It’s been a fine year for Wes Anderson, as his film Moonrise Kingdom did well commercially, and has landed on many year-end top ten lists, and stands as a big awards contender. As the promotion for Moonrise Kingdom winds down, Anderson is looking forward to his “Euro movie” The Grand Budapest Hotel, which stars Ralph Fiennes as the composed concierge of the titular hotel, and also features Anderson regulars such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.
While the film lost Johnny Depp as a lead (replaced by Fiennes), there have been rumors that some of the Moonrise Kingdom supporting cast that wasn’t previously part of Anderson’s informal stock company would take part in the next picture. Now Anderson has confirmed several of them, and revealed the participation of a few other actors, such as Quantum of Solace villain Mathieu Amalric. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Until we know who’ll really get to direct the new Star Wars, there’s no harm in fantasizing about people who clearly won’t, right? On a recent episode of Conan, the late-night host imagined what a Star Wars VII directed by Wes Anderson or Todd Phillips might be like. After seeing them, I have to say, I’m almost sorry that neither of them are actually up for the job.
Meanwhile, you can add Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino to the “I’m good, thanks” list, and Kevin Smith shares his hopes for the new trilogy. Hit the jump to continue reading.
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For his last feature, Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson tapped the then-unknown Kara Hayward to play the film’s young female lead. For his next movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson is turning to a more established name. Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) will play one of the lead roles, opposite Ralph Fiennes, who is M. Gustave, the “perfectly composed” concierge of the titular hotel, and Jude Law.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
Wes Anderson isn’t as intensely secretive as some of his Hollywood colleagues, but he hasn’t exactly been forthcoming about his next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. At this point, all we have to go on are a handful of casting notices — Ralph Fiennes, Angela Lansbury, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzmann are all on the list — and some vague statements about it being a family-unfriendly piece set in Europe.
Recently, however, the filmmaker let slip a few more details while doing press for Moonrise Kingdom‘s home video release. Plot details remain mostly unrevealed, but thanks to some new info on the film’s setting and inspirations, we now have a slightly better idea as to the feel of the film. Read his comments after the jump.
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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 »
Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
There are films that land a high-profile cast because they promise easy cash for little work (ahem, New Year’s Eve), and then there are pictures that attract major talent because they actually seem worthy of it. Wes Anderson‘s next project seems to fall in the latter category. The director has a pretty fantastic track record with A-list talent so far, so it’s no wonder he’s collecting an enviable roster for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
A couple of weeks back, Anderson squelched rumors that Johnny Depp had signed on to star, but with or without him, the film is continuing to rope in some interesting names. Angela Lansbury and (no surprise) Bill Murray were reported as part of the cast a not long ago, joining Owen Wilson and Jude Law. Now the latest addition is Ralph Fiennes, who’s a newcomer to Anderson’s genteel universe. More after the jump.
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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 »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
Like most filmmakers, Wes Anderson has a few stars he likes to return to time and time again. But no one’s logged more time in Anderson’s genteel, impeccably art-directed universe than Bill Murray, who’s starred all but one (Bottle Rocket) of Anderson’s seven features to date. It should come as no surprise, then, that the pair are set to reunite once again, for Anderson’s upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Not that the film will be all Anderson regulars. In addition to his longtime pal Murray, the filmmaker has also just added Angela Lansbury to his lineup. The Grand Budapest Hotel marks the Murder, She Wrote legend’s first time featuring in one of Anderson’s movies. Lansbury and Murray join previously announced stars Owen Wilson, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law. More after the jump.
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