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Wes Anderson is on fire lately, what with "Moonrise Kingdom" (for my money his best film to date) finding welcome waters in the 2012-2013 film awards season and with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lighting up critics upon its Berlinale arrival. Our own Greg Ellwood pondered whether it might just be the first serious awards season player of this year, while Guy Lodge found it to be "dizzy but unexpectedly touching" (and had high marks to offer star Ralph Fiennes besides). The film opened in limited release this weekend, so many of you will have had a chance to see it. If so, tell us what you thought in the comments section below and feel free to vote in our poll. »
- Kristopher Tapley
True to its name, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has made a spectacular showing in the specialty box office, breaking the record for the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time.
With a $800,000 weekend bow, Wes Anderson’s eighth feature film has stolen the art-house crown from “The Master.” The dramedy, which checked into only four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, averaged more than $200,000 per theater, overtaking the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed drama, which averaged $147,000. This marks the best non-event opening gross ever for a New York or Los Angeles premiere and the auteur’s most successful debut to date.
“Grand Budapest” reeled in $260,000 on Friday ($65,000 per theater average) and an additional $40,000 in late night showings on Thursday.
“The Master” previously beat the record set by Anderson’s last film, 2012′s “Moonrise Kingdom.” With help from a Memorial Day weekend berth, that movie averaged a record-setting $131,000 in four theaters. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Director Wes Anderson returns to theaters with The Grand Budapest Hotel, opening in limited release March 7. A hysterical and quirky tale, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a loquacious and heavily perfumed concierge with a taste for eighty year old women. The film co-stars Tony Revolori in his feature debut. He plays Zero, the lobby boy and protege of the famed concierge. Check out our cast interviews below with Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum!
The Grand Budapest Hotel was released March 7th, 2014 and stars Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law. The film is directed by Wes Anderson. »
Written and Directed by Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson’s films evoke an unusual feeling, entirely separate from any other filmmaker working today and impossible to imitate. Via simple, splashy colors and lo-fi special effects, Anderson constructs his unusual worlds as though trying to evoke nostalgia for things which never existed: a high school experience that no one ever had in Rushmore, a Jacques Cousteau who never lived in The Life Aquatic. There’s something a bit childlike about it all, the impression that one is being told a fairy tale or bedtime story even when the content is considerably more adult. That style is refined still further in Anderson’s newest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which retains the half-nostalgia feeling but advances will beyond fairy-tale territory. It may well be his most mature film made to date.
The film is ostensibly a novel: a »
- Mark Young
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 this weekend, breaking the live action average record of another Anderson in the process (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 -- was estimated to gross a stunning $800,000, which made for a $200,000 per-theater-average. That was the first live action specialty release to ever average $200,000 -- 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 Wes now has 2 of the top 3 limited live action debuts of all time. "We »
- Peter Knegt
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Video Movie Review, a film directed by Wes Anderson and starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Amalric, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, and [...]
- Michael Smith
This artfully precise comedy is full of rapier-sharp wit, and Ralph Fiennes's timing is note-perfect
The cinema of Wes Anderson is nothing if not mechanical. Watching his movies is less like marvelling at the silent workings of a Swiss watch than goggling at the innards of a grandfather clock, cogs and pulleys proudly displayed. Theatrical framing devices are everywhere, from book bindings to doll's houses to miniature stages and fluctuating screen ratios, with chapter headings a recurrent feature. As for the performances, one imagines that if Anderson were ever to include a "gag reel" of outtakes from his movies, it would include shots of an actor raising an eyebrow a millimetre too high, or placing a teacup an inch to the left of its allotted space upon a table.
Such choreographed precision and overwrought »
- Mark Kermode
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 »
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