The Rushmore Academy Gift Guide, #1

Max Fischer
Grover Cleveland High School

A little angst-ridden British Invasion music is in order, but today we saw a great compilation of Unit 4 +2 music (“Concrete and Clay,” from Rushmore):

For that angst-ridden British Invasion fix, what of Creation? (“Making Time,” Rushmore)

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Costume contest pictures, part 147

We will start the voting process over on the Yankee Racers forum soon. Until then, some pictures…
(P.S. I will post more soon. I am having some minor difficulties with Flickr)

Costumes, part 23

This guy saved Latin. What did you ever do? Enter our First Annual Wes Anderson Inspired Halloween Costume Contest, featured at We love you, too, Fox Searchlight.

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More Halloween costume contest entries…

Remember to submit your photos by November 5th. Read the directions/rules/stipulations before entering the contest! Remember that there is a special Darjeeling Limited prize category.

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Halloween costume contest reminder

Happy Halloween!

Just a friendly reminder that costume contest submissions must be posted on Flickr, with the tag ‘,’ by November 5th. For prize details and rules, go to the official contest page. If you are having technical difficulties with Flickr, please contact edwardappleby @ (no spaces).

Wes & Jason at Borders; Yankee Racers co-founder in Paste; and, Halloween costume contest request

Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman made at appearance at Borders Store #01 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The last segment of Borders Live at 01 features Wes and Jason wandering around the music and DVD sections, picking up titles of interest. We really liked it, and decided to make an Amazon Widget out of it (which, coincidentally, supports the site if you buy from it):

The CD sampler included in the latest edition of Paste Magazine…

… features the song “Take Me Home” from Lauderdale, the band of Yankee Racers co-founder Corey.

Finally, if you posted a Halloween contest entry (last day of entry is November 5th) and it doesn’t appear here, e-mail edwardappleby @ (no spaces).

Bravo, everyone.

Good morning, Wes world. Some links and news…

Wes Anderson will be awarded the Stockholm Film Festival’s Visionary Award next month.

He has made lasting impressions through his unique ways of using scenography and subtle humour in film successes such as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Rushmore.” (link)

Bravo, Swedes!
Be sure to check out The Onion’s A/V Club “Random Rules” feature with Jason Schwartzman and Randall Poster. Yankee Racer Loraxaeon explains the concept:

It’s a feature where they have people just hit random on their iPods and tell them what song comes up and explain why they like it, etc. (thread)

Be sure to enter our First Annual Wes Anderson Inspired Halloween Costume Contest… you could win a Darjeeling Limited prize package!

Finally, The Darjeeling Limited opens nationwide this weekend. Hotel Chevalier will be playing as well. I leave you with the words of fellow Yankee Racer slint:

I just got back from seeing it, finally. Interestingly, Hotel Chevalier did play beforehand, and I’m glad it did. Frankly, having seen the film, I can’t imagine why the studio had pulled it originally.

So…I loved the film. It was such a relief, after my experience with TLA. It flowed so much more naturally, and just carried me along, rather than dragging me. I agree with the Bottle Rocket comparisons; it did feel like Francis is a logical extension of Dignan. His laminated itinerary reminded me of Dignan’s spiral notebook with plans for 6 months, 1 year, 10 years, etc. Overall, this film was just a joy to experience. I had a permasmile, and seriously felt giddy a few times. This totally reaffirmed my love of Sir Anderson’s films…. This was a confident and graceful return to the saddle. Bravo. (thread)

Conclusion: Bravo Swedes, Wes Anderson, and slint.


Jason Schwartzman appeared on Live 105.3’s “Wild Ass Circus Show,” Houston/Ft Worth (videos).

IMDB has rescinded an earlier report that Natalie Portman was unhappy with her nude scene in Hotel Chevalier:

UPDATE: A U.S. magazine has been forced to apologize to actress Natalie Portman after suggesting she’s far from happy with her performance in short film Hotel Chevalier. Sunday supplement Parade stated Portman was talking about the movie, in which she appears nude, when she commented about an “uncomfortable” scene she shot in a forthcoming essay she wrote for the publication. But the actress’ publicist, Kelly Bush, has pounced on Parade, insisting her client was actually talking about a torture scene in new film Goya’s Ghosts. A statement from the magazine’s publicist reads, “We say that Portman regrets doing a nude scene in the movie Hotel Chevalier. This is wrong. When Portman writes about this in Parade, she does not mention a specific movie title. She tells us she was referring to a torture scene with a body double in Goya’s Ghosts, which was taken out of context and leaked onto the Internet. Portman is very happy with Hotel Chevalier and proud of her work in the film.” In her essay, Portman admits she is still rather upset about agreeing to do something she felt awkward about, writing, “I’m really sorry I didn’t listen to my intuition. From now on, I’m going to trust my gut more.” (link) (thread)