September 9th, 2009

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A bit of news from Reverend Polk

This post is out of order since the MAOW news is more important and needs to be top post for now.

This was just posted in an article for the Vancouver Courier and is about the actor Paul Duchart who is playing Reverend Polk:

Oh father: A penchant for being cast repeatedly in principal roles as a priest or reverend in film and television-most recently as a minister in The 4400 television series and the upcoming Renee Zellweger film Case 39-local photographer and actor Paul Duchart had to cut his 40th birthday celebrations short to don the collar once more for the Zac Efron and Kim Basinger locally shot film The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud-the story of a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother. Represented by Kirk Talent, Duchart plays "Rev. Polk" opposite 17 Again star Efron and veteran actress Basinger. But why all the "father" roles? "I think it's all my grey hairs. Maybe it makes me look wise and trustworthy," laughed Duchart. "It was great to mark the milestone with Zac and Kim. They were awesome."

LOL, I would really like to rewrite that first sentence. Anyway, I'm guessing he was there filming Sam's funeral scene with Zac and Kim.


Oh and this person twittered about doing set photography, so maybe we'll get the first stills soon:

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Me and Orson Welles US distributor announced

One year after it launched at Toronto, Richard Linklater’s Me And Orson Welles has found US distribution through an alliance assembled by UK finance and production company Cinemanx (NX).

The film will open in select theatres on November 25 through Freestyle Releasing, backed by a campaign by former New Line marketing guru Russell Schwartz’ Pandemic Marketing.

Louisville-based Hart/Lunsford Pictures is funding the P&A costs and Warner Bros Home Video (WBHV) will handle the DVD release. Cinetic Media, who introduced the films to buyers in autumn 2008, brokered the deal with WBHV.

Me And Orson Welles is a coming-of-age story about the time the legendary director staged a Broadway production of Julius Caesar. Zac Efron stars alongside Claire Danes and newcomer Christian McKay as Welles.

“We’ve developed what we believe is an exciting roadmap for distributing this film, one we hope will pave the way for many others to come,” NX chairman Steve Christian said.

“The climate is such that there are fewer homes for films of this quality and budget range and it is important to create new options. By harnessing the power of our partners, experienced motion picture veterans, NX is able to play for the upside of a film we deeply believe in.”

NX recently formed a relationship with Vue Entertainment in the UK to produce and directly distribute titles including Me And Orson Welles.

NX currently has three films in post-production: Heartless starring Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy and Eddie Marsan; Wild Target with Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Martin Freeman; and the upcoming Toronto entry The Disappearance Of Alice Creed starring Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston.

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eta2: From

"Cinemanx is pioneering this type of U.S. distribution strategy, and I think that says a lot about the vision of Cinemanx's Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson," Linklater said. "I'm excited about the possibilities, for myself and for other filmmakers."

ETA1: Since we're on the topic of MAOW, it sounds like another screening was held cause this dude twittered about it:

Also this company, Freestyle Releasing, has a variety of films they've distributed. The most well-known is probably The Illusionist and one of the more recent is My One and Only with Renée Zellweger.

If they follow a similar release pattern as My One and Only, MAOW will be limited the first weekend to probably just NY and LA. This past weekend, the third weekend, My One and Only went to 77 theaters and appears to be in most of the major cities across the country. So, if the approach is similar, hopefully most of us (here in the States anyway) will be within a relatively close distance to a theater showing MAOW by mid-December. Fingers crossed :)

eta3: I found another personal blog entry review of MAOW from the Deauville festival... much more appreciative of Zac... but thought the movie was a little too cliche I guess.

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