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Nothing in a Wes Anderson movie is quite like life. He creates odd, gorgeous miniature universes on screen, setting his characters in italics, so that they become characters playing themselves in a pageant inspired by their own lives. The storybook...
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...
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"is one of the fanciest, most carefully assembled cartoons ever put on the screen. The jokes come so fast that they're nearly subliminal. Plot points whiz by, and when things threaten to blur, there's a crazy musical...
CANNES, France -- Here's Bill Murray, a rumpled riot in mismatched summer wear, talking about his ongoing screen collaboration with writer-director Wes Anderson, the filmmaker (who still shoots on actual, tactile-friendly film, Super 16 millimeter in this...
"Jiminy Cricket, he flew the coop!" RUSHMORE, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, THE LIFE AQUATIC....Wes Anderson is one of cinema's most interesting directors. Fresh off of the stop-motion FANTASTIC MR. FOX, he's back to live-action with MOONRISE KINGDOM. But...
Forty-five years ago this week at United Western Recorders, near Sunset and Vine in Los Angeles, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, along with a radio interviewer, were hanging out in a studio with a grand piano, a microphone and a work in progress called...
Gold DerbyNow that it seems like there will be 16 or more entries in the Oscar race for best animated feature, there probably will be five nominees for only the second time since the category was created in 2001. "Up" leads the way to win, of course, but another...
Pop & HissNot quite Western and not quite orchestral, perhaps a better word to describe Alexandre Desplat's score for "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is "fragile." Like the meticulously detailed stop-motion creatures that populate the Wes Anderson film, Desplat's score is...
Gold Derby"The Hurt Locker" swept the awards bestowed today by the National Society of Film Critics during its voting conclave held at Sardi's restaurant in New York. The Iraqi war drama won best picture, director (Kathryn Bigelow) and actor (Jeremy Renner as a...
Our own experts -- the forum moderators -- predict Golden Globe winners: Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep & Robert Downey Jr.Gold DerbyUnlike the 19 pro pundits who weighed in with Golden Globe predictions, 7 of our forum moderators think that the main competition for "Up in the Air" as best drama picture is "Inglourious Basterds" rather than "Avatar." While the pros were almost evenly...
Gold DerbyHere's video of some acceptance speeches that I took at last night's presentation of awards by the National Board of Review at Cipriani's restaurant in New York. Pardon the amateur quality of the shoot. For most of the videos, I had to use my hand-held...
About Last NightAnna Kendrick (left) and Jason Schwartzman (right) promote "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" at a downtown hotel in Chicago. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / August 9, 2010) Jason Schwartzman came to Chicago on Sunday to promote his new film, "Scott Pilgrim vs....
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