Monthly Archives: July 2012

Friday News Round-Up 7/27/12


A little light today, but still full of love. We’re in between movies and casting and we’re feeling the strain. Hopefully soon, we’ll hear more about the official cast and plot for #8, which starts filming in the fall. Until then, let’s get down to it:

Noah Baumbach’s New Film to Premiere at TIFF 2012

The line-up for the Toronto International Film Festival was announced today, and with it the announcement of a new film from frequent Wes collaborator Noah Baumbach. The film is called Frances Ha and stars Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote, as “a dancer who moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.” We’re big fans of Baumbach, and we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve here. To see more pictures from the film, head over to CriterionCast. No distributor yet, but we’re hoping Focus, who released Greenberg and Moonrise Kingdom will pick it up for the US.

Friday News Round-Up 7/20/12


Hello hello! Another Friday, another round-up. Many thanks to my compatriots for posting while I was away. This week brought us some exciting revelations regarding Movie #8, aka The Grand Budapest Hotel. We are thrilled, excited, and just beside ourselves with glee over this news and, as you’d expect, we’ll bring you all of the updates as they come. Now, onward!

 

    • (Above) ANTWRANGLER‘s flickr photostream once again has some excellent behind-the-scenes shots from Moonrise.
    • Film Fashion Junkie’s MR fashion style boards manage to capture the essence of a few key characters.
    • A great round-up of some Wes-inspired posters. Don’t miss the great reinterpretation of the ‘stars’ of Rushmore.
    • Have you been wanting a Camp Ivanhoe shirt of your very own? For only $6? Today is your lucky day. (There’s also a $6 Team Zissou shirt if that’s more your speed.)
    • We’re charmed by the Moonrise and Tenenbaums cross stitch projects on amezissou‘s flickr.
    • Aphelis explains the inspiration of French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue on Rushmore and The Life Aquatic.
    • Bright Wall Dark Room’s Moonrise Kingdom write-up is half-review, half-personal reflection and wholly excellent.
    • Classic(-ish) Interview: Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson discuss Fantastic Mr. Fox (and many other great things) in this lengthy video from the New York Public Library.
    • The Criterion Collection will be releasing a Blu-Ray Edition of The Royal Tenenbaums in August. Preorder at Amazon.

 

Wes’ Next is “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Deadline reports that Scott Rudin and Indian Paintbrush will produce Wes Anderson’s eighth film The Grand Budapest Hotel. This sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel No plot details yet, though if we had to guess, the film would involve a hotel of some sort. They also confirm earlier reports that Johnny Depp will have a role in the film. Looks like the film is shaping up pretty quickly, and we have to imagine that Moonrise Kingdom being such a hit certainly isn’t hurting things.

Friday Saturday News Round-Up

We made a mistake?

  • Life would be so much more awesome if this article was actually true.
  • A Bill Murray comic comic book? Sign my kid up! I have the therapy sessions for 2025 scheduled, anyway.
  • Our new pal Roland MacDonald (no relation) sent along the above fanart.
  • My eyes burnt up when I saw this.
  • I think that this is lame, but you are entitled to your own opinion (sort of).
  • Our friend Jeffrey wonders if he has located *the* cove. Let us know what you think.
  • Wes Anderson recently offered his thoughts on Christopher Nolan and Dark Knight Rises to the UK’s Empire Online:

I enjoy Chris Nolan’s work in general, but I watched the Blu-Ray and it has a thing where you can go to any scene in the movie and go to the making of that. There’s nothing that has ever made me feel less like a professional than watching Chris Nolan’s group at work. The remote-control miniature cars. Just every technique. The rehearsal of flipping the semi-trailer end over end in the middle of the desert before they blow it up in Chicago… There’s one scene where a guy jumps off the top of a skyscraper — they rehearse the jump but for the actual thing they did it CG. ‘But for the rehearsal you did jump off the building?’ ‘We have it as a reference.’ Wow. Chris Nolan is quite great. My favourite is Memento, but I’d like to learn how to do these things.

  • The Village Voice’s 4Knots festival is today in New York City. Their poster brings to mind a certain Aquatic film.
  • Scouting the Moonrise Kingdom filming locations (no pun intended, or maybe intended. I don’t know about these things):

Finally, thanks to Gloria for her work on this weekly column (our condolences to her and her family). And sorry for ruining it by posting it a day late the one week that it is my job.

Possible Cast for Wes’ Eighth Film

In the latest bit of speculative scraps, Twitch has learned about some well known actors Wes has supposedly reached out to for Movie #8. We quoth

While it’s hard to say what stage of the process each of these is at at the present, we are told that Anderson is approaching a cast of Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury to star in the film.

If this holds any salt, we can be sure that Wilson, Murray, Brody, Dafoe, Goldblum and Norton are on board given their history. The rest, particularly the last, will remain to be seen.

Friday News Round-Up 7/6/12


One week later and here we are again. News is slowing down, but the fan-art is speeding up. At this point, we’re in a lull, so we’ll take what we can get. There’s just never enough Anderson news for our liking.

Here we are again, so soon:

Wes’s Excellent Interview with Fast Co.


As you may expect, around these parts we read a lot of interviews with Wes Anderson. (A lot of interviews.) But very few are worth posting here– the ground is covered, the same questions are asked, and there’s nothing really to report. However, Fast Co. Create’s recent interview with Wes was interesting because we finally got something new– an inside peek into his writing and directing process.

When asked about his writing process:

“[In writing the script], I want to make more than something you visualize, I want to make something you can sit there and read; you can experience the story.”
[...]
“I like to have a record of something I wrote out there,” says Anderson. Which is why he publishes his scripts. “I’m sure a lot of the people who buy it never read it because you read a few pages and say, ‘Yes, yes, oh yes, I remember all this stuff,’ and then you can kind of move on. But I just like to at least be able to say, ‘Well, it was published and it existed.’” So the Moonrise Kingdom script was recently put out as an e-book by Faber & Faber, [...] And he’s not exactly celebrating the e-book’s brisk sales. “I asked the guys at Faber, ‘How many have we sold?’ and they said, ‘We’ve already sold 100.’” Anderson pauses. “Oh, so, 100. In three months. Wow, that’s great. We’re doing great.”

Note to Rushmore Academicians: This is a call to action. Let’s help make Wes a little happier and all buy the ebook. For everyone we know.


The rest of the interview covers his decision to film in Rhode Island, set structure, storyboarding scenes, lessons learned from previous films, the challenges of working with young actors, and his musical selections. Again, it’s well worth a read.

And finally, some great news about Movie #8: they hope to start shooting by the end of the year. Read the full article at Fast Co. Create.