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Owen Wilson interview: Wonder, art in movies

Ben Mortimer Nov 30, 2017

Owen Wilson chats to us about Wonder, art, writing and more...

Wonder. It started life as an extraordinary book from R J Palacio, and it's now been turned into a hugely impressive film as well. Already a hit in the Us, the movie stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. And on the UK press tour for the movie, Wilson spared us some time to talk about the film...

[As I enter, I notice that Wilson is reading a book about Van Gogh. I make a comment about this just as I’m setting my Dictaphone to record]

Yeah, I just picked it up off the nightstand. But I’ve been there, to the museum in Amsterdam. Do you have a favourite Van Gogh painting?

Not particularly, Van Gogh. I’m more of a Dali fan.

Very trippy.

Have you been to any of the galleries in London while you’ve been here?

I went to go see the Basquiat show, over at the Barbican.

There was a good documentary on Basquiat recently.

My friend, [art dealer] Tony Shafrazi,
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Harvey Weinstein Accusations: How Film Festival Environments Provided a Backdrop For Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein Accusations: How Film Festival Environments Provided a Backdrop For Sexual Assault
In 1995, Harvey Weinstein tried to give Mira Sorvino a massage, chasing her around the room when she rebuffed him. In 1996, he sexually assaulted rising French actress Judith Godrèche in a hotel room; a year later, he had another incident with Rose McGowan. In 2008, actress Louisette Geiss fled a hotel room where Weinstein tried to get her to watch him masturbate. In 2010, he tricked another French actress, Emma de Caunes, into visiting a hotel room where he exposed himself and tried to get her lie down.

In all of these accounts, Weinstein seemed to think that the relative privacy of the hotel room provided him with a sanctuary in which he could perform deplorable acts on whomever he pleased, but the context was more specific than that: In every instance, he was at a film festival.

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How an Independent Filmmaker Went From Being the Farrelly Brothers’ Assistant to Making the Movies That Studios Wouldn’t

How an Independent Filmmaker Went From Being the Farrelly Brothers’ Assistant to Making the Movies That Studios Wouldn’t
Editor’s note: Nearly 20 years after making his feature directorial debut, Josh Klausner’s latest feature film, the musical “Wanderland,” is set for its world premiere. Klausner’s path from indie film and back again is a unique one, including stopovers in the studio world alongside big names like Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Paul McCartney, and Shrek himself.

We asked Klausner to reflect on his career so far, and what’s next for a filmmaker who has never taken the easy way.

My path to directing “Wanderland” was a bit like the rambling journey its main character Alex takes over the course of the movie. For me, it was about stepping off the path I was on as a studio screenwriter to reengage again as an independent filmmaker.

You’d never know it from “Shrek Forever After” or “Date Night,” but I always believed I’d primarily work in the world of independent film.
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Bottle Rocket and Make-a-Wish make a child’s video game idea become reality

A new game based on a 11 year old boy’s vision arrived on the Apple App Store today thanks to a partnership between Make-a-Wish and Texas based developer, Bottle Rocket. Planet Sram is the brainchild of Hunter, a young boy with a severe heart condition who shared his idea with the team at Bottle Rocket for a single player action game where survival is key.

Planet Sram is a top down action game that takes players to a strange alien planet filled with “out-of-this-world” characters and monsters (such as a tree monster that fires snakes at your player). Players are not without protection and a number of weapons and cool upgrades. All the creatures and game levels have been imagined by Hunter and were shared with the developers during a full week of whiteboard sketching, feature ideation and game development.

“When we first heard the story of Hunter and his wish,
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New to Streaming: ‘Carrie,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘It Comes at Night,’ ‘Bottle Rocket,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

Wes Anderson’s feature debut, the slyly comedic Bottle Rocket, positions its heroes, three young wannabe criminals with an eye for small-scale robberies, as blind innocents, lost in the unfamiliar world of adulthood. As part of his 75-year plan, Dignan (Owen Wilson) forms a gang, consisting of himself, Anthony (Luke Wilson) who’s fresh out of a voluntary psychiatric hospital, and Bob (Robert Musgrave) who
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The Greatest Heist Comedies of All-Time

There’s nothing revelatory or new about adding a dose of the comedic to a crime picture, but the heist comedy is just a small corner of a vast and beloved cinematic landscape, as of recently, dominated by one filmmaker: Steven Soderbergh.

Responsible for four acclaimed entries in the genre, including Out of Sight and the Ocean’s 11 trilogy, Soderbergh has thankfully ended his so-called retirement and returned to film and the world of heist comedies with his newest, Logan Lucky, now playing in theaters. The film’s plot follows Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) a family man who plans to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, only to find he and his crew (Adam Driver, Daniel Craig and Riley Keough) must do the job while a Nascar race is underway.

To celebrate Soderbergh’s return with Logan Lucky, we’ve decided to look back at the greatest heist comedies of all-time.
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Great Job, Internet!: The world is full of real-life Wes Anderson locations, apparently

Part of the appeal of Wes Anderson movies, aside from their immaculate writing and the near-certain presence of Bill Murray, is the way they feel like a portal into a new world. Whether it’s the storybook compositions of his recent movies or the surrealist riffs on action films of Bottle Rocket and The Life Aquatic, everything is immaculately designed and staged, suggesting not just adventure but a rich, lived-in history and sense of order throughout the filmic world. And while we have typically gotten used to visiting those worlds in 90-minute (or so) segments via his films, a subreddit devoted to “Accidental Wes Anderson” finds them out in the real world. It doubles as just a gallery of wonderful photography.

Accidental Wes Anderson might just be my new favorite subreddit https://t.co/LLjZrLe9eV pic.twitter.com/DMpoBXjLLA

— WarStartsAtMidnight (@WSaMPod) June 19, 2017

Bestes Subreddit aller Zeiten: Accidental Wes ...
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'The Strange Ones' wins at Champs-Elysées Film Festival

'The Strange Ones' wins at Champs-Elysées Film Festival
Business as usual for festival unfolding on famous Paris avenue hit by two terror attacks in recent weeks.

Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff’s thriller The Strange Ones has scooped the top prize at the sixth edition of France’s Us-focused Champs-Elysées Film Festival, which wan June 15-22.

The feature, starring Alex Pettyfer and James Freedson-Jackson as two brothers on a mysterious trip into the wilderness, premiered at SXSW earlier this year.

The American Independent Jury Prize comes with a €10,000 cash award for the French distributor of the film but, as it has yet to be acquired for France, the
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Michael Bay Reflects on His Career as He Receives Hands and Feet Honor

Michael Bay Reflects on His Career as He Receives Hands and Feet Honor
On May 23, Michael Bay will have his hands and feet encased in cement outside the iconic Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, alongside classic stars from Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep. While Bay is thrilled, he does have one hesitation. “I just remember as a kid, going to see the handprints and I always thought the people who got this honor were so much older,” he says with a laugh.”

For the record, Bay is a youthful 52, but it’s a credit to his career that his accomplishments over the past 20 years have put him in the ranks of his mentors Steven Spielberg and super producer Jerry Bruckheimer, both of whose imprints are also in the Chinese forecourt. And it’s full circle for Bay, a native Angeleno who discovered he wanted to be a director at that very theater.

At age 15, Bay was working at Lucasfilm, filing storyboards for “Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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Wes Anderson: New Video Essay Explores the Filmmaker’s Portrayal of Children — Watch

Wes Anderson: New Video Essay Explores the Filmmaker’s Portrayal of Children — Watch
A new video essay by Fandor, titled “The Childhood Whimsy of Wes Anderson,” explores how the filmmaker presents children in his films as very mature, serious and smart. “Wes Anderson is that movie man-child who manages to be young and old at the same time. He specializes in child characters who don’t live carefree lives,” says the narrator.

Read More: Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

One of the examples featured on the video is the scene from “Bottle Rocket” where Grace asks her friend Bernice to excuse her while she talks to her older brother, Anthony. The filmmaker introduces the young characters with the camera at eye level with them, not with the adult. The video also features the scene from “Moonrise Kingdom” where Suzy shows Sam the “Coping with the Very Troubled Child” pamphlet she had discovered her parents are using to deal with her.
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Great Job, Internet!: The wise children and immature adults of the Wes Anderson universe

Wes Anderson recently announced that his new stop-motion animation project Isle Of Dogs will be released April 20, 2018. It’s his second such stop-motion film, but it’d be incorrect to label his previous effort, Fantastic Mr. Fox, as a children’s film, just as it would be to call his child-focused romance Moonrise Kingdom a movie for kids. They are, like all of Anderson’s films, set in a twilight place between childhood and adulthood, where the kids are more wise than the adults and the adults look admiringly toward the children.

The Childhood Whimsy of Wes Anderson from Fandor on Vimeo.

A video essay by Fandor digs into this career-long fixation, noting how, for example, on Bottle Rocket the director introduces the child characters with the camera at eye level with them. Almost all of the kids in his films are serious and perceptive, with maturity that ...
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Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best
Let’s get this out of the way right from the top: Wes Anderson has never made a bad movie, and — in all likelihood — he probably never will. He’s too particular, too immaculate, too in command of his craft. Of course, the fact that he has always been so sure of himself only makes it more tempting to chart the progress of his career and to measure his films against each other. Or maybe it’s just fun because there are still only eight of them, and everyone seems to have their own favorite. Who could say?

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Here are all of Wes Anderson’s feature films, ranked from “worst” to best.

8. “Bottle Rocket

Wes Anderson arrived fully formed (or close to it), and so much of his cinematic ethos can be distilled from the very first shot of his very first film,
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Poster Has Lots of Akira Kurosawa (and Dogs)

…Let’s hope the dogs don’t die.

On Tuesday, the first poster for Wes Anderson’s newest feature film since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel was released. Whilst not much is known about the story of Isle of Dogs, its poster reveals small details about what to expect, and, more importantly, the influence of Akira Kurosawa on the stop-motion animation.

Set in Japan, the poster’s large, red font places the Japanese title at the center, with its English translation held within the script. Wes Anderson’s posters usually have either one clear defining image at the forefront or a depiction of the ensemble cast, so Isle of Dogs is a slight departure from what Anderson’s audience are used to.

The poster for The Royal Tenenbaums places family at the center while Anderson’s classic Futura font title stayed beneath the family as something that was not meant to draw attention. Moonrise Kingdom
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Wes Anderson’s Manly Men

In search of male desire in a twee world.

Here’s a thesis: with the singular exception of his animated adventure story, Fantastic Mr. Fox, the movies of Wes Anderson are fundamentally about nice, fiery desire. But while a number of his movies explore this through the conventional terrain of the heterosexual relationship and its discontents — The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom come to mind — others explore more curious expressions of desire, leaving Anderson’s plain and plaintive ladies behind. Shared aesthetic characteristics, from the constantly reprised Cornell boxes to the carefully referenced dead Eastern European novelists, are subject of much ruthless discussion among Anderson acolytes. And, considering Anderson’s diligent cooperation with turning a collection of essays and interviews into a $35 coffee table book, that seems to be the dissection that Anderson embraces. But what are those other, male-centric movies actually about? Most critics, when forced to give something like a serious and meaningful answer, will
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Framing Wes Anderson’s Memories

The frames-within-frames Wes Anderson uses in his work show his filmography’s obsession with memory.The Grand Budapest Hotel (Anderson, 2014).

The artist Joseph Cornell took glass-fronted boxes and placed things such as birds, springs, ice cubes, and balls inside them, turning these everyday and otherwise benign objects into microcosms for something bigger than any of us can ever be. These boxes were referred to as “shadow boxes”, “memory boxes” and “poetic theaters,” and with each box the viewer is given an invitation to enter a new world. This world is not unknown to the individual viewer, but instead a collective and shared world in which memories exist. As the artist’s website states: “using things we can see, Cornell made boxes about things we cannot see: ideas, memories, fantasies, and dreams.” The boxes, both tragic and beautiful, present an artist trying as hard as they can to turn something intangible, something
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Thelma Schoonmaker interview: editing Silence, Scorsese, Michael Powell

Ryan Lambie Dec 23, 2016

Editor Thelma Schoonmaker talks to us about Martin Scorsese’s new film, Silence, taking risks in filmmaking and lots more...

Name a great Scorsese movie, and it’ll almost certainly have been edited by Thelma Schoonmaker. From 1980 onwards, the pair have been inseparable, with Schoonmaker cutting such classics as Raging Bull, The King Of Comedy, After Hours, Goodfellas, Casino and Gangs Of New York. Scorsese’s latest film is Silence, a powerful, heartfelt period piece about the limits of faith. Starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as a pair of Jesuit priests who witness the torture and execution of Christians in 17th century Japan, the movie is a stark tonal contrast to The Wolf Of Wall Street, Scorsese’s wilfully gaudy, giddy account of drug-addled millionaire corporate crook Jordan Belfort.

See related John Carney interview: Sing Street, X-Men, Hitchcock & more Den Of Geek films of the year:
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Isle Of Dogs: Name Of Wes Anderson's New Film Released [Video]

Early this morning, the writer/director Wes Anderson announced the name of his upcoming animated film in a video on Youtube and we now know it will be called Isle Of Dogs. In the video, the soft-spoken Anderson has a fun time with Edward Norton and we are given the first image from the upcoming film, pictured above.

Anderson started in the world of film when he introduced us to Owen and Luke Wilson in the cult hit Bottle Rocket, and since then his unique style of writing has given us quite a few films over the years such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and his last stop-motion film The Fantastic Mr. Fox. He has a very "dark comedy" style, and now he will tackle another animated film.

We knew his love of the children based genre from his work The Fantastic Mr. Fox and now
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Owen Wilson Super-Cut: From ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ to ‘Midnight in Paris,’ He Sure Says ‘What?’ a Lot

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Owen Wilson Super-Cut: From ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ to  ‘Midnight in Paris,’ He Sure Says ‘What?’ a Lot
Everyone knows Owen Wilson says “what?” a lot in movies. What this video presupposes is…maybe he says it even more than we realized? One brave YouTube user has compiled a two-minute super-cut of the actor uttering that one word ad infinitum, with Wilson’s delivery ranging from mildly confused to utterly exasperated. Watch it below.

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The video accounts for almost all of the actor’s filmography, including “Bottle Rocket,” “Wedding Crashers,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Shanghai Noon,” “Shanghai Knights,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “The Internship,” “The Haunting,” “Midnight in Paris” and so on and so forth. Wilson’s slight drawl has always been part and parcel of his onscreen charisma, imbuing even the most mundane dialogue with a certain verve, and here he displays that talent over and over again.

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Watch: H&M's Holiday Ad 'Come Together' Directed by Wes Anderson

Time to get in the holiday spirit! While this is more of an advertisement than a short, it's worth watching anyway because it's directed by Wes Anderson (and this kind of work is becoming increasingly common these days with filmmakers). Come Together is a short film holiday ad directed by Wes Anderson, starring Adrien Brody. As others have pointed out, it's kind of a nice The Darjeeling Limited reunion given that it takes place on a train. Brody plays a conductor who has to figure out some makeshift plans when he learns the train is going to be very late. It's charming, and has all the usual Wes Anderson quirks & accoutrements. Description from YouTube: "Discover the H&M Christmas 2016 collection and see the new film directed by Wes Anderson, starring Adrien Brody." Not much else is known about this, other than it was made by H&M and directed by Wes Anderson (of Bottle Rocket,
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New Wes Anderson Short Film Stars Adrien Brody And Celebrates The Magic Of Christmas

Image via H&M

There are a good number of directors whose filmmaking styles ooze off the silver screen. From the pulpy Quentin Tarantino to the highminded pretentiousness of Christopher Nolan, Hollywood is never short on unique talent. One of these filmmakers with a particularly noteworthy style is that of writer/director Wes Anderson. The filmmaker first hit it big with film junkies in 1996’s Bottle Rocket, gained a bit more notoriety with Rushmore, and officially hit a new level with 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums.

Despite the minor speed bump that was The Darjeeling Limited, Anderson went on to create such great films as Fantastic Mr. Fox (his first animated picture) and Moonrise Kingdom. Perhaps his crowning achievement thus far, however, is 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, a heartfelt magical spectacle that was nominated for for nine Academy Awards, and went on to win four, including Best Costume, Best Makeup,
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