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'Moonrise Kingdom': Wes Anderson's animated take on the film's imaginary books -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


In Wes Anderson’s indie mega-hit Moonrise Kingdom, 12-year-old Suzy (Kara Hayward) packs an unusual set of items for her runaway adventure with her pen-pal boyfriend, Sam (Jared Gilman): A half-dozen (fictitious) storybooks she stole from the library, three of which she reads aloud over the course of the film. Anderson commissioned six artists to create the books’ evocative jacket covers, but initially the director wanted to take the artistry even further. “At one point in the process, when she’s reading these passages from these books, I’d thought about going into animation,” he says.

Anyone who’s seen the film knows Anderson ultimately chose to simply hold on the faces of his cast as they listen to Suzy read, but with his experience making the stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox still fresh in his mind, Anderson never quite let go of the idea.

So in April, the idiosyncratic filmmaker decided to animate all six books anyway, as a supplementary treat to the film itself. “I wrote passages for the other books that didn’t have any text [read aloud in the film], and we animated that too,” he says. “So we now have this piece where our narrator, Bob Balaban’s character, takes us through these little sections of each of these books.”

You can watch the result exclusively below. (They contain no Moonrise Kingdom spoilers, so feel free to check it out even if you haven’t yet seen the film.) READ FULL STORY

'Moonrise Kingdom' director Wes Anderson on its box office record and casting his young leads

When Moonrise Kingdom opened last weekend, the sweet coming-of-age dramedy — about two lovesick 12-year-olds who run away on a remote New England island in 1965 — set a new per-theater-average record for a live-action film ($130K over four locations). If the film keeps up this pace as it expands into other markets over the month of June, it could very well surpass The Royal Tenenbaums as director Wes Anderson’s highest grossing film ever.

So we just had to ring up the idiosyncratic filmmaker to find out his reaction to the per-screen-average record, as well as how his now-13-year-old leads Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman have been handling their sudden stardom, what it was about the actors that led Anderson to cast them, and, just for fun, what it was like designing all those maps of the film’s fictitious setting of New Penzance Island. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Men in Black 3' tops Memorial Day weekend with $70M; 'Moonrise Kingdom' huge in limited release

Will Smith returned to theaters for the first time since 2008’s Seven Pounds with this weekend’s Men in Black 3, which put the A-list celeb back on top of the box office. Sony’s $230 million (some reports suggest a much higher budget) alien-zapping sequel earned an estimated $70 million over the extended Memorial Day weekend.

Men in Black 3 will easily become Smith’s thirteenth film to earn over $100 million at the box office — a truly impressive feat — but its opening weekend actually leaves much to be desired. Over the three-day portion of the weekend, MIB 3 grossed $55 million, which was higher than the debuts of Men in Black ($51.1 million) and Men in Black II ($52.1 million). (Due to higher ticket prices, 3-D surcharges, and IMAX fees, though, it sold far fewer tickets than its predecessors.) The original Men in Black earned $250.7 million in 1997. Men in Black II scored $190.4 million in 2002. Adjusting for ticket-price inflation, those totals soar to $432.6 million and $259.6 million, respectively. In today’s frontloaded box office culture, Men in Black 3 won’t likely reach those heights. READ FULL STORY

Bill Murray gives a tour of the 'Moonrise Kingdom' set, plugs spiced rum -- WATCH

A few weeks ago, Moonrise Kingdom actor Bob Balaban took us on a tour of New Penzance, the fictional island on which Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie is set. Now longtime Anderson collaborator Bill Murray is starring in his own promo video. What does Murray tell us during this three-minute clip? A lot! Here are a few highlights:

— Murray plays “a man” in the film.

— Edward Norton “does a lot of psycho work” in other films, but here is “playing against type.”

— Tilda Swinton: “She’s tall. She’s Scottish. She’s pretty. She can do whatever she likes.”

— “I’ve got a little bit of rum in me now. It’s Sailor Jerry. It’s a spiced rum…”

Check out the clip after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Cannes 2012: The Americans take over, starting with Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Look out, most prestigious and glamour-drenched international movie showcase/market in the world! The Americans have taken over the 65th Festival de Cannes. They have rolled out the big guns and the big talent — and no, I don’t mean that the festival has been anchored to the premiere of some e-ticket popcorn showpiece like Robin Hood or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as happened in recent years. (This year, the token Hollywood vulgarity is Madagascar 3, which has so nothing to do with this festival that no one has to pretend.) The films with the featured slots, the ones generating the most buzzy energy in the competition roster, the ones that everyone is excited to see because they may be good movies, lean toward brash and brawny American subjects and/or sexy American talent. READ FULL STORY

Cannes 2012 preview: Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Kristen Stewart bring Hollywood glitz to the French Riviera -- VIDEO

Since its inception in 1947, the Cannes Film Festival has been the ne plus ultra of international cinema, but rarely has the festival featured quite so many American filmmakers and Hollywood movie stars. The 2012 Cannes festival gets underway on Wednesday with the opening film, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and over the course of the subsequent 11 days, the festival will premiere films starring (deep breath) Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, and Matthew McConaughey (in two movies!), with filmmakers like Anderson, Lee Daniels, and John Hillcoat screening their films in competition for the first time. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn are both premiering out of competition.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman will be detailing all his thoughts on the great and not so great at Cannes, but here’s a quick primer on what’s likely to light up the famed Croisette, in chronological order of their big premieres inside the cavernous Grand Théâtre Lumière.  READ FULL STORY

'Moonrise Kingdom' clips confirm new Wes Anderson movie will be colorful, wry


Moonrise Kingdom is Wes Anderson’s first live-action movie in five years, but a gaggle of new clips that just hit the internet confirm that the director hasn’t lost his keen eye for visuals. If anything, Anderson’s candy-coating machine has gone into overdrive: A sequence with Bruce Willis in an open field looks like an advertisement for Instagram. I guarantee this clips will excite you, or at least remind of when you dated that girl back in freshman year who cried every time she watched Royal Tenenbaums. READ FULL STORY

'Moonrise Kingdom': Meet the Bishops, a.k.a. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand -- EXCLUSIVE

Meet Walt and Laura Bishop. In the summer of 1965, their 12-year-old daughter, Suzy, fell in love with a young Khaki Scout from a nearby camp on the New England island where they vacation. That whirlwind romance sets in motion the events of Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s next film, due May 25. Click within the animated image below to get a glimpse into the Bishops’ lives and follow some of the scouts on the trail of the young lovebirds.

Wes Anderson and Edward Norton talk 'Moonrise Kingdom'

There’s no other way to put it: Wes Anderson’s latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, is extremely Wes Anderson-y: quirky, warm-hearted, and visually stunning. Starring newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, the movie is about a couple of pre-teen runaways who are pursued by a scout master (Edward Norton), a local police officer (Bruce Willis), and the girl’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand). We recently talked to Anderson and Norton about the film. READ FULL STORY

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