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22 December 2012 9:19 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Earlier this month, I connected by telephone with one of today's great auteurs, the writer-director Wes Anderson, who was in Germany working on his next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson had agreed to chat with me for a half-hour about his life, career and most recently released film, Moonrise Kingdom, which was one of my personal favorites of 2012. For the writer-director of Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), this $16 million production -- a typically funny but
- Scott Feinberg
18 December 2012 10:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
A Los Angeles jury has ordered Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to pay $17.3 million to actress Robyn Cohen to compensate her for a fire in a West Hollywood apartment. The verdict, which includes $15 million in punitive damages, was handed down Tuesday. Sterling owned the building, and Cohen was one of his tenants. On Sept. 28, 2009, the actress, who has had roles in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and Burned, heard a noise. She claims she then stopped reading scripts for the Starz TV series Gravity and went into the hallway, where she discovered smoke.
- Eriq Gardner
While the Hollywood studios have been falling over themselves lately to give us a glimpse at next year's big budget blockbuster offerings, 20th Century Fox have decided to make X-Men fans wait a little longer before we get our first look at Hugh Jackman's latest outing in the solo sequel The Wolverine. So, with the first trailer not expected to debut until February, we'll have to make do with this new international motion poster, which has arrived online via the official website...
The Wolverine sees Hugh Jackman's Logan heading to Japan for an adaptation of the classic 1982 Wolverine comic book limited series from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. The film is directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) and also stars Will Yun Lee (Total Recall) as Harada (a.k.a. the Silver Samurai), Brian Tee (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) as Noburo Mori, »
In 2003, William James Murray (better known to those who haven't spent hours reading his Wikipedia page as Bill Murray) starred in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," a poignant, somber romantic comedy that spotlighted the budding relationship between an aging film star (Murray) and the lonely wife of a photographer (Scarlett Johansson) in Tokyo. Murray was nominated for an Oscar for said performance, but he ultimately lost to Sean Penn's turn in "Mystic River."
At one point, he also did the Garfield movies.
But herein lies the massive injustice. Bill Murray should have been nominated for an Academy Award for every other movie he's done. There. We said it. The following is a comprehensive list of Murray movies where the Academy unconscionably overlooked his performance, starting from the very beginning of his illustrious career.
Role: Tripper Harrison
Analysis: We're willing to forgive this one, as the »
- Nick Blake
Deciding how you like your steak (if you even eat steak) is one thing. Deciding how you like your Bill Murray? Well, that's quite another.
Welcome to our Bill Murray edition of Eff, Marry, Kill.
This game goes exactly how you think it does. We want you to determine which of Bill Murray's quirky characters — Steve Zissou from "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," Dr. Peter Venkman from "Ghostbusters" or Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson" — you'd like to spend the rest of your days with, whose days you'd like to end for good and which one you'd enjoy (or suffer through, as the case may be) spending one single night with.
Because such decisions are so difficult, we've asked a few of our buds to weigh in. Hit the poll below and hear thoughts from our experts underneath. And don't forget to give us your thoughts in the comments! »
- NextMovie Staff
The nominees for this year’s Möet British Independent Film Awards were announced earlier this month, celebrating the best and most promising talents in the British film industry over the past year.
The ceremony itself is to be held on 9th December, and the joint directors of the awards, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, have announced that the recipients of The Richard Harris Award and The Variety Award will be Sir Michael Gambon and Jude Law, respectively.
The Richard Harris Award is held in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and very much deservedly earned by Gambon, who took over from the late Richard Harris, himself, as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. He will soon be seen in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, starring alongside the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Sheridan Smith, which »
- Kenji Lloyd
We have received confirmation the acting talents of Michael Gambon and Jude Law are to be honoured at this years’ 15th Moet British Independent Film Awards. The event will be hosted once again by actor James Nesbitt, who returns for his seventh year, on Sunday 9th December at the impressive Old Billingsgate in London. You can find out all those features, actors and filmmakers who are in contention here. In the meantime the press release for this latest news goes as follows: Jude Law And Sir Michael Gambon To Be Honoured At The 15th Moet British Independent Film Awards Recipients of both The Richard Harris Award and The Variety Award were announced today by Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint Directors, The Moet British Independent Film Awards. Sir Michael Gambon will receive the Richard Harris Award and Jude Law The Variety Award at the awards ceremony on Sunday 9th December at Old Billingsgate. »
- Craig Hunter
Hugh Jackman dons the adamantium claws once again next July as Fox releases the latest instalment in its X-Men movie franchise, The Wolverine, which is set to adapt the classic 1982 Japanese story arc from comic book writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller. We've already had a short plot outline for the film back in August, but now a new synopsis has been uncovered by The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide, which gives us a few more details about the storyline for the forthcoming sequel...
"Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai »
All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• No one can make a "hard sell" movie (with A-list stars, anyway) quite like David Cronenberg. Rachel Weisz will be working with the "Cosmopolis" director and his two favorite leading men, Robert Pattinson and Viggo Mortensen, on "Map to the Stars," an extremist look at how there's no business like show business.
• We certainly have trouble telling Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader apart. Variety reports that the "Adventureland" buddies will play siblings in "The Skeleton Twins," the story of, well, twin siblings who manage to defy death on the same day and as a result take a long, hard look at their lives.
• Imogen Poots isn't afraid to ask the hard questions — and take the hip roles. »
- Bryan Enk
Wes Anderson’s films are very divisive – either you love his quirky style of cinema or you absolutely loathe it. I personally love his films and, judging by this bit of casting news, there’s another big reason to love his next film The Grand Budapest Hotel. We briefly mentioned a while back that Jeff Goldblum had been approached for a part in the film (back when Johnny Depp seemed like a lock for the film, which turned out to be false), but now it appears that he’s is a certainty. Former Anderson collaborator Goldblum (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) is joining a cast already comprising of Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, and Wes Anderson talisman, Bill Murray. I love Jeff Goldblum, he was one of the quintessential faces of the 90s and I think he needs to be cast in more films, so it’s good »
- Esben Evans
When Wes Anderson is casting for a new film, prepare for an deluge of A-list talent rumored to be attached. Such is the case with The Grand Budapest Hotel, the director's follow-up to Moonrise Kingdom scheduled to start filming in Germany early next year. Former Anderson collaborators like Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson have been mentioned as possible cast members but have yet to be confirmed, but now we have confirmation from Kpcc (via The Playlist) that another of his cohorts, Jeff Goldblum, has signed on to reunite with Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou star. At this point, we're still not sure who Goldblum will be playing, or what the movie is even about, but we're still glad to see the Jurassic Park star getting work these days, especially if its in one of Anderson's unique universes. We do know that the film is »
- Ben Pearson
Following last week’s report that Saoirse Ronan has landed a leading role in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel comes even more news as the film rounds out its cast. In an interview about upcoming projects, Jeff Goldblum told Kpcc that he will be reuniting with both Anderson and Bill Murray (the three worked together in 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) for Hotel. It isn’t yet known what role he’ll be playing but production is set to get underway in January and details will likely be revealed at that time. Joining Goldblum, Murray and Ronan are the previously »
Tickets are being booked, bags are being packed and German tour books are being purchased as the cast for Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" gets ready to start work next year. And now another name is confirmed to join the director's merry gang. Jeff Goldblum, who featured in Anderson's "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou," will return to work with the helmer, but of course, no details on his role just yet. And it will be part of a very packed calendar for the actor. "I do a couple of movies the day after I finish this. I go off to Paris to do this movie that Roger Michell is directing ['Le Weekend'] who I worked with in 'Morning Glory,' who did 'Notting Hill,' and a couple independent movies that I've seen, 'Venus' with Peter O'Toole…," he told Kpcc about this forthcoming plans. "Then »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hugh Jackman is set to return for his fifth (or sixth, if you're counting his X-Men: First Class cameo) outing as Marvel's adamantium-clawed mutant next year in Fox's upcoming X-Men sequel The Wolverine, and with filming on the solo spin-off almost complete, Jackman and director James Mangold took to YouTube to answer questions from fans in a live chat, and you can check out the video below.
Based on the celebrated 1982 comic book miniseries from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller and scripted by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Mark Bomback (Total Recall), The Wolverine finds Logan traveling to Japan, where samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past.
The film sees Jackman joined by a cast of relative unknowns, including Will Yun Lee (Total Recall) as Harada (a.k.a. the Silver Samurai), Brian Tee (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) as Noburo Mori, »
Hugh Jackman is currently shooting his latest outing as the adamantium-clawed mutant Logan in director James Mangold's X-Men spin-off The Wolverine, and while it had been assumed that film would serve as a prequel to the original X-Men trilogy, Mangold has now confirmed that's not the case:
"Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him," says Mangold in the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via ComicBookMovie). "That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily »
Wes Anderson is one of the most, if not the most, eccentric filmmakers working today. From the very start of his career, he has delivered films that are strange, quirky, and all-around fascinating to watch. His first feature, Bottle Rocket, was just the beginning of his bizarre filmography, which now includes such great films as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Now he returns with his latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, and as you can probably figure, his eccentric hallmarks permeate every frame.
Taking place in 1965 on the island of New Penzance, the film tells the story of a young Khaki Scout, Sam (Jared Gilman), an orphan who has run away from his troupe, and a young girl, Suzy (Kara Hayward), who has run away from her family. Upon noticing the missing Khaki Scout, Troupe Master Ward (Edward Norton) informs the local policeman, Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis), who immediately »
- Jeff Beck
We love movies and we especially love movies with great ensemble casts. There's nothing better than seeing our favorite actors and actresses sharing screen time with one another, feeding off of each others' performances and upping each others' game. With a decent script and the right director, a great ensemble cast can create cinematic gold.
It's because of our love for movies with great ensemble casts that we are eagerly anticipating writer-director Martin McDonagh's (In Bruges) new black comedy, Seven Psychopaths. The plot is a bit out there, but with a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, we're sure to be treated to some combustible onscreen chemistry. Seven Psychopaths doesn't come out until next week, so help us pass the time until its release by rating the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Good Movies.
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- BrentJS Sprecher
Director: Wes Anderson
Running Time: 94 minutes
There are two types of people in this world: those who get Wes Anderson, and those who don’t… well, maybe they don’t want to get him, so there are technically three types of people. Moonrise Kingdom – Anderson’s seventh feature – is probably his most accessible work to date; however, it still won’t convince his detractors. Centred around a budding romance between Scout Sam (Gilman), and misfit Suzy (Hayward) it has all the hallmarks of an Anderson picture: beautiful, self contained sets, side scrolling camera work, and Bill Murray. But what it has larger than any of his previous work is a massive heart. Suzy and Sam »
- Sam Carey
When Darren Aronofsky vacated the director's chair on The Wolverine back in March 2011, it was beginning to look like Logan's Japanese adventure would never make it to the screen. However, shooting on Fox's latest X-Men spin-off is now well underway in Japan and Australia, with the returning Hugh Jackman joining up with director James Mangold (Walk the Line, Knight and Day) for an adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's classic 1982 limited series Wolverine, and the first official image from the film has now arrived online...
“Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.”
Laika and Selick previously worked together on Coraline (he acted as director, producer and screenplay writer), so this partnership already seems to work. But you may be wondering why Selick’s project was dropped from Disney in the first place. Well, reports have said that Shademaker (the project’s previous name) was a little too dark for the House Of Mouse, so they let it go.
However, Laika have revived it and have said that they’re going to take Selick’s ‘special brand of surrealism into a new direction’. Exciting stuff! I’m a massive fan of Selick’s past work (including The Nightmare Before Christmas, James And The Giant Peach and his work on Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
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