Category Archives: Frequent Collaborators

Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach ask you to help finish Orson Welles’ final film

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.

 

Wes Anderson joins Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller at movie premiere

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.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel wins at the Golden Globes

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…

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Here you can watch the moment when Wes and part of the team came to the stage to receive the award.

Q&A presented by Richard Linklater with Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman and Randall Poster

This Q&A hosted by Richard Linklater was for The Grand Budapest Hotel at this year’s SXSW and now you can watch it entirely. 45 minutes long. You can’t miss it!

Jason Schwartzman’s ‘Listen Up Philip’ out this October

CinemaBlend reports that Jason Schwartzman’s Listen Up Philip, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has been picked up for distribution by Tribeca Films for an October release.

More at CinemaBlend.

 

Working with Wes – An Insider’s Perspective

Quite simply put Wes Anderson is one of the most influential filmmakers of modern times, an auteur with enough raw imagination and vision to create unique tapestries of film. The price of uncompromising power over every detail to be executed immaculately? a reputation.

A recent article from The Daily Beast tells of how the cast of the upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel felt working with the director on his latest feature, some of whom actors who have previously worked along side Anderson.

In the interview Willem Dafoe had this to say:

– “He’s so specific in what he sees and what he wants that you better give it to him, he’s tough.”

Jeff Goldblum adds:

– “I’ve gone to other movies and the director will go, ‘Oh maybe you are wearing this,’ and I’ll go ‘That’s a good idea but how about this? What if I have a hat or a thing?’ With him you don’t do that. You go: ‘What do I get to do in this?’ And he goes: ‘Here’s the thing, here’s the thing, here’s the thing.’ And you go, ok, so, that’s what you sign-up for too. And his ideas are so good. And his taste is so good that you go: ‘Oh, yes please.’”

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Long time supporter and key go-to actor Bill Murray also commented on Wes’ filmmaking habits on set of The Grand Budapest Hotel in an article for Collider.

Murray:

– There wasn’t a whole hell of a lot that we shot that was wrong, because I mean, if you read the script, it’s pretty spare, you know? It’s pretty clean. The storytelling—he spends a lot of time and he’s obviously very specific about how he wants things to look and sound. So there’s not a lot of overage. He’s got a lot of tricky camera moves, so you shoot a lot of goofy takes, where the camera isn’t absolutely perfect, so you do it again. So that’s the only time—that’s the overage. That’s the extra time, is he takes a lot of time to get it perfect.

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This isn’t the first time that actors working with Wes Anderson have expressed how meticulous and precious he is about everything from the script to the set dressing, every one of which having unquestionable faith in Anderson’s direction knowing that Wes knows exactly what he wants and what the result will be. As established as it is that Wes is a ‘hardass’ when it comes to directing, actors still jump at the chance to work with the masterful director, and audiences continue to relish their time spent in his worlds – The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7th. 

The road to The Grand Budapest

While you wait patiently for The Grand Budapest Hotel to open it’s doors, why not make a pit-stop at the ‘CASTELLO CAVALCANTI’ to tide you over. Wes’ latest short film (his second PRADA commercial) is as mesmerising and well executed as any of his works. Watch Yankee racer Jason Schwartzman make his visit below.

SNL spoofs Wes Anderson

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Kumar Pallana 1918-2013

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We’re very sad to report the passing of Kumar Pallana, he was 94. Pallana appeared in four of Wes’ movies, Bottle Rocket, RushmoreThe Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited. We’ll be putting something together on each of these roles later, but for now crack a safe for Kumar.

More at The A.V. Club.