October 31, 2012 |
Wes Anderson called the other day from his office in Paris to talk about his latest film, that magical tale of first love, "Moonrise Kingdom. " You can read Anderson's thoughts on the movie here in a 13-image gallery we put together. But while we had him on the line, we couldn't resist asking about the project he's currently prepping. "We're getting ready to make a movie in Germany," Anderson says. " 'Grand Budapest Hotel' or 'Grand Hotel Budapest.' " Told that we'd heard it titled "Grand Budapest Hotel," Anderson chuckled.
March 23, 2014 |
(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 16, 2013 |
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" opens for business March 7, 2014, with the release of Wes Anderson's much-anticipated new film. Anderson's 2012 effort, "Moonrise Kingdom," made more than $45 million in the U.S. and earned an Oscar nomination for original screenplay. In an interview with The Times last year, Anderson described the new film as being inspired by a "Hollywood Europe" tone, and films such as "To Be or Not to Be," "The Shop Around the Corner" or "Love Me Tonight. " PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Fox Searchlight, which is releasing the film, says it "recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
December 27, 2012 |
Wes Anderson won't formally begin his next movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," until the new year, but he's on the phone after a busy day spent filming "little shots" in Saxony with a very good German driver named Peet who's quite adept, Anderson says, at weaving through traffic behind the wheel of an old car that Anderson's production team has meticulously converted into a taxi. Anderson admits he's still puzzling over the success of his last film, the coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," which has received best picture nominations for the Spirit Awards and Golden Globes and grossed more than twice the box office of each of his previous three films.
March 7, 2014 |
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 |
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.