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.
Sony Pictures Classics has released the domestic trailer for Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive , starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright. Opening on April 11, the film is set against the desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, depressed by the direction the world is taking, reunites with his lover. Their love story has endured for centuries, but the woman's uncontrollable sister disrupts their idyll. Can these wise outsiders continue to survive as the world collapses around them? »
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
Could it be? Your eyes do Not deceive you! There is finally a release date set for Snowpiercer here in the States. Look for it in theatres on June 24, 2014, hopefully in its original form. At least that's the rumor. Look for confirmation soon.
The English-language directorial debut of Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the film stars The Avengers’ Chris Evans, The Help’s Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, and Song Kang-ho.
Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the not too distant future, where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.
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- Uncle Creepy
Anderson's staggeringly realised hotel of secret passion is an exhilarating and intelligent drama
This delirious operetta-farce is an eerily detailed and very funny work from the savant virtuoso of American indie cinema, Wes Anderson. It is set in the fading grandeur of a preposterous luxury hotel in an equally preposterous pre-war central European country, the fictional Zubrowka. This kind of milieu – the hotel spa or sanatorium occupied by mysterious invalids, chancers or impoverished White Russians – was loved by Thomas Mann and Vladimir Nabokov, but the closing credits reveal that the director has been specifically inspired by Stefan Zweig, author of Beware of Pity and The Post Office Girl. In fact, the movie's moustachioed star Ralph Fiennes does rather resemble Zweig.
Stefan Zweig, never entirely happy with movie adaptations of his work, might however have been baffled by this personal homage, just as Roald Dahl might have been by Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox. »
- Peter Bradshaw
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
Here are a couple of new release dates: Snowpiercer, from writer-director Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, will make its U.S. debut on June 27th in limited release. Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opens October 10th. Hit the jump for more on both films. Snowpiercer has already played all around the world, but it looks like we'll finally get to take a look at it for ourselves when it graces American shores this June. Though it's opening that weekend in limited release, it does so opposite Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction. The other problem is that The Weinstein Company agreed on releasing the director's cut of the film, but in a strategy that increases the number of theaters it plays in each week being contingent upon box office performance. In other words, if Transformers drowns it out, »
- Dave Trumbore
After much debate over what cut would make it to theaters, Joon Ho-Bong's much anticipated "Snowpiercer" has finally received a release date from Radius-twc. American audiences can finally see the festival favorite on June 27, according to BoxOfficeMojo. The summer release date indicates at least some degree of optimism at the box office from Harvey Weinstein & Co. Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, and John Hurt, "Snowpiercer" tells the story of evolving class systems onboard a train circling the world thanks to a perpetual motion engine. Dealing with social issues, global warming, and Chris Evans' mangy beard, the film carries the weight of a freight engine and hopes to attract audiences venturing out for blockbuster fare this summer with its commentary, clashes, and cast. Much has been made about the film's long journey to cinemas. Now that a date is finally here, how excited are you, dear readers? »
- Ben Travers
As far as Wes Anderson films go, The Grand Budapest Hotel is the Wessiest film that ever Wessed. It collects a who’s who of Anderson regulars — Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, and many more of the director’s alumni make appearances — and carefully moves them around the titular location like impeccably costumed dolls in a toy house. The characters are blocked so exactingly, in fact, that you may realize that in virtually every shot, the actors move either in horizontal straight lines crossing in front of the camera or in vertical straight lines walking toward or away from it. Sound the alarm: Wes Anderson characters have lost the ability to walk in diagonal lines.Anderson’s been trending in this direction for a while now, and it became especially pronounced with his last film, Moonrise Kingdom, where his characters snapped to rigid x and y lines »
- Kyle Buchanan
This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
It’s funny to think one of the most honest movies about families stars stop-motion foxes. Then again, when you know Fantastic Mr. Fox was helmed by none other than Wes Anderson, it’s no surprise that the ins and outs of family have been explored with wit and earnestness. His newest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, doesn’t have any foxes voiced by George Clooney, but that doesn’t mean Anderson doesn’t strive again for the same nuance underneath the grand theatrics. The magnificence of the acclaimed filmmaker’s eighth feature film comes from both onscreen and off. Some critics have called this his most ambitious work to date, covering various time periods, a huge ensemble cast, and heavy themes reinforced by a sharp sense of humor. It’s also his bloodiest movie yet, which Anderson finds amusing. With all the fascists at this party — attended by a stellar cast too long-winded to namecheck — it »
- Jack Giroux
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
The steady construction of a wider DC universe onscreen is continuing apace. In addition to the Batman origin TV drama, Gotham, on Fox, rival network NBC are steaming ahead with the pilot for their Constantine TV show, adding Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) and Harold Perrineau (Lost) to its cast.
The show follows the exploits of John Constantine (Matt Ryan from Criminal Minds), a con-man reluctantly forced into the role of supernatural detective and charged with the task of defending humanity against the forces of darkness. Lucy Griffiths will play Liv, who is the daughter of a late friend of Constantine. Discovering that she has the ability to see the supernatural world around her, she is targeted by demons as a key player in the ongoing battle between good and evil.
Harold Perrineau will play Manny – an angel who has the ability to ‘step into’ the bodies of humans, and guide their actions. »
- Sarah Myles
It feels like work on Terry Gilliam’s existential sci-fi flick The Zero Theorem has been underway for ages now, so fans of the director will likely be relieved to learn that the film will finally hit theaters this summer after being acquired by Amplify.
For a while, it was uncertain whether the odd, high-concept flick would find a company brave enough to handle its distribution. Following confirmation of the deal, Gilliam stated:
“The Zero Theorem is a very unique film that I’m especially proud of, so it is a relief to be distributed by a company that is not afraid to push the boundaries.”
Amplify was formed earlier this year when digital distribution company Go Digital, Inc. and Variance Films decided to merge. GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey and Variance Films President Dylan Marchetti have been working with Kent Sanderson, formerly of Focus Features, since January to acquire films for Amplify, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have teamed up to acquire the U.S. rights to acclaimed director Terry Gilliam’s science-fiction opus,The Zero Theorem. The partners will release the film to theaters across the Us in late summer, with a home video release to follow. Amplify will handle theatrical and digital distribution rights, with Well Go USA releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray.
Directed by Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, »
- Michelle McCue
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