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Watch: Wes Anderson Breaks Down Scene From 'Budapest Hotel' Plus Crossed Keys Featurette & Symmetry Supercut

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 18, 2014 10:42 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
With only 66 screens to call its own, Wes Anderson’s 1930s-set “The Grand Budapest Hotel” landed in the eighth spot in the box office this past weekend for a solid $55K per screen average. To help broaden the audience of the period film as it expands nationwide over the coming weeks, a pair of featurettes have arrived online to show some familiar faces in the film.

From Dallas To Zubrowka: The Imagined Worlds of Wes Anderson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 17, 2014 3:34 PM
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The Imagined Worlds of Wes Anderson
Books, architecture, costumes, and curio items: they fill the busy frames of Wes Anderson’s work (in collaboration with longtime DP Robert Yeoman and production designer Mark Friedberg), and in part serve to make the writer/director’s eight feature films and four shorts so rich, rewatchable, and increasingly successful with audiences. But as much as the emphasis on Anderson’s work tends toward the visual, it’s the way he uses his fictitious universes, details, and cast dynamics to support a human emotional base that elevates his films.

Watch: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Short Teaches Pastry Steps, 36-Minute Q&A With Wes Anderson & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 13, 2014 10:36 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
As the ornate narratives of Wes Anderson’s films threaten more and more to burst from the frame entirely, Fox Searchlight have since satisfied the need for deserved bonus content. “Hotel Chevalier” and the animated shorts from “Moonrise Kingdom” found different purposes when it came to referencing their feature counterparts, but a new short released with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is delightful and informative in equal measure.

Watch: Wes Anderson Praises 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Plus Red Band 'Budapest Hotel' Trailer & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 11, 2014 9:05 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
It broke per-screen averages last weekend -- 9th all-time and 1st in limited release -- and with Wes Anderson’s delightful “The Grand Budapest Hotel” opening in more theaters at the end of this week, Fox Searchlight has released a couple of more trailers to move those tickets but not before Anderson has a thing or two to say about one of the more controversial films released last year.

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.

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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Wes Anderson, 6 Best Performances
“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.

Wes Anderson & Randall Poster To Release Boxset Of Their Movie Soundtracks Later This Year

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 6, 2014 2:12 PM
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Wes Anderson Soundtracks
When we talked to Wes Anderson this week, we brought up “the vault,” the expression he and longtime music supervisor Randall Poster use for songs that they have on lockdown and sit on until the right movie and moment presents itself.

Interview: Wes Anderson On 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Owen Wilson, Westerns & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 5, 2014 2:32 PM
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“His world had vanished long before he entered it. But he sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace." For all its idiosyncrasies, screwball-like speed, exquisite attention to detail, style and craft and some hilariously vulgar humor, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson’s eighth feature-length film, might be one of his most soulful in some time. That aforementioned quote might be the heart and soul of the movie too; a beautiful and melancholy adage about a refined character who refused to behave without elegance despite the barbaric age that society was devolving into.

Wes Anderson Working On A Complicated, Vaguely “Avant-Garde” Movie With Roman Coppola

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 4, 2014 2:33 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson
Exclusive: Filmmaker Wes Anderson has directed eight feature films so far and his latest, the upcoming caper comedy cum melancholic 1930s period film set in a fictionalized Eastern Europe, “The Grand Budapest Hotel," hits theaters in limited release (NY/LA) this weekend. The movie is one of his most delightful and “Wes-Anderson”-y: it’s intricate, stylized, exquisitely crafted and detailed. And yet, apart from being funny (and hilariously vulgar at times), the dolorous bent the movie possesses as an age of fascism overtakes a refined era of elegance is deeply moving, thought-provoking and strangely feels very personal.

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