Monday, September 17, 2012

Nicole Kidman "Gets Down and Dirty" With Zac Efron in The Paperboy - E! Online

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Zac Efron Poses With Some Adorable Little Animals For BlackBook [PHOTOS] - Socialite Life

Zac Efron is promoting his new film The Paperboy, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Zac is featured on the cover of BlackBook Magazine with some furry friends for the October issue, and he opens up about his celebrity status, how he views himself as an actor, and why he chose Paperboy among his pick of scripts.

How he feels about being famous:
“Around the time Charlie St. Cloud came out I was confused, I wasn’t here for money; I didn’t need any more of it. I wasn’t here for fame; I wasn’t enjoying it. I was here for art.”

What he thinks of himself:
“As a man watching Zac Efron, I don’t necessarily like me yet. So how can I like Zac Efron? Maybe, if that guy shook things up, did what I didn’t expect him to do, if he wasn’t afraid to be a dick, if he wasn’t afraid to fall on his face, if he hung around long enough and did the grunt work, one day I might respect him.”

More from Zac plus a little video message from Zac from the photo shoot. 

Why he chose to do The Paperboy:
He says it was an atypical project that involved risk, and he wanted to see ‘how deep the rabbit hole went’ and how “far he could push himself.”

The Paperboy co-stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, and John Cusack, and will be released in theaters October 5th.


It's time for episode twelve of BWW's newest exclusive TV series - CHEWING THE SCENERY WITH Randy Rainbow! In this week's episode, Randy chats with Elaine Stritch about the latest Broadway gossip, including Perez Hilton in NEWSical, the Tony Awards being held at Radio City Music Hall next year and more, followed by his updates from the Chewing the Scenery Newsdesk about Zac Efron's and Mike Tyson's "singing and dancing" Broadway dreams, a steamy Cheyenne Jackson featured in newly released stills from The Performers, and an interview with the late (and still very silent) Charlie Chaplin. Click below to watch episode 13!

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If you'll recall, we first introduced you to Randy Rainbow (yes, real name) back when he became a YouTube sensation. fans 'ate him up' as did an immediate national and world following. The Broadway community quickly took note and Randy started appearing around town, meeting Broadway stars, and hosting a number of popular events. As Randy and the subsequent videos continued to hit YouTube, and ascend his notoriety, we decided to sit down with him to see if he'd like to join us and to create exclusive content for the site.

Twice a month, Randy will be bringing you his signature brand of commentary on the latest in theater news (at least HIS theatre news), right here on BWW TV... featuring the 'likeness' of all of your favorite stars and personalities...whether they like it or not.

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(Super-Hot) Fashion Faceoff: Ryan Gosling Vs. Zac Efron in Leather Jackets - Glamour (blog)

Monday, 09/17/2012 1:30 PM

Mega-hotties Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron have both ditched their Disney days for big-budget films and sex-symbol statues, so of course they'll need an edgy wardrobe to match. Enter: the leather jacket. But the question is, who wears it better?


Ryan has totally become that guy we all want our boyfriends to dress like. When he's not looking jaw-droppingly hot on the red carpet, he rocks a leather jacket almost everywhere he goes (airport, walking the dog, grabbing coffee with gorgeous GF Eva Mendes, you name it). Mr. Gosling's choice in outerwear gives him that bad boy vibe that has us all swooning.


Zac has come a long way since his Troy Bolton days. Thankfully he's ditched the floppy hair for a scruffier look, and oh, is it working out in his favor. I mean, did you see him in The Lucky One?! Unlike Ryan, who prefers a motorcycle-style jacket, Zac opts for simpler cuts that add just a little extra somethin' to his beloved graphic tees and button-downs.

Now, this may be one of the hardest decisions you have to make all day, but who do you think rocks a leather jacket better? Ryan or Zac? Vote now, and share your thoughts in the comments!

Photos: Getty Images/Splash News

Zac Efron Has a Dirty Habit - The Atlantic Wire

Richard is still in Los Angeles, where he was apparently seen smiling and saying things like "take the 405 to the 10, the 101 is just awful this time of day" and "maybe just blonde highlights?" But the morning gossip will wait for no man. So, today: Carrie Bradshaw sells her heaven on Fifth, Zac Efron can't quit a habit, and there's at least one Kennedy that approves of Taylor Swift's "obsessive" relationship with her high school junior. 

The Wall Street Journal and Piaget threw a party for Arbitrage because Richard Gere playing a hedge fund trader sounds like a Piaget ad you'd see in the WSJ. Amidst the 1 percent reveling, there is a tragedy to report: Zac Efron is using his giant triceps to smoke evil cancer sticks. "He was puffing on the electric cigarette with friends in a back corner booth ... but then he went outside and walked down the block to sneak cigarettes," a "spy" told Page Six. (Yes, there's apparently someone assigned to the Zac-Efron-smoking beat.) Doesn't he know that smoking ruins your voice (what about High School Musical 4: The Reunion???!)? Or your looks, or that smile?  That smile Zac! Think of the people Zac--the people! [Page Six]

In each generation, a slayer is born. He alone must stand against the forces of darkness that is Suri's Burn Book, and cheetah print. He will go by the surname of Gellar-Prinze, bring honor back to his family, and get the Gellar-Prinzes back onto the pages of Us Weekly. [Us Weekly]

Amanda Bynes's bad driving and maybe drug use have caught the eye of squinty brow-beater Lindsay Lohan. Instead of silently enjoying this designer impostor version of her own troubles in a velvet robe and sipping from a brandy snifter, Lohan decided to tweet out this gem of critique of the United States' justice system: 

Insert Burn Book joke. And yes, Nickelodeon has better bribes. [Lohan Twitter]

Taylor Swift has one Kennedy endorsement. Rory Kennedy, aunt to Conor--the junior in high school that has become the object of Swift's affection (and possible the object of Swift's future songs)--is totally on board with SwiftCon ... ConTay ..Taylor Kennedy (whatever you'd like to call the relationship). "I think she's fantastic and I couldn't be more thrilled ... She's a good friend of our family and we all adore her and love her. It's great to have her around," said Rory to Us Weekly. And the feeling is mutual, sort of, not-really... the same piece a source tells them that Taylor is "obsessed with the family." [Us Weekly]

As I gazed onto the online gossip rags, I couldn't help but wonder why one would focus on Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's decision to sell their Fifth avenue townhouse. As Radar went on about the seven fireplaces and four bedroom, I got to thinking about addictions and cravings and relationships and puns and things. Is celebrity real estate porn a craving? Yes, Jen and I were both recreational users, but were we getting into something we couldn't handle? Okay, we were attracted to reading about Jessica Parker's fourth-floor master suites for various reasons, but I couldn't help but think...for $25 million, in a city like New York, is this all there is? Come back, Richard. [Radar]

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Zac Efron Tries To Quit Smoking -

Zac Efron is trying to give up his smoking habit by puffing on an electronic cigarette.

The High School Musical star has kicked tobacco in favour of fake cigarettes, which use vapour and nicotine to help quell smokers' cravings.

And the hunk indulged himself by taking his gadget with him on a night out in New York last week (ends16Sep12), but reportedly couldn't help sneaking out for the real thing midway through the evening.

A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "He was puffing on the electric cigarette with friends in a back corner booth but then he went outside and walked down the block to sneak cigarettes."

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Josh Radnor talks 'Liberal Arts' -

Actor/director Josh Radnor goes home college. In 'Liberal Arts', his character goes back to his alma mater in hopes of moving on from his favorite time in life. The star of "How I Met Your Mother" talks about the joys and dread of directing his second film, post college romances and the eclectic cast featuring Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins and Zac Efron.

Billy Tatum: Where'd you get the idea for "Liberal Arts"?

Josh Radnor: The first draft just tumbled out of me and I can always tell when something is a good idea, because there's always a kind of urgency to it. It seems to demand to be written and that's what happened with this movie.

Billy Tatum: In the film, you and Elizabeth start an interesting romance. Had you or someone you knew had one of those sort of May-July romances?

Josh Radnor: I don't know. It's certainly not an autobiographical tale (laughs). The scene where he does the math, those things...the older people get seem less scandalous than when you're younger. That's kind of the joke of the scene that as he gets older and redoes the math, it seems a lot less of a big deal.

Billy Tatum: Have you gotten any feedback regarding romantic element?

Josh Radnor: I've definitely heard from a number of people who have seen the film that have confided in me that they have gone through similar things and have done the math (laughs).

Billy Tatum: Has directing gotten easier the second time around?

Josh Radnor: I wouldn't say that. The thing that you have that keeps you going is the knowlege that you've done it before. It turned out well, but if you ask a novelist "Was your second book easier to write than your first?", a lot of them will say "No" and in some ways, it was harder.
I don't know if it was more difficult. I was certainly in more of this movie, so there was that challenge. Different movies have different demands.

Billy Tatum: Do you have any plans to direct an episode of HIMYM?

Josh Radnor: I don't think so. It's a very different animal. I feel like I do all this other stuff outside of it, so I'm happy to just be acting on the show.

Billy Tatum: The character of Nat is funny without being a stoner caricature. How'd you get Zac Efron for the part?

Josh Radnor: I showed up at the Maui film festival a few summers ago for "Happythankyoumoreplease" and he was there getting an award, so we ended up hanging out for a few days. We had some really great conversations and stayed in touch. One thing I was struck by, especially when I saw him being interviewed, was his sincerity. He seemed to be very serious about his acting career and wanting to do good work . When I wrote Nat, I knew the pitfalls to it would be that he's this kind of mystical philosopher where you don't know where he came from. He's kind of like a Jiminy Cricket spirit guide to Jesse. I knew the pitfalls of the role would be that people would play it ironically or play it as a kind of stoner and make fun of him like he was some kind of Spicoli or something. I think he's a kind of spiritually awakened character. He's funny and he's meant to be funny, but at the same time, I wanted someone who could play it in a big open-hearted sort of way. He's great in the role.

Billy Tatum: You're sort of a generational link between Richard Jenkins and Elizabeth Olsen, but you great chemistry with both. How was it working with them?

Josh Radnor: Richard did a small part in "Happythankyoumoreplease". I've always been such a fan. I think he's one of the greatest actors around and I was really interested in working with him for more than a few hours so I wrote the role for him. Happily, he agreed to do it. We had some really great discussions after the first draft and I hit on this notion that maybe he doesn't want to retire. That opened up a whole thing in terms of the theme that people kind of not wanting to move forward a little bit. He's a total joy to work with. We've become pretty good friends. He taunts me via email every once in a while. He's just terrific and he's such a great storyteller. He's such a delight to be around, but he'll always give you something infinitely better than you ever could have imagined. Lizzy and I have the same agent, which is terrific because our agent turned me onto her and said "You're going to want this girl for this part." And this was before anyone had really seen her do much and Lizzy was very keen on doing the role. A lot of people who have seen the movie think I must've written it for Lizzy, because she so embodies that character. She's immensely gifted and has these qualities that are just right for Zibby. She's supposed
to be an old soul. She's very sophisticated. She can hang very easily with the adults. She kind of feels like an old soul trapped in a young person's body, but there's still something still slightly adolescent about Zibby and she can be kind of goofy. Lizzy has all of those qualities and she's just a deeply gifted, skilled film actress.

Billy Tatum: Now, what can we expect from this season's HIMYM?

Josh Radnor: Oh, you know. More hilarity, more hijinks. Ted will be making the wrong decision every once in a while (laughs). We shot four episodes and they were great. If you liked seasons 1-7, I can safely say you'll probably like season 8.

Billy Tatum: Does acting help you become a better director or vice-versa?

Josh Radnor: It works both ways. I was back at Kenyon showing the movie and I was talking to my playwriting teacher and we were saying that every writer and every director should be forced to take acting lessons. You can't really overstate how important it is to, as a writer, know what you're asking people to say and as a director, knowing how to talk to actors. Because you can say something that can really help and actor and you can say something that can really get in the way of an actor's performance, kind of cut them off from their instincts and really get into their heads. And every actor's different. Every actor requires something different. Being an actor, for me, was the greatest training to be a writer and director. There were just a couple of nights, and it happens all the time, dark nights where you feel like the shoot's never going to end.
You wake up in the morning and you want to be in front of the cameras and you're like "I don't want to do this. Why have I done this to myself." (laughs). It's just a period you have to get through. I've had it on both movies and then you land on your feet. It's just sort of a pre-shooting panic. I wonder if that's a natural part of the process or if maybe I could sweat a little less before we start. Once we start, I'm generally ok. I get into this very Zen place. I have great people surrounding me and helping me out. I'm totally in love with directing movies and I hope to do more of it.