On February 21st 1996, Bottle Rocket was released, the first feature film directed by Wes Anderson.
Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote this beautiful article to commemorate this special date.
Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson exiting Columbia Pictures offices after signing deal to make Bottle Rocket, which was released 20 years ago this week.
Source: Consequence of Sound facebook.
Frequent collaborators Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach have made a video together for a good cause: to help Frank Marshall and Peter Bogdanovich get the lated release of Orson Wells’ final film, called “The other side of the wind”, a real thing. The project they are supporting is on Indiegogo and you can go there to read more about it and, if you’d like, donate money.
If you haven’t heard of The Other Side of The Wind, it was supposed to be Orson Welles’ comeback title. After years spent working in Europe, Orson returned to Hollywood intent on making a film about filmmaking, but managed to hit an obstacle at every turn and, although he finished shooting it, he did not finish editing and the film was never released.
I’m sure that there are a lot of people who would love to live in a Wes Anderson’s movie. Unfortunately, this is not possible. But we have something close to it. And it’s called Bar Luce and it’s part of the Fondazione Prada, in Milan.
“While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in”, said the designer Wes Anderson, who created a place as beautiful as his movies, but tridimensional.
The bar opened on on May 9 and if you can’t go there yet, I recommend you to see the pictures under the tag #BarLuce on instagram (and if you visit it, take a picture!).
You can visit Bar Luce, Largo Isarco, 2, 20135 Milano, Italy
(Yes, what you see there it’s a Zissou flipper!)
Wes Anderson was present at the premiere of Noah Baumbach’s latest film “While we’re young“. According to Variety.com:
“While We’re Young” was introduced by A24’s David Fenkel, and the after-party was held at Lexington Brass. Wes Anderson, who stayed through the film’s end credits and took selfies with fans waiting outside, walked over with Vogue editor Grace Coddington. The “Moonrise Kingdom” director was later seen chatting in a dark corner of the party with another powerful New York filmmaker — Spike Jonze (who said he still hadn’t seen the “Girls” finale, on which he had a cameo as a music executive).
In the pictures we can also him reunited with Ben Stiller, who stars in Baumbach’s movie.
The Academy Awards are tomorrow and, as you know, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has 9 nominations. Even when it’s not the movie that everyone expect to win (Birdman and Boyhood are the titles that sound mostly as the winners), remember that it won at the Writers Guild Awards and 5 BAFTAs (Make Up & Hair, Original Music, Original Screenplay, Costume Design and Production Design) which it could mean that the movie is going to have a good night, even if it doesn’t win in the main cathegory.
Why he deserves to win? I think the main reason is that he has always been faithful to his style. Even when his movies have been as much loved as hated by people, he never changed. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 100% Wes Anderson movie and the people couldn’t help fall inlove with it and that’s why, even when it is one of the earliest released of the nominated movies, it is one of the most nominated and celebrated.
Surprise after the jump!
“I’ve been asked to make a “statement” even though I feel it does sound more like bragging. Nevertheless, my producers and I send our very deepest thanks to the Academy and its 8000 members for a whole slew of Oscar nominations, especially for my long-time collaborators Robert Yeoman (our cinematographer who has worked with me on seven movies, if I count them right), Milena Canonero (our Italian costume designer), Alexandre Desplat (our French composer), Barney Pilling (our English editor), Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (more English, hair/make-up), and Adam Stockhausen out of Wisconsin. Also, my friend Hugo Guinness (who co-wrote the movie with me) expresses his own gratitude. We feel very deeply honored and thrilled and, frankly, very, very pleased with ourselves all around.”
Source: Austin Movie Blog
And to continue with all the award seasons related, The Grand Budapest Hotel also won at the Critics’ Choice Awards in three categories: Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Comedy.
Today were announced the nominations at the Directors Guild Awards (DGA) and we are happy to let you know that Wes Anderson is nominated for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel. He will be competing along with Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morton Tyldum (The Imitation Game). It is the first nomination at the DGA for Wes Anderson and so it is for Linklater and Tyldum. The winner will be announced on February 7.
It was unexpected, maybe, because the movie had several nominations but along the night it wasn’t winning any of them.
Best Director went to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.
Best Screenplay went to the several writers of Birdman.
Best Comedy/Musical Actor went to Michael Keaton for Birdman, too.
But when it was time to hear the Best Movie Musical or Comedy we had such a nice surprise…
Here you can watch the moment when Wes and part of the team came to the stage to receive the award.
The latest movie by Wes Anderson has more BAFTA nominations than big award season contenders like Birdman and Boyhood.
These are all the categories where it is nominated: