This news is in no way connected with Zac Efron or his family. However, I feel obliged to post it as this concerns my beloved country. On 10 April 2010, Lech Kaczynski, President of the Republic of Poland, Maria Kaczynska, First Lady, and numerous officials, including these high-rank ones died in the plane crash near Smolensk (Russia).
My country and myself are extremely shocked and devastated by these events and still cannot come to terms with all what happened. We all in Poland still cannot believe that our President and his wife are dead. Our pain and sorrow are unspeakable…
Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed early Saturday along with his wife, several top military officials, and the head of the national bank when their plane crashed at a western Russian airport, officials said.
“There are no survivors,” said Sergey Antufyev, the governor of Smolensk, where the plane was trying to land when it crashed.
The president, 60, had been traveling with the Polish delegation to Russia for the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish prisoners of war in the village of Katyn. Some 20,000 Polish officers were executed there during World War II. The Polish military plane originated in Warsaw, the Polish Defense Ministry said. It was approaching the airport at Smolensk – just a few miles east of Katyn – and probably hit some trees at the end of the runway, Paszkowski said. The Investigation Committee of the Russian prosecutor’s office said the plane, a Tupolev-154, was trying to land in heavy fog.
Kaczynski’s Law and Justice Party released a list of some of those it said were killed in the crash. They included Aleksander Szczyglo, the head of the National Security Office; Jerzy Szmajdzinski, the deputy parliament speaker; Andrzej Kremer, the deputy foreign minister; and Gen. Franciszek Gagor, the army chief of staff, according to the party.
“The entire top military brass, including the chief of defense and all the services, were on the plane,” said Tomas Valasek, of the Center for European Reform. “If that is true, then you’re looking at a situation, in effect, of the decapitation of the military services.”
Pictures from the scene showed parts of the airplane charred and strewn through a wooded area. Some pieces, including one of the wheel wells, were upside down. The crash happened around 10:50 a.m. (2:50 a.m. ET) on the outskirts of the town of Pechorsk, just outside of Smolensk, the Investigation Committee said.
“This is a time of great national tragedy,” Komorowski told reporters. “At this time there are no political differences, left or right. This is a time of national mourning.”
Kaczynski had been president since December 2005 after he defeated rival Donald Tusk in the second round of voting. Tusk is currently prime minister. Crowds gathered at the presidential palace in Warsaw to lay flowers and light candles for the president, whose death raises questions for Poland’s government.
“Everything has changed today,” said Jan Mikruta, a reporter for TV Polsat.
“There is going to be a huge gap in public life in Poland,” said resident Magdalena Hendrysiak. “The most important people are dead.” [Source: CNN]
Zac Efron was spotted getting a ticket for making an illegal left turn at a red light in front of Fred Segal in West Hollywood on 7 April 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• April 7 – Getting Ticket In West Hollywood (x19)
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens attended the Inaugural St. Jude ‘Estrellas Por La Vida’ Gala on 6 April 2010 in Los Angeles. Enjoy the pics! UPDATED!
• Inaugural St. Jude ‘Estrellas Por La Vida’ Gala 04/06/2010 (x37)
Enjoy watching a full promotional video of Zac Efron’s visit to Bondi in February 2010.
Zac Efron was spotted arriving at Standard Hotel in Los Angeles on 31 March 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• March 31 – Arriving At Standard Hotel In Los Angeles (x10)
Zac Efron was spotted arriving at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on 30 March 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• March 30 – Arriving At Chateau Marmont In Los Angeles (x4)
Zac Efron and his latest movie, “17 Again,” are considered among nominees to this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Help Zac be nominated by voting for him at MTV website. Hurry up! You can vote until April 9, so don’t wait!
• Zac Efron vs. Thomas Lennon (17 Again)
Best Male Performance
• Zac Efron (17 Again)
Best Comedic Performance
• Zac Efron (17 Again)
• 17 Again
Courteney Cox wants Zac Efron to star on her TV show “Cougar Town.” The actress, 45, is currently playing the role of a divorced mum in her 40s on the lookout for a younger man in the hit program – and she thinks the “High School Musical hunk” is the perfect prey for older women.
“Zac Efron would be perfect, but he probably has too much confidence to be real prey for a cougar,” said Cox, whose real-life hubby David Arquette is seven years her junior. “You know you’re a cougar when you’re attracted to your son’s friends.” [Source]
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were spotted in Malibu on 24 March 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• March 24 – Out & About In Malibu (x9)
Zac Efron is reportedly in talks to play Flash Gordon in a new movie. The “High School Musical” star recently admitted that he would love to star in “Spider-Man,” but sources told Showbiz Spy that he is “excited” about joining Flash Gordon.
“Zac is one of the frontrunners to play Flash and he’s making no secret of the fact that he would love the role,” an insider said. “Spider-Man has been done and he doesn’t want to follow someone like Tobey Maguire. Flash would be all Zac and a chance for him to make a mark with his own franchise. He’s very excited about the possiblity.”
Avatar star Sam Worthington has also been linked to the role. [Source]