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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 »
It’s been a big couple of weeks for South African/Canadian filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. The District 9 director, a noted super-fan of the Alien franchise, has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Alien sequel. On top of that, his latest film, Chappie, is rolling out into theatres – and hey, it which also stars Sigourney Weaver – Alien’s core hero – in a supporting role!
Chappie follows the story of an old police droid who is stolen, reprogrammed, and becomes the first fully independent, sentient robot. Unfortunately, by the looks of the below featurette and trailer, Chappie will be getting into a lot of unwanted trouble.
Blomkamp’s film opens in theatres next Friday (March 6) with a cast that also includes X-Men’s Hugh Jackman,Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel and Blompkamp regular Sharlto Copley – obviously in a mo-cap suit – as the titular robot Chappie.
- Sasha James
It’s sentimental, silly and stereotypical, but this later-life comedy sequel grows on you, and the thespian firepower of Smith, Imrie, Nighy, Dench – and now Gere – is redoubtable
Considering the quality of most sequels, it was bold, or rash, to put the words “second best” in the title. But though still treacly, still exasperatingly sentimental and stereotypical, this follow-up to the first Exotic Marigold Hotel turns out to be rather better. By bringing back the story of Brit retirees at a chaotic Indian hotel, director John Madden and his writer, Ol Parker, have given it the air of an unassuming BBC1 sitcom that grows on you. It’s a daft, good-natured Arcadian comedy of late-life yearnings with the same formidable cast, plus some newcomers. Maggie Smith’s cockney accent is still unconvincing, but there’s no doubt that her screen presence and sheer thespian firepower lend heft to this film, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Opening on March 6, Wamg has your free passes, plus a prize pack to see Chappie!
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Chappie on Wednesday, March 4th at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.
One grandprize winner will take home a Chappie prizepack. »
- Movie Geeks
Sneak Peek more clips of footage from director Neill Blomkamp's 'police robot' feature "Chappie", starring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel, opening March 6, 2015, plus take a look @ the new 'Chappie' statue:
"...'Scout 22', Aka 'Chappie', is one of hundreds of robots that patrol Johannesburg, assisting in high risk assignments that would otherwise be too deadly for their human counterparts to engage in...
" But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
"His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Chappie"...
Pre-order The "Chappie" 1:4 Scale Statue
- Michael Stevens
Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel from director John Madden, starring Dev Patel, Tina Desai, Richard Gere, Tamsin Greig, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, and Maggie Smith.
For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see an advance screening of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield, Michigan on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:00Pm, just look for the “giveaway” box further down on this page.
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is in cinemas now and to celebrate the release of the exciting sequel, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Flickering Myth are offering three lucky winners the chance to get their hands on some awesome exclusive merchandise!
Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. »
- Gary Collinson
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
While Harvey Weinstein is generally known as Mr. Oscar, this year he had a relatively quiet time at the awards ceremony, with The Weinstein Company walking away with just two trophies. But Harvey is a man with a plan, and he already has a lot of potential contenders on his plate for next year, including "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," and "Lion" with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. And never one to have a couple more options at his disposal, he's apparently eyeing Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor biopic for the awards season. The news comes from Pryor's widow Jennifer Lee, who recently stopped by the "Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend" podcast (via FilmDrunk) and provided an update on the status of the Lee Daniels directed picture about the late comedian. Mike Epps is in the lead role, with Kate Hudson as Jennifer Pryor, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: John Madden.
Running Time: 122 minutes
Synopsis: Sonny (Patel) looks to expand his business by trying to lock down a second site for another hotel, while also planning his wedding. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel once again traverse the world of love in their advanced years.
There are some films that are geared towards specific demographics. It doesn’t mean others can’t enjoy said film, it just means that they have been manufactured with a clear and defined selling point. Such films can be stale and bland, but when they are aimed at a smaller demographic not usually catered for, then it’s kind of hard to begrudge their existence. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It's been more than six years since the release of Slumdog Millionaire—the film which catapulted Dev Patel to stardom. "People ask how hard it is to stay grounded. It's f--king easy," the 24-year-old British actor tells the U.K.'s Guardian, opening up about his rapid rise to fame. "Because you just do normal s--t like everyone else. My friend circle is very small, and that's a conscious choice." Patel also has ex-girlfriend Freida Pinto, whom he met on the set of the Danny Boyle-directed flick in 2008, to thank for his level-headed approach to Hollywood. Although the two split before the New Year, the former lovebirds remain close friends, and »
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the second installment of the star-studded British comedy that follows a group of British retirees who decide to spice up their lives in magical India.
In theaters on March 6, 2015, the sequel was once again directed by John Madden, best known for his acclaimed movies Shakespeare In Love (Academy Award winner for Best Picture, 1998), Proof (based on the eponymous Pulitzer Prize winning play, 2005) and The Debt.
The renowned cast has reunited for the film including stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Tina Desai, Diana Hardcastle and Lillete Dubey. Additional cast making their debut include Tamsin Greig, with David Strathairn and Richard Gere.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Monday, March 2 at 7:00Pm in the St. »
- Movie Geeks
Director Neill Blomkamp's Chappie marks the acting debuts of South African rappers Ninja and Yo-landi Visser from the group Die Antwoord. Sony Pictures has released a new featurette which reveals how the musicians came on board, playing gangsters who essentially adopt the title robot, voiced by Sharlto Copley.
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings - some good, some bad - and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever. »
The first Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - by the rules of Hollywood - should never have been the international box-office hit it ended up being. It’s a film about getting older, resolutely targeted at a demographic ordinarily ignored by Hollywood, but the film’s warmth and undeniable charm nevertheless made it a sizeable success, and now here we are with a sequel that hopes to repeat the same magic formula to produce similar results.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will no doubt be greeted with cynicism by many, given its identity as a sequel more or less brought about by the first film’s financial returns, but thankfully the film itself doesn’t hold the same negative feeling. Like its predecessor, this is a »
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