The line-up for the Toronto International Film Festival was announced today, and with it the announcement of a new film from frequent Wes collaborator Noah Baumbach. The film is called Frances Ha and stars Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote, as “a dancer who moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.” We’re big fans of Baumbach, and we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve here. To see more pictures from the film, head over to CriterionCast. No distributor yet, but we’re hoping Focus, who released Greenberg and Moonrise Kingdom will pick it up for the US.
Hello hello! Another Friday, another round-up. Many thanks to my compatriots for posting while I was away. This week brought us some exciting revelations regarding Movie #8, aka The Grand Budapest Hotel. We are thrilled, excited, and just beside ourselves with glee over this news and, as you’d expect, we’ll bring you all of the updates as they come. Now, onward!
- (Above) ANTWRANGLER‘s flickr photostream once again has some excellent behind-the-scenes shots from Moonrise.
- Film Fashion Junkie’s MR fashion style boards manage to capture the essence of a few key characters.
- A great round-up of some Wes-inspired posters. Don’t miss the great reinterpretation of the ‘stars’ of Rushmore.
- Have you been wanting a Camp Ivanhoe shirt of your very own? For only $6? Today is your lucky day. (There’s also a $6 Team Zissou shirt if that’s more your speed.)
- We’re charmed by the Moonrise and Tenenbaums cross stitch projects on amezissou‘s flickr.
- Aphelis explains the inspiration of French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue on Rushmore and The Life Aquatic.
- Bright Wall Dark Room’s Moonrise Kingdom write-up is half-review, half-personal reflection and wholly excellent.
- Classic(-ish) Interview: Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson discuss Fantastic Mr. Fox (and many other great things) in this lengthy video from the New York Public Library.
- The Criterion Collection will be releasing a Blu-Ray Edition of The Royal Tenenbaums in August. Preorder at Amazon.
- (Above) Photo of Noye’s Fludde from the set of Moonrise Kingdom by ANTWRANGLERon Flickr.
- Comic illustrator Henry The Worst made this wonderfully idiosyncratic gif after another Rushmore viewing.
- Wes discussed the young adult literature that helped inspire Moonrise Kingdom, including A Wrinkle in Time and Huckleberry Finn.
- The Atlantic has a very sweet piece titled “I Babysat the ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Kid” by Jared’s former sitter.
- The New Yorker tallies up the damage against dogs in WA’s films. (RIP Buckley and Snoopy)
- Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbauch have teamed up to co-produce Peter Bogdanovich’s new film, Squirrel To The Nuts, which stars WA favorite, Jason Schwartzman (and others.)
- Flavorwire took a great in-depth look at Wes Anderson’s favorite actors.
- The love from The New Yorker just doesn’t end. Richard Brody penned an excellent blog post regarding how MR fits into Wes’s oeuvre. Key line:
Moonrise Kingdom is not a drastic departure from Anderson’s first six features but rather an intensification of their characteristics, or even just their more explicit revelation.
- KidzWorld interviewed to Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman regarding their experiences on the film and acting tips they learned along the way. (As the site title might betray, it’s geared toward a young audience.)
- Finally, watch Bill Murray’s entire, kinda touching speech at the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame, where he was being inducted as co-owner and “Director of Fun” for the Charleston RiverDogs. Also take a look at this shorter package about Bill and the team. (Love that he’s still rocking the Bishop coat.)
The Playlist points us to an interview that The Last Picture Show director and water bottle enthusiast Peter Bogdanovich did with The National Post in which he drops the information that his next film will be produced by none other than Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Wes and Noah have discussed their appreciation for Bogdanovich’s work many times, and have become friends with the director, so this isn’t a big surprise.
The film is called Squirrels to the Nuts and Bogdanovich describes it as “a screwball comedy about an escort, a theatre director and a private detective.” Sounds fun. The links on our old post seem to have expired, so if you’d like to watch an excellent three part interview Wes did with Bogdanovich for the DVD release of his 1981 film They All Laughed, you can do so after the break.
In addition to the Golden Globe nomination, yesterday Fantastic Mr. Fox picked up two screenwriting awards from west coast critics associations. Wes and Noah won the Best Adapted Screenplay for the film and it was also named the runner-up for Best Animated Film from the San Diego Film Critics Society. Similarly, The San Francisco Film Critics Circle awarded Fantastic Mr. Fox their prize for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Update: Also recieved another Best Animated Film, this one from the Toronto Film Critics Association, a nomination in the same category from the Chicago Film Critics, and another Best Animated Film and Best Screenplay win from the Utah Film Critics Association. In addition, Best Family Film and Best Animated Film from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society and the latter from The Sattelite Awards.
And so Fantastic Mr. Fox‘s award season begins. It was announced today that the film is nominated in three categories for Annie Awards (which you can read more about here), which as you might have guessed honor animated films. Mr. Fox receieved nominations for Best Animated Feature, Directing in a Feature Production, and Writing in a Feature Production. Congratulations Wes, Noah, et al.
The awards will be given out Saturday February 6, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Full list of nominees after the break.
See it below or at Apple in HD.
Noah Baumbach is of course the co-writer of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the director of the Wes produced The Squid and the Whale.
Greenburg is scheduled to be released on March 12, 2010 from Focus Features.
Wes and Noah Baumbach appeared at the New York Public Library last evening. You can now listen to the audio of the conversation over at their website, and watch video.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Celeste Bartos Forum
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
$25 general admission
LIVE from the NYPL presents an evening with director WES ANDERSON (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) in conversation with screenplay co-writer NOAH BAUMBACH (The Squid and the Whale) about Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson’s first animated film. In Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson utilizes classic handmade stop-motion techniques to tell the story of the classic children’s book by ROALD DAHL. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristofferson (Eric Anderson). But after twelve years of quiet domesticity, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community… The film is produced by Allison Abbate, Scott Rudin, Wes Anderson and Jeremy Dawson.