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Zac Efron Shining Star & Michael Bay Latest 'Transformers'

Zac Efron Maui

June 17, '10, update: Zac Efron Shining Star Award. Actor Zac Efron, among whose credits are the musical Hairspray and the well-received box office disappointment Me and Orson Welles, was honored with the Maui Film Festival's Shining Star Award on June 16.

Zac Efron will next star in the melodrama Charlie St. Cloud, directed by Burr Steers, and featuring Amanda Crew, Ray Liotta, Kim Basinger, and Chris Massoglia. Charlie St. Cloud opens in the US on July 30.

Zac Efron movies

In addition to the aforementioned Zac Efron movies, the actor could be seen in The Derby Stallion, the fantasy 17 Again, and the sleeper box office hit High School Musical 3: Senior Year. On TV, Efron could be spotted in a number of productions, including the TV movies High School Musical and High School Musical 2, and the series Summerland.

Among the previous recipients of the Maui festival's Shining Star Award are Brokeback Mountain's Jake Gyllenhaal and The Illusionist's Jessica Biel.

Zac Efron photo: Maui Film Festival (via the Hawaii International Film Festival)

Zac Efron, Charlie St. Cloud
Zac Efron stars in Charlie St. Cloud

Zac Efron, whose films include High School Musical 3: Senior Year, 17 Again, Me and Orson Welles, and Hairspray, will be honored at the Maui Film Festival. Efron, 22, will receive the Shining Star Award on June 16, the festival's opening night.

Efron will next be seen in Charlie St. Cloud, directed by Burr Steers, and featuring Amanda Crew, Ray Liotta, Kim Basinger, and Chris Massoglia. Craig Pierce and Lewis Colick adapted Ben Sherwood's The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, a romantic fantasy about a young man torn between his loyalty to his dead brother and his love for a young woman.

Charlie St. Cloud opens in the US on July 30 [not Oct. 15 as previously reported].

Zac Efron Charlie St. Cloud image: Universal Pictures

Jeremy Renner

Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner, last seen as a closeted Justin Bieber fan in a 2010 MTV Movie Award promo spot, has been tapped to present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 37th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 12 '10, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Renner is probably best known for his role in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, in addition to appearances in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, North Country and S.W.A.T.

Renner will next be seen in The Town, an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves, scheduled for release this fall. Ben Affleck directs and co-stars, along with Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Chris Cooper, and Blake Lively.

Jeremy Renner photo: Jeff Lipsky

More on Jeremy Renner & the Student Academy Awards

Jeremy Renner, a Best Actor Oscar nominee for Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, will take part in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2010 Student Academy Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 12, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Among Renner's screen credits are The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, North Country and S.W.A.T. Renner will next be seen in The Town, an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves, scheduled for release this fall. Ben Affleck directs and co-stars, along with Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Chris Cooper, and Blake Lively.

As per the Academy's press release, the Student Academy Awards awards ceremony “is the culmination of a week of industry-related activities and social events that the Academy will host for the 13 students from across the United States and one film student from the United Kingdom who have been selected as winners this year.”

From the Academy's release:

Students representing 10 U.S. colleges and universities have been named Student Academy Award winners for 2010, including first-time wins by students from the Kansas City Art Institute (Missouri) and Parsons The New School for Design (New York).

While U.S. winners know they will each receive an award, their placement - Gold, Silver or Bronze - will not be revealed until the June 12 ceremony. Gold Medal award winners receive cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal award winners receive $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners receive $2,000. The Honorary Foreign Film winner receives a $1,000 cash grant.

The U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region was permitted to send as many as three finalist films in each of four award categories. Academy members then screened the finalists' films and voted to select the winners.

The Confession, the Honorary Foreign Film winner, was selected from a pool of 61 entries representing 36 countries.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 40 Oscar nominations and have won or shared seven awards. At the 82nd Academy Awards earlier this year, Pete Docter, who earned a Student Academy Award in 1992, took home the Oscar for Animated Feature Film for Up. He also earned a nomination for the original screenplay for the film. Additionally, Gregg Helvey, a 2009 Student Academy Award winner, received his first Oscar nomination in the Live Action Short Film category for Kavi.

The 37th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 12 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

Photo: The Town (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.)

Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen<

Michael Bay has already begun filming Transformers 3 in the Los Angeles area, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (replacing Megan Fox), Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Frances McDormand, and John Malkovich, Transformers 3 is currently being shot on a sound stage at the former Spruce Goose Howard Hughes hangar at Playa Vista, a couple of miles south of Santa Monica.

The Times report adds that in the next several weeks Bay and his cast and crew will be filming exterior scenes throughout L.A. County, including Long Beach, West Hollywood, Century City and Malibu.

Filming will later move to other parts of the United States – Chicago, Detroit, Washington and Cape Canaveral, Fla. – in addition to “a few” foreign sites, among them Russia and “an undisclosed African country.”

Transformers 3 is expected to cost – at the very least – $200 million.

Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen combined grossed more than $1.5b worldwide.

Photo: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Jaimie Trueblood / DreamWorks / Paramount).


         
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  1. Kyra O'Hanley

    Your all Haters…
    Megan is perfect for this movie.
    and to see her gone is just a Dissapiontment.
    her replacement will RUIN the movie And you are going to loose so much Viewers. Something you have worked so hard on will now be Desecrated.
    you just lost millions of viewers. you cant just have Megan on the first Two Movies and then have that REPLACEMENT on the 3rd Movie…. WTF !