After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom received glowing review after glowing review, saying Anderson was "at his very best" in this "very beautiful and funny movie about grief and sorrow." Moonrise Kingdom opens this weekend in the U.S. Those familiar with Anderson's previous work (Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, The Life Aquatic to name a few) have a good sense of the kind of movie it is. Still, it's been hard to penetrate a marketplace dominated by sequels and big-budget tentpoles — more namely, The Avengers.
No wonder Focus Features had Bill Murray give a funny video tour of the production — guided, if you will, by spiced rum. Murray breezes through the cast — Frances McDormand, the "psycho" Edward Norton, the "tall and Scottish" Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and a "typecast" Bruce Willis — before taking a few digs at the movie's sets and Anderson's costume design and individual pant-length preferences. watch the video and check out the new posters >> Posted 05.22.12 by Ryan
Writer/director Edgar Wright's latest movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, opens today and yet another new clip has appeared online, courtesy of MTV. Based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel, Scott Pilgrim follows Michael Cera as a fledgling musician who falls for the girl of his dreams (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and is forced into kung fu battle with her seven "evil" exes. Yesterday's clip showed Cera getting dating advice from his roommate (Kieran Culkin), and today's clip shows a telephone confrontation between Cera and the seventh "evil" ex, Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) that likely leads to the final fight sequence. Watch it all go down >> Posted 08.13.10 by Ryan
Writer-director Edgar Wright's (Hot Fuzz) latest movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, opens tomorrow and Universal is making one final marketing push by unleashing a plethora of new promotional videos. Based on the popular Scott Pilgrim indie comic book by Bryan Lee O'Malley, the movie follows slacker musician Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) as he tries to win the affections of the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) by battling his way through her seven "evil" exes in video-game inspired combat. Equal parts comedy and action movie, with a healthy portion of rock-and-roll sprinkled throughout, Wright's adaptation breaks the mold of what a "comic book movie" is supposed to be. watch all of the videos >> Posted 08.12.10 by BrentJS
Fans of Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic series Scott Pilgrim vs. the World were relieved when director Edgar Wright — of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame — took the helm for the movie adaptation, knowing he could bring the series' quirky action and drama to the big screen. So how did he do when it came to casting the movie? We take a look at the Scott and the top 13 players in his life, evaluating Wright's selections for the roles.
Meet the Cast of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Posted 07.07.10 by reelz
Spider-Man 4 rumors bubble up with the frequency of Saw sequels — and have as much substance. But when this one came through the vine, teamReelz figured our favorite web-slinger's fandom might give the idea a serious nod.
Forget about agonizing over a seamless reboot, with copious hand-wringing over whether Aaron Johnson, Jamie Bell, or Frank Dillane should don the stretchy pants, because Prussian Sunsets has created the most compelling re-envisioning of the franchise to date.
Think Jason Schwartzman as Peter Parker and Bill Murray as the inferiority complex-laden Maxwell Dillon (Electro). Sweet! Watch Wes Anderson's Unique Vision - The Fantastic Mr. Spider-Man >> Posted 06.17.10 by reelz
August 13 marks an unusual struggle between two movies at the cinematic box office. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Expendables will vie for box office dominance. In the first corner, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren are a few of the cavalcade of stars that will pound their way through Sylvester Stallone's 80s-style action homage that is The Expendables. And in corner two, comic book adaptation, Scott Pilgrim, has Michael Cera fighting seven "evil" boyfriends to win the heart of Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Round One saw Scott Pilgrim smack down The Expendables in the battle of the promotional posters. Round Two focuses on the latest crop of promotional material for both movies. who has won round 2? >> Posted 05.27.10 by Ryan
Actor Jason Schwartzman may play an "evil ex-boyfriend" in writer-director Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, but apparently villainy doesn't suit him. Schwartzman plays Gideon Graves, one of Ramona V. Flowers' (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven exes that Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat to win her affections. He recently told MTV that he hated to do the final fight scene against Cera because it was "not natural" for him. what else did Schwartzman say? >> Posted 05.21.10 by BrentJS
Edgar Wright's upcoming adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic book Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is reportedly a pretty amazing flick. Or at least the first twenty minutes are amazing. Jason Schwartzman, who appears in the movie, told MTV after watching only twenty minutes of the movie that it's "unlike anything I've seen in my entire life. ... It's really funny, it's really emotional,"said Schwartmzan. "There's a lot of romance — but the action sequences, I've never seen scenes quite like these. They're really beautiful."
Scott Pilgrim tells the of Scott (Michael Cera), who must defeat the seven evil ex-boyfriends of his new girlfriend to win her heart. Schwartzman was only too happy to continually praise the movie, even if he only saw a small portion that he wasn't even in.
I was so excited. I hope — and I'm pretty confident —that that's the way people will feel when they see the movie, because I'm a fan of the comics and a fan of Edgar and Michael, and watching the first 20 minutes it was like, "Oh! There's that, and that, and that, and I've always wondered what that would [look like]..."
Schwartzman isn't alone in his adoration for the movie. Director Jason Reitman (the upcoming Up in the Air) saw the first thirty minutes last month, then used his Twitter account to announce his enthusiasm.
It is a game changer for Edgar and the genre. It moves the speed of light and carries more unadulterated joy than Ive seen in recent cinema.
I'm in awe of the sheer control in the filmmaking. It feels like a Matrix for love and how willing we are to fight for it.
If I had a movie coming out next year, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near it. Hats off my friend. Can't get it out of my head.
We just hope the rest of the movie doesn't completely fall flat after the first 20-30 minutes! Posted 11.15.09 by Ryan
With Funny People's aggressive viral ad campaign — Adam Sandler's character in fake movie clips and Jason Schwartzman's character in a fictional TV sitcom — it can be tough to remember it's the actual movie that's important.
The latest TV spot, thankfully, features some footage that reveals Funny People has a lot of surprises in store for theatergoers. Check it out below:
As Funny People is rated "R" and is about stand-up comedians, the movie does include some racy language. For those who aren't thrown off by that, there is also a new Red Band trailer ("R" rated). Posted 07.09.09 by Ryan
The viral campaign for Funny People started with a fictional TV show starring Jason Schwartzman's character called Yo, Teach. Next was a website for Adam Sandler's comedian character George Simmons, including clips from his "movies." The latest entry is another fictional website, this time for Aziz Ansari's character the "superstar comic" Randy Soudha, who is a mix of Dane Cook's antics and Eddie Murphy's material.
The website includes a bio, an interactive soundbyte mixing board, and videos of Ansari – sorry, Raaaandy – performing standup (Warning: the clips are funny, but not work-friendly). Posted 07.02.09 by Ryan