The long-rumored feature-film version of Baywatch may finally be approaching reality, David Hasselhoff, the star of the original TV series, has confirmed. In an interview at the White Nights of St. Petersburg arts festival with Bang Showbiz, a British celebrity news service, Hasselhoff disclosed that he will not be reprising his role as the hunky lifeguard Mitch Buchanan in the movie. Instead, he'll be playing .... David Hasselhoff. He told the news service, "I've just met the guy writing the film. I'm going to play myself." There was no indication whether the role would be significant or merely a cameo. Will any of The Others who appeared in the original series -- on NBC in 1989 and then in syndication from 1991-1999 -- be appearing in the movie? Hasselhoff said that he simply doesn't know -- but they've had a script for four years. "There will be certain people in the movie for the original parts and we're trying to make it a very cool, updated version," Hasselhoff said. When Pamela Anderson was asked in an Us magazine interview in 2009 whether she would consider reprising her role in a Baywatch movie, she replied adamantly, "Never! I'm not going do it. ... I liked the TV show. I don't like it when they ruin it by making a movie out of it."
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Mel C would discourage her daughter Scarlet from having tattoos as she now wants hers removed.
Mel C regrets having tattoos.
The 38-year-old singer - who has a cross inked on her upper left arm and various creations on her right arm and leg - would discourage her three-year-old daughter Scarlet from having any permanent tattoos in the future because she wants to have hers removed.
She said: ''I'd definitely discourage Scarlet from having tattoos. I'm looking into getting some of them removed. I think it was a great idea to get rid of them for the magazine photos - I wish you could do it permanently.''
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Over rock and roll's "ages" since the 1950s -- and especially since the 1980s -- pop music lovers have split into separate in-groups, each one becoming a veritable religion unto itself, each one scorning The Others. That sort of musical disunion is apparent in the reaction to Rock of Ages , even among the critics, many of whom were compelled to take sides way back in the '80s, which is the setting for the movie. To them, the movie is either "sweet," or "tame" or, as Liam Lacey puts it in the Toronto Globe and Mail, "like a two-hour drive listening to a Classic Rock station." They are not discussing the quality of the filmmaking, it would seem, but reflecting their tastes in the music. "Yes kids," comments Peter Howell in the Toronto Star , "there really was a time, just before the necessary corrective of grunge, when bands like Journey, Foreigner, Poison and Def Leppard were taken seriously." Later "The 1980s were rock's most embarrassing era." Yet Stephen Rea concludes his review in the Philadelphia Inquirer by remarking, "If you have a soft spot for the glam and pomp of Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, and Styx, there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours than with this odd assortment of courageous thespians bringin' on the heartbreak, and feelin' the noize." Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times praises the film for taking "songs you may never have loved and [turning] them into a musical that's easy to enjoy." But Lou Lumenick in the New York Post writes that the only reason he liked the movie is that "this plodding mess may help put to rest Hollywood's inexplicable two-decade love affair with the awful '80s, a pop- culture decade that's overdue for a break." That's the sentiment of numerous critics. To Ty Burr in the Boston Globe Rock of Ages amounts to a "corporate nostalgia cruise of a musical," although he acknowledges that the film "has its cheesy pleasures." There are no pleasures in the movie at all that Rex Reed of the New York Observer can detect (although one suspects that Reed's own musical tastes may run the gamut from Perry Como to Patti Page.) "This sloppy freak show is two minutes shy of two solid hours of screaming swill, without a shred of freshness, insight, cleverness or coherence to be detected within a two-mile radius," Reed writes. He's appalled that the original Broadway show on which the movie is based is still running -- something that he attributes "to the confounding disregard for taste and intelligence rampant among today's mass-market audiences." Although his role, based on GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose, is only slightly larger than a cameo, Tom Cruise figures prominently in most of the reviews. Comments Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News "As he's repeatedly proven, no one captures unadulterated id better than Cruise. It's tremendous fun to watch this worldwide megastar explore the basest nature of his own game." Manohla Dargis in The New York Times likens the whole affair to a "bad Broadway musical" but that a "whispering and writhing Mr. Cruise makes it watchable." And Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times relishes a scene in the movie in which Cruise's character is interviewed by a Rolling Stone reporter. He's "so narcissistically seductive he almost seduces himself," Ebert writes.
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Dev Patel was so concerned about his energy levels dipping while on the set of 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' he was consuming ''12 energy drinks a day''.
Dev Patel had to consume ''12 energy drinks a day'' while on the set of 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
The British actor stars alongside legends including Dame Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy in the movie about a group of retirees who head to a recently done-up hotel in India, and he admits he struggled to keep up with the pace while filming.
He told BANG Showbiz: ''My energy had to be off the scale always, which is hard in that heat. I often got put to shame by The Others in the movie. I was drinking like, 12 energy drinks a day just to keep it up, take after take. John the director just wanted more and more.
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Katherine Heigl is on a mission to save rescue dogs in Los Angeles county from being put down and hopes people will adopt unwanted pooches.
Katherine Heigl is on a mission to save rescue dogs in Los Angeles from being put down.
The 'One for the Money' star runs the charity Jason Debus Heigl foundation - which is named in honour of her late brother - with her mother Nancy and the pair's goal is to encourage people to adopt abandoned mutts.
In her blog post for the iVillage series CelebVillage, the actress revealed: "My mother Nancy and I ... have been fighting diligently to change policy, bring awareness and stop the unnecessary euthanization of healthy adoptable dogs in the city and county of Los Angeles.
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Abigail Breslin was reportedly paid $65,000 to provide the voice to a character in upcoming animated film 'Zambezia', and took just five hours to record her parts.
Abigail Breslin was reportedly paid $65,000 for just five hours work.
The 15-year-old actress voices a bird character in upcoming animated movie 'Zambezia' and received the whopping fee for the short amount of voiceover work, according to website TMZ.com.
The rate works out to be a staggering $13,000 per hour.
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In their widest crackdown on online piracy to date, federal authorities on Monday shut down some 150 websites offering counterfeit goods, including DVDs. Among the sites that were closed were www.dvdshopdvd.com and www.dvdsetonline. Those two sites and The Others now sport a notice headed by the seals of the Department of Justice, The National Intellectual Property Rights Center and Homeland Security. In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "Today we have sent a clear message that the Department will remain ever vigilant in protecting the public's economic welfare and public safety through robust intellectual property enforcement."
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Joss Stone is trying to persuade Sir Mick Jagger to perform with her at next year's London Olympics with their supergroup SuperHeavy.
The singer - whose latest project SuperHeavy features the Rolling Stones legend as well as Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and A R Rahman - is keen for them to play together during the opening ceremony of the London Games as she thinks it will be the ideal venue.
She said: "It's an exciting project but it is so hard to get everybody together in one place. But the Olympics would be great, the perfect idea. I'll ask him."
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Bono's U2 bandmates have admitted they found it very hard sharing a house with the frontman in the late 1980s.
Three of the 'One' hitmakers - the singer, Larry Mullen Jr. And Adam Clayton - shared a house in Los Angeles in 1987 and while they had fun in the US the rest of the group admit it was "very hard" being around the frontman all the time.
Adam said: "It was a mad house. I think Bono drove us mad. It's very hard to live with Bono.
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Mitch Winehouse spent his final visit with his tragic daughter Amy going through old photographs of their family.
Mitch Winehouse spent his final moments with daughter Amy going through old family photographs.
The tragic 'Rehab' singer died suddenly at her home in Camden, north London, on July 23 at the age of 27 and although her father Mitch wasn't supposed to see her on the Thursday before she died, he paid a visit to her after she found an old box of family photographs that had gone missing when she moved house.
Mitch explained: "When she moved she lost a box of old photographs but she found it the Thursday before she died and rang me. I wasn't supposed to be seeing her because I was going to New York to perform but I went round and that was the last time I saw her. We went through those old photographs and there was only one picture of her, The Others were of her family. She loved her family."
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The Others - Celebrities & Sports Personalities Head to Blackpool. Opening Spring 2011, Madame Tussauds Blackpool will be the 11th Madame Tussauds to open around the world and the first U.K. attraction outside of London. The Blackpool destination, like all the others, will be a unique attraction reflecting the interests and characters special to the nation's favourite seaside resort.