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Zac Efron Brings His Next Shirtless Movie 'Neighbors' to SXSW

Zac Efron Brings His Next Shirtless Movie 'Neighbors' to SXSW

Zac Efron hits the red carpet with his co-stars Seth Rogen and Dave Franco at the premiere of their new movie Neighbors held during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival on Saturday (March 8) at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Tex.

The guys were joined at the event by their co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Earlier in the day, the four actors participated on a panel held at the Funny or Die Clubhouse + Facebook Pop-Up HQ.

Neighbors is the next film on Zac‘s roster where he will be seen shirtless plenty throughout the movie. He is currently campaigning to the win the award for Best Shirtless Performance at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards for his work in That Awkward Moment.

FYI: Zac is wearing Nudie Jeans.

25+ pictures inside of Zac Efron and others at the festival…

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Credit: Michael Buckner, Jonathan Leibson; Photos: Getty
Posted to: 2014 SXSW Festival, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron

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  • June

    I heard neighbors was so funny, great reviews … I can’t wait. I’m jealous of all the people in Austin now.

  • Sue

    @June: It’s because it’s a Seth Rogen film. JJ is right it’s just another sex symbol role for Efron. He will be more famous for taking off his clothes than acting.

  • Jess

    Love dave franco , he is so cute and the one to watch.

  • Who will he be this time.

    More promos were Efron takes on the personality of his character. So this time we will see play being a Frat boy in all his interviews. Can’t wait for that , NOT.

  • June

    @Sue: no they said Seth, Zac, Dave, and Rose did their thing, with Rose being the MVP. They were all solid and funny. Can’t wait!!!

  • OK

    His first interview was very good and the reviews so far are sounding pretty good also.

  • sarah

    This will make up for the flop that was Awkward Moment.

  • Jess

    Can’t wait for this movie!!!

  • Fye

    When does this come out? May something? I’m on it :-)

  • Kelley

    You can count me for the opening premiere.

  • holly

    @Sue: alot of them are but it’s so worth it!

  • Gile

    This movie looks funny… Got a great looking cast :-)

  • Himmel

    So this is now on my list of movies to see…

  • Noel

    And we have to wait til May… Ugh. (Patience is a virtue)

  • Candy

    I wish I went to that festival. Heard it was a blast.

  • Jordan

    This movie is going to be hilarious!!!

  • Did anyone see this?

    On tweeter they are saying Zac did full frontal nudity for like 4 minutes . true or false? If true then there is no hope for his decency

  • RT

    @sarah TAM flopped grossing nearly 40m worldwide already against a budget of 8m. This will gross a loooot more. Yup this will flop bigger than TAM. lol

  • http://deleted emily

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/neighbors-sxsw-review-687046

    Efron is credibly hateful here, his vacant eyes radiating dumb defiance as the frat taunts and abuses the Radners

  • http://deleted emily

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/sxsw-review-neighbors-starring-seth-rogen-zac-efron-rose-byrne-20140308

    ”Simply put, “Neighbors” is one of the funniest, most visually inventive studio comedies in recent memory.” wow

  • http://deleted emily

    ”Rogen and Byrne also attend one of their out-of-control parties, which is the opening salvo in what turns out to be some of the most elaborately choreographed and beautifully photographed party sequences we’ve ever seen in a comedy”

  • RT

    @emily: ”This movie is full of jokes (they seem to ricochet off of each other in all sorts of spectacular ways), and not just jokes but jokes that connect, consistently, more than not. It’s all sorts of surprising”

    A runner up for star of the movie is Stoller’s direction and Brandon Trost’s cinematography. Most studio comedies look flat and over-lit, but “Neighbors” is bathed in deep shadows, with the party sequences electrifying the movie in dazzling ways. Stoller seems patently unafraid of trying new things—and really weird stuff at that—while Trost, a former confederate of Rob Zombie, pushes the visuals brilliantly. The black light party looks like something out of “Spring Breakers” (and, during the Q&A, Stoller said he took inspiration from “Enter the Void”), while other party sequences take on their own cadences. The movie as a whole has a wonderfully playful rhythm, with the jokes rising and falling like crests of a giant ocean wave. But the party sequences really allow the filmmakers to break that rhythm and really stretch themselves creatively. Away from the slightly pat comedies that he has made in the past, Stoller shines. Like Rogen, he seems to have found freedom in maturity and the sublime in silliness. Or is it the other way around? With “Neighbors,” we laughed until we ached. Then we laughed some more. [A-]”

  • Rachel

    They look so good!
    And I don’t think TAM flopped, it didn’t do well but I don’t think it is a flop. 40M worldwide isn’t that bad as people are making it out to be.

  • Rachel

    Back to Neighbors! Wow, they said that they audience at the screening loved it! Read the indiewire and Hollywood Reporter reviews.

    And this one:

    http://www.cinemablend.com/new/SXSW-Yes-Zac-Efron-Really-Funniest-Person-Neighbors-42025.html

    Do you know who is REALLY funny in Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors? Like, “steal the show” funny?

    Zac Efron.

    I can hear you bitching and moaning already. Save it. Efron uses every tool in his box to keep up with (and often ahead of) a fast-and-filthy talking Seth Rogen as Neighbors works up a disgustingly funny lather. The raunchy rival comedy held a work-in-progress screening at the Paramount Theater during South By Southwest, and while the MPAA might ask for a few cuts (there are a LOT of dick jokes), the version we saw will light theaters on fire when Neighbors opens this summer.

  • Rachel

    Some tweets:

    Nadia Neophytou ‏@NadiaNeophytou 4h
    Neighbors was totally worth standing out in the rain for over an hour. Haven’t laughed like that in a long time. #SXSW

    Nick Neville ‏@Nikosnevs 4h
    #Neighbors is a hilarious film. So glad I’m on this trip #SXSW

    michael-tritter ‏@tritter 4h
    Neighbors is really funny; Zac Efron is particularly great casting.

    Mr. solo dolo ‏@someblackkid87 4h
    Pissed zac effron was amazing in neighbors first Channing Tatum now him I can’t take heart throbs being funny

    Austin Higgins ‏@AustinHiggins 4h
    Neighbors was hilarious. @Sethrogen is funny as always, but Zac Efron and Rose Byrne were especially great. Next up is Creep. #SXSW

  • Rachel

    Some more tweets:

    Marc Malkin ‏@marcmalkin 4h
    #NeighborsMovie is awesome! Going 2b huge hit. #sethrogen #zacefron #rosebyrne so friggin’ funny! #SXSW

    Bill Graham ‏@cablebfg 4h
    Also, NEIGHBORS nails the feuding adult dynamic and how silly it can be when grown adults do kiddy shit. #SXSW

    ErikDavis ‏@ErikDavis 4h
    NEIGHBORS is out-of-control funny. As a former frat dude AND a dad, this movie pummeled my funny bone. Rose Byrne wins MVP #sxsw

  • Rachel

    From Variety:

    http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/sxsw-film-review-neighbors-1201128376/

    Zac Efron gives one of his most credible and intriguing performances in this winningly stupid frat comedy.

    But it’s the eternally shirtless ex-teen idol Efron, surprisingly, who delivers the film’s most intriguing performance, crafting a dime-turning combination of brotherly earnestness and Mephistophelean sadism that will ring true to anyone who ever found themselves on the losing end of a wooden paddle.

  • link

    @Rachel: a big thank you for the links. It’s fantastic to see good reviews. Unlike Zac’s last movie.

  • oh wow

    Oh wow someone looks older than Seth. Drugs take a toll!

  • lauren901

    @oh wow
    you have such a creative name to bash on zac
    k

  • jen

    From the reviews posted, I think Zac has found his field. He seems to be great in comedies. Good for him.
    I just hope he drops those fools he used to hang out with and gets better.

  • jen

    p.s holy shit Dave Franco, you fine human being.

  • hannah

    Thanks everyone who posted the awesome reviews, this movie looks so funny and good, I can’t wait! Such a great cast too, and everyone looks really good here.

  • Drew

    @hannah: I know. I’m only disappointed that I did not go to Austin and watch it with the cast. :-(

  • BTZ-Girl

    @sarah: A flop, really?
    Well the budget for the movie was 8 million $, the grossing up to know is more than 40 million $ worldwide (25 million from the US) and the movie wasn’t even released up to now in countries like Brazil -> March 20, Germany, Greece, Austria -> April 25, etc. … and there is absolutely no promotion for the movie as well up to know so … you can be sure the 40 million $ now, won’t be the final amount of money this movie will bring back to the producers …

  • pika

    there ya go! zacs found his…thing? from the early reviews this looks fun and he seems to have really got the character down to the tee. i might check it out.

  • Fruitfly

    I admit there’s something wonderful about middle class rebellion against an elitist hegemony in the form of debauched students of average intelligence who will be the next leaders of the country.

    Plus, Zac is funny and naked. You can’t beat that.

  • Terrance

    My Friday night on May 9th has officially been booked. I need a really fun, hilarious movie right now. Too bad I still gotta wait 2 months.

  • me

    @Fruitfly: Zac isn’t naked?

  • lol
  • lol

    Do you know who is REALLY funny in Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors? Like, “steal the show” funny?

    Zac Efron.

    http://www.cinemablend.com/new/SXSW-Yes-Zac-Efron-Really-Funniest-Person-Neighbors-42025.html

  • Adam

    This movie is going to be the funniest of 2014.

  • Rachel

    Another review:

    http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/review-seth-rogen-and-zac-efron-wage-a-hilarious-war-as-ill-suited-neighbors

    Many of the modern comedies that are considered classics become part of the pop culture lexicon, endlessly quoted by fans in all sorts of different contexts. I have a strong suspicion that “Neighbors” is going to be one of those films that is simply absorbed whole by audiences.

    One of the highest compliments I can pay to any film is to say I can’t wait to see them again, and that is absolutely true of “Neighbors’.

  • Merlin’s Mum

    So glad to see Zac getting really good reviews :) Of course, some always hate on him, no matter what he does or how good a review he gets. Looking forward to seeing this and I enjoyed That Awkward Moment very much too.

  • Cate

    It’s appears to be getting really great reviews. I always thought Efron should concentrate on comedy more. He seemed to have a real knack for it in ’17 Again’ but I guess he was trying to improve his cred and move on from the High School musical by attempting the super serious drama route.

  • Play safe

    He should stick to comedies for now and bypass the heavy stuff. Comedy is more his forte.

  • Gary

    Wish this movie came out in March and not May :-(

  • Brit

    Is there anyway I can get advance ticket screenings for this movie?

  • jen

    @Play safe: exactly!

  • Emma

    @jen: yea, he should still venture out.

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