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Gerard Butler drops out of 'Point Break' reboot; let's start re-casting

Posted: 08 May 2014 01:25 AM PDT

As the search for his replacement begins, check out our suggestions.

Gerard Butler is said to have dropped out of the highly-anticipated Point Break remake, citing "creative differences" and "scheduling conflict" as part of the reasons.

Butler was set to star as Bodhi, the surfer-turned-bank robber played by Patrick Swayze in the original 1991 hit, with Luke Bracey as undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah, originally played by Keanu Reeves.

The original Point Break with Keanu Reeves (left) and the late Patrick Swayze.

The reboot is helmed by director Ericson Core from a script by Kurt Wimmer, and is set for a 2015 release.

We're not sure if the studio or director has anyone in mind to replace Butler, but here are our top choices (and a few we hope will NOT be chosen).

Josh Holloway is a natural on the beach...  

Alex O'Loughlin is also used to being on the beach, but we're not sure if he can carry off playing someone named 'Bodhi' though. 

Josh Lucas, anyone?

Matthew McConaughey classic would've been perfect at Bodhi but Matthew McConaughey 2.0, the one who keeps winning awards, may no longer fit the bill. Still... THAT HAIR.

Apparently, Robert Downey Jr is starting to get sick of playing Tony Stark. Will he take on this challenge?  

Robert Pattinson? .... Just kidding.

Shia LaBeouf = NEVER. 

Heh. Just because.

'The Quiet Ones' slowly creeps up on you

Posted: 07 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

The movie features a doll that you'd not want to cuddle and play with.

Olivia Cooke is doing just fine, though the actress didn't look it in The Quiet Ones.

Ah, the power of movie magic. The Bates Motel star plays Jane Harper, a disturbed young woman who may be possessed by a doll named Evey (short for "Evil"– get it?).

Jane is the subject of "The Experiment" conducted by an unorthodox Oxford University professor played by ex-Mad Men star Jared Harris, who may or may not be a phony. The Quiet Ones is said to be based on actual events – according to production notes, a 1972 Canadian study that attempted to prove that supernatural events are just a state of mind.

"My character had to look dirty, gaunt, hollow, pale and sickly," says Cooke. "It was two hours in the make-up chair just to get my hair that greasy. Jane had to be as 3D as possible."

Harris was impressed by his co-star.

"That was a tough part to play, very draining," he explains. "You have to be in such a dark place all the time – bandaged up, suicidal. After a while, that stuff starts to get you down."

That said, everyone in the cast and crew thought the role of Jane was a star-making opportunity.

"The movie wouldn't work if the absolutely right person wasn't in that spot," Harris says of the 20-year-old doe-eyed brunette. "There was something very special about what she was doing."

As for his character, the 52-year-old London-born actor – screen great Richard Harris' son – relished taking on the randy, chain-smoking Joseph Coupland.

"There are so many layers to him," says Harris, who is also co-starring in an upcoming Poltergeist remake.

"You get to take a ride, because he changes so much throughout the movie. The structure of the story and the way it approached the subject of the supernatural is what really appealed to me. It was juicy!"

Was Coupland based on anyone in particular?

"I think a bit, yes," he admits. "I went to a Catholic boarding school from the age of seven. It was run by Benedictine monks, and there were certainly some interesting teachers there. But at the end of the day, even if you're playing a semi-historical figure, it has to come from an exercise in imagination."

All those cigarettes – not the healthiest prop.

"I think they were an excuse for the cinematographer to create that 1970s-period feel," Harris says, adding, "You could also see how my character was handling a certain level of anxiety, if you like."

Speaking of anxiety, if you live in a house with dolls around, you may want to do a bit of housecleaning after you've seen this flick.

"What is it about dolls? They're babies, which are so innocent but have lifeless eyes," muses Cooke, who remembers being creeped out by a Furby while growing up in Manchester, England.

"Wherever you go, those eyes follow you about the room." — The Miami Herald/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

> The Quiet Ones is playing in cinemas nationwide.

All grown up: Zac Efron is bad to the bone in 'Bad Neighbours'

Posted: 07 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Zac Efron has come a long way since playing teenage heartthrob Troy Bolton in High School Musical.

Come October, Zac Efron will be celebrating his 27th birthday, making it eight years (and 14 other film projects) since his debut in High School Musical.

In that time, Efron has become far removed from the persona we first encountered in the hit Disney musical, which brought him fame and fortune.

His image took a turn when he entered rehab for alcohol and drug addiction late last year; and just last month he was involved in a tussle with a homeless man, resulting in the actor getting hit in the face.

A recent cover story in The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Efron is keen to concentrate on his career by working hard and leading a more "low-key" lifestyle; he'll just keep the bad boy image for the big-screen.

This is exactly what he does in his latest film, Bad Neighbours. In it he plays Teddy Sanders, a college student, who together with his frat brothers move into a quiet neighbourhood and starts all kinds of trouble, especially for his next-door neighbour Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne).

In an interview transcript provided by United International Pictures, Efron talks about the role.

What made you want to do this film?

Seth Rogen and (director) Nicholas Stoller got in touch with me about the project, and I immediately said yes. It's a dream come true. If I had a fear, it was that Teddy would be a one-dimensional character.

There was a potential for the portrayal of fraternity guys to be that way since they've got a bad reputation, especially with parents. They, of course, do pretty bad things like partying hard, but at the core, the fraternity is built on a brotherhood, a bond.

It's a system of breaking you down to build you up and taking you out of being so self-centred and worrying about yourself and caring for the group as a whole. You learn to work together and everyone helps each other.

Teddy is sort of a leader in that way. I wasn't involved in a fraternity, but I know guys who were. While they've all been as crazy as Teddy in some ways, they're also great guys. They'd take a bullet for you.

The moments that I am really grateful for in the film were the ones where we were able to show Teddy's humanity because he does care about his brothers.

Were those party scenes in the film fun to shoot?

On set, everything was very professional. We would utilise every single element of the party. As soon as we cut, it was down to business with me working on the character and Seth producing. There was a lot to get done and a lot of moving parts, so it was strange. It was a really exciting party that was very tense!

It seems that improvisation played a big part in the film. How much input did you get when shooting a scene, such as the one where Teddy and Pete (Dave Franco) riff off about "bros before hoes?"

Some of the lines were strung together for that particular scene in the film. I don't think we got all of them consecutively like that, but most of that scene was straight improvisation. Some of it didn't even make sense.

We were literally trying to come up with them on the fly. If I ever started to struggle, Dave would whisper something to me and I'd finish it and vice versa.

Then, out of nowhere, Nick or Seth would yell one line from off camera and we'd start laughing.

There's no ego; if you're given something great, you take it.

You get to fight Seth Rogen in the movie, what was that like?

It really was fun to shoot that fight scene. I was looking forward to it. Since we shot that towards the end of the movie, I think we were ready for it. It was all comedic fighting and never that serious. There were some fun stunts as well.

Was it easy finding a rhythm with Seth Rogen?

It was natural working with Seth. I really liked that the relationship evolves because they could have been best friends in another life. I think they're very similar in a lot of ways.

Teddy lives in fear that he'll never really have what Mac has with his family and is looking at the peak of his life. Mac sees all the potential in the world in Teddy, so it's a fun dynamic.

The buddy moments are fun, too. All of the scenes where we're happy together were improvised. We just sat on a couch and talked about things.

What was the most challenging thing to shoot?

Some of the fight scenes with Dave Franco were really difficult. In one scene, it was just supposed to be a simple punch, but when I connected with the wall, I got a boxer's fracture in my hand.

It was the first take, so we still had several hours of shooting to get through. If anyone had found out about my hand, it would have stopped filming for the day, so I didn't tell anybody. We kept filming even though I knew my hand was broken.

Nick was the first one to notice it and asked me if there was something wrong with my hand. By then, it was swollen like a grapefruit. I got surgery that night. That was a hard day!

> Bad Neighbours opens in cinemas today.


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