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Sep 16th
03:55 pm
From Kelowna.com, Vancouverites used to be indifferent to film stars...  
Hollywood North is on the verge of losing its reputation for cool.

Vancouver has seen stars aplenty since the city graduated into one of North America’s film and television centres. A-listers such as Sean Penn and Robert De Niro are seen walking down the street and dining without bodyguards. Heck, Goldie and Kurt felt so comfortable they bought a house here some years ago.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were molested by paparazzi, but they had a new baby and the public had a right to know what the little tyke looks like [ed. note: FALSE]. They weren’t mobbed by fans, only the working press.

"Celebrities have always felt quite comfortable in Vancouver and that’s part of our charm and our competitive advantage," said B.C. Film Commissioner Susan Croome.

History will record that 2009 was the year that everything changed. When filming started last spring on New Moon, the second story in the Twilight saga by author Stephenie Meyer, fans flocked to filming locations in the hundreds, creating unprecedented security headaches for the producers.

Twilight stars... are back in Vancouver making the third film, Eclipse, until the end of October and the hysteria shows no sign of letting up. The young stars are tracked by fans to their hotel and favourite restaurants and any bars and clubs where they might try to sneak a drink or see a band.

Fans travel from all over North America and as far away as New Zealand to track their vampire heroes in the hope of getting a picture or an autograph. Some have succeeded, many more failed.

Maybe it’s a virus.

Even little Gibsons Landing goes ga-ga over a Zac Efron sighting. The High School Musical star is filming The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud on the Sunshine Coast and attracting some Twilightesque fan attention of his own.

When Zac Efron stopped by the shopping mall on the town’s main drag, he probably didn’t know the local high school was right next door. He was mobbed.

Girls from Elphinstone Secondary gather daily near the waterfront after school and on evenings and weekends for a chance to see Efron. The camera crane on the pier is a clear indication that filming will eventually take place here, but today’s crowd doesn’t know when.

Holly Carter and Courtney Dionne are back after spending three hours waiting for something to happen the day before.

"Today I saw [Efron] drive by me and I was having a freak-out, I was screaming," said Carter.

"I wasn’t there," said a dejected Dionne.

Carter’s Facebook status that day read "ZAC EFRON LOOKED AT ME, LIFE = COMPLETE."

"It’s all anyone at school is talking about," said Grace Burns. "He’s a big celebrity in a small town and you don’t see that very often.

"You look around and you see younger girls prowling the street," said Burns, who was sitting with three friends outside The Beachcombers’ iconic cafe Molly’s Reach hoping for a Zac sighting. "I heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen Zac yet, so even the parents know."

The Facebook status of nearly every girl in school reads "Out prowling for Zac" or words to that effect, Burns said.


The sets for Charlie St. Cloud and Eclipse are closed to the media, so little information is available for fans. The demand for pictures of the stars and any little tidbits of information that can be gleaned by stealth is substantial. Twilight-related stories are huge traffic booster for news and entertainment websites.

Eclipse producers are begging newspaper websites and radio stations outlets in Vancouver not to disclose the filming locations, citing security and safety concerns for both the cast and crew and the fans. For the most part, New Moon and Eclipse have used locations on dead-end streets or remote single access properties that are easily defended. But when urban locations are required, fans are quick to pounce.

Twitter, Facebook and Twilight fansites are constantly updating every rumoured location and star sighting to thousands of hungry Twi-hards at a pace the mainstream media cannot match.

Croome isn’t convinced Hollywood North has completely lost its cool.

"I’m not sure that Charlie St. Cloud is quite the same thing as Twilight, not to the point that they have real safety concerns," said Croome. "Twilight is the phenomenon the like of which we have never seen before."

"People aren’t flying in to see a star like Zac Efron," she said.



UM, LOL this Croome person has quite a way with words. Better watch it there sister, or Zef will never film in BC again no matter how much sea kayaking he can do on the weekends. No JK, he's chill and, let's be honest, he's probably glad he doesn't have twihards on his ass 24/7.

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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
did you see that fail of a post on ontd for the moviefone 25? it failed on many levels... lack of cut, lack of title, lack of hot zac picture. pretty sure that last one was intentional. i'm not even that kind of a bitch. if i have to post pics of people i don't like, i still try to find hot pictures of them.
Shruticalcified on September 16th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
I clicked on it and it popped up as No Entry.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
did you see the zefron pic though?
Shruticalcified on September 16th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
It was one of him as a kid/HSM1 time, right?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
yup. lol.
Shruticalcified on September 16th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
PS I feel like our icons look really good together right now. Anna and I used to have a similar situation. Though if you went for a closer-close up, it would be perfect!

Double PS, ok mentioning HSM1 Zac, someone posted this and...I hadn't seen it before, and neither had she but LOL:



Edited at 2009-09-16 10:47 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
lol. and change my iconic icon? idk about that. though i am hoping some more shots come out from that calendar session and maybe something special will catch my eye.

i bet that the op on that post lost all their html, etc. hahahaha. that is karma for trying to fuck over zefron with a picture that does not do him justice.

eta: i feel like i've seen it before but idk for sure. it could be just the pose is similar to something else.

Edited at 2009-09-16 10:49 pm (UTC)
Shruticalcified on September 16th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
I think that there were a lot of random pics from this session and all of them have the same lulzy awkward vibe. But secretly, I love these pics, and I were either of these two's mothers, I would paste them EVERYWHERE just to make them cry a little inside.

And I thought you were thinking of changing your icon! Or was that just for twitter?

Edited at 2009-09-16 10:51 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
i was going through a period of boredom and rebellion. i still want to i think, but nothing has quite meant enough to me to change it. this came awful close once i put a little polish on it in ps:



it is currently my desktop. but it won't quite work as an icon.
Shruti: Diane | Morning Papercalcified on September 16th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
I get scared of people staring at me through my screen! I don't use a fancy desktop because my parents can see my computer and...it's not worth explaining anything.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
i used to not use him as a desktop just cause i took my laptop to school and then i was like fuck it. whatever. these people don't care about me enough in the ways they're supposed to, much less about silly things like a desktop background.
Shruticalcified on September 16th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
That's actually a sad thing to say.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
yes it is. for instance, they didn't even care at all about my life crises the past 2 yrs+. but i'm over it and them.

but back on topic, i really want that person to repost the moviefone thing so i can be as close to a bitch as i'll ever be on ontd.
Shruticalcified on September 16th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
:(

I hope they do, I don't think I've ever seen you be a bitch in public!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
one time i got really ticked off at this girl for a repost and she wouldn't delete it. i mean, i didn't get too bitchy but i quoted ontd rules at her, which is kind of bitchy.

reposts are my pet peeve. unless, they involve zefron, lol.

i usually think of bitchy things to say but then don't. lol. speaking of bitchy things we might say you should delete stuff, you know, elsewhere.
Shruticalcified on September 16th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
I already did! GODSPEED WITH THAT.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 16th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
lol i'm such a fail at spelling and grammar today. two titles wrong at first try and then extraneous commas. :/

doh.
jessica3311: 2010sexyjessica3311 on September 17th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Re: i heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen zac yet
the sun shining on him is just perfection!

Love the polishing C!!!!

Edited at 2009-09-17 01:53 am (UTC)