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Is ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ the Quintessential Wes Anderson Movie?

When it was released back in the fall of 2009, Fantastic Mr. Fox (out today in a new DVD and Blu-ray special edition from the Criterion Collection) seemed a peculiar detour in the career of co-writer/director Wes Anderson — why on earth was this idiosyncratic indie auteur making what was, by any measure, a kids’ movie? It was a question being asked elsewhere that fall as well; Spike Jonze had just released Where the Wild Things Are, his long-in-the-making adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s iconic picture book, while Martin Scorsese had just announced his next film, a family-friendly adaptation of the young adult novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. But what is fascinating about Anderson’s film (and Jonze’s, and, ultimately, Scorsese’s) is how little he had to adjust his vision to make a “kids’ movie.” In fact, there is an argument to be made that Fantastic Mr. Fox may be the purest distillation of Anderson’s specific, inimitable style. … Read More

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What 10 of Your Favorite Cultural Icons Were Up To in College

Thanks to BuzzFeed’s entertaining roundup, we’ve discovered Mindy Kaling’s college comic strip, Badly Drawn Girl. A shrewd look at the facts of coed life, from frat bros to dining hall food, it’s a peek at what Kaling’s comic sensibilities were like long before she wound up in The Office‘s writers’ room. Other cultural notables have had their fair share of cool college projects, too. We took the liberty of looking up what some of our favorite famous people were up to while they were still living in dorm rooms. … Read More

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Woody Allen to ‘Toy Story’: Pop Culture’s Greatest Homages to Picasso

For a man who passed away 40 years ago, Pablo Picasso has had little trouble getting his name out these days. This week, his masterpiece Guernica, which depicted the bombing of a Basque village during the Spanish Civil War, will be welcomed as a source of inspiration in the conflict-weary National Center for Modern Art in Tunisia. Earlier this month, the apartment where Picasso painted Guernica became an object of dispute when the Chambre des Huissiers de Justice, which donated the space to a local arts group, decided the apartment was too valuable to give away, and sought to reclaim it. And yesterday, a Picasso painting worth $11.5 million was seized by US authorities in New York. According to the Associated Press, it will be held for the Italian government indefinitely, pending the outcome of criminal proceedings in an Italian court against the collector Gabriella Amati, who stands accused of smuggling. … Read More

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The Problem With ‘The Internship’: It Isn’t Actually About Internships

Before it lost out to Betas and Alpha House and it was packed off to wherever promising pilots go once they’re tragically passed over, Amazon original series hopeful Browsers showed us what a comedic take on the internship could be. Though obviously fiction — it’s a musical soundtracked by shamelessly tactless original numbers like “Someone With Whom Not to Fuck” — the would-be series’ basic premise rang true. The protagonists felt like exaggerated versions of real interns; their workplace felt like an exaggerated version of a real office. These are the minimum requirements for a solid internship comedy, and despite its name, The Internship does not meet them. … Read More

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Everything Wes Anderson’s Ever Directed, Ranked

Today is Wes Anderson’s birthday, with the Houston-born auteur turning 44 years old following the commercial and critical success of Moonrise Kingdom. That 2012 Oscar nominee was his seventh feature film, and between that, his shorts, and his many commercials, Anderson has put together a pretty respectable body of work. So how does it all stack up? … Read More

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Video Essay: “All of Woody’s Surrogates”

Woody Allen’s flawed but funny new film To Rome with Love opens this Friday, and while it marks his first acting appearance in one of his movies since 2006′s Scoop, he plays the role of a retired father while continuing his tradition of writing his leading man as a “Woody Allen role” — played, in this film, by Jesse Eisenberg. In his early works, Allen would occasionally engage a young actor to play himself as a child, but as he got too old to play the leading man (okay, let’s face it, after he’d gotten a little too old to play the leading man), he began putting younger actors in roles that were still distinctively Woody-esque, and which said actors played as varying degrees of imitation. We’ve assembled a montage of those actors and some of their most Allen-inspired moments; check out our latest video essay after the jump. … 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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Ira Glass Is Headed to HBO with Owen Wilson and Rob Thomas

Ira Glass, Owen Wilson, and Rob Thomas (the Veronica Mars/Party Down creator, not the Matchbox 20 guy) walk into a pitch meeting — but their project is, thankfully, no joke. Variety reports that Glass and his all-star collaborators developing another This American Life-derived series, this time for HBO. Inspired by an incredible segment… Read More

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Matthew Weiner of ‘Mad Men’ to Direct First Feature Film

Readers, are you sick of hearing about Mad Men yet? Well, too bad, because today brings some irresistibly intriguing news about showrunner Matthew Weiner. He’s written and is set to direct his first feature film! And it’s a road-trip movie with a cast full of comedians! You Are Here, which will begin shooting in May,… Read More

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