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NBC Sets Celebrity Reality Series Starring Survivalist Bear Grylls

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NBC Sets Celebrity Reality Series Starring Survivalist Bear GryllsFollowing last year’s competition series Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls, NBC has slated a new unscripted show starring the adventurer and survivalist. The network has ordered six episodes of the hourlong alternative series Running Wild With Bear Grylls, in which Grylls takes celebrities into the remote locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey that Image (1) Bear-Grylls__131022005000.jpg for post 616305will feature such stunts as skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, rappelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland. It will premiere July 28 and air in the Monday 8 PM slot. The celebrities lined up for the show, going one-on-one with Grylls, include actor Zac Efron, actor-director Ben Stiller, actor Channing Tatum, NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, actor Tom Arnold, and MSNBC and Today anchor Tamron Hall. Running Wild is produced by Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures, which were also behind Get Out Alive.

Electus used a similar strategy with Dwayne Johnson, who hosted a competition reality series, The Hero, for TNT last year, before returning to the cable network this year with a new docu-style unscripted show featuring close-ended episodes, Wake Up Call. Grylls will serve as executive producer along with Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Corie Henson, Laura Caraccioli, Doug McCallie and Viki Cacciatore.

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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 bros they face off against in a war for the neighborhood. The pic marks his second 2014 comedy following January’s That Awkward Moment after a recent run of indie dramas (The Paperboy, At Any Price, Parkland). Universal will release the pic May 9. Check out the trailer:

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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 swell until they all stumble into relationships and have to secretly find a way around their promise. Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis and Jessica Lucas co-star in writer-director Tom Gormican’s That Awkward Moment. Here’s the raunchy and definitely NSFW trailer:

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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 still set to bow wide on January 31, 2014.

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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 comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn daughter. It’s still set for a May 9, 2014 release.

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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 young couple forced to move in with their newborn baby right next to a frat house. Nick Stoller (Get Him To The Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) directs. Townies will hit theaters May 9.

PREVIOUSLY: Universal says it will release psychological thriller The Loft on August 29, 2014. Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city – a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft and each begins to suspect the other. So far The Loft has the August 29, 2014 date all to itself.

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

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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 and Efron, Jason Barrett and Michael Simkin through Efron’s Ninja’s Runnin’ Wild banner. Niija Kuykendall is overseeing for the studio. Lott co-wrote Lore with Black List scribe Cory Goodman, a script that Warner Bros bought for seven figures with Dwayne Johnson attached to star. Lott is repped by Paradigm, Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm and Bloom Hergott.

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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 bit that ended with two of them dropping trou. Rogen stood there wearing a giant merkin as the trio presented Best Shirtless Performance to Taylor Lautner:

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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 up At Any Price prior to its screening at the Venice Film Festival last fall. It opens April 26th.

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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 of the film due to scheduling in November. Zac Efron and Imogen Poots also star in the film about three male friends in New York City who make a pledge to stay single just as each of them starts to fall in love. Lucas plays Vera, the unfaithful wife of Michael B. Jordan’s Mikey character. The Canadian actress will also soon be seen as the lead in The CW’s Cult, which debuts on February 19. Tom Gormican is directing Are We Officially Dating? from his own script. Treehouse Pictures’ Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen are producing with Scott Aversano and Andrew O’Connor. Bill Block, John Friedberg, Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett and Manu Gargi are executive producing. Jessica Lucas is repped by The Gersh Agency and Thruline Entertainment.

Related: AFM: Imogen Poots Joins ‘Are We Officially Dating?’

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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
Mike Fleming

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 up outside the Sala Grande for a glimpse of Zac Efron, here for competition pic At Any Price. Sony Pictures Classics recently acquired Ramin Bahrani’s father-son drama set against the backdrop of agricultural farming and auto racing in the U.S. Midwest. Efron (wearing socks which appeared to have the word “Monday” sewn in – today’s Friday, right?) spoke about his recent project choices saying he’s “at a crossroads” and trying to take the path less traveled. He turned up in Cannes this year for Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and with Bahrani – the NY-based Man Push Cart director who’s never worked with known actors before – he’s continuing to try to distance himself from a teen idol image. Still, he’ll next go the romcom route with just-announced Are We Officially Dating? from a script that made the 2010 Black List and he said he’s also got Universal’s Townies coming up with Seth Rogen.

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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 to remain single just as they each start to fall in love. Production begins in Manhattan this fall.

Treehouse Pictures’ Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen are producing with Scott Aversano and Andrew O’Connor. Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett, and Manu Gargi are executive producing. QED International is handling international sales. Gormican is working on a pilot with Greg Daniels and Tracy Katsky, and recently sold Bad Form to Warner Bros and Save The Date to Sony with Neil Moritz. WME and 3 Arts rep Gormican while CAA and Alchemy rep Efron.

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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 in New York and Los Angeles, expanding to additional markets September 21.


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

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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 adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper comic novel about four siblings who come home to sit ‘shiva’ for their deceased father. They are trapped in the house for seven days, and all the skeletons are bared. Tropper, who memorably adapted Harvey into a script that once had Steven Spielberg committed to direct, adapted his own novel. It is a script that is drawing interest from a lot of talent, with other stars expected to step up for other roles in the ensemble. Spring Creek’s Paula Weinstein and Jeff Levine are producing with Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot. Hawn, who last starred in 2002′s The Banger Sisters, is in talks to play the clan’s mother. Bateman, Efron (whom Shankman directed in Hairspray) and Mann will play siblings. The intention is to begin production in early September. Shankman just directed the musical Rock of Ages, with Tom Cruise starring.

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