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Watch: Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe & Jeff Goldblum Discuss Struggles On ‘The Life Aquatic’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 21, 2014 12:39 PM
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With this spring’s big hit “The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson displayed a new level of mastery in his filmmaking, so much so that the actual tightrope act of disparate elements rarely reared its head. That wasn’t always the case though: 2004’s “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” repeatedly tipped over into uncertainty and shaky ambition for the director, and now Criterion have released a funny, informal look back by Anderson and the film’s cast to explore exactly why.

Review: Poetic 'Le Week-End' Starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan And Jeff Goldblum

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 11, 2014 6:00 PM
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Le Week-End
It is the August of their lives, and elderly couple Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) are absolutely lost. They’re attempting to go on holiday, during what we’re to imagine is one of the quietest moments in their shared life. The abrasiveness of Meg’s jokes suggests that things were never going well between the two, but they were at least “going.” Now, in one of the harsher exchanges of “Le Week-End,” Meg considers Nick’s hugs to make her feel like she’s being “arrested.” He humors her because, why shouldn’t he? Nick doesn’t have to say anything, but Broadbent’s eyes are enough to convey that this woman is all he has.

Review: Wes Anderson's Beautiful & Melancholy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 7, 2014 11:21 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 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. This trademark fetishistic detail makes it feel like it was somehow loved into being, and, for whole passages, we loved it right back, giddily grinning in the dark, already mentally marking out those moments when we’re going to have to hit pause to examine the background, the edge of the frame, the action that happens in the corner of your eye.

Vincent D’Onofrio To Play Villain In ‘Jurassic World’; Jeff Goldblum May Take ‘Independence Day 2’ Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 28, 2014 3:33 PM
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Vincent D’Onofrio
Apparently no one has asked Jeff Goldblum if he’s going to reprise his “Jurassic Park” role in “Jurassic World,” but two new actors have been asked and cast. Former “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” actor Vincent D’Onofrio and Indian star Irrfan Khan have both joined the tentpole that already includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.

Watch: Go Inside The Characters & Story Of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' With New Featurette & Illustrated Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2014 6:26 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Another day, another trinket from the toy chest that is Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (our review). As you might imagine, the filmmaker has an exacting vision, one that requires a commitment from the cast to stick to the script as it is on the page, and deliver exactly what he's looking for. And the process can be trying.

10 New Images From Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Check In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 3:36 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Reservations will soon be made at theatres across the country for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Wes Anderson's latest Joseph Cornell box displayes a wholly imagined Europe of the past that still touches upon its real history. As we wrote in our review, the film takes "place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe," and today some more images have arrived to take you into Anderson's cinematic universe.

Watch: Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes & Cast Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ In 50 Minute Berlinale Press Conference

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 6, 2014 4:33 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest” is now out there in the world, and it’s a grand, funny, ambitious and even a little melancholy look back to a day and age that no longer exists. Director Wes Anderson, along with cast members Ralph Fiennes, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Saorise Ronan, Tony and Revlori attended the press conference this morning at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and thanks to the wonders of technology, you can check it out right at home.

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.

Aubrey Plaza Joins Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai,' Elijah Wood 'Sets Fire To The Stars' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 5:40 PM
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Tonight marks the 100th episode of "Parks and Recreation," and that won't be the only thing Aubrey Plaza will be celebrating. The actress, along with Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum, has joined "Mortdecai" starring Johnny Depp.

Watch: First Trailer For Wes Anderson's Quirky Ensemble Comedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes
Teased earlier this week with the poster, the trailer for Wes Anderson's eighth feature length effort, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has finally arrived. The auteur has said several times in recent years that he has no plans to change up his famously idiosyncratic style. "My natural handwriting is neat and it is like my personality. Somewhere along the way I made this choice: I can force myself to not be what I feel I naturally am or I can just go with it and develop it," he said last year in Cannes. "[Repeating myself] is not something I think about. I really think about just the world of this movie, and what this one is going to be." And yes, this 'Grand Budapest Hotel' trailer is very Wes Anderson-y, showing off his second period piece following the '60s setting of "Moonrise Kingdom."

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