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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Open For Business - The Irresistible Charm Of Wes Anderson


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Today, audiences all over America will be savouring their first taste of Wes Anderson's new movie, the delectable The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson fans who know the score will be prepared for the Fantastic Mr. Fox director's idiosyncratic, quirky and sumptuous stylings of the world's most distinctive director. However, even newcomers will find something to love in this most lively tapestry.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Sees Wes Anderson Up To His Old Tricks In A Film More Inviting Than Ever.

Budapest received its premiere at the Berlinale a few weeks ago where early critics bathed the movie in a warm glow of praise, loving the kitsch details, kooky plotline, and star-packed cast, which includes, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Harvey Keitel.

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Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Earns Record Box Office Figures In Limited Release


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Wes Anderson's highly anticipated deadpan-comedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' was released in limited theatres this past weekend.

But it seems cinemagoers do not want to wait for a wider release as the film achieved a great amount of success in ticket sales, and scored a new box office record.

The ensemble comedy brought in a staggering $800,000 after being released in just two theatres in New York and two in Los Angeles for Fox Searchlight.

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"300: Rise Of An Empire" Easily Rises To The Top Of The Box Office


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It’s over, folks, we can all go home now – with $17.7 million on Friday, the weekend box office now belongs to 300: Rise of an Empire. Showing in 3,470 theaters, Rise is predicted a $45 million weekend – more than enough to land at the top of the box office charts by Monday, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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The Eva Green starrer is a shoe in for weekend box office topper.

Early showings on Thursday put the Legendary pic ahead by $3.3 million, but with a $108 million budget, the Eva Green starrer might be hurt by its off-season release. The Dreamworks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman is likely to take second place. With $8 million earned on Friday, the flick had a bit of a slow start, but is still predicted to make around $31.5 by the end of the weekend. That’s on a $145 million budget, according to Variety. It’s not great, but the film is still on track to beat Dreamworks’ last release, Turbo, which flopped domestically with an $83 million gross. Mr. Peabody is based on characters from the 1960s TV show The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. That’s it for the new openers this weekend.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel': Perfect Mix Of Comedy And Adventure [Trailer]


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You can never mistake a Wes Anderson movie: his colourful visual style and quirky wit infuse every frame of his movies, whether they're set underwater (The Life Aquatic), on an Indian railway (The Darjeeling Limited), in rural America (Moonrise Kingdom) or in a stop-motion countryside populated by furry critters (Fantastic Mr Fox).

Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel Features a Stunning Comedy Performance from Ralph Fiennes

The Grand Budapest Hotel, his eighth feature, is set in a fictional Middle European country in the 1930s (it's his first period piece). But it clearly fits into Anderson's stylised universe with its vivid colours and mythical settings. It also reunites him with regular cast members such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: 10 Reasons You NEED To See This Film


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Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ has already received praise from critics and is being held up as one of the director’s finest pieces of work. Still, if you're not convinced as to why you need to go see it here are ten reasons to get you to the cinema this weekend.

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1. It’s classic Wes Anderson

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Tonight's Cinema Plans? A No-Brainer: Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel


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March isn’t generally a good time for cinemagoers. Post Oscars, you’ll rarely find yourself torn between films when making your ticket buying decisions, and tonight is no different, with 300: Rise of an Empire, Bullet and The Grand Budapest Hotel vying for your attention. The decision is an easy one: it’s Wes Anderson every time.

Grand Budapest HotelM. Gustave's relationship with his lobby boy Zero is funny and endearing

The ‘alternative Hollywood’ director is back to his best with Grand Budapest Hotel, which sees Ralph Feinnes play the finicky, charming and astute M. Gustave whose life gets muddled when one of his many sexual conquests leaves him a painting, opening up a world of jealousy, backstabbing and hijinks – all of this amidst the backdrop of war.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review


Essential

Wes Anderson's entertaining filmmaking style clicks beautifully into focus for this comical adventure. Films like The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom are packed with amazing detail and terrific characters, but this movie is on another level entirely: fast, smart and engaging, packed with both silly slapstick and intelligent gags. And the sprawling cast is simply wonderful.

It's a story within a story within a story, as an author (Wilkinson) narrates the tale of his 1968 conversation as a young writer (Law) with ageing hotelier Zero (Abraham), who in turn recounts his life as a lobby boy in 1932. Young Zero (Revolori) learned his craft alongside legendary concierge Gustave (Fiennes) at the Grand Budapest Hotel somewhere in Middle Europe, and stuck by Gustave's side when he became embroiled in an inheritance battle with a spoiled heir (Brody) and his evil henchman (Dafoe). As things get increasingly nasty, Zero and his baker girlfriend (Ronan) help Gustave fight for justice, and when that doesn't work he helps orchestrate an elaborate prison escape. Meanwhile, war breaks out twice across Europe.

The double flashback structure makes this a film about the power of storytelling itself, and even more potent is the reminder that we need to remember the old ways, especially as the world changes around us. This simple idea is woven so cleverly into the DNA of the script that it continually takes our breath away, conveying the true importance of history and nostalgia. At the centre, Fiennes gives his best-ever performance, showing a real gift for comedy (who knew?) as he makes the bristly Gustave deeply likeable. His camaraderie with newcomer Revolori is priceless, as are the cameos from an array of Anderson veterans including Murray, Wilson and the always astonishing Swinton.

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Wes Anderson Achieves Greatest Work With 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'- Bringing Comedy Magic To Big-Screen


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Wes Anderson may have delivered cinemagoers his finest film to date as his highly anticipated comedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is set to hilariously arrive in theatres around the globe in a matter of days.

Watch the cast talk about 'the story' of the film here

The 44 year-old film-maker must have called in every favour he owed while creating this project as the cast is filled with huge Hollywood stars, who he has worked with in the past, like Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton and Bill Murray.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - Featurettes


The cast and crew of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' discuss the story, the main characters' relationship and the duties of the concierge in the latest featurettes for the movie.

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Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Wes Anderson and Lea Seydoux - Premiere of The Grand Budapest Hotel, the opening film of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, (Berlinale), at the Berlinale Palast. - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 6th February 2014

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Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan
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Gustave may be aloof and snobbish in many ways, but he's also extremely charming with a good heart and a titanic personality. As result he makes for a highly popular concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel, who regularly entertains guests in more ways than one. He is charged with training up an inexperienced young lobby boy named Zero Moustafa who he soon bonds with. When one of his one night stands, the elderly Madame D, is found murdered in her hotel room, Zero is first by his side to defend him against her family and the authorities who are quick to accuse Gustave of the crime. Things become more intense when her will reveals her wish to bestow a valuable painting to her lover, entitled Boy With Apple, and Gustave and Zero are forced to flee. However, they are not alone as Zero falls for an attractive guest named Agatha who helps them hide the painting while Gustave protests his innocence.

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Wes Anderson - 64th Berlin International Film Festival - 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Photocall - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 6th February 2014

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Can Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Win Berlin's Golden Bear?


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Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel opens the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday (February 6, 2014) and is one of 20 selections vying for the competition's main award, the Golden Bear. 

The Grand Budapest HotelOwen Wilson [R] in Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Set at a European hotel in the 1920s, Anderson's latest effort stars Ralph Fiennes as legendary lothario and concierge Gustave H, while the director's regulars Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Owen Wilson also populate the cast. 

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Wes Anderson, George Clooney Taking Movies To Berlin Film Festival [Trailer]


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Wes Anderson and George Clooney will both take their latest movies to the Berlin International Film Festival this year. Organizers of the Berlinale, the first of the year's major European film festivals, have released the list of films set to show in and out of competition at the 64th annual event which will take place between the 6th and 16th of February in the vibrant German capital.

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Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Will Show At The Berlin International Film Festival.

Of the 23 films set to screen at the Berlinale, 20 will compete for the top prize, the prestigious Golden Bear Award. Amongst a host of intriguing foreign titles, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and George Clooney's The Monuments Men stand out as the big-name movies of the event. Anderson's whimsical new comedy, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, will open the festival. Set in the 1920s, The Grand Budapest Hotel is based partly on the writings of Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig who, after the war, lamented the destruction of Europe.

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Waiting For Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel? Check Out These New Clips [Clips]


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Despite his relatively young age, Wes Anderson has carved out a niche style of filmmaking recognisable to both aficionados and casual purveyors of cinema alike. His latest effort, The Grand Budapest Hotel, sees his perennial working relationship with many stars hit the big screen once more.

Grand Budapest HotelA hotel manager and a lobby boy

The trailer hit town in October last year, when we got a good look at the huge cast. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton and Bill Murray all return to work with Anderson, while big names, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe and Harvey Keitel all feature.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - Clips


Charismatic but somewhat aloof concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel, Gustave H, is less than impressed when a seemingly inexperienced new lobby boy named Zero Moustafa is hired for a trial period without his knowledge. However, the pair become thick as thieves when Gustave finds himself wanted by the authorities after the murder of his elderly one night stand Madame D. He does what any honourable hotelier would do under pressure. and runs. When it is discovered that the woman had left a priceless painting behind for Gustave in her will named Boy With Apple, her family is furious and Zero helps to the keep the painting hidden with the help of a charming young girl named Agatha as Gustave attempts to protest his innocence. With enough people despising Gustave for his often inappropriate professional conduct, it becomes harder than expected to clear his name and find out the truth about the death of Madame D.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - Character Promo Trailer


Gustave H is a charismatic and over-friendly concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel whose conduct has been far from professional over the course of his career, regularly engaging in one night stands with his deeply charmed guests including the elderly Madame D. So enamoured was Madame D about Gustave's interest in her, that she leaves him a priceless painting behind in her will named Boy With Apple. However, following her suspicious death, her maddened son Dmitri accuses Gustave of her murder and attempts to frame him for it, angered by his illicit involvement with her. Meanwhile, Gustave is attempting to train up an enthusiastic young lobby boy named Zero Moustafa who warms to him easily and helps to defend him as Gustave makes a break for it. Moustafa is also becoming very fond of a girl named Agatha, who he enlists to help hide the painting from Madame D's furious family.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Meet Wes Anderson's Gang [Trailer + Pictures]


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Wes Anderson’s brand of frenetic, witty energy is bursting from the seams in the new trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel. The comedy drama centres on a hotel concierge’s unlikely friendship with a lobby boy, and, as you’ve come to expect with an Anderson film, features an array of brilliant talent in its ranks.

The trailer for the film, which is due for release on March 7th in the U.S; February 28th in the U.K, is reminiscent of every film in Anderson’s showreel, but most notably, The Darjeeling Limited.

Some might see similarities to the hotel in The Royal TenenbaumsThe Grand Budapest Hotel - Some might see similarities to the hotel in The Royal Tenenbaums

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer


Gustave H is a flamboyant and largely charismatic concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel whose habit of getting a little too close to his guests and keeping them entertained at all hours has earned him legendary status among many of his peers. When he meets enthusiastic young lobby boy Zero Moustafa, Gustave trains him to be the best hotel worker he can and the pair become thick as thieves as they try and defend each other at all costs. When one of his more 'special' guests is found murdered, police accuse Gustave who does what any upstanding gentleman would do - runs. To the anger of the guest's son, he is bequeathed a valuable painting known as 'Boy With Apple' and now he finds himself on a cat and mouse chase with the victim's family and the police. Meanwhile, Zero meets the charming Agatha, who he's also desperate to protect as best he can.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is a heartwarming comedy about a very unusual friendship, directed and written by Wes Anderson ('Fantastic Mr. Fox', 'Rushmore', 'The Royal Tenenbaums'). It is based in 1920s Europe and truly reflects the glamour of the privileged in that decade. The movie is due to be released in the UK on February 28th 2014.

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Ed Norton Gets Help From Alec Baldwin And Miley Cyrus During Opening 'SNL' Monologue


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Ed Norton isn't exactly known for his comedic chops, so when he appeared as host on this week's Saturday Night Live - the first time he has hosted the long-running show - he was happy to take all the help he could get. It was a good think that show veteran Alec Baldwin and recent host Miley Cyrus were on hand to dish out some advice for him as he burst his SNL cherry.

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Norton made his debut on the show

It was a great lead in to the show - one that could have been better if it wasn't for Cyrus' poorly received butting-in and tongue joke - as the three joked around, shared tips (Alec is a 15-time presenter on the show) and plugged whatever new ventures they have on the horizon (for Baldwin, it was his new MSNBC show, whilst Miley talked about her 2014 tour). And for such an amusing lead, the show even managed to keep up the funny until the end, a sad rarity for recent shows.

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Moonrise Kingdom Review


Excellent
Anderson's films definitely aren't to everyone's taste, with his quirky approach to direction, character and and story structure. But this gently engaging adventure is his warmest, wittiest film since The Life Aquatic. It keeps us smiling all the way through.

Scout leader Ward (Norton) sends out a search party when preteen scout Sam (Gilman) runs away from the camp. He can't get far on this New England island, and it turns out that he has run off with Suzy (Hayward) daughter of a local couple (Murray and McDormand). As Sam and Suzy's naive love blossoms in the wilderness, local police Captain Sharp (Willis) takes over the search and calls in Social Services (Swinton). But these kids are more tenacious than anyone expects.

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Wes Anderson and Cannes Film Festival Wednesday 16th May 2012 Celebrities out and about during the 65th Cannes Film Festival

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Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Wes Anderson and Cannes Film Festival - Jason Schwartzman, Bruce Willis, Wes Anderson, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray Wednesday 16th May 2012 'Moonrise Kingdom' photocall - during the 65th Cannes Film Festival

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In 1960's New England, Sam and Suzy meet after the former sneaks backstage before a show, which features the latter. The pair fall in love and, from then on, communicate by writing letters. The pair makes a pact to run away together. Sam will escape from his summer camp and Suzy will climb out of her bedroom window.

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Wes Anderson Tuesday 15th November 2011 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' screening at the Sunshine Landmark New York City, USA

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Wes Anderson Friday 24th September 2010 The 48th New York Film Festival - 'The Social Network' Premiere - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Wes Anderson Tuesday 12th January 2010 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Wes Anderson Monday 11th January 2010 2009 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at Crimson - Inside Arrivals New York City, USA

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Jason Schwartzman and Wes Anderson - Jason Schwartzman, Wes Anderson New York City, USA - The New York premiere of 'Fantastic Mr Fox' at Bergdorf Goodman - Arrivals Thursday 10th September 2009

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Wes Anderson Thursday 1st November 2007 Premiere of 'The Darjeeling Limited' at The Odeon in Leicester Square London, England

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Wes Anderson

Date of birth

1st May, 1969

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

1.85


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