November 5, 2013 |
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" may be hitting theaters after awards season ends, but the film has landed a different kind of honor: It will open the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. The Fox Searchlight film will kick off the European event next February, a few weeks before its theatrical debut in the U.S. on March 7. Anderson's last picture, "Moonrise Kingdom," launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, but both his " The Royal Tenenbaums " and " The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou " have played in competition at Berlin in years past.
December 27, 2012 |
Wes Anderson won't formally begin his next movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," until the new year, but he's on the phone after a busy day spent filming "little shots" in Saxony with a very good German driver named Peet who's quite adept, Anderson says, at weaving through traffic behind the wheel of an old car that Anderson's production team has meticulously converted into a taxi. Anderson admits he's still puzzling over the success of his last film, the coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," which has received best picture nominations for the Spirit Awards and Golden Globes and grossed more than twice the box office of each of his previous three films.
July 1, 2012 |
To varying degrees, all filmmakers create worlds. But when people say this of Wes Anderson - and invariably they do - they're talking about an überspecific sensibility. With its handmade aesthetic, signature curios and saturated colors, the Anderson cosmos is identifiable in every frame of his films. His seventh feature, the 1960s-set comic drama"Moonrise Kingdom,"bears all the hallmarks of his uncommon style, in perhaps their most compelling configuration. Since its prestigious slot as the opening-night selection at Cannes, the film has emerged as one of Anderson's best-received productions.
May 25, 2012 |
It seems fitting that "Moonrise Kingdom,"arguably Wes Anderson's most grown-up film yet, is a warm and funny fable about kids on the cusp. Here the writer-director's tendency toward the allegorical casts a magical spell with Anderson finding a near perfect balance between the humanism and the surreal that imprints all of his work - sometimes for the better ("The Royal Tenenbaums,""Fantastic Mr. Fox") and sometimes not ("The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou"). In this tale about growing up and falling in love, it seems Anderson has found his true heart.
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October 16, 2013 |
Before Wes Anderson directed his first feature film, he'd hang out at an eclectic coffee shop in Dallas where he met a 70-something yoga teacher - Kumar Pallana - who was like a one-man Ed Sullivan variety show. To entertain customers in the cafe owned by his son, Pallana would juggle, do magic tricks and perform a vaudeville staple: plate spinning. Anderson and his buddy, actor-writer Owen Wilson, made Pallana an offer. "They said they were shooting a movie and 'Are you interested in being in it?
January 29, 1999 |
As the director of "Bottle Rocket" and now "Rushmore," Wes Anderson has quickly emerged as one of the country's most talented--and original--young directors. But the only person who recognizes him as he makes a tour of various La Brea-area shops and galleries is a local merchant who has used furniture on display, al fresco, in an empty parking lot. "Hey," the man bellows with a friendly wave. "It's the Table Guy!" It's only later, when visiting Anderson's house, that you get the joke.