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Berlin Review: Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jude Law & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 6, 2014 3:00 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which celebrates its World Premiere as the opening film of 64th Berlinale tonight, at which it simply floods off the screen. It sounds too lofty perhaps, but how else can you describe the level of minute care that seems to have gone into every single frame, every costume, every tear in every strip of wallpaper? If nothing else (and there is quite a lot else) the film is at times perhaps the apotheosis of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic: a glorious, mischievous sequence of pictorialist plays taking place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe.

Watch: Bill Murray Plots An Escape In New Clip From Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 3:12 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
How much are we looking forward to "The Grand Budapest Hotel"? Let us count the ways. Not only is it our third most anticipated film of 2014, it's also one of the ten movies we can't wait to see at the Berlin Film Festival. And being a star-studded, new Wes Anderson joint, it should be fairly self-evident why we're anticipating this one.

Must Read: Bill Murray's Amazing Reddit AMA Story About Working On 'Garfield'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2014 1:07 PM
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The common story about Bill Murray's rather surprising involvement in "Garfield" is that when he got the script by co-written by Joel Cohen, he thought was reading something by Joel Coen, one half of the Coen brothers. How wrong he was. But Murray has always been a good sport about answering questions regarding his involvement as the voice of the orange, overweight cat, but we're not sure we've heard him tell it like this before.

Watch: Newsreel Trailer, TV Spot, Soundtrack Details & New Images From 'The Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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The Monuments Men
While the woulda/shoulda/coulda conversation about the awards potential for "The Monuments Men" will likely pop up again once reviews for the film start coming in, the bottom line is that it simply wasn't ready. Originally slated to arrive this month, George Clooney's WWII caper was pushed a couple of months so editing, effects and even the score could be finished in time without compromising quality. So with that caveat out of the way, and the production on schedule for a February release, a lot more is being shown off from the movie.

Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Steals Stolen Art

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 7:14 AM
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While it won't be in the Oscar mix both because it won't be ready and for the fact that it's, as George Clooney calls it, "a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment," "Monuments Men" still has the kind of star power to attract a red carpet. Indeed, it will be making its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in just a couple of months. And with that in mind, a brand new overseas trailer has arrived.

Bill Murray & Rosemarie DeWitt Join Lisa Cholodenko' HBO Miniseries 'Olive Kitteridge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 12:06 PM
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For a while there, seeing Bill Murray in a movie was like spotting a rare animal. Tales of his being difficult to reach and non-committal even when taking film roles were the stuff of legend, but it seems these days he just really wants to work. With roles already in three 2014 films — "Monuments Men," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "St. Vincent De Van Nuys" — and currently shooting Cameron Crowe's next effort, Murray has already signed up for his next gig.

Bill Murray Heads To Cameron Crowe's Next Film With Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2013 4:30 PM
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It is a proven scientific fact that, like bacon, Bill Murray makes everything better. Dude could show up at your laundromat on a Sunday afternoon and immediately your day will get better. And while we currently can't pinpoint his whereabouts—where he's undoubtedly improving his immediate surroundings—we can say that his travels probably find him on the way to Hawaii.

Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Makes A Case For Oscar Contention

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 7:22 PM
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Monuments Men
The conversation until now has positioned George Clooney's "Monuments Men" as an "Ocean's Eleven"-esque WWII caper, but not a serious Oscar contender. But that talk will likely change with the arrival of the newest trailer for the film, one that still has the lighter tone of the first teaser, but imbues with some serious elements.

Bill Murray Is Going To 'Rock The Kasbah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 5:18 PM
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By all accounts, Bill Murray isn't an easy man to reach and he tends not to get off the couch for just anybody. He's just as likely to hang out at the local little league game than actually make a movie, but the actor is reaching far, far back into his Rolodex and re-teaming with an old pal.

Watch: First Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Goes On A Mission

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 9:42 AM
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So, what is "Monuments Men"? A WWII version of "Ocean's Eleven"? A lighter take on "The Good German" era? Well, whatever the film turns out to be, it's a consciously lighter turn from writer/actor/director George Clooney. "[Producer] Grant [Heslov] and I were looking to do a film that was less cynical than a lot of the films we do," Clooney told USA Today, and with the first trailer for this upcoming movie arriving today, it'll prove that point.

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