<p>Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law in &quot;The Grand Budapest Hotel&quot;</p>

Jason Schwartzman and Jude Law in "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' scores record box office in limited release

The film could be the auteur's biggest hit to date

The list of top per-screen averages tends to be dominated by Disney fare, everything from "The Lion King" to "Frozen" putting up staggering numbers. But sometimes something on the art house circuit can put up a whopper of a number, such as "Red State" or "The Master." Late last year, "American Hustle" surged in this frame, and just a few years ago, Wes Anderson proved his fan base was hungry for "Moonrise Kingdom" on just four screens, averaging over $130,000 per screen.

Well, this weekend Anderson broke his own record and entered the top 10 of limited releases as "The Grand Budapest Hotel" averaged over $200,000 on four screens for an opening weekend tally of $800,000.

Read Full Post
<p>Jake Gyllenhaal in &quot;Enemy.&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal in "Enemy."

Credit: A24

'Enemy,' 'Gabrielle' top Canadian Screen Award winners

And 'The Mortal Instruments' finds some awards love

Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy" won the most hardware at this year's Canadian Screen Awards, as the freaky psychological thriller (which Villeneuve shot back-to-back with his Hollywood debut "Prisoners") took home five awards, including Best Director, Supporting Actress and Cinematography. But it lost the top prize to something a little more warm and fuzzy. The tender, sentimental "Gabrielle" -- a love story between two special-needs choir singers -- took Best Film, as well as Best Actress for developmentally disabled lead Gabrielle Marion-Rivard. (The film was Canada's savvy submission for the foreign-language Oscar last year, but didn't make the shortlist.)

Read Full Post
<p>Edward Norton in &quot;The Grand Budapest Hotel&quot;</p>

Edward Norton in "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Wes Anderson's latest opened in limited release this weekend

Wes Anderson is on fire lately, what with "Moonrise Kingdom" (for my money his best film to date) finding welcome waters in the 2012-2013 film awards season and with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lighting up critics upon its Berlinale arrival. Our own Greg Ellwood pondered whether it might just be the first serious awards season player of this year, while Guy Lodge found it to be "dizzy but unexpectedly touching" (and had high marks to offer star Ralph Fiennes besides). The film opened in limited release this weekend, so many of you will have had a chance to see it. If so, tell us what you thought in the comments section below and feel free to vote in our poll.

Read Full Post
<p>Prestige wins out over the YA crowd once again.</p>

Prestige wins out over the YA crowd once again.

Credit: Sony Pictures/Paramount Pictures

'Hustle,' 'Wolf' beat 'Catching Fire' to lead 2014 MTV Movie Awards nominations

Best Picture winner '12 Years a Slave' nominated for Movie of the Year

Is it just me or are the MTV Movie Awards trying to be a little more respectable? Yeah, stuff like "Identity Thief" and "We're the Millers" picked up multiple nominations this morning, but prestige Oscar players "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" led the field with eight each, besting even "The Hunger Games." And Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" is in there for Movie of the Year. Color me surprised, that's all.

Read Full Post
<p>Nicole Kidman in &quot;Grace of Monaco.&quot;</p>

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Nicole Kidman finally speaks in new 'Grace of Monaco' trailer

The glitzy biopic will open this year's Cannes Film Festival

We've been waiting a while for a complete trailer for The Weinstein Company's "Grace of Monaco" -- a teaser was unveiled before the film was postponed from its initial November 2013 release slot, but it was all flash and champagne and satin drapery, withholding Nicole Kidman's actual performance as Oscar-winning actress turned European princess Grace Kelly. Now, with director Olivier Dahan's film just over two months away from opening the Cannes Film Festival, we get to see a little more, and... well, it's still flash and champagne and satin drapery, but there's more of a sense of what the stakes are, and the commitment with which Kidman is interpreting a tricky role.

Read Full Post
<p>Oh, Cameron, what hast thou wrought?</p>

Oh, Cameron, what hast thou wrought?

Credit: Sony Pictures

Quvenzhané Wallis and Cameron Diaz take a hard knock in 'Annie' trailer

The sun will hopefully still come out tomorrow

Listen, I wanted to be down with the new "Annie" remake. I like Quvenzhané Wallis -- who doesn't? I like Cameron Diaz, too -- especially in vampy, unhinged mode. (Say what you will about "The Counselor," but she's going for broke in it.) Casting her as Miss Hannigan made so little ostensible sense that you figured there had to be some secret, counter-intuitive payoff there. And director Will Gluck made "Easy A," so at least the man knows sparky. ("Friends With Benefits," not so much, but forgive, forget, etc.) And finally, nostalgists may wince, but John Huston's 1982 "Annie" is kind of a bloated, out-of-its-time relic -- there's ample room for improvement there.

Read Full Post
<p>Conan O&#39;Brien at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards</p>

Conan O'Brien at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards

Credit: AP Photo

Conan O'Brien to host 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Nominations will be announced Thursday

Conan O'Brien has been announced as the host of this year's MTV Movie Awards, set to air Sunday, April 13. It will be the late night talk show's first stint hosting the show. He hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006.

Read Full Post
<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong&#39;o, Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival.

Credit: Telluride Film Festival

On Telluride's newfound place in the season, and a modest glimpse ahead

Will we be talking about 'Unbroken,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Foxcatcher' next season?

The dust has settled. I've had an opportunity to go back and look at the Oscars telecast away from a work setting (let's finally leave poor John Travolta alone). The 86th annual Academy Awards are a memory, and today, Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" is available on DVD and Blu-ray (nice timing, folks). It was a wild ride, an unpredictable one, and one that started in the mountains of Colorado.

Read Full Post
<p>A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the most retweeted selfie of all time.</p>

A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the most retweeted selfie of all time.

Credit: AP Photo

The Long Shot: Hollywood takes a selfie at the Oscars -- in more ways than one

Why last night's winners reflect better on the Academy than an amiable ceremony

For a ceremony that wasn't even advertising itself as "the young, hip Oscars" -- how sparkly and limber Anne Hathaway looked in her presenting stint, relieved of that thankless, three-year-old yoke -- you could hardly move for all the pointed assurances that last night's Academy Awards were definitely taking place in the 21st century.

Selfies! Twitter! Lupita Nyong'o getting down to Pharrell! Bette Midler lusking out "The Wind Beneath My Wings!" Well, maybe not entirely in the 21st century. (At least some of it was in an altogether parallel universe, and not just the performance by venerated stage chanteuse Adele Dazim.) Still, a larger-than-usual proportion of the show was at least in the present tense, which is where it needed to be -- not least given that voters were evidently torn between one film that processes and reflects America's past, and another that offers glistening pointers to an entire medium's future.

Read Full Post
<p>Emmanuel Lubezki, an Oscar winner at last.</p>

Emmanuel Lubezki, an Oscar winner at last.

Credit: AP Photo

Tech Support: 'Gravity,' 'Gatsby,' 'Dallas' and 'Frozen' ruled Oscar's craft categories

Four films got the love throughout the Academy's below-the-line fields

The morning after the Oscars is always a strange feeling. We've been covering this process in earnest for months, and now it's over. And for the first time ever, I'm pleased to say that I scored a perfect 10 in predicting the winners in the crafts categories! (I went 21/24 overall, missing Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short and…Best Picture.)

To be fair, however, I'm hardly the only person to have gone 10/10 in this respect. In that sense, we had a night without surprises, which is not to say we didn't have stories.

Read Full Post