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The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Berlin Film Festival

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 4, 2014 1:18 PM
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Berlin 2014 preview
This Thursday, just a few scant weeks after Sundance has rolled up its red carpet, we’ll be plunging into Europe’s first major festival. The Berlin Film Festival, aka the Berlinale, has (like everything else) a lower profile than Cannes and perhaps a less glamorous aura than Venice. But, in a way, that counts toward its specific identity: with the European Film Market (which is one of the three biggest in the world) and the Talent Campus, a major program of workshops and masterclasses attended by students and professionals alike, from all disciplines, from all over the world, the Berlinale feels more businesslike and no-nonsense, less seduced by the glitz of the industry than by the actual films, and by fostering the talents that make them.

Interview: Ralph Fiennes On 'The Invisible Woman,' Working With Wes Anderson & Awards Season Pitfalls

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 30, 2014 4:36 PM
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The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes
In town to accept an honorary Dragon Award from the Göteborg International Film Festival (which seriously has the coolest mascot, I mean, Lions, and Leopards and Bears, oh my, but Dragons), actor, director and Dark Lord Ralph Fiennes also presented his latest directorial offering “The Invisible Woman.” And strangely, I found much the same thing happening that occurred with his debut “Coriolanus,” in that I’d been excited for it in advance, then heard mixed reports which dampened my enthusiasm somewhat, only to like it a great deal when I finally did see it.

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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The Grand Budapest Hotel
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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The Grand Budapest Hotel
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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The Grand Budapest Hotel
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: The Police Are Coming For M. Gustave In New Clip From 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 3:01 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Yesterday, we met the new lobby boy of "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and today we'll spend a bit more time with his boss M. Gustave. Yep, another clip from Wes Anderson's highly anticipated new film is here and it's another charming peek at what looks like a top notch effort from the director.

Watch: Meet Zero In First Clip From Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 5:49 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Of all the star-studded names wearing great costumes and playing eccentric characters in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel"—Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson—one of the main faces leading the movie is someone who you probably haven't heard of: Tony Revolori. But you're going to meet him right now.

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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Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes
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.

Wes Anderson Trying To Find Financing For "Violent" Animated Film, Talks 3D & Reveals More 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Details

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 9:02 AM
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While most enjoyed Wes Anderson's latest short film "Castello Cavalcanti" online, those lucky enough to be attending the Rome Film Festival this week have been able to see it on the big screen. And the director was on hand to present his short, and take part in a conversation with longtime pals Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman about the project, and Screen Daily was there and have recapped the highlights in addition to talking to the man himself. For Anderson fans, there are some interesting bits of news about what he's cooking up next.

Saoirse Ronan Says She Didn't Get The 'Star Wars' Role She Auditioned For, Calls 'Fantastic Four' Rumors Just That

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 6, 2013 1:43 PM
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How I Live Now, Saoirse Ronan,
We recently got to chat with the lovely and talented Saoirse Ronan about her upcoming young adult adaptation "How I Live Now" (review here), which is kind of like what would have happened if Terrence Malick had directed "Red Dawn" (more from that interview soon). And while we had the young actress on the line, we had to quiz her about a myriad of upcoming projects she has in the works, everything from the upcoming Wes Anderson joint "The Grand Budapest Hotel," to Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "How to Catch A Monster," to things that are in a more nebulous state of flux, like Joe Wright's "Little Mermaid" and the hotly rumored "Fantastic Four" and "Star Wars: Episode VII."

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