Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes Join the Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR!

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Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are putting together the cast for their next film, Hail, Caesar!George Clooney has long been attached to star in the Hollywood-set 1950s comedy, which revolves around a “fixer” for the stars, and a couple of weeks ago it was announced that Josh Brolin will be a part of the cast.  Now an incredibly exciting trio of actors has been added to the latest Coen brothers pic, as THR reports that Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in talks to sign on.  The film is said to be filled with characters harkening back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, and indeed these three actors are set to fill some very juicy roles.  Hit the jump for more details on the casting. 

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.

Ralph Fiennes Says BOND 24 Starts Filming in October

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We know pretty much nothing about the next James Bond film, but we do know that 2012’s Skyfall will be an incredibly tough act to follow.  Director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan will give it their best shot, though, as the duo are set to return in their respective duties for Bond 24.  The pic won’t be hitting theaters until October 2015 in the U.K. and November 2015 in the U.S., but we now have word of when filming is set to get underway as Ralph Fiennes tells MTV News, “It’s meant to start shooting in October.”  The actor will be reprising his role as Gareth Mallory in the next pic and he added that he hasn’t yet seen a script so he couldn’t possibly tease anything about the plot, though he noted that he’d probably be sworn to secrecy anyway.

Daniel Craig will return in the 24th Bond film and we assume that Naomie Harris (aka Moneypenny) will be back as well, but we recently learned the sad news that Skyfall cinematographer and all-around Master Roger Deakins will not be returning for the follow-up.

Ralph Fiennes Talks THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Collaborating with Wes Anderson, If He Will Direct More Shakespeare, and More in Berlin

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I love everything about Wes Anderson movies.  From the way he creates unique worlds to the unusual characters that occupy the screen, Anderson is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker that always makes something special.  His newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, continues his streak of making exceptional films.  The story mostly takes place in early 20th-century, and revolves around the goings-on at a famous European hotel where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori) against the backdrop of a changing continent.  The film also stars Saoirse RonanBill Murray, F. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

The day after the world premiere, I participated in a great roundtable interview with Fiennes in Berlin.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, working with Anderson, having group dinners with the cast, if his process changed now that he’s directed his own movies, if he’s interested in directing more Shakespeare after tackling Coriolanus, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7th.

Bill Murray Arranges a Getaway in New Clip from THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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A new clip from writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel has been released 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).  This new clip focuses on Bill Murray’s character as he sets up a getaway of sorts, and it once again highlights Anderson’s use of multiple aspect ratios in the pic.  This is the first film on which Anderson receives sole screenwriting credit, and with the new clip it continues to look like an absolute delight.

Hit the jump to watch the new clip.  The film also stars Saoirse RonanF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom Wilkinson, 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.

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.

First Clip from Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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Fox Searchlight has released the first clip from writer/director Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, and it’s positively delightful.  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.  This debut clip chronicles the humorous first meeting between Fiennes and Revolori’s characters and highlights the fact that Fiennes’ concierge runs a very tight ship.  The film landed on our recent Most Anticipated list of 2014’s first quarter slate, and for me personally the pic’s release date can’t come soon enough.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Amalric, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Lea Sydoux, Tom Wilkinson, and Bill MurrayThe Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7th.

Ralph Fiennes Talks THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, Acting and Directing, Editing His Performance, and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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Directed by Ralph Fiennes and written by Abi Morgan (Shame), The Invisible Woman tells the story of Ellen “Nelly” Ternan (Felicity Jones), a happily married mother and schoolteacher with a secret past.  Haunted by remorse and guilt, Nelly was a young actress who caught the eye of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), becoming both his muse and secret lover.

At the film’s press day, actor/director Ralph Fiennes spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew him to this story, why he ultimately decided to direct and act in the film, his collaboration with the screenwriter, the challenge of editing the film down to two hours, including credits, the process of editing his own performance, and why Felicity Jones was the perfect actress for this role.  He also talked about working with the detail-oriented and very prepared Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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.

New Posters for THE ARMSTRONG LIE, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, and THE PAST

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Sony Pictures Classics has released posters for their upcoming 2013 films.  Briefly:

  • The Armstrong Lie – The new documentary from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) looks at the rise and fall of cyclist of Lance Armstrong, but isn’t a story about doping.  According to Gibney’s it’s “about power”.  Click here to watch the trailer.  The film opens on November 8th.
  • The PastBérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) star in a tale about a French woman who beings a new relationship when her Iranian husband leaves her, and asks for a divorce upon his return.  The film opens December 20th.
  • The Invisible Woman – The film revolves around the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan, with director Ralph Fiennes playing Dickens and Felicity Jones playing Ternan.  Click here to watch the trailer.  The film opens on December 25th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

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

Trailer for Ralph Fiennes’ THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Starring Felicity Jones

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The first trailer for Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial effort The Invisible Woman has been released online.  The film revolves around the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress, with Fiennes playing Dickens and Like Crazy star Felicity Jones playing the titular Nelly Ternan.  Instead of sensationalizing the story, the film looks to humanize the author and his relationship with the young woman as a tragedy of sorts, with their inability to go public proving to be an ever-existent limit on the extent of their love.  As a big fan of Jones, I’m looking forward to seeing what she brings to the film with her portrayal of Ternan.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, and Michelle FairleyThe Invisible Woman opens in theaters later this year.

Gary Oldman to Direct Biopic FLYING HORSE; Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch Courted to Star

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Gary Oldman is getting back in the director’s chair.  Oldman is developing a biopic of photographer Eadweard Muybridge called Flying Horse that he intends to direct early next year, should the financing come together.  Muybridge was a pioneer in the world of photography, as he focused on the studies of photography in motion and paved the way for the very first motion-picture; the Englishman literally made movies possible.  It’s Muybridge’s personal life, though, that will be front and center in Flying Horse.  Upon learning that his young wife’s friend, a theater critic named Major Harry Larkyns, may have fathered their seven-month-old son, Muybridge tracked Larkyns down and said, “Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here’s the answer to the letter you sent my wife,” before shooting Larkyns point-blank and killing him.  A nice gentleman, no doubt.

Hit the jump for more on the project, including which actors Oldman hopes will star in the film.

Ralph Fiennes Cast in SANDS, Tuppence Middleton Joins JUPITER ASCENDING and Danielle Bisutti Joins INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

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Check out the latest casting news for the following pictures:

  • Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) is in talks to topline James Foley’s fantasy drama-romance Sands.  The modestly-budgeted picture is a supernatural love story penned by novelist Renata Bovara.
  • Tuppence Middleton (Cleanskin) has joined the impressive cast of the Wachowski siblings’ Jupiter Ascending in an unspecified role.
  • Danielle Bisutti (True Jackson, VP) has been added to the cast of James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2 as Michelle, whose character details are being kept under wraps.  Insidious: Chapter 2 opens August 30th.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

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