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Watch: Jason Schwartzman's Cousin Ben Hosts A Screening Of 'Moonrise Kingdom' In Wes Anderson-Directed Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 2:17 PM
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After being nominated for screenplay back in 2001 for "The Royal Tenenbaums" and then for Best Animated Feature in 2010 for "Fantastic Mr. Fox," could Wes Anderson be headed back to the Kodak Dolby Theater (it will always be Kodak to us, *single tear*) with "Moonrise Kindom"? Given the strong box office and nearly universal critical acclaim, we'd wager it could come out of nowhere and surprise many (think Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" last year). But we'll leave that speculation for another day.

Do You Like To Read?: Watch The New Animated Short Film Companion To 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2012 11:07 AM
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At the tail end of last week, Wes Anderson let it slip that a new companion piece to "Moonrise Kingdom," a short animated film, would be dropping in the coming days, and alas, it has now arrived. And yes, it's as charming as you might expect.

Wes Anderson Reveals Animated 'Moonrise Kingdom' Short Film To Premiere Online Next Week

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 4:43 PM
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While the joys of "Moonrise Kingdom" are still reserved for those that managed to see it at the Cannes Film Festival or in the handful of cities it opened in last weekend, it looks like there will be even more to enjoy from Wes Anderson's forthcoming film.

Contest Giveaway: 'Moonrise Kingdom' Prize Pack With Soundtrack, T-Shirt, Canteen, Cooler & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 12:03 PM
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Did you have a chance to get away this Memorial Day weekend? Well, even if you didn't leave the comfort of home, it seems that fans of Wes Anderson, who were living near theaters where "Moonrise Kingdom" started rolling out in limited release, had their own escape at the movies this holiday weekend. The limited release broke the box office, smashing records for per-screen average on its first weekend. Not too bad at all. The tale of two young kids who fall in love and hit the road has been gaining steam since opening the Cannes Film Festival a couple of weeks ago, and for two of our lucky readers, we've got a great prize pack that captures the spirit of the film and will get you ready for a summer getaway.

Wes Anderson Reveals One Character In His Next Film Will Be A "Personal Medium"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2012 9:22 AM
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Things are going very well for Wes Anderson these days. The director not only unveiled his latest movie, "Moonrise Kingdom," at the Cannes Film Festival, it opened this weekend in limited release to staggering, record-breaking numbers, boasting the highest per-screen averages in history. Not bad at all. And good news for fans is that he's already cooking up his next project. During press rounds in Cannes, the director revealed that he had the screenplay complete for what would be "a Euro movie," and that the picture will find him reuniting with frequent collaborator and friend Owen Wilson. And Anderson continues to parcel out info, now spilling a little bit about the movie's premise.

The Playlist Soundtrack Series Revisited: Wes Anderson

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 25, 2012 2:58 PM
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In 2006, before I started The Playlist film blog, out of boredom I began what I called the The Playlist Soundtrack Series. A sort of "If I Were _______ (insert filmmaker's name here)" type thing. The concept was naive and simple: choose a handful of music-savvy filmmakers whose work I admired and create imaginary soundtracks for movies they hadn't made, based on their taste and music they might conceivably use one day. It began as nothing more than a fun exercise for me, as I had time on my hands back then.

Make Your Own Mixtape: 17 Songs From Wes Anderson's Films That Are Not On The Official Soundtracks

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 25, 2012 1:34 PM
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Today sees the latest film from director Wes Anderson, "Moonrise Kingdom," hit theaters, and consistent with the music-obsessed filmmaker's work, it's as much a treat for the ears as it is for the eyes. 'Moonrise' boasts another soundtrack of unexpected cuts assembled with the great music supervisor Randall Poster, including Francoise Hardy, Hank Williams, and for the first time, a significant amount of classical music including Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein. And if that's not enough, there's also additional pieces by Alexandre Desplat and drum percussion by old musical cohort Mark Mothersbaugh.

Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde & Brie Larson To Star In Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts' Produced By Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 9:25 PM
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Nothing ever truly dies in Hollywood, and even though intel about "Squirrel To The Nuts" dropped way back in the fall of 2010 without much heard of it since, it seems lots has been happening behind the scenes, with the pic now making some giant strides, with three of our favorite filmmakers helping it happen.

"There's Freedom In Bondage": 12 Things Learned At Cannes About 'Moonrise Kingdom' & Wes Anderson's Hyper-Controlled Style

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 24, 2012 3:21 PM
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Having received some of his best reviews in years, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" made a grand debut opening the Cannes Film Festival in style last week. By all accounts (including one very positive review of our own), Anderson's latest picture and first live-action film in five years, is a pleasant, charming and enchanting return to form that's both nostalgic for those early pre-teen years and emotional in its exploration of adolescent angst and early love. Starring newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward with an excellent supporting cast featuring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, Playlist contributor Aaron Hillis got a chance to sit down with some of the cast at the press conference in Cannes.

The Playlist Interview From Cannes: Wes Anderson Discusses The Nostalgia, Music, & Making Of 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 12:31 PM
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Few filmmakers have a more distinctive take on the world than Wes Anderson. Many of his contemporaries -- David O Russell, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze et al -- are extraordinary filmmakers, but it's only with Anderson that you can look at a single frame -- any frame -- and instantly know that it's his. And the same is true of his latest, "Moonrise Kingdom," which marks his return to live-action filmmaking for the first time in five years.

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