April 16th, 2009

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Efron and Hader in cut sketch...

Pic from a cut SNL sketch called Use Your Noodle featuring Zefron and Not-Alien!Hader:



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Catching up on slightly older news here but from E! News:

Does tween power know no limits?

On a weekend where Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana movie ruled at the box office, the Zac Efron-hosted Saturday Night Live posted the show's highest overnight ratings, NBC said, since, yes, the Jonas Brothers guested in February.


And mcghengland_xx posted their own rehearsal bts story here.

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A lot more 17 Again Media

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Also About.com has a bunch of 17 Again interviews up. They don't embed and they are a bitch about yt so you'll have to click here to watch. It is so annoying when they don't allow embeds or yt.
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17 Again Reviews Part 1 (AKA never let it be said I am not dedicated to Zefron news, lol...)

Okay, looking back this was not a good idea, lol. Logically I knew there'd be a ton of reviews but JHC, this took forever. OMG. And no, I don't actually expect anyone to read all of this, lol. Anyway we'll start with the best overall gauge of the critical response to the movie:

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Consensus: 17 Again Is Sweet And Poignant

If you've seen Big, Back to the Future, and Peggy Sue Got Married, you'll have a pretty good idea what's in store with 17 Again. The good news? The critics say the film may be derivative, but it's also clever, entertaining, and poignant, largely thanks to an impressive post-High School Musical turn from Zac Efron. He stars as Mike O'Donnell, a big man on campus circa 1989 who, 20 years later, finds his life and his marriage to high school sweetie Scarlett (Leslie Mann) on the rocks. He gets a second chance to correct his mistakes when he's magically transformed into his 17-year-old self -- albeit with his late-30s personality intact -- and discovers a thing or two about life. While some critics find the film's premise a bit unseemly (a 30-year-old bro-ing down with minors?), most say 17 Again is mostly sweet, funny, and perceptive, and that Efron has a bright future as a leading man.

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Now for a shitload of other reviews. I privileged larger publications over smaller ones in order as best I could.

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Numbers

While nobody can quite agree exactly how much they think 17 Again will do in the weekend box office, everyone agrees this is Zac's day weekend of reckoning. With 17 Again, he's already proven to (most of) the critics that he can carry a movie with his charm and ability. Now he has to show he can bring in the bucks. I don't think he'll have a problem though.

The official theater count is 3,255.

Guesstimates:
RottenTomates.com: $19 million
EW Hollywood Insider: $26 million
Comingsoon.net Weekend Warrior: $21.6 million
THR.com: $20 million plus
Boxofficemojo Derby Game (avg of user predictions): $24.5 million
Rope of Silicon: $27.7 million
LA Times: mid-$20 million range
Boxofficeprophets.com: $21 million

Variety says:

Warner Bros.' Zac Efron pic "17 Again" is expected to come in leaps and bounds ahead of other titles thanks to girls of all ages. Last weekend, this same demo turned out by the millions for "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which opened to a sizable $32.3 million.

See full article below.

And E! Online says:

Can Zac Efron Win at the Box Office Without the Wildcats?

Zac Efron can: get dirty, clean up nicely, dress up a hallway locker either way and open a movie that's not named High School Musical.

Check, check, check—and check back for the final answer on Sunday.

Heading into the weekend, box office prospects were considered solid for 17 Again, Efron's first star turn outside the HSM franchise.

"I think it's going to do well," says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com and Media By Numbers. "If it did $20 million, it'd win the weekend."

With Russell Crowe's State of Play pegged to blow up what's left of the grown-up movie market, 17 Again's chief competition looks to be the Jason Statham shoot-'em-up, Crank: High Voltage, and defending box office champ, Hannah Montana: The Movie.

Efron versus Miley Cyrus? How will tweens ever choose?

According to 17 Again's studio, they won't have to.

"17 Again is rated PG-13," Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman reminded in an email. "Hannah [is] a G."

The difference is more than the number of swear words and amount of "sexual material," in the parlance of 17 Again's movie-board rating. The difference is perhaps the key to Efron's career.

17 Again, Dergarabedian says, is the "kind of movie that kind of bridges the gap between the super, wholesome G-rated [fare] that Zac Efron is commonly associated with, and positions him in an edgier role."

So far, the plan seems to be working. 17 Again is said to be tracking especially well among women—yes, women, as in adults. If all goes well for the body-switching comedy, it'll end up as the weekend's date movie for the unchaperoned set.

The danger for the movie—and for Efron—is that a certain teen-idol-loathing contingent may put its collective sneaker down, and nix 17 Again as a multiplex option.

"You always run the risk of alienating the male audience," Dergarabedian says. "…Guys sometimes feel intimidated if their dates are swooning over this guy [on the screen]."

If that happens, Efron may just wish he were the Wildcats' BMOC again.

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On the international front, Screen Daily reports:

New Line International’s comedy 17 Again starring Zac Efron has raced to $12.1m and opens in New Zealand and Singapore on April 16. The film has grossed $7.5m in the UK and $4.6m in Australia since opening last weekend.


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