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Watch: 30-Minute Making Of 'The Royal Tenenbaums' Plus New Clip From 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2014 10:01 AM
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The Royal Tenenbaums
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been a remarkable success for Wes Anderson. Not only does the $58 million domestic haul mark his best ever effort in the U.S., overseas, the film has been a powerhouse, taking in nearly double what it has at home, with $107 million and counting. And the movie is now doing a victory lap on home video.

Exclusive: Pics Of Recording Sessions For 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Randall Poster Talks Score, Wes Anderson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 11:25 AM
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GBH, Randall Poster
There are many things to treasure in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The usual pleasures of his films are there to be found, including the meticulous set design, carefully crafted dialogue and precision comedic pacing. But one element that has been a bit undersung is Alexandre Desplat's score and the soundtrack to the film. It marks a departure of sorts for the filmmaker, who forgoes his usual mixtape of choice cuts, for a mostly score driven piece, with 'Budapest' almost functioning as a musical, with a variety of themes and melodies carrying the film through its variety of screwball adventures.

Watch: See The Setting Of Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Recreated With 50,000 Lego Bricks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 1:10 PM
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Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel
Two of the most talked about movies of the year have been Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 'The Lego Movie," so it makes perfect sense that, to celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the former, that we'd get some combination of the two. Yesterday, a cryptic email arrived teasing some kind of plastic-brick related "Grand Budapest Hotel" reveal, and while it's not the official tie-in set that some were hoping for, the results are pretty cool nevertheless.

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.

Watch: 'The Grand Sausage Pizza,' A Porno In The Style Of Wes Anderson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2014 12:05 PM
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The Grand Sausage Pizza
Can we call it a day yet on "[Insert Whatever] In The Style Of Wes Anderson"? Probably not. The filmmaker continues to inspire, for better or worse, no shortage of comedians, tribute artists and more to pay homage to or parody his work. In the past month we've seen the opening credits of "Forrest Gump" redone in an approximation of Wes Anderson's particular aesthetic, as well as a visual mixtape supercut of his movies. And now, we go porno.

Watch: 5-Minute Wes Anderson Visual Mixtape Breaks Down The Director's Style

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2014 11:08 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson
It may be easy to parody, but it's hard to sincerely duplicate the style of Wes Anderson. And yet, his exacting method of highly detailed settings, stylized dialogue, and carefully choreographed sequences continue to spawn a plethora of tributes. And one week after we got the credits of "Forrest Gump," done in the style of Wes Anderson, another tribute to the director is here.

Watch: Opening Credits of ‘Forrest Gump’ In The Style Of Wes Anderson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 24, 2014 11:09 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson
It’s a losing equation: the closer parodies and homages of Wes Anderson’s work get to perfectly capturing the director’s style, the more insufferable the result. For every halfway decent homage—like the Halloween-themed entry from “SNL” last year—there are dozens that actively detract from fond memories of Anderson’s films. It’s a thin tightrope walk even to attempt one, certainly, but now a clever Vimeo user has put a spin on Anderson’s style by applying it to another film often stamped with the “precious” label.

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.

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