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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
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 »
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
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
Anderson’s Doll-House Noir Stuffed With Wisecracks and Woe
Like Kubrick’s secluded Overlook Hotel, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest is a thing of decrepit majesty haunted by its former more lavish and illustrious self, and the countless tragedies that took place within so long ago. But while Kubrick’s stewing masterpiece focused on psychological disintegration as a result of lingering horrors, Anderson has chosen to harness these horrors within his own highly composed accord, examining instead the effects of place and time on memory and how storytelling can act as a vessel of emotional transference through time and space. For Anderson, this is striking new thematic territory that treads through grim waters, yet plays like a period (though thoroughly fictitious) comedy with all of the auteur’s signature stylistic formalities in place. The Grand Budapest Hotel is truly an odd film, hilarious and heartbreaking as all of his pictures have been, »
- Jordan M. Smith
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
It’s not really surprising that suave, handsome Englishman Jude Law would book a role in a James Bond-esque spy flick. But it’s something of an unexpected delight to hear that he’s been cast in this particular James Bond-esque spy flick. Law is joining Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Susan Cooper, the next comedy from […]
- Angie Han
McCarthy will play the titular spy, who is unwillingly paired with another agent (Statham).
The project has been described as "realistic" rather than a spoof, and is being developed as a potential franchise.
20th Century Fox's Susan Cooper is scheduled for release on May 22, 2015.
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.
Wes Anderson’s superb The Grand Budapest Hotel can be visited today (Our review here) in UK cinemas as it hits screens across the country. To celebrate we’ve got two sets of prizes to giveaway. One lucky winner will take away a signed Wes Anderson poster, the book, a canvas artwork, the screenplay And the soundtrack with the runner-up receiving the canvas artwork, screenplay and soundtrack.
The Grand Budapest Hotel 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.
- Dan Bullock
TheWrap reports that Law will join McCarthy as the titular Cooper, as well as previously-cast supporting players Jason Statham and Rose Byrne. It's unclear exactly which roles Law, Statham, and Byrne will be playing, but the film has been described as sharing a similar tone to previous McCarthy-Feig collaboration "The Heat," so expect there to be lots of action mixed with lots of laughs.
Law's involvement in "Cooper" would mark his latest foray into comedy. He's also a star of the newest Wes Anderson feature, "Grand Budapest Hotel."
Feig is set to direct from a script that he wrote. Studio 20th Century Fox is hoping to turn "Cooper" into a James Bond-style franchise.
"Susan Cooper" is expected to hit theaters »
- Katie Roberts
Untitled Howard Hughes Project
- Garth Franklin
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ review: Wes Anderson thrillingly expands his ‘thematic and visual palettes’ (photo: Ralph Fiennes in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’) The mid-career winning streak of writer / director Wes Anderson continues with The Grand Budapest Hotel, a thrilling expansion of his thematic and visual palettes. With The Grand Budapest Hotel, those who dismiss Anderson as an emotionally detached ironist spinning drolly modern tales using obsessively detailed production design and arch performances are in for a surprise. Here’s Anderson indulging in a flight of whimsical, Eastern European fancy that works in murder, art thievery, ski chases, and a melancholy tip of the chapeau to a long-ago time when chivalry, courtesy, and Old World elegance were the norm. Anderson’s ambitions extend to the visuals, an endlessly flavorful bouillabaisse combining live action, miniatures, matte paintings, stop-motion animation, and plenty more. And it’s all anchored by Ralph Fiennes and his pitch-perfect reading of Gustave H. »
- Mark Keizer
Wes Anderson is now at that point in his career where his idiosyncratic style has inspired a younger generation of filmmakers to make movies that critics call “Anderson-esque.” However, as hard as some of his disciples have worked (Richard Ayoade’s Submarine comes to mind), not one of them has been able to best or even match the director’s flair for candy-colored, giddily propulsive storytelling. Anderson’s style has been so far inimitable, which of course means that, at some point in the future the director will retire, and we won’t have any more madcap adventures to look forward to. That may seem like a somewhat morbid statement, but all it’s intended to convey is this: every film Anderson brings us is a gift and should be appreciated as such. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s most exquisite and brilliantly realized work to date, is no exception. »
- Isaac Feldberg
• Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) and Rose Byrne (Insidious: Chapter 2) in the upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Jason Statham (The Transporter) has also been confirmed to co-star in the upcoming film, which centers on the adventures of a James Bond-esque female spy. [The Wrap]
• Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) is in talks to join Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book. Currently, the actor is in the final stages of negotiations to lend his voice to the character of Shere Khan the tiger. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is »
- Pamela Gocobachi
No specific plot details have been released, except that the story centers on the adventures of a top female secret agent, played by Melissa McCarthy. Jason Statham is playing the title character's spy colleague, although no details were given for Jude Law and Rose Byrne's characters.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is directing from his own original screenplay and producing alongside his Feigco Entertainment partner Jesse Henderson and Chernin Entertainment's Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping. No production schedule has been released, but 20th Century Fox has already issued a May 22, 2015 release date.
It's not a Wes Anderson movie without lots of intricate, gorgeous imagery to fawn over, and that's most certainly the case when it comes to these new exclusive images from The Grand Budapest Hotel, which hits theaters on March 7 in limited release. Click on images to enlarge As most Anderson movies do, the film stars an eclectic ensemble comprised of today's best character actors, featuring the likes of Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton and more. The film centers on the adventures of a legendary hotel concierge (Ralph Fiennes), who teams with his trusty lobby boy (Tony Revolori) and sets out to prove his innocence after being framed for a murder he...
- Erik Davis
Jude Law is one of those rare actors with both incredible dramatic depth and a brilliant knack for comedy. Over the years, he’s delivered powerhouse performances in dark fare like Cold Mountain and Contagion but also shown off his funny bone in films like Sherlock Holmes and, more recently, Dom Hemingway. Law’s ability to balance both acts makes him a huge asset to every project he signs on for, which is why he’s one of Hollywood’s most consistently acclaimed stars. Now, we’re hearing that Fox has snagged him for a supporting role in their upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper.
Law will join Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham in the film, which is set to hit theaters next summer. Paul Feig, who previously worked with McCarthy and Byrne on their breakout comedy Bridesmaids, is set to both write and direct Susan Cooper. For now, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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