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In a move that would seem to scream heresy to those who worship at the altar of Hollywood, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel director John Madden has effectively killed talk of a third installment, despite the financial success of the first two films.
“I would douse any expectations of [a third film] right now,” Madden is quoted as saying by The Sydney Confidential column of the Daily Telegraph. Madden explained that directing The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was in of itself a total shock and that the advanced age of many of the films’ core cast members would make any third installment even more troublesome.
“Both Judi [Dench] and Maggie [Smith] are aged over 80 now and many of the others are not that far behind and it is a tough place,” said Madden. “You’re dealing with tremendous heat, a lot of chaos and noise, and things that are difficult to control. These are »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Sydney Confidential column of the Daily Telegraph has quoted Madden as saying “I would douse any expectations of [a third film] right now”, stating that he hadn’t even expected to direct a sequel. Madden also pointed out that his aging cast was making future films difficult.
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- Ruby Lott-Lavigna
Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Andrew Scott (Spectre), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Anna Chancellor (What A Girls Wants) and Sheila Hancock (The Boy In The Striped Pajamas) have boarded Simon Aboud’s The Beautiful Fantastic. Ambi Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi are teaming with Christine Alderson and her Ipso Facto production banner to finance and produce. This Beautiful Fantastic is a contemporary… »
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Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star in this inventive sci-fi thriller from Alex Garland, the genius writer of "28 Days Later." Critics and audiences both gave this one the thumbs-up with "Ex Machina" currently boasting a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. DVD/Blu-ray extras include a "Through the Looking Glass: Creating Ex Machina" 5-part featurette, SXSW Q&A with cast and crew, and eight behind-the-scenes vignettes.
This sequel to the 2012 charmer "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" stars the always engaging Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel with the welcome addition of Richard Gere. Blu-ray extras include featurettes on "Returning to the Marigold Hotel," "Blossoming Relationships," "The Marigold Wedding," and "Filming in India. »
- Gina Carbone
Directed by John Madden
As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
This sequel to John Madden’s 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had few requirements to fulfill. Of most importance, the stellar cast from the first film returned in force, bolstered by a handful of bright, new faces. The largely-British ensemble cast, extensively listed above, features actors whom it is a simple pleasure to watch. Bill Nighy (Pride) is a perennial charmer, and his relationship with the delightful Dame Judi Dench (Philomena) is only a recipe for success. The screen is stolen by »
- Jake Wilson
Fox Home Entertainment's hit sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is currently available on Digital HD formats, before its release on Blu-ray and DVD July 14. With any tourist destination like The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, travelers will post their reviews of the hotel on sites like Yelp and other travel websites. Today we have three exclusive photos which shows the reviews of this establishment by main characters Douglas (Bill Nighy), Evelyn (Judi Dench) and Guy (Richard Gere).
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 (Dev Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort...as well as his own wedding. But his efforts »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Audiences who enjoyed movies such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Black Swan, American Hustle, The Imitation Game, 12 Years a Slave, Lincoln, Citizen Four and even The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shouldn’t really be thanking Hollywood for making them. These are all films that were backed by a new wave of billionaires who’ve entered the film business in recent years. These billionaires have been picking up bills that the Us studios themselves might once have been expected to pay – but they haven’t always received the credit. »
Available now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download, we’ve got this new clip from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
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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 a little help and encouragement from his resident friends.
Directed by John Madden, the comedy sequel stars »
- Luke Owen
Co-exec-produced by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski (Murder, She Wrote, Babylon 5), the mysterious drama — which hit the streaming giant on Friday — centers on eight individuals across the globe who are connected by a strange vision.
Before we get your thoughts on the series premiere, here’s a brief recap of what went down in the debut hour:
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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
'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
“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
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.
- Neil Turitz
Pre-order The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Here.
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
“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 Starr, Malin Akerman, June 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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