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For Bill Murray, the idea of attending Bill Murray Day sounded like punishment. So at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, the comedian was having serious trepidation about the special day designated to showing his classic films “Ghostbusters,” “Stripes” and “Groundhog Day,” followed by the premiere of his latest comedy, “St. Vincent.” The celebration unfolded like a cross between Comic-Con and a political rally, with an army of fans in Bill Murray masks marching en route to the screenings.
“The whole thing gets more complicated as it draws closer, and you feel such dread about it,” Murray says in an interview at his hotel before the hoopla begins. “I’m nervous. All I can think is I feel like the Statue of Liberty covered with maggots. I feel like I am going to be assaulted! Why am I doing this?”
Prior to his trip to Toronto (from an island he »
- Ramin Setoodeh
By Anjelica Oswald
The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.
Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s 2012 bestselling novel about the marriage of Amy and Nick Dunne — 8.5 million copies sold — that was scribed by Flynn herself and stars Rosamund Pike (Amy) and Ben Affleck (Nick), opened the 2014 New York Film Festival on Friday night with multiple screenings at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and a lavish after-party at Central Park’s Tavern on the Green.
The New York Film Fest has a hit-or-miss track record with opening night films in recent years:Mystic River (2003), Good Night, and Good Luck(2005), The Queen (2006), The Social Network(2010), Life of Pi (2012) and Captain Phillips (2013) all went on to land best picture Oscar nominations — but Celebrity (1998), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Carnage (2011) were entirely ignored by the Academy.
Into which grouping will Gone Girl eventually fall?
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- Anjelica Oswald
Director Wes Anderson sure does have a beautiful way of setting up his shots for the movies he makes. I'm sure any fan of the director is very familiar with his style, and that he loves to shoot Pov shots from several modes of transportation that he includes in his movies. Here's a great supercut created by Jaume R. Lloret that includes all of the Pov vehicle shots from films such as The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
- Joey Paur
Telluride — There is a moment near the end of "Wild" where Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) runs into a young boy and his grandmother out on a weekend hike. Strayed has walked hundreds of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to deal with personal, emotional pain that has plagued her most of her young adult life. After learning of Strayed's heartbreaks the young boy (Evan O'Toole) sings her the song "Red River Valley." In the hands of a lesser director this scene could have been overly saccharine and misplaced. But director Jean-Marc Vallée makes it as artful and touching as it needs to be. Clearly, we should not have doubted him. Vallée was one of the main creative forces of "Dallas Buyers Club," but did not earn a Best Director Oscar nod. Instead, he made due with an editing nomination. This was disheartening in some respects because there »
- Gregory Ellwood
Brody learned the magic trade when he was six years old from one of his mother’s coworkers at The Village Voice who “had all these crazy gadgets and weird tricks and gizmos that he would review and discuss,” Brody said. “He would let me take a coin trick or something and show it to me, and I’d go around and practice on all of my mom’s coworkers and develop a pattern. »
- Jacob Shamsian
The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
18 year-old Californian actor Tony Revolori was plucked from relative obscurity to play faithful concierge Zero Mustafa in Wes Anderson’s glorious European fantasy caper The Grand Budapest Hotel. Not only does the young performer hold his own against a ridiculously starry ensemble cast, but he’s also the beating heart of the film, forming a wonderfully touching and hilarious double act with co-star, Ralph Fiennes.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Revolori about his incredible cinematic rites of passage, and the interesting challenges the film threw up (some of which were a little closer to home.)
HeyUGuys: Hi Tony. The film features an incredible line-up of seasoned, award-winning actors. Was it initially pretty daunting to act against the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe and Tilda Swinton?
Tony Revolori: Definitely. I think I was the only actor [on set] who hadn’t won or been nominated for an Oscar »
- Adam Lowes
With "summer" blockbuster season becoming increasingly a thing of the past (this year's began in March with Captain America: The Winter Soldier), narrowing down the Best Of shortlist for even half a year's worth of cinema has never been tougher.
Since we're going by UK release dates for this list, we had both the cream of the awards season crop to consider alongside the tentpoles, not to mention a handful of exceptional indie offerings from spring.
Below are Digital Spy's top ten movies of the year so far. Be sure to vote for your favourite in our poll, and leave your own list in the comments!
10. 12 Years a Slave
"Despite the overall lack of McQueen's stamp, the film's physically unflinching treatment of its subject matter is where he does make himself felt. This is a tremendously powerful drama that simultaneously highlights the human capacity for cruelty and for resilience, bolstered by an extraordinary, »
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
Jason Schwartzman has most memorably played muse to Wes Anderson, snagging key roles in Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and Anderson's latest The Grand Budapest Hotel. But last January he was earning rousing praise out of the Sundance Film Festival thanks to the dark comedy Listen Up Philip, written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. Surprisingly, this praised pic didn't land domestic distribution right out of Sundance, but it has now! Tribeca Film has announced its acquirement of the North American distribution rights of Listen Up Philip. In the movie, Jason Schwartzman stars as Philip Lewis Friedman, an often frustrated novelist who is impatiently awaiting the release of his second book. The noise of his metropolis home is proving to be too much during this purgatory, and his photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) doesn't seem too fond of him anymore - fed up in part by his »
2014 is a little under halfway over, but one film that is still firmly entrenched near the top of my "best of" list is Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." And three months after its release audiences have shown their own approval at the box office. As of Sunday, "Budapest" has earned an Anderson record $57.7 million domestically and $157.9 million worldwide. In fact, it's now made more domestically than classic Fox Searchlight releases "The Full Monty," "28 Days Later" and even "12 Years a Slave" (and "Sideways" is within reach). Critically? "Budapest" is arguably the best-reviewed film of Anderson's career (certainly on Metacritic). Not what you'd expect for a March release these days. Obviously there will be much discussion over the next three to four months whether "Budapest" will "be remembered" by Oscar voters in December or whether its early release date has doomed it from major awards consideration. Trust, Fox Searchlight is »
- Gregory Ellwood
Before we get to the new releases, I wanted to remind you Amazon has all of Wes Anderson's films on sale this week, which means all the following Blu-rays, click on any of the titles for purchasing information: Bottle Rocket ($19.49) my review Rushmore ($19.99) The Royal Tenenbaums ($18.99) The Darjeeling Limited ($20.99) my review Fantastic Mr. Fox ($20.99) And with that we get to... The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion Collection) The initial DVD release of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was a collaboration between Criterion and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, but now it's getting an official Blu-ray and DVD release from Criterion with a new 4K transfer and a bounty of additional features: New, restored 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Audio commentary by Anderson and cowriter Noah Baumbach This Is an Adventure, a »
- Brad Brevet
Online retailer Amazon.com's Blu-ray Deal of the Week has updated early Sunday morning like clockwork, and this latest deal is tapping into the works and selections of writer/director Wes Anderson.
The Blu-ray portion of this deal include a total of five Wes Anderson Criterion Collection Blu-rays and two additional Blu-rays that he has personally selected. These Blu-rays include Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
Browse or shop Amazon's Wes Anderson Blu-ray Deal of the Week sale.
There are many more Criterion Collection DVDs for sale as chosen by Wes Anderson, which you can find by following the link above.
Amazon's Wes Anderson Blu-ray Deal of the Week ends this upcoming Saturday at midnight. »
This Tuesday, Criterion will be issuing a new Blu-ray release of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (buy it here) and Amazon is getting ahead of the release by offering all previous Criterion releases of Wes Anderson's movies at a discounted price. Here's the list, click on any of the titles for purchasing information: Bottle Rocket ($19.49) my review Rushmore ($19.99) The Royal Tenenbaums ($18.99) The Darjeeling Limited ($20.99) my review Fantastic Mr. Fox ($20.99) amz asin="B00JAQJNN0" size="small"Oh, and The Grand Budapest Hotel will be arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17 if you'd like to complete the entire collection just click here. As a matter of fact, click here to browse all of Wes Anderson's Blu-rays and pick and choose at your own leisure. Also on sale this week is the complete, five-film Die Hard collection (buy it here) for $31.49 and a couple other Criterion »
- Brad Brevet
Are movies better . or possibly worse . when you watch them at sea? It.s a question audiences might be able to ask aboard the majestic ocean liner the Queen Mary 2, which is poised to host a transatlantic screening series for Wes Anderson.s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Variety reports that Anderson, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman are expected to participate in a week-long screening cruise . along with Special Photography Unit helmer Roman Coppola . that will venture from New York to England beginning on June 13. The cast and director will participate in Q-and-a sessions, and The Grand Budapest Hotel will be screened for patrons on the boat. Um, why didn.t Wes Anderson do this for The Life Aquatic? Or hop on a train with the cast of The Darjeeling Limited? What could have been. This is the latest offbeat promotional tour stop for what has become Wes Anderson.s most »
Audio-visual remixers Eclectic Method have compiled a brand new movie mixtape exploring the styles and themes of Wes Anderson. The bustling five-minute clip shows off Anderson's unique filmmaking methods, noting everything from his love of symmetry and sprawling tracking shots, to idiosyncratic details like his tendency to film food from above or transportation scenes from the helm of the vehicle.
Check Out Our Countdown of Wes Anderson's Films from Worst to Best
Noting how Anderson's characters move like "costumed dolls in a vast toy house," fight sequences, chain smoking, »
When The Grand Budapest Hotel broke the limited release record for the highest grossing opening weekend, it was only a sign of things to come. The film has thrilled critics and fans for over a month now, and has made a big enough splash to possibly be remembered come awards season this fall. Much like Martin Scorsese.s The Wolf of Wall Street, The Grand Budapest Hotel now shares the honor of being its auteur.s highest grossing film. Variety has confirmed that the film has passed the $100 million level, signifying the grandest grossing for an Anderson picture. (The title was previously held by The Royal Tenenbaums, which earned $71 million in its 2001-2002 worldwide release.) A key factor to his film.s success, like any good big budget blockbuster, has been its overseas gross . which is at 62% of the film.s total take. (Which is behind The Darjeeling Limited.s »
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” has reached yet another milestone.
The quirky dramedy has passed the $100 million mark at the worldwide box office to become director Wes Anderson’s highest-grossing movie to date. Although it took over a month to meet the lofty goal, the film has only been in wide release since March 28. “Budapest Hotel” has now expanded to 1,467 locations, making it Anderson’s second widest release behind “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which showed in 2,300 theaters.
Even though the film has earned more than any other Anderson pic ($103.8 million), it’s a distant third behind “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” in terms of domestic gross. “Budapest Hotel” has made a whopping 62% of its gross overseas, only behind “The Darjeeling Limited’s” 66% share.
“Royal Tenenbaums” is the auteur’s second most successful film with a $71 million worldwide gross.
“Budapest Hotel” also broke the record for the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
A reader sent me a link to Timothy May's Intercut.net review of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and it's a treat of a read. After breaking down the particulars of the plot and characters, May gets deeper into the nuts and bolts of Anderson's filmmaking style as well as the similarities and, more importantly, differences between his lead characters over the course of time. In referring to Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave and his penchant for honesty, which separates him from previous Anderson leads such as Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) in Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) in The Royal Tenenbaums, who share a "singular notion of culture, class, and decorum", but the latter two are also liars. Why does this matterc Well it matters when it comes to what the character is fighting for and what he stands for as a man. May then writes: »
- Brad Brevet
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