keats wrote:I guess the film won't be coming to Asia then but at least the rush to DVD will be quick.
ToddBaesen wrote:It appears Zac Efron's star power isn't helping ME AND ORSON WELLES at the box-office. All the teen fans seem to be heading to see TWILIGHT: FULL MOON, instead.
ToddBaesen wrote:From Today's NY DAILY NEWS gossip columnists
RUSH & MOLLOY
Given the more accurate report on the Wellesnet main page coming straight from Chris Welles Feder, it appears this piece has quite a bit of it's own distortion in it.
Orson Welles' daughter not happy with 'Me and Orson Welles'
Orson Welles' oldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder, is ready to grab a stick and "Citizen"-cane the makers of a new movie about her father.
Feder basked in the applause when she was introduced at the New York premiere of Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles." But afterward, she couldn't hide her displeasure with the movie, which paints her dad as a dictatorial director and cad who cheated on her pregnant mother.
"That's not my father - it's a distortion," Feder told us as she walked out of the Cinema Society/Screenvision/Brooks Brothers screening. "They took all the negative things and fashioned a character that's a caricature. It's laughable."
The movie, based on Robert Kaplow's novel, features Zac Efron as an aspiring actor who lands a part in Welles' 1937 Mercury Theater production of "Julius Caesar" - only to end up fighting Welles for bedroom privileges with his sexy assistant (Claire Danes).
"It's inconceivable my father would ever act as he did toward Zac Efron's character," Feder went on. "He was known for being kind to his actors."
Feder conceded that Christian McKay is uncanny as the 22-year-old Welles. But at the Gramercy Hotel after-party, she still gave him a piece of her mind and a copy of her memoir, "In My Father's Shadow," "because I want him to know the real Orson Welles."
McKay told us: "I respect her opinion enormously. At the same time, there is the historical record. I spoke with actors who worked at the Mercury. One had hair-raising stories about Welles' womanizing. If we made him more likable, we'd have taken all the drama away."
P.S.: Chris' half sister, Beatrice, says she won't see the film (she boycotts all dramatizations of her father's life). Likely to be happier with it is Arthur Andersen, the actor who inspired Efron’s character and who went on to play that cereal-guarding leprechaun in the Lucky Charms commercials.
keats wrote: While all this is local news, it's relevant here because these are the key independent cinemas for a very wide geographic area (there's a place Amherst and another cinema in NY State near Albany but they almost never have what the theaters I list above mention).
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