Second Annual Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel

Last year the gang at Reservoir Geeks sponsored an event to save the Days Inn Hillsboro (Texas) where the motel scenes of Bottle Rocket were filmed.

This year they are doing it again:

Just as we did last year, we are having a get together at the Bottle Rocket Motel in Hillsboro, TX on July 21st!
Alamo Drafthouse will once again be presenting the film (information coming soon).
-Room 212 Auctioned Off (Coming Soon).
-Location Tour(s).
-Costumed Guests Welcomed and Encouraged.
-Much, Much More!

We look forward to seeing you there.

CALL 254-582-3493 TO BOOK YOUR ROOM!

On the run from Johnny Law. It ain’t no trip to Cleveland!

Moonrise Kingdom Giveaway Winners!

Our giveaway has ended. A big thank you is due to all of those who entered! We had over 150 entries and our winners as determined by the random number generator are…

  • Sarah who said via our site, “Mr. Bishop in the foyer with an ax…”

  • Jake Wood who said via Facebook, “As much as I want to be *waves hands in front of face* different, I gotta go with Walt Bishop, because Bill Murray.”

Thanks again to all who entered!

Wes Anderson’s Fresh Air Interview

Wes Anderson sat down with Terri Gross to discuss his inspiration of the movie, the casting process, visual design, and his own childhood.

The 38-minute interview is full of great details, like the revelation below:

ANDERSON: Well, I remember – you know, someone asked me in the past week, in Cannes – I don’t – I can’t even remember who it was that asked me this, a reporter. I wish I had noted him, because he asked me something that made me kind of realize what I had wanted to do. He asked if the movie was a memory of a fantasy.

And I thought – at first I wasn’t quite sure what that meant. Then I realized that that is sort of exactly what the movie is. It’s – I remember the emotion of feeling like I was falling in love at that age, 12 years old, and how powerful it was and sudden, and kind of inexplicable. And yet in this – you know, I – nothing happened in my case.
GROSS: Who did you fall in love with?

ANDERSON: Well, I – I don’t – I don’t know if I want to even say the name, because it’s a, you know, a real person who very likely won’t be listening to this, but maybe would be. You know, a girl two rows over and three seats up who was in my class for years, and I never really had much of a conversation with her.

Listen to (or read the transcript of) the interview at NPR.

More Information About Movie #8

For those who just can’t get enough of Wes, more information regarding Movie #8 has started to leak out. As previously reported on this blog, the movie will be set in Europe and has been inspired by Wes’s time living there and Owen Wilson will join the cast. But now, Wes has divulged even more:

“In my next film, the main character, who’s a bit crazy, has a personal medium [mind reader] whose assistant is a teenager. I’ll give the roles to more well known actors than the kids [in ‘Moonrise Kingdom’]. I’m still attached to my favorite actors even if I still don’t know who’ll play the main role in my next film.”

And still more:

Anderson already revealed he wrote the script on his own, but developed the story with a non-Hollywood friend and a mutual friend of the two served as “the inspiration for one of the main characters.”

As always, you can be sure we’ll be following the leads on this new film closely. (To follow with us, we’ve started a new tag, cleverly named “Movie #8“, gather all of the information that we find.)

Wonderful Hi-Res “Moonrise Kingdom” Ilustration From the New Yorker

The great illustrator Adrian Tomine provides this fantastic Moonrise Kingdom illustration that was used to accompany Anthony Lane’s review in this week’s New Yorker. (Click below for full size)

I think you just found your new iPhone wallpaper.

(via CriterionCast)

Interview with Unpaid Moonrise Kingdom Intern

After featuring two of his posts in Friday Round-Ups, we figured it was time to (virtually) sit down with Dustin Sohn and ask him about his experience as an intern in the Set Decoration department on Moonrise Kingdom.

Tell me a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, attended Bellevue High School, and in a few days, I will be graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a BFA in Illustration!

How did you find out about the internship?
I found out about the internship through a mass email that was sent out to the Illustration department and I decided to send my resume on a whim. The heads of various other majors (Film/Animation/Video, Industrial Design, etc.) reached out to their departments about the opportunity as well. Moonrise Kingdom was filming in Rhode Island, so it only made sense that they reached out to RISD to recruit interns.

When did you find out you would be working on Moonrise Kingdom?
Well, I didn’t expect to hear back when I sent in my resume. In fact, I forgot I even applied until I received a call for an interview a few weeks later!

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Friday News Round-Up 5/25/12

It’s here, it’s finally here! It’s opening day! Buy your tickets early and often to support Wes and luxuriate in his newest cinematic masterpiece (and confidentially, as few of our editors have already seen the film, we can confirm it’s as wonderful as you had hoped.)

With that said, it’s time to get down to brass tacks, here’s your Friday Round-up:

Peter Travers’ Rolling Stone review of Moonrise Kingdom

From Peter Travers’ 4.5/5-star review for Moonrise Kingdom:

In the immaculately designed, emotionally charged bubble filmmaker Wes Anderson builds around the 1965 New England summer, first love blooms. Sam (Jared Gilman) is an orphan at the mercy of foster parents and his Scout troop. Suzy (Kara Hayward) lives in a lighthouse with three younger brothers, two lawyer parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) and an urge to bust free. Sam, she decides, is her man. No one understands their attraction. Hell, they’re both 12. He’s a string bean in thick glasses, and she’s cool enough to wear eyeliner. But Anderson, who wrote the resonant script with Roman Coppola, knows their secret hearts. So when the kids run away to an island they call Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson is right there with them. And thanks to this enchanted ride of a movie, so are we…

As the hurricane whips up a perhaps too busy climax, Anderson links the everyday and the extraordinary with virtuoso artistry. Shot with a poet’s eye by Robert Yeoman and lifted by an Alexandre Desplat score that samples Mozart, Hank Williams and Benjamin Britten, the hilarious and heartfelt Moonrise Kingdomis a consistent pleasure. By evoking the joys and terrors of childhood, it reminds us how to be alive.

Moonrise Kingdom Release Day Giveaway

Enter our Moonrise Kingdom release day giveaway and win prizes courtesy of Focus Features! Limited engagement starts today, 25 May 2012. Nationwide release on 29 June.

Two (2) winners will receive:

  • T-Shirt
  • Patches (set of two)
  • Cooler
  • Canteen
  • Soundtrack

To enter: Comment on this post, retweet the link on Twitter, or reply to the story on our Facebook timeline. Be sure to  tell us who your favorite Moonrise Kingdom character is and why. Entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET on Monday, 28 May 2012. Two winners will be selected randomly from the entries.

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Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman in new Wes Produced Film by Peter Bogdanovich

Some months ago we told you of a new film from Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, They All Laughed), produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, entitled Squirrel To The Nuts. Now it seems the film is finally taking shape, with Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Wilde and Brie Larson joining the cast. See if you can suss any other information out of Variety’s impenetrable web of bizspeak.

“21 Jump Street” star Brie Larson, Owen Wilson and Olivia Wilde are attached to star in Peter Bogdanovich’s quirky indie comedy “Squirrels to the Nuts,” which will be produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach.

Jason Schwartzman has also been courted for the project, though he is not officially involved with the package at this time.

Bogdanovich wrote the script, which follows a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp (Larson) and the recurring intersection of those two facets of her life.

Wilson will play a Broadway director who pays for the young protag’s services despite being married to the star of the play. He later gives Larson’s character money to quit escorting and follow her dreams.

Wilde will play a therapist whose own mother is in rehab for alcoholism.

UTA is packaging the project, for which producers are in the process of finding both financing and distribution in advance of a fall start.

We like all the players involved, and look forward to seeing it.