Monthly Archives: October 2010

Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach Will Produce New Film From Peter Bogdanovich

The Playlist points us to an interview that The Last Picture Show director and water bottle enthusiast Peter Bogdanovich did with The National Post in which he drops the information that his next film will be produced by none other than Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Wes and Noah have discussed their appreciation for Bogdanovich’s work many times, and have become friends with the director, so this isn’t a big surprise.

The film is called Squirrels to the Nuts and Bogdanovich describes it as “a screwball comedy about an escort, a theatre director and a private detective.” Sounds fun. The links on our old post seem to have expired, so if you’d like to watch an excellent three part interview Wes did with Bogdanovich for the DVD release of his 1981 film They All Laughed, you can do so after the break.

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Jason Schwartzman on NPR’s Fresh Air

Jason Schwartzman is out promoting the second season of his fantastic HBO series Bored to Death, and today he did a 40 minute interview with Terry Gross for Fresh Air, covering the show and his whole career.

“I gave the script [of Rushmore] to my mom and I said ‘Mom, I’ve never auditioned. Can you give me any pointers? Can you help me memorize lines?’ and she read the script and she said ‘I’ll be right back’ and she went out and rented three films, The Graduate, Dog Day Afternoon, and Harold and Maude. And I watched them all for the first time. And it was in that moment where I felt, watching the films, this warm, insane feeling inside of my body which was a feeling that up until then music had given me. And it was in that moment where I said ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever get this part. I don’t know if my band will ever make it. But I’ve got to try to live my life somehow staying as close to this weird feeling as possible.”

Listen to the interview after the jump, or at Fresh Air‘s site, where you can also download a podcast of the interview.

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Wes Anderson’s Undergraduate Short Story Unearthed

Analecta, the official literary journal of the University of Texas at Austin (Go, Longhorns?) has recently re-publicized a short story published in their 1989 edition by an undergraduate named Wes Anderson.

They explain…

While organizing the shelves in our little office the other day, I got distracted by a retro-looking magazine with “Analecta XV” printed on the spine. Analecta 15 was published in 1989 (the year I was born!). When I cracked it open to the table of contents, I realized I had stumbled on the stuff of college literary journal lore – the first name on the page was Wes Anderson.

You can read Wes’ short story The Ballad of Reading Milton, that he wrote when he was 20 that I’m sure he wouldn’t be embarrassed by and that I don’t at all feel weird about posting, after the jump.

Update 10/20/10 - New York Daily News caught up with Wes at the House of Waris, where he said he was unaware it had been republished and found it  “very disturbing.” It’s kinda everywhere now so we’ll keep it up so long as Analecta does. Suffice it to say I think we should all read this with same respect we’d read a classmates work…that we stole from their backpack. Read their full piece here. Thanks to commenter kennyramone for the tip.

Second update – Oh, my. Looks like The New York Times was getting in on the early works thing last week as well. They’ve posted another two works by Wes and a short story from Owen Wilson, both from Analecta. You can read Wes’ story Let here, his story Charles Falling here, and Wilson’s story Fat Money Summer here. Reproduced without permission from anyone and with even weirder feelings.

Discuss all four stories in the comments below or in our Yankee Racers forum.

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Criterion Collection “Darjeeling” Out Today

The day has arrived. The Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-Ray of The Darjeeling Limited is released today. We know many of you are excited about it. If you’re still on the fence, you can read DVD Beaver‘s review or look at the specs here. If you get the DVD or Blu-Ray today, leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the set, or Tweet us at @RushmoreAcademy.

Wes Picks His Favorite Criterion Titles


For their periodic Top Ten series, The Criterion Collection asked Wes to name his top Criterion titles. He came up with twelve, including films by Luis Buñuel, Robert Bresson and Max Ophuls. A few surprises in the list and a few we haven’t seen. You can read the full list here, and pre-order The Criterion Collection edition of The Darjeeling Limited on DVD and Blu-Ray, which will be out next Tuesday.