14 items from 2011
Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life tops Film Comment's list of the "Best Released Films of 2011," an annual year-end survey of film critics, editors, and past and present contributors — over 120 of them this year — so the magazine has put Kent Jones's beautiful essay from the July/August issue online (even if you don't admire the film as much as he does, you'll know that this is a must-read), and the Film Society of Lincoln Center is screening The Tree of Life through Tuesday.
The "Released" list goes as far as 50; the "Best Unreleased Movies of 2011" list runs to 52. At #1 is Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film; #2: Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse. There's been some grumbling among the tweeting set, by the way, that this list is too crowded with films that have scored distribution deals and will indeed be seeing a theatrical run sooner or later. »
Moonrise Kingdom Openings Set
Three previously announced Focus Features movies for 2012 release have been assigned confirmed domestic opening dates for the first half of the year. The company made the announcement today.
Being Flynn is the new dramatic feature from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Adapted from Nick Flynn.s 2004 memoir Another Bulls.t Night in Suck City, the movie explores bonds both unbreakable and fragile between parent and child. Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood) portrays Nick Flynn, a young writer seeking to define himself. He misses his late mother, Jody (four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore), and her loving nature. But his father, Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years. Jonathan Flynn (two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro) has long »
- Michelle McCue
Well, we haven't heard much about Wes Anderson's latest in the last little while, but it looks like we're going to get a lot more details on "Moonrise Kingdom" as it's arriving in just about five months. Focus Features has set the film for a May 25th limited release, following their usual platform rollout style. Details have been kept tight on the project, but the film is set in 1960s New England, with the story centering on a young boy and young girl who fall in love and run away together, turning their small town upside down in the process. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel and newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward feature in the picture, and given the date and star power involved we wonder if a trip to Cannes might be in the works. Granted, Wes Anderson has never been to Cannes, »
Focus Features have announced their initial 2012 slate, but there is one film we are most excited to see above the rest. We’ll get to the others first though. Paul Weitz‘s Being Flynn, a drama starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore has been given a March 2nd, 2012 limited release. Check out more about the film at our trailer post, which will go up against The Lorax, Project X and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
They also set a date for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, from Nick & Norah screenwriter Lorene Scafaria – who’s making her directorial debut. It stars Keira Knightley as Steve Carell‘s neighbor, who asks to help him find his childhood sweetheart when news breaks of an asteroid that’s about to collide with and destroy Earth. The film will arrive in limited release on April 20th, 2012 alongside Escape From M. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Focus Features has officially slated three movies for release in 2012: Paul Weitz's Being Flynn, adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City, will open in select cities March 2. It stars Paul Dano, Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro. Video: 'Being Flynn' Trailer: Robert De Niro Plays a Deadbeat Dad Lorene Scafaria's directorial debut, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, will open April 20. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star in the comedy. Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom, which stars Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand,
- Jay A. Fernandez
Moonrise Kingdom, the seventh feature from Wes Anderson, is one of of our most anticipated movies of 2012. Not only does it have a talented filmmaker coming off the rebound that was Fantastic Mr. Fox, but it’s also got a great cast that it seems impossible to make a bad movie with.
Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel, and Bob Balaban, it’s also Anderson‘s first period piece, taking place in a small New England town in the 60s. It follows two young kids (played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), who decide to run away after falling in love. This causes the town to search for them, and one can assume that the director’s general quirkiness ensues.
New set photos have shown up at Newport Now (via ThePlaylist), which show off a few of the actors, as well »
- Nick Newman
Wes Anderson usually does a great job of pulling together the main cast for his movies, but Moonrise Kingdom may very well have his best yet. That seems like a hard point to argue when you consider that it stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, while newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward are in the lead roles. We even learned yesterday that Harvey Keitel is in the film, which, frankly, is just awesome.
Today brings the news of another talent appearing in Anderson’s seventh feature, as ThePlaylist has confirmed that Bob Balaban will have a role in the film. What that part entails hasn’t been made clear, but it’s just nice to know that he’s showing up; his work over the past several decades has been consistently good, with appearances in movies like Close Encounters and much of the work of Christopher Guest, »
- Nick Newman
Today we have the first set photos from Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" and Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" movies. Check out the photos below. The Dictator: The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. Cohen plays dual roles of a goat herder and a deposed foreign ruler who gets lost in the Us. Larry Charles (Borat) is directing, and Anna Farris and Ben Kingsley are co-starring. Moonrise Kingdom: Follows a young boy (Jared Gilman) and girl (Kara Hayward) falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing. Bruce Willis plays the town sheriff; Edward Norton is cast as a camp leader; Bill Murray »
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. The cast as we've known it includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The Film Stage  confirms via three sources (Go Local , Providence Journal , and Middletown Patch ) that Harvey Keitel has been on set as well, »
- Russ Fischer
The first look for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom is actually a bunch of set photos taken by a TheSocialSwan over at the IMDb boards. What you will observe below is a camp, Edward Norton in a scouts uniform, and Bill Murray with some young lads who probably weren't even a twinkle in their father's eyes when Ghostbusters came out. Also, Harvey Keitel has been confirmed for the flick. The story of Moonrise Kingdom goes like this, "Newwcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, star as a »
- Niki Stephens
Last month we learned that Focus Features had snagged Wes Anderson's next film Moonrise Kingdom for distribution. The press release which revealed the news confirmed Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and regular Anderson collaborator Bill Murray would all be a part of the cast, but now another actor has been spotted on the set of the film in Rhode Island. The Film Stage has observed from several different sources, that Harvey Keitel has some sort of role in Anderson's new film, though it's not clear what character he'll be playing or how he's involved with the story. In the film, new comers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play two young adults who fall in love and run away in the 60's. Assuming that the lovers have disappeared, the leaders of their New England town go searching for them. Norton is playing »
- Ethan Anderton
Harvey Keitel Confirmed As Part Of The Cast With filming underway on Wes Anderson's next project, "Moonrise Kingdom," info is slowly starting to creep out about the film that has been keeping a lid on some of the finer details, but here's what we know so far. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman star alongside newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward in the director's first period film set in 1960s New England, with the story centering on a young boy and young girl who fall in love and run away together, turning their… »
There were some earlier rumors, but no mention of Harvey Keitel in the official press release for Wes Anderson‘s production start and Focus Feature acquisition of his next live-action film Moonrise Kingdom. We now have confirmation from multiple sources (Go Local, Providence Journal, and Middletown Patch) that the actor is indeed in the film and has been spotted on the set. This will mark Keitel’s first involvement in a Wes Anderson film. His role is unknown, only that he has been spotted alongside Bill Murray on set.
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman also round out the cast, including newwcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who star as a young boy and girl falling love. They run away together and a search commences for them in a 1960s New England coastal town. Part of that search, includes more than 300 boy scouts, Middletown Patch reports. »
- Jordan Raup
Has it really been 4 years since we've witnessed some Wes Anderson action? Well if we don't count his stop motion animated adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox then it sure is. We can now look forward to an all star cast in his next project 'Moonrise Kingdom' co-written by Roman Coppola who also co-wrote 'The Darjeeling Limited' with Anderson. Set in the 1960s on an island off the coast of New England, 'Moonrise Kingdom' follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down. This has to be one of the most stellar cast get-togethers since 'The Royal Tenenbaums.' Bruce Willis plays the sheriff, and two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton is cast as a camp leader, Academy Award nominee Bill Murray and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand »
14 items from 2011
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