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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.
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kleth on July 19th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
I feel that I ought to post something, but everyone has basically expressed my thoughts. If Bateman is otherwise occupied, shouldn't they just replace him rather than drop the project? I mean, just about the whole cast of Paperboy were replacements.

I don't like these long gaps. Part of being a star is being on the screen where people can see you. Out of sight, out of mind. Zac has three movies coming out, but those are all indies that won't get super-wide distribution. If he doesn't film something before Christmas (preferably a studio project that will get wide distribution), then those three will be followed by a long gap, so it could be two years before the average movie goer sees Zac at the local cineplex -- that is, if he does another project within the next year.
Bee: Zac – SNL - Red Suit - upper bodyjeezbee on July 19th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Well, we don't know if Bateman was the reason. It could have very well been WB pulling the plug because Rock of Ages bombed or for other reasons.

But if it was Jason Bateman's negotiation not working out... yeah, technically they could just replace him but it's not as easy as it seems in this case. Since his character is the lead, you would need a replacement which has about equal star power, similar age/everyman type/look to fit the brother thing with the rest of the cast. I've looked a while ago who they could use instead and the only name I could come up with which might work is Paul Rudd. All other comedic actors are either not big enough names, wrong type, etc. Perhaps they asked him and he's not interested either, or perhaps WB doesn't like him, or perhaps they are trying right now and that's the reason why nobody is saying anything either way. The other cast members would be easy to replace but the role of Judd is more difficult imo. It's wait and see I'll guess.