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Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's Le Train Train banner is picking up right where it left off last development season. The Warner Bros. Television-based shingle has sold its second project this season, teaming with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel writer Ol Parker for a drama set up at ABC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Receiving a hefty put-pilot commitment from the network, the untitled entry is described as a serialized drama that follows the lives of individuals and couples dealing with love in interrelated tales all set within and around a half-century-old bookstore in Pioneer
- Lesley Goldberg
Participant Media and Open Road Films have tapped FilmTrack to manage their content rights and other media assets.
FilmTrack offers cloud-based technology that allows television and film companies to more easily track licensing and royalty information. The platform enables companies to see where they’ve pre-sold rights to a particular project, monitor what pieces of content are available for sale in certain regions, and track what they’re owed on a particular licensing pact.
“With any company there comes a tipping point in which Excel or some other homegrown product can’t support the complexity of the business they’re in,” said FilmTrack CEO Jason Kassin. “That’s when they find us. We help them grow their businesses more efficiently.”
Open Road’s films include “The Nut Job,” “Chef” and “Homefront.” Participant has interests in books, digital, television and movies and has backed such projects as “Lincoln,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »
- Brent Lang
“Audiences will have their sense of humanity refreshed.”
Critics are already cheering the film. “Breakout British hit is a warm, witty triumph,” says Digital Spy.
The Hollywood News writes, “Pride really is a thing of beauty.”
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story.
It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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The Hundred-Foot Journey, 2014.
Directed by Lasse Hallström.
The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.
If we based our pre-conceived notions of India and France on those in Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hundred-Foot Journey, all French women would be impossibly attractive who forage for mushrooms and all Indian men would reach climax as they smelled turmeric. Like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gone before, The Hundred-Foot Journey exists to feign off boredom on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It’s not going to change the world, in fact it will inevitably be found in the bargain bin of your local Asda within the year.
Having moved from India after his mother was burnt to death following a (coincidental) political uprising, Hassan and his »
- Gary Collinson
A group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home construct a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help a terminally ill pal in “The Farewell Party,” a poignant, provocative dramedy from Israeli helmers Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit. with dignity. Theatrical returns in Israel should be, er, out of this world, while offshore, positive word of mouth should smooth the way for this compassionate handling of inherently depressing material.
The opening scene cleverly riffs on the underlying theme of who has the right to play God, as retired inventor Yehezkel (Ze’ev Revah) phones an ailing nonagenarian, and speaking through a device that infuses his voice with a celestial grandeur, claims to be the Almighty and tells her not to give up on life. It’s typical of the kindly Yehezkel, who, with his inveterate tinkering, tries to come up with new and original ways to improve the lives of his neighbors and his pretty, »
- Alissa Simon
Kudos is planning to produce more drama series told from a British Asian perspective after expanding a partnership with Parti Productions.
The Shine Group indie and Parti now plan to nurture Asian talent on and off screen and develop projects for UK and international broadcasters.
In addition to Marriage Material, which follows a Sikh family living in Wolverhampton in the 1960s, the companies are developing a TV adaptation of Sanghera’s The Boy With The Topknot, set in the Midlands town during the 1980s.
Kudos chief executive Jane Featherstone said that Parti had a wealth of knowledge of film trends and a keen eye for fresh talent. “She has the ability to identify and conceptualise content that speaks to a diverse audience,” she added.
Venice - When high schoolers Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) successfully fix up a couple of single teachers in Amy Heckerling's seminal teen hit "Clueless", the pampered girls coo "Old people can be so sweet!" as the targets of their matchmaking begin to enjoy a tentative romance. The joke is on the naive teens; we're laughing at their blithely patronizing attitude towards their elders. Would that all films were as smart as Heckerling's Jane Austen revamp. There are far too many films that play aging for the wrong sort of laughs. They usually fall into two camps. For some, the idea of older people falling in love and having sex is seen is adorable and/or amazing. It's the same attitude that Dr Samuel Johnson brought to the table when discussing female preachers: "A woman preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is »
- Catherine Bray
It’s hard to survive as an independent label at a major studio. Paramount Vantage and Warner Independent are gone; Universal Pictures’ Focus Features has been retooled. Miramax is a shell of its former self. But Fox Searchlight, now in its 20th year, endures. The division that has backed such critical and commercial hits as “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has had a particularly enviable past few months, picking up the best picture Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” and scoring an arthouse breakout with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” ($171 million global gross, and counting). Fox Searchlight co-presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley and president of production Claudia Lewis sat down with Variety to talk about their film strategy, the rise of video-on-demand, and how they keep top movies running through the pipeline without the division spinning off the financial rails.
Do you try to find movies that appeal to Oscar voters? »
- Brent Lang
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
Inspired by a true story and in the vein of Full Monthy and Billy Elliot, Pride follows two very different communities who found strength by standing together.
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
To mark the release of The Love Punch on 18th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Written and directed by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) this cheerful film stars a cast of iconic British comedy greats; BAFTA winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks, Nanny McPhee), as loving mother Kate; Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day, Mamma Mia!), as businessman Richard; Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as dotty Penelope; and Timothy Spall (Enchanted, Harry Potter) as neighbour and friend Jerry.
Richard and Kate are a divorced couple whom their best friends and neighbours, Jerry and Penelope, would love to see get back together. As Richard is about to retire, he learns that his company is under investigation. Thanks to an unscrupulous financier at the bank, his pension fund has now been siphoned away. Richard vows to fix the situation and persuades Kate »
Following the global blockbuster hit from 2012, the loveable cast reunites for the upcoming comedy The Second Best Marigold Hotel which releases in theaters across North America on March 6, 2015. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desai and the rest of the gang are back together along with Richard Gere who joins the fun for an all-new adventure set in India. Oscar-nominated director John Madden returns as well.
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 »
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Yes, they made a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and it’s called The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Don’t dismiss this just yet, definitely recommend you give it at least a look. Released on May 4th 2012 (against The Avengers no less) and made for just $10 million, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel […]
Read People Come and Go to The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Filmonic.
New release The Hundred-Foot Journey is a beautifully-shot drama produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, who likely hope it will prove a hit along the lines of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Formidable British actress Helen Mirren gets top billing as strict French restauranteur Madame Mallory. Her establishment has a Michelin star and brings in big name political figures. However, Madame Mallory's work and life isn't the main focus of this colorful film from Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), adapted by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) from a novel by Richard C. Morais.
A family of refugees, the Kadams from Mumbai, moves into the vacated building across the street from Madam Mallory's restaurant. Papa (veteran Indian actor Om Puri, Gandhi) wants to open an Indian restaurant in this quiet French village, with the help of son and aspiring chef Hassan (Manish Dayal, 90210, Switched at Birth) and other »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
The sequel sees the return of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. Fans of Smith can expect to see the 2-time Oscar winning actress on the big and little screen this autumn and I suspect during the upcoming Awards Season. She’s nominated again with an Emmy for Supporting Actress (Drama) for “Downton Abbey” and her work on the upcoming film My Old Lady, alongside Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas, is without a doubt Smith’s finest work in years and definitely worth some Oscar attention.
Read Jim Batts’ review of the first film Here.
- Michelle McCue
Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced Feb 27, 2015 as the UK release date for sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
John Madden has returned to direct the follow-up feature to the 2012 hit, which made $136.8m at the box office.
The story is based on an original screenplay by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker and Madden.
The story centres on two hopeful new arrivals, played by Greig and Gere, at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful who quickly learn that there is only a single room left to rent.
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"The Best Marigold Hotel" was released in 2012 and managed to earn $137 million worldwide on a budget of only $10 million. Due to its success, a sequel immediately went into development. And now, we have the trailer for the new film, called "The Second Best Marigold Hotel." Check it out below. Plot: In the new movie, two hopeful arrivals at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel quickly learn that there is only a single room left to rent. "The Second Best Marigold Hotel" is bringing back Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Diana Hardcastle, and Ronald Pickup. Meanwhile, Richard Gere is a new addition to the cast. The sequel is set to hit theaters on March 6th, 2015. Trailer: »
This is the kind of movie you can safely take your mother—or grandmother—to see. Like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, it is pleasant, life-affirming, and despite the presence of Indian spices onscreen, bland. Jeff Skoll’s Participant Films became involved with the production because it promotes the concept of cultural understanding through the use of food. The venerable Om Puri plays the patriarch of a somewhat unruly, itinerant Indian family that whimsically settles in a French village. There, they open a restaurant right across the road from a celebrated establishment run by the imperious Helen Mirren. Her restaurant boasts a one-star rating in the all-important Michelin...
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- Leonard Maltin
The first trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is out, and it’s ready to charm.
The followup has Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie Smith) as co-managers of the hotel. It will see the return of familiar faces—Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, and Lillete Dubey—and the arrival of new ones, too, including Richard Gere, »
- C. Molly Smith
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