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Watch: 2 New Red Band Trailers For 'Neighbors' Starring Seth Rogen & Zac Efron Rock The House

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2014 8:54 AM
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Neighbors
While Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are the two promoted stars of "Neighbors," and get the bulk of the screentime in this new, lengthy red band trailer for the comedy, by all accounts it's the perpetually underrated Rose Byrne who walks away with the biggest laughs. In our review of the movie out of SXSW, our own Drew Taylor noted, "she nearly steals the entire movie, and certainly gets the surprise comedy MVP award." And it's good thing the rest of the movie looks like a lot of fun too.

Zac Efron To Star In John Grisham Thriller 'The Associate'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 6:03 PM
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The Associate Zac Efron
Zac Efron isn't going to let fights with transients in L.A.'s Skid Row stop him from movin' on up. The actor has been eager to prove his dramatic chops with a string of recent films including "The Lucky One," "The Paperboy," "At Any Price" and "Parkland." Now he's hoping to follow folks like Tom Cruise and Matt Damon, and put a John Grisham thriller on his bookshelf.

Watch: Zac Efron Breaks Out His Robert De Niro Impression In 2 Clips From 'Neighbors'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2014 2:06 PM
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Zac Efron, Neighbors
It was thanks to SXSW that "Bridesmaids" built some early buzz in 2011 before landing in theaters, becoming a runaway hit and an Oscar nominee, and Universal is hoping the same will happen this year with "Neighbors." The studio brought their upcoming comedy to Austin last weekend, and by all accounts, you'll bust a serious gut. Our own review stated, "we laughed until we ached. Then we laughed some more" and two clips have dropped to give you a taste of what's coming.

SXSW Review: ‘Neighbors’ Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron & Rose Byrne

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 8, 2014 11:43 PM
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Neighbors
The last time Universal screened one of their big summer comedies at South by Southwest, it turned out to be "Bridesmaids"—a movie that not only proved to be a massive financial success (and a breakthrough for its cowriter/star Kristin Wiig) but a critical one as well, even earning an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay. So a fair amount of anticipation greeted tonight's "work-in-progress" (although look, it seems totally finished) screening of the new Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy "Neighbors." And while "Neighbors" doesn't come close to capturing "Bridesmaids'" emotional honesty, it could have a chance of one-upping that film in the box office. Simply put, "Neighbors" is one of the funniest, most visually inventive studio comedies in recent memory.

Review: 'That Awkward Moment' Starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller & Michael B. Jordan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 11:01 AM
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That Awkward Moment
Later this year, Zac Efron will co-star with Seth Rogen in "Neighbors," an outrageous bro comedy about the war that develops between a young father and the college kid who moves in next door. The R-rated laffer will give Efron plenty of space to riff opposite his more seasoned comedy co-star, adding a different dimension to his persona, one that is still somewhat defined by his Disney past. But before that, Efron attempts his own bro-tacular comedy with "That Awkward Moment," an effort that while indebted to the breezy, easy camaraderie of the Judd Apatow productions that made Rogen famous, has no idea what makes them funny in the first place.

Watch: Seth Rogen & Zac Efron Go To War In New Trailer For 'Neighbors'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2013 12:24 PM
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Zac Efron, Neighbors
What happens when one grown man and another slightly grown man can't along when they live next door to each other? Hijinks, and lots of it, if this new trailer for "Neighbors" is anything to go by.

Frank Grillo Leads 'The Purge 2,' Zac Efron Catches 'Fire,' Imogen Poots Visits 'A Country Called Home' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 12, 2013 1:36 PM
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One of the surprise hits of the year was this summer’s cheap Ethan Hawke-starring horror movie “The Purge,” and with the $3 million-budgeted film making nearly $90 million worldwide, you better believe Universal wants a re-up.

Nicholas Hoult Replaces Zac Efron In 'Autobahn'; Dan Stevens Joins 'Night At The Museum 3' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 2:54 PM
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Indie thrillers, franchises and family movies—it's a wild mix in this casting round up, so let's to it. First up, Nicholas Hoult has replaced Zac Efron in the upcoming "Autobahn." Set to be written and directed by Eran Creevy, who made some waves this year with his thriller "Welcome To The Punch," the movie follows a backpacker and his girlfriend (to played by Amber Heard), who is hired by German drug smugglers, only for the job to go south and be forced to flee on the freeways of the title.

Watch: Zac Efron, Miles Teller & Michael B. Jordan Bro Out In Red-Band Trailer For 'That Awkward Moment'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 4:15 PM
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It was inevitable that at some point, another group of dudes would try and replicate the easy, raunchy camaraderie of the Apatow gang (i.e. everyone who was in "The Is the End"). And while we really like the dudes in "That Awkward Moment," this attempt at being just like that relatable bunch of bros doesn't quite work, though that may be because underneath all the supposed attitude is a rom-com in waiting.

Review: JFK Drama 'Parkland' Starring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti & More Feels Like A Cheap Cash-In

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 2, 2013 8:00 PM
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Parkland
Ever since "PT 109," which detailed his WWII war record and was released while he was still in office, President John F. Kennedy has been catnip to Hollywood. After all, he was good looking, charismatic, had a dark secret life of womanising, among other things, and of course, was assassinated three years into his presidency—an event that inspires debate and conspiracy theories to this day. He's been the subject of great films (Oliver Stone's "JFK") and bad ones (recent miniseries "The Kennedys"), and been played by everyone from Cliff Robertson to James Marsden (in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"). This November marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Dealey Plaza, and as such, it was inevitable that there'd be some kind of film to mark the occasion. We just wish it wasn't as terrible as "Parkland."

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