The Grand Budapest Hotel

Online and Broadcast Film Critics Announce their 2014 Winners and Nominees

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by Matt Singer 7 days ago
We’ve got two more big awards updates today, and they come from the Online Film Critics Society and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the body responsible for the annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The OFCS (of which I’m a member) announced their winners, giving the Best Picture of 2014 to Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’; the film also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Meanwhile the BFCA (of which ScreenCrush editor-in-chief Mike Sampson is a member) announced their nominees for the Critics’ Choice Awards. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ was among the Best Picture nominees, along with Oscar contenders ‘Boyhood,’ ‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘Selma,’ and ‘Birdman,’ which led all films with 13 CCA nominations.

The Best Movies of 2014 (According to Matt Singer)

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by Matt Singer 7 days ago
20th Century Fox/A24/Fox Searchlight
It wasn’t a great year for critics in movies—see ‘Birdman’ (or ‘Chef’ [or ‘Top Five’ (or ‘Big Eyes’)])—but it was a great year for critics at movies. 2014 offered an tremendous variety of fantastic films: big and small; foreign and domestic; mainstream and indie. To anyone who says the overall quality of movies has declined, I call B.S. There are more good movies now than ever before. If you can’t find one, you’re not looking very hard. Take, for instance, these ten instant classics:

The 10 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

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by Mike Ryan July 3, 2014 @ 10:06 AM
Sony/Warner Bros./Warner Bros./Marvel/Universal
Here are the best movies of 2014 so far! (Note: These movies have all been released in theaters and I am not including movies that I saw at film festivals that have not been yet released to the public.)

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' LEGO Set Is One Classy Recreation

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by Britt Hayes June 13, 2014 @ 12:00 PM
Fox Searchlight
How do you make the beautiful world of Wes Anderson even more precious? With LEGO, of course. It's actually surprising that no one thought of this before, but thanks to one clever fan, you can now see The Grand Budapest Hotel from Wes Anderson's latest flim recreated in charming detail with the help of hundreds upon hundreds of tiny LEGO bricks.

Weekend Box Office Report: 'Need For Speed' Sputters at the Box Office

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by Jacob Hall March 16, 2014 @ 12:23 PM
Universal
If the goal for 'Need For Speed' was to replicate the success of the 'Fast and Furious' films, then the film's opening weekend is not promising. Opening in third place, the video game adaptation was overtaken by two of last week's releases, making this potential franchise D.O.A.

Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe Interview: On 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and the Wes Anderson "Brotherhood"

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by Nick Romano March 6, 2014 @ 11:34 AM
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http://youtu.be/S7p-O9fKgJ4
"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.

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

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by Nick Romano March 4, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
http://youtu.be/5KPyeR5DHNU
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.)

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Review

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by Jordan Hoffman February 24, 2014 @ 3:34 PM
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.

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

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by Damon Houx January 2, 2014 @ 5:32 PM
Fox Searchlight
http://youtu.be/QklK1xKA1FI
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.