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Exclusive: Listen To 4 Concierge Character Playlists From Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2014 11:44 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
While Ralph Fiennes' M. Gustave leads the way in Wes Anderson's utterly delightful "The Grand Budapest Hotel" as the concierge against which all others are measured, one of the many pleasures of the movie is discovering that he's not alone in ensuring the highest standards of his profession are met. As M. Gustave untangles himself from a conspiracy involving murder and a prized artwork, he has to call upon his colleagues—part of The Society Of The Crossed Keys—for their assistance. With those associates played by the likes of Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson, it makes for some truly good fun in an already screwball journey.

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.

Essential: The 6 Best Performances In The Films Of Wes Anderson

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2014 3:49 PM
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“Max Fischer’s not fighting change, he’s determinedly fighting against being pigeonholed. He’s fighting for the renaissance view of the world, and for a sense of himself as an adult. I think that he and Steve Zissou and Gustave are all, in some way, at war with the philistines. They are all kind of righteous,” a wise and insightful Ed Norton said this week about the characters that inhabit Wes Anderson’s unique worlds. “I’ve come to think that Wes’s films are all about the way that your real family disappoints you and so you create the family that you need.” Wes himself could probably not articulate it any better.

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.

Gael García Bernal To Star In Roman Coppola's Amazon Pilot, Vince Gilligan Guesting On 'Community' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 5, 2013 10:36 AM
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No stranger to the small screen—he’s directed quite a few ads this year along with Arcade Fire’s cool TV special—Roman Coppola is helming a comedy pilot for Amazon and he’s found his leading man. Deadline reports Gael García Bernal—who stars in Jon Stewart’s forthcoming directorial debut, “Rosewater”—will lead the Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Jason Timbers-written project as “an enfant terrible who’s utterly devoted to his art as a conductor - but also to his image.”

Review: Animated Thanksgiving Comedy 'Free Birds' Is A Turkey

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2013 11:09 AM
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In the first fifteen minutes of "Free Birds," a jarringly awful, new animated comedy loosely centered around a bunch of historical anachronisms about Thanksgiving, we're introduced to Reggie (Owen Wilson), a turkey who is seemingly the only bird on the farm to realize that they're getting fattened up for slaughter. He's then ostracized from his flock and given the annual Presidential pardon. While relaxing at Camp David, he's intercepted by Jake (Woody Harrelson), the President of the Turkeys Liberation Front, and boards a time machine in an effort to stop the first Thanksgiving from happening, thus saving countless turkeys through history. Again: this is all in the first fifteen minutes.

Watch: Will Ferrell Is Dressed As Boba Fett In Deleted Scene From 'The Internship'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 3:12 PM
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Earlier this summer Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson finally reteamed for "The Internship" but unfortunately, it wasn't quite the "Wedding Crashers"-esque comedy we were hoping for. Intermittently funny, it was a pale imitation of their earlier efforts, and even an appearance by Will Ferrell in a cameo couldn't stem the diminishing returns. However, it appears that there was a bit more Ferrell left on the cutting room floor.

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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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."

Watch: Owen Wilson & Woody Harrelson Are A Couple Of Turkeys In New Trailer For 'Free Birds'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 5:03 PM
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Man, we really feel you parents out there this fall, because there aren't many options out there you can enjoy along with your little ones. Earlier today, Disney dropped a rather underwhelming spot for "Frozen," and now Relativity is trying to lure you with "Free Birds," which looks equally uninspired. Though we will say, the choice for the voice leads we would love to see pair up in an actual movie at some point.

TIFF Review: 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner's 'You Are Here' Starring Zach Galifianakis & Owen Wilson

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • September 8, 2013 3:25 PM
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Owen Wilson & Zach Galifianakis in YOU ARE HERE
Matthew Weiner’s “You Are Here” is the worst “Mad Men”-related disaster since Sally Draper walked in on her father and Linda Cardellini going at it last season. And that was pretty bad, especially since Sally has already barged in on several passionate trysts—happily, not always involving her old man. “You Are Here” is far, far more soul-crushing: a supposed passion project that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival with an air of mystery. Would Weiner’s first feature be a comedy? Would it have the feel of the modern television classic? Or perhaps seem linked to Weiner’s sitcom roots? And would it be any good? The answers to those questions are yes, no, yes, and my goodness, no.

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