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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.

Roman Coppola Talks Collaborating With Wes Anderson On 'Moonrise Kingdom' & How The Process Differed From Working On 'The Darjeeling Limited'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • June 6, 2012 12:56 PM
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Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson are developing into quite the team. Coppola first served as a second unit director on Anderson’s 2004 film, “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” In Anderson’s next film, “The Darjeeling Limited,” Coppola produced, co-wrote and returned to second unit duties. Along the way, Anderson discussed the idea of a film about a boy on an island who gets in a canoe and runs away. That seedling began to take shape after 'Darjeeling,'starting off from a series of conversations between Coppola and Anderson.

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.

The Amazing Race: Which Films Came Out Of Cannes As Potential Oscar Contenders?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2012 1:09 PM
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Gosh, it feels like only yesterday we were talking about the 2011 Oscar season, with films like "The Artist," "Hugo," "The Descendants," "The Help" and "Moneyball" jostling for position in the chase for little gold statues. And that's because, well, it basically was yesterday: we're only a little over three months since Oscar season wrapped up. But time marches on, and with the arrival of the Cannes Film Festival, we've got some of the first indications of what might come into play in the awards season by the end of this year.

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.

Weekend Box Office: 'Men In Black 3' Unseats 'The Avengers' From The Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 27, 2012 12:36 PM
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Sony said, “Lemme see ya Nod Ya Head! Cuz the black suits coming!” And if you look at this weekend’s opening numbers for “Men In Black 3,” they’re really only impressive if you were to go “Back In Time.” As is, $55 million worth of audiences domestically said, “Here come the ‘Men In Black’ ” this weekend, besting the $52 million bow for “Men In Black II” a decade ago. Granted, Sony might have been hoping for more with the inflated price of a 3D movie ticket, but with the pic opening #1 in 104 countries and taking in $202 million worldwide, they can't be too upset, especially considering the troubled production of the movie once pointed toward a potential disaster.

In Theaters: 'Men In Black III' & 'Moonrise Kingdom' Hope To Be 'The Intouchables' This Weekend

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 25, 2012 5:01 PM
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Fill up the cooler, slather on the sunscreen, and find all your white clothes that have been moldering in the back of the closet since Labor Day: it’s Memorial Day Weekend! This year, film studios are celebrating the armed forces and the unofficial start of summer with aliens, nuclear holocaust, drug addicts, and puppy love. So whether you’re on your way to the beach, to the plains, to the city, to the country, or just staying home to enjoy three-to-four days of freedom and fireworks, we wish you lots of happy movie watching!

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.

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