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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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Bee: Zac – Details - plaid - profilejeezbee on July 19th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
I think I want to clarify my "he needs to get back to work" comment.

I don't mean that he should take a bad project just to be working, nor do I have any issues with him going on vacation etc. It's my expression for hoping he will film something soon because otherwise he won't have anything coming out in 2013.

I really liked his last film choices (the indies and TIWILY). It's just a bit frustrating to me that he hasn't been filming anything since he wrapped At Any Price last year or lined-up with specific filming plans because that put him into the situation again where he is under the pressure to find something "soon." Projects fall apart all the time, so of course it might take a bit until he finds a replacement for TIWILY (if that indeed isn't happening) but he would have more leeway taking his time had he filmed or lined up something else in the last 10 months. Shit happens, it's just annoying that it might happen "again" after he was in the same situation having such huge gaps twice in recent years already, so I was hoping he could avoid it so soon again.

Having said that, it's "only" July; he might very well film something this year and perhaps (hopefully?) he will surprise us and have an even better project. No one will be more happy than me if that happens. I want Zac to succeed and that's the reason why I care when he's not filming anything or takes shitty projects. I just hope his people will take better advantage of him opening TLO than they did after 17 Again.

I hope At Any Price does big things for him. He really can use a critically acclaimed project and I've been most excited for that project since last year. Perhaps it will open all the doors which were closed to him before.
countessm3countessm3 on July 19th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Here's an idea: his production company should *produce* something. A production company that hasn't produced anything isn't a production company.
To be a writer you must write. To be an actor you must act. To be a producer you must produce.
If he needs material / a script, hell, I'd work with him on it. Dialogue is what separates me from the rest of the writers in my school.

Art for art's sake. Just throw me a couple dollar bills, yo.

Edited at 2012-07-19 01:01 pm (UTC)
Bee: Zac - GQ - Balancing on Car 1jeezbee on July 19th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
I don't have any problems with the fact that his development projects aren't in production yet. It really takes a long time if they get developed from scratch. RDJ or Matt Damon/Ben Affleck who started their deals with WB at a similar time as Zac don't have anything in production yet either. And Leo and Johnny Depp took a very long time as well.

But that shouldn't stop his agent finding him projects "the normal way" like every other actor. And that's where I have my "issues" with.
annabelle83 on July 19th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Didn't Zac say he's always looking for a new project to film next when he's not working? I pray he gets an amazing project soon. I'm tired of waiting for him to do good movies. But I can't give up on him because he has huge potential to become a genuine superstar. I watched the Scott Pilgrim movie last weekend and for the whole movie I was thinking how amazing Zac would've been in that role. Michael Cera is not charming or likeable IMO and Zac would totally kill it in that kind of roles.
Beejeezbee on July 19th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sure he's always looking for projects, I'm just not sure they are trying hard enough.

There are actually comments from Edgar Wright about the casting which include Michael Cera and Zac. IIRC, he basically said that he didn't think Scott Pilgrim would be such a good looking guy but more a nerd.