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It's True: Downton Abbey's Sixth Season Will Be Its Last

20 March 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Good news, Downton Abbey fans: You will not be subjected to Lady Mary’s nursing-home years. And the reason brings us to some bad news: The PBS phenom is going the way of Isis the dog.

Multiple sources confirm to TVLine that Downton‘s upcoming sixth season will indeed be its last.

RelatedRenewal Scorecard 2015: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

The decision to end Downton was mostly a practical one — the cast’s contracts expire at the end of Season 6 and, with one or two possible exceptions, the actors are ready to move on. »

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It Will Be a 'Challenge' to Play Me, Queen Tells New Dame Kristin Scott Thomas

19 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kristin Scott Thomas came face-to-face with her next subject when she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. The actress, 54, is set to play the queen, 88, in the play The Audience which opens next month in London's West End. She is replacing another Dame, Helen Mirren, who originated the role when the play first premiered in London in 2013. "[The queen] asked me what I was doing next, so I had to tell her and she said it would be quite a challenge," the star told reporters as she beamed with delight while showing off her medal at Buckingham Palace. »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel wins UK box office again

17 March 2015 6:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has won the UK box office for a third consecutive week.

The comedy-drama sequel - starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Richard Gere - fended off competition from Run All Night and claimed £1.4m.

Liam Neeson's latest thriller Run All Night takes £823,000 to secure second spot. Focus drops to third with £805,000.

Suite Francaise with Michelle Williams opens with £503,000, while Fifty Shades of Grey spends its fifth week in the top five, earning £487,000.

Meanwhile, Still Alice rises one place to seventh.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (1) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - £1,409,311

2. (-) Run All Night - £823,833

3. (2) Focus - £805,244

4. (-) Suite Francaise - £503,928

5. (3) Fifty Shades of Grey - £487,635

6. (4) Chappie - £448,288

7. (8) Still Alice - £419,327

8. (5) Big Hero 6 - £387,905

9. (7) Kingsman: The Secret Service - £292,368

10. (6) Shaun the Sheep Movie - £262,862

Source: Rentrak

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John Osborne on Film: The Entertainer

13 March 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice

“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.

Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.

Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an »

- Christopher Saunders

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Special! Pictures of the Props of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

12 March 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In theaters now in a limited release, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expand to even more theaters in North America this Friday! Following the global blockbuster hit from 2012, the loveable cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desai, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Lillete Dubey reunite for the another comedy adventure in India. They are joined by Richard Gere in the film directed by Oscar-nominated John Madden.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy »

- Stacey Yount

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How Judi Dench and Maggie Smith got their moment in 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

12 March 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was a surprise hit three years ago and earned a legion of fans around the world. The ensemble drama about a group of British senior citizens taking up residence in an Indian hotel was missing one key moment, however.  Oscar winners Judi Dench and Maggie Smith barely had a scene together.  Ol Parker, who wrote both "Exotic" and the sequel "Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," takes complete responsibility. "I [expletive] up the first time," Parker says speaking to HitFix earlier this month.  "I mean they don’t talk.  They literally don’t talk for the first movie." That's not entirely true. Evelyn (Dench) and Muriel (Smith) do have a brief exchange towards the end of the film, but it sadly alludes to their lack of screen time.  Muriel notes, "We haven't talked much, you and I" and Evelyn replies, "My looks evidently." Parker recalls, "You’ve got these two titans, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Duchess At ‘Downton': Royal Credited With Helping Make Show A Global Phenom

12 March 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

As he welcomed her to the set of Downton Abbey today, creator Julian Fellowes credited the Duchess of Cambridge with helping to put the show on the map. A very pregnant Kate Middleton was visiting Ealing Studios to tour the sets and meet the Downton cast — save for Maggie Smith who had to beg off due to being under the weather. According to local reports, Fellowes said in his opening speech, “You may know that one of the hardest things about selling a new show or movie or… »

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Princess Kate Meets Downton Abbey - and Gets Teased by Thomas the Butler!

12 March 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Alert the downstairs staff: Princess Kate visited the set of Downton Abbey on Wednesday. Kate, in a cream coat by British maternity line JoJo Maman Bebe, was welcomed to the historic Ealing Studios in West London by the show's creator, Lord Julian Fellowes. She was presented with a posy by 4-year-old Zac Barker, who, along with twin brother Oliver, plays Lady Mary's son George. In the hair and makeup department, Kate, 33, also met housekeeper Mrs. Hughes, played by Phyllis Logan, as she was made up by artist Nic Collins. Also there? Robert James Collier, who plays the mean-spirited under-butler Thomas. »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Hugh Bonneville: Sixth Season of 'Downton Abbey' Will Include Christmas Special

11 March 2015 9:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hugh Bonneville has confirmed that the upcoming sixth season of Downton Abbey will include a Christmas special, reports Digital Spy.  Bonneville revealed the news at the Television and Radio Industry Club Awards in London on Tuesday, where Downton picked up the drama program of the year award.  The cast of the hit ITV period drama are currently filming the eight episodes that will comprise season six, with rumors still swirling that it will be the final season. Read More Maggie Smith Plans to Leave 'Downton Abbey' After Next Season "We'll do a ninth episode which will come out at

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- Abid Rahman

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

10 March 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Let's just get this out of the way: Christina Hendricks absolutely deserves an Emmy. She's been nominated five times, all in a row, and all for her iconic, delicately-layered portrayal of Joan Harris on "Mad Men." Will she win? That's not up to us (sadly), but we're sure hoping she does. Hendricks will face stiff competition from returning veterans to upstart challengers. First and foremost is Maggie Smith from "Downton Abbey," whose recent non-announcement that next season will be her last at the abbey may hurt her odds for a win here (as the Academy may prefer to wait for her final year). Next up is Christine Baranski for "The Good Wife," who has 10 nominations in a row without a win (though she did win for her first nod back in '95). Joanne Froggett is hot off her Golden Globes win for "Downton Abbey" and could turn her momentum into a win, »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

10 March 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Let's just get this out of the way: Christina Hendricks absolutely deserves an Emmy. She's been nominated five times, all in a row, and all for her iconic, delicately-layered portrayal of Joan Harris on "Mad Men." Will she win? That's not up to us (sadly), but we're sure hoping she does. Hendricks will face stiff competition from returning veterans to upstart challengers. First and foremost is Maggie Smith from "Downton Abbey," whose recent non-announcement that next season will be her last at the abbey may hurt her odds for a win here (as the Academy may prefer to wait for her final year). Next up is Christine Baranski for "The Good Wife," who has 10 nominations in a row without a win (though she did win for her first nod back in '95). Joanne Froggett is hot off her Golden Globes win for "Downton Abbey" and could turn her momentum into a win, »

- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers

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Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stays top of UK box office chart

10 March 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stayed top of the UK box office chart for a second week.

The sequel - which stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Richard Gere - earned £1.9m in total.

Will Smith's Focus climbed a spot to second place with takings of £1.3m, while Fifty Shades of Grey slipped to third with £1.1m.

Neil Blomkamp's new film Chappie opened in fourth place, taking in a total of £1m. Big Hero 6 completes the top five with over £818,000.

Lower down the chart, Julianne Moore's Still Alice landed in eighth with £401k, while Vince Vaughn comedy Unfinished Business entered at nine with £394k.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (1) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - £1,957,256

2. (3) Focus - £1,312,963

3. (2) Fifty Shades of Grey - £1,066,813

4. (-) Chappie - £1,015,058

5. (4) Big Hero 6 - £818,737

6. (5) Shaun the Sheep Movie - £611,005

7. (6) Kingsman: The Secret Service - £450,947

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U.K. Box Office: Judi Dench Fights Off Will Smith, Christian Grey and Robots

10 March 2015 5:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel landed at the top of the U.K. box office for the second week in a row, successfully fending off Focus, Fifty Shades of Grey and even Neill Blomkamp’s U.S. chart-topping Chappie. The Judi Dench and Maggie Smith-starring comedy sequel about a group of British retirees living in India saw its revenues halve, down to $2.9 million from a debut of $5.8 million. But that was still enough to overtake the Will Smith heist vehicle Focus ($2 million), which leapfrogged Fifty Shades of Grey ($1.6 million) to land

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- Alex Ritman

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Film Review: Charming ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Bucks Botched Sequel Trend

9 March 2015 6:14 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Motivated by financial necessity, sequels often mitigate business risk and satisfy studio executives by riding on the coattails of a previous fan base with brand equity. But business aside, to moviegoers the follow-up product so often feels like it “wasn’t nearly as good as the first” or didn’t need to return at all.

Rarely do we find films that are an exception to this unfortunate rule, but when we do, they are celebrated for doing twice what many films can’t even do once. And so is the recent case with the naturally charming “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. While the story didn’t need to continue and could have ended in May 2012 – when Fox Searchlight’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” won over audiences worldwide – mostly the same usual suspects have returned to inspire you to laugh, think, feel and escape all over again.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Opens at #3 at Us Box Office

8 March 2015 6:27 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The India-set comedy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened strong at number three at the U.S. box office with an estimated $8.6 million in its first weekend of release, according to data released by its distributor Fox Searchlight. India-themed films rarely climb this high on the U.S. box office charts. Even Hollywood studio films such as Life of Pi, The Hundred Foot Journey, and Million Dollar Arm never made it to the top three at any time during their runs despite playing in more theaters than Marigold.

The new film also scored the highest average gross of any film in wide release averaging $5,467 from 1,573 theaters. After the success of the opening weekend, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will add more than 200 additional theaters to its run on the second weekend.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the follow-up to the 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which opened in the U. »

- Stacey Yount

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Choreographer Longinus Fernandes on making the stars dance in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

7 March 2015 4:32 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Along with his work in Bollywood and in India, you have seen choreographer Longinus Fernandes’ work in Slumdog Millionaire in the ‘Jai Ho’ sequence and in Eat Pray Love among many others. Now Fernandes has brought his unique style and fabulous moves to the movies again for a special sequence in director John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. What makes it so special is that the choreographer worked with some of the best actors in the world including Richard Gere, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Lillette Dubey, and Dev Patel to name just a few and got them to dance to the Bollywood beat of the killer song ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to do an email interview with Longinus about The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more! Check out what he had to say about working on the film, getting »

- Stacey Yount

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Vince Vaughn’s ‘Unfinished Business’ Flops, ‘Chappie’ Stumbles With $13.5 Million

7 March 2015 8:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The U.S. box office is as glum this weekend as the dystopian future depicted in one of the new releases.

Although off to a soft start, Neill Blomkamp’s robot thriller “Chappie” is No. 1 at the box office, aiming for a lower-than-expected $13 million to $13.5 million this weekend, while the comedy “Unfinished Business” is giving star Vince Vaughn the worst opening weekend of his career.

Sony’s “Chappie” launched to $4.5 million on Friday in the U.S. Blomkamp’s third film is far behind his previous two (dystopian thrillers as well): “District 9,” which opened to $37.4 million in 2009, and “Elysium,” which launched to $29.8 million in 2013.

Made on a modest $49 million budget (financed partly by Mrc and LStar Capital) and shot in South Africa, much like the low-budget hit “District 9,” the Johannesburg-set film could do better business overseas as it opens simultaneously in 53 markets, including the U.K., Germany, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Pretty Much As Good As the First One

6 March 2015 2:42 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Chances are, if you liked The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, you'll like the second best one as well. The original packed a thousand old-person-in-a-foreign-land clichés, but tempered them with sweet insights into old age and some fine performances; the new one does pretty much the same. It’s more predictable, sure, but predictability is part of its game. Maybe the word we’re looking for isn’t predictable; maybe it’s comfortable.The sequel picks up the Anglo pensioner inhabitants of this charmingly rundown Indian hotel nine months after the events of the original. Everybody's settling in nicely; whereas the first film was about the culture clash of aging Westerners in India, now they’re slowly integrating. Muriel (Maggie Smith), once a bitter xenophobe, is now helping hotel proprietor Sonny (Dev Patel) try to expand his operation. Madge (Celia Imrie), who was an unrepentant single in the first film, is »

- Bilge Ebiri

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‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold’ Hotel Review Roundup: Sequel Receives Lukewarm Notices

6 March 2015 2:25 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel returns to Jaipur, India, with the charming group of senior British expats and their host, Sonny. This time around, Sonny (Dev Patel) has it in his mind to expand the Marigold Hotel into a franchise with his unlikely business partner Mrs. Donnelly (Maggie Smith), while also preparing to marry […]

The post ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold’ Hotel Review Roundup: Sequel Receives Lukewarm Notices appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Box-Office Alternatives: California Suite

6 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

When The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) was released to stellar reviews and major box-office in the superhero-heavy summer of 2012, it became inevitable that a sequel would follow. Nearly three years later, audiences are being treated to The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), which journeys back to everyone's favorite hotel in India where the walls are crumbling and the residents are aging in ways both hilarious and heartfelt. The cast, which includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, all seem game for a second round with the material and their characters. This appears true in particular of Smith, who seems to be having more fun than ever playing the eternally sarcastic Muriel Donnelly.

Smith's turn in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel looks like definite fun, yet I wouldn't be surprised if it failed to reach the heights of her work in another hotel set comedy, California Suite (1978). Directed by »

- Frank Calvillo

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