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Year in Review: The Best Lgbt Characters

31 December 2012 12:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Over at my weekly (okay, bi-weekly) column at Towleroad, I put up my annual review of the best queer characters of the film year. The year's most acclaimed gay narrative feature was obviously Keep the Lights On but since I didn't personally respond to that one I had to look elsewhere for my favorite gay characters. Likewise, many will wish for more love for that dandy Cloud Atlas couple of Sixsmith and Forbrisher.

But I made room for films as diverse as On the Road, ParaNorman, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The most controversial bit of the top ten will probably be the section I like to call "The 'Are They Or Aren't They?' Box Set" which begins like so..

With the ever increasing number of gay-identified characters it's less of a parlor game to imagine the characters who might well be queer than it used to be »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Ol Parker on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

31 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Over the last few weeks, Vulture has spoken to the screenwriters of 2012's most notable movies about the scenes they found most difficult to crack. What pivotal sequences underwent the biggest transformations on their way from script to screen? Today, the enormously self-deprecating screenwriter Ol Parker dissects the ending (Spoiler Alert!) to his hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden and starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith. He told his story to Kyle Buchanan: It was all horrible to write! No, seriously, the hardest scene to crack was the last scene, because there were nine different storylines. It's very ironic that the studio now wants a sequel, because if we'd had any idea there would be one, I wouldn't have tried so aggressively to wrap up every fucking loose end.The whole film was a challenge because there are so many balls to »

- Kyle Buchanan

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The 10 Most Serious Oscar Contenders Over The Age Of 55

27 December 2012 10:33 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor

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Age is just a number, folks. When it comes to the film industry, especially this year, we’ve seen terrific work from actors, actresses and filmmakers, both young and old. Of course, seniority does bring respect, and there are a number of awards contenders who are on the older side. The business favors the young, though, but the good ones don’t vanish when they’re on the wrong side of 30 or 40.

There are a number of strong Oscar hopefuls this year who are over the age of 55, so the purpose of this week’s list is to highlight and honor them a bit. Not all of them will wind up with nominations, but at least some of them will hear their names called. Regardless, all have added at least one more terrific bit of work to their already stellar resumes.

Some of the people listed below appear as tandems, »

- Joey Magidson

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Quartet – review

27 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dustin Hoffman squanders a high-grade cast in a stale directorial debut about a group of retirement-home singers

Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut about four old people in a retirement home for classical musicians and singers has some polish, but it is stale, lifeless and often weirdly humourless, like the filmed record of some sort of glossy brochure photoshoot. It should be possible to make a film about old people without condescension, but this sadly isn't the one. I had similar reservations about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, released earlier this year; at least that had a persistent touch of fun.

Yet here it seems as if Hoffman was overawed by the poshness of all the classical music and Brit thesps. Maggie Smith plays Jean, a haughty former diva who is the newest entrant in this grandest of old people's homes, where inmates include a bullying old ex-producer called Cedric (Michael Gambon »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Quartet – review

27 December 2012 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dustin Hoffman squanders a high-grade cast in a stale directorial debut about a group of retirement-home singers

Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut about four old people in a retirement home for classical musicians and singers has some polish, but it is stale, lifeless and often weirdly humourless, like the filmed record of some sort of glossy brochure photoshoot. It should be possible to make a film about old people without condescension, but this sadly isn't the one. I had similar reservations about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, released earlier this year; at least that had a persistent touch of fun.

Yet here it seems as if Hoffman was overawed by the poshness of all the classical music and Brit thesps. Maggie Smith plays Jean, a haughty former diva who is the newest entrant in this grandest of old people's homes, where inmates include a bullying old ex-producer called Cedric (Michael Gambon »

- Peter Bradshaw

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2012 The Year In Box Office: Hits, Flops And Secret Successes

27 December 2012 11:15 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So we’re completing a year of record domestic box office returns, but it’s impossible to ignore that the international market is a hefty player, taking a bigger overall chunk of the pie. It’s not good enough for a picture to perform in America – if it doesn’t grab more than half its share from international crowds, it’s not a complete success. The proliferation of franchises and 3D have turned most American films into our most in-demand export, and it’s changed the box office landscape immensely. Many will say this was a strong year for films made for adults. “Lincoln” easily hit nine figures domestically, while “Argo” ($162 million) “Flight” ($96 million) and this spring’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ($134 million) proved that the multiplex wasn’t just teeming with evidence that only our youth is being served. But that might just be the rare oasis of hope in a sea of. »

- Gabe Toro

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Movies Are Too Long

27 December 2012 7:26 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I throw my back out all the time. It's not a matter of being old since I've been working that old man "my back!" drama since I was like 15. But can you throw your ass out? Maybe the movies are to blame for my back trouble? I'm always sitting. They shouldn't call a film's duration its "running time" but "sitting time". Yes, yes, it's my own fault for seeing Les Misérables and Zero Dark Thirty two & and a ½ times each in the past month (That's 787 minutes! What's wrong with me?). Take a look at the 12 movies most likely to find themselves with a Best Picture Nomination on January 10th from longest to shortest

Django Unchained - 165 minutes 

Zero Dark Thirty - 160 minutes 

Les Misérables - 157 minutes

Lincoln - 150 minutes

The Master - 144 minutes

Life of Pi - 127 minutes

Amour - 127 minutes

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - 124 minutes

Silver Linings Playbook »

- NATHANIEL R

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Thoughts on... The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

27 December 2012 1:51 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2012.

Directed by John Madden.

Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie and Dev Patel.

Synopsis:

Seven retired British tourists travel to India to stay in what they believe to be a newly-restored and luxurious hotel.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a hotel, and movie, that you'll definitely want to visit. Seven British retirees (Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilson, Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie) all discover what looks like a great getaway in India called the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. All of them travel to India in hopes to just get away from it all and get some much needed relaxation. Once they arrive they are very hesitant because the hotel is nothing like it was advertised but the manager (Dev Patel) assures them that his hotel is the best. After a »

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How Will The Academy’s Older Members Treat ‘Amour’ In This Year’s Oscars Voting?

24 December 2012 8:46 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor

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It’s no secret that the average age of an Academy member is up there. The running joke of the ceremony, in fact, is that the Oscars are solely voted on by older white men — while that’s not completely true, it’s not far off, either.

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times did an exposé of sorts that revealed just how much of the Academy is in this particular bracket. The piece found that Oscar voters are overwhelmingly white and male, with the average age of an Academy member at around 62 years old.

This begs the question of how voters deal with films that speak directly to them. Michael Haneke’s Amour will certainly be a litmus test of sorts this year in regard to this potential bias. The subject matter is admittedly tough, though, which complicates things a bit.

If the Academy »

- Joey Magidson

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'Django', 'Les Miserables', 'Beasts' and 'Amour' Among Screenplays Ineligible for WGA Award

19 December 2012 2:28 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

While the precursor awards help predict the Oscars each year as momentum can be seen for any given film, there are factors to take into consideration when looking at these pre-Oscar awards. One such factor comes into play when looking at the Writers Guild Awards in an attempt to predict what screenplays will be nominated for Best Original and Adapted Screenplay. However, when you're looking at the WGA nominees, which will be announced on January 3, there are going to be at least 16 films you shouldn't expect to see. Ineligible for what are likely to be a number of reasons, the most likely will be because the screenwriter is not a member of the WGA (Quentin Tarantino for example). Beyond that, films made outside of guild guidelines, which can sometimes involve animated and foreign films, may also find themselves off the list. Kris Tapley at HitFix offers up a list of »

- Brad Brevet

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"The Master," "Amour" Lead London Critics' Circle Awards Nominations

18 December 2012 2:03 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Michael Haneke's "Amour" led the pack of nominees for the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards. Each film received seven nominations apiece.

The winners will be announced on January 20th for the 33rd London Critics' Circle Awards.

Here's the full list of nominees. For winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Film Of The Year

Amour (Artificial Eye)

Argo (Warners)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (StudioCanal)

Life of Pi (Fox)

The Master (Entertainment)

Foreign Language Film Of The Year

Amour (Artificial Eye)

Holy Motors (Artificial Eye)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (New Wave)

Rust and Bone (StudioCanal)

Tabu (New Wave)

Documentary Of The Year

The Imposter (Picturehouse/Revolver)

London: The Modern Babylon (BFI)

Nostalgia for the Light (New Wave)

The Queen of Versailles (Dogwoof)

Searching for Sugar Man (StudioCanal)

British Film Of The Year

Berberian Sound Studio (Artificial Eye)

The Imposter (Picturehouse »

- Manny

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Screenwriter Ol Parker Talks Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the Surprising Success of the Film, the Viability of Older Audiences, Updates on the Sequel and More

18 December 2012 9:04 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the biggest surprise hits of this year was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, about seven cash-strapped seniors who decide to retire to a resort in far-off India, where they find friendship and romance in the most unexpected ways.  In fact, the film did so well at the box office, that there have been recent talks about developing a possible sequel and expanding the cast to include Helen Mirren and Colin Firth.  From director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and screenwriter Ol Parker, the film stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton and Dev Patel. With awards season in full swing – and the film having recently picked up nominations for Supporting Actress (Smith) and Outstanding Performance by a Cast at the SAG Awards, and Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and Best Actress (Dench) at the Golden Globes – screenwriter Ol Parker spoke to Collider for »

- Christina Radish

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Amour and The Master lead charge for London Film Critics' Circle awards

18 December 2012 7:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Directors Michael Haneke and Paul Thomas Anderson will go head to head with nominations in seven categories

Two of the year's major festival hits, Michael Haneke's Amour and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, will lead the charge for the annual London Film Critics' Circle awards with seven nominations each.

Amour, Haneke's Cannes-winning tale about an elderly French couple dealing with the aftermath of a series of debilitating strokes, will compete for best film, best director, best screenwriter and best foreign language film, as well as best actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), best actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and best supporting actress (Isabelle Huppert). The Master, Anderson's period drama about an L Ron Hubbard-style cult leader, is up for best film, best director, best screenwriter, best actor (Joaquin Phoenix), best supporting actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and best supporting actress (Amy Adams). The film, which won several prizes at the Venice film festival »

- Ben Child

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Tena Desae thrilled with Marigold response in Fiji! : Trade News

18 December 2012 5:11 AM, PST | Bollywood Trade | See recent Bollywood Trade news »

The very pretty and soft spoken Tena Desae is hogging the limelight for all the right reasons. Her Hollywood debut film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, has seen multiple nominations in the prestigious Golden Globe Awards. However, not many will know that her upcoming film, Table No. 21, has been extensively shot abroad, in the exotic Fiji island to be precise. Read More »

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Avengers, Skyfall and China's rise … the After Hollywood 2012 cinema review

18 December 2012 3:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It was a year of final franchise instalments and fresh-faced startups, with Bond's return giving a boost to British film. But were reports of a global power shift premature?

The winner

The Avengers was 2012's headline story. Its tag team of Marvel personnel stole an early lead with its April/May release and finished with room to spare on $1.51bn worldwide: the third highest grossing film of all time. Joss Whedon's preppy wit was lighter on its feet than Christopher Nolan's Kevlar-and-zeitgeist-burdened Dark Knight trilogy closer, which also joined the $1bn club. The first release for Marvel under Disney ownership, The Avengers is an ominous sign of the franchise tonnage the House of Mouse will wield for years, possibly decades, to come, with Pixar already under its belt, and Lucasfilm acquired for $4bn plus small change this year.

The franchise revolving door

The movie-brand landscape undoubtedly had a transitional year. »

- Phil Hoad

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Awards Season 2013: Who's Leading the Pack?

18 December 2012 3:06 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Jennifer Lawrence are the favorites so far this awards season, based on the top choices of U.S.-based critics and other awards-giving groups (e.g., the National Board of Review, the Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards), and on the nominations for the Spirit Awards, the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards. Needless to say, the critics’ picks will not necessarily match those of the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to have your Oscar ad filled with "Best of the Year" citations, particularly if they’re from the likes of, say, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association or the New York Film Critics Circle. (The National Society of Film Critics will be announcing their 2012 winners on January 5, 2013, two days after this year’s Oscar nomination polls close. Now, don’t be »

- Andre Soares

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Tena Desae thrilled with Marigold response in Fiji!

17 December 2012 11:26 PM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

The very pretty and soft spoken Tena Desae is hogging the limelight for all the right reasons. Her Hollywood debut film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, has seen multiple nominations in the prestigious Golden Globe Awards. However, not many will know that her upcoming film, Table No. 21, has been extensively shot abroad, in the exotic Fiji island to be precise.To know her experience of Fiji and also the 'Marigold' effect we got in touch with the 'lady of the moment', Tena »

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Tena Desae on Cloud 9 for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Golden Globe nomination : Trade News

17 December 2012 7:57 AM, PST | Bollywood Trade | See recent Bollywood Trade news »

Tena Desae who made a smashing Hollywood debut in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is on cloud 9, her film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is nominated in Golden Globes Award in the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category.The actress joy knew no bounds when she got this news last night.Sharing her joy Tena says, “I had the best feeling about this film from the word 'go' and always expected the best for it! I'm thrilled the film has been nominated for the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics Choice Awards! Read More »

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Tena Desae on Cloud 9 for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Golden Globe nomination

16 December 2012 11:16 PM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Tena Desae who made a smashing Hollywood debut in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is on cloud 9, her film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is nominated in Golden Globes Award in the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category. The actress joy knew no bounds when she got this news last night. Sharing her joy Tena says, "I had the best feeling about this film from the word 'go' and always expected the best for it! I'm thrilled the film has been nominated for the Golden Gl »

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'Django Unchained,' 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Left Off WGA Awards Ballot

15 December 2012 7:24 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"Les Miserables," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Anna Karenina," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Quartet" might make up a respectable group of Best Adapted Screenplay nominees, but none of them have a chance of competing in that category at the Writers Guild of America Awards. All five films are ineligible under WGA rules that restrict contenders to screenplays for films that were written by its members or written for productions that are signatory to the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement or the agreements of five affiliated international guilds. In the Best Original »

- Steve Pond

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