Tag Archive: Wes Anderson


While I wait (patiently) for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, which seems to star every actor known to man, Rodriguez expressed interest in making a Han Solo film in an interview with MTV. But just because he’d be interested in doing that spin-off, would he be up for directing “Star Wars Episode VIII” or Episode IX? Not necessarily.

“It depends on what it was. George really inspired me to do what I’m doing now, which is the same thing he did. He originally wanted and couldn’t get the rights to Flash Gordon. He tried, couldn’t get it, so he went and wrote Star Wars, which was his complete take on Flash Gordon, even to the opening titles crawl that went that way…. I think if I asked [Lucas] for advice, he would say ‘Go make your own “Star Wars” universe, kid,” Rodriguez said.

Of course J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek: Into Darkness” is directing Episode VII. Interestingly enough, Wes Anderson said he could do an origin film for Han Solo. Not gonna lie, I’d rather see Anderson’s take if any came to fruition.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Advertisements

Full list of Oscar nominations!

Here’s the entire nominee list for the Oscars:

Best Picture
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Amour”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Jackie Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Animated Feature Film
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“ParaNorman”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Directing
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – Ang Lee
“Lincoln” – Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” – John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
“Argo” – Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – David Magee
“Lincoln” – Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Music – Original Song
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” music and lyrics by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Foreign Language Film
“Amour” (Austria)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway)
“No” (Chile)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“War Witch” (Canada)

Cinematography
“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Costume Design
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Documentary – Feature
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching for Sugar Man”

Documentary – Short
“Inocente”
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”
“Open Heart”
“Redemption”

Film Editing
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Makeup And Hairstyling
“Hitchcock”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”

Music – Original Score
“Anna Karenina”
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Production Design
“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”

Short Film – Animated
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”
“Paperman”

Short Film – Live Action
“Asad”
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Curfew”
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”
“Henry”

Sound Editing
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Sound Mixing
“Argo”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Visual Effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Prometheus”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

My initial thoughts:

I wish they would have nominated 10 films for Best Picture. A film like “Cloud Atlas” or “Moonrise Kingdom” really deserved to get recognized. Looks like Joaquin Phoenix’s little Oscar rant didn’t cost him a nomination after all. Stay tuned here in the coming days for predictions of all the categories!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

PGA nominations announced

Last year, “The Artist” won the Producers Guild Award for best motion picture before winning the Oscar. So, whoever wins this year could be on the fast track. This year the nominees are:

Argo – Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
Django Unchained – Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher
Les Misérables – Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi – Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
Lincoln – Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Moonrise Kingdom – Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales
Silver Linings Playbook – Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
Skyfall – Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
Zero Dark Thirty – Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Bill Murray, Angela Lansbury and Jude Law are in for Wes Anderson’s follow up to ‘Moonrise Kingdom”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Now, reportedly Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort, “In Bruges”) may join the cast.

Can’t wait. Only bad news is Anderson recently said Johnny Depp is not in the film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Wes Anderson already has the surprise hit of the year with “Moonrise Kingdom” which starred Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and more. Now, Jude Law told MTV he has joined his next project “Grand Budapest Hotel”. Law joins Johnny Depp as the only confirmed actors. But, it has been reported that Murray, Norton, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Angela Lansbury and Willem Dafoe were also approached for roles. Law’s name was also originally included on that list so it looks like the list is credible. And, if Anderson lands these actors, you can count me in to see the film on opening night.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

Depp and Anderson to team up?

Reports are that Johnny Depp will team up with director Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” has become an indie hit, already grossing $44 million. Twitch reported that, along with Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury were also in talks.

That’d be quite the cast if they could get it. “Moonrise Kingdom” is one of the best films I’ve seen all year. It might be hard to find, but if you can, go watch it now.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I realize this is probably an obvious question, so I’ll open this up to what are your favorite films of the summer so far? We’re halfway through the season and “The Avengers” became just the third film to cross $600 million, joining James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic”. “Brave” opened big, “Prometheus” tailed off, “Ted” defied all expectations and “Dark Shadows” and “Battleship” bombed. Anyways, here are my best of the summer so far awards.

Best overall film: “The Avengers”

It’s hard to pick against it. Joss Whedon’s comic book epic was fun, exhilarating, clever and transcended the comic book fan crowd. An absolute delight to watch and strong performances all around.

Best animated film: I’m going with “Brave” for this one. “Madagascar 3” wasn’t terrible. In fact, it was good. But, while not a classic, “Brave” represents a good Pixar film. And that’s still usually better than any other offering out there.

Best comedy: Oh, this one’s a tough one. I’m going with Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”. It’s hilarious, off beat and something original.

Most overhyped: A tie for “Prometheus” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. The former because, well frankly, there was no way it was going to meet expectations because Ridley Scott hasn’t made a film to that level in years. And the latter because we all knew it was going to suck. And yet, it still tried to sucker people in.

Best surprise: Not too many big surprises, but I guess I’d say “Madagascar 3”. I figured it would be running out of steam best now, but it was a surprisingly solid entry to the franchise.

Biggest disappointment: I thought about putting “Snow White and the Huntsman” or “Prometheus”, but I’m going with “Battleship”. And here’s why. I wasn’t expecting a classic, or even a masterpiece. But, the film’s premise should have been tailor-made to make a mindless, entertaining summer blockbuster. And yet, what we got was a bogged down, non-sensical, non-funny and boring mess.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.