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Watch: Wes Anderson's New 8-Minute Short 'Castello Cavalcanti' Starring Jason Schwartzman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 2:02 PM
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PRADA presents "CASTELLO CAVALCANTI" by Wes Anderson
So, here's the deal on Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel": in theory, it could've been released this year and there was even some rumblings of an appearance at New York Film Festival last month, before it was ultimately decided to wait until 2014. So, what to do until then? Well, you could dive into our feature Trailer Deconstruction: Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ or you could enjoy something else brand new from the director, which finds him once again working with a longtime pal and associate.

Watch: Video Tribute To Kumar Pallana Featuring Wes Anderson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 11:18 AM
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A month ago, the world said a sad goodbye to Kumar Pallana, the Wes Anderson regular who lived in one lifetime what most couldn't accomplish in three. A performer, actor, businessman, entrepreneur and more, Pallana seemed to deeply touch everyone who crossed paths with him.

Watch: SNL's Cute, Halloween Themed Wes Anderson Parody 'The Midnight Coterie Of Sinister Intruders'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2013 11:18 AM
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The Midnight Coterie Of Sinister Intruders, Wes Anderson, SNL
If you Google "Wes Anderson parody," you'll find no shortage of videos offering their own slight barbs at the visually distinctive filmmaker. And, like most jokes on the internet, few of them are actually funny. But leave it "Saturday Night Live" to hit the home run in the category, serving up a parody on Anderson's films that also manages to be something of a sweet homage at the same time.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks '12 Years A Slave', Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 22, 2013 3:08 PM
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Noah, Aronofsky
On this latest episode, host and editor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an overarching theme looking at some modern day auteurs. There's Wes Anderson and the trailer for his latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; the controversy surrounding Darren Aronofsky's "Noah"; whether or not Steve McQueen has made another endurance test with his "12 Years a Slave"; and Kimberly Peirce's remake of "Carrie."

Trailer Deconstruction: Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 18, 2013 1:47 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson movies are possibly the closest thing to an event movie for the … I was going to say something like "indie nerd cinephile set," but the truth is Anderson’s films are beloved by all kinds of audiences—those who love tentpoles, cineastes, sci-fi aficionados, etc. His visual vocabulary is so idiosyncratic, so singular and distinct, it has practically become a brand or genre unto itself and it can be appreciated by anyone who simply loves movies.

Watch: First Trailer For Wes Anderson's Quirky Ensemble Comedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes
Teased earlier this week with the poster, the trailer for Wes Anderson's eighth feature length effort, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has finally arrived. The auteur has said several times in recent years that he has no plans to change up his famously idiosyncratic style. "My natural handwriting is neat and it is like my personality. Somewhere along the way I made this choice: I can force myself to not be what I feel I naturally am or I can just go with it and develop it," he said last year in Cannes. "[Repeating myself] is not something I think about. I really think about just the world of this movie, and what this one is going to be." And yes, this 'Grand Budapest Hotel' trailer is very Wes Anderson-y, showing off his second period piece following the '60s setting of "Moonrise Kingdom."

First Poster For Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Positively Wes Anderson-y

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 1:56 PM
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While there was brief talk earlier this year that Fox Searchlight might possibly drop Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" into the awards season race, it doesn't look like that's going to happen. However, with a trailer cut and ready to go, it looks like we're going to be getting a big taste very soon, but until then, here's a sampler.

NYFF: James Gray Almost Appeared In Wes Anderson’s ‘The Life Aquatic,’ Talks ‘The Immigrant' With Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 7, 2013 2:02 PM
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The Immigrant, Gray, Phoenix, set pic
The highlight of the New York Film Festival post-screening Q&A for “The Immigrant," director James Gray's long-awaited period film, was the unlikely and rare appearance of the notoriously evasive Joaquin Phoenix. And while the press shy actor nearly stole the show from his entertaining director, funny and amusing in his own right, Phoenix did it by hardly uttering a word.

10 Great Modern Day Actor/Director Collaborations

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 17, 2013 2:17 PM
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10 Actor/Director Collaborations
The hallowed halls of cinema are littered with iconic and unforgettable director/actor collaborations. The muses that feed the filmmaker, the director that inspires the actor. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Ingmar Bergman and half his repertory including Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, Werner Herzog and his toxic relationship with Klaus Kinski, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart—no matter what time period of movies you look at, no matter whether it be high or low art, the classic collaborations are countless.

Wes Anderson's 5 Best Commercials

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 1, 2013 12:13 PM
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There are, apparently, people in the world who don't like the movies of Wes Anderson, who turns 44 today. Of course that's fine and everyone's entitled their opinions blah blah blah, but we're unapologetic apologists for the quirky formalism of the director, even if we end up inevitably having to use one of our most despised words -- "quirky" -- to describe it. But there are other words we use, like "charming" and "stylised," which are constantly countered by detractors with things like "precious" and "twee." And yes, his style is so mannered that it walks that line, but to our mind generally the surprise of Anderson's films is, despite the fetishizable costuming and set design and despite the controlled palettes and contorted dialogue, just how deeply felt they can be -- this never more in evidence than with last year's winning and winsome "Moonrise Kingdom."

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