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For a guy who’s hardly a household name, Seijun Suzuki sure has influenced a veritable who’s who of popular filmmakers. Watching this new video from Press Play, which examines the 92-year old director’s body of work, it’s actually quite striking to see how his signature flamboyant style has rubbed off on an entire new generation of younger filmmakers. It’s there in the splashy, theatrical violence of Quentin Tarantino, the neon-soaked strangeness of Nicolas Winding Refn (who included two of the Japanese director’s films in his Criterion Top 10), the arch artificiality of Wes Anderson and the sly, morose comedy of Jim Jarmusch, who affectionately pays tribute to one of the director’s most famous shots in “Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai.” Although many of his films were initially seen as failures, Suzuki’s unhinged visual imagination and penchant for cleverly staged and often »
- Nicholas Laskin
Read More: Watch: Here's What 'The Shining' Would Look Like If It Were Directed By Wes Anderson I had nightmares about "The Shining" before I'd even seen it. As a kid, I wasn't a fan of horror films. Some may credit this fear to an "overactive imagination." My father, being the dedicated psychiatrist he was, developed and executed a series of social experiments to get to the root of this cowardly behavior. He would measure just how little information concerning a particular horror scenario he could divulge to me before I flew off into wild fits of screeching and slapping my ears. This was, for him, hilarious. The most striking images my father described to me were that of two twin girls standing bloody in a hallway and the deteriorating body of a nude elderly woman come back from the dead. I knew nothing about Kubrick or "The Shining," and »
- Jon Fusco
Have you met Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), the most contemptible Wes Anderson character to not star in a Wes Anderson filmc Well, she's the object of desire for one Quentin Jacobsen (Nat Wolff), or "Q" as he's constantly referred to in Paper Towns, a film so easy to hate it's almost as if it was created for that specific purpose. Adapted from the novel by John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), the hope here is to mimic the success of the previous adaptation, but there isn't even an inkling of the humanity, romance or humor found in The Fault in Our Stars to save this film from its loathsome self. We meet Q at the tender age of nine-years-old as his 18-year-old self tells us he believes in miracles. Every one of us receives at least one miracle in our lifetime he says and for him it's when »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: How Much Do You Know About Wes Anderson? Over 70 artists have contributed to a mammoth Wes Anderson tribute exhibition entitled "Bad Dads," which consists of myriad art pieces ranging from canvas portraits of Margot Tenenbaum to textile prints of Lobby Boy Zero and paintings depicting Mendl's bakery. With several shows at the at the Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco having already occurred, the event has garnered enough popularity to pique the interest of tens of thousands of prospective visitors. Fortunately for New York City-based Anderson lovers, the show is hitting the road and making its way to Chelsea next month. The show will be at the Joseph Gross Gallery from August 7-9. More information about the New York showing can be found here, and prints can be purchased on Spoke Art's site. Read More: A History of Wes Anderson at the Box Office, From 'Bottle Rocket' »
- Meredith Mattlin
Speaking about the 54-year-old actress's character, make-up artist Kyra Panchenko explained to Entertainment Weekly: "She's over the top, over-tanned, and does everything in the biggest way.
"Tilda kept saying in her cute accent, 'I'm a hot mess'."
Swinton was given full creative control over her pushy character's style and look, and eventually based it on former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld.
"We had a little bit of Carine happening in a very respectful way," Panchenko added.
Comedian Schumer - who makes her first starring role in a major movie with Trainwreck - stars as a commitment-phobic career woman, »
In 2001, Wes Anderson introduced movie audiences to Margot Tenenbaum, the beautifully mysterious and near mythical object of affection of her step-brother, Richie Tenenbaum. Fourteen years later, the target market teenagers for "Papers Towns," who likely haven't seen Anderson's film, get their own Margot with Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne). She's approaching her final year of high school and like Margot, has also lived an epic life, which included a three year stint with a circus, but unlike Anderson, screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, adapting the novel by John Green, mistake the allure of Margot/Margo type characters as being automatically bewitching. Anderson embraced the flaws and poor decisions made by Margot, which in turn never make her wholly likeable, but at least relatable. However, in "Paper Towns," the deification of Margo tips too far to one side, souring the movie with a selfish character that also acts as. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.
Starting at Universal in 2006, Jarmain most recently served as senior sales manager for the UK.
During his tenure at Universal he worked on titles including Jurassic World, Minions, the Fast & Furious franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mamma Mia!, as well as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Asif Kapadia’s Senna.
Jarmain replaces Jeremy Baum who has joined StudioCanal.
Jarmain said: “At Universal I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on such a varied and successful slate of films. Icon has an enviable line-up for the rest of 2015, into 2016 and beyond. It’s an exciting time to be joining them.”
Icon’s slate »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Read More: Watch: Here's What 'The Shining' Would Look Like If It Were Directed By Wes Anderson Of all the hardcore film fans out there, the Wes Anderson brigade is a particular kind of beast. Unlike Tarantino fans, who skew male, or Fellini fans, who tend to belong to the older age bracket, Anderson's fans can't easily be classified. They're men and women; they're old and young; they're American, European, and Brazilian. What demarcates an Anderson fan is not identity, but whimsical dedication. Yesterday, at cinephile haunt Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, dedicated Wes Anderson fans were put to the ultimate test. But how would you stack up? Take a look at the trivia questions deployed at the event, and see what you can answer. (Answers at the bottom of the page.) 1. Who has Anderson written the most screenplays with?2. Name the 3 Anderson films that feature Seymour Cassel.3. Anderson includes a »
- Emily Buder
"Spectre," the 24th movie in the James Bond franchise will shake - not stir - its way into theaters October 26 in the U.K. and November 6 in the U.S. It took director Sam Mendes five years to make the latest Daniel Craig Bond movie, following their collaboration in "Skyfall." Sam talked to BBC Radio about the new movie and his decision that "this is probably it" for him when it comes to directing Bond movies. He did say that once before, but this time he added, "I don't think I could go down that road again," because it swallows up so much time and energy. So if he's not around for Bond25, we'll have to stay tuned for who might be jumping in. (Christopher Nolan? Wes Anderson - kidding! Although that would be interesting...)
"Spectre" follows a cryptic message from Bond's past that sends him out to uncover still another sinister organization. »
- Gina Carbone
Upcoming film “Paper Towns” stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne, and was adapted from the John Green novel of the same name. Variety sat down with Wolff and Green to discuss themes from the movie and on-set antics.
One of the themes in “Paper Towns” is the idea of how we tend to reduce people down to one word… where did that come from?
Green: I think it came from two places: One being that when I was a teenage boy I definitely essentialized people around me. When I had crushes on girls, I thought that idealizing them and romanticizing them and putting them on a pedestal was somehow doing them a favor, and somehow that was the way that I was supposed to act because I had been, I think, taught that by the broader culture. And, in fact, that was tremendously dehumanizing to those women, and also ends »
- Seth Kelley
Nothing’s going to stop Disney from plumbing the depths of its extensive animated library for every possible live-action reimagining, reboot, prequel, sequel or spinoff. THR reports that the studio is returning to the world of 1992’s Aladdin for a story set before that animated classic, focusing on the backstory of one lamp-dwelling Genie.
Tentatively titled Genies (ugh), this live-action comedy-adventure is said to dive into the world of the Genies and specifically explain how the fun-loving Genie (voiced by the late Robin Williams) made his way into a lamp later polished by a young street urchin.
The blockbuster success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella has Disney high on fairy tales again, and the studio is keenly searching for any way to dust off its more iconic titles for a new generation. In the works already are a musical Beauty and the Beast take with Emma Watson in the lead role, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Safe Side Of The Fence screens Sunday, July 19 at 1:00pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase. Ticket information can be found Here
World War II’s Manhattan Project required the refinement of massive amounts of uranium, and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt took on the job. As a result, the chemical company’s employees would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history. Tony West’s new documentary The Safe Side Of The Fence both explores that legacy — St. Louis is still coping with the fallout of creating some of the world’s first nuclear waste — and tells the story of nuclear workers both past and present.
Tony West took the time to answer some questions about his film for We Are Movie Geeks in advance of its screening at the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase.
Interview conducted by »
- Tom Stockman
Read More: Interview: Judd Apatow Talks 'Trainwreck,' Working With Amy Schumer, And Why He Should Be In TV Instead Of Movies Judd Apatow has long sung the praises of fellow filmmaker John Cassavetes, but the influence of the dramatic auteur on the raunchy R-rated comedy director isn't as evident as that between, let's say, Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan, Ernst Lubitsch and Wes Anderson and so on. And yet, in exploring the relationship between the icon behind "Shadows" and "A Woman Under the Influence" and the 47-year-old director of "Trainwreck," the latter's filmography becomes more personal, intellectual and independently minded. A popular actor ("The Dirty Dozen," "Rosemary's Baby") turned landmark independent film director, Cassavetes challenged Hollywood by eschewing many of the formative trademarks that had driven the studio system in favor of a performance-driven aesthetic. While the titans of the industry »
- Zack Sharf
Film and festival executives offered insights into how to make projects stand out, gain traction at festivals and achieve box office success.
The Bam Talks at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam) this week covered a variety of topics, from how to ‘transmediatize’ your film to choosing the right festival. Screen sifted through the sessions for the gems.
How to gain international success with a Latin American co-production project (panel moderated by Screen International)
Yanick Letourneau, owner-producer at Canada’s Peripheria
“Have a very clear strategy from the start about how you’re going to put your project together, including everything from story and financing to distribution methods – always bearing in mind who your target audience is.
“Attend as many co-production forums and markets as possible, even if you only have a concept. It will give you a clearer picture of where you need to go with the project and is invaluable in terms of feedback from sales »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Evans)
At first blush, the filmmakers Yasujiro Ozu and Wes Anderson would appear to have little in common, but this video essay from Anna Catley attempts to look past the more superficial aspects of their respective oeuvres to find striking and surprising similarities. From symmetrical frames to a faithful allegiance to familial strife and more in between, the filmic parallels are far more numerous than you may expect. »
- Sarah Salovaara
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fan Build of the Day: It's not enough to just build a soapbox race car in the form of a Batmobile. One team went extra creative by doing a Lego Batmobile (via Fashionably Geek): Supercut of the Day: Do too many movie characters utter the words "now that's what I'm talking about"? Here's supercut evidence indicating yes: Filmmaker in Focus: The latest supercut of Wes Anderson movies highlights just the swears: Vintage Image of the Day: Charlie Chaplin dressed as a woman in A Woman (but not playing a woman, as he did in 1914's A Busy Day). You can also see the whole film, which was released 100 years ago this week, on...
- Christopher Campbell
Comparing two film directors may seem like a walk in the park at first, but it requires intense dissection of the works of two visionaries who (in this case) on the surface have relatively distinct styles. Well don’t panic, Vimeo user Anna Catley has got you covered in this 10 minute video essay comparing the films of two seemingly unique filmmakers, Wes Anderson and Yasujiro Ozu.
While basically a 10 minute film school lesson in aesthetics and narrative, this video essay explores the similarities between these two directors that might not be so obvious at first glance. But as Catley explains, Anderson and Ozu both have a knack for unique visuals and storylines revolving around family. Both directors, coming from different countries, cultures, and time periods, manage to explore thematic elements in their films in surprisingly similar ways. As pointed out in the video essay, Anderson and Ozu both use architecture »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Who you gonna call? First pictures of new Ghostbusters revealed
Everything we know so far about the all-female Ghostbusters
But what happened to the stars of the original movie after it hit big in the '80s? Digital Spy goes then and now with the stars of Ghostbusters to find out their career moves after giving up ghoul-catching.
A familiar face on Us TV screens thanks to Saturday Night Live, Murray transitioned to movie stardom effortlessly in Meatballs, Caddyshack and Stripes before hitting it huge as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.
Roles in Groundhog Day and Kingpin followed before he was embraced by indie darlings Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson. More recently Murray has kept us entertained with a handful of eccentric public and chatshow appearances, »
San Diego — Bill Murray made his first-ever Comic-Con appearance on Thursday, charming the throngs of geeks who camped out for the opening day of the confab.
Dressed as his “Rock the Kasbah” character Richie Lantz, Murray spoke coolly, but passionately about everything from Barry Levinson’s new movie, which opens this October, to some of his famous co-stars.
“He’s a movie star,” Murray said, saying that he and Willis shared a trailer while filming “Rock the Kasbah” in the harsh conditions of Morocco, where temperatures reached up to 116 degrees.
“When you’re a movie star you sometimes have to take matters into your own hands,” he said. “In the name of entertainment and just respecting the crew … there are people who try »
- Stuart Oldham
Wes Anderson, one of modern cinema’s most talked-about auteurs, has been compared to a few other great directors who came before him. His early work was said to resemble the melancholy humanist comedies of Hal Ashby, while later pictures like “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” were often mentioned in the same breath as Francois Truffaut and Ernst Lubitsch (respectively). One film great that Mr. Anderson has decidedly not been compared to, however, is the one and only Yasujiro Ozu. There’s a reason for that. Ozu, a titan of mid-century Japanese cinema whose fabulous body of work can currently be viewed via The Criterion Collection, was one of the art form’s most singular practitioners. His films are wholly and totally his, and could almost never be mistaken for the work of another director. Many too have argued that the same is true of the idiosyncratic Anderson, »
- Nicholas Laskin
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