14 items from 2015
Doctor Strange is just under two years away from release, but the film is slowly getting its primary characters assembled. Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the titular character, Daniel Bruhl.s character in Captain America: Civil War is rumored to be this film.s villain, and Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy and Morgan Freeman have all been mentioned as contenders for Strange.s mentor. We.ve even speculated on how Marvel could fit Al Pacino into the production. Now another name has been thrown into the mix: 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor. The negotiations are in the early stages right now, but if a deal can be worked out, this will be a major score for Doctor Strange. Reports differ over what Ejiofor.s role entails. Some say he.s playing the villain, others say it.s still up in the air who he.ll be, although it will »
Chiwetel Ejiofor was long a popular choice to fill the suit of Marvel’s Black Panther, but that role went to Chadwick Boseman instead. As a possible consolation prize, the Oscar-nominated actor is reportedly close to signing on to another movie in the McU: Doctor Strange. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop but little more than the casting, which would reunite him with his 12 Years a Slave co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who is playing the titular sorcerer superhero. Sources say Ejiofor is definitely not playing the villain and might be the Ancient One, a part previously linked to contenders Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe. There’s also suggestion that he could take the role of Dr. Strange’s manservant sidekick, Wong, with a change in race from the comics. Would he still be a martial arts master? I don’t see that in Ejiofor. I’ve also seen some fans at least wish for the actor »
- Christopher Campbell
There has been some back-and-forth as to which role the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks for, though it appears to be that the studio want him on board as the film’s main villain. Starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, who is set to play The Sorcerer Supreme himself, all signs point to Ejiofor assuming the role of Baron Mordo, a pupil who finds his status undercut by Stephen Strange.
That said, there’s every possibility that the 37-year-old could be in line to play either monk servant Wong or the coveted role of the Ancient One — a character that has been linked to the likes of Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman and Bill Nighy.
It’s worth keeping in mind that the potential »
- Michael Briers
One day after reporting that Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) is in talks to take the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, her co-star Brenton Thwaites has offered up new details about the script. The actor signed on in November to play a young British soldier who teams up with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), but not much more was known about the plot at that time. Now, Brenton Thwaites reveals that he's heading to Australia next month for pre-production, while teasing new details about the ploy.
"I don't know much about the story, they're quite tight about that stuff. I'm heading back to Australia to begin [pre-production] in a month. It's about a young man who wants to reconnect with his father, Davy Jones. There's a curse that prevents him from doing that. I think it's about how he goes around that and tries »
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February 2015 sees the return of Dev Patel and the stellar cast from the 2012 smash hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in the highly anticipated sequel – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It follows the original cast members; Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Tina Desai and Lillete Dubey, who reprise their roles, with some surprising additions to an already superbly rich international ensemble, including Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig. The film has been selected for the Ctbf Royal Film Performance on 17th February 2015.
To celebrate this honour, Fox Searchlight Pictures »
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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). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the »
- Gary Collinson
A welcome return to India is shown in the new trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
New cast member Richard Gere is set to shake up the dynamic of the hotel's guests returning from the first film.
The Fox Searchlight film is based around Dev Patel's character Sonny's attempts to create the second in what he hopes will become a chain of hotels for British retirees, with Muriel (Dame Maggie Smith) as the new co-manager of the hotel.
More romance is also in the air as Sonny's marriage to Sunaina (Tena Desae) is in the works.
While "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was remarkable in its focus on a group of older characters, played by legendary actors like Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celie Imrie and Ronald Pickup, the sequel -- aptly titled "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" -- seems to focus a bit more on Dev Patel's character and the younger crowd. There's a wedding, lively dancing and…wait a minute is that Richard Gere shimmying his hips?? Here's the synopsis for the sequel, courtesy of Fox Searchlight: "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 »
- Casey Cipriani
The original cast is back for the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Tina Desai, Lillete Dubey – along with newcomers Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn and Richard Gere.
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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).
- Melissa Thompson
Alright, so admittedly the headline you see above is a bit of a fib: I haven't yet watched a single trailer for the sequel to Fox Searchlight's 2012 breakout hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, so referring to it as "second best" isn't exactly fair. However, it was a chance to draw attention to the partly-absurd, partly-witty title of the upcoming film, so why not live a little and just run with me here, yeahc For those of you not in the know, yes, there is a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, yes, it is called The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and yes, it is hitting theaters very, very soon, March 6 to be precise. I'm not entirely sure the intent regarding the title, whether it is a riff on hotel owner Sonny Kapoor's (Dev Patel) general lack of business knowledge -- why would you refer to your next »
- Jordan Benesh
20th Century Fox has released an all-new trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. In theaters this March, old favorites will unite with newcomers as Sonny plans to franchise his popular establishment. This means original cast members Judi Dench and Bill Nighy will now be joined by the likes of Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig.
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). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill »
One of the blessings of the holidays, for me, is a respite from deadlines, following the crush of major December releases. My wife and I enjoyed our quiet time at home, watching DVDs of films I didn’t get a chance to see, or review, when they opened in 2014. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than by spreading the good word about them. I’m sorry I missed the following three the first time around, but they’re all available online and on disc. Besides, it’s never too late to see a good movie. Pride has been called a crowd-pleaser, which is a perfect way to describe this British import that offers juicy roles to such wonderful actors as Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton,...
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- Leonard Maltin
He also teased a "huge new element" that the 2016 film will introduce to the cinematic comic book universe.
"I don't think it's a risk because of Marvel," Cumberbatch told The Wall Street Journal. "Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods.
"It's very different, it's an Astral Plane. There's a huge new element to this Marvel universe that's going to be employed in building this story and this character.
"But you know, I'm really excited about it, about working with [director Scott Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they're doing."
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Most Hollywood studios have gotten smart about their film budgets, lowering them quite a bit over the past year. Which means we saw fewer box office bombs in 2014. Almost all of the big releases made at least a little bit of their money back, except maybe Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. It only earned $18.6 million worldwide against it's $70 million budget. Winter's Tale and Vampire Academy were also big money losers over the past twelve months, but seeming disasters like Transcendence and I, Frankenstein actually managed to recoup their costs overseas. That doesn't mean these were good movies by any means. And some of the biggest blockbusters of the year shouldn't be considered masterpieces of cinema by any stretch of the imagination. In 2014, we couldn't really judge a movie by its earnings. But we could judge them by their critical and fan responses. Which is where Rotten Tomatoes comes in handy. »
14 items from 2015
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