Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
There are films that land a high-profile cast because they promise easy cash for little work (ahem, New Year’s Eve), and then there are pictures that attract major talent because they actually seem worthy of it. Wes Anderson‘s next project seems to fall in the latter category. The director has a pretty fantastic track record with A-list talent so far, so it’s no wonder he’s collecting an enviable roster for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
A couple of weeks back, Anderson squelched rumors that Johnny Depp had signed on to star, but with or without him, the film is continuing to rope in some interesting names. Angela Lansbury and (no surprise) Bill Murray were reported as part of the cast a not long ago, joining Owen Wilson and Jude Law. Now the latest addition is Ralph Fiennes, who’s a newcomer to Anderson’s genteel universe. More after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
Like most filmmakers, Wes Anderson has a few stars he likes to return to time and time again. But no one’s logged more time in Anderson’s genteel, impeccably art-directed universe than Bill Murray, who’s starred all but one (Bottle Rocket) of Anderson’s seven features to date. It should come as no surprise, then, that the pair are set to reunite once again, for Anderson’s upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Not that the film will be all Anderson regulars. In addition to his longtime pal Murray, the filmmaker has also just added Angela Lansbury to his lineup. The Grand Budapest Hotel marks the Murder, She Wrote legend’s first time featuring in one of Anderson’s movies. Lansbury and Murray join previously announced stars Owen Wilson, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law. More after the jump.
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Roman Coppola‘s last film — and his first film — was CQ, released in 2001. While he has been a creator on several big movies since thanks to work with his father (Tetro, Youth Without Youth) and Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom) I’ve been hoping to see more development from him as a director.
Coppola’s second feature is A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, featuring Charlie Sheen as the title character and supporting work from Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman. Like CQ, the movie takes place within a skewed world that isn’t quite our reality (as the title implies) and shows what happens when Swan’s girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) dumps him and he starts to unravel.
The film has just been dated for February 2013, and we’ve got the first two photos from the film, along with some explanation from Coppola of just what we can expect to find in Swan’s head. Read More »
When Wes Anderson was promoting Moonrise Kingdom, the writer/director told us his next film would “not be family friendly.” The same can’t be said for the cast. Twitchfilm is reporting Anderson has once again approached an impressive ensemble for the next project, including Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury. It’s a great mix of new blood and the usual Wes Anderson Players. Oh, and the Murder, She Wrote star. Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
After years of Ghostbusters 3 talk, Dan Aykroyd finally admitted back in February that the project was in “suspended animation,” due in a large part to his former co-star Bill Murray‘s reluctance to get involved. But rumors of a potential sequel refuse to die, and surprisingly, Murray himself hasn’t exactly been firm about putting them down.
Earlier this spring, he acknowledged that Ghostbusters 3 was “a possibility,” though he wouldn’t elaborate further, and a few days ago, he told David Letterman that “well try again” to get a script together. But don’t hold your breath — Murray still doesn’t seem all that eager to dive in, so the likelihood of cameras rolling in the near future are still very slim. Read his comments after the jump.
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So many movies are about a loss of innocence. A main character faces trials and tribulations, and their eyes are opened to the cruelty of the world before they overcome it. Moonrise Kingdom, the seventh movie by director Wes Anderson, is definitely not that sort of story. The film teaches a lesson through the positives in life. For Anderson, that’s something new. He’s rebelling against loss of innocence, and discovering it instead.
Anderson’s past films have all hinged on a cynical point of view: Max Fischer flipping the bird, Richie Tenenbaum attempting suicide, Steve Zissou hunting sharks. Even the fantastic Mr. Fox is, on the surface, a thief. Rarely is true innocence Anderson’s chief focus.
But with Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson uses his signature visual cues and oddball sense of humor to tell a story that completely lacks cynicism and is almost palpably sweet. It’s a step forward for the filmmaker. However, by entering this new territory, the balance between message and humor, so expertly handled in his previous films, shifts ever so slightly. Read more after the jump.
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Wes Anderson fans get a lot this week: his new film Moonrise Kingdom premiered recently at Cannes, and the film starts to hit theaters on Friday. (Some markets have to wait a week or two, however.) Along with the debut of the new movie we’ve had loads of interviews with the director, and some very entertaining promo material for the film.
Perhaps the best bit of promotion for Moonrise Kingdom is a walkthrough of the film by one of the stars, Bill Murray. Dressed casually and playing like he’s just a bit toasted, Murray takes us through the cast and some of the sets for the film, and his droll narration is wonderful. Even though we’ve seen some of this material before, if you like Murray, you’ll like this small tour. Read More »