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Willem Dafoe is a chameleon, and everyone knows it. He’s ruled as Emperor to the Green Martian Tharks, done a painfully human portrait of Jesus, terrorized Spider-Man, eaten a bird as Max Schreck, and, of course, convincingly played a Huey Lewis and the News fan. Yet, that handful of roles doesn’t even begin to cover half of the shapeshifting Dafoe has done over his career. He can carry a picture, light some sparks with only a few minutes of screen time, or, in the case of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, have his voice do all the work. In Out of the Furnace he plays John Petty, a low-rent gangster Rodney Baze Jr. (Casey Affleck) does underground fights for. All of Dafoe’s scenes either involve Affleck, Christian Bale, or Woody Harrelson. Working opposite of those three isn’t exactly a bad day’s work. Dafoe has acted with some of the best (including himself in »
- Jack Giroux
Not content with just directing you towards the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour, theatre with Wicked, or the best DVDs this Christmas 2013 – it’s time for some film-related books to add to those unique gifts!
First up is the book ‘The Filmmaker Says…’ and it’s one of those collections that has quotes, advice and more for any film-lover but this is different to your usual assortment. Containing quips and words of wisdom, the book has been brilliantly put together with thoughts and feelings from some of our most influential and opinionated film souls but – and this is the great part – to form a narrative of its own.
If you’ve recently found love in film, you’re making one yourself or you’re an old head at all pieces of trivia then you’ll find this book really insightful and equally inspiring. It also reminds you that we »
- Dan Bullock
David O. Russell's American Hustle tops the New York Film Critics Circle list of award winners, taking away Best Film, Best Screenplay (Eric Singer & David O. Russell), and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). The third edition of feminist film journal Cléo has arrived, and the theme this time around is "Doom". Among the juicy contents: an interview with Claire Denis by Kiva Reardon, and a piece on Peter Tscherkassky by Tara Judah. The end-of-year lists are pouring in: Tiff's Canada's Top Ten; Sight & Sound's best films of 2013; John Water's top ten for Artforum.
Above: the first images from Gregg Araki's White Bird in Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green. We haven't heard whispers about Scorsese's The Irishman for a while, but word is that it's slated to go in production after Silence. For his blog, David Bordwell writes on "Hitchcock, Lessing, and the bomb under »
- Adam Cook
Call us crazy, but it seems like Wes Anderson has been getting a fair amount of special attention lately. In the past two months, there’s been a new book released chronicling his career in movies, there’s this short film he made with Jason Schwartzmann, his animated film “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is getting a Criterion Collection release, SNL recently did a parody of his films, and of course, his next film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is just on the horizon (trailer here). If you are a fan of Wes Anderson, what more could you possibly want? Maybe a Wes Anderson tribute CD? Would you want that as well? No? Well, you’re gonna get it anyway… Entitled “I Saved Latin!,” the 2-cd tribute to Wes Anderson is due to come out next spring thanks to American Laundromat Records. The album features many cover songs that were prominently featured in Anderson’s first six films. »
- Ken Guidry
Criterion has announced their February 2014 titles and among them is the lone Wes Anderson film that was previously missing from the collection (edit: aside from Moonrise Kingdom and yes, this is Criterion's first animated film, post laserdisc era), Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was previously released by Fox Searchlight, but is now getting the full Criterion treatment. Here's a look at the features: New digital master, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary featuring Anderson Storyboard animatics for the entire film Footage of the actors voicing their characters, puppet construction, stop-motion setups, and the recording of the score Interviews with cast and crew Puppet animation tests Photo gallery of puppets, props, and sets Animated awards acceptance speeches Audio recording of author Roald Dahl reading the book on which the film is based Gallery of Dahl's original manuscripts Discussion and analysis of the »
- Brad Brevet
For everyone else counting down the days until Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest is released next year, the wait has just got a little easier, with Anderson releasing a brilliant new short film, Castello Cavalcanti.
Anderson is of course no stranger to the medium, with his career beginning back in 1994 with the short, Bottle Rocket, which was itself be turned into a feature two years later). The director then made the fantastic Hotel Chevalier, serving as the prologue for The Darjeeling Limited. And now he returns to the format with Castello Cavalcanti, presented by Prada.
Anderson is reuniting here with Jason Schwartzman, with whom he has worked countless times over the years, including on Hotel Chevalier, with Schwartzman then starring as Jack Whitman opposite Natalie Portman, his on-screen girlfriend.
This time around, Schwartzman stars as a Us racecar driver who crashes in a small Italian village in 1955, and he stars opposite Giada Colagrande. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Wes Anderson has crafted a wonderfully distinctive body of work with his feature films, establishing a visual style and tone that is instantly recognizable, whether it's live-action (Moonrise Kingdom) or stop-motion animation (Fantastic Mr. Fox). His style has become so well-known that he was recently parodied on Saturday Night Live. That style and tone also extends to the occasional short film (Hotel Chevalier) or TV spot (American Express) that he's done, and it's abundantly evident in Castello Cavalcanti, his latest short film. Set on a September evening in 1955 Italy, it stars Jason Schwartzman as a race-car driver who ends up in the titular village and makes a surprising discovery. The short is witty, low-key and utterly delightful. And it ends far too soon...
- Peter Martin
While most enjoyed Wes Anderson's latest short film "Castello Cavalcanti" online, those lucky enough to be attending the Rome Film Festival this week have been able to see it on the big screen. And the director was on hand to present his short, and take part in a conversation with longtime pals Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman about the project, and Screen Daily was there and have recapped the highlights in addition to talking to the man himself. For Anderson fans, there are some interesting bits of news about what he's cooking up next. Amongst his filmography, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" might be the most curious entry, a book adaptation and animated film, two things he hasn't done before or since. But it looks like Anderson wants to give animation another go, though apparently the project he's conceiving is proving tricky when it comes to finding backers. “We have been »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As we eagerly wait for Wes Anderson's next film The Grand Budapest Hotel next summer (and continue laughing at the "Saturday Night Live" horror movie spoof inspired by the director), the filmmaker behind The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou has just released a new short film called Castello Cavalcanti. Starring Jason Schwartzman, star of Anderson's Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited and last year's Moonrise Kingdom, the film follows an Italian-American racer in 1955 Italy after he crashes his car in a small town that surprisingly holds a family connection. It has all the charm you'd expect. Here is Wes Anderson's short film Castello Cavalcanti, direct from Prada: Shot by Darius Khondji (The Immigrant, Amour, Midnight in Paris), this feels like it was shot on a diorama, almost like a mixture of Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Life Aquatic. That score you're hearing comes from Alessandro Casella and Randall Poster, »
- Ethan Anderton
EW readers are in the midst of a bitter battle to crown the greatest Ya book of all time. So who better to influence your opinions than the cast of one of the most popular young adult series of the moment — The Hunger Games.
Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss): “Harry Potter. I was so crazy about Harry Potter I read it twice. All of them twice. I didn’t have a favorite, I thought they were all amazing. »
- Matt Mueller
- Associated Press
The work of Wes Anderson has been dividing critics for years, ever since his short film, “Bottle Rocket” (later expanded into a feature), played Sundance in 1994, and announced the presence of a unique new voice in the indie world, as well as calling attention to a hotbed of talent in Austin, Texas. But despite his detractors, who fault him mainly for his fastidious attention to production and costume design at the expense of dramatic engagement, Anderson’s films have been casting a spell on the media’s most influential voices for years. In reviewing Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” one naysayer, the notoriously cranky Rex Reed of the New York Observer, asked huffily: “What is it with this guy and his awful movies masquerading as ‘original ideas’ that turns otherwise sensible critics into slobbering groupies?”
- Steve Chagollan
This weekend, in the spirit of Anderson's newest film, "Saturday Night Live" guest host, Edward Norton (who also co-starred in Anderson's latest film, "Moonrise Kingdom") hit the nail on the head when he played Owen Wilson in the spoof trailer "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders."
In the trailer, Wilson must protect his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow (expertly impersonated by new cast member Noel Wells), and his young children from murderers, who are asking, (yes asking) to invade his home and kill his family. These so-called sinister intruders include twins in matching tennis outfits, a guy with a meat cleaver and record player, a man with a falcon...and Danny Glover. Natch. Let's not forget Anderson's signature pastel color palette and block text title cards. »
- Amala Nath
While it may prove how "in the bag" I am for Wes Anderson, I have to agree with the fake New York Times "quote" from this spoof trailer from "Saturday Night Live" for an Anderson-directed horror film entitled The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders with a spot-on impersonation of Owen Wilson by Ed Norton. The trailer largely uses Moonrise Kingdom as its model, with a little of the The Royal Tenenbaums and some Fantastic Mr. Fox woven in as well. In all, I loved it. yt id ="gSEzGDzZ1dY" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
With AFI and Rome the only major festivals left in the calendar, the close of the 57th BFI London Film Festival last night with the world premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" signals the winding down of festival season. I'm starting to just about recover from a twelve-day binge of movies (although thanks to early press screenings and screeners, it actually went on for more like four weeks), but it's not too early to say that, in over ten years of attending the festival (and five as press), this was the best I can remember. Last year saw long-time festival director Sandra Hebron make way for Clare Stewart, the former head of the Sydney Film Festival, and the result was a slightly awkward transition, with the 2012 fest proving to be a rather weak selection given the films that were available. But it's all been turned around in 2013, with strong opening and »
- Oliver Lyttelton
When filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited) was first getting big, the biggest pitfall was that he would go the common route of getting so mixed into his own style that it hindered his movies' stories (See: M. Night Shyamalan). That's kind of what we got in The Life Aquatic, but after that he veered a different way. Both Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom were great films, both stylistic and entertaining. The trailer for his next, The Grand Budapest Hotel, looks to continue that trend. »
- David Hoffman
I actually began watching this one without knowing a thing about it. The second it started, I thought, “This looks like a Wes Anderson movie.” And I was right. The filmmaker definitely has a signature style, and if you’ve been a fan of his previous works- like “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Royal Tenenbaum’s” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”- then his next film looks like it will be right up your alley.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” seems to weave a coming-of-age tale into a typically dry, whimsical, off-the-wall Wes Anderson story. It’s told through the eyes of a young man taken under the wing of a hotel manager (Ralph Fiennes). The film boasts an all star cast of actors both new and familiar to Anderson’s body of work- Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Saoirse Ronan, and more.
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- Mario-Francisco Robles
The first trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is out and it's of course funny, colorful, exhilarating and full of more Wes Anderson-isms than we care to count. Based on our first viewing, this feels like The Avengers of Wes Anderson movies -- a film packed with an all-star team of actors and actresses who've worked with Anderson in the past (Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, F. Murray Abraham) that also feels like a combination of Anderson's entire filmography, with strong Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Darjeeling Limited, Life Aquatic and, yes, even Bottle Rocket vibes. (With all these stuffy, elite hotel guests, we expect Royal Tenenbaums vibes to make an appearance at some point...
- Erik Davis
Fillmaker Wes Anderson has been a mainstay of indie cinema ever since his 1996 debut feature Bottle Rocket, going on to make critically acclaimed films such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. With his last movie arriving in theatres in 2012, many of his fans were excited to hear of a new project from the auteur. Titled The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson once again takes on directing and screenwriting duties, working with a cast that includes Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, and Tom Wilkinson alongside Anderson regulars Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
If there is one thing that filmmaker Wes Anderson excels at (and, yes, he excels at more than just one thing – but this is a poster appreciation piece, not a Wes Anderson appreciation piece, though there’s always time for that later), it’s infusing his films with playful, colorful, and creative imagery, and his ability to do that has only gotten better with time (remember those wonderful Ya books from Moonrise Kingdom?). Yesterday’s release of the first poster for his upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel only speaks to Anderson’s apparent interest in crafting visually rich films that carry over their aesthetic to every piece of related marketing. That’s a florid way of saying that we love that damn poster and we can’t way to see more from the film in that same vein. But until we get more Andersonian posters (perhaps another character poster run, like »
- Kate Erbland
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