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Nov 17th
06:28 pm
MAOW gets 100 on Critics Choice Rating  
Me and Orson Welles has earned a 100 Critics Choice Rating and the Critics' Choice Seal by the Broadcast Film Critics Association:





Interesting article from The Wrap, based on the Q&A with Richard and Christian from their screening of Me and Orson Welles:

"Me and Orson Welles" was "a difficult movie to get made in the current environment," director Richard Linklater admitted Tuesday night at TheWrap's screening/Q&A at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks.

Linklater (center, with TheWrap's Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman and actor Christian McKay) said the movie came about when he fell in love with Robert Kaplow's book and optioned it.

He went to his usual funding sources, but "our industry today has changed so much, it was clear they wouldn't finance this," even with "High School Musical's" Zac Efron attached. "The five guys who know everything said his audience won't go see this movie."

"In the '90s, this probably would have been a studio film," he added. "It doesn't fit the business plan anymore."

So they took the project to Europe, landing funding and period locations in the Isle of Man and executing a 36-day shoot. "We kind of felt it was our own destiny," like Welles', Linklater said, "not to be embraced at home."

Asked how he found co-star Christian McKay, who makes his film debut as Welles in the movie, Linklater deferred to his actor to tell the tale.

The British thesp said, "I was doing a one-man show about Orson Welles in New York, so far Off Broadway that it was Canada."

Linklater added, "It was a stage show -- he had a fat suit, lots of noses. He was playing the older Welles."

McKay credited both "diabolical and divine luck" for his getting the part. "I had always read about being in the right place at the right time but thought it would never happen to me."

But a friend of Kaplow's waited for McKay at the stage door one night to tell him about the film. "He told me a lie to get me interested," McKay said, "that Leonardo DiCaprio had just turned it down.

"And I said, oh yes, naturally, they'll come to me next," the stage veteran said with characteristic dry British wit.

"Not even in my wildest imagination did I think Richard could cast an unknown," McKay added.

But, as Linklater pointed out, "The magic of an unknown in this role is you can suspend disbelief."

Of course, with Efron, Linklater had anything but an unknown. The Disney hearthrob plays a teenager who gets caught up in the magic of the theater when he lands a small role in Welles' landmark 1937 "Caesar" at his Mercury Theater. (Efron's character is based on a real person, Arthur Anderson, who was 15 at the time; he still lives in New York City, Linklater said.)

"It's interesting, Zac's presence in the picture," Linklater mused. "He's a leading man. I think he's a gifted performer. He can go toe-to-toe with one of the biggest of the personalities of the 20th century.

"Never underestimate him -- Orson does in the movie," he added.

Of the screaming hordes who were always awaiting Efron around the set and locations, McKay quipped, "I kept telling [Linklater] they were 'Citizen Kane' fans."

"People call it a coming-of-age movie," Linklater said.

"They think it's all Zac, but it's Orson Welles' coming of age, too. Orson is 22 here, figuring out who he is."

It was an amazing year for Welles: Launching the Mercury Theater with "Caesar" in November 1937, appearing on the cover of Time magazine the following May, and in October creating his infamous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast.

Linklater said they made the staging of "Caesar" as historically accurate as they could, working from photographs, including a photo spread by Cecil Beaton, and contemporary descriptions.

"We filmed a lot of the play," he said. "I think about half of it is still there. It was great for the cast to rehearse and shoot it, for their characters, but we didn't need as much as I thought we might in the film.

"The actors all wanted to know, 'Am I a good actor?'" in the film, Linklater said. "I said, 'Oh yeah -- the actor you're playing is better than you!

"My theater friends said, 'Thanks for not making us look too bad,'" he added.

In the film, Linklater said, "You can see the genius of Orson, but you also can see the seeds of destruction that will cause him problems later in his career. He was just too big -- he couldn't sublimate himself to Hollywood.

"The freedom and success he had, there's nothing that can compare to that today."
 
 
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zaccy23zaccy23 on November 18th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I don't know what this means but--yay!!!!!
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on November 18th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
LOL i was going to post EXACTLY that. :)
IceGoddess: dirty little secret - this is *the* oneccmskatechick on November 18th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
This is a big ole yay :D
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on November 18th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
well it sounds official, so yay!
Beejeezbee on November 18th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Holy crap. That rating is out of the world... aka higher than everything else they've rated so far (incl Precious, Up in the Air, An Education, etc). That's a big surprise but a good one.

I guess that means they have a chance to get a nom at the Critics Choice Awards which I didn't expect either. Still, awards are political so I won't put my hopes up high but the chances just went up a lot.

CCA is also one of the few awards shows Zac hasn't presented yet. If I had to make a bet, I would say the chances that we see him there this year in one form or the other might be decent (assuming he's not busy).
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on November 18th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
K, more YAY!!!!!!!!

LOL
jessica3311: Richard smile!jessica3311 on November 18th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I was hoping M&OW might get some noms like Best Picture b/c they have more then the typical 5 as well as maybe ensemble so YAY!! But does this rating go down the more critics that view it?

Yeah since he wasn't there in 08 with the cast of Hairspray *irked* LOL this would be his first time there :D

Edited at 2009-11-18 02:15 am (UTC)
Beejeezbee on November 18th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
I wouldn't expect an ensemble nom. Perhaps an best movie nom if EVERYTHING goes well but it's still a stretch because you have to campaign for awards and that costs money. But I think the chances are now much better than before the rating. :)

A Critics Choice Rating stays once it's set - it won't go down.
jessica3311: Kelfron Halloweenjessica3311 on November 18th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh it doesn't Geez thats amazing!!!
Beejeezbee on November 18th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
As you might have seen in a post from the other Bee at FF, I was wrong on the non-changing of the rating. I was convinced it was set but it actually does fluctuate.

I guess it was too good to be true. 100 seems almost surreal.
jessica3311jessica3311 on November 18th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Well hopefully it doesn't fluctuate much :D It still got the Critics Choice which is awesome. But still starting at 100% is AMAZING!!!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on November 18th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
I have to be honest I was kind of surprised about the 100 but this makes more sense.
Beejeezbee on November 18th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, the 100% should have been a tip off.

The reviews are generally good but there have been also negative ones, so it will go down.

Btw, I looks like Zac might have gone through LAX without pics again. Good for him. (Considering that he was hosting a screening Monday night, I would assume he left Tuesday evening. Or perhaps we'll be getting the pics tomorrow morning.

Here is a pic of the poster in the London tube (click for highres):

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Unfortunately it's not a clear view of the poster. Btw, the guy is the composer of the movie.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on November 18th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
yeah we'll have to see when he gets found.

it's a good pic even if the view isn't clear :D
Shruti: Boy | Mad Mencalcified on November 18th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Yeah the Inglorious Basterds shift was fairly sizable but there's really no way it will drop below 85, still!
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on November 18th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
was zac working on 17 again when Hairspray was up for Critics Choice awards.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on November 18th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
?
jessica3311: 2010sexyjessica3311 on November 18th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, still didn't get why he couldnt attend the awards though. He said at the SAGS's he watched it on TV...even though he was working. Shankman was there, he should of gave him the day off! LOL
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on November 18th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
lol.

whatev zaccy. ;)
jessica3311jessica3311 on November 18th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
I love these 2 quotes:

Richard says the nicest things about Zac *sigh*

"It's interesting, Zac's presence in the picture," Linklater mused. "He's a leading man. I think he's a gifted performer. He can go toe-to-toe with one of the biggest of the personalities of the 20th century.

HAHA Christian LOL

Of the screaming hordes who were always awaiting Efron around the set and locations, McKay quipped, "I kept telling [Linklater] they were 'Citizen Kane' fans."
jessica3311: Jessbdayjessica3311 on November 18th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
This was posted of FF: Dec Instyle Scan:

http://www.fanforum.com/41376381-post85.html
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on November 18th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
awww the InStyle scan....although i thought it would be a bigger spread. but the one pic is hot! and such a great write-up.