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May 24th
11:55 am
Two more polls and a couple randomish articles  
POLL: Buzz Sugar - Best Saturday Night Live Host this year

Amy Adams would vote for him here too... yes, even over JT (lol, sorry modernthirst eta: and shrewtee).

Oh and another one:

POLL: Pop Sugar - Which Shirtless Guy Do You Want to Spend Memorial Day With? :D ------------>

You guys were talking about SNL ratings in the comments. I couldn't find some weekends, but this is kind of what I assembled for the Spring from some dude's blog at the Orlando Sentinel:

steve martin 5.2
alec baldwin 5.3?
tracy morgan 5.1
seth rogen 4.9
zac 5.1
jt 5.3
will 5.4

Not very comprehensive details tbh, lacking total viewers and such from Nielsen. Those are hard to come by though for late-night tv, unless you have direct access. So that's probably the best we can do, but it gives you an idea though of how the audience trended.

Also, Variety mentioned Me and Orson Welles in an article about Cannes. Nothing interesting just a puff piece, if you will, about titles of movies screened there. Quite possibly this will be all we'll here about it but

Analyzing the titles of Cannes films
Monikers shed light on global sentiments, concerns

Cannes was cuckoo for Coco pics and was teeming with teamings, judging by the titles available at the fest.

A film's moniker is like a coming attraction: It should give an indication of what the pic is about. And studying a list of the titles at Cannes is like reading tea leaves, providing a clue to what people in the world are thinking.

Certainly relationships seem to be troubled: "My Year Without Sex," "No Love in the City," "Cold Souls," "The Most Unromantic Man in the World," "Millennium: Men Who Hate Women," "Hardly Bear to Look at You," "Speak Out Against Domestic Violence" and "Air Doll," in which the title character is an inflatable woman. The Croisette was into girl power, with "High Kick Girl," "Take 3 Girls," "Robber Girls," "Shadow Girl" and "The Dead Girl's Feast."

There were also "Coco," "Coco Before Chanel" and "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky," none of which are to be confused with the Cannes restaurant Coco Loco.

Aside from Coco and Igor, fest titles were big on pairings: "Frankie and Alice," "Charlie and Boots," "Samson and Delilah," "Adam and Eve," "Yuki and Nina," "Bob and Bobette," "Mary and Max," "Miguel and William," ""Peter and Catherine," "Agi and Emma," "Alec and May," "Marvin and Me," "Me and Orson Welles," "Ramu and Juliette" and the once-in-a-lifetime pairing of "Yo-Rhad and the Astromavericks."

Faulty translations, or just singular ideas? It might have been either one with titles such as "The Wondrous World of Laundry," "No One Knows About Persian Cats," "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle," "The Three Investigators in the Secret of Terror Castle," "The Night of the Living Dorks (aka Revenge of the Teenage Zombies)" and "Hitler Goes Kaput!"

Amid this cornucopia of great titles, a few were indispensable for fledgling festgoers: "French for Beginners," "A Night in Cannes" and "Surviving Cannes."


You probably all know Zac was parodied in Dance Flick (no brainer that he would be). The character modeled after him was named Jack and the dude who played him, Brennan Hillard, hopes Zac isn't mad about it... honestly I can't imagine Zac is, it's just how it goes. But anyway, this kid talked about how he admires Zac and also gave his tips on mimicking Zac to People Magazine...

Spoofing Zac Efron: 5 Simple Steps

Like the saying goes, "You know you've made it when someone's spoofing you."

At least that's what Brennan Hillard would tell Zac Efron – if he ever meets him. Hillard, 19, stars in the new Wayans Brothers' comedy, Dance Flick, which opens Friday, and plays a "very effeminate version of Zac," he tells PEOPLE.

Born in California, but raised in Arizona, Hillard started acting when he was 10 years old but got his first break on the American Idol spin-off American Juniors when he was 13.

"I thought that was the highlight of my career," he says of the gig, which got him an L.A.-based agent.

Six years later, he got his first film role after auditioning for all the Wayans. "I freaked out," he says. "I've never been in a call back this big." But he landed the part and is ready for his big-screen debut.

Well, almost. "I'm a total wreck," he told PEOPLE, the day before the movie's premiere. "I'm getting my suit pressed. I'm scared out of my mind and am more anxious. It's my very first movie premiere!"

Now that he's the expert, Brennan filled us in on the five ways to be like Efron, but wanted to get a quick message out first: "I hope he'll still meet me," Brennan says. "I'm a big fan of his work and I hope to do some work with him in the future – and no hard feelings!"

The Hair: "You need to have what I call the Efron Swoop," Hillard says. "Your hair needs to go across the face at all times. We took the flat iron and just straightened the bangs out, made it swoop, used the gel, made it kind of messy and it looked just like his hair at the time."

The Tan: "You need to have the perfect tan at all times," Hillard advises. "I usually don't tan that much. I like being pale, but I tried to tan as much as I could. I couldn't fry myself but I did have to go once or twice a week for just six or seven minutes in a tanning bed."

The Muscles: "I hate the gym. I absolutely hate going and I don't understand the people who enjoy it. It is a pain for me," admits Hillard. "I work out as much as I can and afterwards I feel great, but during it, I hate every single second of it. I work on my abs a lot; I do a lot of running; I do a lot of biceps curls and triceps."

The Song & Dance: "I had to watch [Efron's High School Musical number] "Get'cha Head in the Game" like – I don't even know how many times," Hillard says. "I was singing it in my sleep."

The B-Ball Skills: "Zac [spins a basketball on his finger] so well and I can only do it for literally two seconds," says Hillard. "I watched him on Ellen and he just sat there for a whole minute with a ball on his hand. I also had to dribble a basketball. I had to learn how to do drills. I had to dance with the basketball. It's harder than it looks."


I will be on and off the computer today, busy with home stuff, so I may not be available instantly but I am checking in every so often.
Mood: busybusy
Music: Sea Wolf - Song for the Dead
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): happyehs_wildcats on May 25th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)

He responded to someone with this later... "hairspray is in infant stage. Npt even written yet"

God bless him and his terrible typing. And God bless the people who are pestering him for info on our behalf.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 25th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)

I want to know who the writer is!!!

Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 25th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
ok lets timeline...

finished script by fall/early winter?

I wonder if the writer will work with Marc/Scott, I mean they'll have to right?

Will Meron/Zadan produce?

They'll be working on Footloose for what? at least until late spring/early summer...?

what do we think?

Which is when I see Hairspray 2 filming...
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 25th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
It is possible I suppose, but I would be surprised if Zadan/Meron didn't produce. Also yes to the Marc/Scott question I think... Marc is already listed on imdbpro.

Script/Filming schedule? IDK. Too hard to say. Depends on how the writing goes I guess... and everyone's schedules.

I'm just happy it is moving forward.
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on May 25th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)

I hope they fast track it once they've got the script finished...but you're right about it depending on people's schedules.

I guess its a good thing that Brit and Amanda's TV shows didn't get picked up.
Beejeezbee on May 25th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
I know I'm biased but....

Adam also said briefly before those Hairspray 2 comments, "I'm prepping two movies to direct: sinbad, the lost voyage, and bob the musical. Producing a lot at the moment"

If he's planning on directing these two movies before Hairspray 2, the start of filming for the Hairspray sequel is at least 1.5-2 years out imo. Possibly longer. Both of these projects are reasonably big - a fully blown musical (which probably needs around 5 months for rehearsal & shooting; the script for that is already done; Shaiman is writing the music) and an action/adventure tentpole which typically also takes at least 4.5 months to film and would be Adam's biggest film so far. If you add pre- and post-production, I can't see how he could direct Hairspray 2 before 2011. They don't seem to be in a hurry with Hairspray 2; they got the treatment at the end of last summer but not much seem to have happened since then: they still haven't even hired a writer (they are talking about doing that for the last 6 months) not to talk about started to actually write the script. That works fine with me though.

So, if Zac decides to return to Hairspray 2 it would be at least a while and he can do more non-musicals in between. My personal preference would be of course that he stays away from musicals even longer but if he absolutely has to do it, I hope it's at least 2011 or later.
lmv191lmv191 on May 25th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Makes sense. Career-wise it is good that Zac is branching out more and frankly, with something as fraught with peril as a musical sequel, if taking extra time means getting it right, I'd rather it take five years than six months. There are just too many ways for something like this to be pathetic. It bodes well to have Adam Shankman producing, but it's no guaruntee. Although, having done a few musicals, I think Zac would know a good package.
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on May 25th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)

The HS fan in me is dying at the thought of it taking so long but you're right. And I think it would be better career-wise for Zac if it does take a bit longer, he'd have more room to do other projects and broaden his appeal, etc.

That said I really hope we don't have to wait til 2011. lol
(no subject) - jessica3311 on May 25th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on May 25th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)

Do you really think it'll take til fall to finish the script?

And I'm sure they'll bring back the original producers, I can't see anyone who was involved with the first one let it out of their hands. Plus Meron/Zadan are involved with basically all the musicals.

Spring of next year sounds about right for filming to me...ugh too far away. -.-
jessica3311: NKITjessica3311 on May 25th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I heard Meron & Zadan would be part of the sequel like Scott/Marc. I think one of them.....Meron did an interview where he talked about Zac & Footloose & talked about HS2.

I dont want to wait that long :(
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on May 25th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)

Someone asked him if Zac was game and he was like "Is Zac game? I don't know what that means."


He will fully break Zac's kneecaps if he doesn't do it. lol
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 25th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
lol i read that too. i was like damn you adam for not understand the question.

but he has to keep in contact with all of them. they know its coming.

From what Adam has mentioned in interviews he has the right idea going in to the movie and knows why sequels don't work.I think recasting is way up there on the quick-way-to-fuck-it-up list. I dont think he'll let it happen.

butterflybee260butterflybee260 on May 25th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)

Yeah he won't recast, it won't work without the original cast. And I think if he can get them all back it will show faith in the project, etc.

I'm trying to get my friend to ask him directly about Zac lol.
lmv191lmv191 on May 25th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Okay, I have to get in my car and drive 350km to Perth for the express purpose of going to work. Won't get home from work til 9pm (AWST), so I'm reeeallly hoping there'll be some awesome Zac-related news of some kind when I check tonight :-P

Positive thoughts, guys! :-D
(no subject) - butterflybee260 on May 25th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
jessica3311jessica3311 on May 25th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
maybe I will reply to that LOl