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After a record breaking debut last weekend, Fox Searchlight expanded Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" from 4 to 66 theaters this weekend and saw no signs of slowing down. The film -- which stars Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody and Jude Law, among many others -- grossed $1,087,000 on Friday, which made for a very grand $16,470 per-theater-average. That put the film in 8th place on the overall box office chart, ahead of films playing in over 1,000 more theaters. It also beat the first night of the "Veronica Mars" movie, which took in $1,004,000 from 291 theaters, averaging $3,450. Which notably is not a bad number at all (especially considering its VOD release), just not quite "Budapest" dollars. "Budapest" is on track to gross $3.2-$3.7 million for the weekend, making for a per-theater-average north of $50,000. "Veronica" should gross between $2.1 and $2.4 million, averaging $7,732. Numbers that should make everyone happy, though »
- Peter Knegt
Chicago – The distinct and strangely alluring style of director Wes Anderson is on opulent display in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” In what is an eccentric, European style fairy tale, Anderson creates a legend that is forged in his signature, along with the performances of a brilliant cast.
What separates Anderson’s universe from other movie magic is in that wink-at-the-camera seriousness that he filters his characters through, that yields both a comic and quirky effect. The story of an unusual luxury hotel, run by a super-efficient concierge, flirts with the absurd and surreal passions that characterize Wes Anderson and his particular obsessions. One of the great accomplishments of a filmmaker, over a number of movies, is to place ownership on their own universe. The Wes Anderson universe vividly thrives under his masterful composition, whether seeing his point of view for the first time or throughout his short but memorable career. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014.
Directed by Wes Anderson.
Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, and Tony Revolori.
A layered retelling of the misadventures of the hotel’s flamboyant former concierge and his trusty lobby boy.
Wes Anderson’s latest voyage into quirkiness is perhaps his most star-studded outing yet, with cameos from what you feel must be his entire address book. However, despite filling nearly every role with a recognisable face, it is the two central characters (and the relationship between them) that remains The Grand Budapest Hotel’s greatest asset.
The film starts off with a narrative structure similar to a set Russian Babushka Dolls: it turns out that the main plot is actually being told and retold by four different framing devices, set at four different times. »
- Gary Collinson
Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel rolls out into more markets this week after debuting at just four theaters last weekend. Bill Murray only has only a brief cameo, but he made the most of it and was absolutely hysterical.
Now we have a question for you: What is your favorite Bill Murray movie? Feel free to vote for one of his legendary comedies like Ghostbusters and Caddyshack, one of his more serious films like Lost In Translation and »
The release of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel has me ready for a vacation. Preferably one where I don’t have to sleep with Ralph Fiennes. Fortuantely, a century of movies has offered a reasonable amount of alternatives by way of postcard porn. On the lam, on the case or on holiday, there are a lot of films that take us away from our normal lives and into the sweet embrace of resort living — in places real and fictitious. Since it’s the weekend, let’s all grab some sunglasses and an animal mask for a little virtual getaway. 7. Lost In Translation’s Park Hyatt Tokyo With this and the Chateau Marmont in Somewhere, Sofia Coppola has a nice pattern of filming in gorgeous temporary residences. Of course, this one has a slight edge because you have a better chance of being greeted at your door by a bathrobed Bill Murray. Or »
- Scott Beggs
I wish I could say that on the heels of his masterful Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson has outdone himself with The Grand Budapest Hotel. But he hasn't. The Grand Budapest Hotel is not a bad movie. It's just not a great Wes Anderson movie.
Set in a fictional European country just before World War II, The Grand Budapest Hotel is the story of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a prim and elegant concierge at an equally prim and elegant luxury hotel, and his faithful friend Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), a lobby boy who tells the story many years later in flashback. (F. Murray Abraham plays the elderly Zero.)
When Gustave isn't busy catering to the hotel clientele and barking orders at his staff, he finds the time to seduce as many female hotel guests as possible, including the dowager Madame D. (Tilda Swinton). Their liaison spans years; when Madame D. dies, »
- Don Clinchy
There are few filmmakers with as distinctive a voice as Wes Anderson. His films all share a unique vision of a quirky, pastel-coloured world.
The lead character of his eighth film, the ostentatiously entitled "The Grand Budapest Hotel," talks of being a "man out of time," and this easily could describe Anderson and his works. Like the pastries that play a critical role in the film, his works are confections -- elegantly constructed, beautiful to look at, and simply too sweet for some to stomach.
From "Rushmore" to "The Royal Tenenbaums," from "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" to 2012's "Moonrise Kingdom," Anderson's impeccable craft has garnered him legions of fans. While those not enchanted by Anderson's film often deride them as "twee" or redundant, fans simply adore travelling to the worlds that Anderson and his collaborators create, a kind of adult fairy tale where there's great music, snappy one-liners, »
- Jason Gorber
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” broke box-office records in its opening weekend, and now you can recreate a key part of the film in your own oven. Writer-director Wes Anderson has released a new short film to go along with his latest feature that teaches you how to cook the popular courtesan au chocolat from Mendl's, a bakery featured prominently in the film. Ralph Fiennes’ character had a particular weakness for this elaborate desert. Also read: Wes Anderson's ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Trailer Lets the Hijinks Fly (Video) Here is the official synopsis: “The staff at Mendl's, Zubrowka's premiere patisserie, »
- Michael Balderston
There's plenty of things from movies that unfortunately we can't really have. The hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II, the lightsaber from the Star Wars saga, or any of the spaceships, weapons and devices from countless sci-fi films just aren't a reality (yet). However, if you want to have a certain delicious pastry from Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, you just need to follow the instructions in this fun little video. The treat in question is a Courtesan au Chocolat, a favorite of Ralph Fiennes character in the film, and this video from Anderson himself shows how you can make them yourself. Watch! Here's "How To Make a Courtesan au Chocolat" by Wes Anderson from Fox Searchlight: The Grand Budapest Hotel is written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European »
- Ethan Anderton
Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence Cast (alphabetically): F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson Written By: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (inspired by the works of […]
Read Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel on Filmonic.
- Andrew Shuster
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- Maggie Pehanick
Clearly Wes Anderson is doing something right. He broke box-office records last weekend when "The Grand Budapest Hotel" opened in four theaters. Will it do as well when it goes wide this weekend? No worries. Why? He's got rave reviews (87 Metascore), a fabulous comedy ensemble led by Ralph Fiennes, and an enjoyably escapist blast from the past. We started out our SXSW interview talking about my flipcam, which led to his explaining his aesthetic, which has been described as very controlled. In the video below Anderson describes how his detailed Retro-Euro concoction came to evolve after "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," why Fiennes was the right guy for concierge M. Gustave, how composer Alexandre Desplat set the tone, and what exactly is a funicular. My movie review, Ralph Fiennes Career Watch, an interview with production designer Adam Stockhausen, and Berlin press conference, feature and roundtable quiz. ) »
- Anne Thompson
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel expands into even more theaters this weekend (see a list here) and Fox Searchlight is continuing to offer up little morsels after its record breaking, limited opening last weekend. Today, said morsel is a "How To Make a Courtesan au Chocolat" short film and it features a brief clip at the opening featuring Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H, concierge at the titular hotel, instructing Tony Revolori as lobby boy, Zero Moustafa, on his latest task. Following those instructions we get a nearly three-minute look at the making of a Mendl's Courtesan au Chocolat. After watching the video, if you haven't done so yet, give my "A" review a read right here. sb id="897205" height="343" width="610" »
- Brad Brevet
As the ornate narratives of Wes Anderson’s films threaten more and more to burst from the frame entirely, Fox Searchlight have since satisfied the need for deserved bonus content. “Hotel Chevalier” and the animated shorts from “Moonrise Kingdom” found different purposes when it came to referencing their feature counterparts, but a new short released with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is delightful and informative in equal measure. More in line with the previously mentioned “Moonrise Kingdom” short, a new film entitled "How To Make a Courtesan au Chocolat" has dropped, taking a mere detail from “Grand Budapest Hotel” and showcasing it with a bit of love. The titular pastry, a favorite of Ralph Fiennes’ character Gustave H. in the film, is shown here as a visual recipe—it may actually be the first of Anderson’s work (or an offshoot of it) to offer valuable explicit advice. Precision is the »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Austin – “Please go away,” Tilda Swinton says to a publicist 16 minutes into our interview. We are speaking about Scotland, where she resides, and how she sorts out what roles she’d like to play. The 53-year-old actress is firm and honest and returns to me without missing a beat, eye contact intact.
Sipping tea with honey, Swinton has both “Only Lovers Left Alive,” the Jim Jarmusch-directed drama in which she stars as a vampire in love opposite Tom Hiddleston, and Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” in which she plays Madame D., one of Ralph Fiennes’ many older lovers (made up to look like an elderly woman).
On her first trip to SXSW, Swinton was a featured speaker and sat down the morning after her conversation to speak with Variety.
Variety: Do you divide the arts into film and painting or is it all one thing?
- Alexandra Cheney
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the book by Claire Tomlin, the biography drama looks at when Dickens was at the height of his career and met Nelly (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy), a younger woman who became his secret muse and mistress.
The Invisible Woman scored applause from critics, with Seattle Times‘ Moira MacDonald saying, “It’s wonderfully cast… and beautifully designed, a quiet pleasure.” The movie was only in a limited release in theaters, but earned a tidy $1.2 million.
The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack offers the biggest audience. »
I haven’t been that interested in seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel. Until now that is! These latest pictures and pieces of concept art detail the wonderful process of creating a physical model of the eponymous hotel. It’s certainly been a crowd pleaser over in America, raking in a massive $800,000. That figure may not sound like much, but keep in mind that it was only shown on 4 screens, for an average of $200,000 per screen. That’s a phenomenal amount, and will easily be added to as the film expands its release over the coming weeks.
The film has also received very positive reviews, and was decorated with 4 stars from our very own Kat Smith. Wes Anderson films have a very loyal following and unique charm which is fully represented in the following photos. Other directors would have slapped somebody behind a computer, or just found a real location. This »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Last Sunday morning, The English Patient was on TV. I had your typical cable movie reaction: I alerted co-workers on Twitter; I canceled plans; I forced everyone in my home to put down their phones and not speak during the good parts (anything in the desert, and especially the wind scene). A million years ago, Seinfeld made it fashionable to dislike The English Patient, but, being a female human who enjoys love stories, I'm still devoted to it, which means that I feel a particular affection for Ralph Fiennes. With the help of End of the Affair and The Constant Gardener, he came to represent a certain 2000s archetype for me: upper-crust, handsome, annoyingly (but effectively) silent, and bound to disappear at any moment. So maybe I should not have been surprised when he did — hiding behind Voldemort's mashed-in nose for the better part of a decade.Fiennes has been »
- Amanda Dobbins
With a record-setting limited release weekend as evidence that hardcore Wes Anderson fans and cinephiles will show up in droves to see the film, Fox Searchlight is working to broaden the appeal of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” ahead of its wide opening. Also read: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ On Record-Breaking Box Office Tear — How Wes Anderson Pulled Off a Hit The red band trailer for the film, which features Ralph Fiennes as the concierge of a luxurious and opulent hotel in the mountains of a fictional alpine country, is hardly scandalous. That's just not Wes Anderson's style. But this film, »
- Jordan Zakarin
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