Zac Efron Versatile Enough to Pass For 17

In today's Hollywood Ink ... Zac defies the odds ... Cannes crams ... Coffee and kebabs with the Turkish Golden Girls ...

· At the 17 Again premiere: "From the time we saw the Hairspray dailies we knew Zac was someone who could carry a movie," said New Line topper Toby Emmerich. "How many actors in their early 20s can do that?" Hardly any! Except probably very, very many. [Variety]


· Cannes is busily filling out its roster before next week's official lineup announcement, but already confirmed is Inglourious Basterds, Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell, and Ang Lee's dirty hippie and gayz parade, Taking Woodstock. (See trippy-ass key art, also available in 100-tab blotter size.) Still to be "viewed imminently" for consideration: Francis Ford Coppola's troubled Argentine drama Tetro, and Werner Herzog's loose repurposing of Bad Lieutenant. It's still not clear whether Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus -- featuring Heath Ledger's final performance -- will make the list. [Variety]

· Finally, someone had the good sense to turn Father Knows Best into a feature film. New Regency and Fox have teamed for a "contemporized" take in which two generations of fathers square-off over parenting techniques. [Variety]


· Bay-candy Megan Fox will star in Screen Gems The Crossing, about a couple returning from a Mexican vacation who find themselves "carjacked and ... the husband kidnapped." Fox is then forced to smuggle heroin across the border in exchange for the man she loves. ALMA Awards, here you don't come! [THR]

· Discovery has announced that Will Ferrell will join survivalist hunk Bear Grylls on a Very Special Buffoonish Man-Child episode of Man vs. Wild. Hopefully more promotional appearances are to follow, such as Tara Reid visiting the cast of crab-based reality drama, The Deadliest Catch. [Variety]

· VH1 has ordered a reality series about Fantasia Barrino's life, produced by the RuPaul's Drag Strip wunderkinds at World of Wonder. We shall follow with interest. And don't f**k it up. [THR]

· Disney TV has licensed the format for The Golden Girls to Turkish television for a new series based directly on the original. Great comedy knows no borders, but a baklava is a poor substitute to cheesecake for emergency household meetings. [Variety]

[Photos: Wire Image]


  • Victor Ward says:

    Hopefully, Bear will beat Will with a stick, eat his innards, and crawl into his massive, unfunny cavity for warmth during a cold arctic night.

  • Victor Ward says:

    Also, I stopped reading that headline after I got to the word "versatile," because it made me happier.

  • Colander says:

    It's funny 'cause it's true.