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Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe Interview: On ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and the Wes Anderson “Brotherhood”

Jeff Goldblum Willem Dafoe Interview
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"Real, deep, soulful, transcendental, enjoyable brotherhood in this wonderland of a town ..." That's how Jeff Goldblum describes Wes Anderson's latest film, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'

The film is sort of an unofficial who's-who guide to Wes Anderson movies. Goldblum and Willem Dafoe, for example, were re-enlisted by the acclaimed indie director (after starring in 'The Life Aquatic' and 'Fantastic Mr. Fox,' respectively) to join a cast that includes Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton and Anderson newcomers like Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan.

We had a chance to sit down with Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe to talk about working in a "wonderland of a town" for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' being part of the Wes Anderson "brotherhood," and bringing a dark edge to the humorous caper adventure.

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The 10 Best Wes Anderson Characters

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Touchstone Pictures

If you can judge a filmmaker by the number of unforgettable characters he's created, than Wes Anderson is one of the all-time greats. Over the course of seven films, Anderson has introduce the world to a collection of oddballs, scumbags, dreams, loners and manic-depressives. You can always pick an Anderson character out of a li

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Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori Interview: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Stars on Their Wes Anderson Initiation

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In 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' which features many familiar stars of past Wes Anderson movies, Saoirse Ronan ('The Host') and newcomer Tony Revolori were the new blood on set. We sat down with the two youngest stars of the film to chat about their initiation into this world that's home to the likes of Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Jeff Goldblum. (We started talking about food 'cause Revolori had just ordered pizza.)

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Review

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Fox Searchlight

Wes Anderson has finally done it. He's gone and created his own country.

Zubrowka, the fictional town at the heart of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' is positioned on the farthest Eastern edge of Europe's great empire. It is a melange of stylistic flourishes and decorative signifiers from a make believe 20th Century - a memory of a memory, a fastidious, whimsical take on real horrors - a storybook samizdat that entices with madcap adventure then goes in for the kill with existential dread. It is an incredible place to visit.

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See the Cast of ‘Rushmore’ Then and Now

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Buena Vista

In 1998, Wes Anderson released his second film, 'Rushmore,' which followed the life of eccentric teenager Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), his friendship with the wealthy and lonely Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and their fight for the affection of a beautiful elementary school teacher. Co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson, 'Rushmore' helped further Anderson's career and put Schwartzman on the map. Now, 16 years later, we revisit the cast of this indie favorite and see what they're up to now.

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First ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Clip Offers Ralph Fiennes in Wes Anderson Mode

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Fox Searchlight

In the first clip for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' it's readily apparent that Ralph Fiennes' concierge fits in nicely with many of writer/director Wes Anderson's other protagonists. As he conducts an interview with a new hire, he rattles off instructions at a clip that would make Max Fisher jealous.

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Trailer Introduces a Charming Cast of Quirky Characters

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Fox Searchlight

A second trailer for Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' has debuted and this one is far more character-driven, giving us a who's who of the incredible line-up Anderson has collected for his upcoming film. It might be his greatest ensemble cast to date, with previous collaborators and newcomers in an exotic, elaborate setting that rivals 'The Darjeeling Limited.' Welcome to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'! 

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Poster Features a Lot of Familiar Names, No Familiar Faces

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Fox Searchlight

As we patiently wait for Wes Anderson's latest film to hit theaters, we've finally gotten our first official look at 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' in the form of a beautiful poster, featuring the sort of precious hotel one might expect to see in an Anderson film. And while there are a ton of familiar names on the poster, there are no famous faces to sell this thing. Who needs them when you've got a poster this pretty?

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Plot Details: Finally We Know What the Heck This Film Is About

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Wes Anderson's upcoming 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' has been on our radar for a while. (It is Wes Anderson after all.) Though, aside from it's impressive cast, including Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman and Saoirse Ronan, we've been wondering what the heck this movie will be about. Seriously. Thankfully, the first actual plot details have been revealed.

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‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Script Now Available to Read With Bonus Interactive Features

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Focus Features

Racking up a plethora of nominations and wins this awards season is the quirky, clever 'Moonrise Kingdom' screenplay. Penned by director Wes Anderson along with Roman Coppola, the script recently nabbed an Oscar nod, sadly its only nomination.

If you enjoyed Anderson and Coppola's peculiar brand of humor and whimsy as we did (you can see its prime placement on our Top 20 Movies of 2012), you'll be happy to flip through the script itself, which has just appeared online. Only this isn't just any stuffy old screenplay - this one is interactive!

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