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Composer Alexandre Desplat Will Visit Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2013 at 1:01PM

Composer Alexandre Desplat -- who had a busy year in 2012, with three original scores qualifying for Oscar consideration -- is on board for director Wes Anderson's upcoming project "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
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Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat

Composer Alexandre Desplat -- who had a busy year in 2012, with three original scores qualifying for Oscar consideration -- is on board for director Wes Anderson's upcoming project "The Grand Budapest Hotel." This will be Desplat and Anderson's third collaboration following "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Fantastic Mr. Fox."

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" already boasts a slew of Anderson regulars, including Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Edward Norton, plus  Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes. Anderson hasn't revealed much about the film, but we know that it is set in a 1920s Hungarian hotel and is partly inspired by the films of Ernst Lubitsch; the classic-era screwball director often recreated Europe with studio sets and backlots.

Desplat's music was heard in 2012's "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Rust and Bone" and "Rise of the Guardians." He has been nominated for four Oscars over the course of his career: 2010's "The King's Speech," 2009's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," 2008's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and 2006's "The Queen."

Check out select tracks from Desplat's "Zero Dark Thirty" score here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.