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Berlin Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’ is Wes Anderson’s Delightful Stop-Motion Ode to Japanese Cinema

One does not necessarily have to be fond of canines in order to love Isle of Dogs, but it helps. It may also help to have a fondness for the meticulous craft of stop-motion animation itself or, even more interestingly perhaps, for Japanese cinema. It is a delightful, exquisitely-detailed production that sees Wes Anderson return to animated filmmaking for the first time since Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it’s clear, as he has admitted, that his biggest influences were not the works of Laika or Aardman, but rather Akira Kurosawa.

Any fan of that Japanese master’s work will surely clock that reverence (and smugly pat themselves on the back) as soon as they hear the first rumble of Alexandre Desplat’s thrilling Taiko drum score. The first such visual queue only comes after the film’s busy prologue is completed when, framed in front of a minimal white horizon,
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Berlin Opening Night: Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig Celebrate ‘Isle of Dogs’

The 68th Berlin Film Festival got off to a festive start on Thursday as Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick and German Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters welcomed international stars, industry bigwigs and German President Frank Walter Steinmeier to the glitzy opening gala premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” – the first-ever animated film to open the fest.

Among the stars on hand for the show were “Isle of Dogs” voice actors Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban and Liev Schreiber, who accompanied Anderson for the premiere.

Also on hand were fellow cast members Kunichi Nomura, Koyu Rankin, Akira Takayama, Yojiro Noda and Mari Natsuki as well as screenwriters Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.

A considerable number of women in the audience wore black in support of the #metoo movement, a fact not lost on the show’s host, German TV entertainer and comedian Anke Engelke, who quipped
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’
Say “Isle of Dogs” fast and it comes out sounding an awful lot like “I Love Dogs” — which makes sense, since that’s pretty much the chief takeaway from Wes Anderson’s delightful new animated feature. A winningly dippy hodgepooch of lo-fi sci-fi, band-of-outsiders adventure and the most meme-ready canine antics you’ll find outside of YouTube, this leisurely tale of abandoned mutts taking on a corrupt human government is effectively puppy-treat cinema: small, salty, perhaps not an entire meal, but rewarding nonetheless.

More than any part of its slender, precarious narrative, “Isle of Dogs” is really a film about its own enthusiasms: for four-legged fleabags of all shapes and sizes, of course, but also for the culture and cinema of Japan, which is woven with typical fastidiousness into Anderson’s magpie aesthetic. That makes it a markedly more eccentric proposition than Anderson’s first feature-length foray into stop-motion, 2009’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” — and with a PG-13 rating
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Wes Anderson on the Politics of ‘Isle of Dogs’ and a Return to Stop-Motion

Wes Anderson on the Politics of ‘Isle of Dogs’ and a Return to Stop-Motion
Wes Anderson and the producers and cast of Berlinale opening movie “Isle of Dogs,” cracked wise through a bubbly press conference Thursday that paid no heed to such weighty matters as the #MeToo movement and whether the Berlin Palast should unfurl a red or black carpet. Three times the film’s assembled cast burst into song, with Bill Murray leading a rendition of Bob Balaban’s name to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann,” and then happy birthday to Koyu Rankin on his 11th birthday.

Getting to the politics of the movie, which follows events after dogs are exiled from a fictional Japanese metropolis to an island full of garbage and are demonized by politicians and authorities, director Wes Anderson said that they were made up, but that real life started to creep in.

“We knew there was something happening politically [in the film]. It’s where the story came from, and what happens in the movie,
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Watch: Wes Anderson & Cast Discuss the Influence of Kurosawa & Miyazaki on ‘Isle of Dogs’ at Berlinale Press Conference

Returning to Berlinale International Film Festival four years after The Grand Budapest Hotel premiered there, Wes Anderson’s newest film is the stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs. Following the press screening (check back for our review) and ahead of the official premiere, the director and much of the massive cast gathered for a press conference, and now the entire 35-minute talk is available to watch.

Featuring Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Liev Schreiber, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and more, they discussed how the usually evasive Murray simply couldn’t say no, the film’s political undertones, the original iteration of the idea of the film, being inspired by the voice casting in making the animation, their influences, and a lot of dog talk.

“In this one, there are two directors who are our inspirations: Kurosawa and Miyazaki,” Anderson said. “The detail and also the silences.
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Isle of Dogs Early Reviews: Wes Anderson’s Latest is Charming & Weird

Early reviews are rolling in for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated movie Isle of Dogs, following its premiere at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. The project is the second stop-motion animated feature from Anderson after his Roald Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr. Fox (which was release in 2009) and reunites the filmmaker with many of his favorite actors; including, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, and of course Bill Murray. Newcomers to the world of Anderson this time around include Bryan Cranston, Courtney B. Vance, Scarlett Johansson, and Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig.
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Wes Anderson Explains Hayao Miyazaki’s Influence on ‘Isle of Dogs’ and Stop-Motion Challenges

Wes Anderson Explains Hayao Miyazaki’s Influence on ‘Isle of Dogs’ and Stop-Motion Challenges
Wes Anderson is finally ready to talk about “Isle of Dogs.” The director returned to the Berlin Film Festival, where his latest feature is the first animated film to open the ceremony, and he joined his screenwriters Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura, plus many members of his star-studded voice cast, for the official “Isle of Dogs” press conference. Prior to Berlin, Anderson had been incredibly tight-lipped about his first stop-motion film since “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” but now we know a little more about what drove him to make the project.

“Jason, Roman, and I started this project with wanting to do a movie about some dogs abandoned on a garbage dump, a pack of dogs who live on garbage,” Anderson said, admitting that it wasn’t the boldest idea they ever had. “But we had also been talking about wanting to do something in Japan, about Japan, something
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Watch the first clip from Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs

Ahead of its release next month, Fox Searchlight has debuted the first clip form writer-director Wes Anderson’s upcoming animated film Isle of Dogs which you can check out below…

See Also: Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs gets a first trailer and new poster

Isle Of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Isle of Dogs is set for release on March 23rd in the States and on March 30th in the UK and features a
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to Close SXSW Festival

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to Close SXSW Festival
The South by Southwest Film Festival will close its 25th edition with Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” on March 18.

The stop-motion animated adventure is set in a dystopian Japan with an extensive voice cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, and Yoko Ono.

Isle of Dogs” is the opening film of this month’s Berlin Film Festival — the first animated movie to ever launch the Berlinale. The Fox Searchlight title is scheduled for release in the U.S. on March 23.

SXSW also announced on Wednesday the remainder of its festival program, including the midnighters, shorts, virtual cinema, music video, title sequence, and new independent episodic lineup, plus late-addition features.

The SXSW midnighters section features 10 genre films, including six world premieres, in addition to another dozen titles for a total of 132 total
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Isle Of Dogs First Clip Features Massive Dog Pile

(From L-r): Edward Norton as “Rex,” Jeff Goldblum as “Duke,” Bill Murray as “Boss,” Bob Balaban as “King” and Bryan Cranston as “Chief” in the film Isle Of Dogs.

For the love of Dogs…

This odyssey of a young boy in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots, on a vast garbage-dump called ‘Trash Island’ features an all star cast of voices Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunicki Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Mari Katsuki, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Liev Schreiber, and Courtney B. Vance.

From Fox Searchlight, check out this funny clip for one of 2018’s most anticipated films… Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs.

Check out the motion poster.

Isle Of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When,
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‘Isle of Dogs’: Everything You Need to Know About Wes Anderson’s New Stop-Motion Movie

‘Isle of Dogs’: Everything You Need to Know About Wes Anderson’s New Stop-Motion Movie
Wes Anderson is returning to the big screen after a four-year hiatus, and cinephiles are predictably over the moon with anticipation. For his first feature since “The Grand Budapest Hotel” became a box office hit and a four-time Oscar winner, Anderson is going back to the stop-motion style he perfected in “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” His latest is a canine-filled adventure called “Isle of Dogs” that set to be released on March 23 courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Read More:‘Isle of Dogs’: 25 Striking Shots From Wes Anderson’s Stop-Motion Tale

Anderson has only tried his hand at animation once before with “Fox,” but that gamble ended up being a huge success. Not only was “Fox” nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but it was also named the second best animated film of the 21st century by IndieWire. Can Anderson strike stop-motion lightning twice? The odds are in his favor.
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Here's a Clip From Wes Anderson's Isle Of Dogs Featuring a Dog Showdown

This first clip released for director Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs features two groups of dogs coming face to face for a showdown to fight over the contents a newly discovered bag. I'm a big fan of Anderson's work and his filmmaking style, and this next film of his looks pretty damn enjoyable.

Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture.After Fantastic Mr. Fox, this new work marks Wes Anderson’s second animation film.
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New Motion Poster, First Clip Arrives For Wes Anderson’s Incoming ‘Isle Of Dogs’

A new motion poster for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animation Isle Of Dogs has arrived online ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next week.

The film is an odyssey of a young boy in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots, on a vast garbage-dump called ‘Trash Island’ and features an all star cast of voices such as Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum.

Related: Isle Of Dogs trailer

Here’s the full synopsis as provided by the studio.

Isle Of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends,
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Marvel releases trailer for Wolverine: The Long Night

Marvel New Media and top podcast service Stitcher have released a trailer for Wolverine: The Long Night, Marvel’s highly-anticipated first-ever scripted podcast. You can listen to the trailer on the official website here.

The Wolverine: The Long Night story is a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe. It follows agents Sally Pierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) as they arrive in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska, to investigate a series of murders and quickly discover the town lives in fear of a serial killer. The agents team up with deputy Bobby Reid (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) to investigate their main suspect, Logan (Richard Armitage). Their search leads them on a fox hunt through the mysterious and corrupt town.

In addition to Armitage, the show’s cast includes notable actors Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Mr. Robot
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Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs get a motion poster

Fox Searchlight has released a brand new motion poster for Wes Anderson’s upcoming animated film Isle of Dogs; check it out here…

See Also: Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs gets a first trailer and new poster

Isle Of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Isle of Dogs is set for release on March 23rd in the States and on March 30th in the UK and features a voice cast that includes Edward Norton, Bill Murray,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Enter the ‘Isle of Dogs’ in First Clip from Wes Anderson’s Stop-Motion Animation

After taking his longest break between features yet, Wes Anderson is finally back this spring, following up his hit The Grand Budapest Hotel, which pulled in nearly $175 million at the box office. Returning to the world of stop-motion animation after Fantastic Mr. Fox, but this time going into PG-13 territory–for “thematic elements” (ah, those precarious, themes) and “violent images”–Isle of Dogs will premiere at Berlinale in under 10 days and be released about a month after that.

Featuring the voices of–take a breath–Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunicki Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Mari Katsuki, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Liev Schreiber, and Courtney B. Vance, the first clip has now arrived.

Introducing our main band of doggies, check out the clip below, along with the new Berlinale description,
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Isle of Dogs Sneak Peek Goes Savage Over a Bag of Trash

Fox Searchlight has debuted the first savage clip and a new motion poster for Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. The animated poster has young Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin) surrounded by several mutts, poking fun at the recent dog flu epidemic that has swept through the nation. On the Isle of Dogs, it's always dog flu season. Fox Searchlight has also debuted a sneak peek, which gives us a closer look at the vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, with two rival packs of chow hounds going at each other's throats.

The clip begins with a large crane dropping off a new sack of garbage, which is immediately noticed by two different dog packs. One features a group of nearly identical white dogs, who are met by another group featuring Rex (Edward Norton), King (Bob Balaban), Chief (Bryan Cranston), Boss (Bill Murray) and Duke (Jeff Goldblum). They each try to snarl as best they can,
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ is Rated PG-13 For ‘Violent Images’

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ is Rated PG-13 For ‘Violent Images’
Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” is finally opening in theaters next month, and it turns out the director’s return to stop-motion animation is going to be a little edgier and more adult than “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has officially given “Isle of Dogs” a PG-13 rating for “thematic elements and violent images.” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” was rated PG when it was released in 2009.

Read More:Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ is Inspired By Akira Kurosawa and Christmas Television Specials

Isle of Dogs” is set in the fake Japanese city of Megasaki. The villainous Mayor Kobayashi has banished all dogs to an island garbage-dump after an outbreak of “canine flu” threatens the city. When a 12-year-old adventurer named Atari Kobayashi crash lands his plane on the island, he joins forces with some of the local dogs on a mission to infiltrate the city
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Mira Sorvino Wants to Make a ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ Sequel

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Mira Sorvino Wants to Make a ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ Sequel
Mira Sorvino wants to put this out into the universe — she is totally down for making a sequel to the 1997 cult comedy “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”

“I would be so into it,” she told IndieWire at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Let the powers that be that would control the possibility of it happening decide to do it. Let’s make a sequel.”

“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” directed by David Mirkin, featured Sorvino alongside Lisa Kudrow as two lifelong best friends who travel back to their hometown for the titular high school reunion despite the fact that they may not have fully shed their oddball natures. Thanks to Robin Schiff’s sharp script, the film dodged romantic comedy tropes to emerge as a fun, original take on female friendship — as fun and original as the clothes that Romy and Michele designed themselves.

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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Trailer for Cyberpunk Series ‘Altered Carbon’ (Watch)

In today’s roundup, Netflix releases the trailer for cyberpunk series “Altered Carbon” and HBO announces that the original films “Fahrenheit 451” and “Paterno” will debut this year. Dates Netflix has released a new trailer for its original series “Altered Carbon,” which will premiere on Feb. 2. Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, “Altered Carbon” is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. “Altered Carbon” comes from creator and executive producer Laeta Kalogridis, and stars Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Will Yun Lee and Dichen Lachman. Watch the trailer below: HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451” and “Paterno” will both premier in spring 2018. “Fahrenheit 451,” based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicts a future
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