Happy Monday!

Jason Schwartzman, Natalie Portman and Toothpick

As previously reported, festival audiences are getting an extra special treat when they head out to see The Darjeeling Limited. And that is, as previously reported, Wes Anderson’s short film, Hotel Chevalier. While Darjeeling may be revceiving mixed reviews at the festivals (on par with all other Anderson films when they’re released), one thing that isn’t getting mixed reviews at all is Chevalier. Not only are millions of bloggers and the like falling over themselves for an apparently “steamy” and “revealing” sex scene involving one of the short’s stars, Natalie Portman, but it’s been rumored to be quite a beautiful and extremely well done departure from what we’re used to with Anderson projects. Needless to say, reading this L.A. Times article made my morning in knowing that we’re going to be rewarded a stay in the Hotel much sooner than expected! And for a deep discounted rate!  

Look!

“‘Hotel Chevalier’ is being shown in conjunction with ‘Darjeeling’ at film festivals — the Venice Festival earlier this month, the New York Film Festival on Friday and the London Film Festival in November — before being rolled out digitally. The short will make its public premiere Tuesday at Apple stores in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Then on Wednesday, the film will become available for free download on iTunes (and later on the ‘Darjeeling’ DVD).”

I’m also a fan of this part, too (In discussing Portman’s conditions for being in the film):

“‘Smoking. She didn’t want to smoke,’ he remembered. That’s why, in the final scene, ‘we changed it to Jason giving her a toothpick. I think it’s better.'”

Me, too, Wes. I love it!

Let’s meet back here Wednesday to discuss.

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