Wes Anderson First Animated ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is so meticulously art-directed that at times, it looks more like a painstakingly handcrafted animation than an actual live-action film. And as it turns out, there was an animated version once upon a time, before production officially began.

Star Jeff Goldblum revealed that, as part of his creative process, Anderson had created a sort of early draft of The Grand Budapest Hotel using animatics and voicing all the characters himself. “You could see the whole movie,” Goldblum recalled. More details, including when and where you might see it, after the jump.

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As we get closer to the March release of Wes Anderson‘s acclaimed new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, distributor Fox Searchlight isn’t wasting an opportunity to let us know more about the movie. The latest rounds of promotion include a poster from artist Peter Strain, and a new featurette that features a great rhythmic opening before proceeding to explain the opening volleys of the story. See both below. Read More »

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Film fans have been anticipating The Grand Budapest Hotel since just after the credits rolled on Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson is one of a select group of filmmakers who can be relied upon to craft a special film, no matter what it is about or who is in it. With Anderson’s latest kicking off the Berlin Film Festival Thursday, the first batch of reviews have hit Twitter and various websites. They’re almost uniformly ecstatic.

The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7 in the U.S. but read some of the first reviews below. Read More »

Calvary

The opening scene of John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary is a frightening juxtaposition that perfectly sets the tone for what’s to come. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is taking confession from a mysterious man who admits to being molested by a priest as a child. Not this specific priest, though, another one, and to get revenge he tells Father James he’s going to kill him for no good reason. In an instant, McDonagh has sucked the audience in.

Much like McDonagh and Gleeson’s previous film The Guard, Calvary is wholly original. It blends elements of mystery, a detective story and comedy with lots of philosophical ruminations. As Father James spends what might be his final week alive dealing with the townspeople, one of which is his would-be murderer, he tries to solve the riddle by delving into their problems (alcoholism, depression, adultery, etc) through his Catholic beliefs. The result is an ambitious, slow-burn drama with dynamite performances from top to bottom that just misses the mark because it’s trying to do too much. Read More »

Calvary

A noble, wise priest is told he’s going to be killed in a week simply because he’s good. That’s the start of Calvary, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (The Guard), which had its world premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which stars Brendan Gleeson, generated solid buzz for its mix of pseudo-detective story and philosophical rumination. And now, you’ll all get a chance to see it as Fox Searchlight acquired it for domestic distribution. It’s their second Sundance purchase, following I OriginsRead More »

I Origins

If you aren’t in Park City, Utah for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the news you really want to follow is what films are getting picked up for distribution. That means you’ll get a chance to see them eventually and, so far, it’s happened for a few: Happy Christmas, Whiplash, Laggies, Dinosaur 13 and Wish I Was Here have all been bought.

Add two more titles to the list: Mike Cahill‘s sci-fi film I Origins, which was picked up by Fox Searchlight, and The Night Comes For Us Next which…technically…didn’t play Sundance because it hasn’t been shot yet. But its two principal filmmakers are here, The Raid 2‘s Gareth Evans, who’s producing, and Killers‘ director Timo Tjahjanto, directing. Radius/TWC picked up the soon-to-be action film. Read more below. Read More »

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Fox Searchlight has made some of the most well-liked films in recent memory. The company has won Oscars and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars, but the one thing it has never done is make a sequel. That is, until now. John Madden is returning to make The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, the sequel to the 2012 hit. All of the surviving cast members will be back (such as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel) and there will be new additions including Richard Gere and David Strathairn. Read More »

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Of all the highly anticipated films hitting theaters in 2014, Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the first to arrive. Scheduled for release March 7, the film follows the adventures of a concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and lobby boy (Tony Revolori) at a huge European hotel between World War I and World War II. The cast is impressive as always (Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan) and as fantastic as the trailer was, two clips from the film are now out. Each is not only filled with the classic Wes Anderson tropes, but a real sense of energy and urgency. Check them out below. Read More »

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