The new Wes Anderson movie looks ... just like a Wes Anderson movie! The trailer for "Moonlight Kingdom" is chock-ablock with the director's signature touches, down to a cast including Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman (both appeared in Anderson's adaptation of The Fantastic Mr. Fox). Don't know about you, but the sight of Bruce Willis in a scoutmaster uniform is entertaining enough to win my $12 vote this May when it's released.
Meanwhile, George Lucas has opened up about the battle he waged against studios to attain funding for his new war film "Red Tails," which features an all-black cast. As the director put it to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart: "There's no major white roles in it at all ... I showed it to all of them and they said no. We don't know how to market a movie like this." You can check out the trailer here.
He's back, and he's got more tough questions for the film industry: Critic (and author) Roger Ebert, who recently announced his suggestions for improving box office revenues, has got beef with the restrictions placed on the Academy's judging of documentary films. The current rules make it prohibitively difficult for filmmakers to have their work considered, and quash projects backed by cable networks like HBO. Is it possible to elect someone governor of an entire industry? Ebert will straighten things out.
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland can't seem to stay out of the headlines. Just the other day we were nosing through details about a certain White House theme party, and now NPR informs us that the famous story contains coded references to mathematical discoveries of Carroll's time. Whether or not you quite agree that the tea party scene was a snarky jab at William Hamilton's theories about quaternions, you've gotta admit it gives a fresh twist to an old story.