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Specialty Box Office: ‘Grand Budapest’ Extends Reign In Expansion; ‘Nymphomaniac’ Bows So-So Theatrically

Specialty Box OfficeThe Grand Budapest Hotel maintained its box office magic over in its third weekend following an expansion, even as a slew of newcomers bowed with mixed results.

Lars von Trier’s much ballyhooed and anticipated Nymphomaniac: Vol. I culminated with a 25 theater bow this weekend, grossing a so-so $175K for a $7K theater average. Magnolia noted the film, the first part of two Nymphomaniac films (the next opens in theaters April 4) has already been available via VOD and digital platforms, so conceivably a sizable portion of audiences may have wanted to experience the romp in the privacy of home.

On a straight theatrical comparison, Magnolia opened LVT’s previous film Melancholia in 19 theaters, grossing over $257K for a $13,535 PTA in November 2011. nymphomaniacMelancholia went on to cume just over $3.03M domestically. Still, his 2009 release Antichrist opened in just 6 theaters in October 2009, averaging $11,900 ($404,122 domestic cume). Magnolia noted Sunday reporting its Nymphomaniac numbers: “The first volume of Nymphomaniac finally opened after months of buildup and anticipation – from audiences and from us. It did well across the country and lived up to our expectations for it. Combined with a really great VOD take so far, it’s a winner. We’re excited about Volume II, which is on VOD now and in theaters April 4.” On the other end of the spectrum, Freestyle Releasing’s God’s Not Dead blitzed the box office with $8.9M in 780 theaters; read more on that in Anita Busch’s mainstream b.o. report. Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Checks In With Lofty $55K PTA In Expansion; Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ Solid

By | Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 11:11am PDT

Specialty Box OfficeThe Grand Budapest Hotel continued to charm audiences as it expanded, cashing in. The Fox Searchlight powerhouse moved into 66 theaters in its second weekend, grossing a cool $3.64M for a still dazzling $55,152 per-theater average. The Wes Anderson film shattered a slew of records last weekend when it opened in four theaters with a $200K screen average. It is still a must-see in its second round and even surpassed Anderson’s last film Moonrise Kingdom in the b.o. in its second week. That film played in 16 theaters in its second weekend after a record-breaking opener $130K-plus average back in May 2012. In its second weekend, Moonrise averaged $53,043 and went on to cume over $45.5M.

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grand-budapest_2813768bBudapest placed 8th in the overall box office. Noted Searchlight Sunday reporting the numbers: “The film is reaching a wide audience beyond the core Wes Anderson fans. While moviegoers have been visiting Art houses and Specialty venues in record breaking fashion this weekend, there have also been great results in the few mainstream multiplexes that we opened as well. It appears that the film has as opportunity to cross over to an audience who may not have seen his films before, but are now ready to check into The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Searchlight will take Budapest to an additional 40 markets next week and will expand in existing cities, taking the feature to 275 – 325 theaters. And it will expand further later in the month and into April. Read More »

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Berlin: Wes Anderson & Cast Talk ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’, Stefan Zweig & Pajamas

BerlinFilmFestival_badgeWes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel screened for the press here in Berlin this afternoon before officially opening the event tonight in competition. Reactions were greatly positive — one journalist at the film’s press conference looked about to cry over its beauty — although official reviews won’t appear until later this 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Press Conference - 64th Berlinale International Film Festivalevening. Stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan and Tilda Swinton attended the press conference to talk about the movie that follows the adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The nostalgic Euro caper involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.

Related: Berlin Gets Strong Lead-In From ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Read More »

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‘SNL’: Ed Norton Spoofs Wes Anderson

By | Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 11:15pm PDT

Wes Anderson, horror maven? Here’s Edward Norton channeling his Grand Budapest Hotel co-star Owen Wilson and nailing Anderson’s twee trademarks in one of the night’s few bright spots:

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 7:48am PDT

Fox Searchlight yesterday set a March 7, 2014 release date for Wes Anderson‘s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and his trusted friend, lobby boy Zero Moustafa. Central to the story are the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. Ralph Fiennes is Gustave with a slew of Anderson regulars putting in appearances including Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson. Moonrise Kingdom‘s Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton are also aboard as are Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, F Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson and Tony Revolori as Zero.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ To Bow March 7, 2014

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 11:02am PDT

Fox Searchlight has dated the Ralph Fiennes-starrer for March 7, 2014. The timing is interesting since Wes Anderson‘s films usually get a lot of Oscar buzz and it’s sometimes hard to remember those pics released early in the year. Right now it’s up against Warner Bros’ 300: Rise Of An Empire and Fox’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Cast also includes Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. Anderson also produces along with Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales, and Jeremy Dawson.

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R.I.P. Actor Kumar Pallana

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 8:50pm PDT

Kumar Pallana was a favorite of director Wes Anderson, who cast the India native as the butler in The Royal Tenenbaums after he’d appeared in the director’s Rushmore and Bottle Rocket. Pallana, who later acted in Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, died October 10 at 94. He also had a memorable role as a janitor in the 2004 Tom Hanks film The Terminal. He was first seen on U.S. television during the mid-’50s on You Asked For It and later appeared as Kumar of India on The Mickey Mouse Club and Captain Kangaroo. He also had uncredited roles in film westerns. After appearing in the Anderson films, Pallana acted in features and shorts, and most the Danny Trejo film Snap Shot, which is in production. Survivors including son Dipak Pallana, who also appeared in Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and Bottle Rocket.

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Col-Coa Unveils Partial Lineup; Wes Anderson Programs ‘Le Feu Follet’

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 4:02am PST

The annual City of Lights, City of Angels film festival runs in L.A. this year from April 15-22. Col-Coa, presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund — a partnership of the DGA, WGAW, MPAA and France’s SACEM – showcases new and vintage French movies and this year has given carte blanche to director Wes Anderson to program a classic title. Anderson has gone with Le Feu Follet (The Fire Within), Louis Malle’s 1963 drama that stars Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau. Moreau also stars in Jacques Demy’s La Baie Des Anges (Bay Of Angels), whose restored version is getting a screening on its 50th anniversary. New on the program is the Focus on a Producer initiative with Anne-Dominique Toussaint the inaugurual guest. Toussaint’s credits include César winner Les Beaux Gosses and 2007 sleeper Caramel. The Focus on a Filmmaker will be dedicated to Alain Resnais with a special presentation of 1974′s Stavisky starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The 90-year-old filmmaker’s latest work, Vous N’Avez Encore Rien Vu (You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet), which premiered in Cannes last year, will have its U.S. debut at the festival ahead of its May release. Read More »

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Exclusive Featurette: Original Screenplay Oscar Nominee ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 2:39pm PST
Pete Hammond

With a Best Picture nomination from the Producers Guild Of America, one of AFI’s Top Ten Films of the Year  and nominations for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, WGA Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards (along with Best Feature there too), Director Wes Anderson and his co-writer Roman Coppola are riding high this awards season. Upon posting notices for WGA and Academy members the script , according to Focus Features , has already been downloaded record numbers of times with over 40,000 live views  in just the first few days. Now Focus has created this featurette highlighting the work of the film’s screenplay, a nice shout-out to the film and its writers in recognizing it all starts on the page. See it below.

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Fleming Q&A’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Director Wes Anderson

By | Sunday December 30, 2012 @ 6:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

Moonrise Kingdom amounted to Wes Anderson at his best. It was a relate-able story of first love, injected with Anderson’s playful wit, his sense of the absurd, and his singular visual style. The result was a $66 million worldwide gross and one of the year’s big specialty film hits. Since making his debut on Bottle Rocket, Anderson has honed a highly original voice that has sometimes hit the crossover bulls eye (Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) and sometimes is confined to a smaller core audience (The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). On a train ride in Germany where he was prepping his next film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson talked about how he learned to be confident in and satisfied with his unique voice.

DEADLINE: Moonrise Kingdom was one of your most appealing films, and it crossed well beyond your usual core audience. When you place your stories in these quirky visual worlds, how important is it to provide issues or emotions that are universal?
ANDERSON: My experience of how these stories are laid up is different for each movie. I hope people will be moved by, gripped by, or entertained by these films, but it’s a crap shoot. I don’t even know if I’ve succeeded until,  literally, when the movie goes beyond New York and L.A., and screens are added and the film really starts to reach … Read More »

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Ralph Fiennes To Star In Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 5:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Ralph Fiennes will star in Grand Budapest Hotel, which is Wes Anderson’s followup to the summer hit Moonrise Kingdom. The film is coming together quickly with Anderson producing with Scott Rudin and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales, Anderson’s collaborators on Moonrise Kingdom. Johnny Depp had originally sought to play the role when the project was first set up, but that didn’t work out.

Fiennes has been in an array of memorable bad guy roles that included Voldemort in the Harry Potter films, In Bruges, reprising Hades in Wrath Of The Titans, and starring in the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall. He also directed and starred in Coriolanus. He’s repped by CAA and Dalzell and Beresford.

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Johnny Depp To Star In Wes Anderson’s Next Film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By | Monday July 16, 2012 @ 5:51pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Johnny Depp Wes Anderson MovieEXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp will star in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the next film that Wes Anderson wrote and will direct.

Anderson is going right back into business with his collaborators on Moonrise Kingdom, which is heading toward a $40 million gross to be among this summer’s art house hits.

Wes Anderson Movie Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel will be produced by Anderson along with Scott Rudin and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales. UTA reps Depp and Anderson.

This comes as Depp continues to work on The Lone Ranger for Disney. He stars in that Gore Verbinski-directed film with Armie Hammer, and response was strong to scenes unveiled during Disney’s panel at Comic-Con over the weekend. Depp will likely make this next; plans for him to star in The Thin Man for Rob Marshall have been pushed for the time being.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ To Open Cannes; Lineup Includes Lee Daniels’ ‘Paperboy’, Andrew Dominik’s ‘Killing Them Softly’, John Hillcoat’s ‘Lawless’, Jeff Nichols’ ‘Mud’

Related: Full Lists Of The 65th Cannes Film Festival Selection

UPDATE: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom will open the fest and play in competition. The competition is rife with directors hailing from English-speaking territories. As expected Lee Daniels is in with Paperboy, Andrew Dominik will be there with Killing Them Softly, John Hillcoat’s Lawless has a berth and so do David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, Jeff Nichols’ Mud and The Angels’s Share from Ken Loach. Walter Salles’ English-language On The Road is locked. The full list of competition films follows:
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Hot Trailer: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 1:47pm PST

Moonrise Kingdom, which Focus Features is releasing May 25, 2012, definitely has that Wes Anderson feel and co-stars members of his usual troupe including Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The film is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, when a pair of 12-year-olds fall in love and run off together, setting off a manhunt to find them. Bruce Willis, Francis McDormand and Edward Norton in an awesome pair of scoutmaster shorts also star.

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Focus Features Acquires Worldwide Rights To Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Mike Fleming

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights from Indian Paintbrush on Moonrise Kingdom, the Wes Anderson-directed film that stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Fran McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. Anderson has begun filming, from a script he wrote with Roman Coppola. Focus Features International will sell international territories at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Anderson, Scott Rudin, Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and American Epirical’s Jeremy Dawson are producing. As Deadline has reported, the teamup with Anderson came after Indian Paintbrush exec produced and co-financed the Anderson-directed Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited, both of which were produced by Rudin. Moonrise Kingdom is set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s. A young boy and girl fall in love and when they try to run away together, factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play the young boy and girl.

Rales, who hired Rudin’s former president Mark Roybal to run the company, has become a prolific player in the prestige film space. Indian Paintbrush is in preproduction on Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, the Lorene Scafaria-directed drama that is Steve Carell’s rebound project after exiting The Office. Keira Knightley also stars. David Chase is currently shooting his period rock and roll project with James Gandolfini, and Indian Paintbrush just wrapped Jeff Who Lives At Home, written and … Read More »

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Guillermo Del Toro Starting Stop-Motion ‘Pinocchio’ Feature With Henson And Pathe

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company and Pathe are ready to go on Pinocchio, a 3D stop motion animated adaptation of the Carlo Collodi fairy tale that will be edgier than the 1940 animated Disney classic. Gris Grimly will co-direct with Mark Gustafson, and production will begin later this year.  Grimly illustrated a 2002 book of Collodi’s tale that formed the basis for a project that is years in the making.

The storyline was hatched by Del Toro and Matthew Robbins, and the script was written by the latter, who has collaborated with del Toro on scripts for Mimic, the remake Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and del Toro’s next directing project At the Mountains of Madness.  Del Toro will produce with Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Jason Lust, and Allison Abbate. Gary Ungar is exec producer along with Pathe’s Francois Ivernel and Cameron McCracken.

This version is aimed at an audience 10 years and up, and a bit scarier than the Disney film. Australian rock musician and film composer Nick Cave has signed on to be music consultant and the puppets and 3D elements will be developed with MacKinnon and Saunders, the UK-based facility that worked on The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, and the upcoming Frankenweenie. Del Toro supplied the accompanying photos to convey the feel of a film that shares a core theme from … Read More »

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Steven Rales Staffs Indian Paintbrush

Mike Fleming

Indian Paintbrush, the film financing/production arm of billionaire industrialist Steven Rales, is staffing up. Rales this fall brought in Mark Roybal to run the company, and the longtime president of Scott Rudin Productions has added two creative executives: Overbrook Entertainment executive Jeff Sommerville has signed on to be senior  veep and Focus Features executive Michael Pruss will be vice president of production.

Sommerville started at Industry Entertainment and was an associate producer on The 25th Hour, while the British-born Pruss worked on such Focus projects as Milk and the Anton Corbjin-directed The American. He also set up The Song Is You with Bill Condon, Cruise of the Gods with David Guion & Michael Handelman, and True Crime with Brett Ratner.

Indian Paintbrush is currently in discussions to finance Moon Rise Kingdom, the next film from director Wes Anderson that has Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton in talks to star. The film will be produced by Scott Rudin and Anderson, and shooting is expected to begin in the spring. Rales was executive producer of Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited.

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Wes Anderson Attracts Killer Cast For ‘Moon Rise Kingdom’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When Wes Anderson is ready to make a movie, talent comes running. I’m told that Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton are all in talks to star in Moon Rise Kingdom, a script that Anderson wrote with Roman Coppola and which Anderson will direct late next spring. Scott Rudin is producing with Anderson. Indian Paintbrush, the financier/production company bankrolled by billionaire Steven Rales, is in early conversations to fund the film and come aboard as producer. Rales, who recently installed Rudin’s longtime president Mark Roybal to run the company and step up its output of auteur-driven prestige films, has a strong relationship with Anderson. Rales was involved as a producer in Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox as well as The Darjeeling Limited. Both films were produced by Rudin.

Moon Rise Kingdom is set in the 60s. Two young adults fall in love and run away. Leaders in their New England town are sticking the idea that they’ve disappeared and go in search of them. Norton will play a scout leader who brings his charges on a search. Willis is in talks to play the … Read More »

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