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Luke Wilson is set to return to the criminal ways that made him a star. We first got to know Wilson, as well as his brother Owen, as wannabe criminals in Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket and now Luke's about to team up against the law again. He'll star in Meeting Evil alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Leslie Bibb, which sounds kind of like Falling Down meets Breaking Bad. Directed by Chris Fisher (S. Darko) based on a 1992 novel by Thomas Berger, Wilson plays a recently fired real estate agent who teams up with a stranger (Jackson) on a crime spree that reveals his dark side. Bibb plays Wilson's wife. Read more about it after the break. Meeting Evil is scheduled to start filming January 8 in New Orleans and is being produced by the Motion Picture Corporation of America, according to The Wrap.  Here's the Library Journal description of the »
- Germain Lussier
Let's show some Christmas spirit towards these much maligned minions with their emotional baggage and superior masters
A "henchman" was originally nothing more sinister than a loyal servant who held your horse – or "hengst", from the German. In cinematic terms, of course, the word has since become synonymous with strongarmed subordinates responsible for ruthlessly executing the wishes of deranged masterminds, and it's these villanous vassals I'd like to put on display this week.
Rather than highlighting evil deeds only, I'd like to throw a slightly kinder light on these much maligned minions – after all, they're generally loyal to a fault, often have a nice line in witticisms, while even if they do tend to be murderous scum, they seldom come without damaging psychological baggage.
In going about their business they often display a thoroughness alien to their over-elaborate masters and their charisma often outshines the good guys and gals they're set up against, »
Los Angeles - Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was honoured Monday with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The Oscar-winner, 38, was awarded the star ahead of her appearance as a country music star in the movie Country Strong. Paltrow's other films include Shakespeare in Love, for which she won a best actress Oscar in 1998, Iron Man, The Good Night, Proof, Sylvia, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Royal Tenenbaums, Emma and Jefferson in Paris. 'I feel so honoured to be getting this star on the Walk of Fame,' Paltrow said. 'The idea that my grandchildren can one day come and see my name on the sidewalk is very overwhelming.' *** ********* Rapper Ja Rule pleads guilty to gun charge »
Splash News is reporting that Andrew Wilson, of the eponymous “Wilson Brothers,” has been bitten in the leg by a shark this weekend while swimming near brother Owen Wilson’s house. Reports have stated that the injury is minor, meaning he hopefully still has his leg, but no word if he has been released from the hospital yet. This isn’t the first time Andrew has suffered an injury in an incident related to his brother Owen. As a child, Owen once fired a Bb pellet into Andrew’s hand which remains there to this day. You have seen this pellet in The Royal Tenenbaums. And now, a shark attack. Which leads us to this next point: Hey world, give Andrew Wilson a break for God’s sake. He’s the least famous Wilson, and the grizzliest. Loosely translate that sentence into reading “he’s our favorite Wilson.” You look »
- Michelle Collins
Whether we like it or not the holiday season is, in fact, upon us. Which inevitably means for better or worse, it is a time to spend with family. Being from a large family myself, some of my favorite films naturally trend toward subjects of family, both in the traditional and nontraditional sense. So, in the spirit of the season I’ve compiled a list of the 14 best films center around family. Feel free to discuss.
Spirit of The Beehive (Erice, 1973)
The push-pull relationship between the rivaling sisters juxtaposed with the delicate, and distant love of their father fills this film with a subtle sweetness and curiosity that is projected through the filtered lens of a child.
Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
Sweet distorted reminiscing or youth, beauty, and the forgotten love of family. Ingmar Bergman writes a sentimental poem through the past of a rigid old man on his way to redemption
Ordet (Dreyer, »
- James Merolla
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the third of a five-part feature... read parts one and two.
“The success of The Godfather  went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart  suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas, »
Hollywood-Elsewhere and Awards Daily: Jeff Wells and Sasha Stone post the latest edition of their podcast “Oscar Poker,” and their guests this week are box office analyst Phil Contrino and our very own Scott Feinberg. The quartet discuss possibilities for the “tenth slot” in the best picture race; the tight race for best actress and the wide open race for best supporting actress; and the prospects for performances that have not been widely seen but have passionate supporters, like Tilda Swinton in “I Am Love,” who Sasha and Scott believe should be talking up her explicit sex scenes in the film in order to court attention (as has been done already by the folks behind “Blue Valentine”).
Deadline New York: Mike Fleming confirms reports that producer Scott Rudin — whose 2010 credits includes “The Social Network,” “True Grit,” and “The Way Back” — will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award, »
- Mary Skawinski
His reputation is legendary, but no one will argue Scott Rudin isn't one of the most creative and prolific producers in cinema history. Over the past 20 plus years, the New York based movie and stage producer has shepherded blockbusters such as "Sleepy Hollow," "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," "Sister Act," "The Addams Family," "Ransom," "In & Out," "The First Wives Club," "Clueless" and "The Village." Rudin's specialty though, is prestige filmmaking with such critically acclaimed dramas as "Notes on a Scandal," "There Will Be Blood," "The Hours," "Wonder Boys," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Searching for Bobby Fischer," "Doubt," "Margot at »
We know that Gwyneth Paltrow will be singing two songs during her Glee appearance, which will be airing on November 16 (view promo photos and some song previews). Now, Fox has released the full version of Paltrow singing Cee-lo's "F**k You", except she's actually singing the clean version called "Forget You". I don't know how you feel about the sneak peek below or about Gwyneth's guest appearance in general. A lot of people seem to like her performance, while others aren't terribly fond of it.
In the second video, Fox takes us behind the scenes of Paltrow's other performance, a mash-up of "Umbrella" and "Singing the Rain". If nothing else, the number looks cool with the twirling umbrellas and the rain coming down on everyone. Finally, the third video is a behind the scenes sneak peek at the mini-gleeks that will be appearing in the November 16 episode. Mr. Shue will »
Wes Anderson is assembling an edgy eclectic cast for his next movie “Moon Rise Kingdom.”
“Moon” reps the first live action Anderson film since 2007’s “The Darjeeling Limited.”
Anderson wrote the script about a pair of runaway teen lovers during the ‘60s in New England.
Murray will portray the missing girl’s father and McDormand her mother. However, she’s having an affair with the town sheriff (Willis). Ed Norton is set to play a scout leader.
The film will start lensing in the spring.
Anderson has a gift for squeezing absurdist, hysterical performances from some of the most gifted dramatic actors, i.e. Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin in “The Royal Tenenbaums” and William Dafoe and Cate Blanchett in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”
Tiny Furniture centers on Aura (writer/director Lena Dunham) an over-privileged underachiever who struggles with what she deems, “a post graduate delirium.” Having just graduated from an Ohio-based university, Aura has returned to her mother’s TriBeCa loft with a degree in film theory, a hamster named Gilda, a broken heart, and a total lack of direction. Surrounded by her effortlessly distinguished kid sister, Nadine (Gracie Dunham) and her heralded photographer mother (Laurie Summons), Aura clings to her childhood gal pal, the unhinged and “unsupervised” party girl, Charlotte (Jemima Kirke). Like many twentysomethings seeking meaning after the experimental safe haven of college, Aura is aimless. She has to make the leap from dependent child to independent woman, and her floundering failure to launch informs much of the film’s nonchalant comedy.
Lena Dunham is an inventive writer whose script, which was penned in a week, is full fun dialogue and colorful, »
- Kristy Puchko
Gwyneth Paltrow, most recently seen on the big screen in Iron Man 2, will be making the transition to the small screen on the November 16 episode of Glee. In the episode, Mr. Schuester calls in a substitute teacher who ends up becoming fast friends with the glee club. Paltrow's not just there to look pretty - she's also planing to break out in a song or two.
Paltrow will be singing a toned-down version of "F**k You", as well as a mash-up of "Umbrella" and "Singing in the Rain". The photos above and below (courtesy of E!Online) is from that performance.
Meanwhile, Jane Lynch spoke to E!Online about working with Paltrow and thought that she was a terrific guest star:
"She can deliver the goods," Lynch told me at BAFTA L.A.'s Britannia Awards. "She's a quadruple threat. We knew she could act, we knew she was gorgeous, »
Because of his incredibly high ranking on the "Awesome" scale, Bill Murray has had the luxury in recent years to act in only movies that he really wants to be in. Luckily for us, a good number of those films have been for director Wes Anderson, playing roles in every one of his films since starring in Rushmore back in 1998 (though his Darjeeling Limited role was criminally short). Apparently, however, artist Casey Weldon wasn't satisfied seeing Murray only playing characters like Herman Blume, Raleigh St. Clair, and Steve Zissou. So he decided to start replacing the other actors. On Weldon's personal blog he has posted six prints of what Bill Murray would look like if he played Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) in Rushmore, Chas, Margot and Ritchie Tenenbaum (Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson) in The Royal Tenenbaums, Anne-Marie (Robyn Cohen) in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, and Francis »
Alexa from Pop Elegantiarum here with your weekly arts and crafts.
There is a very cool exhibit coming up for those in San Francisco. As I've noted many times, Wes Anderson is a bottomless source of inspiration for visual artists. So Spoke Art, a transient art gallery and publishing house based in the Bay Area, is taking advantage of the bounty by putting on an art show tribute to Wes Anderson titled Bad Dads ("as nearly every Wes Anderson character has family issues, notably father issues"). The exhibit opens this Saturday at LoPo Gallery. And apparently there will be prints available soon from Spoke's online store!
Here's a preview of some of the images. It's not surprising that Royal Tenenbaum (of, well, The Royal Tenenbaums) figures largely.
Editors of a student magazine in Texas want to make amends with Wes Anderson after they published one of the director's early stories without permission.
The Royal Tenenbaums filmmaker wrote the Ballad of Reading Milton while he was an undergraduate at the University of Texas and it ran in the college's literature magazine, Analecta, in 1989.
But Anderson was stunned when the short story was posted online by Analecta journalists last week (ends17Oct10), telling the New York Daily News the development was "very disturbing" and questioning if they had the rights to his work.
Analecta editor Mia Avramescu has now promised to take down the piece, insisting they didn't expect it "to get attention outside the Ut literary community".
Avramescu adds, "We did not intend to embarrass Mr. Anderson. As an undergraduate myself, I can vouch that his story is a great piece of student writing!" »
The films of Wes Anderson have many of the qualities of a great painting. Strong composition, beautiful colors and compelling characters all come to mind. Well, the brand new LoPo Gallery in San Francisco, CA is hosting an exhibition of art all based on the films of Anderson: Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The exhibit, called Bad Dads, opens October 30. We've been scouring the web for examples of art from the show, which reportedly will have works from over 60 artists, and have come up with a whole bunch of awesomeness. Some of them are originals, others are screenprints, and anything that doesn't sell at the opening will be available online the next day. Hit the jump for all the links and images from the show. Then check back soon as we have another set »
- Germain Lussier
The Darjeeling Limited Directed by: Wes Anderson Written by: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman Staring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman It took some time, but I did eventually warm up to Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. I still think it's somewhat dominated -- and restricted -- by his obsessive sense of style, but the film holds some genuinely humorous moments that ultimately won me over in the end. Now, three years after it's theatrical release, Criterion has released a fully loaded special collector's edition of the film on blu ray, making up for the lame DVD release that came before it. If you've ever had the urge to revisit Darjeeling Limited, this is definitely the way to do it. I would imagine that most people have seen the film by now so I'll keep the synopsis short. Basically, three estranged brothers plan a trip across India to »
- Jay C.
Arrested Development was, in this Screen Rant writer’s opinion, a masterpiece of television art and the best series of the last decade, if not longer. Taking its conceptual cues from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, it infused weird but wonderful characters with the best comedic writing since, well, the beginning of time.
After being ruthlessly cancelled in its third season, rumors of an Arrested Development film have continually run rampant, spread primarily by the cast and crew themselves. Almost five years and five hundred empty promises later, Arrested Development fans are still waiting. Now, according to creator Mitch Hurwitz, we might be waiting even longer…that is, if people don’t start watching his new show, Running Wilde.
- Ben Moore
Meyer fills the screen with a beautiful cast in cute outfits and expects us to take it all seriously. Thing is, he actually has something serious to say. Emphatically not a sequel to Valley of the Dolls made in 1967 (although that was its original intention), this softcore send-up was filmed soon after the tragic murder of actress Sharon Tate – star of Valley of the Dolls. Here Myer admonishes not only the perils of fame itself, but of believing it.
Bursting with hedonistic fun before a shockingly violent conclusion, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is simply alive with colourful sixties outfits. Mainly designed by David Hayes (as ‘De Graff of California’), it does help that his ensembles are worn by »
- Chris Laverty
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have sent along some information for their upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release for Death At A Funeral. The film hits UK home entertainment markets from September 27. We have some information for the release below, as well as the box-art.
Funnymen Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House, Bad Boys I & II), Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock,” First Sunday, Cop Out) and Chris Rock (Grown Ups, Madagascar) lead an all-star cast in this uproarious tale of a family mourning the loss of their patriarch over the course of one unexpectedly hilarious day.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Neil Labute (Nurse Betty, Lakeview Terrace) and co-starring Zoë Saldaña (Avatar, Star Trek), Loretta Devine (Crash, Waiting to Exhale), Danny Glover (2012, Lethal Weapon 1-4) Regina Hall (First Sunday, Scary Movie 1-4), James Marsden (Enchanted, X-Men), Columbus Short (Quarantine,Stomp the Yard) and Luke Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums), Death At A Funeral is a humourously acted, »
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