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Mar 14th
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Linklater’s new film to screen at SXSW
By Chris Garcia | Saturday, March 14, 2009, 01:45 PM

The “Super Special Screening,” we hear, slated for 11 a.m. Monday at the Paramount is Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” starring Zac Efron and Claire Danes. Look out for the official announcement.

The movie did well at the annual Toronto film fest last year and received upbeat reviews. It’s still looking for a distributor.



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OMG. Seriously how do I get tickets?
 
 
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samwise gamgee.colfer on March 14th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
i'm afraid this will never get released. does it usually take THIS long for independent films to get distribution?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
It's hard to say because the response varies so much depending on the picture, I think anyway.

Making things more difficult right now for any indie is that the indie market is in shambles because of the economy. A lot of indie distributors have shut down so there are fewer buyers. And those that still exist have to be much more cautious with their money.

It sounded like from people at TIFF that there was enough positive interest to garner distribution. I think that the buyers are waiting to see what happens with 17 Again.

Obviously, they are completely different movies and if 17 Again does well it won't drive up the asking price for MAOW because they are so different. But if 17 Again bombs, the price will fall for MAOW and the distributors can buy it for a lot less. So waiting makes sense.

Also I can't help but think they are worried about Zac's image and how it will affect serious film-goers interest. So I think if 17 Again does well, the distributors will feel more confident that Zac's image won't have a negative impact on box office. At least that is my theory.




samwise gamgee.colfer on March 14th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
i'm pretty sure that the success/failure of 17 Again is a big factor too. sure zac is a big name right now and appears to be bankable, but with only Hairspray (supporting role in a large, likeable cast) and HSM (fueled by Disney alone, not necessarily any of the actors) under his belt, it makes sense to play the wait and see game.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
it certainly won't hurt them if they do. so pretty smart for the distributors, even if it makes us sad for having to wait.

but yeah, it is frustrating walking past all the other tiff films that are already at blockbuster.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on March 14th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Iawtc.

We fans have all the faith in the world-although, stepping outside of that 'fandom', there's still strong indication that he is on an uphill rise in popularity, marketability, and profitability.

HSM comes with a built-in fanbase and as mikeodonnell stated, it was fueled by an unsinkable engine like Disney- not necessarily 'huge' actors.

I can't help but assume success with "17 Again" will only help further the distribution process along.
Like an unmade bed.: aaaahhhhhhhhlikeanunmadebed on March 14th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
What is this even about?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
It is about a New Jersey teen who aspires to be an actor. One day he happens into a small role in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar at the Mercury Theater in New York City in 1937. So it is about his interactions with and observations of Welles and being in a theater production. Plus his attraction to the assistant played by Claire Danes.

It is based on a young adult story of the same name by Robert Kaplow.

The guy who plays Welles, Christian McKay, is apparently amazing in this role, a dead ringer for Orson. And a lot of people think he'd be eligible for an Oscar nomination at the very least.
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on March 14th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)

This movie needs to get a distributer ASAP. I want to see it so bad.

Did you see the thing just posted on ONTD about Zac and Leighton Meester suppposedly being in a remake of Beauty and the Beast?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
i can't believe that got posted again. i feel like it's been posted three times already. lol.

i am so glad he passed on that.
Shruticalcified on March 14th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah except no one read the part where, even in the article it was like and Zac was all, hell to the no.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
ikr? and they are being typically douchey about it.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I saw. LOL. Poor Zaccy. Some girl blogged about him being a snob because he wouldn't sign autographs for all the people swarming him. I think people lose all sense of reality about celebrities being real people or even just about reality itself.

I added the pic to the post where I mentioned the sightings too.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on March 14th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's misplaced 'entitlement' some feel owed, or a conceived notion that celebrities are puppets on strings that are "on" all the time, but that sort of 'they didn't sign= they are a *insert noun of choice here*' attitude merits nothing less than a swift STFD down from me.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
I think it's tough. Because certainly for a lot of people the one time they see Zac in person is likely to be the only time they ever see him in person. So you want to get as much out of it as you can.

And I think for a lot of people, they've got it so ingrained that it is about the picture or the autograph. But I think Zac's got the right idea. It is about the moment, not the physical things you take with you from that moment. That's why he focuses on shaking people's hands and saying hello.

I mean seriously, I'd take shaking his hand and making eye contact and talking to him over him just vacantly signing stuff for a lot of people. We invest so much in these physical things that don't really hold any meaning. It is kind of sad.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on March 14th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
It's all about perspective though. Maturity (not just age) has a lot to do with how an encounter with any favorite entertainer would ensue.

The importance is placed in the physical- not the moment, like you said. He's a REAL, tangible, person- and that gets so lost and skewed by the facade of Hollywood and what celeb culture projects onto these entertainers.