Teen heart throb Zac Efron is having one hell of a week. After a few tepid releases, his comedy Neighbors killed at the box office and slayed The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Efron’s film might have laid waste to the webslinger but if a new rumor is true, Efron himself might be suiting up in spandex soon enough.
That’s right, Zac Efron might be playing a superhero. (more…)
The BastardCast, a podcast (how original). A program barely alive (that’s harsh). Gentlemen (and woman named Karen. Hi Karen), we can rebuild it. We have the technology (microphone, headset, glass of Scotch, and a growing collection of robot sidekicks) we have the capability to build the world’s first bionic podcast (more or less). The BastardCast will be that podcast (tada). Better than it was before (is that really a challenge?). Better, stronger, faster (Kanye?). On the show this time, Jeremy, Jason, and the ghost of the American dream (TOPICAL!) plunder forth to discuss… (more…)
It was just two days ago that we here at Nerdbastards reported the rumor, via Latino Review, that Ryan Gosling was in talks to play the son of Luke Skywalker in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
Today, we have our first official denial from a Gosling representative, who stated in an email to HuffingtonPost Entertainment:
This is not true.
Latino Review also reported that Zac Efron was up for a role in the highly anticipated sequel, but neither Efron nor his people have challenged the veracity of this claim as of yet.
As it is, it seems Gosling would prefer not to do ANY acting for the time being. He was quoted saying back in March:
“I’ve been doing it too much. I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does.”
Further rumors and denials of rumors are inevitably to come.
Been a while since we’ve had a nice, juicy, moderately outrageous Star Wars: Episode VII rumor to mull over.
Seems Latino Review is reporting that Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling are being courted by Disney for the new film.
The same source is also insisting that Gosling is up for the role of Luke Skywalker’s son–no word on who Zac Efron is supposedly being considered for.
Last we heard, Disney had settled on seven main characters, and preliminary casting had begun–the assumption being that most of the roles would go to newcomers, with one or two reserved for big name stars.
I’m sure there’s no need for me to advise you all to assign VERY little credence to this information until official sources confirm it….But I’m going to do it anyway.
Keep a whole crapload of grains of salt handy, fellow nerds–it’s a long way to May 2015.
Oh, by the by, Latino Review also mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, on Disney‘s radar for Episode VII–but he turned it down to star in Robotech (of all things).
I’m sure we’ll be back soon with more info on this–if there’s the slightest bit of accuracy to it.
Recently there was a rumor going around that saying that Zac Efron (High School The Musical, 17 Again) was up for the lead role in Albert Hughes‘ live-action film adaptation of Akira. Suffice to say nerds weren’t happy, a collective shaking of the fists you could say.
Well, you can all rest easy. Efron is NOT in the running to star in the film.
According to DigitalSpy:
Zac Efron is reportedly not in the running to star in a live-action adaptation of Akira… Representatives for the Hughes Brothers, who are directing the movie, have said that the rumors about Efron playing the lead role in Akira are “not true”.
There ya go, crisis averted. Pull your panties out of your ass and relax. OK, maybe not.
While we averted one disaster, there is another catastrophe to contend with. That being the story. Which, as you might have suspected is a rape of the source material.
Details for the live-action version of the film (dated 2010, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and which is being directed by The Hughes Brothers) have now been revealed through a recent script review from our pals at Screenrant.
Here’s the description:
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
What does Zac Efron and acclaimed Japanese manga artist, film director, and screenwriter Katsuhiro Otomo have in common with each other? Well, Zac Efron is “in talks” with Warner Bros to star in the remake of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. The 6 volume series, set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, Akira brought a second wave of fanom to the anime scene here in the west. With it’s use of Cyberpunk, detailed scenes, lip-synched dialogue and considered a masterpiece thanks to its of graphic storytelling, Akira has achieved cult status. It’s a shame that they, the studio heads, are going to make this a more family friendly film.
While everything has only been reported as a rumor, one source claims that the entire thing is, “far from a done deal,”. Sure, Efron has been great in films like Me and Orson Welles and Charlie St. Cloud is he really fit for the part in the new setting of Neo-New York. Yes, it’s another film where it’s lead has their nationality and setting switched from the original material. With all the changes they’ve had so far, they may be treading on broken glass with this one. As for who else has been cast, here’s a previous slashfilm excrept from Russ Fischer:
“No cast has ever publicly revealed to be attached. The involvement of Appian Way led many to suspect that DiCaprio would star as the teen biker Kaneda, despite being demonstrably too old for the part, but the actor publicly denied any involvement beyond producing duties. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to be in mind for Tetsuo, the friend of Kaneda whose psychic powers are awakened, setting of a cataclysmic chain of destructive events in Neo-Tokyo. He also denied any attachment.”
Only time will tell what the studio is going to do with a series millions of people have come to accept as a masterpiece.
What a fucken Nimrod. Well that could quite possibly be the mutterings of fanboys worldwide when the Spiderman Reboot hits the streets..Nimrod Antal, the director of Predators, yet another in the remake charade, is being courted as the new director..Quiet Earth:
Sam Raimi met Nimrod on the Sony lot before his first US film, Vacancy. They clicked, so Sam hired him to direct Armored. Now, Predators is getting some great word-of-mouth around tinsel-town. Warners loves it and now Sam Raimi and Sony want the director back at the studio to helm Spiderman.
Now brace your weak heart. The other piece of meat turning out of the rumor mill is Robert Pattenson stepping into the webslinger’s tights…. WHAT WHAT???!!!! I bring this news along with io9’s intel that Pattenson had his abs spray painted on for Twilight! You hear that you preteen JERKOFF’S!!! HE DOESN”T LOOK LIKE THAT…What with his Easter Island Statue Head and sparkliness !! Their will be a lynch mob of Helmsdeep-like proportions of fanboys, trying to catch their breath and dropping their inhalers as Robert Pattenson is run out of town on a rail. We want our Vampires to combust in daylight, not glitter like Mariah. If they want to do this right, with Peter Parker being back in school….I don’t care how gay I sound, and when I say gay, I mean HOMOSEXUAL…That Zac Efron, if all geeked up, could be Spiderman. in 17 Again, he did an outstanding job showing not just his acting ability but for a good display of tongue in cheek humor and timing. Also, he knows how to make fun of himself…Along with the rest of us making fun of him.
When I was little, my mom told me story about how there was a news cast on the radio about aliens invading earth, and sending the people of earth into a frenzy. Well this BADASS news is for all of us who missed Orsen Welles Punking America, by playing War of the Worlds as a real broadcast. Hold onto your bottled water and batteries, I can’t wait to see how many red necks still fall for this…Again.
Tomorrow, the H.G. Wells book will be read again on air — to promote the Zac Efron movie ‘Me and Orson Welles.’
The broadcast begins at 8PM on Oct. 30 — which is exactly 71 years and one minute after the first time the legendary actor pulled the stunt that led Americans to believe aliens were invading.
I’m not sure what channel or if its syndicated cross country, but if you can take a listen or find some info, comment below.