One of the first big award season nomination sets went out this morning: the Independent Spirit Awards, which highlight achievement in (obviously) independent productions. The big films in this year’s nominations were Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom; David O Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook, and newcomer Benh Zeitlin‘s Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild. Read More »

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For the third straight year, the films of Wes Anderson have been framed. Spoke Art, San Francisco’s pre-eminent pop art gallery, has just opened their third annual Bad Dads show featuring works of art inspired by the films of the fantastic filmmaker. It’s a show Anderson himself is aware of and a fan of. In our interview earlier this year on the occasion of Moonrise Kingdom, he said the following about the show:

I have seen some [of the art] on the Internet and seeing somebody make artwork inspired by things in my movies is one of the most exciting things to me.

Moonrise Kingdom was exciting for lots of artists this year too as Anderson’s latest film was one of the most popular subjects chosen. But that doesn’t mean classics like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and others weren’t well-represented.

After the jump, check out just a small sampling of the art now available from the show, which is open through November 24. Read More »

New York Comic-Con starts Thursday and while it hasn’t quite reached the insane heights of San Diego, it’s getting there. One company that’s certainly helping is Spoke Art, who’ll have a massive booth at the Con with no less than eight exclusive prints, previously sold out editions and much more.

The bulk of the exclusives will be the kick off of their third annual Bad Dads art show, featuring art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. We’ve featured both years (extensively) in the past and this year, with a new movie in theaters (Moonrise Kingdom), there’s even more excellent art by artists such as Max Dalton, Joshua Budich, Issac Bidwell and Dave Perillo (the exhibit will then continue in San Francisco later this month). Plus, Tim Doyle has released a new Simpsons themed piece in his Unreal Estate series and it’s the Worst. Print. Ever. Yes, you guessed the location. That show, too, will continue in the future.

After the jump, check out all the new Spoke Art pieces that’ll be at New York Comic Con booth #3223 beginning this week and more. Read More »

Wes Anderson‘s new film Moonrise Kingdom is playing now, and in a meta-twist, it is playing even in the campground of the scout troop that features in the movie. In a new promo short written and directed by Anderson, Jason Schwartzman‘s character from the film presents a screening of the movie to his young charges. His rules from the screening are strict, but those kids have gotta be kept in line, right? Read More »

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Wes Anderson sits on a short list of filmmakers who, no matter what they put in theaters, we’ll go see it. His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, is only his seventh feature film but with each and every movie, Anderson’s unique vision evolves and focuses telling original, beautiful stories that are wholly his own, even when they’re based on someone else’s work (The Fantastic Mr. Fox for example).

In my opinion Moonrise Kingdom, which is now playing in select cities and will continue to expand throughout June, marks a change for Anderson and speaking with the talented director, I asked him about it. He didn’t quite agree. We also spoke about how his next movie will “not be family friendly,” the genesis of Moonrise’s glorious end credits, if he looks back at his old movies, feels added pressure being so revered and the art galleries that have taken to commemmorateing his work.

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As promised last week, Wes Anderson has released a short companion piece to his latest film, Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a series of six animated sequences from the fictional books Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) reads in the film, which is now playing in NY and LA and will open wider throughout the month.

After the jump, watch the film, read more about its conception and find out about Wes Anderson’s favorite New York films. Later today, check back for our one-on-one interview with the director. Read More »

In its first weekend, Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom set a new record for per-screen average, grossing $171,545 per theaters in just four theaters. The tally was a testament not only to the quality of the film and its impressive cast but Anderson’s reputation as well. After seven quality films, Anderson has easily cemented himself up as one of the most exciting director’s working today and Moonrise Kingdom only adds to his track record.

Later this week, we’ll post an interview with the director that discusses that point and more. However, talking to Coming Soon, Anderson revealed that he has another new addition coming to his ever growing oeuvre. They’ve animated some of the stories read in the movie and the short film will be on line next week. Read the quote below. Read More »

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