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Watch: Wes Anderson-Directed Stop Motion Animated Spot For Xperia Featuring Robots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2012 11:23 AM
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While we await Wes Anderson's Cannes-opening "Moonrise Kingdom," some of our impatience has been alleviated by the director's ad work. He got behind the camera for two ads for Hyundai that aired during the Super Bowl, and now he's lent his talents to a small, cute spot for Xperia smartphones.

SXSW '12: Mark Mothersbaugh Confirms He's Scoring 'Lego,' Talks Working On Wes Anderson's 'Bottle Rocket' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 14, 2012 10:03 AM
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SXSW is usually an incredibly streamlined and well-organized film festival, with everything working with the smoothness of a Swiss watch. But yesterday must have been an "off" day, as a panel centered around beloved film composer and Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh started about ten minutes late and (for some reason) a retrospective video for Mothersbaugh, produced back in 2004, played for another 20 minutes. Meaning that the tight hour that was allotted for the composer was actually more like 30 minutes. And while we wished it were longer, it was worth sticking around for the stories Mothersbaugh shared.

Watch: 2 Charming Hyundai Ads Directed By Wes Anderson, Will Air During The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 1:03 PM
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It seems we'll have a bit more to look forward during tomorrow night's broadcast of Oscars other than Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" walking the red carpet and uh, that Cirque Du Soleil performance. You might want to save the bathroom breaks for the Sound Editing awards instead of the commercials, because Wes Anderson will dropping two new ads for Hyundai. Or, thanks to the magic of the interwebs, you can spare yourself the "Sophie's Choice" dilemma and just watch them now.

What Kind Of Bird Are You? Deconstructing The 'Moonrise Kingdom' Trailer

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 17, 2012 12:27 PM
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With six features under his belt (and a seventh on the way), Wes Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive filmmakers working today. Though his influences are varied -- from Martin Scorsese to Satyajit Ray, French pop to the British Invasion -- the way in which he combines those elements (and more) is unmistakably Anderson-ian

Wes Anderson Says 'Moonrise Kingdom' Has A "Big Musical Element" To It, But It Won't Rely On "Songs"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2011 3:21 PM
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NYFF: Wes Anderson & Cast Of 'Royal Tenenbaums' Talk The Challenges Of Working With Gene Hackman

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 15, 2011 6:42 AM
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Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Houston & Noah Baumbach Discuss Film At NYFF 10th Anniversary ScreeningThe 49th New York Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend and there have already been many highlights but there are still a few more films left to screen. Arguably one of the most anticipated events of this year’s NYFF wasn't a premiere at all but rather a film that had its world premiere at the festival a decade ago, Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums." The now-classic film features probably the director’s starriest cast to date, and he brought along a few of those cast members for a special 10th Anniversary Screening on Thursday night. Just prior to the screening Anderson gathered before a few hundred fans at The Apple Store a few blocks from Lincoln Center for a Q&A in their Meet The Filmmaker series (moderated by our own editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez) before heading down to Alice Tully Hall to introduce the screening, this time joined by Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston along with his brother Eric Chase Anderson, who provided all of Ritchie’s artwork in the film.

Tilda Swinton Says She'll Face Off With Bruce Willis In Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2011 8:52 AM
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Exclusive: One of the reasons we're more excited for "Moonrise Kingdom" than we have been for any Wes Anderson film in a decade is the cast. While a few of Anderson's usual repertory company -- most notably Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzmann, are returning -- the leads, a twelve-year-old boy and girl, are newcomers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), and the supporting cast are made up of some intriguing new names, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand.

New York Film Festival Presenting 10th Anniversary Screening Of 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2011 4:00 AM
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Sneak Peek At Oliver Stone's 'The Untold History of the United States' + Anniversary Screenings Of 'Spirited Away,' 'Exterminating Angel' & MoreThe constant debate between diehard Wes Anderson fans usually comes do which film is the director's best: "Rushmore" or "The Royal Tenenbaums" (with another, minority contingent usually backing "Bottle Rocket"). And while it usually comes down to personal preferences and attachments (this writer sides with 'Tenenbaums') it's undeniable that for Wes Anderson, "The Royal Tenenbaums" was his breakthrough work. Building on the cult and critical acclaim for his first two films, 'Tenenbaums' still remains his biggest box office hit to date, taking in over $70 million worldwide, spawning a hit soundtrack, an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and a seal of approval from The Criterion Collection. It has been a decade since the film first opened and the New York Film Festival is ready to take you on a trip down memory lane.

Kieslowski's 'Blue White Red' Trilogy, '12 Angry Men' & More On Criterion's November Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2011 8:54 AM
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'Fanny And Alexander' & 'Rushmore' Go BluLooking for some Christmas ideas for the cinephile in your family? Then you might want to take a look at Criterion's November slate, which is poised to help end the year on a bang for the boutique label.

R.I.P. Producer, Screenwriter & Art Director Polly Platt (1939-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 28, 2011 2:45 AM
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Sad news broke late yesterday, with the announcement of the death of the film producer, writer and art director Polly Platt, who passed away of Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 72. Platt's contribution to cinema has been greatly undervalued over the years, but she was someone with a diverse skill-set, who played a key role in a number of classic films.

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