Zac Efron

Personifying Emotions and Universalizing Flags: Links You Need to See

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Perhaps it’s best to begin this roundup of cultural tidbits from around the web with the most universal bit of news imaginable: the conceptualization of an “International Flag of Planet Earth.” Such is, perhaps obviously, the idea of a graphic designer (Oskar Pernefeldt) rather than a collective agreement of all Earth’s governments, who’d likely have a harder time falling for this lovely form of idealism than pedestrian readers of the Internet like you or me. According to the project’s website, “The rings are linked to each other, which represents how everything on our planet, directly or indirectly, are linked.” It could, as The Creators Project elaborates, be used when planting a flag on a distant planet, where ideas of nationality are pretty irrelevant, or for issues on our own planet for which nations should be more unitedly active, like global warming. 
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Will Grindr Work in the World’s First Underwater City? : Links You Need to See

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Oh, the questions a day of staring at the Internet stirs. While on the one hand it may be selfish to burden you with these questions, on the other, I’ve never been one for censorship. Anything can, possibly, be meaningful to someone, so who am I to withhold (subjectively) thought-provoking information about, say, Zac Efron masturbating from the general public? As Deleuze said, “Si vous êtes pris dans le rêve de [M. Efron], vous êtez foutus.” So clearly it meant something to him.
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‘Neighbors': The Bro Comedy Grows Up

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It may seem counterintuitive to praise the emotional maturity of a movie whose climax includes a dildo fight, but there you have it. Neighbors is the new comedy from director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five Year Engagement), starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as new parents, and Zac Efron and Dave Franco as the heads of the fraternity that moves in next door to them. The high concept is broad and simple: “FAMILY VS. FRAT,” as the ad line rather simplistically summarizes. But it’s about more than that — and hints at some interesting possibilities for comedies of its ilk.
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The Best and Worst Films of SXSW 2014

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The conference portion of the SXSW Film Festival has drawn to a close (though films will continue to run through the weekend), so alas, your film editor’s time in the lovely city of Austin is just about over. This year’s was an intriguing and entertaining slate, lacking the kind of breakout hits I’ve seen here in years past, but nonetheless filled with films that you’ll want to seek out in the weeks and months to come. Here’s a quick jaunt through the 15 movies I saw …Read More