November 11th, 2009

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Me and Orson Welles Roundup

Zac Efron in Me and Orson WellesSome Reviews

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Updated Schedule:

November 11th: Houston CinemaArtsFest screening, tickets here (Richard)
November 12th: Film Independent Screening w/ Q&A (Richard), LA
November 13th: CBS' Washington Unplugged (streams online 12:30PM EST)
November 18th: UK premiere (all presumably)
November 19th: Picturehouse at Notting Hill Gate screening with Q&A (Zac, Claire, Richard);
                        This event will be simulcast to other Picturehouse theaters
November 21st: Isle of Man premiere (Zac and Richard)
November 22nd: St. Louis International Film Festival screening
November 23rd: The View (Zac)
                        Apple Store Soho Event (Richard)
                         NY premiere (all presumably)
November 25th: Limited release in NY and LA
November 30th: Austin, TX prem (Zac, CM, RL per here, tix on sale 11/10)
December 4th: UK Release
                       Limited US expansion (per BOM)
                       Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Houston, Louisville, Philadelphia, San Diego, SF (per twitter)
December 6th: British Independent Film Awards (Christian)
December 11th: Canada Release
                        Another US expansion (per BOM)

Media expected:
BBC Switch Radio Show (from ZAAngels)
Movie Mom interview
Washington Post interview
InStyle December 2009

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Some Articles/Interviews with Richard

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Also just a link to this one, but Richard talked to student Ismail of the CBBC and that interview is here.



A few twitters






Oh and one last thing, apparently Tesco will be distributing the MAOW UK DVD when it comes out eventually - details here.

After all that work I'm hungry, lol:

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Washington Post Interview w/ Zef

Talking Out of School with .... Zac Efron
Valerie Strauss

Here is another in an occasional series of conversations about education I am having with people from different walks of life. Earlier I spoke with Attorney General Eric Holder, musician John Legend and legendary producer Quincy Jones.

Zac was in Washington D.C. to talk about arts education and promote his next movie, opening soon, ‘Me and Orson Welles,” directed by Richard Linklater. While in town, the two of them, along with ‘Orson’ actress Claire Danes, stopped at the White House to talk to officials about increasing funding for the arts, part of outreach to support the nonprofit group called Americans for the Arts. That night they, along with Americans for the Arts President Robert Lynch, participated in a panel discussion on arts education (which I moderated) at a Georgetown movie theater after a showing of the charming ‘Orson’ movie.

During my interview and in remarks at the panel discussion, Efron talked about how important arts education was to him when he attended public school in California, and he singled out his seventh grade drama teacher. He also said that his experience advocating for arts education with administration and congressional leaders was “pretty surreal,” his first real “tangible experience when my opinion ... could impact” an important issue.

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And here's a link a video of some photos of Zac, Claire, Richard and some of their guests last night.

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MAOW Review - Technorati by Anya Wassenberg

Zac Efron Shines In Me and Orson Welles
Anya Wassenberg

Zac Efron stars as aspiring young actor Richard Samuels in this entertaining film set in 1937, inserted into the real life story of Orson Welles' landmark staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. In the space of a mere week before opening night, Richard talks himself into a role in the play, has a budding affair with an older woman (Claire Danes as the production manager) and has his heart bruised and his pride likewise, against the sharp edges of unabashed ambition and over sized ego.

Efron's solid as the center of the film and our way into this story about the fragile magic of theater and some of the realities behind what transpires on stage. He turns in an entirely convincing performance with just the right range, from the kind of bravado that gets him the opportunity - as in this scene in front of the Mercury Theatre - to the naive vulnerability that sees him blindsided by backstage politics and the calculated maneuvering of his colleagues.

If Efron's our window into the story, its center has to be the brilliant performance of newcomer Christian McKay as a young Welles. We get a real sense of the man's sparkling genius, along with his impossibly capricious, self indulgent persona, the director with a penchant for keeping the entire company waiting while he chases the latest winsome young lady to cross his path. He tells Richard he's a "God created actor," and it sounds like a compliment until he explains the hollowness inside it, the empty space from which the desire to become someone else springs.

Welles' historic production edited the Bard's play and set it in modern times in Fascist Italy. I dabble in a little acting myself, not much, but enough to know that the film handily captures the roller-coaster chemistry of putting on a show, the sense of being at the mercy of a director's whims (sigh!) and of the whole production forever teetering on the brink of disaster. With its peppy pace and a raft of amusing peripheral characters from John Houseman (Eddie Marsan) to George Coulouris (Ben Chaplin) you won't need any special appreciation of things theatrical to enjoy what really amounts to an accelerated coming of age story. Richard emerges a little older and much wiser, and as history tells the tale, Welles innovative production won him raves from audiences and critics alike, and cemented his early reputation.

Opens November 25 in limited release in the U.S, December 4 in Toronto, Montreal & Vancouver and in the U.K. You can check out the trailer below.

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