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Zac Efron Plays DJ, Judi Dench Catches ‘Tulip Fever,’ Michael Gambon Has A 'Casual Vacancy' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 6, 2014 10:24 AM
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Neighbors
While “Star Wars” and Marvel franchise rumors are just that thus far regarding Zac Efron, one thing is clear—the actor is certainly willing at the present to play up his public image for laughs, as “Neighbors” recently exampled to a surprisingly effective degree. He’s got the range to add some empathy to the character as well, and it’s clear directors have been paying attention to that juggling act, as a new role could see Efron back in sending up his partying ways.

Rumor: Zac Efron Up For Role In Marvel Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2014 5:22 PM
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Zac Efron, Neighbors
Okay, so those "Star Wars: Episode 7" rumors didn't exactly pan out, but maybe under the massive Disney roof, there is still room for Zac Efron in another big franchise. And hell, the kid is hot, starring in the number one movie at the box office right now "Neighbors." Plus, those abs. Amirite?

Interview: 'Neighbors' Star Seth Rogen Talks Making It Relatable, Improv With Zac Efron And The Movie's Distinctive Look

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 8, 2014 3:03 PM
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Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, Neighbors
This weekend's big, R-rated studio comedy "Neighbors" is funny in the way that big, R-rated studio comedies rarely are (read our review here). In the movie Seth Rogen plays a man in his thirties, who is happily married (to a flawless Rose Byrne) and with a new baby. Of course his suburban idyll is disrupted when a rampaging fraternity (led by Zac Elfron, his malevolent charisma turned all the way up) shows up and moves into the house right next door to theirs. That leads to an all out war between the boring suburbanites and the hard partying frat brothers that have invaded their neighborhood. While at South by Southwest, where the movie first premiered (it received a riotous response), we sat down with Rogen and chatted about the movie, what the appeal of the script was for him, what Byrne brought to the role, and how the distinctive look of the movie was developed.

Review: 'Neighbors' With Seth Rogen & Zac Efron Is One Of The Funniest Studio Comedies In Recent Memory

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 7, 2014 6:02 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 went on 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 and excitement 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.

Oscar Isaac Rumored For Role In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’; Harrison Ford May Have "Gigantic" Role

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 28, 2014 9:19 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
“Star Wars” fans. They’re so demanding. May 4th, Star Wars Day is alleged d-day for casting, the day most of the cast will be revealed, but that doesn’t stop audiences—hell, even bloggers—from demanding “reveal the damn cast already.” Well, we might be getting closer. Because no one really knows nothing, the latest rumors have been running wild and free for a while. But because names are coming up over and over again, perhaps these rumors are starting to solidify.

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.

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