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Title: Wes Anderson
Post by: Sleepless on March 19, 2012, 12:14:21 PM
So is this the de facto Wes Anderson thread now?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNpVURAgG5g
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on March 19, 2012, 12:29:55 PM
It is now.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: MacGuffin on March 22, 2012, 02:04:03 PM
Watch: Wes Anderson and 'Coraline' Creators Team for Fantastic Xperia Smartphone Commercial
Source: Movies.com

To promote their new Xperia Smartphones, Sony brought together writer-director Wes Anderson and Laika, the animation house behind the film Coraline, and asked them to create a memorable TV spot based on a child's imagination. So what they did was ask a bunch of kids to use their imagination in describing what their Xperia Smartphone is made of. Anderson and Laika then took the wacky descriptions given by the children and animated them over the course of six weeks.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMnlfPvd5AI
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Bethie on April 03, 2012, 01:30:08 AM
aw. good job. i like it.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Sleepless on June 04, 2012, 10:34:02 AM
From Empire

Wes Anderson Discusses His Next Film

Hopefully you've all seen the thoroughly wonderful Moonrise Kingdom by now. If you liked it as much as we did, you'll be pleased to know that there's more on the way, in the form of a new short that'll debut online next week. And in the meantime, Wes Anderson has been dropping a few hints about his next film too.

The next-film snippets come from various sources, helpfully compiled by Rope of Silicon. To Vulture, Anderson revealed that the script is already written, and that the story was hammered out between himself and a non-showbiz friend (so no Roman Coppola for this one, by the sound of it). Domiciled these days in France, Anderson says, "It's a European story, and it kind of draws on my own experiences here." He said much the same to Harper's Bazaar, whilse also joking about making a movie on location in space...

Speaking later to Les Inrockuptibles, he revealed a bit more: "In my next film, the main character, who's a bit crazy, has a personal mind-reader whose assistant is a teenager." He also says that he probably won't need to travel the unknown-actors route that helped cast the Moonrise kids, but that it'll more likely be a project for his usual rep-company. "I'm still attached to my favourite actors," he says, "even if I don't know who'll be playing the main role." Murray! Schwartzman! The Wilsons!

Plenty of ammunition for the people that complain that Wes Anderson's films are too much like Wes Anderson films then, but for the rest of us, nothing but glad tidings.

The Moonrise Kingdom bonus short film, meanwhile, revolves around the various books that Suzy packs in her suitcase. "We had to invent them and give a little glimpse of each one," Anderson tells Coming Soon. "Different artists were doing them, and we've now animated them, each little passage in the style of the cover of the book [it supposedly comes from]. We've made a little short film that's hosted by Bob Balaban, the narrator in our movie. It's a little companion piece that will come out online next week."
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: tpfkabi on June 04, 2012, 11:41:31 AM
Has he been asked about writing with Owen recently? I would have thought his near death would maybe join them back together. It seemed to during Darjeeling promotion, but I am unaware of anything after that. I still haven't gotten the Criterion Darjeeling, so maybe it is addressed there.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: AntiDumbFrogQuestion on June 10, 2012, 12:40:28 PM
personally I think Luke Wilson's done his best (some may say ONLY) good work under Anderson's direction. wonder if anything happened there, too.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: MacGuffin on July 09, 2012, 04:25:34 PM
BREAKING: Wes Anderson Approaching Depp, Wilson, Murray, Law, Norton And More For Untitled New Picture
Source: Twitch Film

Wes Anderson is no dummy. And so, fresh off the success of Moonrise Kingdom, the quirky auteur is already hard at work setting up his next picture. True to typical Anderson form, Twitch has learned that it will be an ensemble cast and while the as-yet-untitled film - or, at least, title-as-yet-unknown-to-us film - will feature a number of Anderson's regulars there are also some intriguing new names in the mix.

While it's hard to say what stage of the process each of these is at at the present, we are told that Anderson is approaching a cast of Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury to star in the film.

Please, please, please let this be an Anderson-ized version of Murder, She Wrote. Because that would be kind of amazing.

Actual details on story - as opposed to silly speculation - and updates on the casting process as we get them.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Pubrick on July 10, 2012, 01:25:05 AM
fresh off the success of Moonrise Kingdom

Can we get some stats to back this up?

Is simply releasing a film considered a success these days?

I would've said fresh off taking a dump.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: wilder on July 10, 2012, 01:31:25 AM
fresh off the success of Moonrise Kingdom

Can we get some stats to back this up?

Is simply releasing a film considered a success these days?

I would've said fresh off taking a dump.

Marigold Hotel,' 'Moonrise' boost specialty biz - First half of year for indie market lifted by duo
6/5/12

For "Moonrise," interest for helmer Wes Anderson from a wide age range drove his first partnership with Focus Features to become the No. 2 specialty pic of the year so far, with $21.4 million domestically. Focus bowed Anderson's Cannes opener over Memorial Day weekend to the highest-ever per-screen average for a live-action film ($130,749). Since then, Focus has rolled out "Moonrise" slowly, expanding the whimsical coming-of-age dramedy to 884 playdates currently -- its highest count so far.

Source - Variety (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118056278?refcatid=13&printerfriendly=true)



‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Topples Record; ‘Intouchables’ Strong: Specialty Box Office
5/28/12

After two weeks of unimpressive specialty openers, Focus Features‘ Moonrise Kingdom has taken the specialty box office by storm, shattering records over Memorial weekend. Directed by Wes Anderson, the film opened the Cannes Film Festival and then hit theaters in the States, setting a new record for a live-action feature in a regular theatrical run, surpassing Dreamgirls‘ stunning $126K per theater average debut in three theaters back in 2006. Moonrise Kingdom averaged a whopping $130,752 at four locations and an overall four-day $669K gross. Focus, which holds worldwide rights, will take the movie to additional cities in the U.S. each weekend through June, expanding Moonrise Kingdom to several hundred screens. “Moonrise is a story of love’s improbable triumph, and for Wes Anderson and his team a labor of love from start to finish,” said Focus CEO James Schamus. “How wonderful it is to congratulate him, on behalf of everyone at Focus, for this remarkable, record-breaking opening.”

Source - Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/specialty-box-office-moonrise-kingdom-topples-record-intouchables-strong/)

Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: polkablues on July 10, 2012, 01:31:58 AM
http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=moonrisekingdom.htm (http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=moonrisekingdom.htm)

It's already earned back more than twice its budget worldwide.  It's not making Avengers money, but its doing pretty great for a twee musing on pre-adolescent heartache.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Pubrick on July 10, 2012, 04:30:19 AM
Thanks xixax search bots!

I probably should have done this research myself but you have delivered so thoroughly I'm glad I didn't. See this is what happens when the "box office guesstimations" thread stops being updated.

It's really more fun to like Wes Anderson than to be a hater so i'm happy to hear he might have got his groove back.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: modage on July 10, 2012, 10:13:11 AM
He didn't! And being a hater is no fun. But neither is trying to pretend he's still got it when he ain't.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: RegularKarate on July 10, 2012, 11:06:37 AM
He didn't! And being a hater is no fun. But neither is trying to pretend he's still got it when he ain't.

haha... ya grump. Stop telling people they're pretending anything. Just accept that a lot more people like this movie than you anticipated and you're the hater here. It happens to all of us.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: pete on July 10, 2012, 03:44:19 PM
what is this magical "it" that he had/lost? he's a guy who likes tender stories with sensibilities that really enthralled people 10 years ago but now those sensibilities are out of sync with the cutting edge. Is that the "it" he lost, that people don't give a shit about deadpan composition anymore? The approach to the stories always have been pretty similar, and, let me play mod's game for a second and say something like "you either like all of his movies or you like none of them, and if you only liked The Royal Tenenbaums than you probably liked it for the wrong reasons." that felt pretty good.

It just so happened that his filmmaking language was very hip once upon a time, just because it's not hip anymore doesn't mean he sucks, it just means you should watch another movie if you wanna see more handhelds or faster cuts or backlighting.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: modage on July 10, 2012, 05:06:46 PM
That's not what I want. It would be nice to see Anderson branch out with his style or the types of stories he's willing to tell but if he's insistent on NEVER doing that unlike all of his peers/any filmmaker ever, then it'd be great if the movies were still great on occasion. The difference between Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums and his recent films is staggering and I'm a little distrustful of anyone else who doesn't see that.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: RegularKarate on July 10, 2012, 05:38:45 PM
What is wrong with different?
There's a difference between "this guy only made two good things and everything else is shit" and "This guy consistently makes good movies and I'm just constantly mad he hasn't made a better movie than his best movie".
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: AntiDumbFrogQuestion on July 10, 2012, 11:24:43 PM
I just realized that the band Cake seems like a musical equivalent to Wes Anderson.

Their songs are unmistakably theirs and yet the put out album after album with similar artwork and variations on the same basic instrumentation. There is a vintage sound to the instruments yet enough production in the recordings to let us know the songs weren't recorded in the 60's in someone's basement.  The songs are hit or miss, some straight-up classics, but the band sticks to their stylistic guns whether or not they have a "hit single" in their hands.

So. Just a thought at 12:30 am-ish.

(Amish?)
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: pete on July 11, 2012, 03:13:39 AM
that would be true if Cake made a huge splash musically and caused a thousand bands to imitate it and rarely put out albums until everyone was sick of Cake for the other bands. I think he's the equivalent of Seinfeld the comedian - when you hear Seinfield, he's still great at what he does, though you think his style is tiresome because it ended up being more famous than him, and it's not relevant anymore. but he's still funny, just not Louis CK funny.

I'll try to hone in on what I observe of this backlash - not just from here but from a lot of the snootier critics as well - since no one really has challenged the facts of the observation. I hate the word but I'll say it - Wes Anderson's not hip the way some of the audience want him to be hip anymore. It's a huge blind spot particularly to you Mod just because you've already spoken so much about it and it's pretty obvious to me and maybe RegularKarate and the other dudes here. You're mad at him but it's never related to the story or the characters or anything really that substantial - you just like how movies look and feel and sound, and you keep attacking him for things that some folks don't give a shit about. When Wes Anderson came out he was hip, like PT was hip, and now PT has transcended certain artifices that were huge in the 90s, styles that turned filmmakers rock stars, while Wes Anderson remained perfectly happy using them. And in a way, he's closer to Woody Allen, where he challenges himself personally with themes he's personally interested in, but with more or less an established look, cadence, and sensibilities. It's a silly way of looking at originality, which seems to be defined by your boredom of something, while your boredom seems to be defined by how well someone re-interprets your favorite genres. You enjoy genres that look and don't feel like genres, and Wes Anderson, for you, is just too Wes Anderson.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: modage on July 11, 2012, 09:11:47 AM
Well, yes and no. Yes, because I feel his films are a study in diminishing returns, I feel like perhaps if he wasn't so damn stubborn he might have evolved and made some more interesting films. And no, because if his last few films were anywhere near as successful (artistically) as his first few, I wouldn't mind his repetitiveness.

I was thinking about the Woody Allen thing too except he's actually done a lot of different kinds of things, which so far Wes hasn't. Everything has been pitched right down the middle. "Annie Hall" is great but what if all his films were a variation on "Annie Hall" with the locations and actors swapped out for lesser results?
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: RegularKarate on July 11, 2012, 10:41:09 AM
"Annie Hall" is great but what if all his films were a variation on "Annie Hall" with the locations and actors swapped out for lesser results?

Oh, come on. How is Wes Anderson just swapping out actors and locations for lesser results? That's ridiculous.

Pete's been able to say how I feel about all this much better than I have.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: modage on July 11, 2012, 11:04:01 AM
I thought we already agreed that all his films are basically the same. (Wasn't that why Pete was supposing people are hating on him because it's not "cool" anymore?)

Not only do his films all look the same and use the same visual/audio/editing tricks, they're all the same tone. Melancholy comedy. Since maybe the gunfight in 'Life Aquatic,' have you ever really been surprised by anything in one of his films? To me, it seems like intentionally or not, he's defined his own boundaries and seems to be mistaking setting his films in different places (Italy, India, Rhode Island, animation) as doing something different.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: ©brad on July 11, 2012, 11:14:07 AM
I feel there are two different issues here; his aesthetic, and his story choices. Mod are you wanting him to evolve stylistically, or do you want a Wed Anderson thriller, or both? 
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: RegularKarate on July 11, 2012, 12:16:16 PM
I think it's clear that Mod continues to talk about style. We aren't going to get around that it seems.
Outside of his stylistic choices, how is Moonrise Kingdom the same movie as The Royal Tenenbaums?

As far as "surprise" goes, what do you mean? One moment in Moonrise immediately comes to mind when I think of surprise. Also, if you're laughing, you're probably being surprised in those moments (and I'd argue that most people who aren't laughing decided they didn't want to like the movie beforehand).
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: children with angels on July 11, 2012, 12:32:48 PM
Since maybe the gunfight in 'Life Aquatic,' have you ever really been surprised by anything in one of his films?

I've been surprised by:

- His decision and ability to supplement and interestingly interweave a feature with a short film in Hotel Chevalier/Darjeeling.

- The way that his stop-motion movie managed to incorporate an improvisational sensibility in its dialogue and performances, making it feel paradoxically perhaps his loosest since Bottle Rocket. (Also the surprisingly affecting rat death scene.)

- The gradual escalation of Moonrise Kingdom into the realm of all-out myth/fantasy with the flood and the lightning set-pieces. (Incidentally, realising the impossibility of these things taking place in the worlds of Royal Tenenbaums or Darjeeling lets you recognise that these movies *are* different, have different parameters, operate according to different rules: the varying status and seriousness of death, for example.)

We can all agree that thematically, tonally and aesthetically he has kept ploughing similar furrows. And if originality in these kinds of things is an overriding criterion in the way you evaluate films, you're certainly bound to be disappointed. But me, I also highly value the totally valid artistic practice of variations on a theme, different uses of the same conventions, the tension between repetition and innovation, etc. Somewhat strangely, I feel Anderson has actually become surprisingly classical Hollywood in this way - like a Hitchcock or an Ophuls, using similar styles, themes and tones for a range of subject matter.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: pete on July 11, 2012, 02:27:58 PM
Two more analogies to throw your way:
Wes Anderson's going after a feeling, the same way that M. Ward's been making his albums - they're both going for this feeling of timelessness, and each film/ album, though they vary greatly in subject matter, they're honing in to articulate these very particular feelings that's elusive and hard to capture, and actually using a wide variety of tricks (I mean the films you liked of Wes greatly used ramp slo-mo and recorded soundtrack vs. this latest film where neither is very present) to hone that feel. But still we're just talking about the look and feel of something and not stories or characters. I think Life Aquatic made people mad because that was when Wes Anderson made it clear that he didn't wanna be PT Anderson. Your proclivity to "genre movies with a twist" is so out of the orbit of so many filmmakers and you've been frustrated by a great deal of them the same way. What helps your cause is so many so-called cinephiles like the movies of Wes Anderson or Tree of Life for the very superficial reasons so you've been pretty comfortable in your position thus far. But I don't know, I don't understand how your Life Aquatic anger hasn't died with America's Bush anger.

Second analogy is a food one. I don't know if I'm saying these things to make you understand something or make the other guys, but either way the thoughts are going on the internet and they'll be there until the fucking servers all crash. Here it goes: Wes Anderson is a sushi chef, and you want him to make fried chicken with a sushi twist.




I thought we already agreed that all his films are basically the same. (Wasn't that why Pete was supposing people are hating on him because it's not "cool" anymore?)

Not only do his films all look the same and use the same visual/audio/editing tricks, they're all the same tone. Melancholy comedy. Since maybe the gunfight in 'Life Aquatic,' have you ever really been surprised by anything in one of his films? To me, it seems like intentionally or not, he's defined his own boundaries and seems to be mistaking setting his films in different places (Italy, India, Rhode Island, animation) as doing something different.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: MacGuffin on July 17, 2012, 01:51:02 AM
Johnny Depp to Star in Wes Anderson's Next Film
The project comes from Indian Paintbrush, which will produce and finance.
Source: THR

Johnny Depp will team with the iconic Wes Anderson for his next project.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the Lone Ranger actor will star in Anderson’s next film, which he wrote and will direct, and is being produced and financed by Indian Paintbrush. No details regarding the film’s plot or Depp’s character have been revealed yet, but the project is said to be titled The Grand Budapest Hotel and will mark the filmmaker’s first time shooting in Europe.  

Fans at Comic-Con were wowed last weekend during the Disney Panel, where footage of Depp in The Lone Ranger was screened for a packed Hall H. As for Anderson, his Moonrise Kingdom premiered to rave reviews at Cannes earlier this year. With a wide release on June 29, Moonrise Kingdom has thus far grossed an impressive $44.7 million at the worldwide box office.

While Depp is the first to sign on for Budapest, Anderson is said to be courting Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury for the film, as well.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: AntiDumbFrogQuestion on July 22, 2012, 06:36:02 PM
will mark the filmmaker’s first time shooting in Europe. 

From IMDB.com
Filming Locations for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362270/locations (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362270/locations)

Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy
(studio)

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Italy

Marineland, Antibes, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Naples, Campania, Italy

Ponza Island, Ponziane Islands, Latina, Lazio, Italy

Rome, Lazio, Italy

 :bravo:
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: MacGuffin on September 10, 2012, 03:48:58 PM
Jude Law 'Pestered' Wes Anderson To Join New Film
'I'm very excited to be a part of that Wes Anderson family,' actor tells MTV News about joining the cast of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'
Source: MTV

Right now is a good time to be friends with Wes Anderson. The writer/director, known for his unique visual style and idiosyncratic characters, regularly pulls from a pool of frequent collaborators, and he just scored the second biggest hit of his career with "Moonrise Kingdom."

For his next film, which is reportedly titled "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Anderson is calling on a mix of familiar actors and some talent he has never worked with before, including Johnny Depp.

One of the newest additions to the "Wes Anderson family," Jude Law, spoke with MTV News' Josh Horowitz during the Toronto International Film Festival for his new film "Anna Karenina" and shared his excitement to finally work with the director.

Law told MTV News that his role in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is something that's been a long time coming. "I've been a huge fan of Wes," he said. "I pestered him with emails for years, saying 'I want to live in one of your films and I'd like to be in one of your films.' "

News of Anderson's wish list appeared in July, but we haven't heard much in the way of production details since then. Law, however, confirmed that Anderson should be shooting shortly. "[Anderson] sent me this wonderful script," he said. "I think we start work on that in January."

While Law hesitated to talk about the project at length, he did confirm Depp's involvement and the size of his own role. "It will be the usual team [of actors]. I have heard Johnny Depp is indeed playing a key role in it," he said. "I think my role is fleeting, but I'm very excited to be a part of that Wes Anderson family."
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Sleepless on September 11, 2012, 10:28:38 AM
I'm not a fan of Jude Law, but I do think he could fit well into a Wes Anderson movie. It's Depp I'm concerned about.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 11, 2012, 11:14:47 PM
I'm not a fan of Jude Law, but I do think he could fit well into a Wes Anderson movie. It's Depp I'm concerned about.



Depp will be AMAZING in a Wes Anderson picture... If there's someone that can pull off funny and quirky and a little dark humor, it's Johnny!

I never really liked Jude Law until I saw I <3 Huckabees. He was so fucking good in that.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Pubrick on September 12, 2012, 01:41:42 AM
Jude law, Johnny d and Wes Anderson are all about the same level of douchebag so it's only natural that they'd work together. I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner, especially Johnny douche. But I guess they were both committed to their respective tired old collaborators. It's hard to break the contract of boring.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 12, 2012, 02:11:08 AM
Jude law, Johnny d and Wes Anderson are all about the same level of douchebag so it's only natural that they'd work together. I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner, especially Johnny douche


Even though I like Johnny Depp, I laughed and upvoted your post. Because it reminded me of that time me and my girlfriend when to see his "Band" perform live (His band is called "P")....

WORST NIGHT OF MY LIFE. They suck so fucking bad.

The sound of 14 year olds screaming, Hipsters singing along and him being a douche on stage. Good God...
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Sleepless on October 01, 2012, 01:59:00 PM
Wes Anderson confirms Johnny Depp is NOT in The Great Budapest Hotel.

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=35316

(http://www.empireonline.com/images/uploaded/bill-murray-wes-anderson-cannes-2012.jpg)




Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: pete on October 01, 2012, 04:47:08 PM

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=35316

(http://www.empireonline.com/images/uploaded/bill-murray-wes-anderson-cannes-2012.jpg)

just so you know, I've been wearing that blazer for years:

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l131/nomoretitanic/100_0219.jpg)

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l131/nomoretitanic/100_0220.jpg)

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l131/nomoretitanic/100_0221.jpg)

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Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: md on October 01, 2012, 05:47:13 PM
that poor jacket hahaha
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Reelist on October 01, 2012, 07:27:47 PM
(http://www.empireonline.com/images/uploaded/bill-murray-wes-anderson-cannes-2012.jpg)


This look on Bill Murray's face is because he smells taint on his blazer
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: MacGuffin on November 02, 2012, 01:04:41 PM
Saoirse Ronan to star in 'Budapest Hotel'
Thesp joins Fiennes, Law, Murray, Schwartzman in Anderson pic
Source: Variety

Having established herself as one of the leading dramatic actresses of her generation with turns in "Atonement" and "The Lovely Bones," Saoirse Ronan is looking to try her hand at lighter fare, as she's set to play the female lead in Wes Anderson's next movie "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

As Variety first reported, Ralph Fiennes will star in the period pic alongside Jude Law and Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, among others. While Anderson is fond of working with the same troupe of actors, he has actively recruited international thesps he's never worked with before such as Fiennes, Law and now Irish thesp Ronan.

The director has said that the story, set 85 years ago in a Hungarian hotel, is partly inspired by the witty films of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch ("The Shop Around the Corner").

Anderson is producing the Euro-set pic with his "Moonrise Kingdom" collaborators Scott Rudin and Steven Rales of Indian Paintbrush. Production is skedded to start early next year in Germany.

Ronan, who was nominated for an Oscar at the age of 13 for her supporting perf in "Atonement," will next be seen in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel "The Host," which Open Road Films will release March 29. Thesp is attached to star in Working Title's drama "Mary Queen of Scots" and most recently wrapped Kevin Macdonald's "How I Live Now," while Neil Jordan's "Byzantium" and Geoffrey Fletcher's "Violet & Daisy" are awaiting release.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Sleepless on January 29, 2013, 10:36:32 AM
From Empire (http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=36326):

Stories and storytelling, presumably all linked to the edifice of the title, seem to be the order of the day in Anderson's follow-up to the garlanded Moonrise Kingdom. Whether you'd call The Grand Budapest Hotel a portmanteau movie remains to be seen, but it does appear from what Law's been saying that the film will contain tales within tales.

"I play an author," he told Collider, "and there are sort of several sections. It's about storytelling. There's someone who plays me at an older age, and they're recounting how they were first told a certain story, and then you cut to me being told that story, and then you cut to the story. It's sort of layers of storytelling."

To The Playlist meanwhile, Law revealed that the film is "mostly set in the '30s, and my bit is set in the '60s." He also stressed that he's only a small part of the larger whole: "It's a tiny, tiny role. I've just done it. It was five days of work."

More questions than answers then, but a bit of Anderson intrigue is always welcome of a Tuesday morning. The director's vague descriptions so far have indicated "a European story" that draws on his experiences since being domiciled in France, and that the main character "is a bit crazy, and has a personal mind-reader with a teenage assistant".

Along with Law, the cast, as far as we know, can currently boast Anderson veterans Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody and Jeff Goldblum. They're joined by Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury. The film's expected to be released sometime in 2014.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Frederico Fellini on September 11, 2013, 10:48:59 AM


Every Wes Anderson Slow-Motion Shot, Set to Ja Rule


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRGqeHIItY8



Not sure if it's the worst thing I've ever seen..... or the most fucking gangsta shit ever.

Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Reelist on September 11, 2013, 10:58:49 AM
It's the worst thing you've ever seen.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Ravi on October 27, 2013, 07:04:13 PM
SNL Wes Anderson style parody, "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEzGDzZ1dY)
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: ono on October 27, 2013, 07:53:54 PM
yep (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=767.msg329530#msg329530).
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: tpfkabi on October 27, 2013, 07:58:10 PM
It made me think of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmj241Plef4

Where the band Vampire Weekend got their name - Ezra from the band made this movie trailer and then named his band that.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: jonas on November 13, 2013, 01:58:29 PM
A new Short Film "Castello Cavalcanti" by Wes Anderson starring Jason Schwartzman and apparently financed by Prada.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWnKRJ4c8xY
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: jenkins on November 13, 2013, 02:15:44 PM
A new Short Film "Castello Cavalcanti" by Wes Anderson starring Jason Schwartzman and apparently financed by Prada.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWnKRJ4c8xY

i like how he knows he's just goofing around. the racing car crash in this short is like this short, beautiful and flaming and how can you really give a fuck. you can't, but it looks nice, and everyone is looking around for sure. good job darius khondji. good job wes anderson, keep those rich people spiritual questions burning

thanks jonas
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: MacGuffin on November 14, 2013, 08:26:39 AM
Wes Anderson “would” make 3D movie
Moonrise Kingdom director says he would consider making a 3D film; and would like to turn his new short for Prada into a series set around the world.
Source: Screen Daily

Wes Anderson discussed 3D, animation and an idea for a series of shorts at the Rome Film Festival this evening [Nov 13], where he introduced the world premiere of a short sponsored by Italian fashion label Prada.

The Moonrise Kingdom director, whose Grand Budapest Hotel will open the Berlinale in February, was joined on stage by regular collaborators Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.

Together with cinematographer Darius Khondji, they worked on Castello Cavalcanti, an eight-minute short centred on racing driver Jed Cavalcanti and set during Italy’s Molte Miglia rally in September 1955.

Shot at Rome’s famous Cinecitta studios, where Federico Fellini made La Dolce Vita, it opens with Cavalcanti (Schwartzman) crashing his car in a village square, where the racing driver soon discovers he has a connection with the people.

Coppola revealed there was a prop included in the short that was used in La Dolce Vita and said: “The fact that we used a prop that had been in that movie was a wondrous thing.”

Anderson said the short was inspired by a scene from Fellini’s Amarcord (1973) and could be the first in a series set at famous studios around the world.

“I love Jason’s character of this racing car driver in the 1950s and we think this could be the first chapter in an ongoing series,” the director told a packed theatre at the festival’s Cinema Village.

“We have to ask Prada but they have been so enthusiastic and encouraging, I bet they would let us do another one.

“This is sort of connected to Fellini and we filmed it at Cinecittà. Maybe these films could be connected to different countries and different filmmakers. There are many wonderful old studios. There’s one in Nice; Toho in Japan; and Ealing in the UK.

“Maybe we could go to the studios that we love from old movies and try set one of these there and connect each one with the filmmakers who worked in that place. It would be a world tour with this guy.”

He cautiously added: “It’ll probably never happen.”

3D

In an interview for an upcoming feature, Vision3’s Chris Parks, who was stereo supervisor on Gravity, told Screen that he would like to work with Anderson on a future project.

Asked by ScreenDaily if he would ever consider making a film in 3D, Anderson said: “I would. The 3D in Gravity is unbelievable and Alfonso Cuaron is quite amazing.

“The last movie from him was staggering. The staging of the scenes in Children Of Men are so powerful and exciting. But the 3D in Gravity is at a whole other level and I wouldn’t begin to know how to take on scenes the way Alfonso does.

The director continued to enthuse about 3D and revealed he had been watching classic and contemporary movies in the format.

He said: “We recently got a 3D TV and Blu-Ray player. I loved Spielberg’s 3D in Tintin. I also got Dial M for Murder, which I’d never seen in 3D, which is essentially in one room. The 3D is mainly used, I found, for lamps. There’s a few other things, like the hand reaching out. But just the way the way the lamps and furniture and people are staged in 3D is spectacular. [Hitchcock’s] visual mind working in 3D.

“I recently got a photography set by Jacques Henri Lartigue. He shot with a stereo camera. You can order a set of these pictures with a viewer. It’s such an enjoyable thing. You look deep into these pictures. It’s mesmerising.”

Animation

The director, who made stop-motion film Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), said he would like to return to animation but his idea was becoming “increasingly violent” so may find it a challenge to secure financing.

“We have been talking about an animated film together but as we work on it, we are struggling as it’s becoming increasing violent, depressing and inappropriate for youngsters so probably won’t get funded,” he said.

“I would like to do something though as it’s been a pleasure to make a couple of films that young people like. With Fantastic Mr Fox, I have all the puppets in our apartment in New York and kids love to see them. So I would like to do something for young people again.”

Italian cinema

Asked about Italian film, Anderson said the most recent he had seen was Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty. He considered it Sorrentino’s “best” film to date and said lead actor Tony Servillo “is amazing”.

“We don’t see at least 90% of Italian films but we saw Gomorrah and I love many Nanni Moretti movies,” he said, adding that he would like to make a film in Italy in the future having previously made The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou at Cinecitta.

“I’m interested in the art and culture of Italy today and I’d like to make another film here,” said Anderson.

“Working at Cinecittà is special but I’ve not worked here with a smaller group, more free, out in the world as opposed to the insular nature of a studio. That’s the experience I’m looking forward to having in Italy in the coming years I hope.”

Next film

Speaking about his upcoming feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson said: “It’s set in an invented country that is part Czechoslovakia, part Hungary, part Poland.

“The biggest inspiration is the novels and short stories of Stefan Zweig and his memoir, The World of Yesterday. We were also trying to draw on American movies of the 1930s set in Europe, like the films of [Ernst] Lubitsch.”

The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Fox Searchlight will release the film in US cinemas on March 7, 2014.

Beautiful, contained world

Schwartzman, who has acted in several Anderson movies including Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom, said: “Whenever I have the good fortune to work with Wes it’s really its own thing.

“When you read the script, it’s its own beautiful, contained world. It’s always exciting to read the scripts because you know you’re going to have fun.

“One of the great things about working with Wes is that the things he wants to make he’s interested in them as a director but also as a person. He wants to go to those places and experience those things for himself.

“We had an excitement about working at Cinecittà and building that time period. It was romantic in a lot of ways, in that style and place. Working on Wes’ movies, I always have the time of my life.”
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Pubrick on November 14, 2013, 10:14:53 AM
A new Short Film "Castello Cavalcanti" by Wes Anderson starring Jason Schwartzman and apparently financed by Prada.

it's a bit meh but what do you expect. now if you'll excuse me i must leave now to purchase some prada accessories.

on another kind of vaguely associated note, why even bother to change cinematographers at this point? darius khondji did as good a job as any kid off the street under wes' template.. the same goes for a lot of other aspects in his films. in this regard the names he stamps his films with are a kind of brand.. it's less that he used the talents of an amazing cinematographer but that an amazing cinematographer is endorsing the wes anderson product.

yes the lighting changed from warm to cold when he talked to gus on the phone, but what we usually talk about as the stamp or identifying hallmarks of an artist seem to disappear when applied through the wes filter. it's the wes anderson show, featuring whoever he hires.. next episode, emmanuel lubezki! (as an example)

in terms of actors the results are less consistent. i think you can mark his successes and failures purely on how well he casts his films. that is basically the only aspect of his output that he can't make for himself. the way actors function in a wes anderson film are, yes, a branding as i mentioned earlier, as is the case when any actor goes out of their way to work with an acclaimed director, but the result is a phenomenon quite different to what you see when actors clamber to work with, say, woody allen or PTA. in those instances the actors are given free rein, but in a wes anderson universe the interest lies in what exactly the actor can retain beyond the heavily codified constraints already present in the frame.

all his actors lose a lot of freedom in many aspects that they could otherwise expect, in movement, posture, speed at which they must say the lines. so what remains? i think the goal of his actors is not so much to try to force some life through the cracks, but rather paint themselves into the picture wes has set for them. the challenge is finding what is left to paint with, since they have been straitjacketed so severely, and in the best performances it comes through as subliminal cues which we pick up as genuine character portrayal. they find themselves in the portrait.

it explains why Bill Murray is so in love with wes. has there ever been a greater actor whose main shtick has been to not act? or rather to not be forced to act? yeah he killed it in groundhog day but that film is really about how a disinterested impostor becomes an interested impostor. the happy ending doesn't really feel right, i want to see his and andie macdowell's sham marriage 10 years down the track. they didn't get married but as soon as they do he'll get that familiar feeling again! throughout the film the recurring day is a recurring film, with recurring shots and recurring sets, and it's ultimately on him to elevate it beyond pageantry.

wes anderson films are pageantry. the films and the shots within those films, they are a series of refined cinematic groundhog days. the interest for the actor is that those constraints serve as a shortcut to finding the magic that can only come from people trapped within it.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Alexandro on November 14, 2013, 02:50:13 PM
I've said this before, but the best performance by any actor in a Wes Anderson film (besides Murray in Rushmore) is by Gene Hackman as Royal. There really has not been any great performances in his films since then. there are good comic turns, but no one stands out because the real star is Wes and his compositions and his sets and all that Wesville stuff. Hackman reportedly hated his experience in that film, but he is the more alive of all the performers, because he constantly refused to be "painted in" as you put it. the result is that he is funnier than everyone int hat movie, more rounded as a character and with more depth, something that since then, no one has really achieved in his films, not Murray, or anyone. George Clooney kind of found a way in Fantastic Mr. Fox, but it's a different kind of performance of course...

I wish more actors were allowed to go where Hackman went in The Royal Tenembaums, my hunch is that the films would be much more involving like that.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: ©brad on November 14, 2013, 08:21:43 PM
Good point. I agree and never thought about it that way. Gene Hackman was certainly a bull in Anderson's dainty, intricately designed china shop. His performance contrasts so nicely both with Anderson's aesthetic and the other performances which are all so monotone and understated.

Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: ono on November 14, 2013, 09:13:54 PM
That was the point though.  Royal was ostracized from his family.  It was part of his role to be a larger than life asshole.  You can attribute that to Hackman as an actor, but I don't think that you can say he succeeded in spite of Anderson.  It was his design for the character to be that way.  More actors don't really go the way of Hackman because it's not called for (in any situation that comes to mind immediately, that is).
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Alexandro on November 15, 2013, 12:17:39 PM
I'm not talking about the character design, I'm talking about the way hackman approached his performance. he moves, he injects a bit of extra energy and pathos to every dialogue and scene. when he reviews the children's play, he could have easily say his lines with the same deadpan expression all the other asshole father figures in anderson films have, but he somehow makes it come more alive than that. this is also why ben stiller works so well there.

It's a weird thing. kind of what happens with woody allen. From time to time, some big fucking actor will come along (like Sean Penn) and transform the material to the point it seems fresh, but most actors just show up to his films and say their lines in that "woody allen film style", regardless of his instructions of not respecting every line. The main reason Bardem and Penélope Cruz were so good in Vicky Cristina Barcelona is because they were able to improvise their spanish dialogue, and that film really comes alive in those sections.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Lottery on April 17, 2014, 11:21:26 PM
Wes Anderson's favourite animated films. He has decent taste.

Akira
The Iron Giant
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
101 Dalmatians
Only Yesterday
Porco Rosso
Princess Mononoke
The Secret of NIMH
Spirited Away
Watership Down


http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/04/16-1/director-wes-anderson-names-studio-ghibli-akira-and-end-of-evangelion-among-favorite-animated-movies

Other lists included but felt like posting here.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: tpfkabi on April 18, 2014, 10:00:15 AM
Secret of NIMH is one that has stayed with me.
Before Grand Budapest there was a trailer for an Asian cartoon. Something about a farewell movie for a director. It's probably a famous one, but I have no knowledge of foreign cartoons.
This reminds me - I still haven't seen the recent one based on a Tati screenplay.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Axolotl on April 18, 2014, 10:19:29 AM
Before Grand Budapest there was a trailer for an Asian cartoon. Something about a farewell movie for a director. It's probably a famous one, but I have no knowledge of foreign cartoons.
Lottery's going to pass out when he reads this.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 18, 2014, 11:30:22 AM
Category for next year: Best Foreign Cartoon.
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: MacGuffin on September 07, 2014, 06:38:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeopJiWnkFI
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: jenkins on September 07, 2014, 06:54:32 PM
fan fiction :/
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: MacGuffin on November 09, 2014, 07:31:32 PM
Wes Anderson Says Next Film May Be A Stop-Motion Movie Influenced By Vittorio De Sica
Source: IndieWire

While Wes Anderson's hopes of a theme park were a bit of a surprise, don't worry too much that he's left the realm of cinema. The director is coming off the most successful film of his career with "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and now may be using that cachet to try something ambitious for his next movie.

Speaking this weekend at the Lisbon And Estoril Film Festival (via c7nema), Anderson revealed during a Q&A that he may return to the world of stop-motion for his next picture. Even more, he said that the story would be divided into episodes, not unlike Vittorio De Sica's "The Gold Of Naples." That film presents six vignettes, with the only connecting thread that they're all tales set in Naples (you can see two un-embeddable excerpts here). The prospect of Anderson borrowing that structure, but applying stop-motion animation to it, is certainly interesting.

When we spoke to Anderson this past spring, he revealed he was co-writing an undisclosed project with his "The Darjeeling Limited' and “Moonrise Kingdom” collaborator Roman Coppola. "... it's a little bit vaguely avant-garde in its concept and I'm just not sure if it's going to quite gel,” he said at the time.

“I'm trying to think of a good tease,” Anderson added. “I think the thing is well, it's a thing where maybe there’s ‘many things happening at once.’ That could be my tease.”

So, could this De Sica-influenced project be the same one he was talking about earlier? Perhaps. But as Anderson showed with "Fantastic Mr. Fox," stop-motion allows him to expand his creative palette, so we're curious to see how this one shakes out. 
Title: Re: Wes Anderson
Post by: Ravi on December 22, 2016, 01:08:47 AM
http://hypebeast.com/2016/12/wes-anderson-isle-of-dogs-announcement?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebook_post

Wes Anderson Officially Announces His Animated Stop-Motion Movie About Dogs
Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and more.

Just last year, we got word of Wes Anderson’s upcoming shot at cinematic canine redemption and now the director himself has officially announced the project. Dubbed Isle of Dogs, the film will be an animated stop-motion affair — a la 2009′s Fantastic Mr. Fox — and feature a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum and Harvey Keitel. Anderson even offered a glimpse of Edward Norton’s character, Rex (Norton also appears alongside the director in the announcement video (https://vimeo.com/196374066)).

Best of all, though? Fans have a chance to be a part of the film. Anderson has partnered with Crowdrise to offer a winner a trip out to London to tour the set and even voice one of the dogs in the film. Those interested can enter for a chance to win here with each $10 USD donation going to support Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history of motion pictures.

Isle of Dogs will be Anderson’s first feature film since 2014′s The Grand Budapest Hotel and is currently slated to hit theaters in 2018.