Forthcoming: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Forthcoming: The Grand Budapest Hotel

#1 Post by Jeff » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:37 pm

The script is done for Anderson's Europe-set next feature, and he's started approaching potential cast members including Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Angela Lansbury, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe. :shock:

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#3 Post by Alan Smithee » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:27 am

Angela Lansbury is still alive?!

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#4 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:37 am

Alan Smithee wrote:Angela Lansbury is still alive?!
And active too. She's still doing Broadway with three major shows since 2009 (currently in Gore Vidal's The Best Man). I saw her in the revival of Blithe Spirit and can attest that she hasn't lost her charms.

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#5 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:32 pm

I saw her in that Jim Carrey penguin movie while channel surfing.

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#6 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:35 pm

She's younger than I thought - if a cable network is going to bank on a sitcom starring 90-year old Betty White, of course there's room for Lansbury to be alive, well, and still working. :)

I hope Anderson is certain that he got the right Johnny Depp. I know my Johnny Depp!
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#7 Post by Matt » Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:42 pm

Lansbury is one of those character actresses like Beulah Bondi who, because of her face and her voice, has always played older than her actual age. She was 36 or 37 when she played Laurence Harvey's mother in The Manchurian Candidate (and only 3 years older than him).

We think of her playing an old woman on "Murder, She Wrote," but she was only 58 when that show started. You know who's 58 now? Rene Russo. Ellen Barkin. Katey Sagal. Oprah Winfrey.

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Re: Wes Anderson

#8 Post by Jeff » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:13 pm

Matt wrote:We think of her playing an old woman on "Murder, She Wrote," but she was only 58 when that show started. You know who's 58 now? Rene Russo. Ellen Barkin. Katey Sagal. Oprah Winfrey.
Very good point, Matt. I've loved Lansbury for as long as I can remember thanks to Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I've been disappointed that she hasn't been selected for an honorary Oscar the last few years. Maybe Anderson will give her a shot at a competitive one.

The problem with using Lansbury won't be her age, it's that she's so damned busy. She's in The Best Man on Broadway through the first week of September, and is supposed to do the stage production of Driving Miss Daisy with James Earl Jones in Australia sometime early next year. My guess is that Anderson intends to shoot sometime during that window anyway, since this is supposed to be Depp's next project after wrapping up Lone Ranger reshoots.

Curious to see the logline for this film. With Lansbury, a European hotel, an all-star cast, and a "personal medium," I'm hoping for a 70s-style Agatha Christie pastiche. I think that means I'm getting old.

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#9 Post by tarpilot » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:34 am

I would totally love that. Maybe he gets some of his Ealing rocks off at the same time? Oh god I am too excited

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#11 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:58 pm

Has there been mention of who Anderson's co-writer is for this film?

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#12 Post by Jeff » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:55 pm

Professor Wagstaff wrote:Has there been mention of who Anderson's co-writer is for this film?
Anderson has said it was written with an old friend who's never been in the film industry.

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Re: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2013)

#14 Post by cdnchris » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:53 pm

Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes in a film together? I think my wife just fainted.

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Re: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2013)

#15 Post by Brian C » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:41 pm

I'd say that Fiennes for Depp is a pretty good trade, on balance.

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#16 Post by Jeff » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:27 am

It's tough to keep up with the revolving door cast. Lansbury's out now. Damn.

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#17 Post by Dansu Dansu Dansu » Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:26 am

Jeff wrote:It's tough to keep up with the revolving door cast. Lansbury's out now. Damn.
That's incredibly disappointing. Lansbury was an intriguing fit for an Anderson movie, especially in the role of one of his assertive matriarchs.

Ralph Fiennes is a poor substitute for Mrs. Potts.

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#18 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:01 am

They won't be playing the same part, don't worry

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#19 Post by felipe » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:45 am

Brian C wrote:I'd say that Fiennes for Depp is a pretty good trade, on balance.
I say it's a great trade. I can't stand Depp and his only character anymore.

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#20 Post by Dansu Dansu Dansu » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:52 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:They won't be playing the same part, don't worry
Now it's even worse news!

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Re: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2013)

#21 Post by Jeff » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:40 pm

Daily casting update: Schwartzman's in it.

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#22 Post by JAP » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:49 pm

Maybe this will end up being a remake of Grand Hotel. You know, "Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens." :wink:

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Re: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2013)

#23 Post by Jeff » Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:39 pm

Ooh, not the Christie pastiche I had predicted at all...much better.
[i][url=http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/goldstandard/la-et-mn-wes-anderson-moonrise-kingdom-20121030,0,5560472.story]The L.A. Times[/url][/i] wrote:"Uuuuum ... it's a ... as you might gather from the title, a hotel figures prominently in it," says Anderson, who's not exactly a chatterbox when it comes to talking about upcoming work. "And it mostly takes place about 85 years ago." Good. (Long pause.) Please. Go on. "And it's kind of European ... a bit inspired partly by Hollywood Europe, and also by some European writers around that time. Yeah. That's a little bit about it. Kind of vague, but ..."

Now, when you say "Hollywood Europe," do you mean the tone of movies by directors like Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder?

"Yes, like 'To Be or Not to Be,' the Lubitsch with Carole Lombard, that Europe which is not made in Europe at all," Anderson says, warming to the subject. "Or 'Shop Around the Corner.' Or did you ever see 'Love Me Tonight,' the one Rouben Mamoulian made with Maurice Chevalier? I'm not a big musical fan, but it's a wonderful one."

"So I think we've got a little bit of that feel, that Europe on the Hollywood back lot, even though we're actually going to Europe to do it," Anderson continues. "It's got some of that kind of thing in it. The Lubitsch ones are always good to aim for."

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Re: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2013)

#24 Post by tarpilot » Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:03 am

Jeff wrote:"I'm not a big musical fan, but it's a wonderful one."
Very pleased to see that he adores Love Me Tonight (as if there were any other reasonable reaction!), but it stings a bit to read that first part. I guess I'll have to re-evaluate my planned if-I-ever-meet-Wes-Anderson questions...

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#25 Post by swo17 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:11 pm

I can't believe I beat Jeff to this: Saoirse Ronan will be the female lead

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