2014 has been pretty disappointing thus far for comedy, but Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors is looking to change all that. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, then allow us to refresh your memory. Mr. Stoller is the same man who previously brought us side-splitting comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek, two of the funniest films of the last decade. This time around, he’s assembled one hell of a cast to lead the way. With Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Dave Franco all flexing their comedic chops at full strength, the laughs are huge in Neighbors, and they just keep coming.
The film follows Rogen and Byrne as Mac and Kelly Radner, a young couple who have just moved into a new home with their baby daughter. All is peaceful and idyllic in their lives until a frat, led by Efron’s Teddy, moves in next door. In hopes of keeping the peace, so to speak, Mac and Kelly attempt to befriend the young group of boys now living only feet away from them. Their plan works at first, but after the frat parties a bit too hard one night, and Mac is forced to call the cops on them, all hell breaks loose and a war begins between the two households.
Last weekend, the cast of Neighbors arrived in NYC for the film’s press day. While there, we were lucky enough to land an exclusive interview with Rogen, Byrne, Efron, Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jerrod Carmichael, who were all a delight to chat with. They spoke about pushing the envelope with their comedy, crossing boundaries, working with babies on set and much more.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch Neighbors when it hits theatres this Friday! We promise that the film will have you in stitches.
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron may play rivals in this month’s “Neighbors,” but the stars were right at home, joking together in our latest Unscripted.
Rogen and Efron answered a few fan questions — and some of their own — digging deep about their first acting gigs, tween slumber parties, and Efron’s most memorable prank. But it’s not until Rogen recalls the time Louis C.K. dissed Rogen and Jonah Hill, and Efron reveals the Swedish Fish-fueled secret to a camera-ready physique, though, that this Unscripted becomes truly memorable.
“Neighbors” hits theaters Friday, May 9.
I have added five stills of Zac from his appearance late last month on the Graham Norton show to the gallery.
Appearances > Appearances in 2014 > The Graham Norton Show (April 24)
Matthew McConaughey helped Zac Efron find a work/life balance.
The hunky actor has credited his ‘The Paperboy’ co-star – who is a doting husband and father to three children – with sitting him down and helping him realise there’s more to work than making back-to-back movies.
Zac told GLAMOUR magazine: “During filming, Matthew and I had a lot of time to talk. We talked about life. He got me thinking, because for the past few years, I’ve been so focused on movies and work. I guess I’m compulsive like that.
“Matthew was the first person to sit me down like a big brother and say, ‘Are you happy? What do you want to do with your life, man?’ He’d say, ‘Let’s go do something fun today.’ All I’m thinking is, ‘Let’s go rehearse!’ I realised that there was something else I wasn’t tuned in to.”
One thing that keeps Zac grounded is a good workout, and he often hits the gym to lift weights.
The 26-year-old star said: “That’s my thing. It’s part of my life. It’s what I do and always have done.”
Zac also enjoys taking trips to remote locations by himself.
He added: “I like to sneak off to really remote places in the world and just chill. I kind of feel that travelling is how I’m able to stay real and grounded.”
Zac Efron said he feels relieved after opening up recently about his battle with addiction. In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday, Efron said that giving a recent in-depth interview to The Hollywood Reporter felt like “a weight off my chest.”
“It was a rough year,” the “Neighbors” star today “Today’s” Matt Lauer.
But the 26-year-old said that putting out his new film, a comedy co-starring Seth Rogen, was “such a great sort of icing on the cake for all of this.”
“It couldn’t be better now,” Efron said.
In the interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Efron, who went to rehab last year, said that dealing with addiction is a “never-ending struggle.”
“I was drinking a lot, way too much,” said Efron, acknowledging his drug use, too.
Now, Efron has been seeing a therapist and has joined Alcoholic Anonymous, which he said has “changed my life.”
“Things are so much easier now,” said the former “High School Musical” star.
I have added over 400 high quality images of Zac attending the Neighbors Los Angeles premiere a couple of days ago to the gallery. Thanks to Claudia for donating these to the site.
Appearances > Appearances in 2014 > “Neighbors” – Los Angeles Premiere (April 29)
“No matter who you are, you face challenges growing up,” he says. “You go with your things, you learn, you have to. It’s impossible to lead an honest and fulfilling life as a man and not make mistakes and ‘fess up to them when you need to. But it’s especially humiliating when they happen to be so public and so scrutinized.”
He pauses. “When you have success young, and you accept the good things, you have to accept all of it. You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I’m a human being, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned from each one.”
It’s April 11, mere weeks since the 26-year-old star of the High School Musical franchise and such movies as Hairspray and 17 Again got into a tussle with a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles in the early hours of the morning. Add that to his well-publicized stint in rehab, and any reporter might be forgiven for expecting the worst. But as we sit for lunch at West Hollywood’s Soho House, I’m surprised to find him thoughtful, gracious and candid about the growing pains he has endured while navigating the shoals from teen celebrity to adult stardom.
“I was drinking a lot, way too much,” he says, acknowledging there were drugs, too. “It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn’t take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”
That journey is one well traveled by other young stars, with varying degrees of success — from Judy Garland to Corey Haim to Lindsay Lohan to Robert Downey Jr. Like them, Efron has had his travails well documented: First, he entered rehab for an addiction to alcohol and drugs last spring; then he suffered the indignity of having his jaw wired shut following a fall in his Los Feliz home, when he skidded by an indoor fountain; and finally came the March incident when his car clunked to a halt in a dubious part of town, after which Efron grappled with a homeless man. Precisely what happened has given rise to endless tabloid speculation, and Efron is coy about the details.
“I had a friend come pick me up late at night — we were looking for a place downtown to get a bite and catch up,” he says, without identifying the friend. “We were having trouble finding somewhere — a lot of places were closed — and the car ran out of gas off the 110. It was ridiculous. We had to pull over, and I called Uber.”
While waiting, “A homeless guy, or vagrant, tapped on the driver’s-side window. Before I knew it, he [the friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting. I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him. At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face — and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight.” After that, the two friends went home. Efron calls it “the most terrifying moment in my life.”
The timing of the occurrence hardly was ideal, just weeks before the May 9 release of Efron’s new comedy, Neighbors, in which he stars with Seth Rogen. The $18 million film is getting terrific buzz for the younger actor, who plays a frat boy spinning frighteningly out of control.
“His character tests through the roof, and the most common comment we hear is how much the audience loves seeing him in this new kind of role,” says Peter Cramer, co-president of production at Universal Pictures.
Insiders say Efron took a major pay cut to make the film in exchange for a heftier share of the back end (sources say he can get around $5 million a picture, but he often has cut his salary to do work that challenges him). Since then, he has received a surge of offers based on strong word of mouth about his performance but has opted not to shoot anything.
He is trying to shed an unwanted skin, cleanse himself mentally and physically, purge a past that has come to haunt him. A self-described insomniac, he acknowledges wrestling with anxiety (“100 percent”) and being plagued by “thoughts, just thoughts, just overthinking things.”
Currently single, he speaks of “the struggles of dating, of falling in love, of searching for love and being there for your friends when they need you. There’s no question that to receive anything great, like love or respect, or to better yourself, you have to give a piece of yourself away.”
Read the rest of the article at The Hollywood Reporter