November 29th, 2009

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MAOW Video Post

I'm kind of catching up on the reviews, articles and videos from the last week so I have a few kind of round up posts coming up.



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Links:

IOM Today: Christian McKay

IOM Today: Richard Linklater

NY1 at the New York Premiere

FilmShaft, Audio interview files
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MAOW Articles Roundup: The Guardian w/ Zac + excerpts about Z

Guardian, "Zac Efron: crunch time for the poster boy"
Catherine Shoard

Zac Efron grins big. But worry dims the dazzle. He's reassessing our interview before it's quite over. It went, he reckons, "to an incredibly weird place". Fear flickers in those luminous blue eyes. It needn't – it didn't, not really. But perhaps in Zac-land even the mundane can seem weird.

Look at what's normal to him: since 2006, and the first High School Musical TV movie, it's been security at every step, paps at every door, screams to guide the path. A million smiling dolls moulded in his image, a hundred Day-Glo websites detailing the names of his dogs (Dreamer, Puppy) and his secret talent ("I can blow bubbles with my spit"). Fans so devoted they smoke him out even when he's shooting on the Isle of Man.

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Excerpts (others on Zac)

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Links (non-Zac MAOW articles)

indieWIRE, "Reverse Shot Talkie: Richard Linklater"

The Wrap, "Richard Linklater: Grilled"

IFC, "War of the Welles: Seven Actors Who've Played Orson"

Scotsman, "Interview: Richard Linklater, film director"

Theatermania, "Oh Welles"

Backstage, "Iconic Class"

Wall St. Journal Speakeasy, CM "on Channeling the Boy Genius Filmmaker"

Louisville Courier-Journal, "He & 'Orson Welles': Ed Hart..." (a really interesting look at the financing and distribution aspects of the film)
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MAOW Weekend Numbers

Weekend numbers are in and they are pretty respectable I'd say, especially given the challenges they faced in getting this released.

This is from E!:

The slicked-down Zac Efron played well on the art-house circuit, with Me and Orson Welles grossing $64,780 at four theaters.

Here are the numbers from Box Office Mojo:



The first set of numbers is the 3-day info and the second set is the 5-day Holiday total.

Certainly 'bigger' indies have done a larger per-theater-average but I think for the genre, the casting, the director and the advertising... this is a decent number.

Hopefully word of mouth and continuing promo will kick in and keep the number healthy over the next couple weekends of expansion.