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18 year-old Californian actor Tony Revolori was plucked from relative obscurity to play faithful concierge Zero Mustafa in Wes Anderson’s glorious European fantasy caper The Grand Budapest Hotel. Not only does the young performer hold his own against a ridiculously starry ensemble cast, but he’s also the beating heart of the film, forming a wonderfully touching and hilarious double act with co-star, Ralph Fiennes.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Revolori about his incredible cinematic rites of passage, and the interesting challenges the film threw up (some of which were a little closer to home.)
HeyUGuys: Hi Tony. The film features an incredible line-up of seasoned, award-winning actors. Was it initially pretty daunting to act against the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe and Tilda Swinton?
Tony Revolori: Definitely. I think I was the only actor [on set] who hadn’t won or been nominated for an Oscar »
- Adam Lowes
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
We've officially reached the half-way mark of 2014. This time a year ago the only Oscar players on the table were Sundance debut "Before Midnight" and Cannes debuts "Nebraska" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," give or take a "Croods," "Great Gatsby," "Lone Ranger" or an "Iron Man 3" that would pick up support outside of the major categories. So what does the year have to show for itself so far this time around? Sundance feels like it might have an off year this season, though screenplay hopes and more abound for films like "Boyhood" and "Dear White People." "Whiplash" could find a stride depending on how Sony Pictures Classics' slate shakes out for them, but as ever, the year's first big splash for new films will make more of an impression in the documentary feature category than anywhere else. Not long after things wrapped up in Park City, Warner Bros. released »
- Kristopher Tapley
Bill Murray became a movie star 35 years ago this week, upon the release of "Meatballs" on June 29, 1979. His lead role as the head counselor at a sub-par summer camp marked a number of firsts: his first of four movies with director Ivan Reitman (the others were "Stripes" and the two "Ghostbusters"), his first of six movies with writer Harold Ramis (the four Reitman films, plus "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day"), and his first taste of mega-stardom beyond his TV fame on "Saturday Night Live."
Since then, his career has taken on a trajectory unique in the history of film, one in which he's gone from comic goofball to dramatic thespian, from universally beloved to acquired taste, and from manic cynic to soft-spoken spiritual seeker. Through it all, however, there have been a few constants; no matter whether he's a grubby groundskeeper or a morose mogul: Murray's character is always the coolest »
- Gary Susman
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, but it sees Anderson expanding his range, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Jason Schwartzman has most memorably played muse to Wes Anderson, snagging key roles in Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and Anderson's latest The Grand Budapest Hotel. But last January he was earning rousing praise out of the Sundance Film Festival thanks to the dark comedy Listen Up Philip, written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. Surprisingly, this praised pic didn't land domestic distribution right out of Sundance, but it has now! Tribeca Film has announced its acquirement of the North American distribution rights of Listen Up Philip. In the movie, Jason Schwartzman stars as Philip Lewis Friedman, an often frustrated novelist who is impatiently awaiting the release of his second book. The noise of his metropolis home is proving to be too much during this purgatory, and his photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) doesn't seem too fond of him anymore - fed up in part by his »
Is there any Hollywood composer busier than Alexandre Desplat? The six-time Oscar nominee has scored four of the year's films so far (with another in post), but apparently he needed something more on his plate: he's been tapped to be the president of the International Jury Competition at this year's 71st Venice International Film Festival. The International Jury awards the festival's top prizes, including the Golden Lion for Best Film, Silver Lion for Best Director, the Grand Jury Prize and the awards for acting and writing. Desplat is no stranger to prizes himself: for his scores to films such as "The Queen," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The King's Speech" and "Philomena," he's racked up a collection including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, three Césars and two European Film Awards. This is the first time that a composer will chair the jury. "Alexandre Desplat is not only one of the greatest composers of film scores. »
- Jacob Combs
Award-winning composer will chair a jury that will award the Golden Lion for best feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.
Alexandre Desplat, the internationally renowned French film composer whose credits include The King’s Speech and Argo, has been named president of the International Jury for the Competition section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 to Sept 6).
It marks the first time a film composer has been chosen to chair Venice’s Competition jury, which will comprise nine members and award the Golden Lion for Best Film and other official prizes.
Desplat is a six-time Oscar nominee (The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, and Philomena) and winner of a Golden Globe, three Césars, two European Film Awards, and a Bafta.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rome — French film composer Alexandre Desplat will head the main competition jury at the 71st Venice Film Festival, organizers said Monday. His appointment marks the first time the storied event has selected a composer to serve as president of its main jury. Photos Roundtable: Hans Zimmer and 5 Top Composers Swap War Stories The 52-year-old Desplat has earned Oscar nominations for musical scores for his work in six films, all since 2006: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, and Philomena. He has collaborated with directors ranging from Roman
- Eric J. Lyman
Rome – French film composer Alexandre Desplat will preside the main jury of the upcoming 71st Venice Film Festival, marking the first time a musician will head the panel of jurors that gives out the fest’s Golden Lion and other top prizes.
Desplat, a six-time Oscar nominee whose film scores include “Argo,” “The Queen,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Philomena,” was praised by Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera as “not only one of the greatest composers of film scores today but an ardent cinephile, whose extraordinary artistic sensitivity is sustained by a profound knowledge of cinema, of its history, of its language.”
Desplat, whose many prizes include a Golden Globe, three Cesars, two European Film Awards, and a Bafta, has collaborated with scores of highly regarded helmers, including Roman Polanski, Terrence Malick, Jacques Audiard, Kathryn Bigelow, David Fincher, and Ang Lee.
“It is a great honour and »
- Nick Vivarelli
Set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is a story within a story within a story within a story. The first takes place in present day and bookends the feature, two small segments where a young girl, carrying a book, is visiting the grave of Zubrowka's "national treasure." The "treasure" is a novelist whose name is never revealed and the book is The Grand Budapest Hotel.
It is here we flash back to 1985 to meet the author (played by Tom Wilkinson) who briefly explains how the book came to be. Flashback two takes us back to 1968, where the younger novelist (Jude Law) is visiting the famous hotel and comes across Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) who just so happens to have the story that will become the author's book.
Over dinner, Mr. Moustafa recounts the time he was a lobby boy at the »
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a new comedy film written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tanenbaums). A very special opening awaits! In celebration of the June 17th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has unveiled a version of the illustrious European hotel constructed entirely of Lego bricks. Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team of eight model builders – all die-hard fans of Wes Anderson – spent 575 hours building and designing the replica of the exquisite hotel. To construct the model, more than 50,000 certified Lego bricks from collectors and »
- Pietro Filipponi
This weekend, a pair of sequels face off: it's the high concept buffoonery of the very funny "22 Jump Street" versus the more family-friendly antics of "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which is what we're here to talk about today. The movie is a sequel to DreamWorks Animation's 2010 breakthrough "How to Train Your Dragon," a movie that introduced us to a world where Vikings (led by Gerard Butler's Stoick) face off against fearsome dragons on a regular basis. That is, of course, until young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriends a sleek Night Fury (which he charmingly dubs Toothless), and ends up challenging the preconceived notion of these creatures, forever.
The sequel actually picks up so many years later, with Hiccup now a young man and the Vikings' colony full of lovable dragons (they've shifted away from warmongering and are now all cuddly). He's taken to charting as much of the world as he can, »
- Drew Taylor
Annecy– Simon Crowe’s Sc Films International has closed a flurry of major territories on Christian De Vita’s 3D action adventure tale “Yellowbird,” an ambitious animated feature produced by French studio TeamTO.
Following Wrekin Hill’s acquisition of North American rights, “Yellowbird” was picked up by Splendid (Germany), Spain (Big Picture), Lusomundo (Portugal), BlueSky (Eastern Europe), CD Land (Russia), Moviebox (Turkey), FilmHouse (Israel), Ecs (Middle East), Mnet (South Africa), China (Hgc), DreamWest (Korea) Ipa (Thailand), RainFilm (Vietnam) and Jaguar (Airlines).
“Yellowbird” follows the adventure of an orphan young bird who has never left the nest and is given the responsibility by the elder of the flock to lead a whole family of birds on migration to Africa. While on this long journey, Yellowbird sets out to search for a family of his own.
- Elsa Keslassy
2014 is a little under halfway over, but one film that is still firmly entrenched near the top of my "best of" list is Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." And three months after its release audiences have shown their own approval at the box office. As of Sunday, "Budapest" has earned an Anderson record $57.7 million domestically and $157.9 million worldwide. In fact, it's now made more domestically than classic Fox Searchlight releases "The Full Monty," "28 Days Later" and even "12 Years a Slave" (and "Sideways" is within reach). Critically? "Budapest" is arguably the best-reviewed film of Anderson's career (certainly on Metacritic). Not what you'd expect for a March release these days. Obviously there will be much discussion over the next three to four months whether "Budapest" will "be remembered" by Oscar voters in December or whether its early release date has doomed it from major awards consideration. Trust, Fox Searchlight is »
- Gregory Ellwood
Matthew McConaughey hosted a movie night with the Washington Redskins last night ... where 6 players screened their favorite movies -- And No One Picked A McConaughey Flick!!!The event was a fundraiser at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn, Va yesterday -- 6 players in 6 theaters treated fans to one of their favorite movies. For the record, the event raised money for the NFL's "Play 60" program and Matt's "Just Keep Livin" foundation ... tickets were $200-a-pop. As for »
- TMZ Staff
Before we get to the new releases, I wanted to remind you Amazon has all of Wes Anderson's films on sale this week, which means all the following Blu-rays, click on any of the titles for purchasing information: Bottle Rocket ($19.49) my review Rushmore ($19.99) The Royal Tenenbaums ($18.99) The Darjeeling Limited ($20.99) my review Fantastic Mr. Fox ($20.99) And with that we get to... The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion Collection) The initial DVD release of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was a collaboration between Criterion and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, but now it's getting an official Blu-ray and DVD release from Criterion with a new 4K transfer and a bounty of additional features: New, restored 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Audio commentary by Anderson and cowriter Noah Baumbach This Is an Adventure, a »
- Brad Brevet
Online retailer Amazon.com's Blu-ray Deal of the Week has updated early Sunday morning like clockwork, and this latest deal is tapping into the works and selections of writer/director Wes Anderson.
The Blu-ray portion of this deal include a total of five Wes Anderson Criterion Collection Blu-rays and two additional Blu-rays that he has personally selected. These Blu-rays include Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
Browse or shop Amazon's Wes Anderson Blu-ray Deal of the Week sale.
There are many more Criterion Collection DVDs for sale as chosen by Wes Anderson, which you can find by following the link above.
Amazon's Wes Anderson Blu-ray Deal of the Week ends this upcoming Saturday at midnight. »
This Tuesday, Criterion will be issuing a new Blu-ray release of Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (buy it here) and Amazon is getting ahead of the release by offering all previous Criterion releases of Wes Anderson's movies at a discounted price. Here's the list, click on any of the titles for purchasing information: Bottle Rocket ($19.49) my review Rushmore ($19.99) The Royal Tenenbaums ($18.99) The Darjeeling Limited ($20.99) my review Fantastic Mr. Fox ($20.99) amz asin="B00JAQJNN0" size="small"Oh, and The Grand Budapest Hotel will be arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17 if you'd like to complete the entire collection just click here. As a matter of fact, click here to browse all of Wes Anderson's Blu-rays and pick and choose at your own leisure. Also on sale this week is the complete, five-film Die Hard collection (buy it here) for $31.49 and a couple other Criterion »
- Brad Brevet
With the holiday weekend about to begin, Amazon has updated their site with a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you see anything you like don't wait too long since prices are subject to change. Marvel Bundle (The Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men 3, X-Men First Class, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Daredevil, Elektra) [Blu-ray] (2014) - $64.99 (68% off) Moonrise Kingdom (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $9.99 (71% off) Fantastic Mr. Fox (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - $10.95 (56% off) 4 Film Favorites: Batman Collection (Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) [Blu-ray] (2013) - $12.96 (48% off) 4 Film Favorites: Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon 4 [Blu-ray] (2013) - $12.96 (48% off) Django Unchained (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy/UltraViolet) - $12.99 (68% off) Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection (Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Live Free or Die Hard / Decoding Die Hard) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (67% off) Boy Meets World: »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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