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Johnson says 'Baywatch' is summer's 'sexiest, funniest' pic

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/29/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
"Baywatch" cast members, Zac Efron, from left, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra discuss the upcoming film onstage during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press "Baywatch" cast members, Zac Efron, from left, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra discuss the upcoming film onstage during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — CinemaCon just got a little less dressed.

Zac Efron, a cast member in "Baywatch," walks past models dressed as lifeguards as he is introduced to the crowd during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Zac Efron, a cast member in "Baywatch," walks past models dressed as lifeguards as he is introduced to the crowd during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The cast of "Baywatch" took the stage Tuesday afternoon alongside around two dozen scantily clad men and women sporting the classic red bathing suits to preview the film for exhibitors and theater owners at the annual convention.

Alexandra Daddario, left, and Priyanka Chopra, cast members in the upcoming film "Baywatch," react to the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Alexandra Daddario, left, and Priyanka Chopra, cast members in the upcoming film "Baywatch," react to the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Star Dwayne Johnson told the audience of theater owners and exhibitors that their movie is going to be the craziest, sexiest, funniest R-rated comedy of the summer. Johnson called their group the "'Avengers' of the beach." He also introduced new footage in what they called a "fuschia band" trailer, riffing on the risque nature of the NSFW "red band" trailer.

The cast of "Baywatch," bottom center, Zac Efron, from center left, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra, are flanked by models dressed as lifeguards during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press The cast of "Baywatch," bottom center, Zac Efron, from center left, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra, are flanked by models dressed as lifeguards during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Indeed, there was a fair amount of skin in the footage — including a naked male cadaver that Zac Efron's character has to inspect — which highlighted both its self-aware comedy and action/adventure on the beach.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, star of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," addresses the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, star of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," addresses the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Baywatch" also stars Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra. It hits theaters on May 26.

Matt Damon, left, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," addresses the audience with director George Clooney during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Matt Damon, left, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," addresses the audience with director George Clooney during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Paramount Pictures in their presentation put the spotlight on a different kind of heat, too, debuting the first trailer for Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Sequel," which comes out July 28. The former Vice President, who walked out to Nelly's "Hot in Herre," was on hand to introduce the ad, saying that he hopes the film "will be a tool for galvanizing action in our communities."

Alexander Payne, left, co-writer/director of the upcoming film "Downsizing," addresses the audience as cast member Matt Damon looks on during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Alexander Payne, left, co-writer/director of the upcoming film "Downsizing," addresses the audience as cast member Matt Damon looks on during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Audiences also got an extended look at "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth film in the franchise, which imagines that transformers fought alongside King Arthur. Mark Wahlberg stars alongside Anthony Hopkins and comedian Jerrod Carmichael in the film out June 23.

Julianne Moore, left, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," addresses the audience as fellow cast member Matt Damon, center, and director George Clooney look on during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Julianne Moore, left, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," addresses the audience as fellow cast member Matt Damon, center, and director George Clooney look on during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The studio, now under the new leadership of Jim Gianopulos, also made sure to highlight its more prestigious films on the slate, like "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland's "Annihilation," a sure to be mindbender starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, and Alexander Payne's "Downsizing."

Anthony Hopkins, right, a cast member in "Transformers: The Last Knight," addresses the audience as fellow cast member Mark Wahlberg looks on during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Anthony Hopkins, right, a cast member in "Transformers: The Last Knight," addresses the audience as fellow cast member Mark Wahlberg looks on during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Matt Damon and Payne were on site to preview footage from the satirical "Downsizing," out in December, which imagines a world where people can literally shrink themselves down to save money and lead a better lifestyle. Damon also joined Julianne Moore and George Clooney to discuss "Suburbicon" — a Coen brothers-scripted and Clooney-directed dark crime comedy set for a Nov. 3 release.

George Clooney, director of the upcoming film "Suburbicon," discusses the film onstage during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press George Clooney, director of the upcoming film "Suburbicon," discusses the film onstage during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Clooney noted that their Nov. 3 release puts them up against the superhero pic "Thor: Ragnarok" which comes out the same day.

Julianne Moore, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," discusses the film during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Julianne Moore, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," discusses the film during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Thor is a handsome, good looking man with a hammer ... and we have Matt," Clooney deadpanned.

Matt Damon, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," waves to the audience as he is introduced during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Matt Damon, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," waves to the audience as he is introduced during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

CinemaCon runs through Thursday.

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