November 26th, 2008

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New EW Photo Issue outtakes and Oscar hopes...

I don't think we'll be getting candids anytime soon since Zac Efron is probably up in SLO for Turkey Day, but shine on added some new lq shots from the EW Photo Issue photo shoot which should tide us over:

ETA 11.28: one more just surfaced (when can these come out in HQ please?)

Plus, here's a new interview from Australia.

And here are the two LA Times blog articles about HSM3's Oscar hopes: 1, 2. While I think it is insulting of Disney to offer it up as Best Picture bait, I do actually think there is a decent chance they'll get at least one song nomination.

No matter how much the plot is lacking, you can't shrug at the $210+ million it's made globally... making it the fourth most successful musical globally (ahead of Hairspray) and even without the forthcoming $10+ mil. coming from Australia when that market opens. It is the most successful non-Broadway-originating musical ever and the biggest musical opening ever. The songs admittedly aren't AMAZING! but they are decent and at times very clever with good orchestration. Plus, they are integrated into the plot (unlike the end credit songs of all the other pictures). And most adults I've seen this movie with think it is very cute and sweet, despite their preconceived notions against it as a kid's movie and/or musical.

Although I still wonder why Disney didn't put a little more effort into both plot and song? Did the plot suffer from the writer's strike? Why didn't they get Alan Menken involved on songs?

The question is which song has the best chance? Like the LA Times blogger, I have an inkling it will be I Want it All... with its insider showbiz references and amazing set design. This is great but of course, I'd rather have Zac singing at the Oscars than the Tizz. A Night to Remember is also perhaps the most unique of the HSM3 songs plus it is cleverly integrated into the movie as a transition from so-called reality into the play rehearsal; the lyrics are funny and the dancing is amazing and it is a group number -- all bonuses. Can I Have This Dance is my least likely, mostly because of the weakness of the vocals. Vanessa's singing is often too nasally and Zac's singing (for whatever reason) is too affected in his verse. Both sound too processed. But the dancing on the rooftop might capture the voter's eye and the orchestration is very rich. Scream, I think is more likely than CIHTD but I'm not totally sure about it. It serves the plot and emotional conflict well with meaningful text... and Zac's voice is very good in it. The effects are visually rich and it is definitely high energy and intense. Much less laughable than Bet on It (thank god). So what will it be and can they win?

I think they could win only for the fact that all of these songs work better in the movie than they do on the soundtrack. Previous best song winners haven't always been the best song of the bunch but instead what works best in the movie. So who knows? Either way I hope they get one or even better two noms so we get to see the cast performing live at the Oscars (SAG strike withstanding).
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First details on Hairspray 2

I don't care what anyone says about sequels if John Waters is involved this has to be amazing!


Poof up your pompadours and put on your dancing shoes: Last year's musical hit Hairspray is one bop closer toward a sequel. "We just got an outline and some ideas from John Waters, and now we're going out to writers," director Adam Shankman tells EW exclusively. The story will follow Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) and her pals as they navigate the "next era of music," the late '60s. "That period was superpolitical," Shankman adds, "it was a time of serious change." No kidding: According to the filmmaker, heartthrob Link (Zac Efron) will channel his inner Austin Powers and become steeped in the British Invasion. "We're trying to track, in a comedic way, the historical elements."

The only bad thing is the timing - another two musicals in a row for Zac - assuming he signs on. And given how much he owes Adam Shankman and New Line and how much he enjoyed doing the first one (not to mention the serious coin they'll throw his way), I can't imagine him not doing it.

If WB/New Line wants HS2 out for 2010 it will probably follow a similar schedule to the original HS and do preproduction/filming August through December for a summer release. Depending on when they film Footloose, Zac may or may not be able to film a non-musical in between. Fingers crossed, he's got some magic way to do it all.

All this is moot if SAG strikes (don't strike SAG, pretty please...)

ETA: To be honest, I don't think they'll have this ready for production in August. The script isn't done and the songs aren't done. Although that could be said for Footloose too, so who knows? The only deterrent to Zac doing HS2 (aside from it sucking) is the fact that it is another musical. And that could be a big enough problem that he would refuse. But I actually think if he refused to do it right away, they might push it back for him, especially if he is as hot as he continues to be (read 17 Again does well). I mean he's the selling point for the young demo. But if he doesn't have any other projects lined up to fill late 2009, I don't think he'd turn it down just because it is a musical. If it is a sucky project, maybe, but I'm sure he wants to keep working. And personally I don't care if Edna (John Travolta) is in HS2 or not. He was my least favorite part of HS.