Baywatch Back

After several years in development, a movie version of L.A. lifeguard show “Baywatch” is soon to go before the cameras.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron head the cast of the Paramount Pictures film, planned as an R-rated action comedy, which will start shooting early next year with “Horrible Bosses” director Seth Gordon at the helm.

The biggest stars of the iconic ’90s TV version, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, are not currently attached, but The Hoff is believed to be in negotiations and close to signing on for a role.

Compton Proud

Music mogul Dr. Dre is sending the earnings from his new album straight into Compton.

Dre, real name Andre Young, will use royalties from the record to fund a new arts and entertainment center in his hometown.

The new album, titled “Compton,” is his first in 16 years and he was moved to record it after seeing an early screening of box office-topping film “Straight Outta Compton.” He co-produced the film, which is based on his days in gangsta rap group N.W.A.

“I felt myself being so inspired by the movie that I went to the studio and started recording an album,” he said on his Beats 1 radio show.

The Universal film is on its way to being one of the most profitable movies of the year. Made on a reported budget of $29 million, the Aug. 14 release grossed $60.2 million in its first three days of release.

Short Takes

Fox TV’s L.A. duopoly, which consists of KTTV (Channel 11) and KCOP (Channel 13), has named Bob Cook general manager and vice president. … City National Corp.’s Bram Goldsmith, who stepped down as chairman of the bank holding company in 2013 but remains on the board, has long been a supporter of the arts in Los Angeles and now he will be the one in the spotlight when a gala evening of classical music is held in his honor in Beverly Hills. The Nov. 10 event will be a fundraiser for both the venue, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the performers, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Staff reporter Sandro Monetti can be reached at or (323) 549-5225, ext 226.


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