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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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Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 19th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Is there like a PO Box or mailing address for Zac's agent? I will get my brother to help write a persuasive letter on why he should get Zac better roles. I only say that because me and my brother have written persuasive letters to people (locally) about things, and they've usually worked.
annabelle83 on July 19th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
I really don't think it's his agent's fault. I think every agent does their best to get their clients good work. I'd rather blame HSM and Disney. Premiere magazine said in their Cannes coverage, that "Zac comes from the lowest place in the industry - Disney Channel" and said he could benefit the most from getting his movie screened at Cannes among this year's young crowd(Shia, Rob, Kristen, etc.)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 19th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
The funny (ironic?) part of that statement is that Zac really didn't "come from Disney" I mean yeah that's what made him a household name or whatever, but he did movies before that, and they were good. Obviously people are starting to see Zac's potentional as an actor, but if his agent is who is supposed to be eating him parts, and good ones, then maybe he should be reaffirmed about that.
annabelle83 on July 19th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
By the way, Zac was considered for interesting roles earlier in his career - Speed Racer, Johnny Quest, Kick-ass, etc. All of these roles are teenagers. So, I guess lack of good roles for actors in mid-twenties may be the problem for Zac. There aren't particularly successful actors among Zac's contemporaries. (not counting their franchises)

Edited at 2012-07-19 11:45 pm (UTC)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 19th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
We're the Speed Racer and Johnny Quest roles ever confirmed? Or was it just rumors that never meant anything? I mean after seeing the Speed Racer movies, it's good Zac wasn't in it, if it was offered to him.

That is true that actors the same age as Zac haven't been nearly as successful outside of their franchises. He can sell a movie on his own, he can act, so it does make you wonder why he's not getting offered more. Unless he is getting offered stuff, but it's crap, or his agent isn't pushing for better parts.

Edited at 2012-07-19 11:55 pm (UTC)
abigail80831abigail80831 on July 20th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
You do have a very good point here. When I think of other actors around Zac's age I right away think of the Twilight boys (Rob/Taylor) and they have both shown they aren't exactly "bankable" outside of their franchise. Their BO numbers outside Twilight aren't very good. Zac has done better BO wise outside his franchise then they have. Only other person that comes to mind when I think of mid 20's actor is Andrew Garfield. But I haven't seen many of his movies nor do I know much about him, so I can't say if he's doing well and booking roles or not.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 20th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Andrew Garfield has Spiderman. Then again, that's a superhero movie, and those do well. Especially Spderman, Batman, or Avangers.
abigail80831abigail80831 on July 20th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Aside from Spiderman and Social network I don't really know much of his work. Is he booking good roles or no?
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 20th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
He hasn't booked anything after Spiderman. He's had other movies in the past, but nothing people rally know about besides The Social Network and Spiderman.
Beejeezbee on July 19th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I entirely agree with that. Yes, his Disney roots are certainly an obstacle but it's not 2007 anymore. And it's not like he does have zero credibility like eg Miley (no offense to Miley fans, just saying that her acting credibility is very low).

While I agree that his Disney pedigree still makes it harder and does prevent him from getting certain fanboy/super-high profile/action projects, I do think his agent should be doing a bit better by now. I'm not expecting the top projects everyone is going after but better than TLO or NYE.
kleth on July 20th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
If Zac or his manager can't persuade his agent to get him better roles, I don't think a letter from the fans will do the trick.

I think the basic problem is Zac's age combined with his star status. Outside of superhero roles, name some recent great lead roles for 24-year-olds. If he wasn't famous, I think he could get plenty of acting work in secondary and supporting roles. But combine the need to give him a central part and his age and the projects just may not be out there.

Remember, the loudest complaint about casting Zac in TLO outside of Zac fandom was "he's too young to play the guy in the book!"
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 20th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
I mean I think it's been shown that he doesn't need to have a central role in a movie, i.e Liberal Arts. But that is true that most big studio project lead roles for 24 year olds are superhero roles.

And while although during TLO casting, the "Zac is too young" comment was the main concern, during previews for the movie and after the movie, you saw comments like "Zac Efron is a man now" or "Zac Efron grew up"
kleth on July 20th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
"I think it's been shown that he doesn't need to have a central role in a movie, i.e Liberal Arts"

Liberal Arts was like a favor for a friend. Zac can't maintain his career momentum doing cameos, his status requires that he play principal characters - not necessarily the lead, but one of the principals as in The Paperboy or At Any Price. That's why the loss of TIWILY would be such a tragedy; it would be a grown-up role but age appropriate since he is the youngest brother in the family. It wouldn't be "a Zac Efron movie" but a good movie with Zac Efron in it.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 20th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
I mean I'm not saying maintain a career momentum just off of that, but cameos like the Liberal Ats every couple months in between more principle character projects would be beneficial imo. I'm still hopeful that TIWILY isn't a total loss though. Just a momentary pause to maybe find a new director, more cast/locations, etc.
kleth on July 21st, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Unless he were doing big movies every few months, more than one of these cameo stunts might give the impression that he was hard up and couldn't get any major roles. Also, he was picked for the Liberal Arts part by the writer/director who personally knew him; I don't know how you would put out the word to the industry that Zac is available for cameos that are really quirky and showcase his acting talents.