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From mainstream to parallel cinema, Koffee with Karan Season 4 has brought to us all kinds of people, stories and a lot more than just film talk. This episode made the line-up of the season even more interesting as the gorgeous ladies Freida Pinto and Nargis Fakhri talked about cross cultural stereotypes, filmy perceptions and everything fun!
Freida’s start with Slumdog Millionaire was a roaring success, and she is soaring high internationally since. She said that it obviously feels awesome, but at heart she is still the Mumbai girl who grew up watching Bollywood. “I was at an award function where I was presenting with Shah Rukh Khan. In that room full of people, I was looking for him. It shows that my roots are here in Mumbai. I felt so proud that after just one film I get to share the stage with him!” she exclaimed. Apparently, Freida’s »
- Samreen Tungekar
Die Antwoord's Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er have recently wrapped on Chappie, Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi comedy. They play themselves as the film's (human) leads, with Sharlto Copley voicing the film's robot namesake. This South African acting triad will be accompanied by some rather recognizable Hollywood names, including Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel.Ninja took to Facebook to reflect on the experience, and offers some illuminating tidbits. Most interesting is the fact that Ninja and Yo-landi worked with Blomkamp for two years before the film began shooting, which furthers my suspicion that they will leave a creative mark on this film that transcends their acting roles. It also appears that Blomkamp had to lobby hard for a green light to their casting, which is hardly...
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A version of this story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Mumbai, India -- "More than a dream, it was fantasy come true," recalls Tanay Chheda, 17 -- a child star of Slumdog Millionaire and now a student at Connecticut's Choate prep school -- of the film's eight statuettes won at the 2009 Oscars, including best picture and best director for Danny Boyle. The film, a kinetic tale of reaching for game-show riches amid the Mumbai slums, cast six young actors to play Jamal (Dev Patel), Jamal's brother Salim (Madhur Mittal) and love interest Latika
- Seth Abramovitch and Nyay Bushan
A few weeks back you may have read me talking about the entertainment package that Now TV were now offering alongside movies and sport accessible through their box or online that was £4.99 a month and gave you access to shows from HBO showing in the UK through Sky Atlantic. Unless you have been in outer space for the last month, you may have also heard a little buzz about some small show from HBO called True Detective. Well good news if you heeded my recommendations and invested in a subscription because the first episode of True Detective is now available on Now TV.
I don’t normally review single episodes of anything but I have watched the first episode of True Detective and feel like it should be mentioned, it could well be the best thing to come from television since Game of Thrones. True Detective is an eight part »
- Chris Holt
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
Following District 9 and Elysium, Neill Blomkamp is currently piecing together his third South Africa based outing. Black comedy Chappie once again involves serious hardware, as Blomkamp's go-to actor Sharlto Copley plays a robot used for nefarious purposes by gangsters.
Two of the gangsters are set to be played by main vocalists Ninja and Yolandi Visser from South African rap-rave band Die Antwoord. However, it appears that Ninja was a supremely disruptive influence on set and consequently has had his role reduced in the final piece. Unspecified sources quote Blomkamp as stating that “I don’t ever want to be in the same room as him again.”
Various cast members are said to have stories about the singer's behaviour, from inappropriate advances on women on set, to attempting to disrupt other actors by telling them everything they are is wrong. Subsequently, at least one scene involving Ninja was rewritten so »
- Chris Cooper
Episodes: Tbd (hour)
TV show dates: June 24, 2012 -- present
Series status: Ending
TV show description:
Created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), this TV series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the people who put together a nightly cable-news show on the fictional Atlantis Cable News (Acn) channel.
The unapologetically old-school president of the news division is Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterson), a professional who learned at the feet of the legendary newsmen.
The anchor and managing editor of News Night is Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a moderate Republican whose success is largely the result of never offending anyone. He's in a lot »
This spring marks the production of the third and final season of an Emmy Award-winning drama series about the professional and personal struggles encountered by a cable news team.
Fans can expect to see cast members Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn making news together one last time in the fall on HBO. »
Operation Genoa evidently didn't derail Atlantis Cable News entirely.
HBO finally confirmed Monday (Jan. 13) what Emmy winner Jeff Daniels signaled in a tweet several months ago: The Aaron Sorkin-created TV-news drama "The Newsroom" will get a third season, though it also will be the final one. It's expected to begin its run this fall.
Cast members clearly were hoping for the renewal. "This is rich ground, and there's a lot of stuff to get into," co-star Sam Waterston -- alias Acn president Charlie Skinner -- told Zap2it earlier. "These circumstances are rare, so I hope and long for a third season."
Thomas Sadoski, who plays news producer Don Keefer, also indicated to Zap2it he was anticipating the pickup from HBO: "To every question I've asked of them [about being renewed], they've said, 'Yes.'"
Four months after Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom ended its second season on HBO, the cable news drama is officially a go for a third season, which will be its last. It is set to premiere next fall. Sorkin is back as executive producer/showrunner, with former The Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein joining him and executive producers Alan Poul and Scott Rudin as executive producer in Season 3. I hear Lieberstein already had been working with Sorkin on stories behind the scenes. The official renewal comes after months of talks between Sorkin and HBO, with speculation whether Sorkin would come back given his busy feature schedule. But he just turned in his high-profile Jobs script, and will now focus his attention to giving his HBO series a proper conclusion. “The Newsroom is classic Aaron Sorkin – smart, riveting and thought-provoking,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo. “I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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
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
Back in 2012 Fox Searchlight released The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a charming and delightful little film that was very well received. In fact, praise for the film was so strong that the company decided to do something that they’ve never done before: make a sequel. That’s right, production is about to get underway on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 with several of the original cast members set to return (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel). Furthermore, today, Fox Searchlight has announced that two more well-respected talents have joined the film in the forms of Richard Gere and David Strathairn.
In addition to revealing the two new cast members, the studio also released a pretty lengthy plot summary, which can be viewed below:
- Matt Joseph
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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. »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
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