She also said that his mannerisms were ace and that Josh mentioned in the Q&A that there was a very specific way to play Nat and he didn't want it to be ironic in any way. That fits a lot with why I've kind of felt a very Hansel vibe from the dialogue. And I think it also kind of aligns with what Josh said in one of the videos about the sense of genuine that he got from meeting Zac and why he would fit the character.
ETA: From Deadline: Revolver Entertainment and Picturehouse Entertainment have jointly acquired all UK rights to Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts and Bart Layton’s feature documentary The Imposter.
Anyhow, here is a round up of a few more reviews. I know of at least two or three more we're still waiting on, but I've postponed this long enough.
Entertainment Weekly Stunned by Owen for not hating on Zac, tbh
Radnor nails the castle-in-the-air mood of privileged dislocation, and he comes up with fluky, spot-on campus types, from Jenkins’ majestically rumpled and cynical prof (he wears the ugliest shirts in the world and thinks, quite touchingly, that they’re cool) to Zac Efron as a mystic-hippie stoner in a wool cap (Efron, tossing away his teen-idol persona, is hilarious) to John Magoro as Dean, a brilliant, troubled bookworm who can’t find an entry point into life on the quadrangle.
At the other end of he spectrum, we have Zac Efron (!) as a hippy stalking the campus, who takes a liking to Radnor and urges him to do what makes him happy (he's actually really funny in his small part).
Zac Efron makes an appearance as a friendly hippie who helps Jesse see the errors of his ways. He’s quite funny.
It's been a long time since we've seen a movie that's as funny and poignant and well-rounded with a number of terrific supporting roles played by Allison Janney and Zac Efron.
Other reviews not mentioning Zac: Metromix, TWOP, and the The Oregonian.
Hitfix Interview with Josh
There is also this Hollywire Interview with Josh but nothing new.
According to OLV, The Paperboy is filming in LA this weekend:
We confirmed that Fishwrap was the name of the production company for the Zac Efron film when it was shooting in New Orleans last summer.
The movie, which is expected to hit theaters on Nov. 23 [Ed. note: that date is based on the Swedish release date listed on IMDB and does not represent the US release, not yet anyway], is about a reporter who returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.
The Paperboy is filming at the following locations on Saturday and Sunday:
830 Traction Ave, Los Angeles on 1/28, 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
1333-1335 Willow St., Los Angeles, 1/29/2012, 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Fishwrap does seem to be related to Millenium/Nu Image which is one of the listed production companies. FWIW, the latter address is a studio and I'm guessing the former is probably going to be used for an interior.
And from if.com.au, an interview with Scott Hicks on TLO. I cut out a little bit:
Australian director Scott Hicks’ upcoming film The Lucky One may begin on the battlefield, but for Hicks it’s a familiar story told in a different way.
“This is a romance,” he says. “We all know where it’s going, but the point is how do you tell it?”
…“That, I thought, was an amazing premise,” says Hicks. “When I went to visit Camp Pendleton, you know, marines said just how true it was, and several of those marines said 'this is my story'.”
Efron, who had his head shaved and gained 25 pounds of muscle for the film, also spent time with the marines. Hicks says Efron connected with them, despite their initial scepticism. “That was very interesting because you have to sort of try and unlock a kind of firewall that they erect deliberately to shut you out.”
For the war scenes, Hicks had to transform his filming location, Louisiana, into Iraq, which was no simple task “because Louisiana tends to be all water and very green”.
“The scenes feel totally authentic, but if you turned 90 degrees you’d see the Mississippi with a ship.”
…“Our early previews for the film were interesting, because there’s some, you know, fairly hard-hitting war imagery at the beginning of the film and the guys who came went ‘oh, oh this is not what I expected… I thought this was a Nicholas Sparks film!’"
Still, The Lucky One is predominantly targeted at females, the typical audience for a Sparks novel.
“The big action pictures, the big cartoons, the big superhero movies and so on… they’re made for boys, you know, boys who are up to 25 years old. So what are the women going to see? Hopefully, they’ll go and see The Lucky One.”
Also we're starting to get promo info for The Lorax, like he'll be on Ellen on Feb. 21 with Taylor Swift, so I'm gonna start getting together the promo pages for that and even for TLO. Hopefully that'll happen tomorrow.