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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 »

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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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wes anderson forrest gump

If there’s one thing the Internet loves, it’s a good Wes Anderson parody. The filmmaker’s unique and distinctive visual style has been parodied in many ways, and adapted in diverse forms making fun of all kinds of movies, filmmakers and so much more. Even Saturday Night Live got in on the fun. The latest, however, is one of the best.

Filmmaker Louis Paquet has made the opening title sequence for Best Picture winner Forrest Gump, if it was directed by Wes Anderson. The only bad thing about this is the rest of the movie isn’t here. Check out the Wes Anderson Forrest Gump parody below. Read More »

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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Wes Anderson symmetry

Wes Anderson is the rare filmmaker with a style so distinctive, even the most casual filmgoer can immediately pick it out — whether it’s in an actual Wes Anderson movie or in an SNL parody. There are a lot of different elements that come together to make his movies look so unique, but one of his signatures – Wes Anderson’s symmetry obsession.

Check out a video that highlights that particular habit of Anderson’s after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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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 »

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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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Briefly: Wes Anderson‘s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, set a major box office record this weekend. Playing on just four screens, it grossed $811,166 total. That’s an average of $202,792 per screen, making it the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time. The previous record holder was from that other Anderson, Paul Thomas, whose recent film The Master made $147,262 per screen on five screens. (Kevin Smith’s Red State actually grossed $204,230, but with the higher than normal ticket prices for that tour, some tallies account for it differently.)

The film didn’t come close to the all-time per screen average for any film, however. That record is held by Disney’s The Lion King, which grossed $1.59 million on two screens on its opening weekend. The Grand Budapest Hotel expands over the next few weeks. [Variety and Box Office Mojo]