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Jan 27th
12:27 am
'Liberal Arts' Roundup and a little bit on 'Paperboy' and 'TLO'  
IFC Films bought the rights for Liberal Arts at Sundance. According to ScreenDaily, "IFC plans a theatrical release in the top 20 markets later this year." beeonkaa was actually at the Sundance Film Festival USA screening at the Kabuki in San Francisco and I asked her to ask Josh Radnor about a possible concurrent VOD release which has become typical of IFC's releases. She said he said yes in response so that's awesome for people outside the 20 markets. Radnor also ~maybe~ said it will be released in March. That seems fast, so we'll see. beeonkaa's impressions of Zac/Nat:



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.

Reviews

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.

JoBlo.com
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).

Film.com
Zac Efron makes an appearance as a friendly hippie who helps Jesse see the errors of his ways. He’s quite funny.

ComingSoon.net
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
Starts ~2:23



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.
 
 
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The Writers Denmusewriter on January 27th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
I'm so excited about the positive reviews Liberal Arts. I'll admit, when I first heard about it, I was excited mainly for Zac's involvement but HIMYM has been on a lot in my house lately and I've kind of developed a love for Josh Radnor.

And yay for Lorax and TLO promo starting soon. I gotta say I'm kind of surprised we didn't get anything from the media filming yesterday for TLO that Sparks talked about on his Twitter...usually he takes any opportunity to tweet about Zac/TLO that he can LOL.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 27th, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
omg i know. he twitters so many quotes from his books and i'm like you can't take a break for five seconds and post a picture of y'all promoing together? really?
The Writers Denmusewriter on January 27th, 2012 07:55 am (UTC)
He didn't even mention it after he initially Twittered about it. I was thinking 'did y'all not do it or what because normally by now you would have mentioned Zac about 10 times and made at least one inappropriate joke.'
what in the worldpolly_amore11 on January 27th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
thank u for the updates!
SOOOO very excited for TLO and im looking forward to seeing Liberal Arts either at the theatre or on demand!!
and i'll be sure to watch Ellen on Feb 21!
isaczisacz on January 27th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
I saw a TLO poster yesterday in a movie theatre here in mexico. I thought it was too early
kleth on January 27th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
"despite their initial scepticism"

This is really hilarious if you think about it. If you wanted to introduce Zac Efron to a male audience, this is the most challenging you could choose - a bunch of Marines on their home turf. The testosterone level must have been overpowering. I can just see the unit commander informing his men that they were going to have the chance to meet that singing and dancing Hollywood prettyboy that their high-school girl friends were so gaga about. I don't think there was a lot of the usual ecstatic squeeling. The fact that he seemingly won them over is testament to his overpowering charm.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on January 27th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Everything from the reviews about Liberal Arts (and Zac's part in the movie), as well as possibly the movie coming out so soon is so exciting.
ngl, I'm probably more excited than I should be to see Zac as a stoner in this movie.

I really hope The Paperboy gets a US theater release date. I guess Paperboy filming this weekend means we won't see Zac at the SAG awards. :(

Please excuse my excitement for a moment,
ZAC EFRON AND TAYLOR SWIFT ARE GONNA BE ON THE ELLEN SHOW TOGETHER! TOGETHER! ON THE ELLEN SHOW! AHHH! (:

Okay, I'm done.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on January 27th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the round up, C! I'm glad to hear positive reviews of Liberal Arts, especially for Lizzie (and undoubtedly Zac, although his part is minor). Best of continued luck to the film and its cast!

Scott's comments are interesting, because I felt the total opposite about realism in the war sequences. Obviously I'm not a soldier and have absolutely no personal experience on the matter, but nonetheless I wasn't entirely sold. When Scott refers to "the guys who came", is it safe to assume he means general males in attendance at screenings, not the Pendleton marines?

Indifference to the umpteenth degree regarding a joint Taylor/Zac interview. I have no doubt it will be fine. I do enjoy Zac and Ellen's banter when he's been on the show prior. :)

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 27th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
yeah i think he means guys at the screening. i mean, they might have already screened it for some military but idk for sure, haven't heard anything yet.
lullaby_lilylullaby_lily on January 28th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Military screenings usually happen the week or two before wide release. I'm hoping the studio gives us tickets for this one!
kleth on January 29th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think he talking about specifically "military" screenings, just the guys in a general audience. Unless I am mistaken, a first-cut of this movie was screened months ago in L.A.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on January 28th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Kk, thank you!
Bee: Zac - GQ - Lying on Car 1jeezbee on February 1st, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
What I totally enjoyed about all the reviews are the various and funny descriptions of Zac's character.