April 2nd: ShoWest Awards Gala thingee
April 3rd: Some PR thing and a possible screening in LA according to random twitters :|
April 5th: More press interviews
April 11th: SNL (please have Hunter and JT and Tom Lennon as skit guests, please. please)
April 13th: The View (possibly other NY appearances ie Today Show, GMA... we'll see)
April 14th: Los Angeles premiere (6pm @ Grauman's Chinese Theater)
April 15th: Ellen
April 16th: Jimmy Kimmell Show
April 26th: Berlin premiere
April 27th: Madrid premiere
Comedy Central bits
Funny or Die
A slew of radio interviews but who knows when, lol.
T4 (UK) - weekend of 4/4-5
10 New Clips:
Also, if you want to watch a really long video of the Paris red carpet click here.
Random blog, who knows...
Question: In the film, you play a high school basketball star who grows up, and in the opening scene, your character is in all his glory on the basketball court.
Zac: That first scene was fun. It was neat, the way it read in the script. It just showed that this kid had so many opportunities and is very, very focused on this basketball thing. You can tell he had been training his whole life for it. He knew what he wanted to do. He knew where his life was going. He had a plan and he was also very driven and focused on that plan and on those goals. So, it made it more interesting when all that got taken away at the very beginning of this story. So, I enjoyed that sequence.
Q: What made you want to make 17 Again your next film?
Z: Honestly, there was an opportunity, when I read this script, that I recognized. There were so many roles post High School Musical that were just high school stories. They were regular high school characters. They were dealing with high school romance and high school scenarios and high school drama. In 17 Again, I had an opportunity to play a 37-year old man, which is someone that I can virtually in no way relate to. And that seemed more interesting. I got a chance to play my father, really. That seemed like more fun. It seemed like the less obvious choice. And I had a blast doing it, so I’m glad that it came through.
Q: Can you talk about observing Matthew Perry and Matthew Perry observing you playing him? Burr was telling us that he would work with you to help you get his mannerisms.
Z: Yeah, all the time. Matthew’s face is very specific and his mannerisms are very specific. He’s got, I don’t know, a built-in culture that was fun to try to find with him and Burr. He was always available on the phone, and I could call him and just ask, ‘What should I do here? I’ve got three things that I might try.’ And he would say, ‘Go with the first one.’ Or he would just point out things to remember: ‘Now, remember here that this is the most important thing that’s ever happened to you. He would give advice. So, I was very grateful to Matthew for that actually. I owe him a lot.’
Q: What was the atmosphere like on the set with so many comic actors and funny people? Were you guys cracking each other up all the time?
Z: It was pretty exciting. It was very funny. Plus we had Adam Shankman on the set a lot. Together we couldn’t keep a straight face the whole time we’d be filming.
Q: What did your dad think of your performance as a dad?
Z: I think he was amused. I don’t know personally what he thinks. He’s just happy. It’s pretty weird for him.
Q: He was on set a couple of times?
Z: Yes. Yeah.
Q: If you had a chance to go back to high school, would you change anything about it?
Z: I’d probably change a million things. If I could go back, I’d just pat myself on the back and be like, ‘Dude, you’re out of here.’ And you’re out of here in no time, honestly. It felt like forever. High school feels like you’re stuck there for an eternity. And the whole time you have to deal with all these strange social interactions because you’re trapped with all these kids your own age that are so different than you.
Q: What do you mean by “strange social interactions”?
Z: You know, on a daily basis, you have to sit right behind the prettiest girl in school, and stuff like that. You’d be surprised how distracting and how much pressure that puts on you.
Q: Who was the prettiest girl in your school?
Z: The prettiest girl in my school? I don’t want to say her name but I still remember her. I’m never going to forget that. There just are things like that – getting called out by one of your teachers in front of the whole class. Public speaking in high school’s a nightmare. I was actually alright because I was doing musical theatre, but some people would literally get the shakes and not be able to talk in front of the class. It’s very unnerving.
Q: Do you feel older than you are sometimes?
Z: Yeah, I think a little bit sometimes. From a very young age I always got along with adults.
Q: Do you ever wish you were older?
Z: Maybe at times. But I’m also very young at heart, I think. I still have fun. I still have fun doing very young things, like watching cartoons in the morning.
Q: Which do you favor?
Z: I still watch SpongeBob sometimes, Saturday mornings when I roll out of bed, sure, SpongeBob will probably stay on.
Q: You just turned 21. What was your party like?
Z: It was, I mean, a 21st birthday party. I had my friends, a lot of close friends and family. It was probably pretty low key for a 21st birthday party, I imagine. But it was a lot of people that I had never seen in the same room before, so I was very excited to have that. There were probably about 60 people, something like that. Close friends, friends from high school, friends from L.A., friends that I met from different projects. Burr [director Burr Steers] and Thomas [cast member Thomas Lennon] were there. It was a very interesting crowd.
Q: What was your collaboration like with the director to play something that’s so different from anything you’ve ever played before?
Z: It was fun. It was interesting. I think Burr was frustrated with me at times because he would try to ask me, ‘You’ve got to have some way to relate to an adult in this fashion. There’s got to be something. Use it.’ I’d say, ‘No, man, I don’t have a daughter.’ So, he would find something else. And that was, I think, where I had the most fun with Burr. He really pushed a lot. He made things interesting. He would change scenarios and make them real to a degree, and that was fun. I learned a lot from Burr and I feel that 17 Again was a big step in the right direction for me personally.
Q: Can you talk about your love of surfing and skateboarding? How good are you?
Z: I don’t know. I picked it up when I was young. I grew up in Pismo Beach. A lot of my friends were big surfers. They were well into it.
Q: Can you still do it? Are you doing it?
Z: Yeah. Yeah. I mean every chance I get. It’s harder to go in California. I tend to go when I’m on vacations. Every time I go it’s a shock to the system. I realize how out of shape I am every time I get in the water. Your shoulders feel like they’re going to fall off.
I'm not going to lie to you. I dig men who are inappropriately young for me. If you are a fan of this site, or if you have ever visited my Cheaper Than Therapy home, this is NOT news to you. I am, technically, 30, but in my mind, most days, I still *think* I'm 20, so liking someone like Chace Crawford or Robert Pattinson seems somewhat less inappropriate. yes?
(if it makes you feel better, I like old guys too. I'm not only a very scary cougar. Sean Penn anyone?)
...and I don't know...there's just something about hearing that Zac Efron and Hunter Parrish were in a movie TOGETHER, where, unsurprisingly, Mr. Efron would be donning a basketball jersey once again, that made me jump at the chance to see the Toronto Premiere of 17 Again.
I was expecting to HATE this movie...because, well, didn't we kind of already see this movie 100 times? It's kind of like Big meets Freaky Friday meets Like Father Like Son (which, if you haven't seen, you MUST. seriously) also...there are shades of Back to The Future, in a scene where Efron tries desperately to get his daughter to NOT kiss him.
and, of course, this scene...where the nice guy puts down the BIG BAD BULLY (Hunter Parrish, looking surprisingly un-Silas-in-Weeds-y. sadly) by insulting the size of his wiener...
...ah, yes, THIS we most definitely have seen before, in just one of the best movies EVER, Just One of the Guys, where nice guy Rick puts down the BIG BAD BULLY Greg Tolan by insulting the size of his weenie
ALAS, William Zabka/Greg Tolan/Johnny Lawrence LIVES ON. Johnny, you're a creampuff!
But, i'm going to go out on a limb to say that i totally didn't hate it. In fact, i rather enjoyed it. There was some serious funny shit in this movie. Sure, there was some serious CHEESE, like, um, a scene where Matthew Perry follows some old guy off a bridge and gets cycloned back to age 17 and a really uncomfortable scene where Efron looks WAY too much like Kevin Federline in head-to-toe Ed Hardy (note to the kids: Ed Hardy is NOT cool)
but, you all, Leslie Mann is in this movie. Leslie Mann is a golden god. don't believe me? Watch 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up again. She's awesome.
It's certainly not winning any awards, but it certainly was a movie I'd watch again. If only for the scene where a 1989'ed Efron BUSTS A MOVE. seriously, it's perfect.
Street Brand Magazine Review:
Film Review: 17 Again
Words: Richard Brown
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
‘17 Again' plugs generation gap
Okay, I have to admit that my first thought when I heard the concept of '17 Again' was: "UGH, not again!" How many movies have been made over the years about an older person who magically becomes young again? 'Big,' 'Freaky Friday' and 'Like Father, Like Son' come to mind.
My second thought, after watching the film: "Wow, what a good flick!"
So here's the concept: If you reach your 30s filled with regrets, but suddenly you get the chance to relive your teen years, what would you do differently? Or the same?
That's the situation Mike O'Donnell (played by High School Musical's Zac Efron) finds himself in. Mike was a basketball star in high school (maybe a bit of typecasting for Zac?), but rather than pursuing a basketball career, he decided to spend his life caring for his girlfriend Scarlett (Leslie Mann ) and their baby. Twenty years later, with his marriage on the fritz and his job not very satisfying, Mike is somehow transformed into a 17 year old again. The humour, of course, comes from the fact that, even with a teenage body, Mike's mentality is decidedly thirty-something. And the plot of the film revolves around the new / old teenager attempting to recapture the best years of his life.
What really sets this adult-becomes-young film apart from others, though, other than the superior humour, is the superior message: there are good and bad things about being both young and old, so live life where - and when - you're at.
The Social Network of Opportunistic Businesswomen (idk? w/e, lol) Review:
Movie Review: 17 Again
March 30, 2009
Selective memory is an unrecognised condition that affects women across Australia. It’s a wonder how such a wide-spread disease has gone unnoticed by the Australian Medical Association!
You can easily recognise the affected. They are between 25 and 40, female, and display unashamed enthusiasm for memories of High School - something they refer to as, “the best years of my life.”
For some unknown reason, the afflicted look back on their teens with fondness instead of remembering the living hell that was Year 7 onwards. These poor victims forget the brutal bitchiness, nightmarish exams, and unrequited romance that tormented their teens and can only remember fun-filled sleepovers, blue light discos and behind the canteen snogs.
Script writers, as the social commentator’s of popular culture, are obviously more attune with the epidemic gripping helpless women, hence films such as Freaky Friday, Like Father, Like Son and now, 17 Again - the latest anti-aging blockbuster to hit the screens.
Matthew Perry stars as Mike O’Donnell, a separated-from-his-wife, dud father/sales rep who can’t help but remember how good life was at seventeen. Back then, he was the star athlete of the basketball team and headed for a college sports scholarship.
When Mike saves the life of a mysterious janitor, he is turned into his 17-year-old self. Even more mysterious is the gorgeous, pimple-free face he miraculously exhibits! Anyway, ‘teen Mike’ re-registers for High School to live the life he never did…
What follows are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments where the middle-aged try to relate to teens - like when your uncle tries to rap Snoop Dogg at the Easter, family get-together. With that, throw in some typical heart lifting schmaltz about realising how good you actually have it back in reality land and, oh yes… you’ll need to deal with some majorly inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron without his shirt! [But don't worry too much, Efron is actually a 21-year-old playing '17 Again'].
This film did bring back some fun High School memories but I love my vino, my good credit rating, mature men and a job well-paid enough to love living at thirty.
Best week ever... not a review but cute anyway:
Could Someone Give Me A Reason Not to See 17 Again?
By Michelle Collins
We here at BWE.tv have always regarded Zac Efron as something of a mystery. His face is what we imagine Suri Cruise to eventually look like; his hair that of an Indigo Girl’s; his body the stuff Thai fantasy packages are made out of. We certainly don’t hate the guy… we just never got it.
But after watching the trailer for his upcoming movie 17 Again… we still don’t really. That being said, we can’t help but think that this movie looks adorable. Let’s start with this: Zac Efron plays Matthew Perry as a teenager. (Cue us slowly counting out 10 single dollar bills and placing them in our 17 Again Ticket Piggy Bank.) Thanks to some magical movie science, the 37-y.o. Perry wakes up and is all of a sudden a hot teenager, who gets enrolled in his daughter’s high school. It’s all very Back to the Future, what with the incestual mistaken identities and whatnot, though it seems Efron is NOT the hottest kid in school. Which is total bulsh! In real life, you know his own daughter would totally be crushin’ on him at the local rainbow party…
It was also directed by a guy named Burr Steers. See you on opening day!