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Arthouse Audit: 'Bad Words,' 'Enemy' and 'Le Week-End' Best of Modest Openers

As the post-Oscar surge abates, a wide range of new releases opened this week. They fell far short of the total of last week's massive opener "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) which expanded this weekend to reach #8 in only 66 theaters. Also in the Top 10 is "Veronica Mars" (Warner Bros.) in 291 theaters, also available for simultaneous home viewing as is increasingly common among specialized releases.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 16, 2014 4:28 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: DreamWorks Scores Hit & Miss, 'Veronica Mars' Scores Day-and-Date Landmark, 'Grand Budapest' Soars

Two surprise entries in the weekend box office top ten were Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel," in only 66 theaters, as well as Kickstarter-financed "Veronica Mars." Two wider new releases opened soft: "Need for Speed" and "Tyler Perry's Single Woman's Club."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 16, 2014 2:18 PM
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Friday Box Office: Holdovers Battle 'Need for Speed' for Top Spot, 'Grand Budapest' & 'Veronica Mars' Reach Top 10

A three-way race for the weekend #1 started off with the DreamWorks video game adaptation "Need for Speed" (distributed by Buena Vista) on top with $6.64 million. But either #2, "300: Rise of an Empire" (Warner Bros.) with $5.8 million, or more likely "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (20th Century-Fox), at $5.45 million could overtake "Speed" by the time final results are in on Monday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 15, 2014 2:01 PM
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Wes Anderson Talks Inventing Euro-Past in 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

In an exclusive SXSW video interview, Wes Anderson describes how he made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Ralph Fiennes Career Watch: from 'Schindler's List' and Mile-High Antics to 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Ralph Fiennes carries Wes Anderson's indie period comedy 'Grand Budapest Hotel' on his able shoulders. We examine Fiennes' career from his breakout role in "Schindler's List" through "The English Patient" and his recent turn to directing. Where should he go from here?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 10, 2014 2:52 PM
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'Grand Budapest Hotel' Breaks Records; 'Particle Fever' Shows Initial Appeal

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" breaks records in limited opening in four theaters.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 9, 2014 4:28 PM
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Production Designer Adam Stockhausen Talks 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (VIDEOS)

Imagine going from "12 Years a Slave" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel." That's exactly what happened to production designer Adam Stockhausen, who was able to convey beauty in the darkest of dramas, but when it came to Wes Anderson's witty caper, there was no holding back the Czech Republic eye candy: a pink hotel, a dollop of yellow butter cream, and the sugary Mendl's bakery.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 7, 2014 3:53 PM
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Review: Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Delightful, Delicious and Delovely (CLIP)

Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" world premiered at the Berlinale and hits theaters Friday, March 7. Here's Anne Thompson's review.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2014 3:27 PM
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This Weekend, Experience the Bold and Dangerous World of 'Nymphomaniac' on VOD

While there's plenty to see in theaters this weekend (we've outlined three), the film you won't want to miss is Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1," and you can watch it from the comfort of home. It arrived on VOD Thursday before hitting theaters on March 21. Also arriving this weekend is another auteur output, Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," as well as indie thriller "Grand Piano" and macho action spectacle "300: Rise of an Empire."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 7, 2014 1:39 PM
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WATCH: Wes Anderson Guides Us Through a Pivotal and Very Funny Scene in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

This week's NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video featurette sees director Wes Anderson discuss a pivotal scene from his delightful adventure romp "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which arrives in theaters March 7. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2014 12:27 PM
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