Watch an Adorable Animated Tribute to 'Moonrise Kingdom'

If you find yourself missing the retro, stylized world of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, then you’ll love this new video… Read More

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A Look at Wes Anderson’s Go-To Actors and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Wes Anderson’s latest, Moonrise Kingdom, has had us chattering for quite a while. The offbeat coming-of-age tale set in ’60s New England is yet another modern classic from every contemporary indie-film geek’s favorite director and, unsurprisingly, it features some familiar faces from previous Anderson flicks. Like many serious moviemakers, the auteur has certain actors he keeps going back to, so we’re continuing our obsession with a look at Wes Anderson’s go-to performers — some of whom currently join “newcomers” Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Norton on the fictional island of New Penzance in theaters across the nation. … Read More

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Watch Wes Anderson’s Animated Companion Short to ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Earlier this week, we giddily announced that Wes Anderson would be releasing an animated Moonrise Kingdom companion short — and now he’s done it. The four-minute film is hosted by Moonrise’s narrator, Bob Balaban, and compiles a series of brief sequences that illustrate passages from the young adult sci-fi and fantasy books disaffected… Read More

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Wes Anderson to Release Animated ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Companion Short

After catching Wes Anderson’s new film, Moonrise Kingdom, in the theater last week, we’ve occasionally caught ourselves fantasizing about returning to the sweetly ridiculous island of New Penzance, ca. 1965. So imagine our delight at the news that Anderson is planning to release an animated short that serves as a companion piece to the movie.… Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!

Let’s be honest: Half of any Wes Anderson movie — even an animated one — comes down to the costuming, and his latest cult-classic-in-the-making fits the corduroy-suited auteur’s retro-plus-quirk mold. Here’s the gist of what Suzy will be wearing in the flick, which is already getting mad love from the critics at Cannes and is coming your way just in time for the long holiday weekend. Invest now, and you’re halfway to a killer couple’s costume for Halloween 2012! … Read More

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Watch B-Roll Footage from Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

While Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, the auteur’s first live-action feature since 2007, won’t officially be unveiled until the Cannes Film Festival kicks off later this month, an interesting making-of feature with Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton discussing their characters and what it was like working with the director (but no appearance from Wes himself), as well as 20 minutes of b-roll footage, has already made its way online. If you don’t mind possible spoilers, and more importantly, you absolutely can’t wait until this film opens in limited release on May 25, then hopefully these clips — which were spotted by our friends over at The Playlist — will help tide you over! … Read More

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Watch the Trailer for Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

It has been way too long since we’ve been treated to a live action Wes Anderson movie — so long, in fact, that we’re going to jump the gun on tomorrow’s weekly “Trailer Park” feature to alert you that the teaser for the director’s Moonrise Kingdom arrived online this afternoon. And it looks pretty wonderful! Not only are we working with a stellar cast (Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman), but the setting — a New England summer camp in the mid-60s — is the perfect match for Anderson’s nostalgic aesthetic. Does it look like we’re seeing anything new from the auteur here? Not really, but we don’t really mind. For our money, there’s no one who tells a twee coming-of-age story quite like he does. Even if the plot ends up being a totally bizarre mess, we’ll relish watching the film for the cinematography alone. Well that, and the scene with Bill Murray going to chop down a tree in his underwear. Click through to check out the trailer now, and let us know in the comments what you think of it. … Read More

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Where Do Queer Characters Like ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’s’ Gustave Fit Into Wes Anderson’s Sexless Universe?

Spoiler alert: this post discusses major plot points of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Hollywood directors, like brutally stereotyped high school students, tend to fall into two camps: sluts and prudes. The sluts, like Lars von Trier, revel in sex, while the prudes, like Stephen Spielberg, blush and avert their eyes. They prefer to deal with anything — monsters, children, CGI — besides the disorder of adult relationships. … Read More

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20 Old Songs Wes Anderson Gave New Life: A Playlist

Just as Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel finally hits theaters, there comes the news that the exquisite soundtracks for all of his films will be released as a fancy box set by ABCKO Records later this year. This feels like the perfect moment to revisit Anderson’s soundtracks, helmed by his longtime music supervisor Randall Poster and often highlighting gems from the ’60s and ’70s. … Read More

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