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Following the global blockbuster hit from 2012, the loveable cast reunites for the upcoming comedy The Second Best Marigold Hotel which releases in theaters across North America on March 6, 2015. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desai and the rest of the gang are back together along with Richard Gere who joins the fun for an all-new adventure set in India. Oscar-nominated director John Madden returns as well.
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 (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig »
- Press Releases
The sequel sees the return of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. Fans of Smith can expect to see the 2-time Oscar winning actress on the big and little screen this autumn and I suspect during the upcoming Awards Season. She’s nominated again with an Emmy for Supporting Actress (Drama) for “Downton Abbey” and her work on the upcoming film My Old Lady, alongside Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas, is without a doubt Smith’s finest work in years and definitely worth some Oscar attention.
Read Jim Batts’ review of the first film Here.
- Michelle McCue
Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced Feb 27, 2015 as the UK release date for sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
John Madden has returned to direct the follow-up feature to the 2012 hit, which made $136.8m at the box office.
The story is based on an original screenplay by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker and Madden.
The story centres on two hopeful new arrivals, played by Greig and Gere, at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful who quickly learn that there is only a single room left to rent.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be released in the UK on February 27, 2015.
The first trailer for the sequel - which sees Richard Gere join the veteran cast - has also been unveiled.
The film centres on Sonny (Dev Patel) as he looks to open a second hotel, following the success of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful. However, he must juggle the demands of his new venture with his imminent marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desae).
The independently-released Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was both a critical and box office hit last year, earning $135 million worldwide.
The first trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is out, and it’s ready to charm.
The followup has Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie Smith) as co-managers of the hotel. It will see the return of familiar faces—Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, and Lillete Dubey—and the arrival of new ones, too, including Richard Gere, »
- C. Molly Smith
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” eight months ahead of its March platform release in the U.S.
The original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was a surprise hit and grossed $135 million worldwide in 2012. The new project is the first sequel ever released by Fox Searchlight.
The trailer features several female cast members impressed by the appearance of Richard Gere. John Madden has returned to direct the sequel from a script by Ol Parker. Returning cast includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey.
“I couldn’t resist the chance to come and visit the old crumbling ruins and see how the hotel was doing as well,” Wilton chirps.
- Dave McNary
Not all sequels have to be about horror movie monsters and superheroes. Sometimes, even a hotel that caters to senior citizens gets a second chance on the big screen. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a follow-up to 2012's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which finds Sonny (Dev Patel) attempting to franchise out his hotel, which caters to the 'elderly and beautiful'. The original location only has one remaining vacancy, which causes a problem for new tenants played by Tamsin Greig and Richard Gere, neither of whom are old enough to be staying here, though maybe a little too beautiful. Check it out as Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench also return for another stay at the Best Exotic Marigold.
One of the delights of 2012 was the superb old-folk-on-holiday comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The film did wonders at the international box-office, setting it alight with $136 million dollars in worldwide takings – that’s from a budget of just $10 million. Scratch your head, do the maths and you’ll agree that a sequel would be a bloody good idea. All of the pensioners from the first film are back in the sequel, (bar Tom Wilkinson), as well as Dev Patel and two newcomers in David Straithern and one Richard Gere.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is set to hit cinemas in the spring of next year.
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 »
- Paul Heath
Several years ago "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" became a major sleeper hit, nabbing over $135 million worldwide at the box office by catering to a demographic so rarely offered anything of interest at the multiplex.
Now, most of the cast are back for the the follow-up to the story of a bunch of British retirees living in India. Tom Wilkinson is out this time following the events of the first film. Instead Richard Gere has joined the cast. Director John Madden insists that he hates the film being called a sequel:
"I've always insisted on 'companion piece.' I think 'sequel' smacks of, 'Hey, we made a good one, it worked, let's do another one.' It certainly isn't the same movie again. We were very aware of wanting the experience to be completely fresh. If somebody simply walked into this film knowing nothing about the first, they would be just fine. »
- Garth Franklin
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is now titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is an interesting titling scheme. I know a new hotel is opened in the film, but I also wonder if the title is a bit of meta-commentary on the nature of sequels and that one should temper their expectations lest they assume this installment matches the majesty of the first. I haven’t seen the first film, so I’m not qualified to say. The sequel was directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker. It stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, David Strathairn and Richard Gere. Hit the jump for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer! The film hits theaters on March 6th, 2015. Head over to Apple for the HD version. Here's the synopsis for The Second Best Exotic Marigold »
- Evan Dickson
As far as sequels go, one film that most people wouldn’t consider to be begging for one would have to be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which employed a slew of classy, established thesps to tell a genial, feel-good story about retirees finding a new lease on life. However, Fox Searchlight is certainly not blind – that 2012 flick grossed $130 million worldwide on a budget of around $10 million – so now audiences are getting a follow-up, officially titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Today, the first trailer for the sequel, which opens next year, has arrived, promising exactly the same sort of cinematic diversion – which should be perfectly acceptable to the same crowd which made The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a hit. John Madden is back in the director’s chair, and many of the same stars are reprising their roles, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Until recently, the sequel to 2012’s sleeper hit had been known simply as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Director John Madden, however, is insistent that it’s more than a straight sequel, entitling it instead The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
The first film took an impressive $136m. at the global box office, and the second is sure to bring audiences back for more when it arrives early next year. We’ve still got a little while to wait, with its arrival slated for February/March 2015, but Fox Searchlight is wasting no time in building the anticipation, launching the first trailer today.
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 »
- Kenji Lloyd
Many many epochs past, before claiming its rightful status as the beloved Oscar-winning trilogy known the world over, "The Lord of the Rings" was planned to be a single movie, directed by John Madden ("Shakespeare In Love," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"). Obviously, that didn't come to pass, and Peter Jackson went in the opposite direction. Given a nearly unlimited canvas to paint on, and buoyed by global success, the theatrical cuts of each movie were supplemented by extended footage on home video. And when Jackson returned to helm "The Hobbit" after Guillermo del Toro's exit, it wasn't long until the planned two-movie saga was expanded to yet another trilogy. In short, Jackson has an inexhaustible supply of J.R.R. Tolkien's material to put on the big screen, and today at Comic-Con he suggested even more could be coming from "The Lord of the Rings." During what was reported »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Entertainment One have announced a July 22, 2016 UK / Ireland release date for a new feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s universally loved classic The Bfg (the Big Friendly Giant), directed by Steven Spielberg. First published in 1982, The Bfg, one of Roald Dahl’s most iconic books, was recently voted amongst the top 10 favourite children’s books of the past 150 years. 2016 will also mark the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Steven Spielberg will direct the new adaptation with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with Spielberg onvET, writing the script. Frank Marshall and Spielberg will produce the film and Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel are on board as executive producers. The Bfg tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Thn have received the official news that the feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s universally loved classic The Bfg (the Big Friendly Giant), directed by Steven Spielberg, will be released on July 22, 2016 in the UK and backed by Entertainment One. First published in 1982, The Bfg, one of Roald Dahl’s most iconic books, with memorable illustrations by Quentin Blake, was recently voted amongst the top 10 favourite children’s books of the past 150 years. 2016 will also mark the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.
Legendary film director Steven Spielberg will direct the new adaptation with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with Spielberg on Et, writing the script. Frank Marshall and Spielberg will produce the film and Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel are on board as executive producers, with it being a DreamWorks Studios and Amblin Entertainment production.
I was such a big fan of Dahl’s books as »
- Dan Bullock
Dumbo isn’t the only loveable, giant-lugged game in Hollywood this week. Also once-animated and also now en route to a live-action redo is Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg - or Big Friendly Giant for the acronym-averse – which now has an official release date. It makes its worldwide bow in the UK and July 22, 2016 is the date to circle in your long-range diary, putting it up against Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur. Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl’s beloved belobed one has been penned by E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison. It’s had a lengthy and often briar-strewn path to the screen, passing through the hands of directors such as John Madden and Chris Columbus, before Spielberg took up the gauntlet for DreamWorks.“It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The Bfg”, Spielberg says, “a story that sprang from the imagination »
Entertainment One has set a July 22, 2016 release date in the U.K. for Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG,” an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book. eOne is the first international distributor to set a release date for the pic.
“The BFG” – which stands for “Big Friendly Giant” — was published 1982 with illustrations by Quentin Blake. Dahl’s books have generated worldwide sales totaling 200 million, with 37 million of these in the U.K. 2016 will mark the centenary of Dahl’s birth.
“It is fitting that the U.K. is the first international country to announce the date of ‘The Bfg,’ a story that sprang from the imagination of this proud son from Wales,” said Spielberg. “We at DreamWorks Studios hope our film will add to Roald Dahl’s prolific legacy of entertainment.”
- Leo Barraclough
Entertainment One (eOne) has announced a July 22, 2016 release date in the UK for a new feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The Bfg (the Big Friendly Giant), directed by Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg said: “It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The Bfg, a story that sprang from the imagination of this proud son from Wales. We at DreamWorks Studios hope our film will add to Roald Dahl’s prolific legacy of entertainment.”
The Bfg is the story of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
Spielberg will direct the new adaptation with Melissa Mathison, who last worked with him on Et, writing the script »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Scenes From a Marriage: Troell’s Latest an Engrossing Character Study
Swedish auteur Jan Troell, at 81, is thankfully still making films, and his latest, The Last Sentence, is a period piece centered on a somewhat obscure historical figure, more in the vein of Hamsun (1996) than the immigrant or social change narratives that Troell is perhaps most famed for, such as his last effort, a 2008 masterpiece, Everlasting Moments. Beginning his directorial career in the mid 60’s, Troell was not only a contemporary of Ingmar Bergman but has often showcased many of Bergman’s troupe, like Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman (Sydow was purportedly first choice for this latest as well). Here, he assembles a distinct cast and digital black and white cinematography to offset this from his larger body of work, and the pay off his decidedly worthwhile.
Featuring the announcement of Hitler as Germany’s Chancellor in 1932 via newsreel, »
- Nicholas Bell
‘Masters of Sex’: Carrying a Cinematic Sensibility to the Small Screen
Michael Apted first found fame in 1964 as the director of “Seven Up,” a groundbreaking television documentary charting the lives of British children that has since spawned a veritable institution, each film revisiting the subjects seven years later (2012’s “56 Up” was the latest
So it’s a befitting progression that Apted, who also helmed the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” and the Jodie Foster starrer “Nell,” would find himself back in TV at this juncture in his career, this time directing episodes of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” a series about pioneering physician William Masters and his research partner Virginia
While Apted’s return to TV is pragmatic in part — “The sort of movies I grew up doing are not made anymore and it’s difficult to find a project that I want to do” — he »
- Variety Staff
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