P.S. Do you ever wish you could breathe underwater?
A new Tumblr blog theorizes that Max Fischer, a student at Grover Cleveland High School, wrote the Wes Anderson dramedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The investigator/blogger writes:
The Life Aquatic is half-play, half-movie – the sets are elaborately designed and sometimes low budget, but retain much of Max’s earlier fascination for spectacle and adult themes.
This isn’t the first time that TLA’s origins have been wondered about, out loud. Zissou scholars at the Yankee Racers Aquatic Institute have postulated at TLA is in fact a movie within a movie.
I’m not sure how we missed this, but YouTube user keesvdijkhuizen has been creating film compilations every month as part of a yearlong series, tackling contemporary auteurs like Sofia Coppola and David Fincher. The most recent of these compilations is for, naturally, the films of Wes Anderson.
See our Holiday videos from last year after the cut.
Jason Schwartzman is out promoting the second season of his fantastic HBO series Bored to Death, and today he did a 40 minute interview with Terry Gross for Fresh Air, covering the show and his whole career.
“I gave the script [of Rushmore] to my mom and I said ‘Mom, I’ve never auditioned. Can you give me any pointers? Can you help me memorize lines?’ and she read the script and she said ‘I’ll be right back’ and she went out and rented three films, The Graduate, Dog Day Afternoon, and Harold and Maude. And I watched them all for the first time. And it was in that moment where I felt, watching the films, this warm, insane feeling inside of my body which was a feeling that up until then music had given me. And it was in that moment where I said ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever get this part. I don’t know if my band will ever make it. But I’ve got to try to live my life somehow staying as close to this weird feeling as possible.”
Listen to the interview after the jump, or at Fresh Air‘s site, where you can also download a podcast of the interview.
What is this beguiling painting?
Three new stories, after the jump.
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(Thanks to reader chad osko for the tip.)