September 18th, 2009

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Me and Orson Welles Official UK Trailer

And an article by the Guardian:

Zac Efron is a revelation in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles
The High School Musical star comes into his own in Richard Linklater's period charmer, out in the UK on 4 December, which goes behind the scenes of Orson Welles's infamous production of Julius Caesar.
Catherine Shoard

What a weird career Richard Linklater has had: from goofy slacker dramas to knock-you-sideways romance, from mainstream kiddie comedies to paranoid junkie cartoons.

His latest, Me and Orson Welles, is perhaps his weirdest to date, on account of its breezy conventionality. It's not even as experimental (praise be) as Cradle Will Rock, Tim Robbins's grating backstage-with-Welles politico-drama, which it superficially resembles.

Zac Efron plays an ambitious high schooler with a decent voice and twinkle toes (plus ca change) who wheedles his way to a walk-on in Welles's infamous 1937 production of Julius Caesar in New York (it's framed by a sort of "I'll never forget that week" nostalgia rhetoric that makes you wish Linklater had gone the whole hog, and bookended proceedings with a bewhiskered Efron dandling a grandchild on his knee, toffees in hand).

Also in the company are Claire Danes, briefly won over by Efron's boyish charms, Eddie Marsan, wringing his hands as the financier, and Ben Chaplin, unexpectedly hilarious as venerable English thesp George Coulouris. Newcomer Christian McKay (who's done a few Miss Marples, and played Welles on stage) makes a magnificent Orson, but it's Efron who really impresses: showing a depth and charm you'd never have dreamed of. He's not afraid to look petulant and silly, and does, frequently. That said, there are moments - check out the menacing screengrab above - in which you can't help but think: Efron should really, at some point, play a killer.

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Updates on Gibsons and Steveston

So next week they will be moving production to Steveston. From the Richmond Review:

High School Musical star Zac Efron struts stuff in Steveston

Local teens won't likely get a better chance to get close to heart-throb Zac Efron, who will be in Richmond next week filming scenes for The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.

The drama set for the big screen in 2010 also stars Hollywood mainstays Ray Liotta and Kim Basinger, and a Lower-Mainland actor will be playing Efron's love interest.

The movie will be shooting in a waterfront restaurant in Steveston for several days.

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Gerry Biggar, owner of Shady Island Seafood Bar and Grill, said he was thrilled when asked if his restaurant could serve as the on-screen watering hole for the movie.

Site scouts searched for a place with a rustic feel to it, and took a shining to the restaurant's murals, mahogany wood decor, and articles reflecting Steveston's fishing history, Biggar said.

Other parts of Steveston village will also be filmed, Biggar said he's been told.

Asked if he's concerned his restaurant will be deluged by teenaged girls seeking out Efron, Biggar said: "I don't blame them for coming out and saying hello and we'll be prepared for them...If they get a chance to get an autograph or a picture of what's going on, I applaud that."

Biggar hopes Steveston will gain greater prominence as a unique shooting location for other films as a result of this movie.

"If we get this opportunity to be on film, it's going to do us all a great recognition for the spot that we're at...Like I said, Hollywood on the Fraser, at Steveston."

The restaurant will be closed from Sept. 21 to 26 to allow for set up and shooting, but chief filming at Shady Island isn't expected to occur until Sept. 23 and for the following two days.

Also a couple of things from the Coast Reporter.

First a small blurb from an editorial:

Embracing Hollywood

Zac Efron sightings have been plentiful. He was mobbed at Sunnycrest Mall, had teen girls screaming for autographs, and oh yeah, there was a little movie shooting going on too.

The cast and crew of The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud are nearing the end of their shoot in Gibsons. It’s been a positive experience for mostly all involved. The community has been respectful allowing the crew to do their work and the crew has been appreciative of the co-operation. While the spin-offs from the Hollywood production are not know yet, once the movie hits the silver screen and Gibsons is in the spotlight, the tourism boom could be substantial. This community needs to embrace more movie and television productions like they did this one. The economic benefits are surely enough reason to do so.

And a bit of a wrap up on what filming was like in Gibsons:

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