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May 29th
10:33 pm
This Is Where I Leave You  
From Deadline:
Warner Bros is in talks with Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn and Leslie Mann to headline the ensemble of This Is Where I Leave You, the Adam Shankman-directed adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper comic novel about four siblings who come home to sit shiva for their deceased father. They are trapped in the house for seven days, and all the skeletons are bared. Tropper, who memorably adapted Harvey into a script that once had Steven Spielberg committed to direct, adapted his own novel. It is a script that is drawing interest from a lot of talent, with other stars expected to step up for other roles in the ensemble.

Spring Creek’s Paula Weinstein and Jeff Levine are producing with Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot. Hawn, who last starred in 2002′s The Banger Sisters, is in talks to play the clan’s mother. Bateman, Efron (whom Shankman directed in Hairspray) and Mann will play siblings. The intention is to begin production in early September. Shankman just directed the musical Rock of Ages, with Tom Cruise starring.
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Beejeezbee on May 29th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
The cast is great, I've heard about the logline before and while it doesn't sound WOW, I think it could work with a good script... which I truly hope it is. Doing a what sounds like PG-13 but non-teen comedy next sounds like a smart step, esp if the cast is good and he doesn't have to sell it by himself.

Tbh... I like Adam but I'm not sure about him as a director outside of musicals. None of his comedies are particularly good. This is my main concern.

Lol at Leslie playing his sister after she already played his wife.

ETA: I actually seems to be a dramedy, not a straight out comedy.

ETA 2: I do also like that if this works out with a start in Sep (or soon after), he does have a studio movie coming out in 2013 which is good after 3 indies coming next.

Edited at 2012-05-29 09:29 pm (UTC)
xdecemberskiesxdecemberskies on May 29th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'm praying for Adam to be replaced by Judd Apatow.
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Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 29th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
I like the cast, and the movie sounds interesting. I do like the fact Zac could be working with Shankman again, so we'll see.

The only thing is that I don't understand whether ths is a comedy or a drama.

Edited at 2012-05-29 08:49 pm (UTC)
Nicole Millerkellycefron on May 29th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I think they might make this film a dramedy, which could work with the right script. Honestly I'm not sure what it is either, but I'm gonna check out the original comic to get a feel for the story.
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abigail80831abigail80831 on May 29th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Excuse me when I giggle at Leslie going from playing his wife to playing his sister. LMFAO! Pretty cool they get to work together again it seems.

I'm not sure how I feel about Adam directing it, but we'll see I guess. I also REALLY like that Zac FINALLY isn't the only "star" in a movie. He's finally not going to have to sell this thing on his own.

I also like that it isn't a teen comedy/drama.
kleth on May 30th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
"I also REALLY like that Zac FINALLY isn't the only "star" in a movie."

Hey, that's what I said about NYE, and The Paperboy won my approval because he was just one among several recognizable actors. These projects let him show his stuff but not take all the blame for a weak box office. (When NYE opened poorly, no one blamed Zac Efron.) We know from CStC and TLO that Zac can open a movie at $12.5 million (He carried CStC by himself and opened with $12.5 million; 57 percent of the TLO audience said they saw it because of Zac, and 57 percent of TLO's opening $22 million is also $12.5 million). Since that's just half of what you want for a good opening weekend, Zac needs some kind of booster rocket to put a movie over the top. With TLO, I think it was the Nicholas Sparks brand. It will obviously be Nichole Kidman for The Paperboy. I don't know whether Dennis Quaid is enough to put At Any Price over the top.
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zacefronfan26 on May 29th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
This is amazing Cast Zac has worked with Leslie Mann before in 17again. And Adam Shankman is a Very Talented Director he's worked with Zac.

It starts Filming this Fall so I can't wait to see how it will all turn Out.

Edited at 2012-05-29 10:02 pm (UTC)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 30th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
I'm still getting over the mini (HUGE) freakout I had that homeboy had gone and done something truly horrific/wrong and the post title was reflective of your emotions. I was legit like D: IRL.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 30th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
lol next time i'll add 'project' at the beginning.
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annabelle83 on May 30th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
I've never heard of this book, but when I searched for its info on the net, there are a lot of results. This seems to be a quite popular book. It's already published in Korean and got very good reviews. I read some reviews, and it seems that Jason Bateman is the protagonist, and everyone else has a rather small part. This book is about a mother and four siblings and their spouses/partners. Zac is a part of this huge ensemble.

To be honest, I don't really like Zac being a supporting player in this. He's one of the few young actors who works really well as a leading man. When he has a small screentime(Hairspray and New Year's Eve), you want to see more of him.

Still, his role sounds so funny and interesting, and I'm excited that he's working with Leslie again. I have to order the book now.

Edited at 2012-05-30 01:33 am (UTC)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 30th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Although I agree with you that Zac could pull off more leading man roles, it's nice to do ensemble type movies (if they're good and this seems good) IMO to be able to work with more good actors.

Hoping ths is similar to Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Edited at 2012-05-30 01:38 am (UTC)
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Sapphirasapphia on May 30th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)

At first, I thought WOW! The new project!
I'm not sure about Shankman... As director of the musical - yes he is good. But as a director of comedy... I do not know. Yes, Zac worked with him many times, but it does not mean Adam would make a good comedy.
But anyway, this is good news!
zacefronfan26 on May 30th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
This Projects sounds Interesting.
kleth on May 30th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
"Warner Bros is in talks with Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn and Leslie Mann"

But let's keep The Paperboy in mind -- its initial cast was changed just about 100 percent before they actually went before the cameras.
natalieeenataliew511 on May 30th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Adam Shankman tweeted the cast :) not saying it won't change, but he probably wouldn't tweet it unless he was very confident/certain, yay :P
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kleth on May 30th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
By the way, it's also worth noting that this project is Zac's first opportunity to channel his Jewish heritage. (The story setting is Jewish, and am I wrong in thinking that everyone mentioned in the Deadline clip is Jewish [except Tom Cruise at the end])?

This makes me think that the perfect director for a Jewish family comedy/drama is Woody Allen.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 30th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Woody Allen would be a dream director I'd like to see Zac work with.
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powertoefronpowertoefron on May 30th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
i feel like zac goes through phases with his weight (at least in his face).

one week his face is thin and the next its a little more pudgy. probably depends on how hes eating and how much hes drink + stress levels, etc.
Sapphirasapphia on May 31st, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
Actually, it depends on his hair. That's how packed the hair, makes his face elongated or round.
With his skinny physique, it is difficult to gain weight.

Edited at 2012-05-31 07:01 am (UTC)
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tiffanyforzactiffanyforzac on May 31st, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
well it does'nt bother me whether zac gains a little weight or not. his weight to me has absolutely nothing to do with his acting ability. but on the topic i can't wait to read the book. i read that it was an interesting read.
kleth on May 31st, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I only raised the flabby weight idea because I thought it would horrify everyone. He's gained weight twice intentionally -- for Hairspray and for TLO, and he's lost weight intentionally once, after TLO. But both gain episodes were to add muscle weight, not fat weight, and both were recommended by a director. I just thought it would be funny if, in this case, the director pointed out the fat references in the novel and ordered Zac to pudge up. I hope none of this happens, because of DiNiro's famous example in gaining fat for Raging Bull. With his hero in mind, you know Zac would do it, and then we would all have to behold his chubbiness and weep.
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