Behind the scenes, Patel and Desai discuss the ritual of weddings in India, and Dame Judi Dench describes how moving it was to film.
The crew of the film also had plenty to say about making the movie. Director John Madden, hair and makeup artist Daniel Phillips, production designer Martin Childs, and costume designer Louise Stjernsward divulge how they created the look of the ceremony, the costumes, the lavish set, and the crowds of extras. And, yes, there's a dance number, thanks to help from choreographer Longinus Fernandes. Yep, that's Richard Gere dancing with Dench and Bill Nighy.
"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" opens for business on March 6. »
- Jenni Miller
As I put it in my video review above, the movie business’ favorite set of geezers are back and in fine form in the sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Returning from the 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are such stalwarts as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith (now playing co-manager of the hotel), Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, along with Tina Desai, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle and Celia Imrie. Also checking in are Tamsin Greig and, in a bit of a surprise but a… »
The actress reprises her role as Sunaina in the movie about a hotel for British retirees.
Dev Patel: 'Chemistry with Dame Maggie is best I've had in a movie'
Describing the experience of reuniting with the cast, she told Digital Spy: "I was super happy when they told me about the sequel because I felt so strongly about it.
"I was happy to meet everyone again and we didn't know if everybody would come back again, but everyone on the crew was the same apart from the Dop. Everyone was in touch in the time we were apart so it was very satisfying emotionally.
"But also the script is something that doesn't let you down. I've heard it said that it's not common to have the sequel to be »
The First Best Loser: Madden’s Wholly Unnecessary Sequel an Exercise in Nothingness
Pandering is the word that best describes the tone of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, John Madden’s follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Whereas the first film was adapted from the bestselling novel by Deborah Moggach, screenwriter Ol Parker is left to his own sugary devices with this next chapter, volleying most of the respectable returning cast members through a series of utterly vapid subplots that are either forgettable or just plain embarrassing considering the seasoned talents. Some may argue that the chance to see so many exemplary performers of a certain age in a film that will reach mainstream platforms should be appreciated for merely existing, but that’s no excuse for doffing us with such second rate material.
Many of the mainstays from the last film have stuck around »
- Nicholas Bell
After its phenomenal success at this season’s award ceremonies, including winning the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer (awarded to writers Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone), Pride finally arrives on DVD today!
With a stellar British cast – Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Joe Gilgun, Ben Schnetzer, Freddie Fox and Jessica Gunning, among many more – stand-out independent actor and director Paddy Considine also co-stars.
To celebrate the release, I’ve created a shortlist of my favourite Considine performances and not forgetting to mention he’s a huge Adam Ant fan – as am I – so we should be best friends…
The World’S End
(Edgar Wright, 2013)
First up is Edgar Wright’s The World’S End, the concluding third part of his famous Cornetto Trilogy. Gary King (Simon Pegg) leads his childhood friends – Andy (Nick Frost), Steven (Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Director: Matthew Warchus
Running Time: 120 minutes
Pride is a true celebration of overcoming unexpected obstacles that in the mid-80s were controversial during volatile political times in the UK. With the miners striking, HIV AIDS in its early stages of spreading and the gay and lesbian community more rightfully prominent in their stature and awareness, a group of UK gay campaigners in 1984 get together to help miners during their extensive strike of the National Union of Mineworkers.
Initially based in London, we learn about the lives of a dedicated group of gay and lesbian activists who are looking to back something they believe in and raise the profile of »
- Dan Bullock
While some critics and cinemagoers may rate the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as less witty and entertaining than the original, others would disagree.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel raked in $4 million last weekend, well ahead of the first edition.s $3.4 million in 2012.
The key question now is whether the second iteration of the adventures of hotelier Sonny (Dev Patel) and senior citizens played by Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy,. Ronald Pickup et al will have the staying power of the predecessor, which wound up with $21.4 million.
Achieving a multiple of more than six times the opening weekend may be a tall order for the Fox Searchlight film directed by John Madden.
Elsewhere, there wasn.t much of a post- Oscars bounce for the key winners as nationwide receipts eased by 5% to $12.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates.
Fifty Shades of Grey continues to drop like a stone, »
- Don Groves
Scott Davis looks at the big releases on Blu-ray and DVD this week from the UK…
One of 2014’s biggest surprises (and best films), Nightcrawler cemented Jake Gyllenhaal’s mini renaissance and cemented his place as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. Here, he stars as Lou Bloom, a “nightcrawler” who finds employment as a investigate cameraman for a local new station, and soon sets out to become the best in the business. You can read our reviews here and here, as well as revisit out podcast on the film.
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Exclusive to HMV is stunning limited-edition steelbook, which is available at many HMV stores nationwide, but is very limited in quantity.
Winner of Best British Debut at this year’s BAFTA’s, Pride has been a firm favourite with many across both sides of the pond, and is set to follow the »
- Scott J. Davis
“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 »
Peter Bradshaw and Andrew Pulver join Henry Barnes for our round-up of the week's cinema releases. Coming up on this week's show ... a pack of randy retirees head back to India to visit The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; a family feud plays out across the Yorkshire moors in Brit thriller Catch Me Daddy; and horror is sexually transmitted in the terrifying It Follows. Plus, interviews with Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stars Dev Patel and Bill Nighy Continue reading »
- Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Pulver, Tom Silverstone, Mona Mahmood and Andrea Salvatici
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 »
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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 »
Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, stars of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, tell Andrew Pulver how the continuation of the franchise deepens and extends the story. Nighy suggests that it 'unlocks something in the audience which allows you to briefly properly join the human race' and sings the praises of his co-stars, many of whom he has known for four decades Continue reading »
- Andrew Pulver and Jonross Swaby
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
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