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Feb 3rd
03:06 pm
Round-up: some yay, some nice, some not too bad & some meh  

It also started rolling out internationally. It opened in Australia, Hungary, Croatia to #1 and several other countries at #2 (UK, Russia, Portugal, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore). If these territories are any indication, while it won't make huge money, it should do decently for the size of the movie. France opens today and Germany next Thursday; other territories will follow.

Mike and Dave

Great to see them starting with the promo early.

Neighbors 2

This new international trailer has tiny bits of new footage (no new Zac though)

Photoshoot Venice 2012

New pics from an old photoshoot:


New project?

Tracking Board has a new rumor:
Zac Efron is set to produce STRAIGHT TO HELL, Paramount’s feature adaptation of John LeFevre‘s scathing tell-all, Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals, sources confirm. Jason Barrett and Michael Simkin will also produce the project for Efron’s shingle, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild. Efron will produce alongside Doug Banker of Five All in the Fifth Entertainment. No word yet on whether or not Efron will star.

Straight To Hell is based on a true story that originated with a now-infamous Twitter account, @GSElevator. The anonymous account offered a behind-the-scenes look at the real world of international finance without mercy or shame. The hilarious account accumulated over 600,000 followers and prompted Goldman Sachs to launch an international investigation to find the source. The financial powerhouse was shocked to discover that a 34-year-old former bond executive from Texas by the name of John LeFevre was behind the handle. When it was revealed that LeFevre never actually worked at Goldman Sachs, the story generated headlines across the nation.

The movie is expected to be cut from the same cloth as Best Picture nominees The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short, adding to the timely subject of corruption and cruelty in the world of high finance. Told with no-holds barred dark humor, LeFevre’s book follows his own story as a jet-setting investment banker, from his experiences on the trading floor to his world of private planes and endless excess. LeFevre provides an uncensored, merciless, yet funny look at an overindulgent culture of finance — much like the Twitter account he created.

TB often jumps the gun way too early, so take this just as a rumor until we get confirmation from the trades.

If this could be more like Big Short, I'd be interested but it sounds like another Wolf of Wall Street which interests me not at all. I doubt they can rival the quality of that and, frankly, it's all been done. Obviously my interest could change depending on writer and director, etc. But right now I am super meh on this project, if he's intending to star. He needs to stop picking this kind of role, doucheyness and drugs aside, it also sounds like *another* observer, there to give us eyes to the shenanigans, and those roles tend to be passive and bland.
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Bee: Zac – CStC - ani - blue t-shirt - talkinjeezbee on February 3rd, 2016 02:08 pm (UTC)
I love that first pic of Zac & De Niro.

The way the box office is going this should end up above $60m ww, I could even see it go above $70m. We have to see how all the South American will go but it's performing ok so far.

Regarding that new project... meh tbh.

They try comparing it to The Wolf of Wall Street (which I really like) and The Big Short (which I haven't seen yet but expect to like too) but tbf I have my doubts that this would end up similarly good.

Both of those projects work because they have exceptional scripts and directors (and cast for that matter). And Zac has not shown so far that he can attract anyone of that caliber to work on his development projects. Furthermore, those 2 projects have a clear story with a good climax for the 3rd act but from what I get about this book/story (which I have to admit I have not read but going by summaries and articles I've read) this sounds like it doesn't have much overall plot at all. The big picture of LeFevre's wasn't particularly interesting, he wasn't even arrested... it's "just" an investment banker who lived the wild life for a few years until he decided to quit. There is no housing crash or anything of note happening on the banking side - it's just a collection of crazy stories with excess. Which can make an interesting book but imo is not suitable for a good movie because there you need a good overall story.

Which brings me to my other issue - this is clearly more The Wolf of Wall Street with all the alcohol, drugs, sex and prostitutes. Zac really needs to stop going permanently after drug-fueled movies. And the character here would be again a douchey, white, rich guy living it up amidst crazy deals happening around him and with no interesting plot but plenty of misogyny instead. Martin Scorsese and Leo might be able to pull this off but The Wolf of Wall Street even had an actual story and wasn't done before... this would be just a 2nd tier (or lower?) imitation of that.

Having said all that, the upside is that I can't see this actually going into production. I mean, he might start developing it and Paramount might pay a screenwriter to write a draft but I would be seriously surprised if this would happen. It looks like a typical project which will end up in development hell to me.

Like Cady, if this would be more like The Big Short where it's about something happening in the banking industry instead of excess partying it would be actually interesting. But the way this sounds right now... meh.
kleth on February 3rd, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
I think your story analysis is correct - there really isn't a story. A good drama needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. This story seems like a series of incidents without a conclusion; the protagonist doesn't triumph or crash and burn, he just quits.

The one bright note is that if Zac played the lead, he would mostly appear fully clothed. No doubt the powers that be would force some kind of shower scene or whatever, but Zac really needs to get away from displaying his body and get into displaying his acting abilities.

Beejeezbee on February 4th, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
There would be plenty of opportunity to have Zac naked since the book features stories about sex and prostitutes. LeFevre eg mentioned in an article that he woke up in a Hong Kong hotel with a prostitute at his side not knowing how he got there. There might be more female nudity but I don't think Zac would be clothed all the time.
cindiest on February 4th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
Agree with everything you said. IMO, he needs to fight to be added to a great project with a good director. He is not good at development yet.
dewg: pic#125424545dewg on February 3rd, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think it's another movie that will enter on the list of Zac's movies that will not going to happen
Zac Efron #ARG: pic#125801742ZacEfron_ARG on February 3rd, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
I can only talk about what's going on in Argentina but the distributor isn't doing any promotion (it comes out on February 18th and it doesn't appear in any theaters as 'coming soon' or anything) so I think it'll happen like WAYF (it lasted only one week here and it was the same distributor), it won't make a lot of money, specially when the critics here seem to hate Zac since TAM. But, on the other hand I've seen a lot of promo from Brazil (with special screenings and contests) and Mexico, so I guess that if DG takes money will be from those places.

On the other hand, I'm definetly not excited about that rumor, it will end up as you say on the develoment projects; I used to be very excited about that Josh Grisham project The Associate, I even read the book (which isn't as good but it could still be a nice movie) but it'll never happen :(

Edited at 2016-02-03 03:36 pm (UTC)
Beejeezbee on February 4th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, even I have seen promo on twitter from Brazil & Mexico. Let's hope the box office is decent.

It's normal that a lot of development projects never get made (not only Zac's... it's a general thing), but some look very unlikely right from the beginning - like this one imo. I haven't read The Associate but I've heard that it's one of Grisham's weaker books. But we haven't heard about a screenwriter being hired for it so it's not looking particularly likely right now. However, idt he's aging out of the character anytime soon, so things might change in the future. But like with any of the development projects... the quality of the script and the director they might be able to attract are such key factors that you never know if and when something might happen.
Aliciapop86 on February 3rd, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'm just loving the pictures from Vanity Fair Italia. I hope he does another photoshoot soon.

I’m hoping this is just a rumor. Wolf of Wall, Big Short, and Too Big to Fail covered Wall Street corruption already, and unless there is another angle to this story (beyond debauchery) there is no need for this project. I like the idea of him producing but this project is not worth his time