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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
“They say all foxes are slightly allergic to linoleum, but it’s cool to the paw – try it. They say my tail needs to be dry cleaned twice a month, but now it’s fully detachable – see? They say our tree may never grow back, but one day, something will. Yes, these crackles are made of synthetic goose and these giblets come from artificial squab and even these apples look fake – but at least they’ve got stars on them. I guess my point is, we’ll eat tonight, and we’ll eat together. And even in this not particularly flattering light, you are without a doubt the five and a half most wonderful wild animals I’ve ever met in my life. So let’s raise our boxes – to our survival.” Filmmaker Wes Anderson‘s preoccupations may be myriad, but when it comes to building out entirely new, totally whimsical worlds, such »
- Kate Erbland
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
Everyone and their dog seems to love actor Ryan Gosling. Famous for his roles in The Notebook, Drive and Only God Forgives, the highly sought after actor is turning his hand to directing with How To Catch A Monster. The cast includes Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan and In Fear and Agents Of Shield star Iain De Caestecker.
Whilst promoting the home entertainment release of In Fear, De Caestecker has been talking about his experience working with the first time director.
Ryan is someone who was a big inspiration to me before I knew him and this has only increased it. To have the chance to work in a movie with him, he is just a really amazing person and he wrote a really amazing script but he was someone who would come in every day and wanted us to bring something to it, we would improvise and try »
- Kat Smith
For their roles in Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel," both Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori wore some interesting facial decoration for their characters. Zero, the lobby boy at the center of the quirky caper, draws on a pencil-thin mustache every morning, and his girl, Agatha, sports a Mexico-shaped birthmark on her cheek. When I sat down with Ronan and Revolori, they both shared the story of how they each got their own distinguishing marks. In ...
By Kevin P. Sullivan »
If you think Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori make a cute couple on screen, canoodling as baker's daughter Agatha and "lobby boy" Zero in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," you should get a load of the youthful pair in person. Meeting me and a handful of other journalists in a hotel in Berlin, where "Grand Budapest" both opened the 64th Berlinale and picked up the festival's Silver Bear, Ronan and Revolori alternately praised and chided each other without pause, as if enacting a cheerier, junior spin on "The War of the Roses." When not finishing each other's sentences, the co-stars—who joined the likes of Bill Murray and Ralph Fiennes in an inn during their Görlitz, Germany shoot—playfully called each other out on their snafus, like that time Ronan wasn't ready for a going-away party, or that time Revolori really wasn't so sad he beat out his brother for his role. »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
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
Find out how Darren Aronofsky built a real ark in this new featurette from Paramount Pictures' "Noah" starring Russell crowe. The film is inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope, and opens in theaters on March 28th, 2014. This is a great cast, with names like Anthony Hopkins, Saoirse Ronan, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Emma Watson, Liev Schreiber, Nick Nolte, Ray Winstone, Dakota Goyo, Frank Langella and Mark Margolis. Arrenofsky and John Logan wrote. »
‘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
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
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. »
"Ryan is someone who was a big inspiration to me before I knew him and this has only increased it," he said. "To have the chance to work in a movie with him, he is just a really amazing person and he wrote a really amazing script but he was someone who would come in every day and wanted us to bring something to it, we would improvise and try something new and it was always a really exciting time I remember.
"I loved being around him and I learnt a lot and it was one of the best experiences that I have ever had, »
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
For his directorial debut, the upcoming surreal fantasy How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling (who also wrote the film) hired a dream analyst to advise his actors. Let that soak in for a minute: Ryan Gosling had his cast consult with a dream analyst. It's an eccentric move, even for a guy as eccentric (and dreamy) as Gosling. But, as with all things Quirky Gosling, it's pretty fantastic as well. According to Saoirse Ronan, who stars in the film alongside Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Matt Smith, the analyst was a woman named Greta. She had the actors write themselves letters each night — something along the lines of, "Dear inner self, if it is your will, reveal to me in a dream tonight what my character's relationship is to this other character," Ronan told Vulture. Then they let their subconscious provide the answers."We would come in the next »
- Jennifer Vineyard
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
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