Aug 25th
09:01 am
'At Any Price' E! Video plus TIFF and Venice Schedules/Info  
Zac is anticipated to attend both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Oh, also The Paperboy is going to screen at the NYFF (eta: on Oct. 3rd). (And there is a chance At Any Price will screen at Telluride FF but that is not confirmed yet.)



Also a clip of At Any Price aired on E! yesterday, video thanks to zacefron_news

ETA: updated with clean version from E!



Venice Schedule (in CET):

Press screenings: Thursday August 30 @ 7:30pm, Sala Darsena; Friday August 31 @ 9am, Sala Perla
Official screening: Friday August 31 @ 7:30pm
Additional screenings: Friday August 31 @ 8pm, Palabiennale; Saturday September 1 @ 10:45am, Palabiennale

Press Conference: Friday August 31 @ 1pm, Palazzo del Casino



Also, Bahrani's statement on the film from the Venice site:
During the six months I spent with farmers in the American Midwest, the two phrases I heard most were “Expand or Die” and “Get Big or Get Out.” These mantras fuel American and global dreams of success. Modern farmers run multi-million dollar businesses with highly advanced technology, while doubling as genetically modified seed-salesmen, who constantly check the global markets on their smartphones. The pressures are immense. I wanted to know what happens to a man when he values expansion of business over his family, his neighbor, his community and ultimately himself. Can his family stay together in the face of this intensely competitive world?


TIFF Schedule (in ET):

At Any Price
Sunday September 9 @ 10:00pm, Princess of Wales
Monday September 10 @ 12:00pm, Ryerson Theatre

Press:
Sunday September 9 @ 9:00 AM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
Wednesday September 12 @ 12:00 PM, Scotiabank 1

The Paperboy
Friday September 14 @ 6pm, Visa Screening Room (Elgin)
Saturday September 15 @ 6pm, Ryerson Theatre

Press:
Wednesday September 12 @ 3:15 PM, Scotiabank 2

TIFF Programmer's Note: At Any Price

The ongoing urbanization of populations everywhere, alongside the industrialization and financial difficulties of farming, have become mainstays in the news. At Any Price, the latest film from the highly acclaimed U.S. filmmaker Ramin Bahrani — who Roger Ebert named "the director of the decade" — takes these social phenomena and draws from them a very personal and timeless story about fathers and sons and the difficulty of accepting change.

Midwestern seed farmer Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid), the now middle-aged son of a brusque, unforgiving old patriarch (Red West), wants nothing more in the world than to have his son Dean (Zac Efron) take over the family business. But Dean has other plans. Not one for the patience-testing, decidedly unglorious life of a farmer, he dreams of a career as a race-car driver. Henry, however, is so preoccupied with living up to the weighty expectations placed upon him that he remains oblivious to the situation before his eyes — a son trying to find an escape route, and a wife (Kim Dickens) desperately trying to hold onto her husband's attention and affection. His already fraught home life — teeming with unspoken tensions and accusations-reaches a boiling point when Henry's operation comes under investigation.

Set in the heartland of America, At Any Price dispels many of the antiquated myths around farming, revealing the fierce competitiveness of the industry. Meanwhile, Dean's pursuit of racing yields some white-knuckle sequences at the track. The casting is inspired, offering Quaid the role of a lifetime, vaulting Efron out of teen-heartthrob roles, and allowing for memorable supporting turns from Heather Graham and West, previously seen in Bahrani's Goodbye Solo.

The Festival is proud to have shown nearly all of Bahrani's films, not only because they are each so compelling and well-crafted, but because each work feels like a dynamic move forward in his evolution as a major storyteller. We look forward to whatever comes next, and in the meantime we are eager to share with you this thoughtful and moving tale of family, industry and ambition.
Jane Schoettle

TIFF Programmer's Note: The Paperboy

Jailhouse sex, life-saving golden showers, brutal bondage and all kinds of inventive nastiness — it’s remarkable to see what Lee Daniels can convince his A-list actors to do. Following on the monster success of the Academy Award®–winning Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, Daniels has upped the ante with this fiery, deliciously campy chunk of Southern-fried Gothic.

Based on Pete Dexter’s noir-ish crime novel, The Paperboy sizzles in the sun-drenched swamps of the deep south in 1969, where Miami Times reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) has returned to his hometown of Lately, Florida, to uncover the true story of Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack), who has been sentenced to death for allegedly killing a notoriously racist sheriff. With his partner Yardley (David Oyelowo) and younger brother Jack (Zac Efron), Ward seeks out the assistance of Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), an aging Southern sexpot with a penchant for felons. Believing in Hillary’s innocence, the four embark on a journey into the alligator-infested backwaters, where secrets, lies and desires lurk just beneath the murky surface. A twisted love triangle emerges as the naive Jack becomes increasingly infatuated with the world-weary Charlotte, though she remains devoted to her death-row soulmate Van Wetter.

Daniels keeps the racial and sexual tension simmering as he captures the sounds, smells and tastes of the Deep South. Unabashedly raunchy and playfully tongue-in-cheek, The Paperboy is wholly committed to crassness, complete with garish colour palette, jagged cutting and a bleached-out aesthetic. Kidman, a feverish blend of vamp and vulnerability, effortlessly commands every scene she saunters through, while McConaughey, after his impressively twisted performance in last year’s Killer Joe, seems right at home with this down-and-dirty material. Cusack, meanwhile, is downright nasty as the bloated, machete-wielding Van Wetter, perhaps not guilty, but far from innocent. Part thriller, part love story and part tragedy, Daniels’ wild and woolly camp-fest is a must-see. As The Paperboy careens toward its final act and the already feverish action gets ever wilder, raspy-voiced housekeeper Macy Gray — providing a weary, knowing turn on The Help — offers a reprieve: "I think y’all seen enough."

Cameron Bailey

Also, thanks to audrey_za for scanning in this page on Maika that's in the September Nylon Magazine:

 
 
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Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 25th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Can't really tell much from the clip. It looks good though from the 3 seconds of footage lol. I just hope it gets good reviews now. And I'm a little surprised that it's just Zac and Maika going to Venice since isn't Denice more of the bigger part of the movie? Oh well Zac is going so I'm alright with it.
kleth on August 25th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
" I'm a little surprised that it's just Zac and Maika going to Venice since isn't Denice more of the bigger part"

As discussed here earlier, Zac hasn't got anything better to do right now.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 25th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I mean obviously no reason for Zac not to go. I was just wondering why Dennis isn't going.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 25th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
lol that may be true. but as a secondary thing dennis avoids doing promo stuff. which is kind of dickish but w/e.
kleth on August 26th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
In reply to both Miranda and EHS:

The unspoken import of my snarky remark was that Dennis =does= have other things to do.

As for promo, he didn't avoid Cannes and I have seen him plugging other movies several times this summer. So I'm assuming that his absence at Venice may be due to filming or other engagements.
Beejeezbee on August 26th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Are you sure you mean Dennis and not someone else? Because Dennis hasn't promoted any of his recent movies except one visit in Sundance for The Words. He did no promo for his last 2 studio films at all (Footloose and What to Expect When You're Expecting) and he wasn't in Cannes either.
kleth on August 27th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
You are right about Cannes, I was thinking that Zac had his older male co-star present, but of course that wasn't AAP.

Having two movies premiering at major festivals at the same time is so confusing.
VanessaZEIF_EfronItaly on August 25th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
So exited!I will be in Venice for him :)
Sapphirasapphia on August 25th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
I am glad that the date of the screening for the press on 30 and 31 August. It's very, very good day! This day can bring very good results. I hope with all my heart, it will be.

This is a very small part of the movie, but... Zac is SO HOT! :)
And I dare to assume that this means we will soon see the trailer ... or another clip, which will present the film at the festival.
annabelle83annabelle83 on August 25th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
On tiff.net, At Any Price is rated PG and The Paperboy is "14A". Is 14A the same as PG-13? I feel it should be 17A in Canada...

It seems they're pushing Nicole for some awards recognition. She could easily score another Oscar nomination if the movie were okay at least. It's unfortunate.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 25th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Was not expecting At Any Price to be rated PG.
Sapphirasapphia on August 25th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Hmm ... I do not expect this too.
Though it is a story of father and son... There shouldn't be violence, blood or a lot of sex.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 25th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
I hadn't noticed the ratings. I am surprised AAP is not higher. I imagine it will be PG-13 at least here in the US, depending on the edit. The Paperboy is rated R in the US.

You can't always compare the US MPAA ratings to the different countries because for many rating systems elsewhere, sexuality and drugs are not as taboo so they have lower ratings. In the US, somewhat disturbingly, violence is what gets lower ratings.
Beejeezbee on August 26th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, even with the low Canadian rating I would still be surprised to see it rated below R in the US. I guess everything is possible but I don't get the feeling they would censor the movie to get a lower PG-13 rating since teenagers really not the audience for it.

The violence isn't too bad but if that scene with Heather which is teased with in that clip is filmed close to the script version, that should get the movie a R-rating alone. But mostly it's the language to me... gems from Dean's BFF like
"Fucking-A! Shit. Fuck. Crap. Whore. Whorey whore. Are you inSANE?" or "I'll have your car runnin' faster than a slut behind the bleachers."
don't sound like they would get a PG-13 in the US. But in the end, idk if it matters anyway. Despite having a family theme, it's not a "family movie."
Gillian loves lemoñadé.invisible_cunt on August 26th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
yeah, 14A is the same as PG-13
and we don't have 17A, just 18A

our film ratings are much more lax here
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 25th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait, this is a lot of info to take in at once. AND THAT CLIP- h'oooomygoodness.

Pumped as all hell for these upcoming film festivals!
kleth on August 25th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
The Paperboy
"Jailhouse sex, life-saving golden showers, brutal bondage and all kinds of inventive nastiness.... fiery, deliciously campy chunk of Southern-fried Gothic."

I don't need to add anything to highlight this movie's audience appeal. You could pluck at least a dozen good poster blurbs out of that TIFF programmer's note, as in:

Unabashedly raunchy!

Playfully tongue-in-cheek!

Wholly committed to crassness!

Wait 'til this hits HBO. Then you'll see Zac's image change.
countessm3countessm3 on August 25th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: The Paperboy
The porn will be called "The Raperboy", and will feature Zac all tied up in chains, behind bars, with lots of hot men. Sold in the gay triple X section.

Can't wait.

But seriously, I don't understand how all this translates in the industry, but I am very excited Zac will be re-engaged in projects, if only on the back end of them (heh-heh. She said "bad end"). Maybe he can use these press events and screenings as opportunities to generate potential projects for himself. That's what I would do.

Time to prep that pretty pucker and start kissing butt. It's humiliating, but it works.
Sapphirasapphia on August 25th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
By the way, at the beginning of this E!-video,the part where Heather comes to Zac's back, lasts for a few seconds longer. And they kiss.

I wonder... I thought that only Maika plays his love interest...
Gillian loves lemoñadé.invisible_cunt on August 26th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
do you think zac will be at the at any price or paperboy screenings for tiff?
i'm planning to be in ottawa for the 9th/10th for bon iver
juju81juju81 on August 26th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
"Via Zac's Publicist, he will be attending both the At Any Price Premiere on Sept. 9th and The Paperboy screening on Sept. 14th at @TIFF_net!"

https://twitter.com/ZAAngels/status/239439809007992833
Gillian loves lemoñadé.invisible_cunt on August 26th, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
thanks!
i wonder if that means he'll stay here for that whole week!
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 26th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Quick question: Is Maika's character Zac's character's only love interest? Heathers character isn't his love interest, right or wrong?
Beejeezbee on August 26th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
How do you define love interest? Maika's character is his girlfriend and his only girlfriend
but as I said in the past, Dean is sort of a jerk and Cady said at Heather's casting that Meredith gets around...
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 26th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. I get it.

I would define love interest as someone who is romantically linked to someone else through the movie. That's probably not the right definition though.

Edited at 2012-08-26 02:00 pm (UTC)
Bee: Zac – Interview - looking down 1jeezbee on August 26th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know everything but based on what I have, their relationship isn't romantic.
Sapphirasapphia on August 26th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
From this video the following conclusion: she proposed, and he didn't refused... Although he was surprised... And it certainly is not romantic relationship. :)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 26th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Sapphirasapphia on August 26th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to last year's materials about the film. Particularly interested in your message to the plot of the film and movie R-rated.

"jeezbee on Июль, 15, 2011 23:52 (UTC)
The movie is about a seed-seller in Iowa (Henry played by Dennis Quaid) who is trying very agressively to expand his business. He hopes to pass on the business to his oldest son but he fled the farm and so now he wants his younger and rebellious son Dean (played by Zac) to take over. Dean isn't interested in the seed-selling business but wants to become a race car driver instead. When Henry gets in trouble with the farm business and Dean runs into problems with his racing dreams, they become closer again.

It should be said though that this is not a nice harmless family drama. It's gritty and brutally honest. There is absolutely no sugarcoating of their actions or characters. And unless they threw the entire script out in the last 2 weeks, this movie will be R-rated."

All the same, I would like it to be a strong film and R-rated.
Bee: Zac – 4th July - in front of roadjeezbee on August 26th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
I'm super excited for At Any Price and hoping so much that the movie will be good and even more that Zac's reviews will be uniformly positive. It can make such a big difference for him.

Good to see SPC already getting onto promoting the flick. I'm surprised they would pick that scene but I guess I shouldn't... that's certainly the scene for Heather which is most interesting to the E! audience. I'm just very happy that At Any Price already has a US distributor and we don't have to worry about that going into the festivals.

Curious to see if it goes to Telluride (I think the chances are good) and thought perhaps it might also pop up at the London Film Festival in October, esp since it's partly UK financed from what I get.

Also good to see ME still pushing Paperboy and I hope they stay committed and can get the movie into a reasonable amount of theaters. Also hope that the critics who like the movie will speak up and don't let the haters dominate the public discussion.
kleth on August 26th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
I share your sentiments.

I am relying on Bahrani's judgement regarding Zac's performance. He must think its OK or he would have kept filming, or edited out the weak bits.

These two movies were such a great strategic move and such a big risk. If they are reasonably successful, they will completely repackage Zac as an actor. But as indies, there was always the chance that they would fail to get good distributors and be chalked up as "failures" for Zac.

He seemed pretty good in M&OW, but because it didn't get distributed and therefore had a near-zero box office, it's sometimes referred to as a big bomb on Zac's record, though his performance had absolutely nothing to do with the film's financial failure.

I'm not worried about Sony. I just hope The Paperboy gets the chance it deserves. The distributor has a movie here that sells itself with name actors and pervo action. If they can't get this one into theaters, they should get out of the business.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 26th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
I read somewhere that if M&OW had gotten better distribution then Christian McKay would have maybe gotten an Oscar nom for his role as Orson Welles. M&OW got really good reviews for the movie and all performances including Zac's.mits just too bad it didn't get wider distribution.

Edited at 2012-08-26 11:01 pm (UTC)
countessm3countessm3 on August 27th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
These two movies were such a great strategic move and such a big risk. If they are reasonably successful, they will completely repackage Zac as an actor.
****

Whatever opens new doors for him. I'm less concerned about the public persona and more concerned about opportunities arising from his performance. I really want him to have some future projects on his resume, to keep him moving forward.

I doubt either indie will show in this area - I'll probably have to wait for the DVD (or netflix).
kleth on August 27th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
" I'm less concerned about the public persona"

Me too, though these two flicks will certainly help to amend his public image.

But I was really talking about his industry image. I have this sneaking suspicion that, even though they know better, studio execs, producers, and whatever just can't get it out of their subconscious that Zac is a teen-heartthrob, singing-and-dancing kind of guy. When an age-appropriate role comes up in a mystery or action thriller, they just don't think of Zac Efron, or if they do they immediately think "adoring teen girls - not the audience for this project."

I would live to talk with Lee Daniels and Ramin Bahrani and find out how Zac wormed his way into these movies. He probably met with Lee, fluttered his eyelashes, and Lee couldn't say no. I don't know what rings Bahrani's bell, but it would be fascinating to know what convinced him that Zac was right for this critical part in his movie.
honeylullabyhoneylullaby on August 26th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for at any price reviews. It just seems to be an interesting movie
Bradley Bobstzacefronfan26 on August 26th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not that surprised that the Paperboy is Rated R and even if At Any Price is also Rated R these Films are not for Zac's Younger Fans but are going to show Zac has a much Older and Grown Up Actor and trying to get him some older Fans as well as Guy Fans.
Bee: Zac – CStC photocall - in front of fieldjeezbee on August 27th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
I have a bit a fun and wild spec....

I've just been looking at the TIFF schedule for press & industry screenings and noticed that the two At Any Price screenings take place in quite big theaters.

There are 3 big screens (with around 550 seats each) and many more smaller ones where press & industry screenings are held.

At Any Price is getting quite the treatment. Both press & industry screenings take place in one of the big theaters and even more remarkable, the first screening which takes place Sunday morning (before the movie's official premiere) is a priority press screening in the TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 which is a particularly good location because it's where the press center is and it's a big and good theater. There are only few press screenings there because the theater is used mostly for official premieres but even more interesting is the fact that the only other movies which get this priority press screening treatment at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 are PTA's The Master and Terrence Malik's To The Wonder.

Now, Ramin Bahrani is very respected by critics who know him but let's be real, he's not popular or mainstream and neither are his films so far. The logline of the movie itself doesn't sound like it's must-see and it's not a big fancy movie. Zac and the rest of the cast are not on top of people's priority lists at the festival either; we might love Zac but he still doesn't have a lot of credibility for that audience. At Any Price does show up on the 'want to see' lists of serious indie lovers and cinephiles but it's not a popular movie with a lot of buzz right now (this doesn't say anything about the quality, only that it's not on many people's radar yet). Yes, there are a bunch of movies which have both of their screening in the big theaters but those are all much "bigger" movies and have much more buzz already; and there are only 5 priority press screenings total which includes the 3 mentioned before.

So, here's the question: why does TIFF expect such a demand from critics to see this movie before it even screens the first time in Toronto?

My wild spec (I guess you could also call it wishful thinking): TIFF expects the reviews and buzz coming from Venice and potentially Telluride (if it goes there) to be so strong that it puts the movie on everyone's must-see list and creates a high demand for critics to see it?

Of course I could be totally off and I'm the first to admit that this is pretty reaching but it's a nice thought to entertain.

Edited at 2012-08-27 08:39 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 27th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
i like this (possibly wishful) line of thinking.
Sapphirasapphia on August 28th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
I like it. :) Now we can only hope for the best. But your research is very interesting. It will be interesting to check it out. :) I can't wait for the first reviews.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 28th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Sorry, one more question: so @TIFF_NET tweeted something about At Any Price saying it was "evocative and compelling" so does that mean people (some) have seen it?
annabelle83annabelle83 on August 28th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
The movie has a rating, so I think some people definitely have seen it. But "evocative and compelling" sounds like a cliche. I want more enthusiastic comments.

I try to keep the anticipation low, but it's hard.
Beejeezbee on August 28th, 2012 09:01 am (UTC)
I'm actually glad they are not hyping it that much beforehand. Because it's much easier to beat "low" expectations than meet high ones.

If the movie is good, they buzz will come automatically. And it would be a pity to waste any hype too early; better use it when it counts. Imo anyway.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 28th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
I know they words are cliche but they sounded like words you wouldn't use unless you saw a movie, so I didn't know if people have seen it or not,
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