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Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Gets a US Release Date UPDATED

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 16, 2013 at 2:01PM

UPDATE: Fox Searchlight has slated Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" for a March 7, 2014 stateside release. This will be the first spring release for Anderson. Check out the first poster for the film, below.
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UPDATE: Fox Searchlight has slated Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" for a March 7, 2014 stateside release. This will be the first spring release for Anderson.

2012's hit "Moonrise Kingdom" launched over Memorial Day Weekend, coinciding with its Cannes world premiere. Variety speculates that "Grand Budapest" may opt for a Berlin premiere.

EARLIER: The first poster for Wes Anderson's upcoming "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has arrived. Colorful and dollhouse-like, it fits in with Anderson's aesthetic perfectly. Take a look, below.

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Still no word yet on a US release date, though it's slated for 2014. The film stars a collection of Anderson regulars as well as newcomers to his wacky world, including Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, F. Murray Abraham, Saoirse Ronan, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Edward Norton and Adrien Brody, among many others. Alexandre Desplat is scoring.

Anderson has described the film as inspired by Classic Hollywood-era director Ernst Lubitsch, who often recreated European locales on studio backlots and sets. (Lubitsch famously quipped that "I've been to Paris, France, and I've been to Paris, Paramount. I think I prefer Paris, Paramount.") The plot revolves around a European hotel concierge (Fiennes) caught in the middle of a drama involving his hotel staffers and guests, and a stolen Renaissance painting and family fortune.

Word is the first trailer for the film is coming soon. Meanwhile Anderson enthusiasts can feast on critic Matt Zoller Seitz's visually sumptuous new Abrams coffee table book, "The Wes Anderson Collection," which boasts an intro from Michael Chabon and 400 color and black-and-white photos.

Grand Budapest Hotel poster


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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.