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I’LL See You In My Dreams (2015) – The Review

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Into the noisy chaos of summertime at the multiplex, offering a quiet diversion from the super-heroes and natural disasters, is a gentle comedy/drama/romance aimed at a most neglected movie audience: the seniors. Or, the Aarp crowd, if you will. Their favored flicks usually arrive in the later part of the year (for Oscar noms), or in the early Spring/late Winter. The studio execs are often stunned when this demographic embraces a film. Such was the case with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which even inspired a recent sequel in addition to several Us mature pairings like And So It Goes. And in TV-land, those “Golden Girls” continue their popularity in endless reruns. This new film zeroes in on one such “golden gal” (well, she does have three BFFs) and provides a veteran actress of stage, screen, and TV with the role of a lifetime as the main »

- Jim Batts

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Remembering the Unjustly Forgotten Tony Winner, Shaw's 'Perfect' Saint Joan and Acclaimed O'Neill Performer

18 May 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), from Bruno Frank's original, which was presented on both sides of the Atlantic. (On Broadway, the play had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre.) The Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937), from the Gustave Flaubert novel, staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, »

- Andre Soares

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Im Global Seeks to Stand Out at Cannes

12 May 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eight years after founding Im Global, Stuart Ford is coming to Cannes with a cautiously optimistic outlook as his company seeks to stand out in the volatile independent sector.

“The greatest challenge that we face is to keep evolving,” he said in a recent interview as his company prepped for Cannes with 20 completed titles for the marketplace, including“The Secret in Their Eyes,” directed by Billy Ray and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts; “The Free State of Jones,” helmed by Gary Ross and toplining Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell; and “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese with Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

Indeed, Im Global is among the top tier of sales-financing-production outfits along with FilmNation, Sierra/Affinity and Mister Smith Entertainment. The movie business has undergone deep changes with Hollywood majors focusing more on tentpoles, opening up screen doors to the indie sector, which has seen a steady growth in such sales-financing-producing shingles. »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: New Breed of Producer Mines Niche Films That Studios Are Snubbing

12 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While the topic of wealth inequality is a hot-button issue, the indie market place has blossomed as a new breed of producer — several are independently wealthy, all are smart, savvy — has stepped in. They are making the kinds of mid-budget movies that Hollywood isn’t making anymore, self-financing their own projects and making an effort to fill the void created by the studios’ overall change in strategy to one that focuses on tentpoles.

Producers like Megan Ellison, Jeff Skoll, Gigi Pritzker and Teddy Schwarzman have lately been joined by new players like Monika Bacardi and Todd Courtney, with their own philosophy about filmmaking, as well as specific criteria about the kinds of projects they choose to develop and, ultimately, produce.

Ellison is famed for working with strong filmmakers, and her track record over just the past five years includes collaborations with the Coen brothers, Kathryn Bigelow, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar Wai, »

- Neil Turitz

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Details for the Blu-ray release of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel announced

29 April 2015 2:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the official details for the Blu-ray and DVD release of the hit sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, set for June 29th in the UK.

Pre-order The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Here.

Directed by John Madden, the comedy sequel stars Judi Dench (Skyfall), Maggie Smith (Quartet), Bill Nighy (Pride), Dev Patel (Chappie), and Richard Gere (Chicago).

Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast — including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel — returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort…as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need »

- Scott J. Davis

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Blythe Danner shines in first trailer for Sundance hit, ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

8 April 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.”

This seems to be what Blythe Danner’s Carol is dealing with during the first trailer for the Sundance hit, I’ll See You In My Dreams. The film also stars Sam Elliott, Martin StarrMalin AkermanJune Squibb, and Rhea Pearlman, and is directed by Brett Haley.

The story follows a widow (Danner) whose quiet life is shaken up by the death of her dog, inspiring her to strike up some new friendships. And that means elderly speed dating and karaoke, among other things.

Our own Dylan Griffin saw the film at Sundance and said that “A lot of the comedy is derived from “this is funny because they’re old”, but luckily Haley has a cast that can sell it. I will happily watch June Squibb revel in any shenanigan, her comedic timing is impeccable. The script often »

- Zach Dennis

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star cast in Lion

7 April 2015 3:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Rooney Mara will play the Australian girlfriend of Saroo Brierley, an Indian-born Australian who found his birth mother 25 years after they were separated, in Garth Davis. feature Lion. Her character, Lucy, was Saroo.s first significant love interest when he began the search for his Indian family, initially using a new technology known as Google Earth. It.s not a big role so Rooney, who starred in David Fincher.s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network and in Todd Haynes' upcoming drama Carol with Cate Blanchett, must have sparked to the script by Luke Davies, adapted from Brierley.s memoir A Long Way Home. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.s Dev Patel is Saroo. As If reported last week, David Wenham is playing his adopted father alongside Nicole Kidman as his adopted mother.

Also new to the cast is Divian Ladwa as Saroo's adopted brother Mantosh. »

- Don Groves

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Key role cast in Lion

31 March 2015 4:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

David Wenham is in the frame to play the adopted father of Saroo Brierley, an Indian-born Australian who found his birth mother 25 years after they were separated, in Garth Davis. feature Lion. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.s Dev Patel is playing Saroo with Nicole Kidman as his adopted mother in the film produced by See-Saw Films. Emile Sherman and Iain Canning and Aquarius Films. Angie Fielder.

Davis and crew spent six weeks filming in India earlier this year and will start a three-week shoot in Melbourne and Tasmania at the end of this month. There is no official announcement yet of Wenham.s casting or of who will play Saroo.s Australian girlfriend, a role which a high-profile actress is understood to be circling.

Wenham will next be seen as Captain Arthur Phillip in the convict drama Banished, which premieres on BBC First in June. His recent credits include »

- Don Groves

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Doctor Who 10 years on: Where are the class of 2005 now?

23 March 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.

But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?

Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.

The Cast

After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.

Post-2005, the Northern actor went Stateside to take on the role of invisible man Claude in the Us series Heroes. From there, he popped up in a very amusing Doctor Who-esque cameo as Dr. »

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Tina Desai: I was bad in kissing in the first part of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

23 March 2015 3:21 AM, PDT | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

When the second part of the franchise The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was announced, it was a big surprise for Tina Desai and the entire team attached with the film. As Tina reveals in an exclusive interview with that how the entire team of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel used to take it as a joke and how thrilled they were to come back once again. She also talked about making the likes of Judi Dench, Richard Gere and others dance on Indian tunes, the overwhelming response to the second part world over and much more. Here are the excerpts of the conversation:

How has been the response like to the second part of The Best Excotic Marigold Hotel?

It's got terrific response abroad. It's no. 1 for three weeks in UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada and it was also no. 1 in the Us also. So, now I am waiting »

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Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close to Star in ‘She Who Brings Gifts’

23 March 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close are to star in “She Who Brings Gifts,” which Altitude Film Sales has boarded. Pic is adapted by M.R. Carey from his novel “The Girl With All the Gifts.”

Colm McCarthy, helmer of British TV shows including “Peaky Blinders,” “Sherlock,” “Doctor Who” and “The Tudors,” will direct the film, which is his first major feature.

Arterton, whose credits include “Tamara Drewe” and “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” is starring in Marjane Satrapi’s “The Voices,” following her West End musical stage debut in “Made in Dagenham.” Considine was recently seen in BAFTA-winning British pic “Pride,” and is soon to be seen in “Macbeth” with Michael Fassbender. Close is soon to be seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s “Anesthesia” and Bjorn Runge’s “The Wife.” She just completed a starring run on Broadway in “A Delicate Balance.”

“The Girl With All the »

- Leo Barraclough

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Dystopian teen drama draws crowds

22 March 2015 9:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The second instalment of a planned four-part film series, Insurgent, topped the Australian box office over the weekend with opening takings of $4,076,631.

Based on Veronica Roth.s young-adult dystopian books, Insurgent picks off where its predecessor, Divergent, left off, following Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) on the run from leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite, Jeanine (Kate Winslet).

Distributed by eOne, Insurgent was shown over 268 screens..

Next on the box office chart is Fox.s Home, also in its opening week, which earned $3,053,401 over 250 screens (including previews), according to a report released by Rentrak.

Home is 3D computer-animated comedy that follows the friendly but inept alien race called the Boov who are looking to relocate to a new planet. Focus, which last week topped the list at number one, has slid to third spot with a taking of $1,093,540 over 237 screens in its third week of release.

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- Emily Blatchford

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Box Office Weekend: Cinderella Has $70 Million Opening Ball

16 March 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Sometimes, there is simply no winning against Disney and Buena Vista. The new, live action Cinderella proved a big boost to a flagging weekend box office, pulling in an estimated $70.1 million – a strong start against a $92 million budget. Nothing else even came close, with the Ed Harris/Liam Neeson thriller Run All Night opening with a rather weak $11 million estimate in comparison, and an unreported budget is not helping matters. Beyond that, things dropped below the $10 million threshold; even Kingsman: The Secret Service bumping up a place to third from last week only garnered an estimated $6.2 million. But in the end, counting worldwide gross, it is proving a decent success at the box office.

In fourth and fifth place, respectively, Focus and Chappie both pulled in about $5.8 million, and cost roughly the same to make, but by far Focus is more successful, especially when taking worldwide gross into account ($101.7 million to $56.7 million). However, »

- Seth Paul

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Focus finds its feet

15 March 2015 11:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The romantic crime caper Focus has found its feet in its second week of release, topping the Australian weekend box office after opening in second place.

Distributed by Warner Bros, the film follows con artist pro Nicky (Will Smith) who takes learner Jess (Australia.s Margot Robbie) under his wing. A romantic relationship ensues until Nick, who doesn.t believe in mixing business with pleasure, breaks Jess.s heart. Fast forward three years and the pair once again cross each other.s paths . though this time around, Jess is no longer a beginner.

Focus climbed from second place to top of the ladder last weekend, taking $1,746,381 over 275 screens, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (Mpdaa). This brings its Australian box office total to $5,405,379. Fox.s The Second Best Marigold Hotel slipped 38% to second place, collecting $1,621,772 over 391 screens in its third week of release. The sequel to 2011.s »

- Emily Blatchford

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Special! Pictures of the Props of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

12 March 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In theaters now in a limited release, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expand to even more theaters in North America this Friday! Following the global blockbuster hit from 2012, the loveable cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desai, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Lillete Dubey reunite for the another comedy adventure in India. They are joined by Richard Gere in the film directed by Oscar-nominated John Madden.

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 »

- Stacey Yount

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How Judi Dench and Maggie Smith got their moment in 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

12 March 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was a surprise hit three years ago and earned a legion of fans around the world. The ensemble drama about a group of British senior citizens taking up residence in an Indian hotel was missing one key moment, however.  Oscar winners Judi Dench and Maggie Smith barely had a scene together.  Ol Parker, who wrote both "Exotic" and the sequel "Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," takes complete responsibility. "I [expletive] up the first time," Parker says speaking to HitFix earlier this month.  "I mean they don’t talk.  They literally don’t talk for the first movie." That's not entirely true. Evelyn (Dench) and Muriel (Smith) do have a brief exchange towards the end of the film, but it sadly alludes to their lack of screen time.  Muriel notes, "We haven't talked much, you and I" and Evelyn replies, "My looks evidently." Parker recalls, "You’ve got these two titans, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Box Office: ‘Cinderella’ Eyes Royal Opening of $60 Million

11 March 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinderella” finds her prince and the box office rediscovers its mojo in what is shaping up to be a strong weekend for the movie business.

Walt Disney Studios has had success of late raiding its catalog of animated hits and giving them a live-action spin. “Alice in Wonderland” with Johnny Depp made $1 billion and “Maleficent” bolstered by Angelina Jolie earned $758.4 million.

Cinderella,” which stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother and Lily James as the one-heeled heroine, looks likely to keep the momentum going when it opens to roughly $60 million. That’s a good thing for Disney given that it’s planning similar reboots of “Dumbo” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Cinderella’s” main competition will come from Liam Neeson’s “Run All Night,” which finds the “Taken” star back in his action sweet spot and should pick up $15 million when it premieres in approximately 3,150 locations. The film »

- Brent Lang

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Film Review: Charming ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Bucks Botched Sequel Trend

9 March 2015 6:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Motivated by financial necessity, sequels often mitigate business risk and satisfy studio executives by riding on the coattails of a previous fan base with brand equity. But business aside, to moviegoers the follow-up product so often feels like it “wasn’t nearly as good as the first” or didn’t need to return at all.

Rarely do we find films that are an exception to this unfortunate rule, but when we do, they are celebrated for doing twice what many films can’t even do once. And so is the recent case with the naturally charming “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. While the story didn’t need to continue and could have ended in May 2012 – when Fox Searchlight’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” won over audiences worldwide – mostly the same usual suspects have returned to inspire you to laugh, think, feel and escape all over again.

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Second Best Marigold Hotel not second best

8 March 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Second Best Marigold Hotel has topped the Australian box office chart over the weekend, shooting up from its debut position of number five.

The sequel to 2011.s surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has proved popular with Aussie audiences, raking in $2,631,599 in its second week and bringing its Aus box office total to $8,624,346.


Con artist caper Focus wasn't far behind, raking in a cool $2,619,751 and $2,662,971 with previews.

The film, penned and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, stars Will Smith as con artist Nicky and Australia.s Margot Robbie as his protégé Jess. After the two become romantically involved, Nicky reluctantly breaks up with Jess, only to bump into years later when she is every bit the conning master mind that he is.

It.s another feather in Robbie.s cap who, after bursting onto our screens in The Wolf of Wall Street, now has a slew »

- Emily Blatchford

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Focus lands on its feet

8 March 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Con artist caper Focus has topped the Australian box office chart over the weekend, raking in a cool $2,608,006 over 232 screens.

The film, penned and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, stars Will Smith as con artist Nicky and Australia.s Margot Robbie as his protégé Jess. After the two become romantically involved, Nicky reluctantly breaks up with Jess, only to bump into years later when she is every bit the conning master mind that he is.

Distributed by Warner Bros, Focus has so far grossed a total of $2,651,224, according to a report released by Rentrak.

It.s another feather in Robbie.s cap who, after bursting onto our screens in The Wolf of Wall Street, now has a slew of high-calibre projects in the works, including playing opposite Alexander Skarsgård in the upcoming Tarzan as well has having landed the role of Harley Quinn in David Ayer.s Suicide Squad. »

- Emily Blatchford

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