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MAOW: LA Press Conference + UK After-Party Pics, UK Red Carpet Videos, etc.


Zac Efron and Claire Danes at the London After-Party for the Me and Orson Welles premiere


LA Press Conference


Getty has more of the other cast members for both events.

Videos - UK Premiere

Sky News - Showbiz (if the embed doesn't work, click here for the source).

London Evening Standard


Also Digital Spy has a really awesome interview here and Hello Magazine has one here. I haven't gotten the Hello one to work right, but I'll keep trying and I'll try to get the Digital Spy vid uploaded to YT.

ETA: Digital Spy

Article and Review

Reuters: Teen idol Zac Efron stars in Orson Welles tale
Cindy Martin

U.S. actor Zac Efron takes another step away from the world of high school musicals that made him famous with a part in "Me and Orson Welles", which also features British newcomer Christian McKay in the title role.
In the movie, which hits British theatres on Dec. 4, 22-year-old Efron plays a teenaged student who fortuitously stumbles into a minor role in the 1937 Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar" directed by the young Welles.

During one tumultuous week, he makes his Broadway debut, finds romance with an ambitious older woman and dares to cross the overbearing Welles in a coming-of-age tale.

The film is Efron's second release since he graduated from the successful "High School Musical" franchise which made him a teen idol, after he appeared in "17 Again" which came out in April.

"I'm definitely sad to see the end of it (High School Musical), but I think it's all about progression and growing and trying new things," Efron told Reuters on the red carpet of the new movie's European premiere in London late on Wednesday.

"This is definitely the next step in that journey for me," he added against a noisy backdrop of dozens of screaming fans.

"I can't wait for everybody to see this movie and hear their thoughts. Hopefully they can learn something from the film, a little bit about Orson Welles, the history of Broadway. It's pretty fascinating, it's a fun film." For McKay, being chosen by director Richard Linklater to play the larger-than-life Welles came as a surprise.
"We did an old-fashioned screen test together and he (Linklater) never watched it. He was convinced," he said of the casting process.

"It would have been much easier to cast a famous star, and when I first met him and he started talking to me about Orson I gave him a list of famous Hollywood stars who could play him.

"It would've much easier for Richard to have chosen one of them. He would have gotten the funding easier ... but he stuck with me and that tells you something about the man."

Linklater, known as a maker of cult films like "Dazed and Confused" and "A Scanner Darkly" but also with a Hollywood hit under his belt with "School of Rock", said he chose Efron for his charisma on screen rather than his star power.

When asked if he feared Efron might overshadow the rest of the cast and the movie itself, he replied:
"Not really. I didn't really think about it that way. Selfishly, as a director I wanted to find the best actor I could, someone who could go toe to toe with Orson Welles which is pretty hard to do.

"Welles is one of the bigger personalities in the last couple of centuries, so I needed someone with that kind of charisma, with that leading man ... and Zac had that."

(Writing by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)


Compuserve Review (via RT)

You might expect this low-budget recreation of Orson Welles’s New York stage production of Julius Caesar to be typical Sundance fare; amusing, but instantly forgettable. Lo and behold, however, “Me and Orson Welles,” under the direction of Richard Linklater (“Before Sunset,” “Dazed and Confused”), is a sensation blessed with remarkable acting, authentic-looking production values, and enough energy to turn a Cadillac gas-guzzler into a hybrid. To travel from Roland Emmerich’s bloated, $260 million “2012” to Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles” is to go from the ridiculous to the sublime. While some would say that this movie is targeted to lovers of theater, it’s nice to have faith that a regular audience with broad, but sensitive tastes, would gobble the movie up. It doesn’t hurt that the poster-perfect Greek-godlike Zac Efron stars, a guy who should be able to rival “Twilight Series”’ Robert Pattinson as a teen heartthrob, and besides Mr. Efron (“High School Musical,” “Hairspray”) is a year younger—22 to Pattinson’s over-the-hill 23.

Yet the real acting honors go to Christian McKay, who does a spot-on impersonation of Orson Welles when that great actor-director was Efron’s age, though McKay looks quite a bit older, but who cares when the man’s theatrical delivery is enough to make one cut back on movies and devote some time—and lots of money—to Broadway theater.

Adapting Robert Kaplow’s novel, Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo re-create some fiction within the framework of Welles’s actual directing of Shakespeare’s “Caesar,” which Welles made contemporary by suiting the actors in the style of Fascist Rome during the twenties and thirties. If you want to know what rehearsals are like for professional stage productions, the madness, the ersatz heart attacks of scared performers, the bellowing of the director who in this case serves as a major actor, this is the film to see. Though photographed not in New York’s 41st Street where the original Mercury Theater stood (now an office building without even a plaque to mark the historic place), Linklater makes good use of the restored Gaiety Theatre in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man, population 23,000. Outdoor scenes are set in constructed sets at Pinewood Studios, which devised a replica of the world’s greatest city as it appeared 72 years ago. The British Museum stands in for the Metropolitan Museum in New York, where a Grecian Urn and a young couple standing before it in admiration forms a classy near-conclusion.

Richard Samuels (Zac Efron), a bored, 17-year-old high-school student, gets the chance to rise well beyond his years on a chance encounter with Orson Welles on a street outside the Mercury theater. While Richard prepares for a small role as Lucius in the Shakespeare play—which every middle school student used to know before the advent of the iPhone—he attracts the affection of Sonja (Claire Danes), who serves as a theater assistant manager. Richard is cautioned about Welles’s prima donna status, advised never to criticize the man who is about to make theater history by presenting a souped-up, pared-down, ninety-minute, contemporary version of “Julius Caesar.”

During the hectic weeks of preparation where everything goes wrong, Welles surveys the kingdom like a pampered prince, enjoyed assignations with actresses and assistants who do not get paid but look upon this experience as a way to jump-start their careers. When Richard becomes romantically involved with Sonja, competing with the director whose starlets must be willing to head to Welles’s assignation apartment at any time, the big, expected showdown occurs, all witnessed by Mercury Theater co-founder John Houseman (Eddie Marsan) and George Coulouris (Ben Chaplin), in the key role of Marc Antony.

As strikingly handsome and assertive as Efron’s character, Richard Samuels comes across, the show belongs to Christian MacKay in a stellar performance that could well be the talk of the guilds during this awards season.

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