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The Cannes Field Manual: What To Expect From Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut ‘Lost River’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2014 12:18 PM
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Lost River, Playlist comp
By now in the Five Stages of Cannes Reaction, (1. Reaction 2. Backlash 3. Backlash to the backlash 4. Consensus 5. Moving On To Next Shiny Thing) we’re approaching the end of phase 4 with Ryan Gosling’s Un Certain Regard entry “Lost River.” It is a divisive film, though not as polarizing in the spectrum of opinions it has raised as last year’s Ryan Gosling-starrer “Only God Forgives” which was either the greatest masterpiece known to man or the worst pile of trash ever projected on a screen, depending on who you spoke to. No, there are precious few viewers so far who’re going out on a limb to declare the film any actual good, but there are several shades of vehemence on the more negative end of the spectrum. This writer’s is probably a little sourer on it than Oli, who reviewed it, but that said, we’re in broad agreement on the fundamentals: it’s visually rich but thematically impoverished, and so derivative that it sometimes feels more like a supercut than a movie.

First Look: Saoirse Ronan In 'Brooklyn' & Nicole Kidman In 'Strangerland'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2014 9:17 AM
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Brooklyn
The Cannes Film Festival isn't just about the movies that will walk red carpet, it's also about the huge marketplace where movies recently wrapped or about to shoot come to raise money and strike deals. That means showing off a little tease of what's coming, and that's the case with a couple of first looks from some promising projects.

Watch: New Clip, Featurette And 12-Minute Talk For 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Plus More Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 3:47 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is off to a helluva start at the box office, opening this weekend in limited release and breaking a few records along the way. That's good news for Fox Searchlight as they prepare to roll out the cinematic confection across the country over the next few weeks, and to help keep 'Budapest' on the brain, a smattering of new material has arrived.

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.

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.

Watch: Find Out The Plan For Survival In New Clip From Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • February 13, 2014 2:40 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
The reviews are in for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and as far as we're concerned, it's pretty great. In our review from the Berlin Film Festival, we noted that there are few films where you can encounter "such craft, such dedication to beauty, such attention to detail" as this one. And more evidence of Wes Anderson's control over every portion of a scene can be found in this latest clip from the film.

Saoirse Ronan Visits ‘Stockholm,’ Glenn Close Is 'Always On My Mind' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 4:36 PM
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Saoirse Ronan is gearing up to visit "Stockholm, Pennsylvania." She'll co-star with Cynthia Nixon and Jason Isaacs in the drama that follows "developmentally stunted Leia, a young woman raised by a kidnapper who now struggles to acclimate to her actual parents after 20 years of separation."

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.

Watch: New Trailer & Poster For Wes Anderson's Berlin-Bound 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 1:02 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes
There was a lot to talk about after the first trailer for Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" dropped earlier this fall. In fact, we did a fairly obsessive and thorough trailer breakdown, that noted, among other things, that the film is shot in three different aspect ratios and is (mostly) set in the 1930s. But there is still much to be unwrapped from the film, so consider this an early Christmas present.

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