Wes Anderson fans eagerly awaiting Moonrise Kingdom — his first directorial effort since 2009′s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and his first live-action feature since 2007′s The Darjeeling Limited — can officially banish any worries that the hipster-prep auteur has lost his touch. Following the film’s world premiere at Cannes, the vast majority of reviews have been somewhere between “mostly positive” and “utterly glowing.” As with any movie, there are the occasional naysayers, but even the less enamored seem to agree that Anderson diehards will find the filmmaker doing exactly what he does best here.

Co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom follows the chaos that erupts in a sleepy New England island town in the 1960s when two adolescents (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) decide to run away together. The top-shelf adult supporting cast includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and of course, Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Read the early reactions after the jump.

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The four latest featurettes for Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom don’t reveal much more about the actual movie than that last behind-the-scenes video did, but it’s still a pleasure to watch the cast and crew coming together. Especially when all the proceedings are narrated by Bob Balaban, in typically wry, gentle Anderson style.

The four videos focus on Anderson and stars Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis, as they shoot their scenes and goof off between takes. Turns out Anderson and Norton in particular are pretty adept at stone skipping, and Anderson was scared of Murray the first time they met. Watch them after the jump.

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The Academy Awards are this Sunday and if you are anything like me you have a. . .mild interest in watching. Competition in the arts is, lets face it, a little silly. The Descendants and Tree of Life are both about troubled families, and are both brilliant, but how on earth do you compare the two?

But still, but still. . . the films nominated for major categories are almost always worth taking a look at. And some of ‘em may have slipped under your radar. Hence this week’s feature on Recent Oscar Nominees You Probably Haven’t Seen.

To help narrow our focus, I decided to only pick Oscar nominees from the last 20 years. Since I normally select eight titles (I’ve been consistent, in case you haven’t noticed) I decided to do one from the Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Foreign Language and Animation categories. Sorry Best Original and Adapted Screenplays, we’ll get you next time. Read More »

We first heard about Jill Sprecher‘s Thin Ice when Greg KinnearBilly Crudup, and Alan Arkin signed on to star almost two years ago, back when it was still titled The Convincer. But the film hasn’t drawn much attention since then; even after it premiered at last year’s Sundance, I don’t remember hearing much about it. After seeing this sharp new trailer, though, I’m happy to be reminded of its existence.

In what sort of looks like Fargo-lite without aping the Coen Bros. too closely, Kinnear plays Mickey, a down-on-his-luck insurance agent in Kenosha, Wisconson. He stumbles across an opportunity to make some shady money off of one of his customers (Arkin), who’s unaware of the true value of one of his possessions. Unfortunately, Mickey makes the mistake of involving an unpredictable ex-con (Crudup) in his exploits, and from there things quickly spin out of control. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Not too long ago, it seemed like every new movie in the works was some spin on the doomed paranormal romance a la Twilight. Now, Hollywood’s new obsession seems to be wedding-themed comedies. Thanks to the recent successes of Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II, Hollywood is apparently intent on producing any wedding-based comedy it can get its hands on. The latest project in this vein is Who Invited Her?, based on a pitch by Sascha Rothchild about a woman who tags along on a bachelor party getaway.

Reese Witherspoon is attached to star, as well as produce through her company Type A Films. Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff are also signed on to produce. Rothchild will be writing the script, which is said to be — of course — “in the spirit of Bridesmaids.” [The Hollywood Reporter and Variety]

After the jump, Bob Balaban joins Wes Anderson’s latest.

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Ray Winstone is currently starring in 44 Inch Chest, which was written by Sexy Beast writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto. Mellis and Scinto have since stopped working together, and Scinto is now poised to make the jump to director. As leading man in his debut Night Flower, he’s tapped a reliable presence: Ray Winstone. From there the cast gets better, as Ben Whishaw and Andrew Garfield are currently in talks to join.

We don’t have many details on the script, which Scinto wrote and is called a “terrifying romantic thriller” in THR‘s report. As shooting is not scheduled to start until this fall we’ll probably have to wait a bit before hearing any more. But having Winstone, Whishaw and Garfield together should be great, and I’m excited to see what Scinto comes up with on his own.

After the break, the young version of Conan the Barbarian is cast, and the animated pic Monster in Paris gets some good voices. Read More »

Recount Movie Trailer

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Last month we brought you the teaser trailer for Recount, HBO Films’ retelling of the behind-the-scenes happenings during the 2000 presidential election and the scandal that resulted. /Film reader Linton sent us the full length trailer for the upcoming film.

Written by 33-year old actor turned screenwriter Danny Strong, Recount was the top film on the 2007 Black List, an annual poll of 150 development executives and high-level assistants which ranks the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood. The top three entries of the 2005 list where Things We Lost in the Fire, Juno, and Lars and the Real Girl. So it’s definitely a great list to be on. Directed by Jay Roach (Meet The Parents, Austin Powers), and starring Kevin Spacey stars as Ron Klain, former Vice President Al Gore’s Chief of Staff, John Hurt as Warren Christopher, who supervised the contested Florida recount, Laura Dern as Katherine Harris, former Secretary of State for the State of Florida, Tom Wilkinson as James Baker and Denis Leary as Michael Whouley.

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Recount will premiere on Sunday May 25th at 9:00pm on HBO.

Discuss: What do you think about the Recount movie trailer? [Please keep political discussion out of the comments]

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