Zac Efron became a star thanks to his work in the High School Musical films, but since then singing has taken a backseat to carving out a diverse acting career. Whether it’s character driven work such as The Paperboy and At Any Price or straight up comedies such as Neighbors and Dirty Grandpa, Efron doesn’t mind mixing it up on the silver screen.
He returns with a spring to his step and a song in his heart in The Greatest Showman, starring as the ringmaster protegé to Hugh Jackman’sP.T. Barnum. The musical, as evidenced by its live commercial, has been an ambitious undertaking for everyone involved. In the audio clip below, Efron explains how the cast and crew gave “maximum effort” in the making of The Greatest Showman.
The Greatest Showman, co-starring Zendaya and Michelle Williams, opens nationwide December 20.
Loosely based on the real-life story of show biz pioneer P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an old-style musical saluting — what else? — showmanship. So it makes perfect sense that they brought in a musical veteran, Zach Efron, as one of the movie’s stars. As part of an ensemble that also includes Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson, Efron pointed out that everyone involved with the movie was giving 110% to making the story and its music come alive on the screen. (Click on the media bar below to hear Zac Efron)
The Greatest Showman opens in theaters on December 20.
Hugh Jackman delivered one of his best cinematic performances earlier this year with Logan, and now he’s bringing his love for song and dance with The Greatest Showman. The project centers on how P.T. Barnum created, through perseverance and innovation, created the Barnum & Bailey circus.
Jackman’s own performing background isn’t relegated to the silver screen as he’s devoted a huge portion of his career to a life on the stage (he received a Tony for his work in The Boy from Oz). “The story is so full of heart,” said Jackman about The Greatest Showman.”And it’s about imagination.It’s about passion and following your dreams and just abandon – fearless abandon.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Jackman discuss how Barnum had a huge effect on entertainment in general:
The Greatest Showman, co-starringZac Efronand Zendaya, opens December 20.
The Disaster Artist is a show biz tale about the making of The Room, which is the worst movie ever made. Its absolute inept storytelling and abysmal acting has earned it with the distinction of being the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Director/actor James Francoturns that seeming dishonor into a much more sublime journey of friendship and perseverance.
Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is a struggling actor who is immediately captivated by Tommy Wiseau’s (James Franco) passionate yet absolutely out there performance during acting class. Wiseau beats to the tune of a different drummer, and Sestero is immediately captivated by his spontaneous friend (the pair drive to the spot where James Dean was killed during the dead of night). This bond eventually leads them to Los Angeles where they pursue their thespian dreams (Sharon Stone has a brief cameo as Sestero’s agent).
Seeing Sestero’s frustration over the lack of opportunities coming his way, Wiseau decides to write a screenplay that will be toplined by both of them, thus leading into the formation of The Room. Armed with an impressively solvent bank account, Wiseau is determined to make a film that spotlights their mutual artistry.
Other filmmakers would have taken this true story (it’s based on Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made) and turned it into a biting satire on the vagaries of movie making. Another storytelling approach would probably focus on Sestero and Wiseau’s lack of talent, humorously mocking them for their failed film.
But Franco has deeper things on his mind, and he turns The Disaster Artist into a surprisingly evocative look at an unlikely friendship that can weather the harshest of storms. A substantial portion of the narrative centers on the making of The Room, and it’s filled with very funny moments with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Ari Graynor, and Josh Hutcherson, just to name a few. Watching the cast and crew try their honest best to make The Room a good film, even with the well meaning but ultimately egomaniacal Wiseau controlling all aspects of production, is must see viewing that will garner its share of attention.
The emotional anchor of the film rests on the chemistry between the Francos, as their affection for each other immediately pulls us into Sestero and Wiseau’s friendship. When their movie finally premieres to an unsuspecting audience, and the laughter unfurls, we hope these buddies find a way out of this ridicule, and without giving too much away, they both learn to appreciate The Room in an entirely different light.
Franco’s diverse talents as a novelist, teacher, director, and actor have also been criticized over the years, and it’s easy to see why he sees a bit of a kinship with Wiseau. Both men are passionate about creating projects with the ones they love, and one would assume he poured his heart and soul into The Disaster Artist. Though it may not be considered the worst movie of all time, The Disaster Room is definitely the Citizen Kane of James Franco movies and one of my favorite films of 2017.
The Disaster Artist, co-staring Alison Brie and Jackie Weaver, opens nationwide today.
It’s been a great week for Priyanka Choprathanks to ABC’s decision to renew Quantico. The success of that series as well as her international stardom places her in a great time in her career, and now she plays the antagonist who goes up against Mitch (Dwayne Johnson) and Brody (Zac Efron) in Baywatch.
“It’s a twist on Baywatch which is like fun and exciting,” said Chopra. “I think it’s that kind of movie – (people will) go out there and laugh. It’s a big summer movie and it will just make you forget your problems for a while.”
This marks another accomplishment in Chopra’s flourishing career, as Baywatch is her first American film. Click on the media bar below to hear Priyanka Chopra talk about Baywatch:
Baywatch, co-starring Alexandra Daddario (she previously worked with Johnson in San Andreas), opens nationwide May 25.