Heading into its 43rd season, which starts Sept. 24, “Sesame Street” continues its long-running tradition of high wattage stars stopping by to mix it up with the cast of muppets. This year movie stars Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Amy Ryan, Steve Carell, Zac Efron, Casey Affleck, Paula Patton, and Melissa McCarthy are on the list, as are acclaimed TV stars Jon Hamm, Eric Stonestreet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Hyde Pierce, Timothy Olyphant, Maya Rudolph, Ed Helms, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Joining the fun are NBA Slam Dunk Champion Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Dodger’s Matt Kemp, Extra’s Mario Lopez, talk show host Wendy Williams, singer Colbie Caillat, rock band Train, rapper/musician Common, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
This season the “Street” will also have new pop-culture spoofs like “The Voice,” in which three judges are searching for “the voice,” but keep mistaking it for sounds made by other parts of the body; “Upside Downton Abbey,” in which everything in Upside Downton Abbey keeps falling to the ceiling; “Eye of the Potato,” a parody of the song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor in which Telly trains Elmo to become a hot potato champion; and “Five By,” a parody of the song “Drive By” in which rock band Train, Elmo and The Count sing about finding the right amount.
There’ll also be a new segment called “Elmo: The Musical,” 11-minute math-filled episodes that invites kids to sing, dance, play and imagine along with Elmo. It will replace the “Elmo’s World” segment but Mr. Noodle, Dorothy, and all the “Elmo’s World” characters will still be around in repeat episodes.
Grover and Abby Cadabby get their turn as well, with new “Super Grover 2.0” segments and new “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” animations. [Source]
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American and Eastern European rights, excluding CIS and Russia, to Ramin Bahrani’s family drama “At Any Price.”
Black Bear Pictures and TreeHouse Pictures financed “Price,” which is in competition in Venice and will be a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Venice showing will be the world premiere for “At Any Price.”
Bahrani directed and co-wrote the film with Hallie Elizabeth Newton. It stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham.
The film was produced by Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen, Christine Vachon, and Bahrani. Ron Curtis, Mo Al Turki, Eric Nyari and Brian Young exec produce.
Story centers on a young man, played by Efron, who wants to pursue his dream of becoming a pro race car driver, while his ambitious father (Quaid) has alienated the whole family and set his sights on his son’s succession. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected situation that threatens the family’s livelihood.
Bahrani’s credits include “Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop” and “Goodbye Solo.”
The Sony Classics deal was negotiated with CAA on behalf of the film. Exclusive Media aquired international rights to “At Any Price” during Cannes. [Source]
The fact that Zac Efron slow dances with Nicole Kidman in a pair of tighty-whities should not be the main takeaway from the trailer for “The Paperboy,” the new drama from “Precious” director Lee Daniels, but we’re only human. When a shaggy, ’60s-era Zefron wears short plaid shorts (or none at all), we notice.
The film, which debuted at Cannes, features Kidman as a Southern woman who falls in love with a convicted murderer (John Cusack), and turns to a young reporter (Efron) to help exonerate her possibly homicidal husband-to-be – whom she’s never met.
“The Paperboy” premiered to mixed reviews, with many critics predicting it’ll either bomb or become a camp classic. It also made headlines for the fact that Kidman’s character pees on Efron’s at one point during the film.
“The Paperboy” opens October 5. [Source]
From the creators of “Despicable Me” and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Danny DeVito lends his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms voices the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams. Rob Riggle plays financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White portrays Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.
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Katie Cassidy has emerged as one of the front-runners to play the lead role in the movie adaption of the bestselling book “Fifty Shades of Grey,” The Daily Mail reported. Cassidy, 25, who has starred in “Gossip Girl” and “Melrose Place,” is believed to be in competition with Emma Watson, Emma Stone and “Pretty Little Liars” actress Lucy Hale to play the role of Anastasia Steele in the erotic love story, according to sources.
Meanwhile, rumors about who will take on the role of Christian Grey are also flying. Names on the list include Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Alex Pettyfer and Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries.”
“Magic Mike” star Channing Tatum was recently linked to the part, but said in a recent interview that he would only take on the part if his wife, Jenna Dewan, could play Anastasia.
“I’d only be allowed if my wife was Ana,” he said. “She’s read the books so I don’t think she’d be impressed if she couldn’t be Ana.” [Source]
Enjoy three brand new stills from Zac Efron’s movie, “The Paperboy.”
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Cheryl Burke recently made headlines for stepping out with new beau Joffrey Lupul, but on Tuesday night, her attention was geared toward another guy.
The “Dancing with the Stars” pro stepped out with Zac Efron and some other pals at new West Hollywood hot spot Bootsy Bellows.
Efron, wearing in a T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap, joined a dressed-up Burke and the group in the back VIP room, where they went seemingly unnoticed by fellow club-goers.
“At one point, they went up to get drinks from the bar, and they showed off their dance moves,” an onlooker tells People. “They ordered a few cocktails to bring back for them and their friends.”
Efron, who took care of the tab, had his hands full with the beverages so Burke stepped in and signed the receipt for him.
Continuing to chat throughout the night, the insider says Buke and Efron were “definitely flirty friends and didn’t talk to many other people.” [Source]
The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its full lineup which sees a solid roster of established international auteurs compete for the Golden Lion alongside lesser-known helmers. The Lido’s 69th edition, which features 50 world preems, marks a change in artistic director at the fest from Marco Mueller to Alberto Barbera who returns as Lido topper after heading Venice between 1998 and 2001 and subsequently being in charge of Italy’s national film museum. Barbera, who has slimmed-down the lineup, is also launching Venice’s first bona-fide film mart.
Ramin Bahrani’s movie, “At Any Price,” will also be screened at the Venice Film Festival and will take part in the competition. The festival takes place from 29 August to 8 September.
The full list of movies for competition:
“To The Wonder,” Terrence Malick (U.S.)
“Something in the Air,” Olivier Assayas (France)
“Outrage:Beyond,” Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
“Fill The Void,” Rama Bursztyn and Yigal Bursztyn (Israel)
“Pieta,” Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
“Dormant Beauty,” Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
“E’ stato il figlio,” Daniele Cipri (Italy)
“At Any Price,” Ramin Bahrani (US, UK)
“La Cinquieme Saison,” Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
Un Giorno Speciale, ” Francesca Comencini (Italy)
“Passion,” Brian De Palma (France, Germany)
“Superstar, ” Xavier Giannoli (France, Belgium)
“Spring Breakers,” Harmony Korine (US)
“Thy Womb,” Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
“Linhas de Wellington,” Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal, France)
“Paradise: Faith,” Ulrich Seidl (Austria, France, Germany)
“Betrayal,” Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)