boy who couldn't sleep short

Actor and comedian DC Pierson wrote a novel called The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To, and you can now see part of that book adapted as a short film. See, Pierson and director Dan Eckman (Community, Mystery Team) and producer Meggie McFadden want to turn the novel into a feature, and they’ve made this short as a proof of concept. The cast features Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Dope) and Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games).

In The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep short, Revolori and Quaid play high school friends whose foray into making comics is complicated when Revolori reveals he has the power to manifest ideas into reality. Naturally, that has some pretty huge and funny consequences. Watch the short after the break.

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Dope review

Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood.  I’m posting this review the morning after the premiere and its being reported that six studios are rabidly bidding to distribute this film — its insanely accessible movie for a Sundance film and will sure to be a hit that lives on past its festival and theatrical runs. Read my Dope review after the jump.

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Dope

With the Sundance Film Festival slated to kick off tomorrow, we have a fun first look at one of this year’s under-the-radar treats. Dope stars Shameik Moore as a teenage geek named Malcolm growing up in a rough neighborhood in Inglewood, California. He winds up in a sticky situation after attending a party where a drug deal goes sour.

Also starring are Zoë KravitzTony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Blake Anderson (WorkaholicsKeith Stanfield (Short Term 12), and rapper A$AP Rocky. Pharrell contributed to the soundtrack. Watch the Dope trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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 »

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel has already opened in theaters and even set a box office record. But it’s set to expand into even more markets over the next few weeks, so Fox Searchlight is giving the picture a marketing boost with a new red band trailer.

Now, this is still Wes Anderson we’re talking about, so as red-band trailers go it’s not so scandalous. There’s some cursing, a bit of nudity, and a brief glimpse of fellatio, and that’s about it in terms of objectionable material. Still, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, the promo will offer some new footage. Watch it after the jump.

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Bill Murray in The Grand Budapest Hotel

I don’t care who you are — if Bill Murray skids his car to a stop right in front of you and demands that you “get in,” just do as the guy says. That goes double if you happen to be a hotel concierge and a lobby boy on the run, like the ones played by Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

That’s the basic gist of this latest clip from the movie, which looks super Wes Anderson-y in all the right ways: pretty and precise, with a sly sense of humor. Hit the jump to see it for yourself.

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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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We just saw a new poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, from Wes Anderson, and that image featured portraits of the individuals in the huge ensemble cast. Now there’s a new trailer, and it is all about introducing the characters played by the whole bunch.

Along the way, we get a better outline of how the film fits together, starting from the point where F. Murray Abraham, seemingly as an older version of the young Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), narrates his story to the young writer played by Jude Law. There’s so much here: Harvey Keitel’s prison tattoos, Jeff Goldblum channeling J.K. Simmons’ character from Burn After Reading, and Tilda Swinton swaddled in old-age makeup, for starters.

It looks like a screwy comedy, with everyone having a hell of a time, but there are shadows of more serious events here, too. And, for everything that’s in this trailer, it doesn’t seem to give too much away. Read More »

Grand Budapest Hotel UK Quad

Any “most anticipated of 2014″ lists we run here will likely feature Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens in March of next year. Anticipation comes not just based on the fact of a new Anderson movie, but the ensemble cast that always comes with such an endeavor.

This time, it’s Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and Saoirse Ronan, for starters, who will wear the meticulously designed, Anderson-approved costumes. You can see them all in a new poster below, in advance of a new trailer tomorrow (Thursday, Dec 19). Read More »

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