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MOONRISE KINGDOM Costume on Auction to Benefit Kids

Posted May 30, 2012

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Get Ready to bid on a bit of MOONRISE KINGDOM. Focus Features is auctioning off the original Khaki Scout uniform worn by 12-year-old Sam Shakusky (played by Jared Gilman) to benefit Variety The Children's Charity. The bidding starts today via Charitybuzz.com (with a direct link to the uniform page here). The uniform is a unique piece of film culture for which costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone and her department (with creative direction from director Wes Anderson) created every single element, including activity buttons and hand-sewn insignia patches.

The gift from Mr. Anderson and the worldwide film company will help Variety New York raise funds to support its work in the tri-state area transforming the lives of children through the arts. Variety New York's Executive Director Jessica Bynoe notes, "Variety has a strong history with the film and entertainment industry and we are excited to continue that tradition with this generous donation from Focus. Funds raised through this auction will help us change the lives of many more children by engaging them in the arts which greatly enhances their academic, career, and personal success."  The auction will run until Wednesday June 13 at 12 PM EDT.

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Fresh Air: Wes Anderson speaks with Terry Gross

Posted May 30, 2012

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MOONRISE KINGDOM's Wes Anderson joined Terry Gross, the famed host of NPR's Fresh Air, to talk about his new movie and about making movies in general. (You can hear the interview here.) Gross starts with talking about how Benjamin Britten's opera Noye's Fludde (recreated in the film)  sparked Anderson's imagination in making MOONRISE KINGDOM, and goes on to cover a number of fascinating topics. Great piece. At one point, he explains the development of his film aesthetic:

I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets....There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It's sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I've made the decision: I'm going to write in my own handwriting. That's just sort of my way.

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NY Mag's Vulture speaks with Jason Schwartzman

Posted May 30, 2012

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In New York Magazine's culture blog "Vulture," Jada Yuan speaks with MOONRISE KINGDOM's Jason Schwartzman about working with his friend, director Wes Anderson. It's a fascinating chat that covers Schwartzman own experience in the Scouts, working with the boy actors who make up the Khaki Scouts and his special friendship with Wes Anderson. His comments about Wes are especially sweet:

I met Wes on Rushmore. We made a movie together. We stayed in touch through the years. And then this weird thing happens to you personally and you talk about it and then you keep talking, and then all of a sudden it's twelve years older and you're like, "Wow, this is my best friend." It just kind of happens behind you in a weird way and you turn around and you can't believe it.

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Fresh Air Hears MOONRISE KINGDOM's Randall Poster's Music

Posted May 29, 2012

Fresh Air's Terry Gross sat down with music supervisor Randall Poster to talk about the musical choices in MOONRISE KINGDOM, which include work from famed 20th century British composer Benjamin Britten as well as Country great Hank Williams. (Learn more about the Britten's opera Noye's Fludde used in the film here). Poster also talks about his long creative collaboration with Wes Anderson, a creative friendship that started shortly after the 1996 Bottle Rocket. Poster has gone on to work on every Wes Anderson film since then. Poster explains, "I just stand by [Anderson] and help him put mortar on the bricks and come at him with musical ideas and listen to what he has to say and read the scripts as they evolve, and we sort of take it from there and keep going."  To get a sense of Poster's musical thinking, explore his character playlists for MOONRISE KINGDOM.

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MOONRISE KINGDOM Breaks Box Office Records

Posted May 29, 2012

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Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM rose this weekend to set a new box office record. Pulling in an estimated 4-day weekend gross of $669,486.00 in 4 theaters (between Los Angeles and New York), MOONRISE KINGDOM broke the number for the highest recorded per-theater average for a live-action movie released domestically. The previous record was held by Dreamgirls, which opened in 2006. And prior to that the record was held by BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. Focus CEO James Schamus commented on the record-breaking weekend: "MOONRISE KINGDOM is a story of love's improbable triumph, and for Wes Anderson and his team a labor of love from start to finish. How wonderful it is to congratulate him, on behalf of everyone at Focus, for this remarkable, record-breaking opening." Get the full press release here.

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SheKnows Gets to Know MOONRISE KINGDOM Jared Gilman

Posted May 24, 2012

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Jared Gilman, the young new star of MOONRISE KINGDOM, went to the Cannes Films Festival and talked to SheKnows.com about his experience. It's a sweet piece that gives you a real sense of the film family MOONRISE KINGDOM created among the actors and director. Gilman also gives some of his favorite films, film stars and advice from Wes: "The one piece of advice that sticks with me is that Wes asked me to act natural during a lot of the scenes because it helped with my performance."

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WSJ Discovers "The World of Wes Anderson"

Posted May 24, 2012

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At the Wall Street Journal, Michael Specter's piece "The World of Wes Anderson" provides a very in-depth interview with MOONRISE KINGDOM's director about how and why he makes films. From how Anderson decided to become a filmmaker to the creative process in bringing a story to screen, the interview provides a fascinating look into the creative mind of one of film's most fascinating figures. There is also a great slide show illustrating Anderson's process. He explains that he first wanted to become an architect, only moving into film in college. But an architect's sense of style, order and structure is clearly present in his work. As he explains in his use of storyboards, "Once the script is finished, I have always done little storyboards--I have found over the years that I make more mistakes if I don't plan it out."

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Randall Poster's MOONRISE KINGDOM Character Playlists

Posted May 24, 2012

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The music makes the man (or woman) for MOONRISE KINGDOM's music supervisor Randall Poster. To demonstrate this point, he's compiled playlists highlighting 8 characters from the Island of New Penzance on Pitchfork and 8Track.

The playlist from Sam & Suzy (Jared Gilman & Kara Hayward) sports, of course, romantic tunes from Charles Aznavour, Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones. The trustworthy Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) grooves on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but also, true to his quasi-military bearing, follows the beat of the unforgettable whistling "March from The River Kwai" done by Mitch Miller. The cool Cousin Ben (Jason Schwartzman) digs Lewis & The Playboys and the super pop "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" from Herman's Hermits - who were hitting it big in 1965. For the more staid, middle-aged Bishops (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), there's Franz Allers conducting the overture to My Fair Lady and Glenn Gould playing Bach's Goldberg Variations. The down-to-earth Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) shows a hankering for country with Webb Pierce and Buck Owens And The Buckeroos. And the narrator (Bob Balaban) is stirred by moonlight - you'll see what I mean. But these are just a few of the playlists.

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W Magazine is "On Set: MOONRISE KINGDOM"

Posted May 23, 2012

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W Magazine was on set with Wes Anderson (at least in print) to cover the making of MOONRISE KINGDOM. Fan Zhong's profile provides a look at director Wes Anderson's creative process, as well as provides a wonderful slide show of shots - by photographer Niko Tavernise (see above) -- from the production of the film. Wes even intimates as to his deep motives for making the comedy of young love: "Part of why I made the movie was that I would be allowed to invent an island."

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MTV News: Wes Anderson & Bill Murray in Cannes

Posted May 23, 2012

In a sweet, completely unexpected way, Bill Murray stumbles into an interview that MTV News was conducting with Wes Anderson. The resulting scene captures the lovely bond between actor and director.

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