Bob Balaban Talks About “Moonrise Kingdom” 

Bob Balaban stars as the Narrator in Wes Anderson’s fantastic film, “Moonrise Kingdom.” The Narrator is not only heard but also seen in the film, and he plays an important role in the hunt for the young lovers, Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman).

In this interview, we talked about:
*** The triumphs of “Moonrise Kingdom”
*** Why he liked my shirt (HA!)
*** What did he think when he first saw the script?
*** The fairy tale quality of the movie
*** The film’s love and isolation themes
*** How he prepared for his character of The Narrator
*** As a fellow director, what does he think of Anderson’s skills?

Have fun!



Moonrise Kingdom is the new movie directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore).

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.

A Focus Features and Indian Paintbrush presentation of an American Empirical Picture. Moonrise Kingdom. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton. With Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban. Introducing Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. Casting by Douglas Aibel. Associate Producer, Octavia Peissel. Co-Producers, Molly Cooper, Lila Yacoub. Costume Designer, Kasia Walicka Maimone. Khaki Scout Marches by Mark Mothersbaugh, Performed by Peter Jarvis and his Drum Corps. Original Music by Alexandre Desplat. Music Supervisor, Randall Poster. Editor, Andrew Weisblum, ACE. Production Designer, Adam Stockhausen. Director of Photography, Robert Yeoman, ASC. Executive Producers, Sam Hoffman, Mark Roybal. Produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson. Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola. Directed by Wes Anderson. A Focus Features Release.


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Why I Love "Moonrise Kingdom" -- Check Out My Review! 

It is always refreshing to watch a non-blockbuster film during a summer movie season full of big budgeted sequels and comic book flicks. Last year, “The Tree of Life” was a shining star during summer, and this year, “Moonrise Kingdom” is the film to see.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Rushmore”) returns with a movie that I dare to call his best. “Moonrise Kingdom” is sweet, funny, and thoroughly original.

The year is 1965 and the setting is an island off the coast of New England. “Moonrise Kingdom” tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away together into the wilderness. Both kids are troubled souls who find solace in each other’s company.

The boy’s name is Sam (Jared Gilman), an orphan who considers his Khaki Scout troop family. The girl is Suzy (Kara Hayward), a voracious reader who does not fit in with her own family. Her lackadaisical father is played by Bill Murray. Frances McDormand stars as Suzy’s controlling mother.

Both kids are newcomers but they can go toe-to-toe with their experienced co-stars. My favorite scene in the movie is a tender moment between McDormand and Hayward. When the mom asks Suzy why she wants to run away, the little girl simply answers, “We’re in love, we just want to be together.”

“Moonrise Kingdom” could have been a predictable melodrama at the hands of a less-gifted director. But Wes Anderson and co-writer Roman Coppola devote ample time to develop characters and enhance the quirky mood of the movie resulting in a film that’s part love story and war drama with a dose of disaster film thrown in for good measure.

When Suzy and Sam run away, the peaceful island community is turned upside down. Hot on their trail is Bruce Willis as the local sheriff, Edward Norton as a Khaki Scout troop leader, and Tilda Swinton who is simply called Social Services.

Even the narrator is put into good use in “Moonrise Kingdom.” Bob Balaban (“The Good Wife,” “For Your Consideration”) plays the Narrator and he’s not only heard but also seen and even plays a major part in the hunt for Suzy and Sam.

The production aspects of the movie are commendable. From the cinematography by Robert Yeoman to the art direction by Gerald Sullivan, the film’s attention to detail is superb aided by Set Decorator Kris Moran and Costume Designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone.

Told like a fairy tale, “Moonrise Kingdom” is full of heroes, villains, and love ever after. We can all learn a lesson or two about love from Suzy and Sam, and noisy blockbuster directors can discover the art of filmmaking from Anderson. This is the auteur’s creative and surreal kingdom that I am always happy to visit.

"Moonrise Kingdom" is the first feature film of 2012 to receive a perfect :4k kisses!

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"Rock of Ages" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Musical Deserve? 

The Broadway show “Rock of Ages” by Chris D’Arienzo was critically and commercially well-received garnering five 2009 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Using popular arena rock and power ballads of the 80s, “Rock of Ages” simply rocked. The new movie adaptation follows the formula of the stage show. The result is an all-out music extravaganza that will rock you like a hurricane.

Like the musical, the characters of the movie are clichéd and the plot is formulaic. But the cast is great, the music is superb, and director Adam Shankman wants to give you nothing but a good time. And at its center is the scene-stealing Tom Cruise as the rock god, Stacee Jaxx. He alone is worth the price of admission. Read More...

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"Madagascar 3," "Prometheus" Help Hollywood's Bottomline 

So, "The Avengers" surprised everyone and went on to become the third biggest movie in the world! Hollywood thought summer would elevate box-office revenue, but then..."Battleship" sank! And "Dark Shadows" and "The Dictator" both underperformed.

Hollywood needed a savior.

Enter "Snow White and the Huntsman." But the fairy tale was not enough to feed the Hollywood beast, so everyone in Tinseltown was wondering if "Prometheus" or "Madagascar 3" could lift its financial doldrums. And lift both films did!

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" opened at No. 1 with $60.4 million. Featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David Schwimmer, the DreamWorks Animation flick zoomed past competition. "Madagascar 3" was higher than the original's debut ($47.2 million) but slightly lower than "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" ($63.1 million). ("Madagascar 3" movie review)

And that's where Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" come in to play. The sci-fi thriller debuted at No. 2 with $50 million. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron (yes, her again, and more power!), "Prometheus" opened strong despite its pesky R-rating. ("Prometheus" movie review)

According to, "Madagascar 3" and "Prometheus" lifted Hollywood out of its summer revenue slump. The one-two punch of both movies raised revenue by 29 percent from the same weekend last year when "Super 8" made its debut with $35.5 million.

Focus Features' "Moonrise Kingdom" continued to shine! The fantastic movie from Wes Anderson expanded to 96 theaters and made $1.6 million for the No. 10 spot! I will post my interviews with the cast and Anderson in little bit.

For now, here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of June 8th:

1. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $60.4 million ($75.5 million).
2. "Prometheus," $50 million ($39.2 million international).

3. "Snow White & the Huntsman," $23 million ($24.6 million international).
4. "Men in Black 3," $13.5 million ($38.3 million international).
5. "The Avengers," $10.8 million ($7.8 million international).
6. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $3.2 million ($342,000 international).
7. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $2.7 million.
8. "Battleship," $2.3 million.
9. "The Dictator," $2.2 million ($4.9 million international).

10. "Moonrise Kingdom," $1.6 million.

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Monday LOL -- "Mrs. Doubtfire" Trailer Recut as Horror! And Yes, It's Quite Horrific! 
You will never see Robin Williams as "Mrs. Doubtfire" the same way ever again after watching this re-cut, horror trailer! But this one was brilliant, it's genius! Check it out!

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