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Wes Anderson Talks Romanticizing Bygone Eras, Nostalgia & The Imaginary World Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 7, 2014 12:20 PM
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Berlin: Unless you’re in the genres of fantasy or sci-fi, one can argue no one makes grounded, but idiosyncratic fairy tale-like worlds quite like Wes Anderson. The director’s latest, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is set in the imaginary country of Zubrowka, an alpine Eastern European nation, and centers on a spa town whose main highlight is the legendary concierge, M. Gustave H, who works at the Grand Budapest Hotel.

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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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: Trailers For The 6 Films Wes Anderson Says Are Key Influences On ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 6, 2014 10:40 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s delightful and ambitious caper\murder mystery, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has screened at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. About a legendary concierge at a famous hotel as an era of fascism creeps into an alpine Eastern European country, the comedy might be Anderson’s biggest film in scope and scale to date. It’s a nostalgic look at a golden age of culture that no longer exists, and it’s also a throwback/homage to the way Hollywood films perceived Europe in the 1930s and during WWII. And yes, it has the Lubitsch touch.

2014 SXSW Film Festival Adds 'Boyhood,' 'Frank,' 'Joe,' Wes Anderson Q&A, Promising TV Lineup & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 3:00 PM
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SXSW 2014 line-up
It’s always a tough act to follow-up the Sundance Film Festival each year when it comes to the world of independent cinema, but the SXSW Film Festival generally does a good job of mixing the high and low, the populist with the brainy, and the docs with the midnight madness section. Generally a more relaxed festival aiming for a good time, the Austin-based fiesta has already announced some of its heavy hitting premieres—the “Veronica Mars” movie and Jon Favreau’s “Chef”—and now they’ve unveiled their main line-up.

Bob Balaban, Fisher Stevens & More: Meet The Hotel Concierges Of Wes Anderson’s 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 29, 2014 1:23 PM
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For months, many pundits including us assumed Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — which is set in the early 1930s on the brink of a World War — would naturally take place in the country of Hungary (Budapest being the country’s capital of course). But being that things are always slight off center in the universes Anderson creates, they are always a little different from what you’d expect.

Alexandre Desplat & More: Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Soundtrack Arrives On March 4th

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 23, 2014 7:01 PM
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To anyone that says director Wes Anderson has never changed at all, we say, take a closer look. Yes, his distinctive style is well, yes, very Wes Anderson, but he has been slowly shedding and disposing of some of his more well-known stylistic trademarks. Gone are the slow-motion shot at the end, the future font (replaced with cursive and other non-standard fonts) and the use of modern music. Anderson used to arguably feature wall-to-wall pop songs in his films, but that changed around the time of “The Darjeeling Limited” (which featured a Rolling Stones and three Kings songs, but was largely dominated by the original music of director/writer/composer Satyajit Ray).

Meet The Guests Of Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' With 20 New Images From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 10:16 AM
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All you have to do is take a simple peek at our trailer deconstruction feature to know that Wes Anderson is packing much more into his forthcoming "The Grand Budapest Hotel" than simply a lot of pretty pictures. Boasting different aspect ratios and time periods, it's an ambitious take on the films of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder, with the film tracking the adventures of concierge Gustave H. against the backdrop of a changing Europe. That said, this is a Wes Anderson film, which means great attention will be paid to what's in the front of the camera too, and that's the focus today.

Watch: 4-Minute Compilation Of Wes Anderson's Slow-Motion Shots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 11:24 AM
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Next month at the Berlin Film Festival, Wes Anderson will be unveiling his latest effort "The Grand Budapest Hotel." And as we've seen from the trailer and footage already, it will find the filmmaker once again presenting audiences with a wholly unique world, a rich ensemble of characters with no shortage of style with different aspect ratios and much more (be sure to read our detailed trailer deconstruction for the film). And one other thing you can probably bank on? Slow motion.

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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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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