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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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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.