Friday, May 24, 2024

“Baywatch: The Movie” Red Carpet Premiere Will Bring The Rock, The Hof, Zac Efron and Santa Monica Beach to Times Square


If you can’t go to the beach, let the beach come to us. Or something like that.

Circle May 21st for the day when Times Square is turned into a Santa Monica beach for the world premiere of “Baywatch: The Movie.” Paramount, which overlooks the crossroads of the world, will fill the concrete plaza that used to be Broadway (don’t get me started) with sand, sharks, and no doubt a red (or tan) carpet punctuated by a large white lifeguard stand. I can only imagine there’s some SPF suntan product tie -in as well.

Sources tell me that rather than have the premiere in “Baywatch”‘s home surf and turf, the studio is accommodating Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock, who has to be in New York that week. That also means Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Pamela Anderson and the one and only David Hasselhoff will be there, too, for what is sure to be a memorable event.

“Baywatch” is directed by Seth Gordon and rated R– this is not really a movie version of the tame TV show. Reports from Las Vegas this week at Cinema Con indicate a far raunchier screenplay than anything that was on the small screen– with some coarser humor than the television lifeguards ever offered. If that’s the case, the old Times Square– not the current version– might have been more appropriate.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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