Johannes sent us a link to his well-done video essay on Bottle Rocket. He says:
Wes Anderson’s films are often described as containing odd characters, obscure details, exceptional production design, references to other films and prominent use of music. The same thing could be said of a Tarantino film. So what makes Anderson’s films so singular? Why is it, that after a few shots one can instantly identify them as Wes Anderson films? This visual essay aims to look at the roots of Anderson’s style in his first feature film effort “Bottle Rocket”.
Bob stole his car! Last evening, we reported that Texans Andy and Chris were organizing an event to “save” the Days Inn Hillsboro (TX) where parts of Wes Anderson’s first feature, Bottle Rocket, was filmed. Great news: The Dallas Observer has picked up on the story [update: so has The Onion AV Club]. Robert Wilonsky reports:
[Motel co-owener] Bina did not know about the event, which yesterday appeared on The Rushmore Academy website. And she is grateful: “I guess God is listening to me,” she says, again with a laugh. But she’s not sure June 25 is the best date: That, she says, is when the corn harvesters usually arrive — the one time of the year she can count on business. Then again, even that sure thing is far from one now.
I’m not sure how we missed this, but YouTube user keesvdijkhuizen has been creating film compilations every month as part of a yearlong series, tackling contemporary auteurs like Sofia Coppola and David Fincher. The most recent of these compilations is for, naturally, the films of Wes Anderson.
News is trickling out on Wes’ currently in-production seventh film Moonrise Kingdom. Anne Thompson reports that Focus Features, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, will distribute the film.
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Wes Anderson’s 60s story Moonrise Kingdom, with a stellar cast already assembled.
They are: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Filming is already under way on Rhode Island on the project, which was written by Anderson and Roman Coppola; the duo also wrote Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited.
Here’s the synopsis:
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, Moonrise Kingdom follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down – which might not be such a bad thing. Bruce Willis plays the town sheriff; two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton is cast as a camp leader; Academy Award nominee Bill Murray and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents; the cast also includes Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. The young boy and girl are played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.
Indian Paintbrush, which executive-produced and co-financed Mr. Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited, which were both produced by Scott Rudin, is presenting the American Empirical Pictures production which is produced by Anderson, Rudin, Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales, and American Empirical’s Jeremy Dawson.
Although Fox Searchlight did an admirable job with Anderson’s last two films (particularly that bit where they put our page on their Mr. Fox site…thanks again!), we’re very excited that Focus will distribute the film. They’re more selective and tend to get even the most esoteric of their acquisitions into many theaters and spend a bit on advertising. Past Focus releases include: Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Greenberg, and Somewhere. Definitely a good home for Anderson. No word yet on when the film might see a release, but we will, as always, have more information on the film as it’s reported.