CANNES, France (AP) — Tilda Swinton feels most at home at the Berlin Film Festival, but she's steadily become a regular at the Cannes Film Festival.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Character actors aren't often called larger-than-life, but Seymour Cassel, was just that. The live-wire pillar of independent film known for his frequent collaborations with...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Irrfan Khan is a Bollywood star and Hollywood chameleon, who has bounced between the two with ease for decades, working with everyone from Mira Nair to Wes Anderson and Ang Lee and stealing scenes in both Oscar-winners ("Slumdog Millionaire") and blockbusters ("Jurassic World") alike. But all that's been put on hold as he undergoes treatment in London for a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of cancer.
Isle of Dogs, the newest stop-motion film from director Wes Anderson, puts a compellingly odd twist on the classic theme of the relationship between humans and their best friend. Set in a near-future Japan, the film’s plot is set off by an outbreak of canine flu, which leads the dictatorial Mayor Kobayashi to banish all dogs to “trash island.” In a flare of rebellion, the mayor’s young nephew, Atari, flies to the island in search of his lost dog, Spots, and is taken in by a ragtag group of dogs. The odyssey that follows, full of well-timed and fresh humor and raked with bits of sorrow and tragedy, speaks to the value of the human-canine connection and the importance of empathy.
Theater to host four-legged friendly movie screening
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont movie theater is going to the dogs this weekend.
The Times Argus reports the Savoy Theater in Montpelier is hosting a special "bring your own dog" screening to celebrate the Wes Anderson flick "Isle of Dogs."
Theater owner James O'Hanlon says they plan to roll out the red carpet for owners and their pups.
This week in art-house cinema: animation, tribal films, opera and ‘The Walking Dead’
The new curiosity from filmmaker Wes Anderson, a tribal film festival, a Stephen King classic and "The Walking Dead" season finale are some of the many specialty cinema options on screens this week in Tulsa.
Shelter, movie house preview film
The Center for Contemporary Arts and the Santa Fe animal shelter are teaming up to present a sneak preview of a movie.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs tells a story of exiled dogs that band together to help a boy find his best friend. The cast includes the voices of Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swanson.
'Isle of Dogs' is a blue-ribbon movie (review)
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- "Isle of Dogs" is director Wes Anderson at his quirky best.
This is his ninth feature film and second using stop-motion animation. The first animated film he did was "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" in 2009, starring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.
Immaculately detailed to the point of suffocation, Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" is the director at his most precious. From "Rushmore" to "The Royal Tenenbaums" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Anderson's signature exactitude has been both his greatest strength and his creative crutch, and the precision of his camera movements and the clean symmetry of his framing has become its own form of storytelling.
Here it sucks the air out everything else and leaves no room to breathe.
Circle Cinema advance screening of ‘Isle of Dogs’ to feature Bob Balaban in Skype with audience
Circle Cinema is hosting a pair of preview screenings of "Isle of Dogs" next week and featuring a live interview with one of its stars between the two showtimes.
Bob Balaban will appear via Skype on the big screen and will talk about the film in between the 6 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. showtimes Thursday, April 12.
Those buying tickets for either showing may watch the Q-and-A, theater officials said, and it should begin about 7:45 p.m.
Movie Minute: 'A Quiet Place,' 'Blockers' arrive in theaters this weekend
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- If you haven't used your MoviePass in a while, this weekend might be the one to dust it off.
There are four new films arriving in theaters this weekend. They're led by "A Quiet Place," starring the husband and wife team of John Krasinski (also the director) and Emily Blunt.
Cedar Lee Theatre hosting dog adoptions for opening weekend of ‘Isle of Dogs’
Cedar Lee Theatre hosting dog adoptions for opening weekend of 'Isle of Dogs'
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - What's better than just catching a movie with friends? Meeting your new best friend at the movies. You just might get the chance as Cleveland Heights arthouse Cedar Lee Theatre, 2163 Lee Rd., teams up with City Dogs Cleveland to bring adoptable pups to the opening weekend of "Isle of Dogs."
The Christianity behind ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’
Is there really a religious undertone in Wes Anderson's movie about computer-generated canines banished to a faraway island in the near-dystopian future?
According to Josh Larsen, a film critic and editor of Think Christian, a digital magazine focusing on faith and culture, the core of "Isle of Dogs" actually does revolve around Christian obedience.
The same message is also true for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and the seven previous installments of George Lucas's sci-fi series.
Family comedy about two scientists raising three children feels like 'Royal Tenenbaums'-lite
The debate between nurture and nature is at the center of "Birthmarked," but the issues this quirk-laden comedy should raise are ones of homage vs. rip-off.
MOVIE REVIEW: Wes Anderson delivers another masterpiece with ‘Isle of Dogs’
Isle of Dogs
4 out of 4 stars
As art house filmmakers go, Wes Anderson has got it made. All but one (“Bottle Rocket”) of his past eight features have made a healthy return on investment, and it would appear “Isle of Dogs” will do the same. He marches to his own beat, makes the movies he wants and has amassed a huge cult following, all while receiving the unqualified respect of his peers and the press the world over.
With the dark and enchanting animated parable “Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson raises his little personal world to new, finely detailed heights. Not just in terms of his idiosyncratic approach to soundtracks, or those gorgeous sets that resemble exquisite, meticulous dioramas. His latest film lifts his favorite tone of whimsical kids’ adventure to levels of maturity and skepticism that enrich his unmistakable vision, taking us to a world both strange and strangely familiar.
It's a dog's world, we just live in it.
Wes Anderson "Isle of Dogs," the Houston-born director's first animated feature since "Fantastic Mr. Fox" in 2009, is such a feast of illustrated imagination and subtle wit in its depiction of an exiled canine kingdom that the idea of a life lived under the heavy paw of our pooch overlords doesn't seem like such a bad one.
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‘Isle of Dogs’ sets go on display in London
It's early into the final Friday evening of RodeoHouston's 20-day run and this annual marathon of music, cowboys and fried food on a stick is providing an interesting contrast inside the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel.
Review: Wes Anderson doesn’t stray with ‘Isle of Dogs’
There is an out-of-body melancholy that sets in about three quarters of the way through Wes Anderson's ninth feature "Isle of Dogs ."
Yes, you will be inexplicably wrapped up in the drama of a gang of sickly stop-motion animated dogs who have been exiled to a trash island and are determined to get back to a life of cozy domesticity, enchanted by its artistry and trying your best to suppress your laughter so you don't miss a beat.
‘Isle of Dogs’ stars salute film’s political message
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bill Murray took a catnap at the premiere of the film "Isle of Dogs."
Murray voices the canine Boss in Wes Anderson's movie, which was shown Saturday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
The 67-year-old Murray read the poem "Dogs" accompanied by a cellist and joined Anderson and cast members onstage to answer questions from the audience.
Cranston reveals what makes Wes Anderson unique
Murray goes method for “Isle of Dogs”
The 68th Berlin Film Festival did not go to the dogs, but it howled with Wes Anderson's “Isle of Dogs.”
Or as cast member Bill Murray put it when he accepted the Silver Bear for best director on Anderson’s behalf, “Ich bin ein Berliner hund” (“I am a Berlin dog”).
Adina Pintilie’s “Touch Me Not” wins Berlin’s Golden Bear
BERLIN (AP) — "Touch Me Not," an experimental movie about intimacy from Romanian director Adina Pintilie, won the top Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.
The movie, which follows the story of a woman who can't bear to be touched and various other people searching for intimacy, was chosen from a field of 19 competitors at the first of the year's major European movie festivals. The Berlin jury was led by German director Tom Tykwer.
Berlin Film Fest kicks off in the shadow of #MeToo
BERLIN (AP) — The curtain went up Thursday at the annual Berlin International Film Festival with the world premiere of Wes Anderson's new animated film, "Isle of Dogs."
When Wes Anderson's sophomore film, "Rushmore," was released in 1998, it once again put the city of Houston on the map in Hollywood, while also inspiring countless local filmmakers and actors.
Two decades later, it's become one of the Houston-bred director's most-beloved films and the project that ushered in Bill Murray as the hipster icon we all know him as today.
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to open Berlin film festival
BERLIN (AP) — This winter's Berlin International Film Festival will open with a world premiere of Wes Anderson's new animated film, "Isle of Dogs."
Festival organizers said Monday that Anderson's movie will open the event's 68th edition on Feb. 15. It features the voices of Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton among others.
Toronto — Willem Dafoe was drawn to "The Florida Project" because he thought there was something special about it.
"We hope that they're all special, we really do," says the actor, dispensing a bit of career wisdom, while seated in a hotel suite inside Toronto's Intercontinental Hotel during September's Toronto International Film Festival.
Jeff Goldblum discusses his favorite directors
PUHI — A year ago, Peggy Ellenberg had never heard of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Nor had she seen the Oscar-nominated film adaptation directed by Wes Anderson.
In fact, Ellenberg had never heard of Anderson until one of her students expressed a passion for the story.
Jens Lekman shakes up his sound and lyrics as he reflects on where he is in life
If Jens Lekman were a filmmaker rather than a songwriter, his work would fall into some strange void between the stylistic preciousness of Wes Anderson and the cool vérité of a police procedural.
Shane Patrick McClurg is a little bit Disney and a lot Wes Anderson.
His country charm mixes perfectly with his keen observations about life, especially in McClurg’s newest venture — a quirky original comedy to be filmed next month in Billings.
McClurg was fresh off his break-out performance in last fall’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and itching to get something going in the new year. He just happened to have a script waiting for the right actors to bring it to life.
Sunday spotlight: Retiring concierge made Hotel St. Francis ‘feel like home’
To hear Inger Boudouris tell it, the wild antics of a flamboyant concierge and his lobby boy in Wes Anderson’s 2014 film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, are not so different from what transpires within the walls of Santa Fe’s oldest hotel.
“Hotel lobbies, you never know what will happen,” the local concierge said on a recent morning, just days before her retirement Tuesday after 30 years at the downtown Hotel St. Francis.
Wes Anderson directs holiday short featuring Adrien Brody
Wes Anderson has directed a short holiday film starring Oscar-winner Adrien Brody for discount clothing retailer H&M.
The short titled "Come Together" features Brody as a train conductor announcing a blizzard-induced delay that would cause passengers to miss part of the holiday. Brody's character saves the day by throwing a party for a young boy on board.
Review: ‘The Joneses’ is another studio comedy misfire
The modern studio comedy increasingly feels limp, suffocated by the financial imperatives of high-concept plots and desperately in search of signs of life. Greg Mottola's "Keeping Up With the Joneses" is, like many before it, fine enough. But it mostly goes down as another collection of funny people stuck in too narrowly clichéd roles in an overly familiar story.
In ‘Edge of Seventeen,’ the debut of Brooks’ latest protegee
TORONTO (AP) — About five years ago, screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig was on her way out of a meeting with James L. Brooks about a script she had written. Before she left, she turned around and said, "Nobody will ever work harder than I will."