April 16th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

The jobs pour in for Hollywood's young talent

Zac EfronIt was a good week for Hollywood's 25-and-under crowd.

Zac Efron - who made another baby step towards becoming a star adults can (openly) embrace in “Me and Orson Welles” last November - has got a new gig, and it has absolutely nothing to do with high schools or musicals.

Efron has signed on to not only star in but also produce a remake of “Snabba Cash," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Swedish film, based on the Jens Lapidus novel, tells the story of a guy who gets rich by becoming a runner for a coke dealer, and Efron will get to play him in this new adaptation.

Actress Lily Collins will make Team Jacob members everywhere hate her when she portrays Taylor Lautner’s girlfriend in the thriller “Abduction," according to Variety. Lautner stars in the movie as a young man who spots his baby photo on a missing person’s Web site. This movie will be directed by John Singleton.

Last but not least, “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe switches it up a bit and heads to Broadway once again: the actor will star in the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," according to DeadlineHollywood.com.

It doesn’t sound like Radcliffe will drop trou for this one as he did for “Equus": This time around Radcliffe will play a window-cleaner who relies on a self-help tome and a questionable tactics to go from the bottom of the corporate totem pole to the top.

Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Zac Efron

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  1. Humidity Temperature

    Harry Potter is the best, i really like Daniel Radcliffe because he acts very well :"

    December 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason Rivera

    Daniel Radcliffe is much older now, i wonder what would be his future roles on future movies*":

    October 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Harrison Ward

    i wonder what would be the future carreer of Daniel Radcliffe,'~

    August 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jacqui

    Hey TK, not sure why you think this should say for young WHITE actors because the article mentions Taylor Lautner who is of Native American descent.

    April 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WJK

    Crusher Video



    April 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Doe

    Too many times have I been on a film set and seen a 20 something year old producer. These kids, who have not paid their dues, let alone worked in a production office, have no place producing feature films. Not only do most of them have no respect for their crew, they try and pinch every dollar out of you. I won't be working on any set a young kid with no experience will be producing.

    April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Susieq

    Mr. Ian Somerhalder rocks! Can he help it if he's easy on the eyes as well?

    April 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GabrielMarz

    you know..daniel whatshisface has some talent and brain. He got out of the film industry and is actually playing roles that require alot of talent. but taylor lautner and zac effron are both old news and quite borrrriinnngggg.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. lchanford

    Don't you people have anything else to do?

    April 19, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. RP

    Wow, I lot of the commentors here seem to be suffering from hate poisoning. All this whining...get a grip people!

    April 19, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Charles kanadi

    Its actually pathetic to this happening in hollywood. These artiste are only averagely talented if at all they have talent. Sanity needs to be restored in holywood.

    April 19, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Billiam

    I think it is important to remember that all Hollywood actors such as Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable were young actors too at one time. What do you expect them to wait until they are ninety to start acting?

    April 19, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. wherstheloo

    wait zaks a coke head? now i'm listening...

    April 19, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chaz

    I'd like to see the stars who make up " YOUNG HOLLYWOOD " pull off a staring role.....that actually makes money at the box office. None of these current actors ae any good....they blows ! Young girls only go see the movies because they need to get their snail's wet. I mean come on please people....YOUNG HOLLYWOOD dosent have it LOL

    April 19, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. j

    Awesome, Zac's gonna turn all of our kids onto coke. Nice work dude!

    April 19, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  16. lexi

    im just glad harry potter isnt gonna whip out his wand in this broadway production

    April 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. kate

    nepetism at its finest- perhaps then he'll become a druggie overdose live to tell his story write a book then star in a crass indie age ruggedly market leather shoes and then wrap it up with a reality show,

    April 18, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. kate

    nepetism at its finest ..perhaps he'll become a druggie oversose live to tell his story write a book then star in a crass indoe ageruggedly market leather shoes and do a reality show.

    April 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Rachele

    I'd be muchmore excited to learn that jobs are pouring in for real human beings, given this crap economy.

    April 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. mushymushroom

    I don't think that we should always question why Hollywood people gets paid higher than the average employees because these celebrities are not just getting paid for their work done, but for them to be in this industry they also have to sacrifice their own lives! No time for their families, no time for their education, no time for themselves, and most importantly no PRIVACY. Can you imagine your lives just doing your job and everyone in the world has an opinion. That sucks. When you are a celebrity you are like a commodity, a product, that has no life and being sold over and over again, and once you flopped you're treated as garbage...the ones who really makes big bucks in Hollywood are the bigwigs...a movie fails it's the actors fault, not the execs..yada yada...

    So please be considerate...we have witnessed the fall of Lindsay and Britney and they made series of bad chices because they are choked by all the attention and the pressure of selling themselves that they woke up one morning and they don't even know who exactly they are.

    Fame comes with fortune and misfortune so don't feel so envious about them earning a lot and as cliche as it sounds, don't allow money to take over your world but happiness and contentment, if you want more work hard and don't compare what you have or don't have from others.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  21. light

    @iho Vanessa Hudgens is Half American Half Filipino.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. IsNot

    The problem with this is that a lot of the stars had to go through either the Disney or Nickelodeon combines first. That screws up the chances for outside talent to make it through the door to begin with.

    There are plenty of young, talented performers who can act circles around the crop featured above, but who cannot get so much as a walk-on part because the same ones keep getting cast over and over.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. wherstheloo

    is that a wax figure in the picture, very shiney young guy. anyway, who really cares about hollywood? they don't impact me or my family what about REAL jobs for REAL people, come on.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Meshuggahnow

    whoop-dee-doo...Can't wait to see these "talented" young actors in Transformers 3, 4, 5,6- Transformers Strike Back,7, and 8-Return Of Transformers.

    April 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  25. hughes

    🙂 😀 😉 ^_^ >:o :3 >:-( 🙁 :'( :O 8) 😛 O.o -_- :/ 3:) O:) :* <3 :v :putnam: (^^^) <(")

    April 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hank

    The guy in the picture looks like a mannequin. Is his face permanently like that? I mean other than film type folks, does anyone really give a sh*&#t that some 20 something do-nothing actor got a job? Whooptee F'ing Doo!

    April 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Big B

    I predict that the US jobless rate will lower to 8.3% this year.


    April 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sue Kuwitzky

    I don't understand why Hollywood keeps choosing the same "stars" over and over again (some with little "talent") other than looking pretty on the red carpet) rather than giving some unknown, highly talented people a chance. I realize it's a risk, but it could have a big payoff.

    April 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dwain

    86 Miley Cyrus from setting foot on another film set and I'll happily root for Young Hollywood. Piece of advice for these not-so-tweens: Aspire to become actors, not movie stars. There's a HUGE difference between the two.

    April 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  30. bijou

    Whatever happened to Haley Joel Osment?

    April 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Lucy

    Wow–3 whole jobs. I guess this is a clear indicator that the economy has bounced back and we no longer have anything to worry about.

    April 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Maria

    When the jobs start pouring in the for the middle class, THEN I will be happy.

    April 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Craig

    The guy in that picture looks absolutely ridiculous.

    April 18, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  34. G

    Young hollywood has nothing to worry about. They have established themselves and they will still get work.

    I'm 40 and still looking to establish myself.

    April 18, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  35. Richard C. Mongler

    Wow, Zac looks like a monster in that picture!
    He must have gone to the same plastic surgeon as Mickey Rourke!

    April 18, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  36. SusanR

    mb wrote on April 16th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

    "Getting ahead in show biz isn't hard if your mom is film director/writer Nora Efron!"

    The writer/director is Nora EPHRON, and Zac is not her son. She has two sons with Carl Bernstein, and neither of them are Zac.

    April 18, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  37. ScrapSupply

    Check out http://scrapsupply.blogspot.com/2010/04/acknowledging-music.html tooo

    April 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  38. mytabloids

    Of course, since no movies are made for adults, what do these kids have to aspire to? More infantile, mindless "actioners?" I'm going back to watching TCM....

    April 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  39. suzycreamcheese

    Guess you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

    April 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  40. ScrapSupply

    the best TV characters @


    April 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Disgusted

    Wow...How this economic issue has become a race issue boggles my mind. There is still a race issue in this country, not because it is impressed upon us by our government (i.e. Jim Crow Laws) but because we, as a society, CHOOSE to perpetuate it...I'm sure that Gabrielle Union, Keenan Thompson, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, America Ferrara, Anthony Mackie, Gabby Sidibe & Quinton Aaron (To name but a FEW) would be disappointed to hear that they are not relevant with the people that are typing this racial NONSENSE on this board...

    Maybe the real racist....MIGHT BE YOU. Food for thought.

    April 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. iho

    Name one black/hispanic/asian actor that are the same age of Zac & Taylor. And if you can, look closely at their skin tone. Damn near white!!!

    April 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  45. M

    I have no problem with Zac or Taylor [besides the fact that I hate the movie he was in but otherwise]. However shouldn't Americans be worried about more important things than celebrities. I admit, I came here and commented too so I was a tiny bit curious myself but really.

    And people wonder why some people [not all, just some] of other countries look down or look with disgust at this countries people. It's because they worry and care about the stupidest things like Hollywood. Some are so obsessed with celebrities and Hollywood, over their own families and kids.

    People here are too judgmental to let anything other than white people become 'it' things in acting. Sure you'll see some actors and actresses of other races get publicity and even get popular and sure it is alot better than it used to be. However, you notice about 90% of the 'heart throbs', if not more are Caucasian or at least look it. Whether you are Caucasian, Hispanic, black, Asian, etc, you should all be treated equally. You shouldn't be considered a great star because You're Caucasian looking, good looking with a pretty smile and alright acting skills.

    I am mostly Caucasian with a bit of Hispanic in me but the only reason I get treated 'sweetly' is because I look Caucasian. If you saw me on the street, you'd never know I had any Hispanic in me at all.

    April 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Smooth

    Lautner (german name) is not marketed nor Identify as a native american actor. He has dutch, french, German in his ancestry so I guess he can represent many.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  47. Amanda

    Taylor Lautner is Native American? Since when? He's about as Caucasian as you can get. He just tans. 🙂

    April 17, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  48. Rachel

    To all the nitwits saying these actors are all white, check out Lautner's bio. Also, these young people happen to be very good actors; the fact that they are white shouldn't be a reason that they don't get a job (we call that "discrimination").
    I'm all for seeing more black and Hispanic actors in films - and not in the stereotyped "punk"/"bad@$$" roles, but as the "regular Joes" that black and Hispanic people (like everyone else) by and large are. However, that's not a reason to complain about talented white and Native American actors receiving parts; it's a reason to complain that talented Hispanic and black actors aren't.
    BTW, I find it ironic that people decrying not seeing enough minorities in film are in the same sentence complaining about seeing a very talented Native American actor land a role.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  49. S.D.Davis

    "The jobs pour in for Hollywood's young talent" Really? I guess Hollywood does'nt include actors of color anymore? But, Hollywood has been ignoring actors of color FOREVER anyway. Unless Tyler Perry or Antoine Fuqua make a film, you wont see young black, hispanic or asian actors. Yeah we're window dressing (the janitor, the buddy who speaks 1 line or stereotypical loudmouth female friend) but never are we spotlighted in anyway. Yet, I see no talent clowns like Zac Efron and Taylor Lautner getting part after part. Why? Is'nt America ready to see talented acting from talented people of ALL races? Come on Hollywood! Zac Efron and Taylor Lautner? Can't you people give us more diversity and better scripts than what these two and the endless clones of them can do?

    April 17, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  50. Disgusted

    Wow! What phenomenal news! As this country stands with an 11% unemployment rate, an 8% Foreclosure rate this should really excite the 80% of the working class to know that 25 and under actors can still safely make 9-11 million dollars for playing make-believe in these harsh times. You know, CNN? You are supposed to be the news provider without antics, puffery and agenda...Yet, a Guy like me who was making six figures 24 months ago as a Lead Educator for a Fortune 200 Company, and now works 2 full time jobs at just over minimum wage to support his family, logs on to find hope that we (As a Nation) finally "get" what the issues are and are beginning to address them and just sees this sad big media trash on your Site.

    Maybe, its true...Maybe this Country has already seen its finest hour.

    April 17, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  51. Rose Smyth

    Zac Ephron obviously has a good publicist; who generated the press release that got him this mention?

    April 17, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  52. Eva

    None of these "actors" have any talent. Where are the times when actors were actually chosen for their acting skills, not just for their pretty faces and ability to mingle with the right crowd? Where are actors of the caliber of Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Dustin Hoffman, Walther Matthau, and Orson Welles? None of them were pretty. But they were character actors with skill, depth, nuance, and a love for their art.

    April 17, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  53. Frank Geffes

    Young Hollywood = No Asian Actors ... in fact Asian Americans are non-existent in FILM ...


    April 17, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  54. android1

    This headline seems to rub your face in the fact that while these young stars are getting million dollar contracts,many people cannot find jobs.Burn hollywood burn.....disgusting.

    April 17, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  55. Jlee

    I applaud these young people for actually working and following their dreams. I am so sick of people berating them because they look better or have better connections, so what! If you have it use it... Talent is in the eye of the beholder and I am sure what your into everyone else isn't. Quit ragging just because they have better lives...

    April 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Sency

    good to see the the job market in Hollywood is good for some


    April 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Isay

    This comment sensor sucks. When I first wrote my message here, they told me: duplicate comment. R u kidding me? I never posted anything here.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Isay

    Not what you know, but who you know.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  59. JC

    Most of these children have little or no talent...they are told they are wonderful, pitched to the tweens and teens as the next best thing, when in actuality they are mediocre at best and simply are sellable to those who don't know any better...how sad Hollywood has come to this...cheap, talentless and simply over rated!

    April 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Sarah

    Rachel Burttram on stage in Florida with screen and Broadway legen David Howard is a great stage actress and was on Burn Notice and deserves a shot. Google her name she is terrific. Listen up producers and directors!

    April 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  61. mb

    Getting ahead in show biz isn't hard if your mom is film director/writer Nora Efron!

    April 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  62. John

    Just keep working so I can receive my unemployment.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jim

    Too bad the jobs aren't pouring in for the rest of the country.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jim

    thanks for reporting that already rich, young, spoiled people are going to become even more rich.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Support Obama

    Hollywood is pushing the same crap with younger people in it...we need NEW ideas and blood.

    As long as your white you're alright....I no longer spend my money on movies that don't include people who look like me. Want a change in hollywood START ONE!

    April 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  66. TK

    It should read: "The jobs pour in for Hollwood's WHITE young talent"

    April 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Sarcasmo

    Remake, remake, remake, remake, remake, remake, remake, remake...

    lol Hollywood. What a worthless industry. Imagine if authors just rewrote each other's books.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Tom Moore

    Yeah, just wait until Obama takes over Hollywood. Montana looks right about now, at least you can own a gun there.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Kanye West

    Does Hollywood have any creative people left of they all just remake crap?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  70. sheila

    Fabulous!! The only places where Americans can hope for employment is the federal government and Hollywood!! Wowwiieee!! Unfortunately, I don't care to work for either industry...

    April 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Str8 outta TX

    appologies for the duplicate comment. thought it didnt go in at first.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Str8 outta TX

    will be 20 on 5/8/2010
    yeah! oh leh do it!

    April 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Str8 outta TX


    April 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Str8 outta TX

    i both agree and disagree. they are talented, for the most part, but i do agree that in most selections, talent is not as significant in choosing.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Str8 outta TX

    i both agree and disagree. they are talented, for the most part, but i do agree that in most selections, talent is not as significant in choosing.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Bob

    "Zac Efron – who made another baby step towards becoming a star adults can (openly) embrace in “Me and Orson Welles” last November – has got a new gig, and it has absolutely nothing to do with high schools or musicals."


    Who wrote this – a 5-year-old?!?!?

    April 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Jackie Kennedy

    agree with Head diva in charge and Max

    April 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Max Wunsche

    This ain't rock n' roll. This is genocide.

    April 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Head Diva In Charge

    It's good to be young, hot, and rich....the talent is the last thing they look at 🙂

    April 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  80. paul

    Finally a young actor moving slowly to stardom and from the sound of it doing it right!! Not much of a follower of Zac but who doesn't know he exists. The fact that he is taking his career at a good pace as opposed to jumping onto ANYTHING and everything OR getting cracked out on parties every other night (Hello L.L.) he is proving that he does deserve everything that comes his way.

    Good luck and enjoy it all!

    April 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Steve Richards

    what about Gaelan Connell who is starring in the Secret lives of Dorks?

    April 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Ashley

    I think it's great jobs are pouring in for young Hollywood, and i think it's great seeing jobs pouring in for mid-Hollywood, and older Hollywood, too.

    April 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Sources checked

    No, Liam Hemsworth was offered the part in Northern Lights that Lautner recently gave up.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Check your sources

    Taylor Lautner isn't in "Abuduction" anymore – Liam Hemsworth was just given the offer but hasn't signed.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |

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