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Wes Anderson Gives Very Brief Preview Of New Animation Project 'Isle Of Dogs'


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Wes Anderson has finally revealed the name of the 'untitled project' he's been working on, as well as details of the cast. 'Isle of Dogs' is an animated project about our canine friends and stars Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Scarlett Johansson. 

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The man behind 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is on board to both write and direct this forthcoming stop-motion adventure. The 6-time Oscar nominated filmmaker's last venture into stop-motion animation was with 2009's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox', though he also dabbled in the process with 2004's 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'. 

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Director Wes Anderson Teams Up With Adrien Brody For Christmas Advert


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Celebrated film director Wes Anderson has made a surprising comeback with a short Christmas advert for high-street clothing chain H&M, starring his regular collaborator Adrien Brody.

The critically acclaimed auteur, 47, who received multiple Oscar nominations for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015 in addition to popular movies like The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Weighing in at just under four minutes in length, the clip features Brody as Conductor Ralph, a Sleeping Car attendant on the H&M Winter Lines Express Train. With the train delayed because of bad weather, Ralph informs the passengers they won’t make it home in time for Christmas.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is An Instant Hit With Critics, In Praise Of Wes Anderson's Delightful New Movie [Trailer + Pictures]


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The Grand Budapest Hotel is preparing to throw its doors open to the world, having premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Director Wes Anderson has built his career upon his idiosyncratically quirky, colourful and surrealist movies and the eagerly-anticipated Budapest looks to be no different.

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Critics Have Heaped Praise On To 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'

Early reviews have bathed the movie in a warm glow of praise, loving the kitsch details, kooky plotline, and star-packed cast, which includes (deep breath), Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Harvey Keitel.

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"Black Coal, Thin Ice" And "Boyhood" Make A Splash At The Berlinale Film Festival


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Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo) – a Chinese noir film by director Diao Yinan impressed the Berlinale festival jury and won the coveted Golden Bear on Saturday. The film follows the classic plot - a perpetually drunk, jaded former detective (Liao Fan) begins to investigate an old unsolved homicide case after a series of mysterious new murders in a northern Chinese factory district. In a deviation from tradition, Fan won the Silver Bear at the festival for his performance, bringing Black Coal’s award total to two, Variety reports. It’s the only film to win more than one award this year, with the jury spreading the love between several features.

Watch Yinan accept the Golden Bear.

Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated Boyhood, filmed over the course of twelve years, nabbed the Silver Bear for best director. Accepting the award, Linklater thanked the entire crew in making the film: “This prize is for best director but I’ll accept it for best ensemble.” Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, adding yet another incentive for anyone who hasn’t seen it to get a ticket ASAP. Japanese actress Haru Kuroki was honored for her performance in Yoji Yamada’s Japanese family drama The Little House.

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Tilda Swinton Birthday Gala At The Museum Of Modern Art Gathers Legends Of Film And Fashion


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The much beloved by filmmakers, designers and artists alike Tilda Swinton was honored with a gala event at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The specially scheduled evening coincided with Swinton’s 53rd birthday and boasted a guest list of some of the most revered contemporary creators and friends of the actress. Swinton, who participated in a curious and completely out-of-the-blue performance art piece at the MoMA earlier this year, expressed her gratitude to the museum for the tribute.

“It’s my birthday!” Swinton told The Hollywood Reporter of the cleverly scheduled event in New York. “MoMA is giving me a birthday party, and they’ve invited some of my great friends, so I’m very happy and very grateful.”

While the ethereal actress remained modest throughout, there were plenty of others willing and eager to sing her praises. “I admire the ease and the grace in which she carries her talent,” Ralph Fiennes, event co-chair and Swinton’s co-star in The Grand Budapest Hotel, said of the actress. “She’s a great actress, but it’s her quality of person herself, her soul – it’s her that I think is unique. It shines through in a way that’s very rare.”

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A Week In Movies: Meryl Streep Takes Action! Daniel Radcliffe Runs! And We Get New Trailers For X-Men, Budapest Hotel And More


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News from the Star Wars universe had fans nervous, as screenwriter Michael Arndt left his Episode VII draft to be rewritten by director Jj Abrams and Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Arndt hinted that the film's release might be delayed until 2016 as a result. Read the full story here.

The biggest rumour this week was that Meryl Streep may join the cast of The Expendabelles, the female spin-off from Sylvester Stallone's Expendables franchise. Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich are also up for roles in the adventure thriller. But this would be Streep's first action movie since The River Wild, 20 years ago. See who else is rumoured to join the cast here!

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Kumar Pallana, Royal Tenenbaums Actor & Wes Anderson Favourite, Dies Aged 94


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Actor Kumar Pallana has sadly passed away aged 94, his son Dipak announced via Facebook. The short post simply read: "Dear Papa, you will be missed. Kumar Pallana 12/23/18 - 10/10/2013."


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Tilda Swinton Sleeps In A Glass Box In New York, But Is It Art?


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Acclaimed Scottish actress Tilda Swinton, who recently starred in the video for David Bowie's new single The Stars (Are Out Tonight), slept in a glass box inside the Museum of Modern Art in New York for an art piece. Visitors to the famous institution were treated to a view of Swinton, one of the world's most revered actresses, in a state of slumber for a reprisal of her piece 'The Maybe.'

Pictures of the event showed Swinton dressed in a light blue shirt, dark trousers and lying on white bedding. A pair of glasses was placed behind her. A description of the piece states, "The Maybe 1995/2013. Living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water and spectacles." It's not the first time Swinton has performed the live-art - she debuted The Maybe at the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park in 1995 before reprising it one year later at the Museo Barraco in Rome. Though the piece generated considerable buzz in New York over the weekend, Swinton has committed to being only an "occasional feature" at the MoMA in the coming weeks, according to The Guardian. Anything more drastic and she'd be approaching David Blaine territory.  

MoMA said in a statement: "An integral part of The Maybe's incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist's statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real - shared - time: now we see it, now we don't."

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Pictures: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, 'Moonrise Kingdom' Honored At 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Awards


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Oscar winning alumni Marion Cotillard [Left] and Matt Damon [Right, with Luciana Bozan Barroso] were given honorary achievements at the Gothan Awards

One of the most respected independent awards ceremonies on the circuit, the 22nd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night (November 26, 2012) at the Capriani in New York, seeing both established stars and rising up and comers rubbing shoulders. Firmly in the former camp are Oscar winning pair Marion Cotillard and Matt Damon; the two stars were presented with honorary awards for their time in the film industry. Cotillard, at least, has her eyes on another chance to scoop the ultimate prize, her performance in Rust & Bone being talked up for another best actress win at the Oscars. 

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Moonrise Kingdom Starts Its Awards Collection At Gotham Awards


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As awards season draws closer and closer, and the biggest names tipped to win big at the main events (the Oscars and the Golden Globes) start being released, it's easy to forget some of the amazing films released earlier in the year. 

Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's latest example of dysfunctional family dynamic and interesting cinematography, is one such film that most of us had forgotten about. Luckily, neither the Spirit Awards nor Gotham Awards failed to acknowledge and praise the movie, bringing it all back to the forefront of our minds. 

he film itself follows two children running away together, travelling towards a cave that they name 'Moonrise Kingdom'. According to USA Today report that Gotham awarded the Best Feature from the New York based awards, while garnering a nomination in the same category for the Film Independent Spirit Awards in LA. With these early nods of praise, this bolsters the chances of Moonrise Kingdom winning big at the main events early in 2013. As well as best feature, it has also been nominated in four other categories. Wes Anderson has been nominated for Best Director, plus Best Screenplay (to be shared with Roman Coppla), Bruce Willis has been nominated for his role as Best Supporting Male and Robert Yeoman has been tipped for Best Cinematography. 

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Wes Anderson - Friday 30th October 2009 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California

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Fantastic Mr Fox Review


Very Good
This is much more of a Wes Anderson film than the Roald Dahl classic on which it's based. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it could cause problems with fans of the book. The central themes are still there, but this is essentially a quirky dysfunctional family romp.

Mr Fox (voiced by Clooney) has a pretty fantastic life as a newspaper columnist living in his den with his wife (Streep), surly teen son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting nephew Kristofferson (Anderson). After Fox convinces his wife to move aboveground to a tree, he becomes tempted to go back to his bird-stealing ways.

And with his possum pal Kylie (Wolodarsky), he goes on a spree that enrages the local farmers, led by the furious Bean (Gambon), who vows revenge. But this puts the entire local animal population in danger.

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Wes Anderson and Felicity Dahl - Wes Anderson and Felicity Dahl Wednesday 14th October 2009 at Odeon Leicester Square London, England

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Wes Anderson and Felicity Dahl
Wes Anderson and Felicity Dahl

George Clooney, Bill Murray and Wes Anderson - George Clooney, Wes Anderson, Jason Schwarzman, Bill Murray, Jarvis Cocker London, England - The Times BFI London Film Festival: Fantastic Mr Fox - press conference and photocall held at the Dorcester. Wednesday 14th October 2009

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George Clooney and Jarvis Cocker

Wes Anderson Thursday 4th October 2007 'The Darjeeling Limited' Premiere - Arrivals held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Beverly Hills, California

Leelee Sobieski and Wes Anderson Friday 28th September 2007 New York Film Festival's opening night premiere of Wes Anderson's 'The Darjeeling Limited' at Avery Fisher Hall - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Leelee Sobieski and Wes Anderson
Leelee Sobieski and Wes Anderson
Leelee Sobieski and Wes Anderson
Leelee Sobieski and Wes Anderson
Leelee Sobieski and Wes Anderson

Belen Rueda and Wes Anderson - Belen Rueda and guest New York City, USA - New York Film Festival's opening night premiere of Wes Anderson's 'The Darjeeling Limited' at Avery Fisher Hall --Arrivals Friday 28th September 2007

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The Darjeeling Limited Review


Excellent
It was a boarding school in Rushmore, a gorgeous city home in The Royal Tenenbaums, and a grand oceanic vessel in The Life Aquatic; Wes Anderson has a jones for condensed spaces. In The Darjeeling Limited, it's a luxurious locomotive rolling through the sublime terrain of Darjeeling, India. Stowed away amongst the German tourists and the toppling luggage are the Whitman Brothers (Jack, Francis, and Peter), a gang of American buffoons trying to find enlightenment, salvation, and relief amidst the sand dunes.

The eldest Whitman brother, Francis (Owen Wilson), found time for an epiphany as he lay on the ground after a motorcycle accident, leaving to wonder why his younger brothers weren't with him. His remedy consists of a brotherly train trip accompanied by a surprise visit to their estranged mother's parish. Don't worry: There's a laminated itinerary if you get confused. The youngest, Jack (Anderson staple Jason Schwartzman), comes aboard to shed the skin of his ex-girlfriend while Peter (Anderson newbie Adrien Brody), the middle brother, has begun feeling desperation over his impending fatherhood. Moreover, they are digging and scratching at every surface to hide the grief over their father's passing; the event that caused their initial scattering.

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Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Wes Anderson - Adrien Brody, Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman. Monday 3rd September 2007 at Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy

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Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody

The Darjeeling Limited Trailer


Director Wes Anderson brings us, The Darjeeling Limited, starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, is an emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds. The eldest, played by Wilson, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India. 

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The Squid And The Whale Review


Excellent
One feels pretty easy predicting at the start of Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale - after a scene in which a family of four plays tennis and the father keeps hitting the ball so hard that the mother finally gives up in disgust - that divorce is not far away. Note to husbands: Do not try to hit spouse with tennis ball. Be especially wary of said aggressive behavior if that spouse is Laura Linney.

It's Park Slope, Brooklyn, circa 1986, and the Berkman family is splitting up at the mid-swing of the pendulum of the adults' professional lives. On the downswing is the father, Bernard (Jeff Daniels), a professor and once-celebrated writer. Linney plays the mother, Joan, a blossoming writer coming out from under Bernard's shadow. He's been distant and awful, she's had affairs and been generally resentful, so now Bernard is moving to a falling-down house on the far side of Prospect Park while she gets to keep the gorgeous brownstone. The kids, of course, get screwed, with split custody keeping them in one house for half the week and the other house for the rest. Ensuring that things will stay nice and dysfunctional, the kids choose sides, with teenaged Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) sticking with Bernard and even picking up his mannerisms, while younger Frank (Owen Kline) throws in with Joan.

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The Royal Tenenbaums Review


Essential
Family isn't based on sweet kisses on the cheek. Affection between parent and child is not established by saying the magical phrase "I love you." Instead, the strongest conversations often come through in stares and sarcastic remarks. As the old saying goes, you only hurt the ones you love, and family members are usually first in line.

This adage is wholly true for the Tenenbaums, a charismatic dysfunctional family set in a slightly surreal New York City. With an all-star cast and crisp dialogue, this film does what many other films of its genre lack -- it creates a family environment that is entertaining as well as easy to relate to.

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Review


Very Good
In The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, one sees other actors besides Bill Murray - quite a lot of them, actually - but there are really no other performances to speak of. This is his movie, and everyone else, no matter how large a role they have, is really just a walk-on. Now, to your average filmgoer, this sounds like a fine thing, after all, one doesn't often say, "I would have liked that movie more if there'd been less Bill Murray." (Except Garfield.) Oddly enough, this film-long tribute to Murray, with a script lovingly crafted for his deadpan delivery by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Noah Baumbach (filmcritic.com favorite Kicking And Screaming), is replete with stabs of comedic genius but never quite takes off.

Murray ambles through his performance as oceanographer Steve Zissou, whose longtime partner was just eaten by a rare species of shark ("which may or may not exist") and is determined to set off on an expedition to find the shark and kill it. When asked what scientific purpose this would satisfy, Zissou gives an almost imperceptible shrug and says, "revenge." Much in the same way that Luke Wilson's Richie in The Royal Tenenbaums had long outlived his brief fame as tennis pro by the time the film started, in Life Aquatic, Zissou's best days are already behind him, and the film is littered with the detritus of his past glory, many of them '70s-style nostalgia items like a special edition tennis shoe or a pinball machine featuring his bearded visage. The funding for Zissou's increasingly poorly-received films is drying up, it looks like his wife is about to leave him, and there's a reporter nosing around asking painful questions. So Zissou's expedition - a half-assed, barely-planned affair - is much less a research trip than a has-been's last hurrah, a perpetually stoned Ahab hunting his white whale (or jaguar shark, in this case).

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Bottle Rocket Review


Excellent
The moment you know that Dignan's really lost it is during the trio's getaway from a not-so-daring bookstore robbery, when he excitedly states, "We're heading back to Bob's, we're gonna split up the loot, and go on the lam!"

In this hilarious first feature from writer/director Wes Anderson and screenwriter Owen Wilson, a trio of young men with questionable work ethics try in vain to become hardened criminals. Anthony (Owen's brother Luke Wilson) has just "escaped" from a voluntary mental hospital with the help of old pal Dignan (Owen), a neo-manic-depressive who's mapped out his life with felt-tip pen in a 75-year plan. Bob (Bob Musgrave) is the group's timid getaway driver whose main qualification is that he owns a car.

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Rushmore Review


Extraordinary
When I asked Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson what would be next after 1996's Bottle Rocket, they told me they were working on a number of projects about "serious things." I expressed skepticism then, and it turns out it was justly founded. Rushmore is anything but serious, despite the Presidential-sounding name.

So, what is Rushmore? Rushmore is a prestigious private school in Nowhere, U.S.A. (actually Houston and Dallas, Texas), where its most vocal student, Max (Schwartzman), is also its worst academically. Rushmore the movie follows Max in his travails at school, where he falls hopelessly in love with teacher Miss Cross (Williams, straight from The Postman and a haircut). Unwilling to accept that the age differential is a concern, the 15-year old Max embarks on a grand scheme to build an enormous aquarium as a symbol of affection. That he builds it on the school's baseball diamond is what gets him thrown out of Rushmore.

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Wes Anderson

Date of birth

1st May, 1969

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

1.85


Wes Anderson Movies

Isle Of Dogs Trailer

Isle Of Dogs Trailer

Imagine a world without dogs. It hardly bears thinking about, but in this dystopian look...

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Featurettes Trailer

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Featurettes Trailer

While preparing to film 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', director Wes Anderson and company scouted for...

The Grand Budapest Hotel Movie Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel Movie Review

Wes Anderson's entertaining filmmaking style clicks beautifully into focus for this comical adventure. Films like...

The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

The cast and crew of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' discuss the story, the main characters'...

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Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

Gustave may be aloof and snobbish in many ways, but he's also extremely charming with...

The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

Charismatic but somewhat aloof concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel, Gustave H, is less than...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

Gustave H is a charismatic and over-friendly concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel whose conduct...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

Gustave H is a flamboyant and largely charismatic concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel whose...

Moonrise Kingdom Movie Review

Moonrise Kingdom Movie Review

Anderson's films definitely aren't to everyone's taste, with his quirky approach to direction, character and...

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