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12 items from 2008

Video: Clip From Me And Orson Welles

7 September 2008 3:11 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

A first look at Me and Orson Welles has popped up online in the form of a clip from the film. It.s currently playing at the Toronto International Film Festival where Cinema Blend.s own J.D. really seemed to like it, it.s directed by the great Richard Linklater, and it has Orson Welles as one of the primary characters in it. Count me interested. It.s the story of a teenager (Zac Efron) cast in the Mercury Theatre.s, Orson Welles directed production of Julius Ceasar in 1937. The film doesn.t have distribution yet, but don.t be surprised if it gets it after Toronto. Here.s the clip: »

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Tiff Review: Me And Orson Welles

6 September 2008 1:24 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Everyone knows who and what Orson Welles was. That should be enough to get you interested in Richard Linklater.s newest film, in which relative newcomer Christian McKay plays the gregarious Welles himself. Me and Orson Welles is carried by great performances, like the one from McKay, and costars Claire Danes, and Zac Efron. In November of 1937, Richard Samuels (Efron) is a romanticizing teenager who dreams of making it big on Broadway. When a chance encounter with Orson Welles (McKay) lands him a small part in the Mercury Theatre troupe.s production of Julius Caesar, Richard is thrust headlong into his dream, and under the protective wing of New York.s most prominent actors, no less. Richard.s charisma and confidence quickly net him various friends around the set: a date with the beautiful Sonja (Danes) (and subsequent kudos from the other young males), the respect of the older actors, »

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The A.V. Club At Tiff '08: Day 0

3 September 2008 9:30 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Hey, remember the 2007 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival? When—love them or hate them—the program was filled with gotta-see films like No Country For Old Men, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, Juno, Into The Wild, I'm Not There, The Orphanage and Before The Devil Knows You're Dead? Well, judging by the pre-fest buzz, the 2008 Tiff is proceeding under a caution flag. Whether because of the writers' strike, the steep decline in the indie-film business, or just a general malaise among filmmakers, the number of hot titles going into tomorrow's first day of screenings is surprisingly low. Yes, there's a new Spike Lee film (the World War II adventure Miracle At St. Anna), and potential returns to form for Amerindie stalwarts Jonathan Demme and Richard Linklater (the domestic dramedy Rachel Getting Married and the period sketch Me And Orson Welles, respectively), as well »

- Scott Tobias, Noel Murray

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Orson Welles & more

29 August 2008 11:49 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Entertainment Weekly posted another one of their upcoming preview galleries and among the ton of new pics they unloaded, they included a new look at the Richard Linklater directed drama Me And Orson Welles in which tween dreamboat Zac Efron plays a teenager cast in the Orson Welles directed play "Julius Ceasar" in 1937 who starts a torrid affair with the delicious Claire Danes. They also have a first look at Management, starring Jennifer Aniston as a traveling art saleswoman who's stalked into submission by a motel manager (Steve Zahn). Click through to check out the rest. »

- Omar Aviles

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Check Out Zac Efron's New Look in 'Me and Orson Welles'

21 August 2008 4:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

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It was a pretty big surprise when news broke that Zac Efron was going to star in Richard Linklater's new film, Me and Orson Welles. The High School Musical star just didn't seem like the Linklater sort. But the dancing shoes have been put away and Efron has gone back in time. Four pictures from the film have been released over at Twitch, and you can check out one of them above -- that is Efron as the young aspiring actor Richard, and Christian McKay as the one and only Welles.

Based on Robert Kaplow's coming-of-age novel, the film focuses on a 17-year-old aspiring actor who is discovered by Orson Welles while walking past the Mercury Theater. He scores a bit part in Julius Caesar, and is thrust into that world we call show. Now if only we could get a glimpse of Ben Chaplin »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Efron, Orson Welles

21 August 2008 9:16 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Twitch have a first look at Zac Efron in Richard Linklater's (Before Sunset) Me And Orson Welles. You can check the gallery out by clicking on the pic Above. The film tells the story of a 17-year-old boy (Efron) who is cast in a young Orson Welles' theatrical production of "Julius Ceasar" in 1937. Apparently that's it. I don't know. Screw Orson Welles, man. That guy ate Moonbase One and tried to stew Cliffjumper and Jazz. Hi, I'm James and I'm a huge Transformers geek. Sorry. »

- James Thoo

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First Images Of Zac Efron In Richard Linklater’s Me And Orson Welles

20 August 2008 10:23 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Yes, this is indeed That Zac Efron, the one from Disney’s High School Musical films, represented here on Twitch because he’s making his “serious” acting debut in Richard Linklater’s Me And Orson Welles, soon to debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.  Here’s the skinny on the latest from the director of Dazed and Confused and School of Rock:

The story of a whirlwind week in 1937 NYC when a young aspiring actor (Efron) is thrown into the middle of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of Welles’ historic staging of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. During this week, Richard will find romance with a worldly older woman (Danes), become immersed in a creative experience few are afforded, and learn the downside of crossing the imperious, brilliant Welles (strikingly portrayed by newcomer Christian McKay).  Richard is about to grow up Fast.

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- Todd Brown

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Claire Danes circles autism biopic

14 August 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

HBO's long-gestating Temple Grandin project is moving forward, with Claire Danes in negotiations to star and Mick Jackson set to direct the biopic.

Grandin, one of the leading speakers on autism, overcame the limitations imposed by the disorder to become one of the top scientists in humane livestock handling.

High school was especially harsh for Grandin, who was called "tape recorder" by other kids because she repeated things over and over. She also was hypersensitive to all sorts of sensory stimulation. She eventually graduated with degrees from several universities, going on to write influential essays on animal welfare and designing humane slaughterhouses. Grandin appears regularly on the news talk show circuit and was the subject of a BBC documentary titled "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow" and Errol Morris' "First Person: Stairway to Heaven."

Danes will play Grandin from her high school years to her post-academic period.

Christopher Monger wrote the script, and an October start date in Austin is being eyed.

Emily Gerson Saines, Gil Bellows, Anthony Edwards, Dante Di Loreto, Paul Lister and Allison Owen are exec producing, while Scott Ferguson serves as producer.

If everything falls into place, it will be a project nine years in the making for Saines, a one-time agent and now manager-producer for whom this has been a passion project. Saines has seen several directors, including David O. Russell and Moises Kaufman, come and go.

"I made a commitment to Temple that I was going to make it and make it right," said Saines, who has a son with autism. "I never pushed to get it made until now, because now we got it right.

"When I first brought this to HBO, and I started talking to Richard Plepler about the increasing (number of people with autism), he turned to me and said, 'Your numbers have got to be wrong, otherwise it would be an epidemic.' And I told him it is," she added.

Saines credited such past and present exec chiefs at HBO as Colin Callender, Keri Putnam and Jenny Sherwood for championing the project. "It's a testament to the material on which this is based that no one ever gave up on this," she said.

Danes will next be seen starring in Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles," which premieres in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. She is repped by Icm and Signpost Management.

Jackson, repped by Icm, has credits that include "The Bodyguard," "Traffic" the television series and HBO's "Live From Baghdad." »

- By Borys Kit

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'Destiny' closing Toronto film festival

13 August 2008 9:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto -- The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a slew of world premieres Wednesday including its closing-night selection, Charles Martin Smith's action-comedy "Stone of Destiny."

The latest round of premieres include Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom," which stars Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo; Stephen Elliot's U.S.-Brit co-production "Easy Virtue," starring Colin Firth, Jessica Biel and Kristin Scott Thomas; and Michael Winterbottom's "Genova," toplined by Firth and Hope Davis.

Other world bows headed for Toronto include Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles," French helmer Francois Dupeyron's "Aide-toi le ciel t'aidera" and Rithy Panh's "Un Barrage contre le pacifique."

Additional high-profile entries include Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," John Crowley's Michael Caine starrer "Is There Anybody There?" Bruno Barreto's Brazilian entry "Last Stop 174," Stephen Belber's romantic comedy "Management," German director Max Farberbock's "A Woman in Berlin" and Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," which stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks.

Martin Smith's "Destiny," which stars Robert Carlyle, closes the festival Sept. 13. »

- By Etan Vlessing

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Efron Hires Police Guard

10 March 2008 12:20 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

High School Musical star Zac Efron has been forced to hire a bodyguard after he was mobbed by teenage fans on the Isle Of Man.

The 20-year-old is currently filming new movie Me And Orson Welles in the capital city of Douglas - but is being distracted by a number of raucous fans.

A 24-hour security detail is now accompanying the star wherever he goes throughout the British isle, reports British tabloid the Sunday Mirror. »

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Tupper tapped for Welles biopic

6 March 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Men in Trees star James Tupper will portray actor Joseph Cotten in Richard Linklater's indie biopic Me and Orson Welles with Claire Danes and Zac Efron.

Tupper, who recently signed with ICM for representation, will portray the star whose career was launched with roles in Welles' classic Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. He starred in several Alfred Hitchcock films and memorably tangled with Welles in the 1949 thriller The Third Man

Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. adapted the screenplay from Robert Kaplow's 2003 novel, which follows a teen (Efron) who is cast in Welles' 1937 Broadway staging of Julius Caesar opposite Cotten. Principal photography has begun in the Isle of Man, London and New York.

Tupper recently starred opposite Sissy Spacek and Alfre Woodard in the CBS telefilm Pictures of Hollis Woods.

Marc Samuelson, Anne Carli and Linklater are producing the film with financing from the Isle of Man Film Commission and Framestore Feature. Steve Christian, John Sloss and Steve Norris are executive producing, and Sloss' Cinetic Media is handling domestic sales. »

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New recruits sign on for 'Orson Welles'

1 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Claire Danes, Eddie Marsan, Leo Bill and Imogen Poots have joined the cast of Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, an adaptation of the period coming-of-age novel by Robert Kaplow.

They join Zac Efron and Ben Chaplin in the cast for the 1937-set movie, which centers on a high school student (Efron) who, while strolling the streets of New York, happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is noticed by its mercurial founder, Orson Welles.

He lands a bit part in Julius Caesar, the production that catapulted Welles to the top, and spends the next week learning about life and love.

Newcomer Christian McKay plays Welles, and Chaplin (Water Horse The Legend of the Deep) has been cast as English film and stage actor George Coulouris.

The script was penned by Holly Gent Palmo, who worked on Linklater's Dazed and Confused, and Vince Palmo, who is a long time collaborator with the director.

Ann Carli is producing the film, which is scheduled to shoot on the Isle of Man, London and New York beginning in February. »

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