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It’s been a few years since we last heard from director Wes Anderson, who vanished into thin air following the well-deserved critical and financial success of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (which is a masterpiece and very possibly his best movie). Updates on his new stop-motion film, his first since 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox (another masterpiece and very possibly his second best movie) have been sporadic. And while we’ll have to keep on waiting to learn more about his next feature movie, Anderson has gone and made a Christmas-themed short film starring Adrien Brody that you can watch right now.

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Wes Anderson Visual Influiences

Wes Anderson is one of those filmmakers with a style that you know immediately. Symmetrical cinematography, period settings and colorful production design are just some of the common traits you’ll find in a Wes Anderson movie, and we haven’t even gotten to the recurring cast members. However, if you’re not well-versed in some classic films such as The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Citizen Kane or The 400 Blows, then you might not have noticed. Or maybe you’ve seen those movies and you just never realized Wes Anderson was paying referencing them with his visuals.

Check out the Wes Anderson visual influences and references after the jump. Read More »

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If you didn’t get your fill of Bill Murray this past weekend with the A Very Murray Christmas special debuting on Netflix on Friday, you’ll have another opportunity to see the actor reunite with one of his reliable collaborators, though you might have to wait awhile.

As has become custom with every Wes Anderson movie since Rushmore, Bill Murray will have a part in the director’s return to stop-motion animation in a project that so far we know very little about. Find out more on the next Wes Anderson Bill Murray team-up below! Read More »

Wes Anderson Wants to Make a Horror Movie

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We all know what a Wes Anderson movie is. The co-writer/director behind Moonrise KingdomThe Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Royal Tenenbaums has a distinct voice and style. Anderson is sometimes criticized for never leaving his wheelhouse, but, according to the director, he might venture far outside of his comfort zone with a horror movie.

Learn more after the jump.

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Deputy Kovacs' Cat From The Grand Budapest Hotel

There’s been speculation that Wes Anderson hates dogs, based on the various horrible fates that have befallen Man’s Best Friend in his movies. But would a guy who hates dogs plan to make an entire stop-motion animated movie about them? Presumably not.

And he certainly wouldn’t cast the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, and Bryan Cranston to voice them, as has just been reported. Find out about the Wes Anderson stop-motion film casting after the jump.  Read More »

A New Wes Anderson Stop-Motion Movie is on the Way

Wes Anderson Italian Cafe

Wes Anderson‘s lovely adaptation of Road Dahl‘s Fantastic Mr. Fox wasn’t a box-office smash. Anderson himself has admitted if a studio adapted the story as a CG-animated movie, it probably would’ve been more financially successful. Creatively speaking, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a home run, a movie that won back a lot of fans for Anderson after the mixed responses to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited. Those fans of Fantastic Mr. Fox should be ecstatic to learn a new Wes Anderson stop-motion movie is next for the acclaimed filmmaker.

Read more about the director’s newest project after the jump.

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Grand Overlook Hotel

At first, you might think that directors Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick don’t have much in common. Their films couldn’t be on more opposite ends of the spectrum. However, Steve Ramsden used the similarity in the way Anderson and Kubrick frame shots as a reference point to create The Grand Overlook Hotel, a truly incredible mash-up of The Shining and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Wes Anderson Italian Cafe

Director Wes Anderson has one of the most distinct storytelling and visual styles of any filmmaker working today. Fans have even taken to using his style to imagine other movies as if they were directed by Anderson, such as Forrest Gump and The Uncanny X-Men. Of course, no one parodied Wes Anderson better than Saturday Night Live with their horror spoof, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. And now if you’re a Wes Anderson fan, you can step into the world he beautifully brings to life on the big screen…sort of.

No, there’s not a Wes Anderson theme park (though plenty would line up for that attraction), but the filmmaker has designed a cafe in Italy that feels like it’s straight out of one of his movies. Thankfully, if you’re not in Europe, we have some photos that you can check out. See what this Wes Anderson Italian cafe looks like after the jump. Read More »

Wes Anderson X-Men

Wes Anderson parodies are like the cat videos of movie parodies. There are so many. The reason being that Anderson has such a distinct style in every facet of filmmaking – from shot composition, to tone, performance, music, production and costume design – his aesthetic is fairly easy to duplicate, at least on a superficial level.

That is, it’s easy to duplicate, but not easy to make entertaining. That takes more nuance and a very good idea, both of which filmmaker Patrick H Willems has. He’s made a video that asked a question no one else has addressed: What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men? The result is very clever and entertaining. Check out the Wes Anderson X-Men video below. Read More »

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Why We Go To The Sundance Film Festival

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NOTE: We ran this article in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and have updated it for 2015.

The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?

More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?

For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.

Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »