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Jul 31st
03:10 pm
Casting and Title for the DJ Project  
From Deadline:
Emily Ratajkowski, the model who parlayed a risque appearance in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video into a GQ cover stamping her the next big thing, and a lead role opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, will star alongside Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends, a film that will be directed by Max Joseph, co-star of MTV’s Catfish series. Joseph makes his directing debut on a script he wrote with Meaghan Oppenheimer from a story by Richard Silverman. Working Title Films partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Studio Canal is financing, and at this point the company is hanging on to domestic rights. Silverman is exec producer.

Efron and Ratajkowski are set and Insurgent‘s Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez and Alex Shaffer are also in various stages of negotiations for a film that starts shooting August 18 in the San Fernando Valley. The film is a coming-of age-drama about finding your voice. It's set in the worlds of electronic music and the Hollywood nightlife, where an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he knows he’s destined for. Good call, setting up a Saturday Night Fever-like story in EDM, a vastly popular pursuit with the young crowd that several studios are trying to capture on screen. She’s repped by Innovative Artists and Untitled Entertainment.

Emily is pretty hot right now so that's cool. Next step is getting someone awesome for James. Fingers crossed.
Mood: blahblah
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laurenlipkinlip on July 31st, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
this project sounds interesting
cologne50931 on July 31st, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yes she's hot that's great finally not a blond girl :) Lets wait and see who will play James.
Beejeezbee on July 31st, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm fine with Emily. As you said she has some heat and while we don't know how her acting is, David Fincher is a good business card. And hopefully she has great chemistry with Zac since for once they cast someone who you at least superficially expect to be his type.

I really hope they get someone great for James (my dream casting is Idris Elba although I know only little about the character so idk if he really fits). I really need that project to have some credibility.

That said, I'm pretty disappointed by the casting of his friends. I don't have a problem with unknown but I was hoping for actors who have shown more promise in their previous roles. And these roles are significant from what I get. It's like a merry group of 4 bros (who are all pretty douchey... just a heads-up) who hang out a lot together.

I'm wondering which one of them will play Mason - that character is as if you take the most douchebaggy aspects of all of Zac's friends and combine it into one character. That character makes my skin crawl. Not that Cole is a saint...

Edited at 2014-07-31 08:32 pm (UTC)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 22nd, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
What do you know about the character Shiloh plays? Asking for a friend, seriously I am
Beejeezbee on August 22nd, 2014 12:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know which of the guys plays which friend yet. I have a guess but there is nothing yet in the stills which confirms the respective roles. Once I know which character he plays for sure, I can perhaps tell you a bit more.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 25th, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
Much appreciated
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 1st, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
she's so pretty, i approve of that casting choice

kleth on August 1st, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad he's working (thrilled, actually); but I don't see this kind of movie packing the theaters. I don't think he's going to pick up an extra $5 million with a back-end deal on this one. Oh well, I don't suppose it could turn out worse than That Awkward Moment.
countessm3countessm3 on August 1st, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
I was kinda thinking the same thing when I saw MTV was involved. Of course I'd love to see a real DJ heavyweight play James - Moby, Tony Moran, Joe Gauthreaux (who's star is rising), Robbie Rivera, Victor Calderone, Junior Sanchez, John Digweed, Sasha, Josh Wink, Frankie Knuckles,Danny Tenaglia, Murk, John O'Callaghan. Just none of these newbies who nobody had heard of, who never spun at a real old school rave, and who came out of nowhere as if they'd been in the profession for awhile (while in truth its pure marketing that made them suddenly "appear") - no overhyped Rameros and crap.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 1st, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
isn't bo not that important per se, and the quality of the movie more important js

not saying this is gonna be a cinematic masterpiece or trash, but I'd prefer a good quality movie over just a bo smash. both would be nice but the latter is probably not as likely bc this isn't a franchise or superhero movie.
kleth on August 4th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with doing little movies of high quality. But that's almost all he's done (not always with the high quality). Thank God for Neighbors. Now, when he is "in talks" for future projects, he'll get the respect that $250 million can earn.

Plus, these little movies don't always get booked into a theater near me, and I hate to wait for the DVD.
countessm3countessm3 on August 2nd, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
Since many people here don't know much about addiction, I thought I might post some things for the purposes of education, if nobody minds (from various NA resources). Also, fwiw, this review has been invaluable to me. It has shown me some areas of my life I need to work on/where addiction is edging in:

Our whole life and thinking was centered in drugs in one form or another – the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more. We lived to use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs.

We did many people great harm, but most of all we harmed ourselves. We seemed to be incapable of facing life on its own terms.

Most of us realized that in our addiction we were slowly committing suicide, but addiction is such a cunning enemy of life that we had lost the power to do anything about it.

If you are like us you know that one is too many and a thousand never enough. We put great emphasis on this, for we know that when we use drugs in any form, or substitute one for another, we release our addiction all over again.

Thinking of alcohol as different from other drugs has caused a great many addicts to relapse. Alcohol is a drug. We are people with the disease of addiction who must abstain from all drugs in order to recover.

The physical aspect of our disease is the compulsive use of
drugs: the inability to stop using once we have started. The mental aspect of our disease is the obsession, or overpowering desire to use, even when we are destroying our lives. The spiritual part of our disease is our total self-centeredness.

All of us, from the junkie snatching purses to the sweet little old lady hitting two or three doctors for legal prescriptions, have one thing in common: we seek our destruction a bag at a time, a
few pills at a time, or a bottle at a time until we die.

This ["something in us"] also makes us prone to obsession and compulsion in other areas of our lives. How can we tell when our disease is active? When we become trapped in obsessive, compulsive, self-centered routines, endless loops that lead nowhere but to physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional decay.

We are powerless when the driving force in our life is beyond our control. We find ourselves doing things that we would never do if it weren't for our addiction; things that make us shudder with shame when we think of them. We may have tried to abstain from drug use or other compulsive behaviors - perhaps with some success - for a period of time without a program, only to find that our untreatedaddiction eventually takes us right back to where we were before.

Reservations are places in our program that we have reserved for relapse. They may be built around the idea that we can retain a small measure of control, something like, "Okay, I accept that I can't control my using, but I can still sell drugs, can't I?" Or we may think we can remain friends with the people we used with or bought drugs from.
>Do I think I can still associate with the people connected with my addiction? Can I still go to the places where I used?

Insanity is a loss of our perspective and our sense
of proportion. Insanity is often described as the belief that we can take something outside ourselves-drugs, power, sex, food-to fix what's wrong inside ourselves: our feelings.

Most of us find that we were neither as terrible, nor as wonder
ful, as we supposed.
The Writers Denmusewriter on August 2nd, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Cady, please forgive me if this post is out of line but I feel like it must be said. What good does it do to continually harp on his addiction issues, especially in a post about his new project? Anybody with two working eyes and a brain can see that he's clearly struggling with staying on the right path and making some questionable decisions as of late. We get it. There's no excuse for it and quite frankly I want to slap him most days, but I realize they are not my choices. Maybe my perspective is different since my social work degree gives me a unique perspective behind the psychopathology/mental health issues associated with this stuff, and because I've known about his issues longer than most, but at the end of the day, but I just don't see the point in continuously mentioning it. The media is already taking care of that enough. Do I feel for him? In a sense, yes, because I know this means that he's facing something difficult that makes him feel the need to self-medicate. But, I also realize that he's made his bed and now he has to lay in it.

I say all that to say this. This LJ used to be the place I came to for an "escape" to read about projects and the little tidbits that Cady works so hard to find. Quite frankly I've been staying away more lately because I hate reading the back and forth about his issues. Nothing we do is going to change the situation and we have to accept that or we have to walk away. In the meantime, I'm trying to focus on this new project which sounds interesting and am grateful he'll be working again soon. I have hope that he can turn himself around and get back on the right track. The ball is in his court now.
cologne50931 on August 2nd, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Thats the point!
countessm3countessm3 on August 2nd, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
It's impossible for me to talk about the hors d'oeuvres when there's a man playing Russian Roulette in the center of the room. For me it's especially personal.

I will stop coming here so you can discuss fluff and stuff. I can't do that when someone's in trouble because I worry. It's easier to worry with others, to share the burden. But I'll worry alone; it's not like I don't already do that in all the other aspects of my life. Why should I seek the support of others in this instance? I will be alone and I will be fine.
The Writers Denmusewriter on August 2nd, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
To be clear, I didn't mean to imply that anyone had to leave. I worry just like the rest of the fandom, probably more than I should since I don't know the boy and am powerless to have any say in his life.

What I AM saying is that I don't think it is necessary to bring it up in an unrelated post. At this point I'm just glad he'll be working soon.
kleth on August 4th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
"What I AM saying is that I don't think it is necessary to bring it up in an unrelated post."

This site has a kind of split personality. Sometimes, it posts every minor incident regarding Zac and seems like a continuing discussion. Then there are intervals when only posts on major events appear and the semi-daily incidentals are skipped over (I assume that is our host attending to her own affairs). That's when unrelated discussion may arise. There's no rule in big print at the top that forbids posters from commenting on anything except the current item. When Zac's latest Ibiza fling and Michelle smooching is the lead story on Entertainment Tonight, some fans feel a need to comment.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 3rd, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
It's my fault... I should've made a post about it so people would have somewhere to talk about it but I was kind of (slowly) working out what to say, etc.
The Writers Denmusewriter on August 4th, 2014 03:45 am (UTC)
No worries Cady...I've also been struggling with what to say. Plus I know you're super busy and don't have time to deal with this mess lol
☮socrazywildcat on August 4th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)

I've lurked for a while but never commented because I was nervous of the drama.
I just have to say I think it's not your fault at all that there are disagreements because you haven't posted. I feel like there's an unspoken common ground where most of us are pseudo aware of what's going on (even those of us who don't have inside knowledge and sources) and we all feel powerless to do anything. One of the major downsides of unrequited love is that even though he's helped many of us through life with his talents etc, we are unable to help him in return. It's very painful for a lot of us.

I've been on Twitter trying to find the right words as well, but it's so difficult with the media possibly watching everything we post. I want to be realistic and judgemental but at the same time I'm aware anything I say online could possibly hurt Zac.

I feel like our fanbase is split down the middle: those who want to share their fears and concerns and comfort each other (which is ok) and those who find it too painful to even discuss (which is ok too). But the general consensus is that we all care about him and want him to be okay but feel conflicted with feelings of disappointment and even contempt at times.

But for the minority who think this relationship is a positive thing in any way, I have to tell you: it's not.

Unlike most I don't feel like Zac is dealing with some deep seeded psychological issue unless the Fear Of Missing Out counts as one. In every photo I've seen, he seems happy and delighted about being surrounded with these people, which to me means he's in complete denial about how self destructive he's being and he truly believes he can handle himself and his sobriety around them.

Someone once told me the end of sobriety doesn't begin with the first use, but with the first action or train of thought that contrasts what was taught and learned in treatment. As countessm3 implied, it's the first feeling that you can associate with people you used alongside, or that you can visit places you once drank at or can drink at. Or worse, that you, an addict, have magically gained the ability to control your intake.

As for Zac, I don't know what stage he's at in his sobriety. So I won't judge him too harshly regarding the decisions he's making. It's a trial and error process. He will eventually discover what his triggers are and what he can and cannot handle. Until then, as fans, we have to either console each other or not discuss it at all and talk about his work if you'd prefer. As I've said, there is no wrong way to deal with this. So please, guys, let people have their breakdowns, or not.



Edited at 2014-08-04 03:58 pm (UTC)
kleth on August 4th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
"Unlike most I don't feel like Zac is dealing with some deep seeded psychological issue unless the Fear Of Missing Out counts as one."

This has been my suspicion (and hope). The best news in the rehab story was the anonymous source who reported that his personality didn't change when he was plastered. He's not drinking to release some pent-up demons, he's drinking because he likes to party.
☮socrazywildcat on August 5th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
Agreed. The only thing that concerns me is something that Zac said on Bear Grylls. He said it was fun to party at first but then it got to the point where he couldn't leave his house without using beforehand. So I kind of get the sense that he could no longer feel "normal" without resorting to his drug(s) of choice. According to what I've learned in psychology these long term (or permanent in some cases) changes to the synapses cannot be fixed with AA/CBT therapy but only with medication.

I really hope this isn't the case with Zac and he's just missing the social side of his partying. If this is the case with him, I hope he can use the insight he acquired from treatment to realise what's happening and take the necessary steps to get back to his "good place".

Apologies to anyone who has issue with me bringing this up here.
kleth on August 6th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
"He said it was fun to party at first but then it got to the point where he couldn't leave his house without using beforehand."

I didn't catch this. Are you sure that's what he said? Admittedly, his rehab remarks were somewhat incoherent.
Beejeezbee on August 6th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
This is the full quote from Zac in 'Running Wild' on his addiction:
"The challenging part was never the work. That was never it. It was sort of the in between work—the social aspects outside of it. I mean, everywhere you go to a certain extent, there is press in some form."

"Whether you're going to an event where you're supposed to be out…there will be press there, if you're leaving your house to go to the grocery store, there will be press there. It can be everywhere and it can be confusing. You spend a lot of time in your house, going crazy and pretty soon you need a social lubricant. And once I needed that, it became to go anywhere."

"It was getting to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend, you know what I mean, when I couldn't wait to go out and sort of let loose and have fun. But then when Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through I was like 'Oh this is bad.' I just really want to never again have to take anything from the outside into me to feel good about my outside, to be comfortable in my present skin."

That said, I wouldn't take his words literally. The show is a major public forum and he needed to tell a story which makes sense to the masses. Not saying he's lying but to me it's more a metaphor for frequent use which led to his addiction.
kleth on August 7th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the transcript. I don't see "he couldn't leave his house without using beforehand." That's what I was questioning. I don't think he was confessing that he doped up before he even left his house.
☮socrazywildcat on August 8th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry. I meant that's what he "implied". With "It became to go anywhere."
kleth on August 5th, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
Some of the discussions here do serve as a form of therapy for the posters, who are alarmed and have no one else with whom to talk about it -- how many of us have any friends or family members who are as informed and concerned as the audience here? I am reminded of that great old slogan:

"It's a Zac Efron thing -- you wouldn't understand."

Here, you find people who understand.
kleth on August 5th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
"This LJ used to be the place I came to for an "escape" to read about projects and the little tidbits that Cady works so hard to find. Quite frankly I've been staying away more lately because I hate reading the back and forth about his issues."

Let's put some of the blame where it belongs, with Zac Efron. When you and I began frequenting this site, Zac news was all positive and innocent -- progress in his career, new movie projects, red carpet events, magazine covers and interviews, and the mundane trivia of his daily life, dining, shopping, skateboarding, pumping gas. Then, he began testing his affinity for the Dark Side.