A.V. Club Interviews Bob Balaban

The Onion’s A.V. Club sat down with Bob Balaban to discuss his experience of working with an auteur and selections from his four-decade career, including when he worked as a translator both on- and off-screen for Francois Truffaut during Close Encounters.

This part especially charmed us:

AVC: There does seem to be a lot of Truffaut in Moonrise Kingdom.

BB: That’s what I thought. I didn’t think of it when I read it, but when I saw the movie, it just leapt out at me. The formality of the movie did not let me see it earlier than that, but when I saw the movie all together, I went, “Truffaut.” I was really sad Truffaut wasn’t watching it, because he would have just been crazy for that seven-minute scene on the island with the boy and the girl. That was Truffaut in a nutshell, the seriousness of kids and the respect you have to give them when you’re dealing with them or portraying them. The not talking down, the specificity of young love, which nobody ever gets, really.

Read the rest of the article over at the A.V. Club.

Friday News Round-Up 6/15/12

Welcome back to the Friday News Round-Up! As you may have noticed, things are slowing down a bit around here, but don’t you worry. We still have plenty of Wes Anderson-related splendor to share with you. Let’s get to it!

Wes Anderson Interviewed by Rotten Tomatoes

Luke Goodsell of Rotten Tomatoes recently interviewed Wes Anderson and asked the acclaimed director to list his five favorite films. Wes coyly replied “You may have to call it ‘The five movies that I just say, for whatever reason,'” and “I don’t know if I’ll be able to stand behind them as my five favorites, they’ll just be the five I manage to think up right now.” Check out the interview, where, among many things, Wes discusses his inspirations for Moonrise Kingdom, his childhood obsessions, and how his experience in animation affected the way he approached his latest project.

Bill Murray on Letterman: 7 June 2012

Bill Murray was on the Late Show with David Letterman last night. It was a great appearance, with some really kind words shared about Wes Anderson. There’s also a rare test of Bill Murray’s new hologram technology. US readers can watch the full segment here, about 13 minutes in, right after the second dot.

Jason Schwartzman Interview from Cannes

We’re a little late to post this one, but don’t let its 6-day age turn you off. Jason Schwartzman, interviewed by Jada Yuan for New York Magazine, is at his best. He talks about his childhood experiences, working with Bill Murray, and his friendship with Wes:

So, when Wes calls, do you just drop everything you’re doing to be in his movies? Do you have a say in what you play?

First of all, let me say this: This is one of my best friends in the whole world and I am very, very lucky for that. There are very few people I could say that are my close people that I really, really care about. And I would say that there are an even smaller amount of them that I could say I actually work with, too. And it’s just very lucky. I met Wes on Rushmore. We made a movie together. We stayed in touch through the years. And then this weird thing happens to you personally and you talk about it and then you keep talking, and then all of a sudden it’s twelve years older and you’re like, “Wow, this is my best friend.”

Read the rest of the interview over at The Vulture.
(image via GQ)

Roger Ebert Reviews Moonrise Kingdom

From Roger Ebert’s 3.5/4 Star Review of Moonrise Kingdom:

Wes Anderson’s mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born. It immediately becomes more than a series of events and is transformed into a world with its own rules, in which everything is driven by emotions and desires as convincing as they are magical. “Moonrise Kingdom” creates such a world and takes place on an island that might as well be ruled by Prospero. It’s set in 1965, though it might as well be set at any time…

The success of “Moonrise Kingdom” depends on its understated gravity. None of the actors ever play for laughs or put sardonic spins on their material. We don’t feel they’re kidding. Yes, we know these events are less than likely, and the film’s entire world is fantastical. But what happens in a fantasy can be more involving than what happens in life, and thank goodness for that.

Interview with Unpaid Moonrise Kingdom Intern

After featuring two of his posts in Friday Round-Ups, we figured it was time to (virtually) sit down with Dustin Sohn and ask him about his experience as an intern in the Set Decoration department on Moonrise Kingdom.

Tell me a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, attended Bellevue High School, and in a few days, I will be graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a BFA in Illustration!

How did you find out about the internship?
I found out about the internship through a mass email that was sent out to the Illustration department and I decided to send my resume on a whim. The heads of various other majors (Film/Animation/Video, Industrial Design, etc.) reached out to their departments about the opportunity as well. Moonrise Kingdom was filming in Rhode Island, so it only made sense that they reached out to RISD to recruit interns.

When did you find out you would be working on Moonrise Kingdom?
Well, I didn’t expect to hear back when I sent in my resume. In fact, I forgot I even applied until I received a call for an interview a few weeks later!

Join us on the other side of the jump for the rest of the interview. Continue reading “Interview with Unpaid Moonrise Kingdom Intern”

Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman in new Wes Produced Film by Peter Bogdanovich

Some months ago we told you of a new film from Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, They All Laughed), produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, entitled Squirrel To The Nuts. Now it seems the film is finally taking shape, with Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Wilde and Brie Larson joining the cast. See if you can suss any other information out of Variety’s impenetrable web of bizspeak.

“21 Jump Street” star Brie Larson, Owen Wilson and Olivia Wilde are attached to star in Peter Bogdanovich’s quirky indie comedy “Squirrels to the Nuts,” which will be produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach.

Jason Schwartzman has also been courted for the project, though he is not officially involved with the package at this time.

Bogdanovich wrote the script, which follows a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp (Larson) and the recurring intersection of those two facets of her life.

Wilson will play a Broadway director who pays for the young protag’s services despite being married to the star of the play. He later gives Larson’s character money to quit escorting and follow her dreams.

Wilde will play a therapist whose own mother is in rehab for alcoholism.

UTA is packaging the project, for which producers are in the process of finding both financing and distribution in advance of a fall start.

We like all the players involved, and look forward to seeing it.

Bill Murray Hosted Tour of Moonrise Kingdom

Bill Murray, under the influence of a spiced rum known as “Sailor Jerry,” takes us through a hilarious tour of the cast and crew of Moonrise Kingdom:


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