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 »

/Filmcast Ep. 189 – Moonrise Kingdom

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam highlight some of the best films at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival, praise the prolific nature of Mark Duplass, and respond to your feedback for our Prometheus review. Plus, Adam’s “Shit Movie of the Week” returns with a vengeance.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be reviewing Brave next week.

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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 »

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 »

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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