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May 22nd
03:42 pm
Snabba Cash update & Paperboy rumors  
From moviezine via Breakingfree.se. Thanks to Sara for the proper translation.

Moviezine spoke with the "Snabba Cash/Easy Money"-producer, Fredrik Wikström" about "Snabba Cash" in Cannes.

"What is the latest news you have heard about "Easy Money" with Zac Efron? We looking forward to it!

- How fun. I'm one of the producers to the re-make and I've strong believe in Zac in this role. He has fair wind right now giving that his latest movie did well in the US and that he has one movie in the competion here in Cannes this year: "The Paperboy". He's also more excited than ever to do the movie so it goes forward. I can't say more than that right now."

Take it with a grain of salt but here is some initial feedback from a buyers' screening of 'The Paperboy' which took place this morning in Cannes. From indieWIRE:

One of the Cannes competition’s most high-profile titles, Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” got some early exposure Tuesday morning when the film’s sales agents let a tight group of potential buyers and select critics into the Cinema Olympia on Rue Antibes. Millennium Films' pulpy thriller doesn’t receive its public Palais premiere until May 24, but interest has been high for Daniels’ follow-up to his breakout “Precious,” which won a pair of Oscars after its awards sweep at Sundance in 2009.

Early reactions suggest the film has more in common with Daniels' "Shadowboxer," an arty action film that left critics' jaws agape, rather than the crowd-pleasing "Precious." While there was praise for Nicole Kidman's performance as the trashy would-be lover of John Cusack's death-row inmate, one buyer described "The Paperboy" as a "trainwreck." Another gave the film a backhanded compliment: "It's a movie you have to see. You want to talk about it."

Acquisitions reps from Sony Pictures Classics, Fox Searchlight, CBS Films, The Weinstein Co., IFC Films and Focus Features were in the room Tuesday, along with star Matthew McConaughey and P. Diddy. The development creates the possibility that the movie will find a domestic distributor before its official launch Thursday.

Of course, Millennium does have a distribution arm, Millennium Entertainment. However, the preference would be to find a North American buyer; one source put the initial asking price as between $3.5 million-$5 million.

The film, adapted by Daniels from Pete Dexter's novel, stars McConaughey, Zac Efron, Cusack, Kidman, David Oyelowo and Scott Glenn in the story of a young man who returns to his Florida hometown in 1969 to help his journalist brother investigate the circumstances surrounding an inmate on death row. Regardless of how the film plays at Cannes, its movie-star cast and pedigree director make it a strong bet for a Stateside distributor, especially since its period story takes place in the sweat-soaked American south.

We'll get a better picture once the first reviews are out and perhaps we'll hear about a distributor before then.

ETA: According to leblogtvnews.com Zac, Nicole, Matthew & Lee will be on Grand journal à Cannes tomorrow (23 May 2012) at 7:05pm CET (1:05pm ET)
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zacefronfan26 on May 22nd, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm Really foreword to see this movie in theaters. Can't wait to hear all the great Reviews from Cannes.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
At least something is happening with the Snabba Cash remake.

I'm still excited for The Paperboy. Is it true Zac and the rest of the cast are doing some kind of press conference for the movie at Cannes tomorrow?
Beejeezbee on May 22nd, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
The official press conferences are typically taking place in the morning of the premiere day (after the first morning screening) along with a photocall.

I've seen rumors that the Paperboy cast will be on Le Grand Journal tomorrow... that too wouldn't be a surprise. They report a lot from Cannes and have most movies represented. I'll keep an eye on it and will post it then.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and the Le Grand Journal is the thing I was wondering about.
Beejeezbee on May 22nd, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
I checked and found the info... it's added to the post now.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much.
kleth on May 23rd, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
"At least something is happening with the Snabba Cash remake"

Yes indeed. I was worried that WB might just let it die because the intial option ran out last month. This is a case where any news is good news. Of course, we have to be concerned about that rumor that WB wanted to "lighten it up." It wouldn't be the first time that a studio bought a good foreign film for a remake and turned it into a dud.
Beejeezbee on May 22nd, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
There was a Dutch journalist/critic who tweeted about it but it's deleted now (before I could make a screencap). He liked the movie a lot and gave it 4 stars.

Still having my fingers crossed and hope for good reviews for Zac (and the rest).

And I'm glad that Snabba Cash is at least not dead. Speculation on my part but it sounds like WB is looking for a director now.
abigail80831abigail80831 on May 22nd, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
So I'm guessing Zac's either leaving today or maybe has already left for Cannes?

Can't wait for this! <3
Beejeezbee on May 22nd, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, it would make most sense.
annabelle83 on May 22nd, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Um, that's not what I wanted to hear about The Paperboy...
However, people who saw a rough cut said this movie will be divisive, so I guess it's a love or hate movie. And some movies which got mixed reviews at Cannes do very well at the Oscars, etc. so let's wait and see...
kleth on May 23rd, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Divisive is OK by me (better than "bad" and the controversy would help with promo).

Some reviewers try to be contrary because of all the buzz and to show how smart they are. Gaining a good North American distributor is all the "review" I need.