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Anna Kendrick Joins Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here,' Zac Efron & Amber Heard To Star In Eran Creevy's 'Autobahn'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 10:39 AM
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Damn it. Just when we thought we were going to be able to ignore Zach Braff's controversially crowd-sourced sophomore feature, he goes and casts Anna Kendrick. According to The Wrap, the "Pitch Perfect" star, so often the best thing in whatever she's in, has joined the cast of Braff's currently-prepping "Wish I Was Here." The actress will play the love interest of Braff's character's brother (Josh Gad), a young cosplayer named Janine. Manic Pixie Dream Girl alert! Mandy Patinkin is also in the cast (Mandy Patinkin Dream Girl alert!), and Kendrick will next be seen in the questionable-looking "Rapturepalooza," which opens on June 7th.

Review: Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' A Patchy But Powerful Melodrama With A Fantastic Performance By Dennis Quaid

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2013 5:59 PM
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Zac Efron, At Any Price
The first three feature films by Ramin Bahrani – 2005’s “Man Push Cart,” 2007’s “Chop Shop” and 2008’s “Goodbye Solo” -- were extremely well-regarded by festival and art-house crowds (Roger Ebert called Bahrani “the director of the decade”), but barely made a dent on the wider cultural consciousness, receiving fairly limited releases and so far, making Bahrani a favourite of cinephiles, but far from a crossover success. But five years since his last film, Bahrani is back with "At Any Price," a film that threatens to push him towards the mainstream, with a starry cast and distribution from Sony Pictures Classics.

Casting: Rose Byrne Tackles ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ & ‘Townies,’ Bella Heathcote Joins Hugh Grant Rom-Com & Amy Ryan Lands ‘Birdman’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 15, 2013 5:05 PM
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“Damages” star and “Bridesmaids” queen bee Rose Byrne is in negotiations for two major movie projects – Warner Bros.’s “This is Where I Leave You” and Universal’s “Townies.” In the Shawn Levy-directed and Jonathan Tropper-written “This is Where I Leave You,” the Aussie actress joins an ensemble cast that currently includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver (HBO’s “Girls”), Kathryn Hahn, and Jane Fonda.

Zac Efron & Akiva Goldsman Are 'Falling' Together

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2013 4:14 PM
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Did you know that Zac Efron has a production company? He does and it's called Ninjas Runnin' Wild Productions. Seriously. And that's runnin' not running, dawg. And over the past few years he's accumulated a small slate of projects that are moving through development incuding a remake of Daniel Espinosa's breakout film "Snabba Cash." And now, he's dipping his toes into the supernatural thriller sphere.

Watch: First Trailer For Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' Starring Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 1:23 PM
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Primarily known for his low-profile indies like "Man Push Cart," "Chop Shop" and "Goodbye Solo," Ramin Bahrani has made a play to the mainstream (or closer to it anyway) with "At Any Price," a movie that has none other that heartthrob Zac Efron in a lead role. And after hitting the trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto last fall, the film is gearing up to arrive in theaters this spring, and the first trailer has arrived.

Zac Efron Will Play The First Doctor To Look At JFK In Assassination Pic 'Parkland'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 3:57 PM
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Well, Zac Efron's first year questing for recognition in more adult roles was a bit of mixed bag. He is probably still best known at the end of 2012 for being peed on by Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy," and his efforts in Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price" seemed to be overlooked by those debating the merits of the earnest picture. But the former tween Disney star is pushing forward admirably, and like it or not, he's getting involved in a movie about one of the most defining and tragic moments in American history.

Harrison Ford & Zac Efron Join Rob Reiner's Thriller 'You Belong To Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 10:47 AM
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While Zac Efron's post-"High School Musical" career choices haven't been spot on (we hope we never see Hip Hop Efron again), you can't fault him in his desire to change up expectations. And frankly, if his name is helping movies by Lee Daniels ("The Paperboy") and Ramin Bahrani ("At Any Price") get made, who are we to argue with that? And now he's made another curveball choice, which could see him working with two legends.

Watch: Zac Efron Goes Hip Hop In Unintentionally Hilarious Jeans Commercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2012 2:13 PM
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It seems that Brad Pitt isn't the only one who can make an embarrassing commercial (or two). Zac Efron has dipped his toes into the celebrity endorsement world, with his own fashion-oriented spot and it's pretty unintentionally hilarious.
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Review: Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy' With Matthew McConaughey & Nicole Kidman Is A Disastrous Flop

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 2, 2012 2:03 PM
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Many people will tell you that "The Paperboy" -- based on Pete Dexter's novel, brought to the screen by "Precious" director Lee Daniels -- is a trash masterpiece, an instant camp classic, so bad it's good. These people, these critics, are simply not to be trusted about any question of judgment for a long time based on that half-hearted ironic "endorsement" of one of the worst films of the year, never mind at Cannes. Like the patina on a bronze roof, there are two ways to acquire trashterpiece/camp/so-bad-it's-good status. One is through time, and patience, as entropy and erosion bring down the bright gleam to a more interesting set of colors and nuanced shades; the other is to spray it on artificially with a hose, with plenty of spillage and waste, toxic and cheap and jumped-up and unconvincing.

Watch: New Clip From 'The Paperboy' Shows Off Nicole Kidman & Zac Efron's Dueling Accents

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 1, 2012 9:20 AM
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While he’s already hard at work shooting on the Forest Whitaker-led ensemble drama “The Butler” (which just got picked up by The Weinstein Company), Lee Daniels’ latest film “The Paperboy,” which had a less-than enthusiastic response at Cannes earlier this year, is headed to theaters and Millenium Entertainment have released a new clip from the film.

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