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Jul 26th
03:42 am
'At Any Price' confirmed for Venice  

Variety and the official website confirm that At Any Price will play at the Venice Film Festival in competition. The Biennale runs from 29th of August to 8th of September. The screening schedule will be available on 15 August 2012.
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annabelle83 on July 26th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
According to the official website, At Any Price's runtime is 100 minutes. And I guess Zac gets the top billing?
Bee: Zac - Rolling Stone Close-upjeezbee on July 26th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
I wouldn't conclude any billing order from that, eg TIFF has a different one in their cast listing. Based on what we know about the plot, I expect Dennis to have top billing with Zac second unless they go for alphabetical or in order of appearance. It doesn't really matter to me though.
annabelle83 on July 26th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
I guess the billing doesn't matter as long as Zac gets a lot of positive buzz from it. But I think if this movie is considered "Zac's movie" than Quaid's it'll help Zac a lot, like Cosmopolis helped Rob Pattinson. Cosmopolis didn't necessarily get great reviews, but Rob, its main star, got a lot of hype from it which helped him earn respect among movie fanatics.
Bee: Zac – CStC photocall - tree bgjeezbee on July 26th, 2012 11:52 am (UTC)
Based on what I know, At Any Price has 2 leads, Dennis and Zac, with Dennis' role being slightly bigger. In that respect it's different than Cosmopolis which clearly had a single dominating lead in Robert Pattinson and the rest were supporting players.

I'm totally good though with the fact that Zac is not the single lead, I actually prefer that since he's not a draw to the target audience of that movie. He's still a lead though, so if he gives a good performance I'm convinced he will get a lot of credit. It could be recognized as "Zac movie" if his performance stands out, otherwise it will be a Bahrani movie imo.

As for the listed "billing" - to my knowledge Maika's role is bigger and more important than both, Heather Graham's and Kim Dickens' but she's not even mentioned anywhere since she's a noname right now which shows me that they just listed them in terms of name recognition.
annabelle83 on July 26th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
I pray At Any Price and Zac's performance in it get amazing reviews and Zac gets cast in lots of great movies after that. Even if that doesn't happen, I hope the movie at least changes people's perception about Zac. To be honest, I'm envious that Rob started to get respect as an actor from movie fanatics thanks to Cosmopolis.

I've read an article titled "100 most valuable movie stars in Hollywood" recently and according to them, Zac's likeability among general public is only 38(out of 100). That's the same score as Tom Cruise! I can't believe Zac is hated as much as Tom. Then I noticed Rob got only 31. It seems everyone hates these teen idols except their fanbase. No wonder studios are hesitant to cast them in big movies. So, I think the first thing Zac has to do is get credibility as an actor. I'm okay with him doing independent movies as long as he keeps getting quality roles. But it's sad that I won't be able to see his movies at the movies because independent movies hardly get theatrical release in my country.(unless they get Oscar nomination)
Beejeezbee on July 26th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Zac's likeability number puts him on #98 out of 100 - 3rd to last even below Sean Penn and others. Only Sasha Baron Cohen (I'm surprised about that one) and Rob (who is last) are below him.

Which just reenforces what many of us have been saying for a long time, he needs to stop doing those entirely female skewing movies because it makes everyone outside of that narrow target demo of sappy romances (esp the guys) hate him even more than they already do. The longer he stays in that realm, the harder it will be to get out of it.

The other problem is that Zac's box office numbers haven't been that great in the last few years with his bigger successes being now back several years.

As I said recently, I liked the last few choices even if they didn't all totally work out but imo he really needs to stay away from romantic dramas/rom-coms and other hated (female and teen skewing) genres/movies for longer. There were some rumors flying around a bit ago but those were rom-coms and I hope he won't go for them unless they have a really great director and script which would make up for it (none of them had that though).

Edited at 2012-07-26 12:59 pm (UTC)
kleth on July 26th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Clearly, great minds think alike.

I particularly endorse the point about box office. Apparently, 17 Again was a false dawn. Since then, his solo movies have been weak at the box office.

Last year was an annus mirabilis with important roles in two indies from hot directors, leading to this year's street-cred earning appearances at Cannes, Venice, and Toronto. He may yet become perceived as an actor rather than an idol.
Beejeezbee on July 26th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Well, he only made 2 studio movies since then and TLO did ok at the box office, not great but it was solid in the US and he opened it well. But that one movie is just not enough over a 3 year period since CStC disappointed. At least not enough to overcome his downsides when it comes to casting him in studio projects which aren't his bread-and-butter demo.

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kleth on July 26th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
"It seems everyone hates these teen idols except their fanbase. No wonder studios are hesitant to cast them in big movies. So, I think the first thing Zac has to do is get credibility as an actor."

It's his only way out of the hole he's standing in. It's hard for those who are entranced by Zac Efron to comprehend just what a handicap his early status as a teen idol and "Disney star" is. As hard as it is to accept, lots of potential movie goers don't like him because he is "that guy."
kleth on July 26th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I should have said "because they #think# he is that guy." Having made up their minds who Zac Efron is, they don't give his bio or his subsequent work a fair look. It's prejudice, not judgement.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 26th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Zac and DeNiro have the same studio score which I found interesting,
Beejeezbee on July 26th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
That's because DeNiro is too old to be a traditional leading man. If he were younger, it would be very different.

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kleth on July 29th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
"I expect Dennis to have top billing"

He should, based on seniority. But movie credits are an interesting topic. I'm guessing that SAG may have some rules, and that in some cases credit ranking is used as a negotiating tool. I'm talking opening credits, because end credits are usually alphabetical- and sometimes always alphabetical.

Funny story: The opening credits on Kenneth Branaugh's Henry V are alphabetical, which means that 16-year-old Christian Bale's name comes up first in the opening credits, ahead of big-star Branaugh (though Christian was in the movie for like 4 minutes, and in his longest scene he plays a corpse being carried off the battlefield by Sir Ken).

Did everyone notice that in Hairspray, Amanda Bynes was introduced "above the title" with the movie's big stars, but Zac was not. At that time, apparently, she was considered a much bigger player than he was.

I just hope that Zac adopts Sir Ken's generous attitude about credits. As he tries to establish himself as a Real Actor, second-place credit for Zac is a good thing, shows he just another of the professionals on this project.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on July 29th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Just an observation, I really don't think Zac personally cares about where his name is in the credits. I could be wrong, but I always got that vibe that credit name placement wasn't a big deal to him.
kleth on July 29th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
"I really don't think Zac personally cares about where his name is in the credits"

Probably not. But then, he hasn't really faced the problem. Except for Hairspray, he has been top dog in everything since Derby Stallion. Now he's doing ensemble projects with other recognized actors and the question has to be resolved. Dennis + Zac, or vice versa? The Paperboy is a real tangle. Will Zac be Number One, Two, Three, or Four? TIWILY is another mob scene. I hope he doesn't care, because the important thing is just to be in these movies in a major role.