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'Grand Budapest Hotel': Take a peek inside Wes Anderson's inn -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Grand-Budapest-Hotel-02When Wes Anderson thinks “hotel,” he doesn’t think bed bugs and low-pressure showers. He thinks luxury, in the way the best hotels used to be run.

“In those days, it was the hotel’s job to take care of all of your needs — before you even knew you needed them,” says Bob Balaban, one of the many familiar faces gracing Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

In the exclusive behind-the-scenes video below, see Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, and many more Anderson first-timers and favorites talk about why they needed to inhabit this world: READ FULL STORY

Wes Anderson on 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and the James Bond movie he wanted to make

Believe what you will, but Wes Anderson never sets out to make a Wes Anderson Movie. “Each time I start one of these things, I feel like I’m doing a completely different thing,” he told New York Times writer David Carr, during a TimesTalks panel discussion with his Grand Budapest Hotel star Ralph Fiennes. “We go to a different country. We have a whole different kind of story. I feel like everything I’m doing is different from what I’ve done before.”

Certainly, though, even fans of Anderson’s best work — from Rushmore to last year’s Moonrise Kingdom — will concede that the Texas-bred writer/director has a distinct visual aesthetic and storytelling sensibility. But he argued that The Grand Budapest Hotel, his new caper that stars Fiennes as the fastidious concierge of a central-European hotel in the 1930s, is something new. “It’s been rare for me over the years to have a movie that has a… um, plot,” he said to laughs from the audience. “Things happen.” READ FULL STORY

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' trailer: Enter another wonderful world of Wes Anderson


What if you could book your next vacation at a Wes Anderson-designed inn straight out of a snow-capped fairytale?

That’s the whimsical setting for the first trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel. It stars Ralph Fiennes as a charismatic, cougar-loving concierge Gustave H and Tony Revolori as his doting, lobby-boy-in-training Zero Moustafa. (The casting of Revolori, a relatively unknown young lead, is similar to the the casting of young lovers played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward in last year’s Moonrise Kingdom.)

The trailer looks a little like the board game Clue, boasts the slow-boiling intrigue of Downton Abbey, and — an Anderson signature — has the color saturation of a Vermeer painting. But the technicolor order and humdrum of the hotel is disrupted when a guest is found murdered and all eyes point to Fiennes’ charismatic concierge.

In addition to the typical Anderson trailer treats, keep your eyes open for the stellar bold-face cast full of Anderson alums: Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, and… well you’ll see for yourself. READ FULL STORY

'Great Expectations' trailer: 'Yet still I love you' -- VIDEO

Based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations tells the story of a girl who has learned not to love and the boy who can’t help but love her. Throw in the complications that come along with royalty and a bit of mystery, and you have the first trailer for the film. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, Jason Flemyng, Ralph Fiennes, and Holliday Grainger, Great Expectations follows a young orphan “from unexpected privilege to unexpected love.”

Watch the trailer below:

Casting Net: Ben Affleck coming into 'Focus.' Plus: Beyonce leaves 'A Star is Born'

• Not so much a casting “net” as a casting “release” item: Beyoncé has bowed out of Clint Eastwood‘s long-gestating remake of A Star is Born due to scheduling difficulties and the lack of a male star. About an up-and-comer who falls for a dimming male star, the film was put on hold after Beyoncé became pregnant. Will Fetters had penned the latest version of the script. The first version of the film was released in 1937, with Janet Gaynor and Fredic March; then again in 1954, with Judy Garland and James Mason; and finally in 1976, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. [Variety] “I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood,” said Beyoncé in a statement Tuesday evening to “For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.”

Ralph Fiennes is in talks to join the ensemble of writer-director Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, playing the concierge of the eponymous establishment with the Wes-Anderson-y name of M. Gustave. [Variety]

Ryan Reynolds is in initial talks to star in the psychological thriller The Voices, about a man who works at a bathtub factory who owns a talking cat (that’s evil, obvs) and a talking dog (that’s good, of course). Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis, Chicken with Plums) will direct from a Black List script by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity). [Deadline]

Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen will star in Outcast, a period action pic set in medieval China. Veteran stunt man Nick Powell will make his feature directorial debut from a script by James Dormer (Cinemax’s Strike Back). [TheWrap]

-Solvej Schou contributed to this report.

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Ralph Fiennes Q&A: Directing Shakespeare and taking orders from Bond

What the Dickens is going on with Ralph Fiennes? Not only is he playing Magwitch in Mike Newell’s upcoming adaptation of Great Expectations, but he’s also starring in and directing The Invisible Woman, a movie about the great author’s secret mistress. EW caught up with Fiennes to ask him not only about Dickens, but also two other great English writers: Shakespeare (Fiennes’ adaptation of Coriolanus is out on DVD this week) and Fleming (he’s got a top secret part in Skyfall, the new James Bond film).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Coriolanus was your first attempt at directing a movie. Why choose Shakespeare? And why that particular play? For your first time, why not pick something easy — maybe Vacation of the Titans?
RALPH FIENNES: Its challenging nature is what I love about it. I performed it onstage years ago and have been thinking about it as a film ever since. Shakespeare is challenging for a lot of people but I find it thrilling. The language is like music. READ FULL STORY

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