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Mar 20th
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Too many mother uckers...  
Uckin' with the tags... lol, but just so y'all see them, here are the Elle outtakes anyway...

The only untagged one leads:

^ROFL @ his hair. This may be the ultimate lulzefron hairstyle.


Disney proteges moving on
Efron, Jonas Bros. venturing out of studio


It has all the elements of a Disney movie: a teen-targeted romantic comedy set in a high school with "High School Musical"-franchise star Zac Efron as its lead.

But "17 Again" was produced by New Line, and like a lot of studios around town, the company is looking to capitalize on the young stars who got their big breaks courtesy of the Mouse House.

Other studios are landing everyone from Efron and his "High School Musical" co-stars to the Jonas Brothers, courting them with the chance to star in high-profile pics.

As a result, Disney is losing its grip over the talent it groomed through the Disney Channel or Hollywood Records, putting it in an unusual position of watching potential moneymakers move off the lot.

• Efron is attached to a "Footloose" redo at Paramount, and is in the running to star in Warner Bros.' adaptation of the popular animated TV series "Jonny Quest";

• The Jonas Brothers are set to make their bigscreeen acting bows in Fox's adaptation of "Walter the Farting Dog," based on the series of kids books, that Peter and Bobby Farrelly may helm, despite having a new series, "J.O.N.A.S." premiering on Disney Channel in May;

• Fox 2000 has cast Selena Gomez, a star of Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," and Joey King ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody") in its adaptation of "Beezus and Ramona," another kidlit series that Walden Media is co-producing;

• Walden also cast "High School Musical" alum Vanessa Hudgens in "Bandslam," a battle-of-the-bands comedy that Summit Entertainment is releasing this summer. Thesp landed a role in Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch," an anti-Disney version of "Alice in Wonderland" with machine guns.

Dealmakers say the attraction is mainly money.

Disney doesn't have the reputation for shelling out a lot of coin for talent, and got into the business of launching the careers of young stars from its cable channel or record label in order to keep costs low and enable it to eke out more profits per project.

As one producer puts it, "Disney is good at getting stars on the way up and on the way down."

At the same time, Disney is often averse to participating in bidding wars on projects.

But that frugal strategy is driving talent away.

"It's almost a matter of it being a free market system," says a producer of "17 Again." "They go where the money is."

On paper, the Mouse House would appear to have been the perfect fit for "17 Again."

Disney based multi-hyphenate Adam Shankman was on board to produce the comedy through his Offspring shingle and Efron was attached to star when Jason Filardi's pitch hit the open market in February 2007.

But it wasn't Efron's ballooning pricetag, driven up by the "High School Musical" franchise, that muscled the cost-conscious studio out of contention — the star's salary wasn't negotiated until long after New Line bought the project.

Instead, New Line outbid other studios, including Disney, plunking down $750,000 against $1.5 million, for Filardi's pitch. The pic was produced before "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" bowed last year, but was held for an April 17 release to cash in on that film's appeal.

"Disney pursued the project but not nearly as aggressively as New Line," adds the executive. "It was a case where New Line was willing to pay more for the script than Disney. And it was the script that attracted Efron in the first place."

The Mouse House has been willing to pony up the coin to keep its biggest star, Miley Cyrus, in the Disney family.

Her "Hannah Montana: The Movie" bows April 10, after last year's concert pic surprised Hollywood with a $70 million worldwide haul.

After her titular feature comes a tailor-made Disney vehicle for Cyrus based on an upcoming Nicholas Sparks book, tentatively titled "The Last Song," for which he's also penning the script.

But it's worth noting that the package, again to be produced by Shankman's Offspring shingle, never went on the open market.

"Miley might be a little bit more loyal than the others," says one Offspring exec, who is involved with "Last Song."

But it also depends on how much an actor may want to shed the Disney persona.

Sixteen-year-old Cyrus still has a few years to play the squeaky-clean teen ingenue. But Efron, at 21, can't really portray the high school hero anymore, and it has become a necessity for him to begin to distance himself from the Disney brand if he wants to have a viable leading man career.

He's sticking with what he knows, though: "17 Again" features a dance sequence and has Efron's character playing basketball — not-so-subtle references to "High School Musical."

The money issue isn't expected to go away anytime soon.

In a recent interview with KCRW's "The Business," Disney chairman Dick Cook said the recession has forced the studio to cut back on how much it spends to produce its movies, and is slashing the paychecks of some stars in half.

"There are some that haven't quite gotten it yet," he said. "It maybe hasn't hit them. But no one gets by this downturn. … The discipline on all of us has changed dramatically in just the last few months. I don't see that changing quickly at all. People are looking at every single project with the idea of, ‘How can we make it? Can we make it so that it's economically viable?'"

"We're proud of fact that we find, nurture, and grow talent who are then sought after by others," says a Disney spokesman. Disney also says its stars are free to work for any studio.

And if they do that, the studio can always go back to Disney Channel to create more talent. There's newcomer Demi Lovato, for example, and the fourth installment of "High School Musical" concentrates on the newer characters.

Tatiana Siegel contributed to this report.


My take. 1) I am glad Disney didn't buy 17 Again. Shudder. 2) Depending on Zac's level of script approval, he could still walk away from Footloose. However, leaving could be a very damaging move to his relationship with Paramount. Worst case scenario, think Aquaman 2, if you know Entourage. But does staying do more damage to his career? IDK? I mean if he has some other stuff (good action movies, dramas or whatnot) lined up, no maybe not. But I don't think he does. He's being very picky (a good thing of course) but until Me and Orson Welles (17 Again might help too but less since it is a comedy) is released he may have a hard time getting the dramatic roles he wants. And Jonny Quest by his own admission is not ready yet.

Honestly (and not to beat a dead horse here), I really don't think Footloose is the greatest idea, but if it has to be made I wish it could be pushed back a year or two so he can do some other non-musical movies first. But I don't know that he can walk away unless the studio walks first or SAG strikes. Both of which seem unlikely. :/ I don't know, if somehow he can convince them it is mutually beneficial to postpone it (not dumping it completely though), that might be his best out temporarily. Also unlikely though.

Side note w/ no offense to the jobros stans: jobros are box office fail now. I'm curious to see if their movie ever gets made. Disney and the tween media circuit has always tried to force them on us but I've never believed they were hotter than zefron (or rpattzy when he came around). Say nothing of box office or nielsen numbers... just look at the Teen Choice Awards. Zac had louder squealing than the jobros, even though he didn't win for Choice Hottie. But since those aren't really based on votes I'm not surprised by his loss... w/e.
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butterflybee260butterflybee260 on March 21st, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)

I just don't see any way Footloose could be good short of a miracle.

And I'm hoping that he has some amazing role lined up and is just keeping quiet about it lol.
Bee: Zac - HSM3 press conferencejeezbee on March 21st, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
1) I don't love any of the pictures. The first and last are ok but the rest... none of them is great though

2) Totally agree with you on being happy that Disney didn't buy 17 Again

3) You know that I think that Footloose is a really bad idea. Musicals in general but also Footloose specifically for several reasons. I also assume he can technically get out of the contract but as you said, Paramount would be pissed. Back when they put the project in motion again (around the time of HSM3 release) it would have been fairly easy but now the studio has invested a lot of more money and time under the assumption that Zac wants to do it (and the contract would indicate that Zac indeed is willing to do it).

Pushing it back would be certainly better than doing it now...

There is one scenario I could imagine working - I would assume that he's not binded to a shooting time etc until a final script is available and then they need to get into his schedule. So, if he has another project committed and scheduled for this summer (before the Footloose script is final), Paramount might have to wait with filming for a bit. By the time Zac's other movie is done, things have changed perhaps.... that's a lot of speculation but I can't see that Paramount is entitled to Zac's entire time until they have a script and know when filming could take place. As I said, just my spec.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 21st, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
How the shooting schedule is handled is entirely dependent on his contract so it is really hard to even begin to guess on that front. That said I don't think it would be normal for them to indefinitely tie him up while they wait on the script. His representation is smart enough to keep that from happening to him.

I just noticed too that someone on imdb claims they have an audition for Footloose and that shooting has been moved to Ontario.
Beejeezbee on March 21st, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
That said I don't think it would be normal for them to indefinitely tie him up while they wait on the script.
You said it better than I did. That's basically my hope.

I've just checked that post. What's weird to me is that Zac was quite clear during the Australian promotion that a) no script is out yet and b) that he's not even sure what his next project is.

Of course it can be Footloose but it seems a bit early for auditions to me, esp if it's not one of the main roles. Idk...
sillycececatherish312 on March 21st, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
good god, if you cover them up that much, what the hell is the point? ugh those idiots.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on March 21st, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Oh, Zac... That last photo is precious.

I'm indifferent toward Footloose. Zac being in a project most definetly peaks my interest, but doesn't necessarily mean I'm 100% committed to viewing the film solely for his presence. I'm fully prepared that there may be films he's a part of that perhaps don't suit my personal tastes. So little has been "officially" presented to the public, as it appears to be in such early stages. I'd find it premature to make an assumption based off Zac's past work, my hopes/opinions for his future films, or the original Footloose. If it's a career move he proceeds forward with then I'm only going to wish him the best with it's making/success.
Shruti: Ali Loves Taryncalcified on March 21st, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 21st, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Yes. It is very not satisfying. I like the first and I like laughing at the last. Maybe other outtakes are better :/

Shots like these though always look so lame now compared to the EW shots and the Interview shots. Oh and the beach shots for People's Sexiest. Those all look so lovely with the lighting and interesting backgrounds.
Shruticalcified on March 21st, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
YES, I am so glad that he has done better shoots in recent memory so that I can laugh at this without wanting to CRY.
zettaiyozettaiyo on March 21st, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
It's small but w/e...at least there's no watermark.

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Like an unmade bed.: zefronlikeanunmadebed on March 21st, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
BB when the unwatermarked ones of him being a greaser slicking back his hair come out, will you put them up?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 21st, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)