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It may not be the best movie of 1998, as its Best Picture honor claims it to be, but Shakespeare in Love is a delight for any drama nerd with a boner for the Bard. Hardly acceptable as a true account of the inspiration for and writing of “Romeo and Juliet,” John Madden’s film is really just a celebration of the work of William Shakespeare by being a pastiche of themes, tropes and lines from his plays. Another proper title for the movie would be “Mark Norman (and Tom Stoppard) in Love With Shakespeare.” In their script are direct reverential references — some of them nods of foreshadowing for things later to be written, others familiar devices employed as general homage — to “Hamlet,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Merchant of Venice” and more. Some of it is kind of silly if you find that sort of celebratory amalgamation and obvious, literal allusion to be a cheap reduction of an artist »
- Christopher Campbell
Fox Searchlight has dated “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2” for a March 6 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.
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.
Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin are producing and Participant’s Jeff Skoll is executive producer. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights and will co-finance in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
- Dave McNary
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2” will open in limited release on March 6, 2015, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Participant Media said Tuesday. Fox Searchlight has worldwide rights and co-financed the film in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. The first film was a sleeper hit when it debuted in the summer of 2012, taking in $135 million worldwide on a production budget of $10 million. Also read: Indie Box Office: ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Expansion Clicks Stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel return from the first film, as does director John Madden. Richard Gere, David »
- Todd Cunningham
We have a few release date announcements to attend to this evening. Briefly: Ride Along 2 – Universal has dated the action-comedy sequel for January 15, 2016, almost exactly two years after the release of the first film. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 – Fox Searchlight has set a March 6, 2015 release date for this unlikely follow-up. The entire original cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith, return. What If – Previously titled The F Word, this excellent relationship comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan will arrive on August 1, 2014. Tracks – The Weinstein Company has dated the Mia Wasikowska-fronted adventure drama for May 23, 2014. Passengers – This promising sci-fi thriller set to star Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams was dated for April 3, 2015, but The Weinstein Company has unfortunately pulled it off the schedule. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films. After the Tim Story-directed action-comedy »
- Adam Chitwood
Wong is prexy of international production for Sony Pictures Television, and prexy of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Based in London, she is responsible for the studio’s international television production business. Previously, she served as prexy and CEO of Lifetime Networks.
Czernin worked in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years for a number of production companies, including Di Novi Pictures, where he was prexy.
In 2005, he partnered with Graham Broadbent to set up Blueprint Pictures, a London-based film production company, which has produced seven pics, including John Madden’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Colin Farrell-starrer “In Bruges.”
Ross is a chat-show host, »
- Leo Barraclough
After the Academy Award for Best Song was won by ‘It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp’ at the 2006 Oscars, host Jon Stewart quipped, ‘For those of you who are keeping score at home, I just want to make something very clear: Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars; Three 6 Mafia, one.’
If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences specialises in one thing at a sophisticated level no other collaborative body could ever hope to match, it’s giving awards to the wrong people. Sometimes, it almost seems like a deliberate act of petulance. Try finding anyone outside of Robert Zemekis’s immediate family who considers Forrest Gump to be a better picture than Pulp Fiction (one win) or The Shawshank Redemption (IMDb’s Best Film Ever Made; no wins).
In 1999, The 71st Academy Awards became to many people, the apogee of undeserved Oscars and the rabid invective from »
- Cai Ross
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
Actor reveals macular degeneration has left her unable to read scripts or watch films – but says 'somehow I get by'
The Oscar-winning actor Dame Judi Dench has spoken of how her failing eyesight has left her unable to read scripts and struggling to watch films.
Dench suffers from macular degeneration, an age-related condition that leads to a gradual loss of vision, which her mother also had.
But the actor, 79, who has notched up 95 award nominations during her illustrious career, balked at suggestions her career would slow down because of failing health.
She told the Hollywood Reporter: "I never want to make much of it, but it is difficult – very, very difficult.
"I can't read any more. I can't paint like I used to. I try to watch movies, but it's quite difficult. But these are all of the negatives. I don't want to really think about all that. What I can do, »
The cast of the sequel directed by John Madden comprises a distinguished bouquet of British and Indian troupers both old and young, including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desae and Lilette Dubey.
Though Gere has visited India several times as a goodwill ambassador for AIDS campaigns and for his Buddhist activities, this is the first time that he will shoot for a film in the country.
"Richard is coming here on Thursday," said a member of the film's. »
- Anita Agarwal
The very classy crew of the British flim The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is currently shooting very quietly in Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan. The cast of this sequel directed by John Madden, comprises a distinguished bouquet of British and Indian troupers both old and young including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desae and Lilette Dubey. The new addition to the original cast for the sequel is Richard Gere. Though he has visited India several times as a goodwill ambassador for AIDS campaigns and for his Buddhist activities, this is the first time that Gere is shooting for a film in India. "Richard is coming here on Thursday," a member of the film's unit says from Udaipur. "He is very excited about shooting in India, and so are we. He has specially asked to be accommodated in a hotel close to the shooting which need not be super-luxurious. »
- Subhash K. Jha
Producers Guild of America Awards 2014: ‘Gravity’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ tie for Best Picture (photo: ‘Gravity’) Earlier this evening, January 19, 2014, the Alfonso Cuarón-directed Gravity and the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years a Slave shared the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures — in other words, the PGA’s Best Picture Award. That’s the first such tie in the PGA Awards’ 24-year history. A mix of adventure thriller and mother-love soap opera, Gravity was written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón. The Cuaróns’ film received ten Academy Award nominations, but failed to be shortlisted for its screenplay. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star. Based on the story of a free black man forced into slavery in the mid-19th century United States, 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt (who also co-produced the film), and »
- Steve Montgomery
With a cast that included Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton, 2011's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was stacked to brim with English charm, not to mention some of the nation's most stellar senior stars. This plus a bittersweet but inspiring story drove the $10 million movie to be a major hit, earning more than $136 mil worldwide and spurring talk of a sequel. With The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 now in production, Fox Searchlight Pictures is proud to announce that Dench, Smith, Nighy, and Wilton will return to for the sequel, as will Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, and Ronald Pickup. But to give part two some added oomph, the ensemble is expanding to include Richard Gere, Davis Strathairn and Episodes' Tamsin Greig. Director John Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker, who adapted the first film from Deborah Moggach's novel These Foolish Things, »
The surprising international box-office success of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2012 led Fox Searchlight the realise there was a niche in the market. A sequel was swiftly green lit (the specialist indie studio’s first ever) with director John Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker returning. While the first film was based on the novel by Deborah Moggach, the follow-up will be an original story centring on returnees Dev Patel and Maggie Smith co-managing “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful”. Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey are also back.
Another trio have have also booked up for a spot at the idyllic location with Richard Gere and Black Books Tamsin Greig playing a couple who manage to land the last room available. Veteran David Strathairn, soon to be seen in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, is also joining the cast. »
- Craig Hunter
We all have predisposed notions about the infamous “romantic comedy.” As with other genres, there’s a large subsection of offerings, giving it a bad name. But, for every tired, cliché-driven comedy, there is another impressive offering that redefines the genre, garners plenty of laughs, and tells an honest story about love and relationships, however warped they may be. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at the fifty romantic comedy films that should be seen. These may not all be classic films, but they certainly put a stamp on the industry and the genre we affectionately call “rom-coms.”
#50. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Most of Wes Anderson’s films could be described as romantic comedies, but his 2012 effort stands out, as its central story focuses on young love and the need to find acceptance. In Anderson’s world, while quirks abound, true connections between characters are commonplace. With Moonrise Kingdom, »
- Joshua Gaul
The hotel has only a single remaining vacancy, which poses a problem for new arrivals Guy (Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig).
Dame Judi Dench and Bill Nighy will also reprise their roles in the follow-up which just began production in India. The original film was a surprise hit, scoring $135 million from a budget of $10 million.
Source: BBC »
- Garth Franklin
Love "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?" Love Richard Gere? Well, consider your day made. Fox Searchlight announced today that production on a sequel to the British feelgood hit from 2012 is officially under way in India, with Fox Searchlight once more backing the enterprise, and the first film's Oscar-nominated director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") back behind the camera. Most of the original ensemble is also back on board, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Penelope Wilton. Tom Wilkinson, obviously enough, is not returning -- shame they couldn't write their way out of »
- Guy Lodge
After becoming a surprise hit in 2012, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was revealed to be getting a sequel from Fox Searchlight with the original film's director John Madden returning, along with writer Ol Parker. There's no book for the film to be based on this time, but the story focuses on Dev Patel and Maggie Smith co-managing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful. Returning cast includes Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey, but there are some new cast members checking into the hotel, and it will not be Colin Firth and Helen Mirren as reported back in December of 2012. More below! At the start of the film, the hotel has one vacancy left, and Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig are the couple who snag it. In addition, David Strathairn has also landed a role in the film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Shooting is underway in India on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, Fox Searchlight’s first ever sequel and follow-up to the 2012 $135m global hit.
John Madden directs once again from a screenplay by Ol Parker. Returning producer Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin will produce and Participant’s Jeff Skoll serves as executive producer.
Fox Searchlight holds worldwide rights and will co-financen with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
In the sequel Sonny, played by Patel must juggle the demands of his job and senior clientele as he prepares for his Indian wedding. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis and Participant Media Executive Vice President of Production Jonathan King announced today that production on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 has begun in India. John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) has returned to helm the follow-up companion feature to the 2012 film from an original screenplay by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker and Madden. Blueprint Pictures returns producing the film.
The cast has reunited for the film including stars Judi Dench (Evelyn), Maggie Smith (Muriel), Bill Nighy (Douglas), Dev Patel (Sonny), Celia Imrie (Madge), Ronald Pickup (Norman), Penelope Wilton (Jean), Diana Hardcastle (Carol), Tena Desae (Sunaina) and Lillete Dubey (Mrs. Kapoor). Additional cast making their debut include Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig. Blueprint Pictures' Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin will produce the film, with Participant's Jeff Skoll serving as executive producer. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights and »
Production starts in India on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.
Blueprint Pictures again produces with Participant’s Jeff Skoll executive producing.
Fox Searchlight has worldwide rights and will co-finance with Participant and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
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