September 16th, 2009

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MAOW kicking off the New Orleans Film Festival

New Orleans Film Festival lineup to feature bold-faced names
Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Film Society today (Sept. 16) will announce the lineup for October's 20th-anniversary New Orleans Film Festival, a varied program that will boast films featuring such bold-face names as director Francis Ford Coppola, actors Zac Efron and Emily Blunt, U2 guitarist The Edge and -- Orson Welles?

Well, sort of.

The festival's high-profile opening-night slot Oct. 9 goes to "Me and Orson Welles," starring Efron and Claire Danes in a story of a teenager cast in a 1937 production of the legendary director's Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar." Director Richard Linklater ("Dazed and Confused," "The School of Rock") is expected to be in attendance.

If you are interested, more of the festival's lineup is discussed in the remainder of the article, which is here.

eta: fixed the title, lol. that's what i get for posting this only half-awake.
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From, Vancouverites used to be indifferent to film stars...

Hollywood North is on the verge of losing its reputation for cool.

Vancouver has seen stars aplenty since the city graduated into one of North America’s film and television centres. A-listers such as Sean Penn and Robert De Niro are seen walking down the street and dining without bodyguards. Heck, Goldie and Kurt felt so comfortable they bought a house here some years ago.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were molested by paparazzi, but they had a new baby and the public had a right to know what the little tyke looks like [ed. note: FALSE]. They weren’t mobbed by fans, only the working press.

"Celebrities have always felt quite comfortable in Vancouver and that’s part of our charm and our competitive advantage," said B.C. Film Commissioner Susan Croome.

History will record that 2009 was the year that everything changed. When filming started last spring on New Moon, the second story in the Twilight saga by author Stephenie Meyer, fans flocked to filming locations in the hundreds, creating unprecedented security headaches for the producers.

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Even little Gibsons Landing goes ga-ga over a Zac Efron sighting. The High School Musical star is filming The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud on the Sunshine Coast and attracting some Twilightesque fan attention of his own.

When Zac Efron stopped by the shopping mall on the town’s main drag, he probably didn’t know the local high school was right next door. He was mobbed.

Girls from Elphinstone Secondary gather daily near the waterfront after school and on evenings and weekends for a chance to see Efron. The camera crane on the pier is a clear indication that filming will eventually take place here, but today’s crowd doesn’t know when.

Holly Carter and Courtney Dionne are back after spending three hours waiting for something to happen the day before.

"Today I saw [Efron] drive by me and I was having a freak-out, I was screaming," said Carter.

"I wasn’t there," said a dejected Dionne.

Carter’s Facebook status that day read "ZAC EFRON LOOKED AT ME, LIFE = COMPLETE."

"It’s all anyone at school is talking about," said Grace Burns. "He’s a big celebrity in a small town and you don’t see that very often.

"You look around and you see younger girls prowling the street," said Burns, who was sitting with three friends outside The Beachcombers’ iconic cafe Molly’s Reach hoping for a Zac sighting. "I heard a dad ask his kids if they had seen Zac yet, so even the parents know."

The Facebook status of nearly every girl in school reads "Out prowling for Zac" or words to that effect, Burns said.

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Croome isn’t convinced Hollywood North has completely lost its cool.

"I’m not sure that Charlie St. Cloud is quite the same thing as Twilight, not to the point that they have real safety concerns," said Croome. "Twilight is the phenomenon the like of which we have never seen before."

"People aren’t flying in to see a star like Zac Efron," she said.

UM, LOL this Croome person has quite a way with words. Better watch it there sister, or Zef will never film in BC again no matter how much sea kayaking he can do on the weekends. No JK, he's chill and, let's be honest, he's probably glad he doesn't have twihards on his ass 24/7.