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“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” got off to a strong start this weekend, opening at No. 1 and topping the original in all three overseas markets in which it debuted this weekend. The sequel, directed by John Madden like the first film, brought in $9.4 million overall for Twentieth Century Fox. The U.K. was tops with $5.8 million, Australia brought in just over $3 million and New Zealand delivered $496,000. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel and Bill Nighy return from the original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” which cost $10 million to make and brought in $147 million worldwide in »
- Todd Cunningham
The actress, who plays Violet Crawley on ITV's period drama, joked that her character is too old to continue on the show.
"They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith told the Sunday Times.
"I mean, I certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s."
The actress will also star in The Lady in the Van, which is launching in UK cinemas in November. Watch a trailer »
Patel reprises his role as Sonny, the overeager young owner of a hotel for British retirees, while Dame Maggie Smith stars as Muriel, Sonny's new co-manager.
Describing the on-screen partnership with Dame Maggie, the 24-year-old actor told Digital Spy: "It's still an ensemble cast but Sonny is at the centre of it and I'd say Maggie is too. They run the hotel together. I mean talk about chemistry - it's some of the best chemistry I've ever had in a movie.
"They're quite an odd couple but they're put together really well. It's quite beautiful because she not only becomes a business partner doing damage control, but he also looks at her as a kind of mother figure."
The former model reprises her role as Sunaina in the sequel to the movie about a hotel in India for British retirees, who comprise of Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie, with the addition of Hollywood star Richard Gere in the sequel.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Desai discussed the experience of working with some of the industry's most eminent actors, saying: "I'm almost not even aware that they are Judi Dench, Celia Imrie or Richard Gere because none of them behave like stars.
"They are all really very rooted people. They are very respectful towards you. They don't look down on you. There is no hierarchy and that's a very good thing »
The fourth installment of the Daniel Craig as 007 era will be upon us at the end of the year with Spectre, and with Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returning to the helm of the series, we've good feelings about where this is heading.
Perhaps that is why in our first actual behind-the-scenes footage of Spectre, Eon Productions is comfortable enough to let Mendes walk us through where James Bond 24 is heading with the character. While speaking in the below video blog, Mendes explains a concept that we haven’t seen really explored since GoldenEye: Bond is now the veteran and M is the newbie with something to prove.
In many ways, I am detecting that Mendes and screenwriter John Logan are in several sneaky ways pulling from »
Daniel Craig – Mr. Bond himself – joined director Sam Mendes on set, and the cast and crew were kind enough to give fans an inside look behind Spectre. In the two below vlogs, Craig and Mendes are joined by 007’s new castmates, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour).
Naomi Harris, our Moneypenny as per Skyfall’s last reveal, makes a brief appearance as well. Ralph Fiennes – best known for Harry Potter or Schindler’s List, depending on your age – returns as M, taking over the reigns on MI6 from Judi Dench. Ben Whishaw, clad in a toque, parka, and stripped socks, also continues with his affable nerdy/hipster “thang” as our generation’s perfect Q. »
- Sasha James
"The reasons I'm doing the second Bond movie are the reasons I would do any movie, really, which is all to do with the story," he explained. "And in this movie, Spectre, what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond. He is on a mission from the very beginning."
The director added: "It's about whether or not to pursue the life he's always pursued, whether he matters and is he going to continue or not.
"And you're going to have to come to see the movie »
The stars of a gritty drama about a girl on the run from her father were spotted on the street. It’s a trail blazed by directors from Ken Loach to Shane Meadows, and has brought some of our most searing performances to the screen
Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar last week was the icing on the cake for what’s been a good spell for British acting. There was also recognition for the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike at this year’s Oscars, and British actors have been routinely nabbing iconic American roles such as Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo), Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and even Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). Not to mention Spider-Man, Superman and the last Batman.
But it’s a certain kind of British actor who has been celebrated of late, as evidenced by Vanity Fair’s recent Hollywood issue, which »
- Steve Rose
James Bond will soon be seducing someone his own age.
Monica Bellucci, 50, is the oldest Bond love interest in the franchise's history, and is four years older than her sexy co-star, 46-year-old Daniel Craig. The Italian actress admitted to The Sunday Times that she was shocked when director Sam Mendes called to tell her she landed the highly coveted role in Spectre. "My first thought was, 'How can I be a Bond girl at 50?'" she recalled. "I just blurted out, 'I'm not a girl, I'm a woman, I'm a mature woman. Do I have to replace Judi Dench?'"
Photos: Salma Hayek Shows Off Insane Bikini Bod at 48
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The actor reprises his role as Sonny, the fast-talking ambitious owner of the hotel for British retirees, with Muriel (Dame Maggie Smith) as his new co-manager.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Patel said: "It's like a dream come true to be back in a room with these guys. It's a character that I really love and I'm part of a film that everyone really liked so it's a real vote of confidence. It's really fun."
Describing how he landed the part in the first movie, he revealed: "I had to really fight for it. Originally Sonny was envisaged as a middle-aged, washed up, overweight Indian guy and they didn't want me for it.
"I've had my fair share of Indian roles, but there was something really different about this one. »
The former Indian model plays Sunaina in the film, in which she stars alongside some of British cinema's most esteemed actors.
In an interview with Digital Spy, she explained: "There was a casting director I've known since my modelling days and she called me to audition for it.
"Then John (Madden) saw the tape and called me for an audition with him and then Fox wanted to meet me and learn a little more about me. I was a relatively new actor, even in India. I had done just one film when I auditioned for this.
"So I went back and auditioned a third time, when I did all my scenes in the film on tape, and then they wanted to know what ads I had done and about the Hindi »
Director: John Madden; Screenwriters: John N Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn, Tina Desai; Running time: 121 mins; Certificate: 12
Although the title suggests it's not quite as good as the first film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a worthy successor to the 2011 sleeper hit, characterised by the same gentle humour, sunny outlook and slightly doddering plot. Again, it's the talented cast of veterans – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie among them – who bring the required grace, style and finesse, ably supported by new residents Tamsin Greig and silver fox Richard Gere.
In case the pace gets too leisurely, Dev Patel is always on hand like a shot of epinephrine, bouncing off the walls as Jaipur entrepreneur Sonny who is courting an American firm to bankroll plans for the titular second hotel. »
Dame Judi Dench has revealed that she can no longer travel by herself due to her poor eyesight.
The actress suffers from age-related macular degeneration, which causes the gradual loss of central vision.
The star had to travel to India to film scenes for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and speaking to the Radio Times she explained: "These days I can't really travel on my own because I need someone to say, 'Look out, there's a step here!' or else I fall all over the place like a mad, drunk lady."
On reuniting with the cast from the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's comedy sequel - including Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith - Dench enthused: "That's why it was just glorious going back to India again with Mags, Celia, Pep and Bill.
"We're all great friends and we've done masses of things together. It was like an »
The 50-year-old actress will become the oldest Bond girl when the 24th 007 movie Spectre is released later this year, and admitted that she questioned Sam Mendes if she would be auditioning for the role of M upon meeting with the director.
Speaking to The Sunday Times' Style magazine, the star confessed: "I just blurted out, 'I'm not a girl, I'm a woman. I'm a mature woman.
"'Do I have to replace Judi Dench? Why do you call me? I'm 50 years old! What am I going to do in James Bond?'"
Adding that Mendes laughed at her confused reaction, she explained: "He said, 'For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman. The concept is revolutionary.'"
Bellucci is four »
As the ever present shadow of the grave looms larger and darker above you, how do you make what little time you have left on this earth count for something? Do you get hung up on the past and your little insecurities, or do you throw caution to the wind and tackle head on whatever life has left to throw at you? These are the sort of questions the protagonists are faced with in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2011 surprise hit comedy. Of course, these relatively dark and heady questions play out against the colourful backdrop of Rajasthan, India and the light-hearted if clichéd antics of the returning group of septuagenarians and their ever suffering hotelier.
- Liam Dunn
Dame Judi Dench can no longer travel alone because her eyesight is so bad. The 80-year-old actress' eyes are failing because she is suffering from dry and wet macular degeneration, with the former causing blurry vision, while the latter can cause blind spots. Dench admits her sight is now so bad she needs a companion when she goes out to warn her of hazards she may not have spotted. Speaking to Radio Times magazine, she revealed: ''These days I can't really travel on my own because I need someone to say, 'Look out, there's a step here!' Or else I fall all over the place like a mad, drunk lady.'' Dench appreciated the support of her 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' co-stars Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy in regards to her failing sight when they shot the movie in India. Continuing to discuss her visual problems, »
Director: John Madden.
Running Time: 122 minutes
Synopsis: Sonny (Patel) looks to expand his business by trying to lock down a second site for another hotel, while also planning his wedding. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel once again traverse the world of love in their advanced years.
There are some films that are geared towards specific demographics. It doesn’t mean others can’t enjoy said film, it just means that they have been manufactured with a clear and defined selling point. Such films can be stale and bland, but when they are aimed at a smaller demographic not usually catered for, then it’s kind of hard to begrudge their existence. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the second installment of the star-studded British comedy that follows a group of British retirees who decide to spice up their lives in magical India.
In theaters on March 6, 2015, the sequel was once again directed by John Madden, best known for his acclaimed movies Shakespeare In Love (Academy Award winner for Best Picture, 1998), Proof (based on the eponymous Pulitzer Prize winning play, 2005) and The Debt.
The renowned cast has reunited for the film including stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Tina Desai, Diana Hardcastle and Lillete Dubey. Additional cast making their debut include Tamsin Greig, with David Strathairn and Richard Gere.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Monday, March 2 at 7:00Pm in the St. »
- Movie Geeks
There’s a lot of immobility going around in the second episode of the subcontinental 1930s drama; but could they be a little less serious about it?
Have you been watching Indian Summers? I’ve been asking this a lot this week. “That’s the one with Judi Dench, and adverts every four minutes, right?” is invariably the reply. Well, yes and no (or rather no and yes).
To avoid confusion, let’s call Julie Walters by her character’s name, which is Cynthia Coffin. Cynthia Coffin. She sounds like a Batman villain’s floozy. Having spent last week cleaning and gaily drinking, she was far less animated this week – we’ve all been there. She spent the entirety of last night sitting on her veranda, spying on people through field glasses. Admittedly, she still found time to have medical records stolen and to forge incriminating political documents. They’re so cute at that age. »
- Rhik Samadder
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