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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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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.
Sapphirasapphia on July 20th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you Bee. Спасибо тебе :)
You helped me a lot. I found some abbreviations, but I still don't know much ... :)
Beejeezbee on July 20th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
You know the Urban Dictionary, right?

It might not have the movie specific abbreviations but it has almost all Internet speak and a LOT of casual language. I use it a lot too.
Sapphirasapphia on July 20th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I don't.
But now I can see it and will use them. Thank you Bee. :)
kleth on July 21st, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Another solution would be for posters to avoid using abbreviations and Internet slang here. We are not limited in space and don't really need to use textual short-cuts to compress our messages.
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.