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May 5th
12:45 am
Roundup - Hanging with HSM peeps, Glamour UK Best Dressed, Possible new project?  
First. Per twitter, Zac attended a party with, among others, Corbin, Lucas, Drew, Lucas' sister and her bf. Marc Blackwell (photog friend of Lucas' crew/did some hsm pics) posted this:

Second. Also via twitter, Zac is number five on Glamour UK's 2011 Best Dressed Men.

Third! Potential new project - Untitled Bahrani Film (from filmink.com.au):
Details about acclaimed Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani's latest film, which is set to star Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, have just been released, with shooting to start later this year.

The currently untitled film is set in the cut-throat world of modern big business farming in Iowa and tells the story of Henry Whipple (most likely Quaid), an ambitious farmer and seed-seller whose manic pursuit of expansion alienates his two sons and wife, Irene.

His younger, rebellious son, Dean (likely played by Efron), rejects the family business to pursue his dreams of becoming a race car driver. However, the situation drastically changes when corporate agents begin a high-stakes investigation of Henry's business - one that threatens their livelihood but ironically brings the family closer together...

I would take this with a grain of salt until we get more info or until confirmation of Zac's attachment is provided in a trade. However, it is a project worth keeping an eye on. It has a well-respected young director and I'd love to see him work with Dennis Quaid.

Mood: sleepysleepy
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Bee: Zac - People Sex - Flipped Collar 1jeezbee on May 5th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
LOL at Zac's face in the pic.

As for the project.... it sounds like it has really good potential. If it's true, it's probably one of the indies which gets shopped around in Cannes (it's perfect timing for that).

I would be really thrilled for Zac to work with the director. I've been looking at the guys pedigree for the last 30 minutes and it's really impressive. He basically released 3 feature films and all have won awards, and recent - so he's not just a 1-hit-wonder but does consistently great work. He's still very young (which is something Zac seems to like) and Ebert can't shut up about Bahrani (as in praise). I think this could be a nice indie for Zac.
Bee: Zac – CStC photocall - in front of fieldjeezbee on May 5th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Adding to the directors comment...

His 3 features on Rotten Tomato:

Goodbye Solo (2008): 95% fresh
An original and thoughtful human drama, Goodbye Solo looks at relationships and loneliness while proving director Ramin Bahrani's is an important American voice.

Chop Shop (2007): 96% fresh
Filled with excellent performances, Ramin Bahrani's deft sophomore effort is a heartfelt, hopeful neorealist look at the people who live in the gritty underbelly of New York City.

Man Push Cart (2005): 88% fresh (his lowest rated)
This compassionate portrait of a New York City street vendor is as beautiful as it is melancholy.

No matter if this is true or not, that would be a great director to work with for Zac.

ETA: You can watch his most recent short film here if you're interested.

Edited at 2011-05-05 07:12 am (UTC)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 5th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
REALLY interested to hear more about the Bahrani project! I've always respected most of Dennis' film choices and believe he'd be a thespian Zac could learn from by both acting alongside and/or watching.

I can't imagine the various elements for an actor to secure work, but that being said is there a time limit on how long is too long (for someone in Zac's position) to not have bulkier film obligations? By bulky I mean longer than cameo or ensemble type inclusion in projects like NYE.

This (understandable, given NRW) strategizing, transitional time is feeling more and more like a hiatus of sorts.
Bee: Zac - GQ - Lying on Car 1jeezbee on May 5th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
I've been reading more on Bahrani and he would be absolutely fantastic for Zac to work with.

Obviously I don't know what's going on behind the scenes either but I also feel that Zac's commitment for films is sort of a bit of a concern. He's losing quite some heat with his "slow" pace. Sure, he can't do 3 or 4 movies per year on a regular base because he would be totally overexposed due to his profile but 2 movies per year would be much more appropriate for the phase of his career. And should TLO underperform at the BO, the "problems" are getting bigger.

Plus, as much as I love this project from what I can see, it's another indie (which is not a bad thing) but imo Zac needs a project soon which a) isn't skewing so heavily female and b) is expected to make a dent in the BO.

I really hope, we'll hear about a commercial project which films this year soon (idt it'll happen before fall anyway given normal pre-production times). But doing this and one additional commercial project would be pretty awesome.

Edited at 2011-05-05 01:06 pm (UTC)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 5th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
But doing this and one additional commercial project would be pretty awesome.

Agreed. I didn't want speculate on what's happening bts- it's a business I have little to no personal experience with on any deep level to argue cause for (genuine) worry.

It does appear there's commitment- with all these various projects that have been secured (for x amount of time), but that 'official' attachment has not escalated into him tangibly being on the set of a film (save for NYE...). Again, I've no idea how feasible that is right now with the economy, etc.

At one point Shia LaBeouf was a name in that general pool of actors in the same demo. His star has since fallen, as have the BO #'s (particularly Wall Street 2). There's also a weak pulse with the likes of Rob Pattinson's film endeavors (outside of Twilight). Alex Pettyfer has a severely damaged rep via negative word of mouth, and I'd dare to say the jury is still out on if Taylor Lautner is poised to carry the weight of a film (Abduction) on his own.

My listing of other actors is to compare how this once touted group has not (yet) rose to the occasion. I think some of them can (obviously I'm rooting hardest for Zac) but there's a new batch of actors snatching up heaps of roles at the moment.

You said it best with He's losing quite some heat with his "slow" pace. That sentiment is basically where most my questions lie.
Bee: Zac – 4th July - in front of roadjeezbee on May 5th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
I know this is frustrating but most of the time why these "new" actors are getting roles is because a) they are incredibly cheap and b) the studio feels they don't need a star (or even more explicitly they want a no-name) for said roles.

Eg Jack the Giant Killer would have been a great fit for Zac imo but the studio were explicitly searching for someone unknown (and with that they mean unknown to the general public, not movie buffs).

So, studios cast them for a while until they get more expensive; plus, there is always that strange phenomenon that studios jump on an unproven train, just because something "seems" hot. They ALL cool down after a while.

But ITA with you that I think his slow pace is hurting him. Esp since the movies he has been committing to, are not expanding his audience nor his reputation (on the contrary, TLO and NYE will be hurting it), all the while the BO numbers for those movies aren't even stellar when the movies do well... at max those type of movies do normally $50-80m domestically which is not really enough to maintain the status. (ETA: NYE will do well at the BO but it's just a tiny role, so it doesn't count)

I hope he can get his hands on some type of studio project which isn't incredibly risky soon.

Edited at 2011-05-05 01:46 pm (UTC)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 5th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
(ETA: NYE will do well at the BO but it's just a tiny role, so it doesn't count)

And at this point, I do applaud work that will do well, even if the screentime is limited.

Your reasoning for smaller actors booking (and filming) more makes total sense- but as you said, it's frustrating to watch when there's roles that we can imagine being strong vehicles for Zac.

Not to harp too long on the topic, but it's obvious there's still interest in Zac. I think the last 5-6 months proved that the media and general public is HIGHLY interested in his goings-on. I'd love to see that appeal translate into career buzz, ticket units moving and rise in film gross revenue. I fear there's been 'ragazine type covers that fared better than MAOW or CStC. (j/k... I think ;) )

Esp since the movies he has been committing to, are not expanding his audience nor his reputation

I do think audience is a MAJOR point that needs nurturing re: Zac. There can't be the continued gratuitous facial and lingering torso shots coupled with melodramatic subject matter. His audience has aged, so it's okay to give us some grit. I promise we won't scoff (if executed well!). :)
Bee: Zac – CStC photocall - tree bgjeezbee on May 5th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
And at this point, I do applaud work that will do well, even if the screentime is limited.

Which is the reason why I made my peace with NYE. TLO is a different topic though, I still can't get over that one.

The other reason why Zac has "trouble" getting into those other type of movies is his image. Guys still reject his to a large degree and this is certainly a big reason why a studio might go with a lesser known but at the same time also lesser "hated" actor. It has little to do with actual acting... just the profile he'll bring to the movie. Even though it's still there, the hate has certainly gone down over the last 1-2 years, so I hope someone will finally take a chance on him and ignore the initial uproar which will certainly happen.
It's Audrey not Aubrey: B Coopaudrey_za on May 5th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
May I ask why *rolling up my sleeves for the response* lol you're not over his involvement in TLO?

On a personal note, 17 Again is what made my boyfriend come around. Prior he definitely was like 'I don't get what you see... AT ALL.' But that's just one male out there.

The distaste and hostility can be swayed, if not generally squashed. For example, I think MANY regarded Bradley Cooper as a small-bit 'pretty boy' actor with some comedic timing. "Limitless" has propelled him into a whole new category and demo amongst audiences, so I know it can happen. (Granted I've kept Bradley on my radar the last... 10 years? So the climb was certainly not overnight.)
Bee: Zac – CStC Premiere - pointing fingerjeezbee on May 5th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
May I ask why *rolling up my sleeves for the response* lol you're not over his involvement in TLO?

Because I still think it was an awful decision and sort of fear what (negative) effect it will have once it comes out. Critically, commercially and buzz-wise.

IA that 17 Again was a step in the right direction and many people (incl guys) came around after that one. Which is one of the reasons why I'm still disappointed that his agent didn't leverage it better and turn it into opportunities. That was one major #fail from Mick Sullivan imo. He had BO cloud after that one and got good reviews - it should have been possible to get way more out of that.

I totally think he can overcome the current dislike but he needs to actually start doing movies which are at least acceptable by that demo and not melodramatic romances which they wouldn't even watch when you pay them. Bradley had the advantage that he used his Hangover BO could to get into The A-Team and Limitless... something Zac's team seem to have missed after 17 Again. Oh well, let's hope the tide will turn soon.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 5th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
I read TLO and gave commentary of sorts to C throughout, haha. It's the first (and likely last?) Sparks book I've ever read. 'Nuff said.

I hope he overcomes current trend and some, even if just one, of the many announced projects secures additional cast/crew, film start dates, locations, etc.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 6th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
*didn't want TO speculate
It's Audrey not Aubrey: AiW 1audrey_za on May 5th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
I like Marc's friendship with the HSM cast, especially Lucas who apparently helped him move into a new home recently.

I'll give props to Zac and Ricker when he looks on point, but CStC promo especially was so not the business (save for two standout three piece suits and Kimmel). Now that his frame is smaller, I'm interested to see how he's styled for events. His day to day wear has been so-so. It starts with less A|X.
Beejeezbee on May 5th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Idr where I've read it but supposedly he owns those awful A|X camo shorts in all colors.
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Z!nkaudrey_za on May 5th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
I won't front, I once wore A|X... back in '01.

I've joked with Shruti that A|X is Zac's Planet Blue (re: Ashley/Vanessa's incessant go-to reliance and liking of the brand).
Gillian loves lemoñadé.invisible_cunt on May 9th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
omg zachary why so guido!?