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Consider this scenario: You're visiting the Tenenbaums at 111 Archer Avenue. You need to find the ballroom, but you don't know where the ballroom is, and it's a big house. Richie is watching old tennis highlights of himself, Margot is fighting with Raleigh, and Chas is putting the boys to bed, so there's no one to help you. What to do? Get More »
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.
Finding the right director for their movie is one of the biggest and most important challenges studios face. After all, the director shapes every aspect of the film, from the story to the cinematography to the cast. And if you do manage to get the right director, the reward can often be measured in Oscar nominations.
But if you get the wrong director? Well, that can be measured too — in YouTube parodies.
Say hello to Oscar Nominees with the Wrong Director. Get More »
When the new "Star Wars" sequels were first announced back in November, Conan O'Brien did a popular skit showing what a Wes Anderson-directed Han Solo-Chewbacca buddy movie would be like.
People laughed at the mere idea of the twee, oh-so-precious auteur applying his deadpan sensibilities to a galaxy far far away, but in a new awards season interview with Deadline even Anderson himself admits his version of "Star Wars Episode VII: Revenge of the Preppies" might be too clever for its own good. Get More »
Oscar season is upon us, which means that ads begging Academy members for their votes are almost as ubiquitous as dazzling couture dresses will be in a few weeks. Usually, the ads consist of a production still and a headline, but the Wes Anderson-directed fan favorite "Moonrise Kingdom" took a different approach.
Focus Features ran a Tumblr-based contest asking fans to submit their own ads, with the chance of their original art being used in the movie's actual awards campaign, as well as a cash prize. NextMovie's own Max Evry was announced as one of the winners today, for his hand-drawn ad featuring Suzy and Sam. Check it out below!
Okay, film fans, you can officially now die happy, because thanks to the genius of Conan O'Brien we finally know exactly what "Star Wars" would look like if it were directed by Wes Anderson.
And it looks exactly as awesome as you might think.
Oh sure, on the surface you wouldn't expect that Wes Anderson's quirky style would really fit in with the world of Jedi and Death Stars and Wookiees. And you'd be absolutely correct. Get More »
Saoirse Ronan: From a "Host" to a guest.
A guest of "The Grand Budapest Hotel," that is, as Variety brings word that the young Irish actress has signed on (in?) to play the female lead in Wes Anderson's latest comedy of manners.
Plot details on the film are being kept under wraps, though the IMDB claims it's a chronicle of the troubles and tribulations of Mr. Gustave (to be played by Ralph Fiennes, again according to the IMDB), who serves as the hotel's perfectly composed concierge.
Take that with a grain of salt for now, though Anderson himself has gone on record to say that the film is set 85 years ago in a Hungarian hotel (it's not a "trick" title) and is partly inspired by the witty films of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch. Get More »
It sounds dramatic to say that Jason Schwartzman would be nowhere in Hollywood without director Wes Anderson. It is. But it's also true.
Despite being born into industry royalty — his mother is "Rocky" star Talia Shire, his uncle is iconic director Francis Ford Coppola, his cousin is Nicolas Cage, etc. etc. — Schwartzman had no plans to embrace the family business until Anderson cast him in the lead role of "Rushmore."
It was the start of a prolific career and a long-lasting relationship with Anderson; their fourth feature film collaboration, "Moonrise Kingdom," comes out on Blu-ray tomorrow, 14 years after their first. So if you're a fan of the actor like we are, you can thank Anderson. Jason Schwartzman certainly does.
Wes Anderson obviously has an established — though growing — pool of actors he casts in his movies. Is that a function of pure admiration for the people he's worked with, or is he trying to create a cohesive body of work that way?
My feeling is that Wes really does love his friends and collaborators. I'm just going to answer this in a very convoluted way. You know how some people work certain hours of the day and they take breaks, or they work very hard for six months and then don't work? He does this thing where he is constantly working all day long, every day. He will walk out and go have lunch, but he'll be thinking about something, then he's writing, everything is moving, it's all about this something that he's making.
He's always going forward, and he meets people when he works with people. He likes the community feeling of it. There is no difference between working and not working, it's all life and work in one strange kind of weird swirl. You drive to the set together, everyone is in the car talking, get out of the car and keep talking, you walk up to the set, you are talking, now the cameras are shooting, now you start talking again. I feel like that’s how it is to work with Wes.
So he's sticking with roughly the same cast because that's just the world he lives in?
I just love it. And also, a lot of actors, he's wanted to work with for a long time — I'm sure he's been wanting to work with ["Moonrise Kingdom" co-star] Ed Norton for years, he's just been trying to think of what would be right. I know that Edward Norton is going to be in the next movie, and that's because they had a great working relationship, and now remain friends.
How much does that sense of community inform the way you all work?
On one of Wes' movies lately, he said, "no trailers," and there's this green room where all of the actors can be, but ideally the actors stay on set. That's also just to keep things moving forward, because when people disappear, it can really kill you time-wise, and that's really hard for money — you're trying to get all of the money to go where it's supposed to be — but all of the actors live together in a house with the cinematographer and stuff, they eat dinner together.
It makes it so much less scary to go to work the first day. I read this interview with Bill Murray ... he says that when he goes to work, his feeling is that you need to be prepared to die out there ... I took that as you can't be afraid to f**k up. Some actors are really serious and tense-looking, they're trying so hard to just nail it ... I realize that when I work with Wes, it's been so long: he has seen me be so bad, so way off. When you're relaxed and when you're working with people that are familiar to you, you can go farther more quickly. When you're working with people that you know, maybe you aren't working as hard.
It makes the working process fun. It's hard no matter what, but it can be a little less aggravating if the people around you, you don't mind how loud they chew because you love them.
Anderson cast you in your first role, and so many of your projects since then have been similar in their off-kilter sensibilities. Did he influence you that dramatically, or did he just really get 17-year-old Jason?
I wasn't trying to be an actor, I was with my band and I just never thought about being in movies. So yes, it sent me down a path to be in movies. Essentially, I grew up in L.A in the '80s. When you're little, and you're getting your hair cut in some barbershop and the girl cuts a bunch of kid actors' hair, you see headshots on mirrors of little kids with really spikey hair, dressed like cowboys. I felt like, when I was really little, "I am not one of those people, whoever those people are, I am not one of those."
When I grew up, I never went to film sets. [My mom] really loves movies, but she doesn't like Hollywood; she's very wary of it and so made a real attempt to keep us away from it. I have no problem with people who didn't do that approach, but for me it was cool to not have that. When I did go to see movies, everything was larger than life. I read this interview with an actor, he said that when he was little, it was like, "I want to do that, I can do that." I didn't see a movie that made me go, "I can do that." I was like, "I can say these lines on the way home in front of my family." When Wes and I met and began to work, it was like a lot of stuff in my life made sense all of the sudden.
Is he aware of his influence on your teenaged self?
At a time when you are 17 and totally lost and deeply unpopular, yeah. I talked to Wes about this a couple of days ago ... I'm comfortable being this sentimental. I was like, "You are really the first person who treated me like, 'Hey, what do you think?'" No one really asked me my opinion about anything. My mom did, or whatever, but I mean like a stranger who I thought was cool. When we were on the set of "Rushmore," he didn't treat me like I was 17, he treated me like I was 27, like I was his age, accountable and responsible. He asked me about music, and was interested in things that I was interested in, and wanted to know what was on my mind.
When you have a kid of a certain age and you're trying to talk to them, some say to kneel down and look your kid in the eye. It's kind of respectful to them. Instead of talking feet above them, you get down and talk to them. I noticed that on the set of "Moonrise Kingdom," that Wes — and obviously he hasn't been reading a lot of baby books — but any time he went to talk to [the kid actors] and give them advice, he would kneel down. He has an instinct to be respectful, to treat them as equals. I think that shows.
Bill Murray is the Johnny Depp to Wes Anderson's Tim Burton (even though Johnny Depp himself might now be the Johnny Depp to Wes Anderson's Wes Anderson).
This should come as no surprise to anyone, but Murray has confirmed that he's involved in Anderson's latest bit of cinematic whimsy, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," according to an interview with Vulture. Get More »
Johnny Depp and Wes Anderson: A match made in movie heaven, for sure.
The "Dark Shadows" star and "Moonrise Kingdom" maestro are joining forces for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," according to Deadline. A Depp-Anderson collaboration could very well guarantee that "Hotel" is destined to be one of the most hotly anticipated movies of all time. Get More »