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After a slow start to the 2014 specialty box office, leave it to Wes Anderson to turn things around in a grand fashion. His "Grand Budapest Hotel" opened in 4 theaters yesterday via Fox Searchlight and Friday numbers suggest it is set to break the live action average record of another Anderson (Paul Thomas, if you couldn't guess). "Grand Budapest" -- which stars Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody and Jude Law, among many others -- grossed a stunning $260,000 on Friday, which made for a $65,000 per-theater-average. That puts the film on track to gross at least $750,000 over the weekend, which would be enough to give it an average around $185,000, more than enough to top the $147,262 that "The Master" averaged in 2012. "The Master," oddly enough, beat the record set by Wes Anderson's previous film "Moonrise Kingdom." A few months earlier, that film averaged $130,749 from 4 theaters. Which means come Sunday, »
- Peter Knegt
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
These past few years, Wes Anderson really seems to have found his comedic voice. With his last three films, the director has continued to look more confident and self-assured, more willing to be silly and playful, which allows his films to be unabashedly stylistic. There is no greater proof of this than in The Grand Budapest Hotel, his latest film, which finds the director tackling the screwball comedy genre with tremendous ease. Once again, Anderson has a ton of fun creating a brand new world with a whole new cast of characters, and it’s a pure delight to watch it unravel.
It’s a shame that there are a considerable amount of people out there who have grown sick and tired of the director’s quirks. Wes Anderson firmly stands within his own genre, of course, and there is nobody else like him. »
- Ken Guidry
The Kardashians have claimed in the past that they don’t use real exterior shots of their homes on Keeping Up With The Kardashians for security reasons. However, the rumor now is that they are opting for more impressive and more opulent exteriors because their homes are swanky enough for TV. [RadarOnline] We’ve all wanted to be Jennifer Lawrence’s Bff, but that honor goes to Laura Simpson. Simpson was Lawrence’s date to the Oscars and she spilled all the deets in an essay for MySpace. [MySpace] Susan Sarandon is about to have a granddaughter. Her daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, revealed that she is pregnant with a girl on WhoSay. [People] Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opened »
- Meghan O'Keefe
You wonder how long Anderson can keep accumulating star actors and creating ever more elaborate microcosms but, judging by this, he's a long way from running out of steam. It's a witty caper-within-a-reminiscence-within-a-flashback set in interwar Europe, through which Fiennes's debonair concierge must flee, protege lobby boy in tow, after an heiress's murder. It's breathlessly paced and breathtakingly designed, but with a solid core – like a fancy cake with an iron file concealed inside.
300: Rise Of An Empire (15)
With the bar for violent historical silliness raised by Game Of Thrones, this sequel pitches recklessly into another orgy of fetishised classical warfare with comic-book effects. »
- Steve Rose
Set in the fictional Eastern European country of Zubrowka, and straddling three different timezone (signified by the changing of aspect ratios), The Grand Budapest Hotel is a deliriously quirky and deeply funny farce which scores another point in the win column for director Wes Anderson and his distinctive visual and narrative. The titular hotel is the crown jewell of the war ravaged nation, headed by the legendary concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), whose expectational service extends to courting many of older female guests. When Gustave is framed for the murder of his many lovers he goes on the run, depending on lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) for help. Once the movie introduces us to its ambitious narrative within a narrative within a narrative, The Grand Budapest Hotel begins as it means to go on, moving forward with a boundless energy that never loses steam. From the visuals to the screenplay, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
I’m starting up with a new weekly series here at Hollywood News, one tentatively titled “What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race”. Once or twice a week, I’ll be looking at potential 2014 awards contenders, and for the inaugural piece today, I figured I’d cover some of the films that have already come out this year, including one notable release that’s beginning its theatrical run today. Future pieces will more specifically focus on one title in particular, completely with more of an in depth look at them, but today we’ll start off with a primer. I’ve got a quartet of films to discuss, though they all have various pros and cons to their potential candidacies, obviously. Consider this a template for what’s to come during the year, including a placeholder grade of either “likely contender”, “potential contender”, or “long shot contender” for each… The Grand Budapest Hotel »
- Joey Magidson
Wes Anderson fans, rejoice! The filmmaker's latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is riding a wave of stellar reviews as it heads into theaters this weekend. Revolving around the employees of a famed 1920s European hotel, this one-of-a-kind flick features a star-studded cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law. Check out what some of the critics are saying... • "Wes Anderson's captivating 1930s-set caper offers a vibrant and imaginative evocation of a bygone era," writes Justin Chang of Variety. • "It's a filigreed toy box of a movie, so delicious-looking you may want to »
Imagine going from "12 Years a Slave" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel." That's exactly what happened to production designer Adam Stockhausen, who was able to convey beauty in the darkest of dramas, but when it came to Wes Anderson's witty caper, there was no holding back the Czech Republic eye candy: a pink hotel with a dollop of yellow butter cream, and the sugary Mendl's bakery. But then Stockhausen is no stranger to Anderson, having previously worked on "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited." However, when he read the script for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" while still making Steve McQueen's eventual Oscar winner in New Orleans, he immediately embraced the opportunity to partake in the Eastern European opulence. "It's bright, vivid, and poppy but not electric," Stockhausen offers. In tone, the movie's a cross between Max Ophuls' melancholy "The Earrings of Madame de" and the screwball antics of "The Wrong Box. »
- Bill Desowitz
I just got back from seeing Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and I'm going to tap out a full review next week, but I wanted to share a few quick thoughts as it's a definite contender for best of 2014. amz asin="B00E78RJ0K" size="small"The best way to describe it is as something of an Agatha Christie story by way of Wes Anderson. It's got all the familiar quirks of an Anderson feature and a bevy of interesting characters with a note just before the credits roll telling us the story was inspired by the 1930s stories and memoirs of Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. The story is told as one giant flashback by F. Murray Abraham as the elder Zero Moustafa, whom we see through most of the story as his younger self, played by Tony Revolori. Zero is the new lobby boy at the legendary European hotel, »
- Brad Brevet
Rise of an Empire is a fine sequel to 300, but People's critic says you should check into The Grand Budapest Hotel instead. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See thisThe Grand Budapest HotelWhimsy gets such a crappy rap. Granted, too many directors use it poorly, spraying their sketchily plotted, inartfully written films with cinematic chintz. But Wes Anderson is of an entirely different vintage. He uses massive amounts of whimsy - more than just about anyone else - but the difference is that he knows just how. Take The Grand Budapest Hotel, for instance. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
From the opening frames of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (which opened the Berlinale Thursday and hits screens stateside via Fox Searchlight on March 7) you know you are in Wes Anderson Land. It's lush and gorgeous and colorful and twee and utterly obviously fake. And it's hilarious, with a sprawling cast of mustachioed comedians--led by the remarkable Ralph Fiennes as the concierge, M. Gustave-- crammed into every nook and cranny. The movie is infectiously fun, and looks as if everyone--from the actors and the writer-director, cinematographer Robert Yeoman, production designer Adam Stockhausen, composer Alexandre Desplat and costume designer Milena Canonero on down, are having a fabulous time. Inspired by the literary world of Vienna's Stefan Zweig, Anderson takes us back in time to a story within a story. The author of a new book entitled "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Tom Wilkinson) launches the narrative in 1985, and swiftly returns to 1968, when his younger self (Jude. »
- Anne Thompson
By this point, you know whether or not you love the films of Wes Anderson. He's a true auteur with an unmistakable style, and unless he undergoes a radical transformation, his fans and his detractors will remain firmly entrenched. His latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, won't change anyone's mind about the director nor should it. The movie is almost the platonic ideal of Wes Anderson picture, and yet it's free from over-indulgence and self-congratulations. The film is vibrant, witty, pristine, and a wonder to behold. While it falls a bit short of the emotional impact of a couple of his other movies, Anderson has still crafted a captivating mixture of magic and melancholy. The story begins with an author (Tom Wilkinson) in the 1980s relating a tale of his days as a young writer (Jude Law) in the 1960s, who met Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), the proprietor of the »
- Matt Goldberg
Set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowska located somewhere in Eastern Europe, Wes Anderson’s eighth feature film, which he actually shot on location in the tiny German town of Görlitz, is a rollicking caper comedy cementing his oeuvre for the witty, whimsical, and visually delightful. Largely happening circa 1932, the story starts with Gustave H. played by Ralph Fiennes, a dashing, heavily perfumed concierge, who is particularly fond of “entertaining” ladies of a certain age.Unfolding in the movie’s titular Grand Budapest Hotel, a dizzying bastion of old-world opulence and high society, the plot is set in motion when one of Gustave’s octogenarian paramours named Madame D played by Tilda Swinton dies suddenly, leaving him a priceless painting called “Boy With Apple.” This turn of events enrages her family and Gustave is soon framed for her murder and arrested. Ever wily, Gustave manages to break out of prison »
Just as Liam Neeson has become an unlikely action hero through films like "Non-Stop," it appears that Ralph Fiennes has been born anew as a comedic genius, all thanks to Wes Anderson. Fiennes' funny-man chops are on full display in Anderson's new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," or so the reviews indicate. His work as hotelier Gustave H. has earned high praise from the critics, as has Anderson's humorous but heartfelt vision of a fictional ...
By Josh Wigler »
I love everything about Wes Anderson movies. From the way he creates unique worlds to the unusual characters that occupy the screen, Anderson is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker that always makes something special. His newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and it continues his streak of making exceptional films. The story mostly takes place in early 20th-century and revolves around the goings-on at a famous European hotel where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori) against the backdrop of a changing continent. The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. For more on the film, watch 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and here’s all our previous coverage. The day after the world premiere, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Wes Anderson movies announce themselves as being from him. There is something different and unique about a Wes Anderson movie, and you can see it almost immediately. When I sat down with Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe, both of whom have been in more than one Anderson movie including "The Grand Budapest Hotel," I wanted to know if they found something about the production itself to be different as well. As it turns out, in their minds, it is somewhat different. "The atmosphere is quite heightened, it's theatrical. I can't think of too many films that are so designed, a world that is so art directed.," Dafoe said. Goldblum readily agreed, explaining that the set for the film was a "Wes Anderson… acid trip of a place." What I think is particularly noticeable about the interview is that I asked my first question and Dafoe and Goldblum went off and »
- Josh Lasser
This edition of What Culture’s 5 Awesome Performances and 5 That Sucked was really, really tough. As one of the finest actors of his generation, a two-time Academy Award nominee and someone whose arresting screen presence can make almost anything watchable, Ralph Fiennes is the man. He burst onto the silver screen in the early 90s and never had to look back; working with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford and Sam Mendes, appearing in three Best Picture winners, and now turning to directing himself with two under his belt already.
Welcoming the release of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which opens in the UK this Friday, we pay respect to the man’s craft by looking at some of his best and some his worst work. While it’s tough to pick only 5 performances out of such a splendid body of work, that was »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
If you think Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori make a cute couple on screen, canoodling as baker's daughter Agatha and "lobby boy" Zero in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," you should get a load of the youthful pair in person. Meeting me and a handful of other journalists in a hotel in Berlin, where "Grand Budapest" both opened the 64th Berlinale and picked up the festival's Silver Bear, Ronan and Revolori alternately praised and chided each other without pause, as if enacting a cheerier, junior spin on "The War of the Roses." When not finishing each other's sentences, the co-stars—who joined the likes of Bill Murray and Ralph Fiennes in an inn during their Görlitz, Germany shoot—playfully called each other out on their snafus, like that time Ronan wasn't ready for a going-away party, or that time Revolori really wasn't so sad he beat out his brother for his role. »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
Welcome, beloved guests. The time has come to check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Upon arrival, be sure to take in the beautiful world surrounding you, as created by director and co-writer Wes Anderson, as well as the wonderful hotel aesthetic, brought to you by production designer Adam Stockhausen. This week, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Anderson and Stockhausen to talk about Anderson’s all new caper The Grand Budapest Hotel. Check it out below!
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest »
- Melissa Howland
To celebrate this Friday’s release of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel we’ve got three screenplay books and CD soundtracks to give away – and one lucky winner will receive a limited edition bottle of L’Air de Panache (rumoured fragrance of concierge extraordinaire Gustave H)!
Written and directed by Wes Anderson, the film tells the story of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune, and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed all of Europe during the first half of the twentieth century.
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