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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 Criterion Collection's Wes Anderson-approved 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' -- VIDEO

The folks at The Criterion Collection are sorcerers.

Sure, we rely on them to restore and pen beautiful essays about rare or long forgotten triumphs of cinema, but even their work with new releases can leave us awestruck. They have a way of making the already transcendent that much more special, and their upcoming release of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion charmer Fantastic Mr. Fox looks no different.

The three-disc release (out Feb. 18) features a gallery of Roald Dahl’s original manuscripts, an audio recording of him reading his book, puppet animation tests, and the somewhat standard, but no less fascinating, behind the scenes footage of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and the rest of the cast who helped bring the story to life.

Check out the trailer after the jump.


'Grand Budapest Hotel' trailer: More mustachioed shenanigans from Adrien Brody, Jude Law, and more -- VIDEO


The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s upcoming snow-capped murder mystery flick The Grand Budapest Hotel introduced us to lobby-boy-in-training Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) and his doting affection for concierge-that-can-do-no-wrong Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), until, well, he’s accused of doing something very, very wrong — seducing and murdering a wealthy octogenarian guest (played by Tilda Swinton, in full painted lip and liver-spot glory).

In the second trailer, released Thursday, we get a closer look at the vast cast of characters (and their facial hair) that populate the hotel and surrounding fictional winter-wonder hinterland. The title cards roll on like a who’s-who of Anderson alums, ingenues, and esteemed character actors — including Edward Norton, Tom Wilkinson, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel, and more.

In Anderson’s tightly curated style, everything from typeface to hairstyle looms large, but he also breaks some new trailer ground by challenging whether there can ever be too many mustaches in a single less-than-two-minute trailer. The answer? Absolutely not. (I’m partial to Adrien Brody’s Salvador-Dalí-stache and Bill Murray’s maniacal-train-conductor fuzz).

Watch the second trailer below:

Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' to open Berlin Film Festival


Wes Anderson’s new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is to open the 2014 Berlin Film Festival.

Festival organizers said Tuesday the event kicks off on Feb. 6 with the world premiere of the movie, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jude Law and Edward Norton. 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

Kumar Pallana, star in Wes Anderson films, dies at 94

Kumar Pallana, who stole many a scene as an actor in Wes Anderson’s films, died Thursday at the age of 94, according to a post on his son’s Facebook page.

A frequent supporting player in Anderson’s films, Pallana appeared in small but memorable parts as Kumar in Bottle Rocket, Mr. LittleJeans in Rushmore, Pagoda in The Royal Tenenbaums, and as the Old Man in The Darjeeling Limited. The director met Pallana as a customer at a coffee shop owned by Pallana’s son, called Cosmic Cup in Dallas, and first cast him in 1996’s Bottle Rocket. Pallana went on to appear in other Hollywood films, such as Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal. READ FULL STORY

Fox Searchlight checks in to Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Fox Searchlight has acquired Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and is eyeing a late 2013/early 2014 release date, EW has confirmed. If you need 11 incentives to see the movie: Ralph Fiennes, Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson are all in it.

Screen Daily first reported the news with this plot summary ”The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.”

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Check out this adorable annotated script for 'Moonrise Kingdom'

One of the delights of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom were all the tiny, Wes Anderson-y details tucked inside his star-studded story of young love on the run, like the sprawling New England home of Suzy Bishop, or the highly organized Khaki Scouts campground Camp Ivanhoe.

As part of the film’s awards season campaign — and to celebrate the Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Anderson and Roman Coppola — Focus Features has created an annotated version of the script featuring props, costumes, set designs, and Anderson’s notes for some of his trademark elaborate tracking shots. It’s as festooned with adorable (and meaningful) bric-a-brac as one of Anderson’s films. Click here to check it out.

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'Moonrise Kingdom' director Wes Anderson would care about awards if ...

Wes Anderson doesn’t win a lot of awards. In his seven-film career, he’s gotten just two Oscar nominations, one for screenwriting on The Royal Tenenbaums and one for Best Animated Feature for Fantastic Mr. Fox.

His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, was somewhat of an awards wild card. Though it enjoyed critical praise and a healthy run in theaters ($45.5M domestic gross on an estimated budget of $16M), it premiered at Cannes in May. Regardless of Anderson’s history with awards, an early in the year premiere can make the possibility of awards recognition an uphill battle. You’re not only trying to convince people that it is an awards worthy film, you also have to remind them that it exists.

But there is hope for Moonrise, yet. Though it was overlooked for any SAG or Director’s Guild nominations, Moonrise won the Gotham Award for Best Film, and was nominated for five Film Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson), Best Cinematography (Robert Yeoman) and Best Supporting Actor (Bruce Willis). The film also snagged a Golden Globes nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. The big question is whether or not Anderson will get any Oscar nods this Thursday, perhaps his first for directing a non-animated feature.

Though he’s currently shooting his eighth feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel with Bill Murray, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, and Owen Wilson, Anderson took a few minutes to speak with EW about awards, his favorite unsung heroes of Moonrise Kingdom, and casting Bruce Willis in an unlikely role.


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