) still attached to star as a Mexican gangster who is looking to carve out his own slice of the American dream.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water) is in the mix alongside the man who coincidentally originally hired him for what would become that film, Peter Berg (Lone Survivor). Mackenzie's story is the more intriguing one – unable to secure most studio jobs he has since become a toast of the town and is being offered scripts all over the place. And Berg, of course, has a history with Universal Pictures via Battleship (2012) and Lone Survivor (2013).

The new version still faces an uphill battle with some who don't really want to see another remake, even given that the 1983 film is itself exactly that. Still, Universal remains confident and has handed out a 10 August 2018 release for the film in the US.

Kevin Smith planning Jay And Silent Bob reboot satire

Despite seemingly closing the book on the View Askewniverse way back at the end of Dogma (1999), Kevin Smith just can't escape its gravitational pull. He has revisited the slackers of Clerks (1994) and has a series based on Mallrats (1995) currently in development limbo. But with other projects seemingly stalled, he is turning his attention back to his two most iconic creations – Jay And Silent Bob.


This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids - @jayandsilentbob are coming back! Here's the story: Sadly, Clerks III can't happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a #Mallrats movie instead... which also didn't happen because it turned into a #Mallrats series. I've pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far. Mind you, I'm not complaining: nobody gets to make EVERYTHING they wanna make in this business (do they?). And I've been lucky to make anything at all, there's so much competition out there, so many much cooler ideas from fresh folks. And besides: I had #comicbookmen and then @tuskthemovie and @yogahosers (which all came together so crazy quickly), and the podcasts and #fatmanonbatman. With all of that, how could I bitch about no Clerks III or Mallrats 2? Then when I started directing @thecw shows, it was such a slice of Heaven on Earth, I happily put my Askewniverse sequels to the side. Since I sold #Clerks and #Mallrats years ago, they're owned by others, which limits my moves with my own material. I don't mind: back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place. So I don't own Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or #Dogma... But I DO own #jayandsilentbob. So while I love playing with someone else's new toys on @cwtheflash and @Supergirl, I'm getting eager to play with my old toys again in the inter-connected View Askewniverse I spent the first half of my career creating. And so all last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" - a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old "Bluntman & Chronic Movie" they hated so much. It's a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer! Never give up, kids. You CAN do anything you want in life, so long as you're patient and malleable. #KevinSmith
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Though he has more recently been known for the genre-stretching likes of Tusk (2014) and Yoga Hosers (2016), or for directing episodes of DC's TV series, Smith has decided to take a swipe at reboot culture with a new Jay and Bob film that he will star in alongside regular partner in crime (and actual bestie) Jay Mewes.

Posting the above image to Instagram, Smith wrote a long post about his plans. "This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids – Jay And Silent Bob are coming back! Here's the story: Sadly, Clerks III can't happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a Mallrats movie instead... which also didn't happen because it turned into a Mallrats series. I've pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far.

"Then when I started directing The CW shows, it was such a slice of Heaven on Earth, I happily put my Askewniverse sequels to the side. Since I sold Clerks and Mallrats years ago, they're owned by others, which limits my moves with my own material. I don't mind: back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place. So I don't own Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or Dogma... But I DO own Jay and Bob. So while I love playing with someone else's new toys, I'm getting eager to play with my old toys again in the interconnected View Askewniverse I spent the first half of my career creating.

"And so all last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing Jay and Silent Bob Reboot – a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old Bluntman & Chronic movie they hated so much. It's a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer!"

So there we are... Jay and Bob are coming back. Again. And probably sooner than you think.

Joe Manganiello and Marley Shelton set to join Rampage

News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) and Marley Shelton (Planet Terror) are set to join Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas) in the video game adaption Rampage.





Those of a certain age will remember feeding coins into the arcade cabinet (and later playing at home) to control three giant monsters – George (a giant gorilla), Lizzie (a huge lizard) and Ralph (a raging werewolf), who were normal humans until they were the subject of experiments by the nefarious Scumlabs and turned into their monstrous forms. Johnson is playing an animal loving hero who may be the only hope for saving the world, while Naomie Harris (SPECTRE) is on as a geneticist with a moral streak who decides to help.

Now we can add Manganiello as the leader of a private military group and Shelton – wife of producer Beau Flynn, who is reuniting with Johnson after San Andreas (2015) – playing an astronaut.

With San Andreas director Brad Peyton overseeing the madness, Rampage will be stomping into cinemas April next year.

"No one understands the lonely perfection of my dreams."

When the Alien: Covenant title appears on the screen in Ridley Scott's third entry in Fox's six film franchise, it slowly emerges in deep space scored by Jerry Goldsmith's beautiful haunting theme. After the different, divisive Prometheus (2012), it seems like a reaffirmation of core values – this time, in space, no-one will hear you scream. If that is the intention, then Scott succeeds in fits and starts – it feels like a companion piece with Prometheus, still heavy on exposition, but edges closer to the original in terms of gore, imagery and pure excitement.





Alien: Covenant opens with the young Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) lecturing android David (Michael Fassbender) about the mysteries of creation and – to underline the point – gets him to play Wagner's Entry Of The Gods Into Valhalla on a grand piano. Clearly taking place before the events of Prometheus, we then cut to ten years after Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw put David's head in a duffel bag and blasted off to the Engineers' planet. It is now 2109 and the crew of the Covenant are transporting 2,000 colonists to paradise planet Origae-6 in order to start a new life. A random transmission – that is deciphered as John Denver's Country Roads – alerts them to the presence of a nearer planet that has better conditions to support life. Having suffered a recent tragedy that left fatalities, the crew take the easy option and set down in the untested environment. There is breathable air and fields of wheat. Only terraforming officer Daniels (Katherine Waterston) notices there is no bird sound or animal noise. Entirely devoid of organic life, it is a haunted house on the grandest possible scale

Happily, compared to Prometheus, Covenant improves on your favourite Alien tropes – crew banter, a hazardous drop to a planet, the return of ship's computer MOTHER, arguments over quarantine, running full-pelt down corridors, eggs, Facehuggers, Chestbursters and Xenomorphs. But there are twists to the formula, too. There is a newborn alien that could arguably considered cute. And we also get nifty Neomorphs, much more agile than their previous (or should that be future) counterparts, leaping like Velociraptors when cornered by the crew.

When it is intense, Covenant is really intense. The first encounter with the nascent Neomorphs is a full on onslaught, from uncomfortable scenes of uncontrollable shaking to moments of dark absurdity (slipping on blood at a key moment) to the critters revealing a hitherto unknown skill at head butting. Yet once the hunt is on, Scott struggles to muster the sustained tension of Alien or the relentless ride of James Cameron's Aliens (1986). There are some creepy kills but none that recapture the visceral imagination and design of the original's deaths. He also can't build momentum in the same way, the sense of narrative urgency sadly missing.

The Covenant crew are a particularly nondescript, inter-changeable blue collar bunch. Some show promise. Waterston's Daniels is crippled with grief. Newly promoted captain Oram (Billy Crudup) is dealing with doubts that his religious faith will undermine his authority. But only Danny McBride's (Eastbound & Down) Tennessee really registers, and that is partly because he wears a cowboy hat. In fact, the most interesting character relationships come between the two synthetics – newbie Walter and Prometheus holdover David (named after series producers Walter Hill and David Giler). Both skilfully differentiated by Michael Fassbender, the pair meet as David is the only inhabitant of the newly found planet. There are weird, interesting scenes as David teaches Walter to play flute, out score each other on Romantic poetry and in, what feels like a bizarre piece of Fassbender slash fiction, a kiss.


Yet it is also the point where Scott gets to indulge his thematic mission to explore the relationship between man and his creator. At its best, the Alien series works as B movies, embedding all the (psychosexual) meaning in the imagery. Here it is done in dialogue about the frustration of not being allowed to create and the loneliness of dreams. It is just a shame that one of cinema's greatest image makers couldn't deliver his ideas visually. Still, as The Martian (2015) proved, Scott is still a master of science fiction, be it the big stuff (the Covenant sprouting sails to harness power) or the telling details (alien atoms get highlighted in smoke rings). John Logan (SPECTRE) and Dante Harper's screenplay, after the laugh free Prometheus, also adds a joke or two.

An upgrade from Prometheus, Alien: Covenant amps up the thrills but doesn't quite deliver the memorable crew member or full on onslaught of the series at its height.





Henry Cavill and Ben Kingsley set for new thriller Nomis

News arrive via The Hollywood Reporter that Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel) and Ben Kingsley (Hugo) are leading the cast of new psychological thriller Nomis.





Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas) has also signed on to the film, which writer and director David Raymond is currently shooting in Canada. The Hollywood Reporter's story doesn't specify what they will be doing in the film, but we do know that the story finds an American police force trapping an online predator, only to discover that the depth of his crimes goes beyond anything they had thought.

"I'm overjoyed by our cast," says Raymond. "Henry's got such a strong presence onscreen, but he's also incredibly smart and has a wicked sense of humor. I think people are going to be blown away by what he's going to do with this role. Sir Ben is always incredible. I wrote the character for him, so I was quite relieved when he signed on. Alexandra is a raw talent and has an undeniable electricity, which is exactly why I wanted her in this role."

Cavill has war film Sand Castle arriving later this year and will be back in the cape for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) follow-up Justice League, out 17 November. Kingsley will be seen in Collide and Per Fly's (The Inheritance) Backstabbing For Beginners, while Daddario can be seen the Baywatch reboot, which arrives on our screens 2 June.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

New banners for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrive online

Walt Disney Pictures have just released a new set of banners for Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning's (Kon-Tiki) Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

















The fifth and latest Pirates Of The Caribbean film has undergone something of a subtitle change for UK audiences – what is called Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales elsewhere is now known as Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge here.

We suppose the new title makes sense, focusing as it does on Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), a ghostly former cohort of Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. Freshly escaped from the Devil's Triangle, Salazar and his spectral crew are killing all the living pirates, and Jack is their primary target.

Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong sailor in the Royal Navy. The teaser features no Jack, but instead finds Bardem's ghostly, but surprisingly polite sort demanding that Henry finds Jack for him.

Kon-Tiki's (2012) Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning are at the helm for this one, which Walt Disney Pictures will be hoping can keep the successful money tsunami going and generate some better reviews than the last outing.

We will find out if that is the case when Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge docks into UK cinemas on 26 May.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

New banner for Wonder Woman arrives online

Warner Bros have just released a new banner for Patty Jenkins (Monster) Wonder Woman.





Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on the sheltered island of Themyscira, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

With Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), David Thewlis (War Horse), Danny Huston (Children Of Men) and Lucy Davis (Shaun Of The Dead) among the cast, Wonder Woman will be out in the UK on 2 June.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

New one sheet for Baby Driver arrives online

Sony Pictures have just released their latest one sheet for Edgar Wright's (The World's End) Baby Driver





Baby Driver represents something of a departure for the British filmmaker – unlike previous fare like Shaun Of The Dead (2004) or Hot Fuzz (2007) this one is not strictly a comedy. Rather, it is a pacy energetic action movie with the emphasis on car chases, driven by the iPod music of the titular Baby (Ansel Elgort).

Baby is a shades wearing getaway driver for crime kingpin Doc (Kevin Spacey) and his associates, including Buddy (Jon Hamm), Bats (Jamie Foxx), and Griff (Jon Bernthal). Baby looks keen to make it his one last job, but Doc has other plans. Lily James (Cinderella) plays Baby's waitress girlfriend Deborah.

Baby Driver will handbrake turn into cinemas from 16 August.

New one sheet for Wonder Woman arrives online

Warner Bros have just released a new one sheet for Patty Jenkins (Monster) Wonder Woman.





Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on the sheltered island of Themyscira, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that is raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

With Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House Of Cards), David Thewlis (War Horse), Danny Huston (Children Of Men) and Lucy Davis (Shaun Of The Dead) among the cast, Wonder Woman will be out in the UK on 2 June.

New banner for Despicable Me 3 arrives online

Universal Pictures have just released a new banner for Kyle Balda (Minions), Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me 2) and Eric Guillon's Despicable Me 3.





Despicable Me (2010), its sequel and spin-off Minions (2015) have all been huge box office surprises, so no one should be shocked that a third outing for Gru (Steve Carell) and the little yellow troublemakers is on the way.

While not much is know about the plot, we do know that it will see Gru and wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) still working for the Anti Villain League. And this time, the threat comes from weird supervillain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former child star gone rogue who is obsessed with the 1980s, when his fame was at its peak.

Despicable Me 3 is set for release on 30 June.

New banner for Baywatch arrives online

Paramount Pictures have just released a new banner for Seth Gordon's (Horrible Bosses) Baywatch.




Promising to inject more comedy into the sun soaked drama series concept, Baywatch finds Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas) as committed lifeguard Mitch Buchanan, who has to deal with the challenges of caring for the beach the people who use it. But when his boss, Captain Thorpe (Rob Heubel) hires hotshot Matt Brody (Efron), the pair initially butts heads.

But when a serious threat rears its head, the team springs into action – even if the local law enforcement officers aren't too thrilled.

Also in the cast are Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw 3D), Kelly Rohrbach (The PET Squad Files), Ilfenesh Hadera (Billions) and Jon Bass, with former Miss World Priyanka Chopra (Quantico), who didn't get to join the line-up fun here, as the villainous Victoria Leeds. We can also expect a cameo from one David Hasselhoff, because it wouldn't be Baywatch otherwise.

Baywatch is out in cinemas now.