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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There isn’t a lot of new footage from Wes Anderson‘s new film Moonrise Kingdom in the behind the scenes featurette that arrived today (there is some new stuff) but there are some really lovely shots of the director and crew at work. Various participants in the film, including co-writer Roman Coppola and actors Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Bob Balaban, and Tilda Swinton, explain some of the basics of the film, giving up a few new character details as they do.

The really good stuff, from my perspective, is the sidelong view of some of the film’s sets and locations. Anderson is such a meticulous stylist that there is a lot to see in his sets, and we get to see a couple of great glimpses of stuff built for the film in this featurette. We’ve seen some of this in the 20 minutes of behind the scenes b-roll that was released not long ago. But if you were worried about seeing too much of the film before the fact in that footage, this is the spoiler-free way to get a look at the set. Check it out below. Read More »

If you’ve been reading /Film for even a few minutes, then you know that I love watching ans posting fly-on-the-wall footage from the making of films, especially when it comes to projects from my favorite auteurs. Most of the behind the scenes documentaries included on DVD/Blu-ray fail to provide anything more than a glossy advertisement-style look at the making of a movie. For the past few years we’ve been posting “B-roll footage” from the making of interesting movies, which is primarily provided by the studios to television outlets to intercut with interviews with the cast and the crew.

Like or hate his style, most will agree that Wes Anderson is one of the more interesting filmmakers working today. I’m always interested to see Wes in action, especially since he works with an interesting crew of actors and that almost every shot is such artfully constructed, composed and executed. After the jump you will find over 20 minutes of b-roll footage from Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Please be warned of possible spoilers if you havent seen the film.

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With Wes Anderson‘s new film Moonrise Kingdom to premiere soon at the Cannes Film Festival, we’re going to start seeing a lot more materials from the strange little tale in the coming weeks. Already this week we’ve seen a set of character posters, and now we’ve got the first clip from the film that tells the story of two young kids who fall in love and run away to make a new life together, leaving their home town in disarray.

In deference to those who don’t want to see or know any more than they have to before sitting down to watch the full film, I’ll keep real info about the clip for after the break. But it is pure Wes Anderson, and a nice taste of the personality projected by Bruce Willis in the film.

Update: Two other clips appeared during the night, and we’ve collected them here.

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The primary lineup for the competition slate at the 2012 Cannes has been unveilend, and it is a very strong list of films. There are quite a few expected entries: David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis, Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, John Hillcoat‘s Lawless (formerly The Wettest County), and Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly (formerly Cogan’s Trade), and we already knew that Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom would open the festival.

But the international lineup is even more exciting, with films such as Rust & Bone from Jacques Audiard, Amour from Micheal Haneke, The Hunt from Thomas Vinterberg, and Mekong Hotel from 2010 Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. As is occasionally the case with Cannes, this year’s lineup features many returning Cannes award winners; it’s a world-class program.

The downside to all of that is that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master and Terrence Malick‘s as-yet untitled romance starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem didn’t show up in the list. There is some time for them to be added to the festival lineup in some measure, but (as expected) we’ll likely have to wait until this fall for The Master. As for the Malick movie… well, it’s Malick, so who knows?

You’ll find the lineup as it has been announced so far after the break. Read More »

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