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Bill Murray to Receive Rome Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Murray to Receive Rome Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Murray is set to receive the 2019 Rome Film Fest's lifetime achievement award. Wes Anderson will present the Academy Award-nominated actor and comedian with the honor, as well as host a "Close Encounter" festival discussion with Murray.

Murray has appeared in every Anderson film since the director's sophomore feature Rushmore (1998), creating memorable roles in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Isle of Dogs (2018). He even cut Anderson an (uncashed) check for $25,000 when production ...
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Seymour Cassel, Frequent John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Actor, Dies at 84

Seymour Cassel, Frequent John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Actor, Dies at 84
Actor Seymour Cassel has passed away. He was 84-years old. Cassel died Sunday, April 7th in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to his son, Matt.

The actor was best-known for appearing in several John Cassavetes projects over the years and worked with Wes Anderson on Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Cassel was also known for being a versatile talent that made him an admired character actor in the entertainment industry.

Seymour Cassel got his start in acting after studying with Stella Adler at Carnegie Hall. It was there he saw an ad for "Free Scholarships - John Cassavetes Workshop, Variety Arts Building," which changed his life forever. He went and met up with Cassavetes, spoke to him for an hour, and then went to the set to watch the iconic director work and ended up with a job as a cameraman.
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Seymour Cassel, Actor in Numerous Wes Anderson Films, Dies at 84

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Seymour Cassel, Actor in Numerous Wes Anderson Films, Dies at 84
Seymour Cassel, the Academy Award-nominated actor who regularly collaborated with Wes Anderson and John Cassavetes, died Sunday following complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 84, according to multiple media outlets including the Associated Press.

Born in Detroit in 1935, Cassel’s career in film began alongside Cassavetes’ as he took a role as a crew member on the legendary filmmaker’s 1959 debut film “Shadows,” a job which turned into an uncredited onscreen role and then into a credit as associate producer.

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Cassel would go on to appear in six more of Cassavetes’ films, receiving a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as the hippie Chet in the 1968 drama “Faces.” Other films they worked on together included “Minnie and Moskowitz,” “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” and “Opening Night.”

The 1980s
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Seymour Cassel, Familiar Face in Cassavetes Films, Dies at 84

Seymour Cassel, Familiar Face in Cassavetes Films, Dies at 84
Seymour Cassel, the Oscar-nominated John Cassavetes regular whose wily glint, weathered look and versatile talent made him an admired character actor, has died. He was 84.

Cassel died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his son, Matt, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Cassel also was a favorite of Wes Anderson, who cast the irascible actor in Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004).

Cassel first teamed with Cassavetes during the making of the improvisational Shadows (1959). On Cassavetes' directorial debut, he started out as an unpaid crewmember but was given an uncredited onscreen ...
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'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou': THR's 2004 Review

'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou': THR's 2004 Review
On Dec. 10, 2004, Wes Anderson unveiled his latest ensemble comedy, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Although still fond of oddballs and eccentrics, Wes Anderson moves past the merely quirky in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, his wonderfully weird and wistful adventure-comedy about a fish-out-of-water oceanographer. Following his Oscar-nominated turn in Lost in Translation, Bill Murray brings his singularly edgy ennui to the unlikely role of a modern-day Ahab.

The writer-director's most recent film, The Royal Tenenbaums, was a museum collection of character ...
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Wes Anderson’s New Film to Feature Songs by Mark Mothersbaugh, His ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ Composer — Report

Wes Anderson’s New Film to Feature Songs by Mark Mothersbaugh, His ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ Composer — Report
Wes Anderson is reportedly eyeing a major reunion for his 10th feature film. French publication Premiere reports the writer-director has tapped musician Mark Mothersbaugh to write the original songs for what is rumored to be a musical set in France during the 1950s. News broke in August that Anderson was scouting locations in Angoulême, France to film the movie in early 2019.

Anderson fans should easily recognize the name Mark Mothersbaugh. The musician was Anderson’s longtime film composer and contributed the scores to the director’s 1996 directorial debut “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbums,” and “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” The two have not worked together since 2004’s “Zissou,” which means the French musical will be their first feature in 15 years. Anderson has worked with composer Alexandre Desplat in recent years.

Production on Anderson’s 10th feature is tentatively set to begin in February 2019 and is expected to last at least four months.
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Berlinale 18: What’s News

Dieter Kosslick will not renew his contract, ending May 2019, as head of BerlinaleDieter Kosslick will not renew his contract, ending May 2019, as head of Berlinale

Festival Director Dieter Kosslick in response to a letter signed by a group of German directors concerning the future of the Berlinale:

I can understand that these directors want transparency when it comes to the process of reforming the Berlinale. Its future is a matter of great importance for all us. Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Prof. Monika Grütters will be in charge of any proceedings.My contract ends on May 31, 2019. The Supervisory Board has asked me to submit a proposal for the potential restructuring of the Berlinale. I will do so — and this proposal will be totally independent of me personally.

Seventy-nine German directors wrote a petition asking for transparency in the process, it was recently published in Der Spiegel.
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to Open 2018 Berlin Film Festival

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to Open 2018 Berlin Film Festival
The 2018 Berlin Film Festival has announced it will open with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” on February 15. The film will mark Anderson’s third trip to Berlin’s Competition section, following “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the latter of which opened the 64th Berlin Film Festival in 2014 and won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.

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Isle of Dogs” will be the first animated movie to open the Berlin Film Festival in its 68-year history. The film is set in Megasaki City after a decree from Mayor Kobayashi expels all canines to an island garbage-dump. 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi flies to “Trash Island” in search of his bodyguard dog Spots, and so begins an epic journey that will decide the fate of the entire city.

The voice cast
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Isle Of Dogs to open Berlin Film Festival by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-12-04 10:33:55

Isle Of Dogs will open the Berlinale Photo: 20th Century Fox The 68th Berlin International Film Festival will open at the Berlinale Palast on February 15, 2018 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s animated film Isle Of Dogs, which features the voice talents of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber and Bill Murray.

Anderson has previously presented three films in the Berlinale Competition: The Royal Tenenbaums (2002), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2005), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) which opened the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.

Festival director Dieter Kosslick said: “I’m most delighted that Wes Anderson will kick off the Berlinale Competition again. Isle of Dogs will be the first animated film to open the Festival – a film that will capture audiences’ hearts with its Wes Anderson charm.”

Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to a corrupt mayor.
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ To Open Berlin Film Festival 2018

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ To Open Berlin Film Festival 2018
After charming audiences with 2014’s Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize winner The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson is returning to the Berlin Film Festival. The filmmaker’s stop-motion animated Isle Of Dogs has been set to world premiere in competition as the opening night film of the 68th Berlinale on February 15, 2018. Anderson has previously presented three films in the Berlinale competition: The Royal Tenenbaums (2002), The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2005) and The Gr…
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Wes Anderson’s Animated Film ‘Isle of Dogs’ To Open 2018 Berlin Film Festival

The 68th Berlin International Film Festival will open at the Berlinale Palast on February 15, 2018 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s animated film Isle of Dogs.

Anderson has previously presented three films in the Berlinale Competition: The Royal Tenenbaums (2002), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2005), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) which opened the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.

“I’m most delighted that Wes Anderson will kick off the Berlinale Competition again. Isle of Dogs will be the first animated film to open the Festival – a film that will capture audiences’ hearts with its Wes Anderson charm,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature
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‘The Odyssey’ Review: Dir. Jérôme Salle (2017)

The Odyssey review: Jérôme Salle brings this biopic of pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher and conservationist Jacques Cousteau to the big-screen.

The Odyssey review by Steve Palace.

Younger generations may not know the name Jacques Cousteau, but his legacy of undersea innovation and chronicling of the natural world lives on. Wes Anderson used him as inspiration for comedy The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, which struggled to match the real life spectacle the maverick Captain created with his crew aboard the Calypso. Can director Jérôme Salle do better with lush biopic The Odyssey/L’odyssée?

The film starts in the 1940s, with Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) having helped develop the Aqua-Lung, enabling divers to breathe easier beneath the waves. As a result he and his colleagues spend sustained periods recording hitherto-unseen features of deep sea existence, to the delight of rapt audiences. However when he decides to leave the Navy to concentrate
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Adidas Has Reproduced The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Sneakers!

I've always wanted my very own pair of Steve Zissou sneakers! Adidas has recreated the Rom Zissou sneakers from Wes Anderson fantastic film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Unfortunately, there were only 100 pairs made. The shoes were released for a music festival in Paris called We Love Green as a tribute to festival performer Seu Jorge, whose music was featured heavily on the movie’s soundtrack.

I hope that Adidas considers a wider release so that I can get myself a pair!

Via: SneakerNews
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The 25 greatest movies about making movies

Mark Harrison May 19, 2017

From the currently playing Their Finest to the likes of Bowfinger and Boogie Nights, we salute the movies about making movies...

If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.

Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about
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Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best
Let’s get this out of the way right from the top: Wes Anderson has never made a bad movie, and — in all likelihood — he probably never will. He’s too particular, too immaculate, too in command of his craft. Of course, the fact that he has always been so sure of himself only makes it more tempting to chart the progress of his career and to measure his films against each other. Or maybe it’s just fun because there are still only eight of them, and everyone seems to have their own favorite. Who could say?

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Here are all of Wes Anderson’s feature films, ranked from “worst” to best.

8. “Bottle Rocket

Wes Anderson arrived fully formed (or close to it), and so much of his cinematic ethos can be distilled from the very first shot of his very first film,
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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Poster Has Lots of Akira Kurosawa (and Dogs)

…Let’s hope the dogs don’t die.

On Tuesday, the first poster for Wes Anderson’s newest feature film since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel was released. Whilst not much is known about the story of Isle of Dogs, its poster reveals small details about what to expect, and, more importantly, the influence of Akira Kurosawa on the stop-motion animation.

Set in Japan, the poster’s large, red font places the Japanese title at the center, with its English translation held within the script. Wes Anderson’s posters usually have either one clear defining image at the forefront or a depiction of the ensemble cast, so Isle of Dogs is a slight departure from what Anderson’s audience are used to.

The poster for The Royal Tenenbaums places family at the center while Anderson’s classic Futura font title stayed beneath the family as something that was not meant to draw attention. Moonrise Kingdom
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Wes Anderson’s Manly Men

In search of male desire in a twee world.

Here’s a thesis: with the singular exception of his animated adventure story, Fantastic Mr. Fox, the movies of Wes Anderson are fundamentally about nice, fiery desire. But while a number of his movies explore this through the conventional terrain of the heterosexual relationship and its discontents — The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom come to mind — others explore more curious expressions of desire, leaving Anderson’s plain and plaintive ladies behind. Shared aesthetic characteristics, from the constantly reprised Cornell boxes to the carefully referenced dead Eastern European novelists, are subject of much ruthless discussion among Anderson acolytes. And, considering Anderson’s diligent cooperation with turning a collection of essays and interviews into a $35 coffee table book, that seems to be the dissection that Anderson embraces. But what are those other, male-centric movies actually about? Most critics, when forced to give something like a serious and meaningful answer, will
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Biopics vs. Their Fictional Counterparts

Some people’s lives are best told truthfully, others more loosely.

In one corner, we have Rocky, the iconic Best Picture-winning boxing movie starring Sylvester Stallone as the made-up Rocky Balboa. In the other corner, we have Chuck, an upcoming biopic starring Liev Schreiber as real-life boxer Chuck Wepner. The latter primarily depicts the 1975 bout between Wepner and Muhammad Ali, which inspired Stallone to write the script for Rocky. He’s since tried to downplay the connection, especially after being sued by Wepner, but it’s close enough to being a film a clef as any.

Chuck received mostly positive reviews when it played the big film festivals last fall, but it’s unlikely to become the phenomenon, let alone Oscar darling, that Rocky was. Its legacy surely won’t be as lasting, in part because true biopics don’t tend to get sequels. There are a lot of benefits to fictionalized accounts of real events and
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15 Good Dark Comedies to Watch on Netflix in April 2017

This is no festive prank, these movies are hilarious.

Let’s face it, the world is a wreck. Every day things look bleaker than they did the day before. It’s gotten to the point where, if you can’t learn to laugh at our misery, you’re finished. If you need some help figuring out how to find humor in even the worst bits of the human experience, dark comedies work, Netflix has them, and we’ve made a list of the good ones. Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: This Must Be the Place (2011)

I can’t think of another movie in recent times that’s been so good and gotten so little love and attention in return. Maybe that’s because the concept of a former 80s glam rocker who still wears his makeup (Sean Penn) tracking down the Nazi concentration camp guard who
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New to Streaming: ‘Right Now, Wrong Then,’ ‘The Life Aquatic,’ ‘The Discovery,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Osgood Perkins)

Osgood Perkins’ debut feature, The Blackcoat’s Daughter – originally known as February at its premiere at Tiff last year – is a stylish exercise in dread, teasing out its slow-drip horrors with precision, and building a deliriously evil presence that hovers along the fringes. However, there’s a thin line between mystery and vagueness in storytelling, and it becomes difficult to decide where a
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