A Fantastic birthday!

Richard had this cake created by the Riviera Bakehouse in Ardsley, New York, for his daughter Iliana’s second birthday. Best dad ever? And it is never too early to become a fan of Wes Anderson. Happy belated Birthday, Iliana. “She is a cute little kid.”

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Wes and Noah film eachother at NYPL, Fantastic Mr. Fox a Italia, Germany

Below we have a video of Wes and Noah Baumbach at the New York Public Library (before a great talk), discussing the writing process and filming eachother. More after the break.

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Wes Anderson on NPR’s Fresh Air today

On today’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews Wes Anderson on Fantastic Mr. Fox (thanks @nprfreshair). In all likelihood, it is a repeat of the interview done in November:

Fantastic Mr. Fox on DVD and Blu-Ray Today!

As you may know, Fantastic Mr. Fox was released today on DVD and Blu-Ray. Below are links to purchase at Amazon, by purchasing through our links you’re helping to support the site.

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If you happen to purchase either the DVD or Blu-Ray today, let us know what you think in the comments.

For more information the two releases, take a look at our earlier post, and enjoy!

Brief Interview with Wes

From the Guardian, full interview after the break.

Portrait of the artist: Wes Anderson, film director
Interview by Laura Barnett

What got you started?

Filming thrillers and jungle chases on Super 8 when I was about 10. I was trying to imitate Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars and, above all, Hitchcock. Watching The Man Who Knew Too Much made me realise that there was such a thing as a director.

What was your big breakthrough?

Making my first proper short, Bottle Rocket, with Owen Wilson on 16mm film when I was 23. Nobody was interested in it except [director and producer] James L Brooks, who picked it up and let us turn it into a full-length movie.

What have you sacrificed for your art?

Well, I’m 40 and I don’t have children yet. I do want to have them: perhaps I already would, if I wasn’t so involved with these movies.

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Expanded Fantastic Mr. Fox Score Now Available

The Playlist blog has uncovered (via Film Music Reporter) a new release of Alexandre Desplat’s Academy Award nominated score from Fantastic Mr. Fox. The collection features unused music from Desplat’s score, recorded at the famous Abbey Road studios. You may remember that a a similar, albeit unofficial release was done of Mark Mothersbaugh’s music for The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic was done during the awards campaign, and that there was an official release of the Seu Jorge sessions done for the latter film aswell.

You can see a full tracklisting, along with links to purchase the collection, after the break.

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Half-Hour Wes Interview with Dave Poland

Dave Poland at Movie City News has a rather informal, half-hour interview with Wes on the Awards campaign trail. Click on the image below to find the interview, it will load automatically in Quicktime.

Awards buzz

A little story at The Hollywood Reporter about the contenders for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards.

Vote for Fantastic Mr. Fox in Moviefone’s Oscar poll!