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Bob Balaban, Fisher Stevens & More: Meet The Hotel Concierges Of Wes Anderson’s 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 29, 2014 1:23 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
For months, many pundits including us assumed Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — which is set in the early 1930s on the brink of a World War — would naturally take place in the country of Hungary (Budapest being the country’s capital of course). But being that things are always slight off center in the universes Anderson creates, they are always a little different from what you’d expect.

Review: 'The Monuments Men' Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Monuments Men
"The Monuments Men" always felt like a worthwhile (if dicey) proposition: it's the true-life tale of a band of Allied art historians and curators who are dropped into occupied territory during the frenzied final moments of World War II, and their goal was simple and seemingly insurmountable. In the words of one character, they were to "protect what's left and find what's missing." Or, secure all of the bridges, artwork, and architectural treasures, while also locating notable works of art that had been stolen by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners. Considering how well traveled World War II movies are, it stood to reason that a different take would be welcome and somewhat tricky. Turns out it was even trickier than originally imagined and that for all of its best efforts, "The Monuments Men" remains an unwieldy, overtly sentimental (but still emotionally distant) epic.

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.

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.

Michelle Williams Offered Lead In Remake Of 'South Pacific'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 9:25 AM
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So here's some interesting news of the day: Bob Balaban is producing a remake of the musical "South Pacific." It's a bit surprising considering his credits as a producer thus far have been few, with "Gosford Park" the most notable, but yeah, he's hoping to give the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical a contemporary big screen redo. And he's found someone to possibly be his new Mitzi Gaynor.

Wes Anderson Confirms He's Reuniting With Bob Balaban For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 10, 2013 11:35 AM
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With the one-two punch of the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and last year’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” Wes Anderson has reinvigorated his career and is already hard at work on his next film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” While little is known about the film, other than it being another period piece, slowly but surely he has revealed the grand ensemble he’s assembled which now will include character actor and ‘Moonrise’ narrator Bob Balaban.

Daniel Craig, John Goodman & Hugh Bonneville Join George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men,' Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett Confirmed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 11:24 AM
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After a busy few years (six movies in three years, from "Up in the Air" to "The Descendants"), George Clooney's been taking things a little easier in 2012. That's not to say that he hasn't been busy: the actor wrapped Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and is a producer on Ben Affleck's "Argo," a role which is all but certain to see him pick up an Oscar nomination in a record-breaking sixth different category (having previously got nods in Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay). But with the former being delayed from its original berth in November to an unknown date next year, 2012 marks the first calendar year since Clooney's ascension to stardom in the early 90s that the actor hasn't appeared in a film in theaters.

John Slattery Is In 'Arrested Development'; Bob Balaban Joins 'Girls' & Natasha Lyonne Grows 'Weeds'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2012 3:48 PM
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Some small screen additions to one show that's making a comeback, another show riding high off a massive successful first season and one program headed into its last season... read on....

Wes Anderson Reveals Animated 'Moonrise Kingdom' Short Film To Premiere Online Next Week

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 4:43 PM
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While the joys of "Moonrise Kingdom" are still reserved for those that managed to see it at the Cannes Film Festival or in the handful of cities it opened in last weekend, it looks like there will be even more to enjoy from Wes Anderson's forthcoming film.

"There's Freedom In Bondage": 12 Things Learned At Cannes About 'Moonrise Kingdom' & Wes Anderson's Hyper-Controlled Style

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 24, 2012 3:21 PM
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Having received some of his best reviews in years, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" made a grand debut opening the Cannes Film Festival in style last week. By all accounts (including one very positive review of our own), Anderson's latest picture and first live-action film in five years, is a pleasant, charming and enchanting return to form that's both nostalgic for those early pre-teen years and emotional in its exploration of adolescent angst and early love. Starring newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward with an excellent supporting cast featuring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, Playlist contributor Aaron Hillis got a chance to sit down with some of the cast at the press conference in Cannes.

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