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Dame Judi Dench will reportedly not attend tonight's (March 2) 86th Academy Awards.
Sources told the New York Post that it was not possible for the Philomena star - who is nominated for Best Actress - to make the 48-hour round trip from India, where she is currently filming.
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Dench is currently working on the sequel to 2012's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
She did not attend the Golden Globes in January, but did attend the BAFTA Awards in London on February 16.
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He told The Daily Telegraph: "I still don't know if she will be able to attend the Oscars. Her health has to come first, »
Although Los Angeles only recorded 1.53 inches of rain over the course of 12 hours on Friday according to the National Weather Service, it was enough precipitation to cause a rather sizable and particularly deep tidal pool outside West Hollywood’s Fig & Olive. On the penultimate day prior to Hollywood’s most famous night, Oscar Sunday, the town was out in force.
Helen Mirren and Oscar nominee June Squibb shook hands at Women in Film’s cocktail party , the former in white and the latter “blinged out,” a status of which the 85-year-old “Nebraska” actress has grown weary. “I’m looking forward to getting back to normal life. Although I did put work on hold to do this,” she said, motioning to the room packed primarily with champagne-toting women. She’s not writing a speech for either the Independent Spirit Awards or the Oscars, but rather “has really been thinking about what to say. »
- Alexandra Cheney and Shalini Dore
I happen to be a connoisseur of the newly minted sub-genre of old or middle-aged actors appearing in films that are plainly beneath them. From the Red films to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, there’s something so fun and warming about watching truly great performers in light action or romantic comedies, obviously enjoying the vacation.
The latest in this growing sub-genre is The Love Punch, featuring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan as a divorced couple out to pull off a daring heist. When Richard (Brosnan) loses his employee pension fund after his firm is defrauded, he and ex-wife Kate (Thompson) head to Paris to confront the crooked French financier who took their nest egg. Discovering that the financier is about to be married, the pair concoct a scheme to steal his fiancee’s massive diamond necklace. Along for the ride are Jerry and Penelope (Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Eight years later, Reiner’s “And So It Goes” is up for sale at Berlin. Produced by Foresight Unlimited in association with Reiner’s Castle Rock, it marks the first time Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton have appeared onscreen together.
Douglas portrays a self-centered real estate agent whose life is turned upside down when his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter, played by Sterling Jerins, whom he never knew. Keaton plays the neighbor of Douglas’ character. The cast is rounded out by Frankie Valli, Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen.
“We really thought about getting Jack (Nicholson) in the film but he really does not want to act any more,” Reiner said.
Reiner notes that recent films »
- Dave McNary
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson, Anna Karenina) discovers he can travel in time. Tim’s father (Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life. The idea for About Time came from a conversation that director Richard Curtis (Pirate Radio, Love Actually) had with a friend about what they would do if they were told that they had only 24 hours left to live. … Continue reading →
The post About Time: VOD Spotlight appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
She's the go-to actor for elegant despair – but after 20 years, Kristin Scott Thomas is done with movies. She talks shambolic film sets, French mistresses and the joys of saying non
Kristin Scott Thomas has had enough. She has been working flat out for 30 years, and made 65 films: having lived in Paris since the age of 19, she effectively has two careers, one in English and one in French. Even her cleaner thinks her workload is insane. Last September, for the first time in her life, she reached a point where she could no longer go on. "I just suddenly thought, I cannot cope with another film," she says. "I realised I've done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages, and I just suddenly thought, I can't do it any more. I'm bored by it. So I'm stopping." Having always been a workaholic, she now likes to think of herself, »
- Decca Aitkenhead
The recent rise of gray-haired studio fare like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Grudge Match, and Philomena has pretty much ensured a proliferation of indies about aging boomers.
Thus we have the release of Old Goats, a sporadically amusing comedy about three retirees struggling to find meaningful ways to spend the rest of their lives. Britt, Bob, and Dave aren't as cranky as the film's title makes them sound. Played by first-time actors Britton Crosley, Bob Burkholder, and David Vander Wal, respectively, they're simply afraid of trying anything new, and of being captive to that neophobia.
Dave is our guide to his friends.
To his left is Bob, a grizzled gnome with shaky hands who's trying to sell a book about his life, which include »
It's been nearly two years since Sherlock Holmes seemingly fell to his death in the epic Season 2 finale of Sherlock, and since then all anyone has wanted to know is: how did he survive? The question is finally answered when London's greatest consulting detective returns in Sherlock: Season Three, available on Blu-ray and DVD February 11, 2014 from BBC Home Entertainment. The third season of Sherlock premieres in the Us on Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS on January 19, 2014. Earlier this month, the season premiere was watched by 9.2 million viewers on BBC One in the UK, making it the most-watched episode of Sherlock ever. Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The World's End) reteam in three brand new action-packed adventures of the Emmy-nominated series that USA Today called "TV pleasure at its most intense..."
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The actor talks about getting the rhythm of Shakespeare, why parts for older women are opening up, and resembling a chicken
When did you realise you wanted to act?
I was a dancer for years, but I knew that for longevity I would have to move on to acting or choreography: dancers have quite a short career. Acting felt like the natural choice. I'd always believed that when you dance, you should tell a story.
What was your big breakthrough?
Till Death Us Do Part (1). It was pretty light television, but I was with it for a decade.
What have you sacrificed for your art?
As a dancer, aching bones; as an actor, worrying about whether there is going to be another job. But so far, it's been good; I'm sometimes quite relieved to have a gap.
Which of your roles has been most challenging?
My first Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, »
- Laura Barnett
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
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- NATHANIEL R
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
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 »
When "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was released back in 2012, it turned into something of a sleeper hit, grossing more than $100 million worldwide and firmly placing it amongst specialty smashes of the year (alongside "Moonrise Kingdom" and "To Rome With Love"). Still, it seems like an unlikely film to warrant a sequel, but that's just what it's getting, in the form of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2."
Fox announced that production on the sequel started today (via Coming Soon), with director John Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker returning behind the scenes. In front of the camera, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, and Lillete Dubey are all set to return. What's more -- new cast members Richard Gere, David Strathairn, and Tamsin Greig will join the original cast, for a lovely expansion of the franchise. That's right, »
- Drew Taylor
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of 2012's sleeper hits. It was the perfect summer counter-programming to the blockbusters inundating theaters. John Madden's film is a nice, fluffy piece that has charming actors in a story featuring a solid balance of comedy and romance with a little bit of drama thrown in for good measure. This mixture ended up yielding $136 million worldwide on a reported budget of $10 million, and that's good enough for Fox Searchlight to make The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 the first sequel in the company's history. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, and Lillete Dubey are all set to return, and they'll be joined by Richard Gere, David Strathairn, and Tamsin Greig (Episodes). Hit the jump for the press release, which contains the synopsis for the movie. Ol Parker and Madden will return to write and direct, »
- Matt Goldberg
John Madden has returned to direct the sequel from a script by Ol Parker. Returning cast includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey.
Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin are producing and Participant’s Jeff Skoll is executive producer. Fox Searchlight Pictures has worldwide rights and will co-finance in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
The original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was a surprise hit and grossed $135 million worldwide in 2012. The new project is the first sequel ever released by Fox Searchlight.
The sequel is set with Patel and Smith’s characters co-managing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and »
- Dave McNary
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