Lego Grand Budapest Hotel 4

You’ve seen the video, now see it up close and personal.

Saturday in Los Angeles actor Tony Revolori joined Lego builder Ryan Ziegelbauer to officially reveal the 50,000 piece Lego version of Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The event was held at outdoor mall The Grove, as dozens of people stood around to watch the pair pull the curtain back, take pictures and answer questions. It took Ziegelbauer 72 days, totaling 575 hours, along with a team of ten to create the massive building. They had to source many of the pieces from collectors around the world, including 14 US states and all over Europe. The entire endeavor can be described in one word: massive.

The Lego Grand Budapest Hotel was build with the financial assistance of Fox to help promote the Blu-ray edition of Wes Anderson’s magnificent film. That takes places Tuesday June 17. Below, check out some photos of the event as well as some up close detailed shots, and find how where you can see the Lego Grand Budapest Hotel on display for the rest of the summer. Read More »

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A cryptic tease hit the movie press corp on Thursday: an image featuring a single pink Lego brick, and the name of Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Many – myself included – began wildly speculating about a collaboration between the indie filmmaker and massive toymaker on a consumer set. Alas, that’s not the case.

Instead, to help promote the June 17 Blu-ray release of the film, Fox Searchlight hired Lego builder Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team to create a huge version of the hotel to put on display. The result took 575 hours, is made of more than 50,000 bricks, weights 150 pounds, stands 7 feet tall and stretches 6.5 feet wide. It’ll be on display at The Grove in Los Angeles June 14 and 15 and we’ll have some more details photos over the weekend.

For now, check out a video of the impressive build of The Grand Budapest Hotel Lego. Read More »

DKNG Icon Jurassic

Every film has one. A signature prop, set, or location. Something that, in a single image, can represent the entire movie. The design team of Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman, also known as DKNG, call these images “Icons,” and they are the subject of their first ever solo show at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles opening Saturday June 14.

The show, called simply Icon, is comprised of 50 pieces featuring iconic places and things from some of your favorite movies and TV shows of all time. Things like Star Wars, Beavis and Butthead, The Shining, Back to the Future, Office Space, Groundhog Day, Arrested Development, Willy Wonka, Jurassic Park, the list goes on and on. Each piece is small – 12 inches square – and is of one thing that sums up an entire movie. And of course, each is done in DKNG’s distinctive bright, geometric yet detailed style.

Below, check out our exclusive reveal of just eight of the 50 pieces you’ll be able to see and purchase in person Saturday at Gallery 1988. Read More »

The Grand Budapest Hotel Visual Effects

Look Effects has released a five minute VFX breakdown of the visual effects they created for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Some of the effects are seamless and near invisible, changing the color of a wall or text on an envelope. Some of the other effects involve more involved miniatures which are combined with real world location shots and actors on green screens. Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel visual effect video embedded after the jump.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel box office

The characters of The Grand Budapest Hotel fall on some hard times, but the movie itself is rolling in the dough. It’s just become director Wes Anderson‘s highest-grossing release ever, and the only one to cross the $100 million mark.

It’s great news, but not particularly surprising news considering the run The Grand Budapest Hotel has had so far. During its opening weekend in March, it beat out Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master to become the highest-grossing limited live-action debut of all time. Hit the jump for more on how Grand Budapest hit those numbers.

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Ralph Fiennes Grand Budapest Hotel

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Willem Dafoe Grand Budapest

Any good director will tell you they make a movie three times. The script, the shooting and the editing. But there’s a fourth time too, and that’s the projection. When filmmakers finish a film, most simply let it go out into the world, allowing legions of projectionists with varying levels of experience to dictate how an audience sees their movie.

However, some filmmakers take control of that process too and the latest example is Wes Anderson. Anderson had Fox Searchlight include a specific set of projection instructions with each and every print/DCP of his wonderful new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and you can see the image below. Read More »

Watch a ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Companion Short

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Wes Anderson has taken to crafting short films to accompany and/or promote his feature releases, and he’s just revealed a Grand Budapest Hotel companion short. This one is a bit different from what we’ve seen in the past, however. Not in terms of style; on that front this is a Wes Anderson piece through and through.

But this three-minute short is actually an instructional video, as it uses the film’s settings and characters to teach viewers how to make the pastries that are particularly beloved by Ralph Fiennes’ character M. Gustave. Check out the short below. Read More »

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