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The Royal Tenenbaums

Released 2001
Distributor Buena Vista Pictures

Wes Anderson’s absurdist family comedy features a jam-packed cast full of eccentrics that recall the heyday of Preston Sturges. Anderson’s deadpan mannerist approach seems to bring out the best in his eclectic cast including Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray and Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum, the trouble-making patriarch who sets the story in motion. Fans of dogs being run over for comedic purposes will be especially pleased.

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About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.