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Watch: Meet Mr. Moustafa In Clip From ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Plus New Pics & Behind-The-Scenes Images

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2014 3:33 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
“Many of the ideas expressed and/or explored in ‘Grand Budapest’ we stole directly from Zweig’s own life and work,” director Wes Anderson said recently in his self-deprecating way. He’s talking about turn of the 20th century Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig who he’s credited as having a huge influence on his latest movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” At the recent Berlin Film Festival, where the movie premiered, Anderson said the movie was his “version” of doing Zweig. Anderson is such a Zweig proponent he’s helped get a book published to get the word out on this once-famous, now forgotten writer. Pushkin Press is releasing "The Society of the Crossed Keys,” Anderson’s favorite selections from Zweig’s various novels.

Watch: Wes Anderson Introduces 'Rushmore,' 'Darjeeling Limited' & 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Plus New 'Budapest Hotel' Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 9:43 AM
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While you wait to check into "The Grand Budapest Hotel," now's the time to take a moment to dip into Wes Anderson's back catalog of films. Newly arrived on The Criterion Collection, earlier this week we dipped into the 15 Unlikely Influences, Inspirations & Straight Up Lifts From Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and we've got a couple over ways to turn back the clock.

Watch: Wes Anderson Shares His James Bond Movie Idea In 90-Minute Talk, Plus 2 TV Spots For 'Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 12:14 PM
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It seems everyone has once dreamed about making a James Bond movie, and the allure is easy to understand. A dashing hero, sexy dames, exotic locales, colorful villains and larger than life stories are great canvases to paint on, and everyone from Christopher Nolan to Quentin Tarantino has flirted with and thought about what they'd do with 007, and so too has Wes Anderson.

15 Unlikely Influences, Inspirations & Straight Up Lifts From Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 25, 2014 12:17 PM
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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” hit the venerable Criterion Collection last week. Anderson is probably the only living filmmaker today that pretty much has every one of his films hit the prestige boutique label not long after its release. And it’s not hard to understand why the fastidious and well-organized filmmaker would want a comprehensive and detailed recount of his movies the way Criterion so lovingly creates.

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.

Howard Hawks' 'Red River' & Abbas Kiarostami's 'Like Someone In Love' Hit Criterion In May, 'Life Aquatic' Goes Blu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 6:01 PM
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Red River Like Someone In Love
Another month, another reason to break open the piggy bank as The Criterion Collection unleashes another slate of films. And this May, they are unveiling their usual mix of classic titles, foreign fare and contemporary faves.

Watch: 5-Minute Video Explores The Mise En Scène & Visual Themes Of Wes Anderson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2014 11:17 AM
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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is on the way, and by most accounts, it's Wes Anderson's most Wes Anderson-y film to date (read our review here). By this point, you either love his style and approach (or you don't), but if you are a fan, you'll want to take five minutes for this.

Berlin: 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Wins Golden Bear, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Takes Jury Prize & Richard Linklater Best Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 10:07 AM
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The curtain has been drawn on another year at the Berlin Film Festival, and in 2014, it looks like Hollywood made a bigger impression than usual when it came to the awards. While the big prize went to one of the three Chinese films in competition, elsewhere American indie faves took home some major trophies.

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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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: The Criterion Collection Trailer For Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Introduced By Jarvis Cocker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 2:30 PM
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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Can't wait for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"? After seeing it at the Berlin Film Festival, we don't blame you (our review). But if you want a bounty of Wes Anderson in your life, and soon, hit your local video store or online retailer or wherever you buy DVDs, because there's a treat coming.

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