January 5th, 2010

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Great MAOW article from THR Showbiz 411

Zac Efron’s “Orson Welles”: The 2009 Movie That Got Away
Roger Friedman

Each year, amid the hoopla and millions spent, one movie completely falls between the cracks. Originally I thought that was Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger,” but then Woody Harrelson got some award attention and the film got a little uplift.

So the winner this year: Richard Linklater’s charming “Me and Orson Welles.” It’s been in theaters for about a month and made less than a million dollars. The distributor is non-existent, which is a shame. This is such a fine film, and one of the real indie companies should have released it. “Me and Orson Welles” deserved a shot.

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You know I could say a lot about what I think they could have done differently in marketing and distributing this film. Admittedly I don't know the behind-the-scenes stuff (and I'm no expert anyway) but some things were obviously wrong. However, I'll be brief and positive and say I admire them for trying something different in a very unwelcome environment. They did do some things right. And I think that Zac, Christian and Richard (the latter two especially) are awesome for flying all over the place trying to sell this.