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WATCH: Four Charming Clips from Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

A charming new clip from Wes Anderson's Berlin fave "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has arrived via Fox Searchlight, in which Zero (Tony Revolori) hatches a plan to protect baker Agatha (Saoirse Ronan). Watch that clip, plus three previously released teases, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 13, 2014 4:27 PM
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Berlin Review: 'At Home' a Quiet Manifesto with Political Anger Loud and Clear

The Greek Weird Wave crashed onto the shores of Berlin this week, carrying Athanasios Karanikolas’ “At Home,” a film that owes a larger stylistic debt to Michaelangelo Antonioni than it does the other post-financial-debacle movies that have been arriving like belts of ouzo courtesy of an under-financed, over-stressed Greek film community. You get the sense that people there are pissed off. And there aren't many films more pissed-off than Karanikolas’.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 12, 2014 11:44 AM
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Berlin Review: Strong Ensemble in 'A Long Way Down,' with Brosnan, Collette, Paul and More, Still Doesn't Add Up

The 2005 New York Times review of Nick Hornby’s novel “A Long Way Down” described a scene in which Martin, a morning TV show presenter whose career has been derailed due a sexual escapade with an 15-year-old girl, is stopped from jumping off a tall London building by Maureen, a suicidal single-mother caring for a severely handicapped son. The Times quotes their brief conversation, Maureen first:
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 12, 2014 11:30 AM
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Berlin: Java Films Nabs Doc 'Emptying the Skies,' Based on Jonathan Franzen's New Yorker Essay

Java Films has snapped up world rights to Douglas Kass' feature documentary out of the Berlin Film Festival, "Emptying the Skies." The film is based on a "New Yorker" essay by bestselling author Jonathan Franzen, which looks at the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2014 2:12 PM
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Berlin: Shia LaBeouf Has Started Something

Today, Nadine Krüger, a television personality for Bild, Germany’s largest newspaper, donned a bag for her report from the Berlinale. This was of course a response to Shia LaBeouf's red-carpet walk Sunday wearing a paper bag over his head with text reading, “I am not famous anymore.”
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 11, 2014 12:28 AM
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Berlin Review: 'Kraftidioten' a Terrifically Smart and Funny Norwegian Thriller Starring Stellan Skarsgard

A couple of nights ago, quite late, I came across some people camped out in sleeping bags in front of the Berlinale's public ticket counter. When I asked them what they were in line for, they said, "Kraftidioten." Now I know why: a terrifically smart and funny Norwegian thriller starring Stellan Skarsgard and Bruno Ganz, "Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance)" has great appeal across borders.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 10, 2014 12:46 PM
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Berlin: What Shia LaBeouf Said Before He Stalked Out of the 'Nymphomaniac' Press Conference (UPDATED)

During the press conference for “Nymphomaniac Volume 1 (Long Version),” screened at the Berlin Film Festival Sunday, Shia LaBeouf sat silently and oh-so-mysteriously with a cap down over his eyes. When a journalist asked him and Stacy Martin about their sex scenes – how much preparation did they have, was it difficult, etc., LaBeouf directed Martin to go first.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 9, 2014 1:21 PM
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Berlinale: Take the 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Round-Table Interview Quiz

I hereby challenge you to take the following quiz on what I learned at Fox Searchlight's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" round-table junket interviews Friday at Berlin’s famous Hotel Adlon opposite the Brandenberg Gate.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 8, 2014 9:16 PM
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Berlin: The Longest Day for 'Monuments Men'

You certainly can’t blame Clooney and his band of merry men. Flanked by Matt Damon and Bill Murray, John Goodman and Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin, Clooney joked and smiled through a series of increasingly inane questions that culminated in a female Mexican journalist asking, apparently in earnest, if the movie star realizes how large a role he plays in the erotic fantasies of women around the world.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 8, 2014 8:37 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Charms Berlin, Cate Blanchett Courts Santa Barbara and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • February 8, 2014 5:33 PM
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