Welcome back to the Friday News Round-Up! As you may have noticed, things are slowing down a bit around here, but don’t you worry. We still have plenty of Wes Anderson-related splendor to share with you. Let’s get to it!
- (Above) Ezra Petronio, Marc Jacobs, Wes Anderson and Jarvis Cocker lunch in Paris, photo by Katja Rahlwes
- The Very White Self-Indulgence of Wes Anderson Studies is an interesting perspective on the director’s work and his fanbase.
- As there are so many positive reviews of Moonrise Kingdom (now at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes), it’s interesting to read a fairly negative review, this time from The Economist.
- Graphic designer Beth Mathews created a wonderful chart of the primary colors used in the last six Anderson films and notes how true he stays to his brand.
- Film School Rejects has sussed out six filmmaking tips from Wes Anderson, the central theme of which is to remain confident in yourself (which is a good lesson for anyone.)
- On the softer side, Hanniel and Chris had a Wes Anderson-inspired engagement photoshoot.
- Cinematographer Robert Yeoman, who has worked on all of Wes’s live-action feature films, discusses the use of Super 16 film and the technical aspects of the filming process.
- KCRW, a radio station out of California, has interviewed Wes after each of his films and has rounded up the interviews on one page, just for you. The Moonrise Kingdom interview is fairly standard, but it’s still refreshing. (But that’s just one man’s opinion.)
- Classic Interview: Owen Wilson and Wes discuss the writing and making of Bottle Rocket with the New York Times in 1996.
Yes, this is another post about something fantastic the A.V. Club did, but it was too good not to share. The A.V. Club recently took a field trip to Houston and visited the school that stood in for Rushmore Academy, St. John’s School.
The video features shot-by-shot comparisons of campus then and now, excellent interviews with a current teacher at St. John’s who was a friend of Wes’s in high school and the owner of Rosemary Cross’s home, and, as a bonus, has shot of Wes’s yearbook from senior year.
Houston: The Rushmore School
Join us after the jump for a bit more. Continue reading “A.V. Club’s Pop Pilgrims Visit the Real Rushmore Academy”
The A.V. Club put together a fantastic supercut of seemingly all of the accessories in Wes’s first six films. Every belt buckle, pair of sunglasses, hat, and shoe (or paw) is represented in this three-minute film. It looks like a true labor of Wes Anderson-love, and that’s right up our alley.
A video quilt of whimsical Wes Anderson accessories
You can also read a bit about the film over at the A.V. Club.
We’re a little late to post this one, but don’t let its 6-day age turn you off. Jason Schwartzman, interviewed by Jada Yuan for New York Magazine, is at his best. He talks about his childhood experiences, working with Bill Murray, and his friendship with Wes:
So, when Wes calls, do you just drop everything you’re doing to be in his movies? Do you have a say in what you play?
First of all, let me say this: This is one of my best friends in the whole world and I am very, very lucky for that. There are very few people I could say that are my close people that I really, really care about. And I would say that there are an even smaller amount of them that I could say I actually work with, too. And it’s just very lucky. I met Wes on Rushmore. We made a movie together. We stayed in touch through the years. And then this weird thing happens to you personally and you talk about it and then you keep talking, and then all of a sudden it’s twelve years older and you’re like, “Wow, this is my best friend.”
Read the rest of the interview over at The Vulture.
(image via GQ)
Do you like Bill Murray interviews? Of course you do. You’re reading this site, aren’t you?
Well, it’s your lucky day. Bill Murray has a new interview with Esquire which is classic Bill Murray. And because this is a Wes Anderson appreciation site, here is the obligatory WA reference:
SR: The last time we talked about Wes Anderson was after what sounded like a horrible experience in Italy for The Life Aquatic. You must have a great affinity for him.
BM: Wes is still a young man, but he was just a kid when I met him on Rushmore. And he’s grown as a person, as a man, as a movie director. His stuff just keeps getting better and better. And he’s managed to make the making of movies a real living experience. For Moonrise Kingdom, he rented a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, and we lived in it. The editing rooms were in the mansion. And we had a great cook. You could be relaxed in your own skin, but it also meant that you could work endless, ungodly art-movie hours because there was gonna be a meal prepared for you when you’re done.
What’s that? You’re not satisfied with only one interview? Well, good news for you– Unlikely Words has rounded up about 20 Bill Murray interviews for your enjoyment. Hope you didn’t have plans for this afternoon.
(via kottke, image via eric slager)
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 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.
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.)