I left off some that were basically screencaps; super hq at 1, 2, 3
Liberal Arts will be shown at the Hawaii International Film Fest Spring Showcase. Screenings will be on April 13th and 16th. I don't really expect any of the cast to go but fwiw, more details available here.
A few quotes from a 'Lorax' interview with news.com.au:
What kind of gesture has Efron made?
"My dad and I planted orange trees in the backyard a couple of years ago. It's amazing to watch them grow. You feel a personal connection to them. It's also pretty cool when you're actually eating the fruit from a tree you planted."
And if the Lorax - the creature who speaks for the trees - were real?
Efron reckons "he probably wouldn't drive a car at all. He would probably be an organic farmer who skateboards and uses solar electricity".
Truth be told, Efron sits in the middle of the scale of carbon-fuelled modern gadget guy to tree-hugging hippie.
"I'm in between," he says. "I think you can be modern but stay elegant - keep your class."
... Joining Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey in The Paperboy, a thriller promising edgy cool in the way Kidman's To Die For did in the '90s. "Stellar cast," Efron agrees on the latter. "I observed. People watching. It was amazing. It meant a lot to be around such great actors."
But has this zig-zagging film path been well thought out?
"It's just been my natural trajectory. I've always enjoyed changing things up," he shrugs. "I enjoy actors that have versatility and take more challenging roles. It's about learning from the best."
Besides, he adds, he's no different an actor than the kid who made 17 Again back in 2008: "Still having fun." He pauses, then adds: "Maybe the types of movies that I watch are a little different. I love all different types of movies and I wanna try as many genres as I can."
To that extent, he has started his own production company, Ninjas Runnin' Wild. "It gives you a bit more control. It opens a lot of doors," he says.
Every actor worth his salt has a production company these days. What kind of films will Efron's company produce?
"I find it easier to name filmmakers. I just want to make movies I would be proud of. It's hard to think of one thing. But that's our job! We're still figuring that out. If I had all the answers ... " he laughs. He says he can't tell what kind of impact his I-really-can-act-you-know films have had on those filmmakers with whom he would love to collaborate.
"Most of the times you find the directors you want to be working with, you're trying to convince them why they want to work with you," he says. "But that's what makes it fun - all the good parts are just out of reach, you shouldn't expect it."
Also, the Nick KCAs Seating: