Wes Anderson is one of Fast Co.’s 100 Most Creative

Technology and Business magazine Fast Company has released their annual list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Wes clocks in at #28.

Setting has always been a living character in Wes Anderson’s films–from the school in Rushmore to the tree houses of Fantastic Mr. Fox–and his new movie, out May 25, lives just as strongly inside its own world. “We were looking for a sort of naked wildlife,” he says. Moonrise Kingdom is about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away in the summer of 1965, and Anderson didn’t have the time to send scouts to every wilderness in America. So he did what everyone else does: “We literally used Google Earth,” he says. It took months to settle on a location.

Read the whole (very short) article, and see some Google Earth photos of the Moonrise Kingdom locale, here.

The Royal Tenenbaums Coming to Criterion Blu-Ray!

Exciting news for fans of pixels, Wes’ third film The Royal Tenenbaums will, as Rushmore before it, be getting a Blu-Ray re-release from The Criterion Collection. Looks like the extras will be identical to the terrific DVD release. You can check out the still great, albeit admittedly familiar, artwork by Eric Chase Anderson below. The Blu-Ray will be available in the US on 8/14.

“Giving Chase to Young Love on the Run” New York Times Writes Up Moonrise Kingdom

With the release Wes Anderson’s seventh film, Moonrise Kingdom, imminent, Dennis Lim of The New York Times has drafted a nice little piece on the film. You can read the full article (and not incur the wrath of 10 free articles a month limitations) after the jump.

RECOUNTING the genesis of his new feature, “Moonrise Kingdom,” Wes Anderson sounded like he could be talking about any of his other movies. “The desire for fantasy to be real is part of the inspiration,” he said. From his 1996 debut, the shaggy-dog caper “Bottle Rocket,”to the animated Roald Dahl adaptation “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), loss and longing have been the cornerstones of his films, which almost invariably concern the melancholic plight of dreamers and depressives, yearning for past glories, vanished innocence, a world that matches the one in their heads.

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Criterion Designer Sam Smith’s Wes Anderson Poster Designs

The great designer (and drummer) Sam Smith has created a series of posters for The Castro Theater’s screenings of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic for this Saturday. Check out the posters below. To find alternate versions of the posters, and info on where you can buy them, visit Mr. Smith’s tumblr.


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AV Club Picks Moonrise Kingdom as One of Summer’s Most Anticipated Films

It says it all in the title, I quote them:

What to expect: The latest Wes Anderson film abandons all pretense that that the writer-director might one day move on from Close ’N Play record players and transistor radios, and instead returns to Anderson’s motherland of the 1960s for a story about a boy scout and his girlfriend disappearing into the wilderness and alarming their New England island community. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton join Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman to tell the tale.
Practical advice: Anderson is nothing if not a fetishist for plans and diagrams, so there’s a good chance that he and co-writer Roman Coppola will offer real tips on how to survive in the wild.
Cause for irrational alarm: On the other hand, those tips will likely involve foodstuffs and gadgetry that are no longer being manufactured, and will require you to wear an easily identifiable article of clothing and walk in slow motion as a wispy old pop song plays. In other words: You might be stuck in the woods for a while

Read the full (baby manual inspired) list, assembled with the AV Club’s signature dash of droll wit, aqui.

Adam Yauch’s Criterion Top Ten

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. In addition to his massive musical legacy, he was also a daring director and founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, which in our estimation is bar none the best independent film distributor in the world. Yauch was also a passionate movie lover, and he was asked by Criterion to put together a list of his top ten favorite Criterion titles. His list is eclectic and knowledgeable, and it includes two Wes Anderson titles. You can see the list and read his funny, creative reasons (starting with #10 and going up) here.

Happy Birthday Wes!

Wes Anderson was born May 1, 1969 in Houston, Texas.

From all us at The Rushmore Academy…Happy Birthday, Wes.

Celebrate all things Anderson today, read Derek Hill’s bio, watch Matt Zoller Seitz’s five part video essay series, make a Tumblr tribute. At the very least, get out those DVDs.

Let’s go have a drink and smoke a cigarette.

Exclusive: Meet Suzy From “Moonrise Kingdom”

This is Suzy Bishop.
She likes stories with magical powers in them.
From time to time she goes berserk.

The Rushmore Academy is very proud to premiere this exclusive character introduction for Suzy, the dynamic female half of the Moonrise Kingdom adventure. Click through the photos below to learn more about her, and check out all of our Moonrise Kingdom posts right here.

Can you find the other six character debuts in the online scavenger hunt? Yes, yes you can at the sites below.

Moviefone has Captain Sharp

Entertainment Weekly has The Bishops

Fandango has Social Services

IGN has Sam

MTV has Cousin Ben

Yahoo! has Scout Master Ward

Moonrise Kingdom comes out in select cities in the US on May 25th, through Focus Features, and will open the 65th Cannes Film Festival on May 16th. Watch the trailer for the film here.