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In early May, Focus Features bought distribution rights to the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and issued an announcement of the full cast along with a plot description.

Or: almost the full cast. One actor who has been rumored for the film for some time is Harvey Keitel, but he was not among the announced cast list. Now he has been confirmed as being part of the movie. Along with that news, we’ve got the first images of some of the film’s sets, and of Edward Norton in costume (above) as a boy scout leader and Bill Murray being Bill Murray. That’s all after the break. Read More »

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Wes Anderson is shooting his next film, Moonrise Kingdom, right now in Rhode Island, and the film now has distribution set: Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights. Some of those rights will be sold off at Cannes, wihle the company will release the film under the Focus banner in the US.

Moonrise Kingdom has a few new faces for the Wes Anderson collective, as the cast includes: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Bruce Willis? Yep, and I can’t say I’m not really interested to see how that works out for Wes Anderson. The full synopsis is after the break. Read More »

Roman Coppola Has a New Film in the Works

It has been almost a decade since the release of CQ, the one and only feature film directed by Roman Coppola, son of Francis Ford Coppola and brother of Sofia Coppola. CQ is a strange beast, a film within a film that features Jeremy Davies as an editor and hopeful film director who is tapped to finish a quickie genre movie. It didn’t make that much of a splash at the time, but it remains an entertaining and thoughtful piece of work, with some great performances. (Jason Schwatrzman is a big scene-stealer.)

In the meantime, Roman has worked on a variety of projects: co-writing The Darjeeling Limited, producing that and Somewhere, doing music videos and second unit film work. (On Lost in Translation, Tetro and The Life Aquatic, among others.) I’d love to see a new feature from him, however, and now it seems like one could be on the way. The Playlist talked to Sofia Coppola recently, and when asked about her brother’s projects, she said, “He’s working on something new… he’s working on a script that he put together.” The Playlist has contacted Roman’s representatives to seek further info, with no luck at this point. Still, a new film from the director would be very welcome, and we’re eager for more info.

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It’s the eternal debate for all geeks: beer or sex? That’s the question posed in a clever commercial for Stella Artois beer that premiered this weekend. A young French man brings a young lady back to his home, which is set up like something out of a James Bond movie. She starts to play with some of his remote controls and, well, you should watch the one minutes commercial to find out. What makes this eye catching spot even cooler, though, is that it was co-directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

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As I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox and gradually sensed the darkness of the theater lose out to the autumn-colored, classy, stop motion shenanigans on screen, I began to accept that every silhouette in the audience—fat and small, rich and me—was dressed in ship-shape, semi-formal attire. I pictured moms silently imagining themselves speaking in snooty English accents and serving cups of Earl Grey. And kids ages five through nine on the verge of zzz’ing in handsome jackets of tweed and corduroy; mildly stimulated by what equates to a visually dazzling hipster Sunday School lesson taught with Adderall on its gums and Tryptophan in its belly.

In contrast to Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Areitself a furry and visionary 2009 adaptation of a famous kid’s book about nonconformity—Wes Anderson‘s Fox focuses foremost on family via adult characters. Whereas Wild Things united male Eighties Babies with its look at psychological distress, a side effect birthed by so much of that decade’s parental divorce and separation, Fox unites families of the aughts with an increasingly rare and welcome air of sophistication. One is a film about adults-as-wild-animals suitable for families, the other is a film about a child amidst wild animals suitable for would-be adults.

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The Darjeeling Limited Movie Poster

Update: Apparently the poster is just a creation of NataliePortman.com, and is not real.

One day after the screenplay mysteriously found its way onto the internet, out friends at FilmIck have a first look at the movie poster for Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. I love the film’s tagline “She Almost Definitely Changed The World”. It’s very Wes Anderson-ish. Click on the poster for a slightly better view.

Written by Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, the story follows the journey of three brothers (played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) who take a train (The Darjeeling Ltd) through India in search of a rare albino tiger that was believed to be the reincarnation of their recently deceased father. The brothers intend the trip as a spiritual journey, a search for the tiger, and a chance to bond with each other. But things go wrong – they get kicked off the train, at which point they begin to learn much more about themselves and the country than they ever expected to. The film also stars Amara Karan, Natalie Portman, and Angelica Huston.

The Darjeeling Limited is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25th 2007.

The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson’s next movie, The Darjeeling Limited is being screened for test audiences right now (a review on AICN has mysteriously disappeared). The film’s screenplay has been leaked onto the internet. We haven’t read it, but we’re hoping it’s better than The Life Aquatic (we enjoyed his last movie but it paled in comparison to his previous efforts). You might want to check out the script over at NataliePortman.com, before it disappears too.

Written by Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, the story follows the journey of three brothers (played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) who take a train (The Darjeeling Ltd) through India in search of a rare albino tiger that was believed to be the reincarnation of their recently deceased father. The brothers intend the trip as a spiritual journey, a search for the tiger, and a chance to bond with each other. But things go wrong – they get kicked off the train, at which point they begin to learn much more about themselves and the country than they ever expected to. The film also stars Amara Karan, Natalie Portman, and Angelica Huston.

The Darjeeling Limited is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25th 2007.

Via: DTheater

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