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Sep 27th
01:14 pm
News Roundup - A variety of things  
This one is a bit old but I'm cleaning out my bookmarks and found it.

Zac inspired a character's look in X-Men Misfits

From a chat interview with the creators of a manga adaptation of X-Men, on how famous people influenced character design:

2:42 Raina:  Let's see if we can give you some more examples.
2:43 Raina:  Storm was based on the lead singer of the Noisettes: http://tinyurl.com/laeopl
2:44 Dave Roman:  Storm has a mohawk because when my sister was at the height of her X-men reading that's the way the character looked. It left a strong impression on me.
2:44 Raina:  Nightcrawler was a little bit Trent Reznor.
2:44 Raina:  Pyro was based on Zac Effron...don't judge!
2:45 Raina:  Angel was basically Justin Timberlake, with wings.

A couple of recognitions:

Z ranks #3 on thefastertimes.com 'Top 10 Actors under 30'

Zac Efron’s not only one of the best looking celebrities to come along in ages, but he’s also proven himself to be a truly competent actor. I first caught notice of him in”Hairspray,” and I was immediately struck. He can sing and dance wonderfully, and he’s also got a great comedic sense. I mean, he’s definitely not just another pretty face, he’s a true talent. When I heard that he turned down the lead in the upcoming remake of “Footloose,” I thought it was a good move. He’s obviously thinking ahead, not wanting to get pigeon-holed into the musicals genre.

From totalfilm.com '100 Reasons to Embrace Movies in 2010'

This doesn't have to do with Zac directly, but I've often wonder what had happened with Phillip and Stephen Morgan (from Miracle Run) and this was published today:

Story continues for area family portrayed in 2004 TV movie
By Anne Kallas

When she wants to smile, Susan Stock of Agoura Hills gets her 14-year-old son, Landen, and heads over to friend Corinne Morgan-Thomas’ nearby house, near Malibou Lake. There, Stock knows, she will find herself laughing at the jokes of Corinne’s husband, Doug Thomas, while Landen explores the countryside.

Sharing time with her friend just makes her feel good; now she wants to do something special in return.

“Corrine hasn’t been able to buy herself an item of clothing in years or even get her hair done,” Stock said. To that end, she is trying to raise funds to give her some pampering.

For so long, her own needs have been a low priority, as Morgan-Thomas has labored to support her family and become an advocate for adults with autism.

Morgan-Thomas still spends her days tending to the needs of her 27-year-old identical twin sons, Phillip and Stephen, who are autistic.

The family was the subject of a 2004 Lifetime Television movie, “The Miracle Run,” starring Mary-Louise Parker as Morgan-Thomas and Zac Efron as one of the boys, who were portrayed as fraternal twins in the film because “they couldn’t find two Zac Efrons,” Morgan-Thomas said.

Stock notes that since the time portrayed in the film, life for the Morgan-Thomas clan has not run as smoothly as a Hollywood movie.

Currently Phillip, whose efforts to learn to play guitar were a major part of the movie, has his hand in a splint and deep scratches on his face. Morgan-Thomas explained that Phillip, who also has Tourette syndrome, is prone to rages and recently put his hand through a glass window, severing a tendon.

She said her son was on at least eight major psychotropic medications and was having increasing difficulties controlling his outbursts. With the latest outburst, she decided to end the cycle of pills, withholding all medications.

“I’m feeling 110 percent better,” he said. “I want to be a rock ’n’ roll star, but first I have to let this (his hand) heal.”

Stephen is a runner who is still running, although he promises his mother he will no longer go running off, which he tends to do when upset, for hours at a time. Stephen is hoping to move to New York City, where he wants to be a writer and live with his older brother, Richard Morgan, who was not portrayed in the movie.

Morgan-Thomas said her goal is to have Stephen living with Richard in six months and Phillip moving away from home in a year.

In addition to her three sons, Morgan-Thomas has a daughter, Alexandra Heller, 22, who also wasn’t portrayed in the movie, and who is studying at the University of San Diego to be a special education teacher.

Morgan-Thomas said her daughter hopes to help her brothers adjust to independent, productive adult lives.

For her part, Morgan-Thomas has written a book, “Miracle Run: Watching My Autistic Sons Grow Up and Take Their First Steps into Adulthood” (Berkley Trade; 336 pages). Co-authored by Gary Brozek and published in March, the book continues the boys’ story from where it left off in the film.

Morgan-Thomas said she and her family live on the income from the movie and books, but she also works for a film production company, where she does accounting work.

Thomas said he enjoys being the stepdad to the boisterous brood.

“I was a party drunk wild character and I did some soul-searching,” said Thomas, who is disabled and walks with a cane. “I wanted my life to stand for something and I wanted a family. And I got that times 100 — times 1,000. I love teaching the boys stuff.”

He said he’s also become a firm believer in meditation.

“He brought a sense of humor to the family,” Stock said.

Ever conscious of her friend’s hardships, and wanting to do something just for her, she said she has recruited the service of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Anita Patel, who has offered some limited services for Morgan-Thomas at a deep discount. Also offering to pitch in are her friends Drorit Rudin, who owns Agoura Power Yoga, and Melanie Allen, who offered hairstyling services.

Morgan-Thomas conceded such pampering would be a nice treat, but she remains more concerned with accomplishing her dream of running a home for autistic adults on a piece of property she inherited near Palmdale, where she could provide a quiet, peaceful, controlled sanctuary.


There are some pictures of the family at the source, if you are interested
Mood: calmcalm
7 7 comments Comment
-Jo-greenie_breizh on September 27th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
OK random question but the last article reminded me of it - is there any way at all to find Miracle Run? Last time I checked I think I couldn't find a DVD?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on September 27th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
I am guessing there is some problem with music licensing that keeps it from being released on DVD but (for now) it is available on iTunes (at least here in the US).
lmv191lmv191 on September 27th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
I watched it all on YouTube
-Jo-: thanksgreenie_breizh on September 27th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Woah, DUH. Thanks!! I guess I know what I'm doing tonight. ;)
lmv191lmv191 on September 27th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
NP ;)
jessica3311jessica3311 on September 27th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Oh thanks for that Miracle Run article!
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on September 28th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for Phillip's hand- that part was tough to read.I don't know anyone with Tourette syndrome, but the idea of having little to no control of emotion/physical outbursts really scared me.

Glad to hear Stephens' still running. :)