Anna Kendrick (“Into the Woods,” “The Last Five Years”) and Zac Efron (“High School Musical,” “17 Again”) will co-star in the new film comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” according to Variety.
The film centers on brothers whose online ad seeking wedding dates goes viral. Kendrick will star alongside Efron and Adam DeVine.
Universal Pictures is moving ahead with a sequel to the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy “Neighbors” with a May 13, 2016, release.
The duo and Rose Byrne will re-team with director Nicholas Stoller for the sequel.
The original was a surprise hit with $269 million in worldwide grosses.
Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce under their Point Grey Pictures banner. Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien will serve as executive producers alongside Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake.
Writers include Cohen, O’Brien, Rogen, Stoller and Goldberg.
“Neighbors 2″ will open against Paramount’s “Friday the 13th” and a week after Disney/Marvel launches “Captaain America: Civil War.”
YAHOO.COM – The Seth Rogen-Zac Efron hit Neighbors was a crude, raunchy comedy riot, and it turns out there was even more crudeness and raunchiness left on the cutting room floor. In fact, director Nicholas Stoller shot two entire opening sequences that never saw the dark of movie theaters.
Both will be available on the Neighbors DVD and Blu-ray (available Sept. 23), and you can watch the first scene exclusively above. In the theatrical version, Efron and Dave Franco’s Delta Psi Beta fraternity has just relocated next door to Rogen, Rose Byrne, and family. We know they were kicked out of their previous house, but it’s never made clear what their infractions and/or indiscretions were.
The alternate opening scene above shows them, mid-party, rounding up the necessary booty (shrooms, cash, moonshine, a copy of The King’s Speech) to make an epic trade with a campus dealer. Spoiler alert: They’re buying military grade explosives, and what follows is an explosively funny fireworks display well worth the cost of house expulsion — or at the very least, a Blu-ray.
HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Lionsgate announced release dates for two upcoming projects: sequel Now You See Me 2 and roadtrip comedy Dirty Grandpa.
Dirty Grandpa (working title) will star Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, as The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported during the Toronto Film Festival.
The comedy, which is slated for release on Dec. 25, 2015, follows an uptight, soon-to-be-married man who is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, a former Army general, to Florida for spring break.
Dan Mazer is directing the film from a script by John Phillips. Barry Josephson, Bill Block and Michael Simkin are producing.
The Lionsgate film will open up against other Christmas 2015 wide releases, including Mission Impossible 5, The Revenant and Joy.
Universal and QED have attached Robert De Niro and Zac Efron to star in the raunchy comedy “Dirty Grandpa.”
Dan Mazer (“Da Ali G Show”) will write and direct the film, which QED is financing.
Story follows an uptight guy (Efron) who right before his wedding is tricked into driving his vulgar former Army general to Florida for spring break.
Barry Josephson will produce.
“Dirty Grandpa” marks the first Universal-Zac Efron comedy since their box office smash, “Neighbor.” The R-rated comedy, co-starring Seth Rogen, was one of the breakout hits of 2014, earning a stunning $268 million worldwide.
Bear Grylls and Zac Efron talk about the actor’s sober life after overcoming addiction.
Zac Efron showed off his survival skills by participating in extreme physical challenges on NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” But the former Disney Channel actor also opened up about the other kinds of challenges he’s faced recently – battling addiction while navigating Hollywood.
“The challenging part was never the work, that was never it,” Efron, 26, told host Grylls, according to The Wrap.
On the extreme show he may have jumped out of a helicopter, eaten worms and scaled cliffs, but that apparently doesn’t compare to being young, rich and famous in Tinsel Town.
“It was just so quick-it was shocking,” the “High School Musical” actor said of his fame.
Zac Efron describes his addictions as ‘social lubricant’ while navigating Hollywood. The actor ended up in rehab twice last year for undisclosed addictions.
“The social aspects outside of it; everywhere you go (there are press and people watching) … and it can be confusing … and pretty soon you need a social lubricant.”
Efron wound up in rehab twice last year for undisclosed reasons; though it was reported the actor was battling addictions to cocaine and alcohol.
“It got to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend where I couldn’t wait to go out and let loose and have fun,” he told Grylls.
“When Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, I thought, ‘This is bad.’”
But Efron appears to now be serious about sober living.
“I just really never again want to take anything from the outside in to feel … comfortable in my present skin, and that takes a lot of work,” he said. “It’s just meditation and stopping and slowing down your brain.”