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‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2′ Set for March 6 Release

18 March 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight has dated “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2” for a March 6 platform release in the U.S.

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.

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 PicturesGraham 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 sequel is set with Patel and Smith’s characters co-managing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful. Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig have joined the cast. »

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‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2' Gets Release Date

18 March 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2” will open in limited release on March 6, 2015, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Participant Media said Tuesday. Fox Searchlight has worldwide rights and co-financed the film in association with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. The first film was a sleeper hit when it debuted in the summer of 2012, taking in $135 million worldwide on a production budget of $10 million. Also read: Indie Box Office: ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Expansion Clicks Stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel return from the first film, as does director John Madden. Richard Gere, David »

- Todd Cunningham

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Release Dates Announced for Ride Along 2, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, What If and Tracks; Sci-Fi Passengers Pulled from Schedule

13 March 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We have a few release date announcements to attend to this evening.  Briefly: Ride Along 2 – Universal has dated the action-comedy sequel for January 15, 2016, almost exactly two years after the release of the first film.  Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 – Fox Searchlight has set a March 6, 2015 release date for this unlikely follow-up.  The entire original cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith, return. What If – Previously titled The F Word, this excellent relationship comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan will arrive on August 1, 2014. Tracks – The Weinstein Company has dated the Mia Wasikowska-fronted adventure drama for May 23, 2014. Passengers – This promising sci-fi thriller set to star Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams was dated for April 3, 2015, but The Weinstein Company has unfortunately pulled it off the schedule. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films. After the Tim Story-directed action-comedy »

- Adam Chitwood

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Sony’s Andrea Wong Joins British Film Institute as Governor

12 March 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sony international TV topper Andrea Wong, film producer Pete Czernin, and TV chat-show host Jonathan Ross have joined the governing board of the British Film Institute.

Wong is prexy of international production for Sony Pictures Television, and prexy of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Based in London, she is responsible for the studio’s international television production business. Previously, she served as prexy and CEO of Lifetime Networks.

Czernin worked in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years for a number of production companies, including Di Novi Pictures, where he was prexy.

In 2005, he partnered with Graham Broadbent to set up Blueprint Pictures, a London-based film production company, which has produced seven pics, including John Madden’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Colin Farrell-starrer “In Bruges.”

Blueprint is prepping for the release of Lone Scherfig’s “Posh” and is in production with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.”

Ross is a chat-show host, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Cate Blanchett Toasts Women in Film in Best Actress Oscar Speech

2 March 2014 9:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

var brightcovevideoid = '3283529236001'; Cate Blanchett has delivered an Oscar encore. The actress has won her second Academy Award, taking home the statuette for Best Actress Sunday night for her bravura performance as a boozy, fallen socialite in Blue Jasmine. While accepting her award, the 44-year-old actress celebrated a year that saw a wealth of roles for women in film. "As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of, yet again, great performances by women," said Blanchett, who made sure to call out her fellow nominees one by one before ending with Judi Dench, »

- Alexis L. Loinaz

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Oscars: Judi Dench a No-Show Despite ‘Philomena’ Nomination

2 March 2014 3:31 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 2014 Oscars will have its share of movie-industry luminaries on hand, but Judi Dench apparently won’t be one of them. The actress, up for a Best Actress award for her role in “Philomena” this year, is not expected to be on hand for the ceremony on Sunday, People reports. See photos: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals Dench, 79, was expected to be in India on Sunday night, working in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2,” and was reportedly not feeling up to making the trip. The actress was also not on hand for this year’s Golden Globes. Also read: Oscars Winners Predicted According to. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Judi Dench Will Be in India on Oscar Night

2 March 2014 8:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Prior filming commitments will keep Oscar nominee Judi Dench from attending Sunday night's Academy Award ceremonies, People has confirmed. Dench, who is nominated for best actress for her touching role in Philomena, is working in India on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 and cannot make the trip for Sunday evening's telecast, according to Fox Searchlight, the studio behind the new sequel. Dench, 79, who also missed the Golden Globe awards, had previously said she hoped to attend Sunday night's big awards show - where she is certainly no stranger. Dame Judi has been nominated for an Oscar seven times, winning »

- Andrea Billups

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Richard Gere enjoys Indian food in Udaipur

25 February 2014 4:17 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Lilette Dubey and Richard Gere are shooting romantic scenes together in Rajasthan for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Gere is eager to learn more about Bollywood. According to a source from the unit, he has even asked for a Bollywood-styled romantic song to be incorporated in the screen romance with his co-star Lilette Dubey. "It makes sense to have a romantic number filmed on them. Lilette plays a very attractive middle-aged Indian who runs a run-down hotel where Gere descends as a guest. Romance blossoms between the two. They are now thinking of incorporating an old romantic Hindi song to accentuate their togetherness." Gere enjoys Indian food and with Lilette's help he is becoming familiar with the local Rajasthani dishes. Says a member of the crew, "Richard loves the local cuisine. But he is wary of the spices and mirchi. Lilette and her two daughters Neha and Ira helped »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Richard Gere enjoys local food in Udaipur

25 February 2014 3:48 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Udaipur, Feb 25: Indian actress Lilette Dubey is helping her "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2" co-star Richard Gere develop a taste for Rajasthani dishes, and he is said to be trying them with fervour.

Gere, who has visited India several times as a goodwill ambassador for AIDS campaigns and for his Buddhist activities, is in Udaipur to shoot for the Hollywood film.

"Richard loves the local cuisine. But he is wary of the spices and mirchi (chilli). Lilette and her two daughters Neha and Ira helped him pick the dishes with the minimum masala. The three ladies have also taken Gere sightseeing in Udaipur," said a source. »

- Rahul Kapoor

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Richard Gere to join 'The Best Exotic...' team in Udaipur

13 February 2014 4:12 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, Feb 13: Hollywood actor Richard Gere is reportedly set to join the crew of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2" in Udaipur in Rajasthan.

The cast of the sequel directed by John Madden comprises a distinguished bouquet of British and Indian troupers both old and young, including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desae and Lilette Dubey.

Though Gere has visited India several times as a goodwill ambassador for AIDS campaigns and for his Buddhist activities, this is the first time that he will shoot for a film in the country.

"Richard is coming here on Thursday," said a member of the film's. »

- Anita Agarwal

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Richard Gere to shoot in Udaipur from February 13

13 February 2014 2:08 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The very classy crew of the British flim The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is currently shooting very quietly in Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan. The cast of this sequel directed by John Madden, comprises a distinguished bouquet of British and Indian troupers both old and young including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desae and Lilette Dubey. The new addition to the original cast for the sequel is Richard Gere. Though he has visited India several times as a goodwill ambassador for AIDS campaigns and for his Buddhist activities, this is the first time that Gere is shooting for a film in India. "Richard is coming here on Thursday," a member of the film's unit says from Udaipur. "He is very excited about shooting in India, and so are we. He has specially asked to be accommodated in a hotel close to the shooting which need not be super-luxurious. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Oren Moverman to Direct Richard Gere in 'Time Out of Mind' Project

29 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

More news about projects being sold at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. This one is a film titled Time Out of Mind, a rather intriguing title for a film that I wish was sci-fi, but alas is just a drama. Set to be directed by Oren Moverman (of The Messenger and Rampart, both with Woody Harrelson, previously) the film will star Richard Gere, who has been getting into more roles recently including The Double, Arbitrage, Movie 43, Henry & Me and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Qed is selling the international rights in Berlin, with Wme handling them in the Us, meaning they're looking to get this thing ready to film. Quoted commenting on the project, Richard Gere states: "Time Out of Mind has obsessed me for many years now. It is a profoundly human story that we are determined to make into a powerful film that speaks to everyone. »

- Alex Billington

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Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 Adds Richard Gere, David Strathairn And Tamsin Greig As Production Begins

13 January 2014 8:11 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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, »

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Gere, Greig & Strathairn Make Reservations At ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2′

13 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 EdwardsGodzilla, is also joining the cast. »

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Richard Gere And David Strathairn Join The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2

10 January 2014 11:52 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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:

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, »

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Production begins on Marigold 2

10 January 2014 10:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shooting is underway in India on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, Fox Searchlight’s first ever sequel and follow-up to the 2012 $135m global hit.

Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel are among the returning cast alongside new addition Richard Gere.

John Madden directs once again from a screenplay by Ol Parker. Returning producer Blueprint PicturesGraham Broadbent and Peter Czernin will produce and Participant’s Jeff Skoll serves as executive producer.

Fox Searchlight holds worldwide rights and will co-financen with Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

The returning cast includes Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey. The other new additions to the cast are David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig.

In the sequel Sonny, played by Patel must juggle the demands of his job and senior clientele as he prepares for his Indian wedding. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 Announced with Richard Gere and David Strathairn

10 January 2014 9:14 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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Gere, Straithairn, Greig join Marigold 2

10 January 2014 9:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production starts in India on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.

Fox Searchlight has confirmed that Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig have joined the cast of John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, which is now shooting in India.

They join returning cast Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey.

Blueprint Pictures again produces with Participant’s Jeff Skoll executive producing.

Fox Searchlight has worldwide rights and will co-finance with Participant and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2': Richard Gere Checks In

10 January 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Full Cast and Synopsis Revealed for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2

10 January 2014 8:03 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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