THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Review

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By this point, you know whether or not you love the films of Wes Anderson.  He’s a true auteur with an unmistakable style, and unless he undergoes a radical transformation, his fans and his detractors will remain firmly entrenched.  His latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, won’t change anyone’s mind about the director nor should it.  The movie is almost the platonic ideal of Wes Anderson picture, and yet it’s free from over-indulgence and self-congratulations.  The film is vibrant, witty, pristine, and a wonder to behold.  While it falls a bit short of the emotional impact of a couple of his other movies, Anderson has still crafted a captivating mixture of magic and melancholy.

TRUE DETECTIVE Director Cary Fukunaga Developing A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR with Edward Norton; Discusses His IT Adaptation and POMPEII

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Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga is rightfully garnering an intense amount of attention as his HBO series True Detective continues to mesmerize week after week.  In an atypical move for television, Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of True Detective, and the result of his collaboration with writer Nic Pizzolatto is truly stunning.  Fukunaga already has two features under his belt—Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre—and he’s developing a number of others, but in a recent interview he revealed another project that he’s been working on with Edward Norton that would see him tackle the Great War.  He also provided a bit of trivia by noting that Alejandro González Iñárritu was briefly attached to direct True Detective before he came aboard.

Hit the jump for more, including Fukunaga’s brutally honest thoughts on Pompeii and an update on his two-part It adaptation.

Edward Norton to Direct and Star in MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN Adaptation

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After more than a decade away from the director’s chair, Edward Norton will return to helm Motherless Brooklyn, a passion project of his that’s been in the making for nearly 15 years.  Norton will direct and star in the adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel that puts a twist on the detective genre by setting the mob-employed, Tourette Syndrome-afflicted Lionel Essrog at the center of the action.  Norton also penned the adaptation of the contemporary novel, choosing to set the stage in 1954 New York.  Hit the jump for more.

Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, and More to Voice R-Rated Animated Film SAUSAGE PARTY

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The This Is the End gang is getting back together—and then some.  Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg have been developing a hard-R animated film called Sausage Party for some time, and when Sony Pictures agreed to produce the pic alongside Annapurna Pictures last year, we assumed that Rogen, Hill, and some of their regular collaborators would be leading the voice cast.  We assumed correctly, as The Wrap now reports that Rogen, Hill, and James Franco will lead the voice cast for the film, with Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, and David Krumholtz also lending their voice talents to the pic.  Hit the jump for more.

19 New Images from Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori

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Fox Searchlight has released nineteen new images from Wes Anderson‘s upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary, and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori).  The film will sport a gigantic cast of characters, multiple aspect ratios, and as you can see from these images, a gorgeous color palette.  Anderson’s films are always visually pleasing, but the colors here look like they’re ready to pop off the screen.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Saoirse RonanF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  The Grand Budapest Hotel will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February and open in the U.S. on March 7th.

New Clip from Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Featuring Ralph Fiennes and Edward Norton

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Fox Searchlight has released another clip from writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  We saw the first clip from the pic yesterday, in which Ralph Fiennes’ concierge character is introduced to the titular hotel’s new Lobby Boy (Tony Revolori), and today’s clip finds Fiennes interacting with Edward Norton, who plays a policeman.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the Grand Budapest Hotel, specifically focusing on the relationship between a legendary concierge and a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé.  The humor continues to look spot-on and the colorful cast of characters is incredibly promising.

Hit the jump to watch the new clip.  The film also stars Saoirse RonanWillem DafoeJeff GoldblumJason SchwartzmanJude LawTilda SwintonOwen WilsonAdrien BrodyMathieu AmalricHarvey KeitelEdward NortonLea SeydouxTom Wilkinson, and Bill Murray.  The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7th.

New Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law and Bill Murray

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A new trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is now online.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary, and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori).  Like yesterday’s new poster, this trailer is designed to introduce you to the huge cast of characters while still conveying the tone of the picture.  It does both wonderfully.  The performances look diverse, the humor is light but sharp, and it still has Anderson’s familiar atheistic, but it doesn’t feel stale.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars  Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse RonanF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014.

Dear God, No: The Weinstein Company Planning Sequels to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and ROUNDERS and TV Series Based on Other Miramax Titles

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Miramax is dead, but founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein are planning to play with its corpse.  According to Deadline, The Weinstein Company has struck a deal that will allow them to raid Miramax’s library and develop sequels and series based on old hits.  The standouts of their plan include sequels to Shakespeare in Love and Rounders and TV series based on Good Will Hunting and Flirting with Disaster.  There will also be a few in-development stories that TWC is transferring to their own development slate.  Notably, they’ll be handling The Alibi, a comedy written by Stephen Colbert that’s about creating alibis for cheating spouses.  There’s also The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, “a script that was being developed by the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack,” based on the novel of the same name by Liz Jensen.

Hit the jump for more on what the Weinsteins have planned for their older titles.  Prepare to shudder.

Watch: SNL Trailer for Wes Anderson Horror Film Starring Edward Norton as Owen Wilson

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Last night’s Edward Norton-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live had a little parody fun with the holiday season, this time turning its focus to filmmaker Wes Anderson’s distinct style.  The trailer for the fake Anderson-directed horror film The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders applies the director’s style to the horror genre, complete with Norton doing a spot-on Owen Wilson impression and Alec Baldwin making a cameo as the film’s narrator.  It’s pretty funny, if a bit on the nose.  Anderson’s an easy target so I was hoping for something a tad more substantive, but the SNL team mostly resigned itself to  quick cameos of the director’s most famous characters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens in theaters on March 7, 2014. 

First Trailer for Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan; Film Shot in 3 Different Aspect Ratios

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel, where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) takes a young employee (Tony Revolori) under his wing to become his trusted protégé.  The movie looks absolutely delightful, and there are some great laughs in this trailer.  It’s also refreshing, unexpected, and exciting to see Fiennes in a comedic role.  [Update: On a side note, Refocused Media tweets that Anderson shot the movie in three different aspect ratios (1.33, 1.85, and 2.35) for reference during it's three time periods.  I'm not sure if that means personal reference, or if it will be a reference for the audience.]

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7, 2014

Fascinating First Trailer and Poster for Documentary SALINGER

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The Weinstein Company has released the first incredibly captivating trailer for director Shane Salerno’s documentary Salinger.  As the title suggests, the film centers on the enigmatic life of Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger, who mysteriously stopped publishing in the mid 1960s and retreated from the public eye.  The documentary attempts to unravel the truth behind Salinger’s childhood, work methods, marriages, private world, and secrets, as it includes interviews with a number of colleagues and members of the author’s inner circle of friends who have never before gone on record about the figure. The trailer plays almost like a thriller, and as someone who has been fascinated by Salinger’s life ever since I can remember, I’m incredibly eager to see what insights are gleaned in the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features interviews with Edward Norton, John Cusack, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny DeVito, Martin Sheen, Robert Towne, and more.  Salinger opens in limited release on September 6th.

New BETWEEN TWO FERNS/The Lonely Island Music Video “Spring Break Anthem” Starring Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, and Edward Norton

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A new Between Two Ferns is always cause for celebration, and this latest installment is among the best.  It begins like most Between Two Ferns: Zach Galifianakis makes deadpan insults towards his guest (in this case James Franco), but then it turns into the music video for the new Lonely Island single, “Spring Break Anthem”, which is appropriately in the style of Spring Breakers but also supports gay marriage.  And because The Lonely Island–which is comprised of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg–likes to embrace the random, Edward Norton co-stars in this excellent sketch/music video.

Hit the jump to check out the music video.  The Lonely Island’s new album, The Wack Album, will be released on June 11th.

Production Begins on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis

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Filming is underway on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy Birdman.  Fox Searchlight and New Regency announced today that principal photography has begun in New York City on Birdman, which centers on an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  Michael Keaton stars as the struggling actor, and he’s surrounded by a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough.

Iñárritu co-wrote the original script alongside Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, and is also producing the film with John Lesher.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

First Look at Wes Anderson’s GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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The first set photos and video from Wes Anderson‘s Grand Budapest Hotel have leaked online.  Details about the film are scarce, but we know it takes place in 1927 in a Hungarian hotel and has Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan in the lead roles. Plot details are scarce, but the movie is reportedly in the vein of the films of Billy Wilder (The Apartment) and Ernest Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner).  The impressive cast also includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, and Mathieu Amalric.  In addition to showing off the setting, the images also show us the colorful costumes (I like the purple coats) and Goldblum’s commanding facial hair.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  Grand Budapest Hotel should arrive some time next year. [Update: We've removed the unofficial set images and video.]

Edward Norton Joins Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN

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Another very talented actor has been added to the impressive lineup for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dark comedy Birdman.  The film centers on an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  Yesterday we learned that Michael Keaton has been set in the lead role alongside a supporting cast that includes Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts, and now Deadline reports that Edward Norton has signed on as well.

Norton will be playing the lead stage actor in Keaton’s play whose ego threatens the former superhero actor’s comeback.  The plan is to start production in New York in mid-April, where filming will take place in a Broadway theater.  The prospect of Iñárritu tackling a comedy initially put this on my radar, but the great cast and intriguing premise are making this one of my most anticipated films currently in development.

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