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]
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)
A first look at Zac Efron as Dennis Quaid’s son in “At Any Price” has been uncovered. Making its way out onto the web via Toronto International Film Festival official site, the image offers a close-up look at Efron who dons a race jacket. The background is unclear and doesn’t explain as to where he stands.
In addition to Efron’s image, a first look at Quaid in the movie has been unveiled. Doning a plaid blue shirt, the lead protagonist is pictured standing alone on a road. Behind him, there’s a landscape of a farm which represents the theme of the movie.
Set in the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple (Quaid) wants his rebellious son Dean (Efron) to help expand his family’s farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high stakes investigation into their business is exposed, the father and son are pushed into an unexpected situation that threatens the family’s entire livelihood.
“At Any Price” is directed, written and co-produced by Ramin Bahrani. While it still hasn’t got a U.S. release date, the drama has been slated to hold its world premiere at the TIFF in September. Joining Efron and Quaid in the cast ensemble are Clancy Brown, Heather Graham, Kim Dickens, Red West and Maika Monroe. [Source]
On Sunday (July 22) at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, Zac Efron walked away with two surfboards – aka awards. The Disney-spawned star won Choice Movie Actor: Romance and Choice Movie Actor: Drama for his role in “The Lucky One.”
The actor took the stage at Los Angeles’ Gibson Ampitheatre and thanked his fans, who he termed “the best in the world.” The star was dressed down for the event in an olive shirt and khaki pants.
One fan on Twitter congratuled Zefron with this accolade: “Congratulations to Zac Efron for being probably the only man who came from Disney Channel and made it this far without a singing career.”
Demi Lovato and “Glee’s” Kevin McHale hosted the annual show that was studded with performances by Flo-Rida and No Doubt. Other winners included Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, Miranda Cosgrove and Kristen Stewart. [Source]