The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou may not be the first film that comes to mind when considering movies to adapt into a video game, but someone went ahead and made it anyway.
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Late in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, there’s a ski chase sequence that’d give some roller coasters a run for their thrill-ride money. And apparently, this was no accident—the director recently revealed that he’s been harboring theme park ambitions.
Break out your twee swimsuit.
There will be a The Grand Budapest Cruise of sorts, with Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson on a week-long cruise that will include a screening of the film, as well as a Q&A with Anderson and cast members including Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, as well as frequent writing collaborator Roman Coppola.
The cruise will depart from Brooklyn (duh) to London, and really seems like a missed opportunity for a Life Aquatic tie-in. Of course, celebrity cruises are nothing new: There are regularly boy band cruises, Broadway performer cruises, and random celebrity cameo-fests. But — on the heels of news that the New Kids on the Block will have a show aboard a cruise ship — we have to ask the question: Would you rather be trapped on a ship with the New Kids or the Budapest crew? READ FULL STORY
Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
Wes Anderson doesn’t do actual sequels. He just doesn’t. He and his partners create intricately imagined idiosyncratic worlds and contained stories that function on their own. They don’t need origins or postscripts. And I truly wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t want to see those brothers take a trip to Macau or Duluth. I don’t care what Margot and Richie and Chas do for Thanksgiving 10 years later. And I really don’t want to find out that Max Fischer took a bleak marketing job somewhere down the line.
But I would like to see Suzy Bishop and Sam Shakusky, the violent, angry, misunderstood heroes of Moonrise Kingdom, take another adventure. Bear with me?
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The Internet has been bristling with the news that Wes Anderson will tap Johnny Depp for his next movie. (Anderson’s publicist could not confirm reports from Twitch that Depp will star in the director’s following project.) However, if it does happen, what kind of Wes Anderson character should Depp play? Here are five possibilities.
1. The embittered son with father issues. Family ties or lack of them are a particularly strong theme in Anderson’s work — see Jason Schwartzman as Ash in Fantastic Mr Fox.
2. The estranged or reluctant father figure. Another Anderson staple is most clearly expressed in Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums, or in The Life Aquatic’s Bill Murray as Steve Zissou.
As last weekend’s four-theater wonder Moonrise Kingdom goes into wider release, many would-be Khaki Scouts might find themselves scouring their Google Maps for the New England island of New Penzance, where the movie takes place. They won’t find it, of course, because Wes Anderson made it up. But for the dedicated, there is another option: old Penzance, in old England.
A lot of adjectives can be thrown at Anderson’s movies, but careless is not one them. Given the director’s meticulous nature, it makes sense that there’d be some significance behind the naming of New Penzance. Our favorite theory? Well, the original Penzance is kind of hilarious — in a Wes Anderson-y way.
A small port town on the Western edge of Cornwall, the English Penzance is historically prone to pirate attacks. Over the centuries it’s been raided by everyone from the Spanish to the Ottomans to, perhaps most famously, Gilbert and Sullivan, whose classic comedy The Pirates of Penzance shares more than a few traits with Moonrise Kingdom. These days, the region’s rugby team goes by the Cornish Pirates, and, according to the BBC, “the record for the most number of ‘pirates’ in one place has unofficially been broken by thousands of people gathered in Penzance.”
Another bit of Andersonian goodness: in 1803, the townspeople bought their first-ever lifeboat, but it was sold less than ten years later due to a lack of funds. The seaside town remained lifeboat-less for the next fourteen years.
Furthermore, it was hometown hero Sir Davy Humphries who invented the miner’s safety lamp, which, when you think about it, would make a really good Wes Anderson prop. A statue of Davy still stands in Penzance today, on Market Jew Street.
“It’s a kind of summer destination that we’ve fictionalized,” Anderson admitted in a recent interview, acknowledging that the real Penzance was “sort of thought of.” And while he was equally vague on the Pirates of Penzance angle (“Maybe there is a connection with it”), the two stories — one about an orphaned scout going rogue to be with his love, the other about an orphaned pirate’s apprentice going rogue to be with his love — seem pretty intertwined.
Of course, knowing Anderson, there’s always the chance that he just liked the look and sound of the word “Penzance.”
Read more on EW.com:
‘Moonrise Kingdom’ director Wes Anderson on its box office record and casting his young leads
Bill Murray gives a tour of the ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ set, plugs spiced rum — WATCH
In honor of ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ listen to a playlist of our favorite Wes Anderson soundtrack songs
How best to celebrate the arrival of the fifth month, PopWatchers? Lacking a May pole in EW’s office, I decided to turn to pop culture. Though I considered expanding the net to include non-traditional picks like bunkin’ cousin Maeby Fünke from Arrested Development and Ghost‘s Oda Mae Brown (“Molly, you in danger, girl!”), there was plenty of May love to go around without getting Fünke with it. Below, five of my favorite May touchstones. READ FULL STORY
If you watched last night’s Academy Awards, you might have seen two new Hyundai spots directed by Royal Tenenbaums helmer Wes Anderson. If not, we’ve got you covered. “Modern Life” displays the director’s signature ’70s nostalgic set dressing, while “Talk To My Car” has echoes of Anderson’s 2004 feature The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (but alas, no Bill Murray). Jeff Bridges, a 2010 Oscar winner, does provide voiceover, though. Check out both ads below. READ FULL STORY
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