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.
October 27, 2013 |
Did you feel sad when the Miley Cyrus -hosted episode of "Saturday Night Live" ended a few weeks ago, knowing that you probably wouldn't get to see the singer twerk or stick her tongue out on the show for another season? Well, Christmas came early for you last night, as Cyrus made two appearances on Edward Norton's episode, one in the monologue, where she stuck out her tongue, and another in a sketch about a freed slave where she, of course, twerked. Standard Miley fare.
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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 18, 2013 |
Think of the Sundance Film Festival's shorts program as a glimpse into the future of movies. In 1994, you could have caught Wes Anderson's brilliant "Bottle Rocket," which grew into a full-length feature a couple of years later and was the first step on the road to his current masterwork, "Moonrise Kingdom," as well as his second screenplay Oscar nomination, this time with Roman Coppola. In 1993, Paul Thomas Anderson's short "Cigarettes & Coffee" resonated with the singular contemplative voice that would craft "The Master," with stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix up for Oscars as well.
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.
December 13, 2012
For most directors, there is usually one moment in their film that brings it all together while they are shooting - or sometimes before production has even started - one scene that unlocks key relationships among the characters or clicks so well the director knows the film as a whole is going to work. Or sometimes it depicts in just a minute or two the whole point of the film. The Envelope talked with five directors with films out this year who experienced just such a moment. David O. Russell / 'Silver Linings Playbook' "The obvious candidate is the 'parley' scene, when Jennifer [Lawrence]