Hotel Chevalier (2007)
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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.
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Nothing gets us going more than the promise of a new Wes Anderson film. Will it be a funny as Rushmore? As inventive as Fantastic Mr Fox? As ambitious as The Royal Tenenbaums? Well, another one is on the way: The Grand Budapest Hotel, which despite its title seems to have less to do with Anderson's tenderly mysterious short film Hotel Chevalier than an amalgam of Anderson's predilection for jewel-box environments, giant major-name casts, and arch pseudo-professional patter.
That's not to say The Grand Budapest Hotel doesn't look great: we can safely say this is a return to the mentor
• This poster looks good enough to eat. Literally. All I see is a tiered heavily frosted chocolate cake and I want it in me right now. Put it in me!
• Remember when people made such a big deal of Natalie Portman's nudity in "Hotel Chevalier" even though it was only like side butt? Will their be profile nudity in this hotel? And if so whose? My guess is Léa Seydoux though its unlikely to occur at all.
• The title signage is like delicate decorative pastel frosting (I have not eaten dinner yet, can you tell?)
• So pleased that Ralph Fiennes' career seems to be on an upswing again -- I believe he's the protagonist and butler here -- though I read the weirdest headline the other
Moonrise Kingdom is centered on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. What begins as two friends making a pact to run away together soon turns into a community turned upside down. (In Anderson's quirky and amusing style, of course.) Starring Bruce Willis and Edward Norton among others, this prize could easily be yours.
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Anderson was rumoured to have approached Depp last week, along with Wes-regulars Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe. He apparently contacted two others newbies - Jude Law and Murder, She Wrote's Angela Lansbury, but there's been no word on their involvement yet.
The name of the film pretty much confirms Anderson's earlier statement that it will be set in Europe. But you never can tell with these arthouse sorts. They love irony.
That's all we know about the film so far, other the Anderson quote saying "it's not very family friendly.
The writer-director-producer is already forging ahead with his follow-up, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Deadline report that he’s begun assembling another excellent ensemble with Johnny Depp first to officially join the team.
Anderson is very much well known for having some of the best ensemble casts in pretty much all of his films, and it looks like that streak is going to continue wonderfully, with word recently surfacing that he’s also been eyeing the likes of Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, and more.
Essentially: A dream team.
Moonrise Kingdom was Anderson’s first film that Owen Wilson didn’t have an official credit on in some shape or form,
As previously mentioned, the film focuses on a pair of star-crossed children (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) who fall hopelessly in love and defy their elders by running away to New England (if you haven’t yet, check out Raffi‘s excellent Cannes review here). Every Anderson character has their unique traits and, for Suzy, it’s her book-filled suitcase. Now, he plans to introduce his audience to the story inside one of those books.
Anderson, on his upcoming short (via ComingSoon):
“[The character of Suzy has] a suitcase full of these
As you already know, the film centers on two young kids played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who fall in love and run away in New England much to the chagrin of the adults in their lives. As with any Anderson film, each kid has their own set of quirks and interests, and for Suzy, no runaway is complete without a suitcase full of books. Well, it looks like audiences and fans are going to get a deeper look at what's between the books' covers. "[The character of Suzy has] a suitcase full of these young adult fantasy type novels," Anderson ComingSoon. "Sort of sci-fi/fantasy books.
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