When we made ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, Wes, Roman, Jason, Bill Murray and I all shared a big old house in Newport. It was about as fun as it gets. Like making home movies with your friends in middle school, except it ends up Opening Night at Cannes. We didn’t want it to end so after the premiere we went to Italy for a hang and we’ve kept it up. ‘Grand Budapest’ got handed out for a read the first summer and ‘Isle of Dogs’ was outlined the next. Bill wasn’t with us this summer but we wore his #WilliamMurrayGolf shirts to infuse the idyll with his spirit of fun. And #BMW loaned us incredible rides to get the growing families over the dusty bumpy Tuscan roads to gelato at the town on the hill. If I had to get stranded with a group on an island, I could make it work with these cats.
Apparently The Grand Budapest Hotel has restored Stefan Zweig’s (The Author whose work the movie is loosely based on) fame to it’s past glory, as earlier this summer German director Maria Schrader’s movie titled “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” has premiered in Germany. As of yet not much is known about when the film might see the light of day outside of Germany, there isn’t even a trailer with English subtitles, but the film has been placed on a shortlist of films that that could be selected as the German submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
The film has so far received good reviews in Germany, though none have been published so far in English. Hopefully this film gets picked up by the international press as it deserves to be, and maybe even nominated for the Award, even if just for the reason that it’ll be shown in more countries then.
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.
Color us excited, frequent Wes collaborator Roman Coppola (co-writer of The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom) is back with his second directorial effort A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, coming more than a decade after his wonderful film CQ. The film stars Charlie Sheen in the title role, as a graphic designer with girl trouble. We’re most excited though by Coppola cousin Jason Schwartzman and American hero Bill Murray, who appear to play Swan’s best friend and father figure, respectively. The film comes out in the US on February 8th. We’ll be first in line.
With all of the casting confusion the internet is producing, we’re happy to set the record straight and report that both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter (THR) have confirmed Ralph Fiennes is in negotiations for Wes Anderon’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. He’s set to play a character named M. Gustave, who serves as the hotel’s perfectly composed concierge. This role was originally reported to be filled by Johnny Depp, but Wes Anderson denied this two months ago. But Anderson’s frequent cronies Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman are in the cast. Couldn’t imagine an Anderson without them. Fiennes recent projects have been acting alongside Daniel Craig in 007: Skyfalland portraying Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman.
Also, THR has noted that Murder She Wrote‘s Angela Lansbury is no longer involved with the movie due to commitments to a stage version of the Academy-award winning film Driving Miss Daisy (also a Pulitzer Prize winning play). Lansbury has been performing on stage every year for the past six years. Lansbury will be playing alongside James Earl Jones and will open next year at Her Majesty’s Theater. Tickets will be on sale October 22nd.