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Jul 18th
07:34 pm
misc. upcomings and goings  
Jeff Wells recently posted about Liberal Arts wondering why there hasn't been any publicity or website given it is coming out in two months and suggested the distributor, IFC, wasn't that keen on it.

IFC responded with:
Update: IFC Films bigwig Ryan Werner says "everything is coming momentarily on Liberal Arts. We've been working with Josh this summer on the materials, etc. And we just did a NYC screening and party at BAM Cinemafest and the film played huge. We remain super enthusiastic."

So that's good news. I can't wait :)

In less positive news, I'm a little concerned about This is Where I Leave You. Last we saw, Adam was scouting locations a month ago. In the meantime though, Rock of Ages underwhelmed both financially and critically. And Jason Bateman tweeted on July 10th that filming of Arrested Development "starts in four weeks" which to me indicates he'll be busy filming that in the fall, overlapping the intended filming period for TIWILY. Further Adam has said nothing and responds to no questions about the project, which is unusual for him, and I haven't seen any production info popping up on any of the databases. So it seems like something fell apart somewhere along the way. I have mixed feelings if this did happen. My main reservation has always been Adam. I love Adam for Hairspray and supporting Zac but his track record otherwise as a director is pretty dim. Otherwise though, I liked the cast, the book, and Zac's character. I liked that it was comedy more than romance for him. And Zac could definitely use a studio project. I guess hopefully it was just pushed back a bit. But I really can't wait for Zac to get back to real work, not just promo. So whatever is happening, I hope he gets back on set soon.

In better news, we should hear next week if At Any Price made it into Venice and TIFF. Fingers crossed. I'm also curious if The Paperboy might screen at TIFF. As a side note, in the upcoming weeks, Liberal Arts will screen at the Traverse City Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival and the New Zealand 2012 International Film Festival.
Mood: soresore
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The Writers Denmusewriter on July 19th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for answering, Bee:). I've often thought I was the only one who thought this 'wait and see' approach they seem to be on was a bit counterproductive, glad to know I'm not alone. I do wonder if a shakeup in his team would ever bode well for him. It's not my place to say whether he should or shouldn't switch agents/managers or whatever, but I have to wonder if it would change his career trajectory at all. Obviously he gets the final say in his career and maybe he's happy to wait so long between projects. It just seems that if he wants to stay relevant and be taken seriously, he needs to film, have projects lined up, and show his face at a decent number of events, etc.
Bee: Zac – InStyle - Jean Jacketjeezbee on July 19th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
Obviously we don't know exactly what's going on behind closed doors and of course it's sort of a team effort but I can't say I'm impressed with his agent. Things might have fallen apart in the past etc but in the end it only counts what actually happened. TLO and NYE right after CStC seemed really bad choices and if you read movie blogs regularly, this sentiment was basically echoed by people who write about movies for a living, so it's not only some of us fans.

Many of his projects seem to have come from Zac's own connections or where we know the producers/directors approached Zac (and his agent basically only had to "pick up the phone"), so I really wonder how much Mick is doing for him. A good agent goes out of his way for his clients - that's a feeling I never got in his case. Idk how good Jason is but considering Zac and him have even a company together, I doubt a change is happening here soon. It's not helping that there are basically only 2 talent agencies in town nowadays... if he leaves CAA, WME would be the only realistic alternative. The one advantage of changing agencies would be that they normally really put some real effort in after they sign you up. At that point they still feel the need to prove they are good and the change was justified.

It's obviously all a balancing act between waiting for a better opportunity and pulling the trigger on a new project but I do feel that he might have been better served in the past if he filmed a tiny bit more. Not only to stay relevant but even just to learn and get better. As Zac is often pointing out during interviews, he's learning with every movie and from his co-stars... but if you don't film anything, you're not getting better either (although I surely hope he's taking acting classes etc while he's not filming). Decent studio projects are rare and I totally understand that his image/pedigree is not favorable for him getting these but I can't help thinking that there had to be the one or other interesting indie he could have done in the past.

Another aspect is also that agents obviously work most for the clients which make them the most money which is also sort of a chicken and egg problem. The more Zac films (and hence makes money), the more CAA will make off him and in return will put effort in to get him even more. Of course that's balanced with doing small projects for long-term success but it's no surprise that agents seem to work the hardest for clients who do blockbusters since those are the projects which pay the most.

In the end, we have to hope for the best but of course that doesn't change the fact that I'm frustrated if things don't go smoothly.
kleth on July 19th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
"I surely hope he's taking acting classes etc while he's not filming"

I don't recall any reference to him doing anything like classes or training when he has down time (except for the Audi driving school). He's always been on the "earn while you learn" track, which is why I agree with what you said about learning, he needs to be working in order to get better.

If not formal acting, he should at least be taking things like tap or ballet, and piano or guitar, things that will give him particular skills. He seems to be good at a lot of things, but not great at any one thing.
Beejeezbee on July 19th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Most actors don't talk about acting classes even if they do take them. So idk. He might, he might not but I don't take him not talking about it as evidence that it doesn't happen.
kleth on July 19th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
"Idk how good Jason is"

I was impressed when Josh R. said that both Zac and his manager were enthusiastic about doing Liberal Arts. I would have expected an adviser to dismiss a tiny part like this, so clearly the manager is thinking about more than credit above the title or money.
Beejeezbee on July 19th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
On the other hand he wanted Zac to do Footloose and not only would have that been another musical but the script sucked too.

But I surely hope he does his best for Zac and that he's good in his job.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
how, by the way, does mick get good roles for sam claflin and not for zac. i don't fucking get it. jesus christ.
Beejeezbee on July 19th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I feel he does a better job for most of his clients than for Zac. Which sucks.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on July 19th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Which makes me wonder if it isn't that he brings Zac and Jason stuff and they turn it down. Which, if they turn down enough they might have made Mick less interested in working hard to find stuff. IDK, whatever. Somewhere, something isn't working right. Yes he has an impediment based on his pedigree, but they could definitely do better.
Beejeezbee on July 19th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Somewhere, something isn't working right.


However, considering that Zac did TLO and NYE I'm not sure he's bringing much interesting stuff to them.

He might have to fight harder to get Zac "in" in the first place.

IDK. As you said, Zac should really be doing a bit better. His Disney image is definitely fading by now, so the excuses which might have been justified 3 years ago, don't count the same way anymore.
Beejeezbee on July 20th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Also, if they plan on shopping a project around at TIFF, I surely hope it's not A Many Splintered Thing or Are We Officially Dating?. That's not what I call an interesting indie, AT ALL.
Sapphirasapphia on July 20th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
I am very sorry for my stupidity, but please tell me what it means to reduce as "TIFF" or "Esp"? I do not understand ... I'm sorry. :)
Beejeezbee on July 20th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
You're not stupid and no need to be sorry. Nobody of us here speaks any Russian. :)

Esp is an abbreviation for especially. And TIFF stands for Toronto International Film Festival, which is a big film festival in Sept. in Canada.
(no subject) - sapphia on July 20th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - jeezbee on July 20th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sapphia on July 20th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - kleth on July 21st, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The Writers Denmusewriter on July 20th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Exactly what I was thinking, C. Boggles my mind how he can get great projects for one client and it seems like Zac gets the shaft so to speak. There had to be better projects than NYE (I don't have too much of a problem with TLO but I can see why it might not have been the best choice). Bottom line, it seems the ball got dropped somewhere along the line. Whether it be Mick not fighting for him or Jason/Zac turning projects down, we'll never know I guess.
kleth on July 20th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
" Whether it be Mick not fighting for him or Jason/Zac turning projects down"

Keep in mind that it was Jason who sold Zac on "the power of no"; that if you turn down enough mediocre projects, people will start to think that you are worthy of good projects. This may be one of those concepts that sounds good in principle but doesn't always work out in practice.