Let’s get to a couple of casting announcements, shall we?
- Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is reportedly circling The Voices, a psychological thriller directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) from a Black List script by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity).
- Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) is in talks to join director Wes Anderson’s Europe-set picture, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Hit the jump for more on both actors and films.
On October 11th, the New York Comic-Con kicks off in—you guessed it—New York, and with it comes a number of new releases from some of our favorite artists and galleries. Spoke Art, for instance, has laid claim to their very own booth, and they’ll be unleashing the third installment of their long-running, Wes Anderson-themed Bad Dads series at the Con, with new posters from Dave Perillo, Josh Budich, Randy Ortiz, and a ton of other artists.
Wanna see some of those posters and find out who you’ll be able to meet at the Spoke Art booth at NYCC this week? Meet me after the jump, folks.
Last week we got confirmation that Bill Murray and Angela Lansbury will be appearing in writer/director Wes Anderson’s next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, but at the time it was assumed that the majority of the rest of the cast was already firmed up. Johnny Depp had long been reported as the star of the film, but Anderson has now revealed that Depp will not be in this next feature. Speaking with Huffington Post, Anderson said that though he’d love to work with Depp at some point, the actor won’t be appearing in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The Moonrise Kingdom filmmaker went on to caution that “the Internet has a way of announcing things on its own,” adding that you’ll never find him actually saying who’s in the movie. Murray, Lansbury, and Jude Law have all confirmed themselves that they’re in the pic, and it’s been reported that Edward Norton and Owen Wilson are also set to appear. Details are scarce, but we know that The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place in Europe and will be filming in Germany.
Writer/director Wes Anderson’s wonderfully entertaining Moonrise Kingdom remains one of the best films of 2012, and now the aesthetically inclined filmmaker is already gearing up to start shooting his next feature. We learned in July that he was courting some big names for his new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and recently it was confirmed that Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Edward Norton, and Owen Wilson would definitely be joining the cast. Now we have confirmation that frequent collaborator Bill Murray and Murder She Wrote legend Angela Lansbury will also be a part of the ensemble. Hit the jump for more.
Writer/director Wes Anderson has a close relationship with the wonderful folks at the Criterion Collection, and now one of his films that previously got the Criterion DVD treatment has finally gotten the Blu-ray upgrade. When The Royal Tenenbaums opened in 2001, it marked Anderson’s first major film as a “known” director. He burst onto the scene with 1996’s Bottle Rocket, but it was Rushmore that really launched his career. As such, The Royal Tenenbaums came with some pretty lofty expectations. Anderson honed the script with his partner Owen Wilson and went about assembling a truly remarkable ensemble cast. The results are kind of a mixed bag of humor, drama, and wit, but the film works more often than it doesn’t.
Hit the jump for my review of The Royal Tenenbaums Criterion Blu-ray.
About a week ago, we heard that writer/director Wes Anderson was eyeing a top-notch ensemble cast for his next untitled feature, with stars like Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury apparently being eyed for roles. Though the exact status of each actor’s involvement was unclear at the time (it’s safe to assume Murray and Wilson will definitely be onboard), we now have confirmation that at least one of those actors is officially involved: Johnny Depp. Hit the jump for more.
With Moonrise Kingdom still in theaters, quirky director Wes Anderson is already putting together a dream cast for his next film. The as-of-yet-untitled picture would feature an ensemble that could include Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury. Murray and Norton currently star in Moonrise Kingdom, while Wilson is a regular in the director’s films. Depp, Law and Lansbury would all be first time additions to an Anderson picture. Brody starred in The Darjeeling Limited and Dafoe previously voiced a character in Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Details, via Twitch, are short at the moment and it’s unclear as to what state any of these casting negotiations are currently in. We will update as more news becomes available.
The theory that audiences would wait for the tentpole movies of July before opening their wallets went down in flames this weekend as two all-original movies (R-rated ones at that) delivered stellar openings. Ted and Magic Mike bested Brave by taking first and second place: nearly doubling their pre-weekend projections and giving box office watchers a lot more to consider than the imminent arrival of The Amazing Spider-Man.
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Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom is the charming, sweet and sometimes melancholy story of two 12-year-olds, named Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), who fall in love and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is heading in from off-shore, turning the peaceful island community and all of its quirky inhabitants upside down.
At the film’s press day, two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson spoke to Collider via Skype for this exclusive interview about the great response the film is already getting, what success is for him, the inherent style of all of his films, the challenge of finding the perfect young leads for Moonrise Kingdom, what kind of director he is on set, and what he enjoys about collaborating with Billy Murray. He also talked a bit about his next film, which is currently in the early stages of development, how he’s looking forward to working with Owen Wilson again, and how he’d love to make another stop-motion feature. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Director Peter Bogdanovich is assembling an incredibly impressive team both in front of and behind the camera for his next feature. Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Wilde and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) are attached to star in the indie comedy Squirrels to the Nuts with Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach onboard to produce the pic; it’s essentially The Avengers of quirky cinema. The film centers on a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp, played by Larson, and follows the “recurring intersection between these two facets of her life.” Hit the jump for more.
Wes Anderson’s latest feature, Moonrise Kingdom, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last week to a wildly enthusiastic response, and now us commonfolk are nearing the chance to check the film out ourselves. The film opens in limited release this Friday, May 25th, and a new featurette has gone online in which star Bill Murray gives a tour of the Moonrise Kingdom under the influence of some tasty Sailor Jerry’s. It’s the kind of featurette that could only happen with Murray involved. Additionally, Shortlist Magazine commissioned a number of posters for Moonrise Kingdom that have turned out splendidly; there’s one done in the style of a record that I absolutely must have right this second.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and posters. The film also stars Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Jason Schwartzman.
Until Wes Anderson‘s upcoming flick Moonrise Kingdom, Owen Wilson had played a part in all of the director’s feature-length films. While the streak has been broken, their relationship will carry on with Anderson’s next untitled feature. Anderson has now told the Dallas News’ Pop Culture Blog [via The Film Stage] that the movie will be an ensemble piece, he’s written a part for Wilson, and the actor has signed on. The script is halfway finished, but few details are known about the picture. However, Anderson, who’s currently spending some time in Paris, did tell Harper’s BAZAAR [via The Playlist] that “it’s a film I want to make in Europe, a Euro movie.”
Hit the jump for a list of other projects on Wilson’s slate. Moonrise Kingdom stars Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Jared Gilman, and Kara Hayward. The film opens in limited release this Friday, and will expand wide in the following weeks.
Four featurettes for director Wes Anderson’s forthcoming Moonrise Kingdom have made it to the web. And like everything Anderson is involved with, they’re nothing if not peculiar. Each clip focuses in on one of Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and the director himself. And each is hosted by fellow cast member Bob Balaban, who comments on amusing behind-the-scenes footage of his subjects, exuding Anderson’s trademark oblique humor to parody the overly-earnest educational reels from the ’50s and ’60s. Example: “Edward’s a natural leader,” he proclaims. “Here he is sticking a pencil in the mouth of a khaki scout.” Needless to say, they’re both delightful and informative.
Hit the jump to check them out. Set in 1965, on the fictional New Panzance Island, Moonrise Kingdom finds a pair of 12 year-olds (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) falling in love and disappearing together into the wilderness. A group of oddball authority figures, including Willis, Norton, Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, and Jason Schwartzman pull out all the stops to find them before a massive storm hits. It arrives in theatres on May 25.
Focus Features has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom. The featurette does a good job of explaining the plot, and most of the adult cast– Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Jason Schwartzman—break down their respective characters. The cast also talks up Anderson’s distinct visual style, but the style is large part of why I’m slightly wary of the film. The movie looks cute and funny, but it also seems like its verging on self-parody. Hopefully, the film’s heart and humor won’t be overshadowed by the style.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette, and click here for six clips from the movie. The film also stars Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, and Bob Balaban. Moonrise Kingdom will open the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and open in limited release on May 25th.
Last week we shared two clips from Wes Anderson’s latest feature, Moonrise Kingdom, and now all of the clips released thus far are officially online. There are six clips in total and they’re chock full of Anderson staples. The visuals are gorgeous, the actors look like they’re having a blast, and the camera movements are undeniably Anderson-y. For those unfamiliar, the story centers on a young boy and girl who decide to run away together into the wilderness, and the madness that ensues from the community’s search for the pair. I’m a big fan of Anderson so this one’s been on my radar for a while, and these clips only serve to reinforce my excitement for the film. Let the twee commence!
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film stars Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Jared Gilman, and Kara Hayward. Moonrise Kingdom will open the Cannes Film Festival (in-competition) and will open in limited release on May 25th.