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February 19, 2012
This is your chance to fly to Budapest, the Hungarian city called the “Queen of the Danube,” for $1,010, including taxes and fees. Lufthansa offers the round-trip fare from LAX, but it is subject to availability. You must depart Mondays-Thursdays between April 2 and May 16, buy your ticket at least seven days in advance and stay over a Saturday night but not more than a month. Deadline for purchase is March 9. Info: Lufthansa, (800) 645-3880 Source:
April 8, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
As with Wes Anderson's previous movies, there isn't a detail overlooked or a hair out of place in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” -- no mean feat given the myriad mustaches and bumper crop of beards that careen across the screen (no more than three or four of the male characters in the entire film were clean shaven). With last weekend's wider release giving more people the opportunity to check into the Grand Budapest, we checked in with makeup, hair and prosthetics designer Frances Hannon to deconstruct the whisker wizardy, walk through the sculpting of tonsorial topiaries (incuding Jeff Goldblum's epic Freudian facial fuzz)
February 4, 1986 | Associated Press
Soviet Marshal Viktor G. Kulikov, commander of Warsaw Pact forces, arrived for a "friendship visit," Nepszabadsag, the Communist Party newspaper, said Monday.
March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
(This article has been updated since its original posting. See note below.) Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is going strong at the box office as the film's slow expansion - now 304 theaters in its third weekend of release - brought in $7 million for a strong per screen average of around $23,000. "Grand Budapest" rose to No. 7 at the box office and raised its total ticket sales to about $13.2 million. It's a rollout that in its first week brought in $800,000 from four theaters, two each in Los Angeles and New York, for an astonishing per-screen average of $200,000.
October 20, 1991
I enjoyed very much your article on Budapest cafes and dining, but some of the misspellings are painful to one who can read and write Hungarian. The most obvious one is paradiscom (totally meaningless) for paradicsom (tomato), which means, literally, "paradise." KLARA CSERNY HUNT Camarillo
July 27, 2003
I am a Hungarian who has lived here since 1951. Thank you for Robert Strauss' excellent article on Hungary ["Budapest, in Living Color," July 13]. The picture of the Chain Bridge, Parliament and the Danube River is the best I have ever seen. Buda has many wonderful big, hilly parks, one of which was across from where we lived and was my very favorite playground. I recommend to all travelers that they try some of the many scrumptious fancy pastry shops, which were one of my fondest childhood memories.
March 17, 1986 | ROBERT HILBURN, Times Pop Music Critic
All Yoko is still saying is "Give peace a chance." It's a theme she stressed repeatedly during her concert here Friday night--the 10th stop in the singer-songwriter's first tour since her husband, John Lennon, was slain in 1980. "As John said, we can make it (peace) together. . . . Together is the secret," she told 15,000 people in the International Fairgrounds hall, a bare, stark room the size of a football field normally used for cultural or consumer exhibits.
April 18, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The Vatican hopes that the Soviet Union will agree to host the first formal dialogue in the U.S.S.R. between Catholic officials and Marxist philosophers next year, a former California bishop on the church's Secretariat for Non-Believers said. Bishop Mark Hurley, who left for Rome last week after ending 17 years as bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, said the Vatican is waiting for Soviet approval of the proposed meeting.
April 24, 1986 | United Press International
KGB chief and Politburo member Viktor M. Chebrikov left Moscow on Wednesday on a trip to Budapest at the invitation of the Hungarian Communist Party, the official Soviet news agency Tass said.
March 19, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
It is crazy how much mayhem is contained within the incredible precision of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel. " Ralph Fiennes as its concierge M. Gustave and Tony Revolori as its lobby boy Zero Moustafa lead a marvelous cast in this meticulously played parlor game. Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law are among the many. There is always great specificity in the way Anderson stacks the deck, but "Budapest" is the writer-director's grandest gambit yet, every word, every move, every stray hair in its prescribed place.
March 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The release of a new Wes Anderson film has been a highly anticipated event among the quirky filmmaker's fans ever since his breakout success "Rushmore" in 1998. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is debuting in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, is sure to continue that tradition.  The movie takes place in Eastern Europe between World War I and World War II and stars Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who befriends a lobby boy. It has generally won over critics, as indicated by a 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- a good sign for a limited release poised to expand nationwide over the next few weeks.  REVIEW: Wes Anderson makes 'Grand Budapest' a four-star delight Better known for offbeat critical darlings than box office smashes, Anderson has nonetheless generated  some money-makers.
March 6, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
More than just about any other major American filmmaker working today, writer-director Wes Anderson doesn't so much make movies as create worlds. Each of his films takes place in its own strange sovereignty, whether the Texas prep school of "Rushmore," the train running through India in "The Darjeeling Limited" or the island hideaway for a pair of adolescent lovers in "Moonrise Kingdom. " His latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is set in the fictional country of Zubrowka. Though the story skips through multiple time periods, the main action is set in the 1930s against the backdrop of impending war, as a meticulous yet rambunctious concierge known as Monsieur Gustav H. (Ralph Fiennes)
March 6, 2014 | Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Wes Anderson sweats the details. All of them, all the time, to an extent that can be maddening. But not in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," where the writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment. With credits including "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Darjeeling Limited" and the stop-motion animation "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Anderson works so assiduously to create obsessively detailed on-screen worlds that the effect has sometimes been hermetic, even stifling.
February 21, 2014 | By Diane Haithman
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
February 7, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Tilda Swinton, as usual, made a strong fashion impression, with flat, feathered sandals and a tuxedo with a ruffle at the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," in which Swinton stars along with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and others, launched the European event Thursday night. The film, by Wes Anderson, is set to open in the United States on March 7. Swinton, whose hair color has varied, had high, platinum-blond curls and bright lipstick and toes for the event, which also featured costar Murray in a dapper hat. The fashion choices were in keeping with the film.
May 24, 1989
Sprinters Mark Witherspoon and Floyd Heard were reprimanded by The Athletics Congress for failing to compete for the U.S. team in the World Games last March in Budapest, Hungary. The sprinters, who train in Houston, also will be ineligible for financial aid from TAC for a year.
February 6, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Oliver Gettell
One of the chief pleasures of watching a Wes Anderson movie is being immersed in the idiosyncratic, slightly off-kilter worlds he creates. The director's latest effort, "The Grand Budapest Hotel, whisks the audience to a fictional country in pre-World War II Europe to follow the escapades of a famed concierge seeking to recover a famous Renaissance painting with the help of his trusted lobby boy. After the film opened the Berlin International Film...
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