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'Safe House' Director Daniel Espinosa Talks The 'Snabba Cash' Trilogy, Zac Efron Leading The Remake & His Comic Book Faves

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 6, 2012 9:57 AM
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Hollywood came calling after Swedish director Daniel Espinosa made waves with his Swedish crime drama "Snabba Cash" ("Easy Money") -- and now he makes his English-language debut with this week's "Safe House," starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. But what of the films he almost made along the way instead?

Seth Rogen & Zac Efron Team For R-Rated Comedy At Universal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2011 11:51 AM
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While Universal killed two high-profile, risky, ambitious efforts recently, putting the kibosh on Guillermo del Toro's "At the Mountains of Madness" and Ron Howard's "The Dark Tower," the studio isn't afraid to spend money. It's just that those holding the purse strings are choosing wisely and if you've been paying attention to the box office this summer, there is one genre that is not only making mad bank, but is also, generally speaking, pretty cost-effective: the R-rated comedy. "The Hangover Part II," "Horrible Bosses" and most importantly, from Universal's perspective, "Bridesmaids," have been smash successes. So it's no surprise then that they're still willing to throw even more money behind the R-rated laffer.

Ramin Bahrani Casts Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron In New Project; Also, Pigs Can Apparently Fly Now

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2011 11:39 AM
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Ramin Bahrani is pretty ace. The Iranian-American director broke through with 2005's terrific "Man Push Cart," and then followed it up swiftly with 2007's "Chop Shop" and 2008's "Goodbye Solo." There's not a bad film among them, all three humane, touching and cosmopolitan, and he's one of the most interesting young filmmakers around -- Roger Ebert even went as far as to call him the filmmaker of the decade in 2009. But strangely, we've not covered the director that much here at The Playlist: his last film hit theaters in 2008, and sadly new work, aside from the Werner Herzog-featuring short "Plastic Bag," hasn't really been forthcoming.

Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire & Zac Efron Starring In Lee Daniels' 'The Paperboy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 6:18 AM
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'Modern Family' Star Sofia Vergara Confirmed For CastLee Daniels hasn't quite had Hollywood bowing before him in the same way that some directors do after picking up an Oscar nomination -- in his case, for "Precious." It's not that the director hasn't gotten involved in projects -- he's attached to no fewer than five, and two, the civil rights drama "Selma," and the White House-set tale "The Butler," were close to happening, with A-listers like Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington attached. But the films never quite got going, for one reason or another, and Daniels is yet to make his follow-up to the film that made his name.

Anthony Mandler Is Going To Make Sure Zac Efron Will 'Die In A Gunfight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2011 8:34 AM
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Zac Efron is determined to have someone punch his adorable little face. The tween heartthrob has been lining up a number of Adult Projects that will hopefully help him transition into grittier fare and one of those, "Die In A Gunfight," now has a director.

Commerical Director Frederik Bond To Make Feature Debut Helming Zac Efron's 'Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2011 10:02 AM
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Commercial director Frederik Bond has been patiently awaiting the opportunity to make his feature film debut. At various times he's been attached to direct the comc book adaptation "Hack/Slash," the remake of Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" and most recently, the sci-fi flick "Year 12." But it looks like another film will mark his first feature outing.

Zac Efron Attached To Star In 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2011 8:12 AM
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Exclusive: Founding his own production company (the cheekily titled Ninjas Runnin' Wild), and being courted for a number of intriguing projects over the past year (including the remake of "Snabba Cash"), Zac Efron is set to turn heads in a role that will showcase the actor as we've never quite seen him before.

Sarah Jessica Parker Joins 'New Year's Eve'; Zac Efron & Halle Berry In Talks

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 16, 2010 4:09 AM
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You've got hand it to Garry Marshall, or at least the agents surrounding this project, the director knows how to corral an ensemble comedy. Following on the heels of "Valentine's Day" which included Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Queen Latifah, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner and more, Marshall has scored another name brand cast for his follow-up project and spiritual sequel/re-do in another holiday setting, "New Year's Eve."

Zac Efron Is Going To 'Die In A Gunfight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2010 8:25 AM
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Sometimes They Make It Too EasyTween girl heartthrob Zac Efron is busying attaching himself to projects in an effort to dirty his squeaky clean image. This year has seen the actor -- and now producer -- link himself to a couple of intriguing projects including the Hollywood remake of the nifty Swedish drug drama "Snabba Cash" as well as con-man tale, "The Art Of The Steal" (not related the documentary of the same name). He's got one more grimy picture to his name.

Will Ferrell & Zack Galifianakis Political Comedy Finds A Home At WB

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 5, 2010 10:54 AM
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Two days ago, a pitch went out to studios with Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis attached that would depict them as Presidential candidates timed to coincide with the 2012 elections. And now, the auction has ended: Deadline reports that Warner Bros. will back a Jay Roach-directed comedy that pits these two comedians against each other in the political arena.

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