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Aug 6th
12:06 am
'We Are Your Friends' Update  

Our cast! Gave me chills during our first table read. So pumped. #WeAreYourFriends -moppyopps

Now I don't have to go to Madame Tussaud's to get my pic with @zacefron. #weareyourfriends #wayf - maxjoseph

Filming is scheduled to begin on August 18th at a school in LA (idk which one sry).

Little bit of casting news from this evening, via TheWrap:
Jon Abrahams, who co-starred in “Scary Movie” and “Meet the Parents,” will join Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski in Working Title's EDM-fueled coming-of-age drama “We Are Your Friends,” TheWrap has learned… Abrahams has been cast as a sleazy club promoter who crosses paths with Efron's character.

BTW, this is the track that presumably the title is based off of.

ETA: Max recently followed Douglas Crise on twitter. Could mean nothing but it could also mean (given his other recent follows have been WAYF people) that Crise is going to be the editor for the film. Which, given his c.v., is pretty cool.

And also, actress Alicia Coppola tweeted that she was joining WAYF. I am guessing she is playing a character called Mrs. Romero or maybe Sandra, but I'm not positive.
Mood: tiredtired
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Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 6th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
Can Max introduce Zac to Nev pls?

Bee: Zac – CStC photocall - tree bgjeezbee on August 6th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for filming to start.

Nice to see people behind scenes to be active on social media already.

I’m surprised by that cast announcement tbh. Neither the role nor the actor are prominent enough to typically get their own announcement. But no problem, nice to hear officially about it anyway.

Still curious about the casting of James. I really, really hope they get someone with credibility. That cast desperately needs that tbh.
kleth on August 6th, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
Can anyone explain the story concept? I continue to be dubious about this film because it looks like a tough one to market (the same problem as That Awkward Moment, they never could explain succinctly what the hell it was all about).
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 6th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
boy has dream, mentor helps boy with dream, boy with dream falls in love with mentor's girl, it all goes to hell.

not that a marketing team can't screw things up but what would really help the marketing team (and zac) is a quality movie. the marketable concepts are not that hard to find in the film... if it is good.

that's where i'm pinning my hopes on working title being involved, because usually they wouldn't be on a project like this unless it had potential and they've been on board for a long time. also, imo, at this point a lot rides on who is cast as james, given the other sort of meh casting. oh and timing is key... since other edm projects are queuing up. this one seems to be first but it would suck if it was another capote/infamous or olympus has fallen/white house down.
kleth on August 7th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
As I feared . . . no murders, no car chases, no alien invasion or demonic possession. Just mushy old love stuff, yech.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 7th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
I think I heard someone describe it as M&OW but for EDM
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 7th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
that would be what i said lol
kleth on August 8th, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
You're right! You have derived the formula exactly. And we all know what a big success Me & Orson Welles was. *Sigh*
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 9th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
kleth on August 6th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Six, and they're all about the same height. Was it in Zac's contract?
Bradley Bobstbradleybobst31 on August 7th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
So excited to see the whole Cast together.
countessm3countessm3 on August 8th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
I want to challenge Zac Efron to a little friendly competition:
(if you know someone who knows him, let him know that I hereby give notice of a challenge):

He has 1 year to reach my bad-ass status; that is, he has one year...

1) to get clean and sober and stay that way.

2) get fit via the old school - by hauling his ass to the gym (I did, for 20 years now)

3) enroll in a course or two in some area in which he is interested (philosophy, psychology, etc) and do well in them.

If he can't do it, then I want him to know that a 45 year old lady who makes below the federal poverty level can do more / be better than a 26 year-old rich actor with twice the talent, looks and charisma (but not brains, no. Sorry.)

In other words, I win.

Let that sink in good and deep, Zac.

On my part I will do all of the above as usual and I even swear to

1) go to regularly scheduled social activities of the department (which is as hard for me as it is for him to stay clean. I have social anxiety / bore easily. My counselor and I have been working on this but I continue to fail.)

2) make at least 1 good friend (somehow).

I'll even do updates, if it matters.

kleth on August 11th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think you challenge would help. Zac's problem all along hasn't been competing with others, it's been competing with himself. As I have written elsewhere, "he can never defeat his fiercest competitor, Zac Efron."
countessm3countessm3 on August 12th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
This suggests he's othering himself. By that I mean he's split himself into two people - his idealized self and his actual self. Since his actual self never lives up to his idealized self (and this idealized self, no doubt, is reinforced by his public "image" and the pedestal others place him on), he constantly maintains a sense of inferiority, low self-esteem and shame. Undoubtedly one of the sources of his shame is his ongoing, perpetual relapses that disappoint others (since he is also a people-pleaser; he competes with others' notions of him).

This is characteristic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but not the classical kind seen in people like Lindsey Lohan and and perhaps even Michelle Roderiguez. It's actually called "Inverse Narcissistic Personality Disorder" because the individual grasps who he really is (he isn't under the delusion that he is his idealized self), but maintains the idealized self, the "perfect" version of who he (falsely) believes he can be completely.

Inverse NPD is also known as the codependent personality, because the person relies entirely upon others to make himself feel okay about himself. ( To some extent I'm also this way, but I'm a lot more screwed up than Zac efron, lol.) He never feels okay about himself. Usually this stems from parents with very high expectations (mine are perfectionists in every sense of the word.) In childhood the child internalized these parental voices, that then became the superego (the moral center of the psyche). As I told one of my professors, "I have a sadistic superego". The superego punishes the individual internally by condemning the individual for his flaws.

A sadistic superego and the constant failure that proceeds from it can lead a person to give up on himself, to self-sabotage his goals so that he never has a chance (this is consoling, since he never really tried).

The goal is to merge the superego with the ego, so that the person sets high but reasonable expectations of the self. That said, to this day when I fail at something - such as when I receive a rejection letter from a publisher - I flagellate myself as if I were a heretic under the Spanish Inquisition. No one can hate or punish me more than me. I am a master torturer of the highest degree. I tell myself how much I suck and this berating in the past has led me to (without going into detail) physically punishing myself and at its worst, still leads to suicidal ideation.
kleth on August 12th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
Well, that's all pretty complicated and abstract. I was referring to a more simple self-competition. For Zac Efron, a new "personal best" is never an achievement but rather a further challenge. This is a particular problem in his case because he is so talented and physically able; his "personal bests" are high and thus almost impossible to surpass.
countessm3countessm3 on August 14th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Well, that's all pretty complicated and abstract,

Welcome to Freudian psychoanalysis, lol.

The problem with conquerors is there is always something more to conquer, and sometimes what we want to conquer is not entirely within our will (Zac could make a film better than The Seventh Seal, but if no one goes to see it...well, it's out of his hands.)