Hot Trailer: Universal’s ‘Neighbors’

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 12:59pm PST

The latest trailer for the comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne has dropped. Nick Stoller directs Neighbors (formerly known as Townies), about a couple forced to live next to a fraternity house after their baby is born. Efron plays the leader of the frat … Read More »

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‘Tron’ Sequel Writer Jesse Wigutow On ‘Fire’; Set To Script Graphic Novel For Universal

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 9:55am PST

Zac Efron mugJesse_Wigutow__131210014943-275x345EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Wigutow, who is writing the Tron sequel for Disney, has just closed a deal with Universal Pictures to script the graphic novel Fire, a pet project of Zac Efron, who is attached to star. Fire, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and published by Icon Comics, is about a college student (Efron) who is recruited by the CIA only to find out he is being trained for a program that churns out expendable spies.

Efron and Bendis sold the project to Universal during Sundance three years ago with an eye for Efron to star from a script by Bendis. Wigutow previously worked on  the Disney project Parallel and remake of The Crow and Lionsgate’s remake of The Osterman Weekend. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Zac Efron’s ‘That Awkward Moment’ Red Band

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 5:17pm PDT

The FilmDistrict comedy was titled Are We Officially Dating? until a month ago. Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan — in his first film since Fruitvale Station — star as three buddies who vow to stay single after one of them is dumped. Things go … Read More »

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FilmDistrict’s ‘Are We Officially Dating?’ Now Titled ‘That Awkward Moment’

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT

FilmDistrict has changed the name of its Zac Efron-starrer. Formerly called Are We Officially Dating?, the pic which also stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, is now titled That Awkward Moment. It’s … Read More »

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Universal’s ‘Townies’ Now Titled ‘Neighbors’, Still Set For May 9 Release

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:57am PDT

Universal Pictures has changed the name of its Zac Efron starrer. Formerly called Townies, the pic also starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne is now titled Neighbors. Directed by Nick Stoller, Neighbors is a … Read More »

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UPDATE: Universal Sets ‘The Loft’ For Summer 2014, Zac Efron’s ‘Townies’ For May

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT

UPDATE: After setting psychological thriller The Loft for a summer 2014 debut, Universal’s also slotted its Zac Efron starrer Townies for a 2014 debut. The comedy stars Efron, Seth Rogen, and Rose Byrne in the tale of a … Read More »

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Zac Efron Thriller ‘The Falling’ Gets Jeremy Lott To Write

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has hired Jeremy Lott to write The Falling, a supernatural thriller that has Zac Efron attached to star. Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road are producing with Safehouse’s Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Acquires Zac Efron-Starrer ‘Are We Officially Dating?’

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 12:08pm PDT

SANTA MONICA, CA June 17, 2013 – FilmDistrict announced today that ithas acquired U.S. distribution rights to ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? directed by Tom Gormican and starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller.

Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures produced, along with Scott Aversano and Andrew O’Connor. Treehouse Pictures financed the comedy. Executive producers are Jason Barrett, Manu Gargi, John Friedberg, Michael Simkin, Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman. FilmDistrict plans to distribute the release wide in the U.S. on January 31, 2014.

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Fox Acquires ‘Narc’; Zac Efron Attached To Play “College Donnie Brasco”

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 4:29pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Zac Efron NarcFox has snapped up life rights for the true crime project Narc, based on the actual story of an All-American college kid-turned-police informant. Zac Efron is attached to star as a student, frat president, and lacrosse team captain who’s busted for drugs intended for a party, then secretly turns narc and helps the cops bust criminals while carrying on his BMOC campus life. Efron’s manager and producing partner Jason Barrett will exec produce with Underground-repped Doug Banker. They’ve got a familiar friend in Fox exec Jason Young, who briefly departed the studio to help Efron establish Ninjas Runnin’ Wild in 2010 before returning as Fox’s VP of Production. Read More »

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Cannes Briefs: Williams Sisters Doc Sells In UK; David Lynch’s Duran Duran Movie; Zac Efron Takes ‘Autobahn’; ‘Vatican Tapes’ Records Sales

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UK distributor Kaleidoscope has picked up Maiken Baird and Michelle Major’s Venus & Serena from K5 International. The documentary follows the tennis-playing Williams sisters through a year of their lives. The film will get a release timed to the 2013 Wimbledon Championship in June. The BBC will also broadcast it this summer. The film is exec produced by Alex Gibney with music by Wyclef Jean. Magnolia is releasing in the U.S. this summer.

Duran Duran will be in town next week to headline Amfar’s 20th anniversary Cinema Against Aids benefit, and they’ve also got a movie screening in the market. Arclight Films, in collaboration with Little Studio Films, is selling international rights to Duran Duran Unstaged. The David Lynch-helmed concert film previously had a one-light live online stream on YouTube and Vevo but the special director’s cut has never before been released to the public. Read More »

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Zac Efron & Seth Rogen & Danny McBride Get Raunchy On MTV Awards Show

By | Sunday April 14, 2013 @ 10:45pm PDT

Basic cable experienced a raunchy night as the MTV Movie Awards were held live. Host Rebel Wilson kicked off the night with an “Iron Mangina” sketch. Then Universal’s Townies co-stars Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride took the stage for a … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘At Any Price’

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 9:25pm PST

Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham and Maika Monroe star in this father-son drama set in Midwest farm country. Ramin Bahrani directed and co-wrote with Hallie Elizabeth Newton. Sony Pictures Classics picked … Read More »

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‘Cult’s Jessica Lucas Joins ‘Are We Officially Dating?’

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 10:59am PST

Jessica Lucas has signed on to Are We Officially Dating? The former Melrose Place reboot star replaces Deborah Ann Woll in the romantic comedy. After joining the movie last October, the True Blood star dropped out … Read More »

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Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden Join Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton And Jacki Weaver In JFK Conspiracy Pic ‘Parkland’

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 11:52am PST
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Marcia Gay HardenZac EfronBREAKING: Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden have joined Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver in Parkland, which Peter Landesman wrote and will direct based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy. The film is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and also is being produced and financed by Exclusive Media and its co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.

Bugliosi’s mammoth book, which Playtone and Landesman originally set up at HBO, refuted the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination that were embraced in the Oliver Stone-directed JFK. The film does not address the conspiracy aspect and focuses only on what happened at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The film, to be shot in Austin, is destined for a 2013 U.S. theatrical release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

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Venice: Zac Efron Draws Crowds To The Lido

Clouds rolled into Venice on Friday, but that didn’t stop the crowds from finally turning up. After a few sluggish days in sky-high temperatures and a sort of meh attitude towards the films, the Lido was awash in fans lining … Read More »

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Zac Efron To Star In ‘Are We Officially Dating?’

By | Friday August 31, 2012 @ 9:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

Zac Efron will star in the romantic comedy Are We Officially Dating, which Tom Gormican wrote and will direct for TreeHouse Pictures. Script, which made the 2010 Black List, concerns three friends in New York City who make a pact … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Liberal Arts’

By | Monday August 6, 2012 @ 5:43pm PDT

Directed and written by and starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Liberal Arts has an international trailer that just surfaced. The Sundance hit also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and Elizabeth Reaser. IFC Films opens the movie September 14 … Read More »

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Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, Leslie Mann Eye ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is in talks with Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, and Leslie Mann to headline the ensemble of This Is Where I Leave You, the Adam Shankman-directed … Read More »

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Cannes Conflicted Over ‘The Paperboy’ As All-Star Cast Hits Town For Premiere

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 8:49am PDT
Pete Hammond

Some press and critics at the Cannes Film Festival are already having a field day hurling invectives (a favorite pastime here) against The Paperboy, director Lee Daniels’ first filmMatthew McConaughey Nicole Kidman Zac Efron since his Oscar-nominated work on Precious. This one is based on a well-regarded book by Pete Dexter, who wrote the screenplay with Daniels. It’s about a man (Zac Efron) who tries to help his journalist brother (Matthew McConaughey) investigate the possible wrongful conviction of a man on death row (John Cusack). Nicole Kidman co-stars as a Southern tart who likes her men behind bars and singer Macy Gray is the maid in this 1960′s civil rights era-set wallow that takes place mostly in Florida swamp country (but shot in Louisiana).

At Tuesday morning’s buyers screening and today after the first press screening, reactions seem to be vivid. One critic said “it could be so bad it’s good”. Another compared it to the kind of exploitation pictures Roger Corman regularly turned out. For me, it’s one of those movies that is just dripping with Southern sweat and sleaze — you can smell the place. If it’s an over-the-top wallow into the Deep Deep South of the period, it’s a fun one. You either go with it or you don’t. Tennessee Williams this is not, but it’s fascinating material on many levels and all these actors took a kind of risk and just jumped in without a life preserver; they didn’t do this indie for the money. Avi Lerner’s Millennium and Nu Image produced and the film is up for distribution, as Deadline previously reported, although Lerner could decide to distribute it himself if the deal isn’t right. One top distrib who was at Tuesday’s screening told me they didn’t care for Paperboy, while at least two others said the complete opposite. With a starry cast, exploitable subject matter and scenes already being tweeted all over the place — Kidman peeing on Efron to relieve his jellyfish stings is getting lots of action on the net and the Croisette —  in the end it may not matter what any of the auteur-mad critics here have to say. Unlike Precious this is not really a critics kind of movie. It is in fact the commercially oriented Millennium’s first competition entry ever. Read More »

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