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I’m starting up with a new weekly series here at Hollywood News, one tentatively titled “What’s up with the 2014 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
Fight Club has been recreated as a retro beat 'em up.
The 1999 film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel has been given a 16-bit makeover by YouTube channel CineFix.
Complete with authentic-looking dialogue boxes and sound effects, the three-minute video 'play-through' follows Edward Norton's unnamed protagonist through his escapades with fearless fighter Tyler Durden.
Outside fight sequences, the player also encounters bonus game scenarios that involve sliding with Norton's power animal penguin and collecting bags of fat from the dumpsters behind a liposuction clinic ready to transform them into soap.
Part of the user's '8 Bit Cinema' series, the remake follows pixel-perfect versions of The Dark Knight and Inception. »
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
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
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
‘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
“Max Fischer’s not fighting change, he’s determinedly fighting against being pigeonholed. He’s fighting for the renaissance view of the world, and for a sense of himself as an adult. I think that he and Steve Zissou and Gustave are all, in some way, at war with the philistines. They are all kind of righteous,” a wise and insightful Ed Norton said this week about the characters that inhabit Wes Anderson’s unique worlds. “I’ve come to think that Wes’s films are all about the way that your real family disappoints you and so you create the family that you need.” Wes himself could probably not articulate it any better. This week, as you might well have noticed from our review and interview with the director, marks the release of "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the eighth film from Wes Anderson, and it's a particularly intricate and »
- The Playlist Staff
After two rather slow months for new specialty releases (blame the 2013 Oscar nominated releases hogging the art houses), March is set to kick 2014 into high gear thanks to new films from Wes Anderson, Lars Von Trier, Jason Bateman and Denis Villeneuve, among others. It certainly makes for a lot of options, though here's 10 in particular we think you should check out: 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (March 7th) Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson Distributor: Fox Searchlight Current Criticwire average: A- (see all grades) Why Is It a "Must See"? It’s hard to say Wes Anderson is on a roll since he never really slowed down, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" looks like another capricious delight from America’s great chronicler of whimsical. »
Standing out in a Wes Anderson film ain't easy. Standing out in Anderson's latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (out this Friday in select theaters), is nearly impossible. Dating back to "The Royal Tenenbaums," the filmmaker has stocked his work full of revered Hollywood players. With "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Anderson outdoes himself, employing the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton and more. Fiennes is the clear lead of the film as Monsieur Gustave, the legendary concierge of the film's title. Out of the secondary players, Willem Dafoe steals the show. That he does so with very little dialogue, speaks to his skill as a performer. Read More: Wes Anderson On Developing 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and What He Hates Most About Hotels Indiewire sat down with the actor in New York to discuss his scene-stealing role as Jopling, »
- Nigel M Smith
Welcome, beloved guest-to-be. Upon your check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, you might meet a very important attorney that goes by the name of Deputy Kovacs, who is played by Jeff Goldblum in Wes Anderson’s new caper about friendship, honor, and promises fulfilled. This week, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Goldblum to talk about the working with Anderson, upcoming projects, and memes. 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 confection of a love affair — all »
- Melissa Howland
This weekend, Sparta and the rest of Greece seek revenge against Eva Green and her Persian army in "300: Rise of an Empire," a genius dog and his mischievous boy return to the screen in "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," and Wes Anderson brings an all-star cast to "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
In "300: Rise of an Empire," Greek hero Themistocles works to rally his countrymen against the invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his vengeful commander, Artemisia (Eva Green). While Zack Snyder's original movie centered on Sparta's fight, the new "300" (directed by Noam Murro) examines the rest of Greece's preparation against the Persians -- and its subsequent rally in the wake of the Spartan bloodbath. Lena Headey returns as the Spartan Queen and Sullivan Stapleton plays the new male lead.
Plucked from the 1960s animated "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," Mr. Peabody and his adopted human sidekick, »
- Jonny Black
Upon your check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, you will be greeted by a young lobby boy named Zero – a bright brave, resourceful boy who immigrated on foot from Aq-Salim-al-Jabat. Played by actor Tony Revolori, the character of Zero serves under concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) in Wes Anderson’s new caper about friendship, honor, and promises fulfilled. Yesterday, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Revolori to talk about the incredible cast, slap takes, and mustaches. 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, »
- Melissa Howland
To understand The Grand Budapest Hotel, one must first consider the films somewhat peculiar origin before then attempting to understand the idiosyncratic nature of its director.
Few split opinions like Wes Anderson. For some, the man is a genius - a breath of creative fresh-air in an otherwise dreary market - yet others find his unique style perturbed and acid-like. Of course, while their opinion on the man himself is mixed, general critical feedback remains positive, with three academy award nominations to date ( for The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom respectively) and cult status in abundance.
Likewise, Stefan Zweig - a somewhat forgotten Austrian novelist whom Anderson credits as a major influence behind The Grand Budapest Hotel - also divided opinion. Zweig's writing was considered lightweight and superficial by some and beautifully simple and humanistic by others, yet it remains of fundamental importance in regards to Anderson »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 28th February - Sunday 2nd March 2014....
The Lego Movie has made it three weeks in a row at the top of the UK box office, holding on to first place with a third-weekend haul of £3.27 million, giving the animated smash hit a healthy £26.7 million to date.
Second and third place are occupied by two new releases - the only two newcomers to crack the top ten this week - with the Liam Neeson action thriller Non-Stop opening with £2,652,364 in second, followed by the Kevin Hart / Ice Cub action comedy Ride Along in third with £1,420,992.
Check out the top ten in full here...
Number one this time last year: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
1. The Lego Movie, £3,226,594 weekend; £26,671,764 total (3 weeks)
2. Non-Stop, £2,652,364 weekend (New)
3. Ride Along, £1,420,992 weekend (New)
4. The Book Thief, £1,370,649 weekend; £1,430,684 total (2 weeks)
5. Mr Peabody & Sherman, £795,797 weekend; £11,628,241 total »
- Gary Collinson
As proven by all of his previous films, Wes Anderson understands comedy, drama, music, writing, and structure. He’s been lauded as having an original voice for comedy and drama, but one thing he doesn’t get enough credit for? His action chops. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and his newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, all have their share of action, and each one of their set pieces are wonderful. They came in small doses usually, but The Grand Budapest Hotel is a full on action thriller, completely done with Anderson’s sensibilities. And an action movie from Wes Anderson is as delightful, and as busy, as it sounds. The film jumps around a few different moments in time, but it’s mainly set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka during the 1920s. Zubrowka is the home of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a lavish establishment visited by old ladies who come »
- Jack Giroux
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer(s): Wes Anderson
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson
Wes Anderson is the big kid looting film history candy store with his tonally infectious, high calorie count ensembles
and richly detailed foregrounds. His bursts of Tati-like originality can feel like comfort food or come across as been there and done that fatigue, but word is from Berlin, that the likeability factor in The Grand Budapest Hotel appears to be present once again thanks to all the trademark bells, whistles and all the Anderson-esque trimmings. No money back guarantee is needed with Wes.
Gist: This recounts the adventures of Gustave H, »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Wes Anderson.
Starring: Tony Revolori, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Jason Schwarztman, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe.
Running Time: 99 minutes.
Synopsis: Set during the 1930s, we join new lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) as he joins The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is soon taken under the wing of leader Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a man who likes to give his guests whatever they desire. After the demise of one of the wealthiest guests, the pair find themselves on the run from both disgruntled relatives of the deceased, and the law.
One of the quirkier directors around today, although not a name familiar to everyone, Wes Anderson has amassed himself an army of loyal fans throughout his career. Choosing to veer towards comedy, his films are always filled with interesting and unique characters, and »
- Kat Smith
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