Whenever the holiday season begins, a strange vibe settles in at SNL. The weeks blend together as sketches revolve around seasonal themes, with few exciting fresh ideas and a lineup of decent hosts with unmemorable episodes. Fall of last year was no different — Bruno Mars and Louis CK were highlights in what was otherwise a forgettable stretch including Daniel Craig, Christina Applegate, and Jeremy Renner. On the viewer side, this drop in enthusiasm is likely the result of the start-of-season excitement wearing off as we see the cast members fall into a familiar rotation. On the writers' side, perhaps it's a matter of fatigue, or limited options from [...]
Writer/director Wes Anderson's latest movie will be coming out fairly soon. The studio has announced they're releasing the film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, on March 7th, 2014. A comedy-drama about a renowned European hotel's respected concierge who takes on a young employee as his apprentice, Grand Budapest Hotel features a large ensemble cast made up of Wes Anderson regulars and non-Wes Anderson regulars alike. The cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, and Jason Schwartzman. The March release date is a bit strange considering that Anderson's movies are usually awards contenders and awards [...]
Jennifer Aniston has joined the cast of a new comedy called She's Funny That Way from veteran director Peter Bogdanovich, Variety reports. This will be Bogdanovich's first film since 2001's The Cat's Meow. The story follows a Broadway producer (Owen Wilson) trying to turn a former prostitute into an actress. Aniston plays a therapist whose mother is in rehab for alcohol. The cast also includes Jason Schwartzman, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, Brie Larson, and Cybill Shepherd. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbauch will serve as executive producers. She's Funny That Way's original title was Squirrel to the Nuts. They should change its name back to that in addition to changing [...]
Everyone's wondering who's going to direct the new Star Wars movies, and last night, Conan O'Brien somehow got access to real test footage shot by Wes Anderson and Todd Phillips, who are apparently both really, seriously up for the job. Here's Wes Anderson's audition for directing Star Wars. Check out Todd Phillips's after the jump. I'm just gonna be the one to say it: I don't think either of these guys are the right choices for taking over this franchise, based off of these legitimate, not-fake clips from a reputable late night talk show.
John "Johnny" Depp is set to star in Wes Anderson's next VERY Wes Andersony named film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Owen Wilson will be back with his old pal for this one and of course Bill Murray is being rumored for a role. Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum(!), Jude Law, Adrien Brody, and Angela Lansbury are also in talks. Actually, Lansbury is the only female being talked about at all for the film, which suggests a variety of plots: 1. She runs the Grand Budapest "Hotel", which is actually a brothel. 2. She is the Grand Budapest Hotel. Sounds crazy but remember she has played a tea pot, so [...]