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For the first time in Wes Anderson's career, it looks like we may get films in back-to-back years from the Moonrise Kingdom director. While it was originally thought that we wouldn't be seeing the filmmaker's next movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, until 2014, apparently plans may have changed. Screen Daily has learned that Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the new ensemble comedy, and while nothing has been made official yet, the site reports that the studio is currently considering releasing the film sometime in late 2013. The indie subsidiary has previously worked with Anderson before, having previously released both The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited. But that's not all. The report also has the first detailed description of what the movie is actually about, providing the following synopsis: The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and »
If there's one filmmaker who's managed to steer fully clear of the Hollywood plot recycling bin it's Wes Anderson. That guy's movies are almost always original, thoughtful and delightfully odd. For his next picture, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," he's employed a cavalcade of thespian players while still managing to keep most of the film's plot details at an absolutely maddening minimum ... until now, that is.
Thanks in part to some excellent detective work by the crew at Indie Wire, we've now pieced together enough information to think about making a reservation at the "Budapest Hotel."
First of all, the "logline" for the film (via Screen Daily) goes like so: "'The Grand Budapest Hotel' tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, »
- Amanda Bell
After success with "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "The Darjeeling Limited," Fox Searchlight is re-teaming with Wes Anderson again for his upcoming feature "The Grand Budapest Hotel". A new synopsis for the film has also been released, check it out below:
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé.
The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.
The impressive ensemble cast includes (in alphabetical order): F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Bob Balaban, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.
- Garth Franklin
I kept having to correct myself when writing about "Moonrise Kingdom" last year, as my brain repeatedly leapt to the assumption that it was a Fox Searchlight property -- instead of Focus Features, for which the whimsical youth romance was their biggest prestige triumph of 2012. There was a reason for the error: Searchlight had handled both Anderson's previous features, "The Darjeeling Limited" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox," and "Moonrise" played very much like something in their wheelhouse. Anyway, I needn't make the same error with Anderson's next film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." It was announced today that Searchlight have renewed their »
- Guy Lodge
Last year’s Moonrise Kingdom was inarguably auteur director Wes Anderson’s most accessible film and received widespread critical acclaim. That said, his style is an acquired taste, and those who have acquired it continue to disagree when the subject turns to ranking his best films. Ranking his work, however, hinges on the successful combination of composition and performance. Anderson’s best films perfectly balance his familiar tropes with moving portrayals of human foibles and vulnerability.
The overall appeal of Wes Anderson films lies in their unique presentation, unity of vision, and endearingly asocial characters. The main criticism of Anderson’s work has been that his style is repetitive. This critique ignores the benefits of a self-possessed style and unity of vision, something to which many filmmakers only aspire. Anderson films consistently depict the universal dysfunctionality of characters and employ simple vertical and horizontal pans, lingering static shots, and an »
- Katherine Springer
Contributed by Michelle McCue, Melissa Thompson and Ken Parker.
The Clock is Ticking…tick tock, tick tock Oscar voters. The ballots are due today at 5 p.m. Pt so not much can happen now. It’s all up in the air, but we’re definitely rooting for the dark horses. As we begin what’s annually known as Oscar Week, we’ve compiled a list of Oscar hopefuls. Some of our choices are undoubtedly the frontrunners, while others we wanted you to have a second look at.
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- Movie Geeks
'Iw Talks to the Oscar 13' Nominees' is a daily series running through to this year's Oscar ceremony (February 24) that features new or previously published interviews with some of this year's nominees. Today, we're re-running an interview with Wes Anderson, a nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category for his summer smash "Moonrise Kingdom," co-written by Roman Coppola. With Wes Anderson's last live-action feature, "The Darjeeling Limited," his lowest-grossing film to date, even the filmmaker's most ardent fans wouldn't have guessed that his live-action follow-up (he last helmed the stop-motion animated charmer "The Fantastic Mr. Fox") would come within a hair's breadth of topping his breakout smash "The Royal Tenenbaums" at the domestic box-office. As it stands, "Tenenbaums" is still ahead at $52 million vs. "Moonrise"'s $46-million gross, but the success of »
- Nigel M Smith
Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" is a dark-horse contender in the original-screenplay category this year -- particularly at Sunday's Writers Guild of America Awards, where the indie film will be going up against the larger, louder likes of "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Flight." The film, which follows a teenage boy who goes Awol from his scouting pack to rendezvous with a young girl on an island in New England, is the second collaboration between Anderson and Roman Coppola, who also co-wrote 2007's "The Darjeeling Limited" with Anderson and Jason Schwartzman. (Left: Coppola and »
- Steve Pond
Chicago – Roman Coppola, Oscar-nominated as you read this for his great work co-writing “Moonrise Kingdom” (he also co-wrote “The Darjeeling Limited” with Wes Anderson) brings us the truly odd “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” now available On Demand and opening this Friday in Chicago. The film proves two things – that Charlie Sheen is a better actor than his public persona and stint on “Two and a Half Men” may have led you to believe and that he needs to find a character to prove that instead of this riff on his real-life drama.
Charles Swan III does not coincidentally have the same initials as the man who plays this troubled character, who we meet after a break-up with the lovely Ivana (Katheryn Winnick) sends him into an existential and intoxicant-filled tailspin. We wander through this egotist’s hallucinations (in one, he wins an award for Best Bullshit, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Written by Roman Coppola
Directed by Roman Coppola
Opens Feb. 15 in Toronto and Montreal
In the opening scene of A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, the titular Swan (played by Charlie Sheen) is given a psych evaluation, wherein the screen is cluttered with bursting pop-art collages that consist of 30% nonsense and 70% T&A. Everything about the character is revealed in this scene; all of his fears, desires, fantasies, anxieties. Within the opening minute, the concept promised to us by the movie’s title is already fulfilled. Job done, fade to black, credits. This is not what the movie does, unfortunately, and it’s a doggone shame that it doesn’t. For an 86-minute movie, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is about 85 minutes too long.
The next scene is of a break-up between the »
- Justin Li
Directed by Roman Coppola.
A 1970s graphic designer is thrown into psychological turmoil when his girlfriend breaks up with him.
Upon discovering compromising pictures of Charles Swan III (Charlie Sheen) with other women, a distraught Ivana (Katheryn Winnick) leaves with the slam of a door. In an effort to throw away the collection of shoes left behind by his ex-girlfriend, the hapless and stressed out Charles ends up with his car in the swimming pool of a record producer.
Taken to a hospital for examination, Charles is visited by his sister Izzy (Patricia Arquette) and her two sons, his best friend Kirby Star (Jason Schwartzman), and his business manager Saul (Bill Murray). As he waits for the doctor (Dermot Mulroney) to arrive with the test results, »
You may have a hard time placing the name Roman Coppola. His surname, no problem. But compared to the rest of his filmmaking family -- his father Francis-Ford ("The Godfather" visionary), his sister Sofia (who won her first Oscar for the melancholic "Lost in Translation"), his cousin, Jason Schwartzman -- Roman has mainly been behind the scenes. The 47-year-old got his start in the business, not surprisingly, at a young age. He spent his youth on the set of his father's films, playing with discarded, faux-mutilated flesh during "Apocalypse Now" with an equally-young Charlie Sheen. He eventually carved out a niche directing music videos, and while his feature film "Cq" earned luke warm reviews, he's left his mark on some of your favorite indies (he was a second-unit director on "The Virgin Suicides," "The Life Aquatic" and "The Darjeeling Limited"). This past year, he joined his film-royalty family, earning »
- Jessie Heyman
Watch the brand new promo for this year’s Oscars – hosted by Seth MacFarlane (shaken, not stirred) on February 24th on ABC. In early January producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that the 85th Academy Awards would include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. In October The Academy presented “The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years.” Held 50 years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” the evening paid homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the films themselves.
In the week leading up to the Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating this year’s nominees. The Oscar Week events will feature screenings, film clips, and discussions with filmmakers and artists whose work has garnered »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy will celebrate the week leading up to the Oscars with five public events celebrating this year's nominees. The events are as follows: Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. - Oscar Celebrates: Shorts Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman’s feature credits include “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “Rushmore.” “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” includes screenings of all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting). Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m. - Oscar Celebrates: Docs Hosted by Documentary Branch governor Michael Moore. Moore won the 2002 Documentary Feature Oscar for “Bowling for Columbine” and also was nominated in 2007 for “Sicko.” “Oscar Celebrates: Docs” »
- Sophia Savage
In the week leading up to the Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating this year’s nominees. The Oscar Week events will feature screenings, film clips, and discussions with filmmakers and artists whose work has garnered nominations in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Short Film categories. All events will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Oscar Week schedule is as follows: Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. Oscar Celebrates: Shorts Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman’s feature credits include “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “Rushmore.” “Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” includes screenings of all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting). http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/02/shorts. »
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The 2012 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards 2012 was a curious year for movies. To look at a year in movies at a glance we often turn straight to blockbusters and in the case of 2012 it may seem as if it really wasn't that great a year. Then you begin to drill down deeper and even films that divided the audience created large amounts of discussions, and beyond blockbusters there were plenty of middle ground to small-budget indie features that were quite powerful. As far as discussion pieces go, here on RopeofSilicon a lot of time was dedicated to divisive films as The Grey, Prometheus and Looper. A conversation involving the ending of The Grey was quite popular, I posed theories on Looper's theme more than once, the Zero Dark Thirty torture controversy was annoying, but necessary and the movie that probably generated the most conversation was Prometheus, of which I wrote a massive six-page exploratory article. »
- Brad Brevet
I may have written about Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III in the past, I'm not sure, but only today did I add the film to the database along with a gallery of six posters and four pictures from the film as well as the trailer. So I figured I'd give it some attention. Coppola co-wrote the Oscar-nominated script for Moonrise Kingdom alongside Wes Anderson as well as The Darjeeling Limited before that and now he's coming to the table with his second feature film starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Aubrey Plaza and Patricia Arquette. Charles Swan is set in a stylized Los Angeles and described as a playful comedy of lost love, friendship, revenge fantasies, and Brandy Alexanders. Charles (Sheen) is a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. When his true love, »
- Brad Brevet
For fans of the characteristically dollhouse-meticulous set design in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” come two extras: an illustrated script and an interview with the film’s production designer, Adam Stockhausen, on The New York Times’ The Carpetbagger blog. While the film was snubbed by the Academy in the visual categories, only snagging one nomination for Best Original Screenplay, critics agreed that Anderson again served up a tasty visual treat – so it’s no surprise to see this interest in the film’s ocular appeal. Stockhausen collaborated with Anderson on “The Darjeeling Limited” and in his interview he shares a few concept drawings and some insights into the production that worth checking out. Meanwhile, the illustrated script is courtesy of Focus Features as part of an awards-hype package on their site. Don’t get too excited – the script is not "interactive" per se. Rolling over images »
- Tess Hofmann
18 items from 2013
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