Monthly Archives: October 2009

Remember to enter the Halloween costume contest

Happy Halloween! Remember to document your Halloween costume for the Third Annual Rushmore Academy Halloween Costume Contest (details).  We are giving away three fantastic Fantastic Mr. Fox prize packages and great new music from Noah and the Whale.  Remember that your costume must be inspired by the films of Wes Anderson or Wes Anderson himself.

From previous years:

NYT: “Animal Wrangling in Miniature”

From tomorrow’s New York Times (article | slideshow):

FROM a young age Wes Anderson has felt proprietary about Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” “It was the first book at our household that was considered to be mine,” he said. “I was obsessed with anything involving hidden passageways or underground tunnels.”

Mr. Anderson’s live-action films have always existed in parallel realities — elaborately storyboarded, art-directed parallel realities, no less — and so it is not too great a leap for him to be conjuring a world from scratch for his stop-motion animated version of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (opening Nov. 13).

Controversy flared recently when some crew members grumbled to The Los Angeles Times about Mr. Anderson’s absence from the film’s London set during the shoot. He has acknowledged that he did much of his work from Paris, where he has an apartment, sending detailed instructions, photos and videos to the animators. In any case, the finished film, which he wrote with the filmmaker Noah Baumbach, suggests that Mr. Anderson was anything but hands-off. This may be his first animated film, but his fingerprints are everywhere, from the dollhouse cross sections to the funny-sad family dynamics to the belief that production design is intimately linked with character.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox U.S. Premiere Twitter Reactions (On-going)

Fantastic Mr. Fox had its North American premiere tonight at AFI Fest. Below are some instant reactions via Twitter. If you saw the film, tweet us your thoughts @RushmoreAcademy.

@JasonReitman: Fantastic Mr. Fox was everything I want in a Wes Anderson movie. Couldn’t be more charming if it tried.

@EvylenYves: Got to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox @ AFI fest & saw Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman & Bill Murray. Hollywood, I’m declaring my love for you.

@LadyJE: Just saw The Fantastic Mr Fox at @AFIFest. What the cuss, a future classic!

@Tedulous: Fantastic Mr. Fox was incredible. UP has some definite competition for Best Animated Picture now.

@helencarolinev: no matter what kind of mood you’re in, fantastic mr. fox will make it better

@iverdawg: Back from Fantastic Mr. Fox. Amazing stuff that Anderson and his crew created with this one. Go see it.

@LivingInCinema: FANTASTIC MR. FOX is cussing great!

@twotrey23: sure as cuss enjoyed FANTASTIC MR. FOX a second time.

@amandadecadenet: The fantastic mr fox rocks!!

@jazzt: it was amazing, fanatastic, fabulous. loved it sooooooo much.

Jason Schwartzman on KCRW’s The Treatment

Jason Schwartzman at KCRW

Jason Schwartzman appeared this past Wednesday on KCRW’s excellent program The Treatment, hosted by former New York Times critic and TCM host Elvis Mitchell.

Schwartzman elaborates on his use of music in preparing for his roles, his appreciation for great writing, and working with Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson. He also discusses his character in Bored to Death, a Brooklyn-based lovelorn writer-turned-private detective.

You can stream the show and download a podcast of it at KCRW’s website, where you can also listen to past shows with Wes Anderson (1999, 2002, 2004) and Noah Baumbach among many other great filmmakers. (KCRW also talked to Jason about some of his favorite songs last year, you can listen to that here.)


Wes Anderson New Yorker Profile

Wes in New Yorker

As we mentioned yesterday on Twitter, there’s a great new profile on Wes in this week’s New Yorker by Richard Brody. Click on the thumbnails below to read the article and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Upcoming Fantastic Mr. Fox events

From Inside Searchlight:

Borders Northridge (For Kids)
Saturday November 7, 2009 @ 11AM
From the movie: Jason Schwartzman

9301 Tampa Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

o    Clips from film will be shown.
o    Jason will talk about his character, Ash. (See Ash in the production still above; he is the character on the right.)
o    Reading from ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (movie) original book – Chapter 11: “A Surprise for Mrs. Fox”
o    Audience Q&A
o    Signing

Apple Santa Monica (For Kids)
Saturday November 7, 2009 @ 4PM
From the movie: Jason Schwartzman

1248 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

o    The trailer and clips from the film will be shown.
o    Jason will talk about voicing the role of Ash in the film.
o    Reading from ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (movie) original book – Chapter 11: “A Surprise for Mrs. Fox”
o    Audience Q&A

92Y Tribeca (Sold Out!)
Tuesday November 10, 2009 @ 8PM
From the movie: Director Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman

200 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013

o    The trailer and clips from the film will be shown.
o    Moderated discussion
o    Audience Q&A

Apple Soho Store (NYC)
November 11, 2009 @ 7PM
From the movie: Director Wes Anderson, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman

o    The trailer will be shown.
o    Moderated discussion
o    Audience Q&A