In Select Theatres May 25, 2012
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WATCH FUN MOONRISE KINGDOM TRIBUTE

MOONRISE KINGDOM has the best fans in the world. Case in point, the delightful animated tribute by two CALARTS students -- Michael Piazzaand Toniko Pantoja.  Great job and great fun.

DEADLINE HOSTS MOONRISE KINGDOM SCREENWRITING FEATURETTE
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Peter Hammond at Deadline.com is hosting a new featurette on MOONRISE KINGDOM. In "The Year's Best Original Screenplay: Writing the Extraordinary World of MOONRISE KINGDOM," writer/director Wes Anderson, his co-writer Roman Coppola and more describe the process of creating the film's fabulous characters and remarkable world. You can see it here. 

OSCAR NOMS FOR ANNA KARENINA, MOONRISE KINGDOM & PARANORMAN
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Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced this morning and we are thrilled that the following Focus films have been recognized. PARANORMAN was nominated for Animated Feature Film for Sam Fell and Chris Butler. MOONRISEKINGDOM for Writing, Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola). And ANNA KARENINA goes home with four nominations: Cinematography (Seamus McCarvey); Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran); Production Design (Sarah Greenwood/ production design, Katie Spencer/set decoration); and Original Score (Dario Marianelli). Congratulations to all. The winners will be announced during the Oscar ceremony on February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA.  Click "READ MORE" below to read what the honorees had to say about being nominated.

 

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has come out with their nominations for 2013, and we're thrilled to see their recognition of three Focus films. Joe Wright's ANNA KARENINA had six nominations: Outstanding British Film (Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard); Original Music (Dario Marianelli); Cinematography (Seamus McGarvey); Production Design (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer); Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran); Make Up & Hair (Ivana Primorac). MOONRISE KINGDOM was nominated for Original Screenplay for Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. And PARANORMAN's directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler were nominated for Best Animated Film. Finally ANNA KARENINA's Alicia Vikander's was nominated for The EE Rising Star Award, a honor that is voted for by the public.  Congratulations to all for their much deserved honors. The winners will be announced at the  EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 10 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 

MOONRISE KINGDOM & PARANORMAN GET PGA NOMS
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The Producer Guild of America (PGA) just announced their nominations for motion pictures and television for their 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. We are thrilled that both MOONRISE KINGDOM and PARANORMAN have been recognized. MOONRISE KINGDOM (Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales) was nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. And PARANORMAN (Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner) was nominated for The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. In addition, the PGA is giving the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures to Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films, our partner in a number of projects, including most recently ANNA KARENINA. The 2013 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 26, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

WES ANDERSON DOES VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH LA TIMES
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Straight from Berlin, Los Angeles Times writer John Horn chats with MOONRISE KINGDOM's director and co-writer Wes Anderson, as well as producer Jeremy Dawson and cinematographer Robert Yeoman about the origin and creation of their beloved tale of early love. See it here.

PHOENIX FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AND CRITICS CHOICE NOMINATIONS
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Nominations are rolling in. Most recently Critics Choice and the Phoenix Film Critics Society came out with their 2012 nominations, with Focus Features being robustly represented.  For the Critics Choice Awards (bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association), MOONRISE KINDGDOM was nominated for Best Picture, Best Young Actor/Actress (Kara Hayward), Best Ensemble Acting, Best Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola), and Best Score (Alexandre Desplat). ANNA KARENINA was nominated for Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer). And PARANORMAN was nominated for Best Animated Film. 

For the Phoenix Film Critics Society, MOONRISE KINGDOM was nominated for Best Film, Best Screenplay - Original (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola), Best Ensemble Acting, Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen), Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female (Kara Hayward), and Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male (Jared Gilman). ANNA KARENINA was nominated for Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer). And PARANORMAN was nominated for Best Animated Film. 

JARED GILMAN AND KARA HAYWARD IN USA TODAY VIDEO

USA Today has put up a new video with MOONRISE KINGDOM's young stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward answering 5 questions about themselves. It's great to learn more about them, but we suspect these talented youths will be around for quite awhile.

MOONRISE KINGDOM KARA HAYWARD VISITS STYLELIST
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Stylelist checks in with Kara Hayward, the ingénue of Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM, about what it was like to work with the Wes and the rest of the very talented crew and cast. Of course, the conversation turns to clothes with Hayward remarking, "The costumes were fantastic! They were so beautifully-made. They helped me get into character because every time I
JASON SCHWARTZMAN TELLS ALL TO LEONARD LOPATE

On WNYC radio’s Leonard Lopate Show, MOONRISE KINGDOM’s Jason Schwartzman talks about his famous family, his start as a musician, and, best of all, his longtime collaboration with Wes Anderson.

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Jared Gilman was 12-years-old when he was cast as one of the young leads of Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM. Now at 13, his life has changed considerably. Mariam Brillantes, for The Wall Street Journal's culture blog Speakeasy, arranged for the young star to answer questions from his tween fans. For example, fans wanted to know what it felt like when he heard he was cast:

Well, my mom was picking me up from school, mind you I'm in the school parking lot ... when my dad told me over my mom's Bluetooth, I started screaming and crying and laughing at the same time. Like I said before, I'm very contained. That's one of the few moments when I actually exploded. I just don't get very emotional that often.

In special video for The Hollywood Reporter, Todd Gilchrist talks with Wes Anderson about his many cinematic influences, including Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, John Huston, Martin Scorsese, and Orson Welles, as well as his musical inspiration.

BILL MURRAY TALKS CANNES WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

Last night MOONRISE KINGDOM's Bill Murray appeared on Late Night with David Letterman for a very fun talk. At one point, Murray speaks about MOONRISE KINGDOM opening the Cannes Film Festival.

EDWARD NORTON TALKS MOONRISE KINGDOM ON JIMMY KIMMEL

Edward Norton who shines as the stalwart Scout Master Ward in Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM showed up to chat with Jimmy Kimmel last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel is very enthusiastic about Wes Anderson, calling MOONRISE KINGDOM "one of his best." Above is the section where the two talk about the movie, but if you want to see all of this sprightly interview, go to Jimmy Kimmel Live.

EW DEBUTS MOONRISE KINGDOM ANIMATED BOOK COVER VIDEO
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Bob Balaban, the trusty narrator of MOONRISE KINGDOM, is back and doing double duty as both narrator and librarian of the township of New Penzance in a special video debuting on EW.Com's "Inside Movies."  Created by the makers of MOONRISE KINGDOM, the video has Mr. Balaban introducing the books that Suzy Bishop reads, each getting a short animation. The idea for the animation came from the scenes when Suzy talks about her love for books in the film. Wes Anderson explains, "At one point in the process, when she's reading these passages from these books, I'd thought about going into animation." As such, Anderson wrote new excerpts for his fictional Young Adult fiction and different animators from around the world recreated the look and feel of book covers found in the film in order to bring them to life with Suzy (Kara Hayward) reading the new excerpts. The books included are: Shelly and the Secret Universe, The Francine Odysseys, The Girl From Jupiter, Disappearance of the 6th Grade, The Light of Seven Matchsticks and, of course, Return of Auntie Lorraine. Producer Jeremy Dawson noted, "I think we all just pitched in and we pulled a lot of favors because it was not like we spent a ton of money doing it....People got excited about it..."

JASON SCHWARTZMAN WAKES UP CBS THIS MORNING

MOONRISE KINGDOM's Jason Schwartzman (who plays Cousin Ben) jokes with CBS This Morning's Charlie Rose and Gayle King over first love and his love of Wes Anderson.

JASON SCHWARTZMAN STAYS UP LATE FOR JIMMY FALLON
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MOONRISE KINGDOM's Cousin Ben (aka Jason Schwartzman) joined Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last night to talk about the film and tell a very funny story about his experience at the Cannes Film Festival. See video of the conversation here.

WES ANDERSON ACCESSORIZES AV CLUB VIDEO

A.V. Club has put together a lovely video nod to MOONRISE KINGDOM's Wes Anderson meticulous attention to detail. In the short piece "A Video Quilt of Whimsical Wes Anderson Accessories," they look at the director's use of accessories, from shoes, belts, glasses and more. So buckle up and enjoy.

MOONRISE KINGDOM'S YOUNG STARS IN POPSUGAR VIDEO

MOONRISE KINGDOM star couple Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward - who play Sam & Suzy -- talk to PopSugar about what it was like to be at the center of a Wes Anderson film.

POPSUGAR VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH EDWARD NORTON

Popsugar catches up with MOONRISE KINGDOM star Edward Norton at Cannes, where he talks about the distinctive style and artistry of director Wes Anderson, as well as why it was so much fun playing a scout master.

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