Wes Anderson is shooting his new film, Grand Budapest Hotel, right now, with Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan in the lead roles. Fiennes plays the concierge of the titular hotel, and the 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.

Some set pics and videos hit the web last night, showing that the hotel of the title is grand, indeed, as are some of the costumes worn by the cast. Jeff Goldblum’s facial hair is no small matter, either. Check them all out below.

Update: At the request of Fox, we’ve pulled the images.

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When Wes Anderson was promoting Moonrise Kingdom, the writer/director told us his next film would “not be family friendly.” The same can’t be said for the cast. Twitchfilm is reporting Anderson has once again approached an impressive ensemble for the next project, including Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury. It’s a great mix of new blood and the usual Wes Anderson Players. Oh, and the Murder, She Wrote star. Read more below. Read More »

So many movies are about a loss of innocence. A main character faces trials and tribulations, and their eyes are opened to the cruelty of the world before they overcome it. Moonrise Kingdom, the seventh movie by director Wes Anderson, is definitely not that sort of story. The film teaches a lesson through the positives in life. For Anderson, that’s something new. He’s rebelling against loss of innocence, and discovering it instead.

Anderson’s past films have all hinged on a cynical point of view: Max Fischer flipping the bird, Richie Tenenbaum attempting suicide, Steve Zissou hunting sharks. Even the fantastic Mr. Fox is, on the surface, a thief. Rarely is true innocence Anderson’s chief focus.

But with Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson uses his signature visual cues and oddball sense of humor to tell a story that completely lacks cynicism and is almost palpably sweet. It’s a step forward for the filmmaker. However, by entering this new territory, the balance between message and humor, so expertly handled in his previous films, shifts ever so slightly. Read more after the jump.

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Wes Anderson fans eagerly awaiting Moonrise Kingdom — his first directorial effort since 2009′s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and his first live-action feature since 2007′s The Darjeeling Limited — can officially banish any worries that the hipster-prep auteur has lost his touch. Following the film’s world premiere at Cannes, the vast majority of reviews have been somewhere between “mostly positive” and “utterly glowing.” As with any movie, there are the occasional naysayers, but even the less enamored seem to agree that Anderson diehards will find the filmmaker doing exactly what he does best here.

Co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom follows the chaos that erupts in a sleepy New England island town in the 1960s when two adolescents (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) decide to run away together. The top-shelf adult supporting cast includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and of course, Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Read the early reactions after the jump.

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The four latest featurettes for Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom don’t reveal much more about the actual movie than that last behind-the-scenes video did, but it’s still a pleasure to watch the cast and crew coming together. Especially when all the proceedings are narrated by Bob Balaban, in typically wry, gentle Anderson style.

The four videos focus on Anderson and stars Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis, as they shoot their scenes and goof off between takes. Turns out Anderson and Norton in particular are pretty adept at stone skipping, and Anderson was scared of Murray the first time they met. Watch them after the jump.

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There isn’t a lot of new footage from Wes Anderson‘s new film Moonrise Kingdom in the behind the scenes featurette that arrived today (there is some new stuff) but there are some really lovely shots of the director and crew at work. Various participants in the film, including co-writer Roman Coppola and actors Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Bob Balaban, and Tilda Swinton, explain some of the basics of the film, giving up a few new character details as they do.

The really good stuff, from my perspective, is the sidelong view of some of the film’s sets and locations. Anderson is such a meticulous stylist that there is a lot to see in his sets, and we get to see a couple of great glimpses of stuff built for the film in this featurette. We’ve seen some of this in the 20 minutes of behind the scenes b-roll that was released not long ago. But if you were worried about seeing too much of the film before the fact in that footage, this is the spoiler-free way to get a look at the set. Check it out below. Read More »

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