That’s Quite A Cast There, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

So, today we learned a lot of new things about Wes Anderson’s early-20th-century European romp, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which now has a distributor (Anderson fans Fox Searchlight) and something of a plot. In addition to IMDb’s lone sentence about the tribulations of Mr. Gustave, "the hotel’s perfectly-composed concierge," Screen Daily has a bit more substantial information. 


"The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century."

Wartime friendships? A dysfunctional family? Curious protégés of crazy rich white dudes? Stolen art? Did I mention a dysfunctional family? This is sounding pretty Wes-tacular. But even more characteristically Wes Anderson is the cast, which includes all his favorite pals, and a lot of other marquee names that will probably make this post read like it was done just for SEO purposes.

Returning Anderson-movie alumni include Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe, as well as (deep breath) Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Wilkinson, Bob Balaban, Saoirse Ronan, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham and Tony Revolori. Whew. That’s a lot of people. That’s, like, more than are going to fit on one movie poster. Is there going to be some kind of Hunger Games to determine who gets marquee billing or are they going to try and fit everyone? Wow.

[via Indiewire]

Another Supplemental Piece of ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Drops

Wes Anderson’s latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, is more than just a movie.

In addition to the actual film, which gets a wide release later this month, the film has been bolstered by a soundtrack featuring French pop, choral music and a score by Anderson cronie Alexandre Desplat and a set of seven interactive posters that introduced the characters—and then there is everything from the clips released to the font used in the posters that Anderson freaks have been dissecting. 

And now there’s this, a new video that shows off animated versions of the kids books that Suzy, one of the story’s main characters, takes with her on an adventure. Each of the books has a different illustrator and no less than town librarian and MK narrator Bob Balaban hosts the adorable clip, so it’s not just a throwaway clip for fanboys that Anderson put no effort into. It’s really just preparing the Blu-Ray release extras in advance, right?