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Peter Bradshaw and Andrew Pulver join Henry Barnes for our round-up of the week's cinema releases. Coming up on this week's show ... a pack of randy retirees head back to India to visit The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; a family feud plays out across the Yorkshire moors in Brit thriller Catch Me Daddy; and horror is sexually transmitted in the terrifying It Follows. Plus, interviews with Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stars Dev Patel and Bill Nighy Continue reading »
- Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Pulver, Tom Silverstone, Mona Mahmood and Andrea Salvatici
Patel reprises his role as Sonny, the overeager young owner of a hotel for British retirees, while Dame Maggie Smith stars as Muriel, Sonny's new co-manager.
Describing the on-screen partnership with Dame Maggie, the 24-year-old actor told Digital Spy: "It's still an ensemble cast but Sonny is at the centre of it and I'd say Maggie is too. They run the hotel together. I mean talk about chemistry - it's some of the best chemistry I've ever had in a movie.
"They're quite an odd couple but they're put together really well. It's quite beautiful because she not only becomes a business partner doing damage control, but he also looks at her as a kind of mother figure."
The former model reprises her role as Sunaina in the sequel to the movie about a hotel in India for British retirees, who comprise of Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie, with the addition of Hollywood star Richard Gere in the sequel.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Desai discussed the experience of working with some of the industry's most eminent actors, saying: "I'm almost not even aware that they are Judi Dench, Celia Imrie or Richard Gere because none of them behave like stars.
"They are all really very rooted people. They are very respectful towards you. They don't look down on you. There is no hierarchy and that's a very good thing »
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is in cinemas now and to celebrate the release of the exciting sequel, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Flickering Myth are offering three lucky winners the chance to get their hands on some awesome exclusive merchandise!
Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. »
- Gary Collinson
Celia Imrie talks about returning for the sequel, pretending not to know the cast, and fixing cars in the middle of India...
The mighty Celia Imrie is a firm favourite around these parts, and we don't honestly think we've seen a performance from her that's not been impressive. Even in films that weren't quite so strong. She's back on cinema screens in the UK this weekend in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and she spared us some time for a natter about the movie...
Where is your character now as opposed to where she ended up in the first film?
Well, she’s chasing a dream but I don’t think she knows exactly what that is. John Madden gave me a wonderful instruction on the first day of filming this time, and said ‘I think Madge is a bit blue.’ Not rude, but a bit melancholy, where she »
The actor reprises his role as Sonny, the fast-talking ambitious owner of the hotel for British retirees, with Muriel (Dame Maggie Smith) as his new co-manager.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Patel said: "It's like a dream come true to be back in a room with these guys. It's a character that I really love and I'm part of a film that everyone really liked so it's a real vote of confidence. It's really fun."
Describing how he landed the part in the first movie, he revealed: "I had to really fight for it. Originally Sonny was envisaged as a middle-aged, washed up, overweight Indian guy and they didn't want me for it.
"I've had my fair share of Indian roles, but there was something really different about this one. »
★★★☆☆ As the sequel to a film that hinted at a follow-up in the first outing's final scenes, John Madden's The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) offers just as much joy, heart and chuckles as its hugely successful predecessor. With director John Madden once again at the helm, the core cast is back to once again wend their way through a bustling Jaipur, dealing with new careers, young love and fresh beginnings in their twilight years. The audience is dragged into a world even more technicolored than before; one brimming with light and music, designed to evoke the eternal charm of India more prominently than ever.
- CineVue UK
The former Indian model plays Sunaina in the film, in which she stars alongside some of British cinema's most esteemed actors.
In an interview with Digital Spy, she explained: "There was a casting director I've known since my modelling days and she called me to audition for it.
"Then John (Madden) saw the tape and called me for an audition with him and then Fox wanted to meet me and learn a little more about me. I was a relatively new actor, even in India. I had done just one film when I auditioned for this.
"So I went back and auditioned a third time, when I did all my scenes in the film on tape, and then they wanted to know what ads I had done and about the Hindi »
Director: John Madden; Screenwriters: John N Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn, Tina Desai; Running time: 121 mins; Certificate: 12
Although the title suggests it's not quite as good as the first film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a worthy successor to the 2011 sleeper hit, characterised by the same gentle humour, sunny outlook and slightly doddering plot. Again, it's the talented cast of veterans – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie among them – who bring the required grace, style and finesse, ably supported by new residents Tamsin Greig and silver fox Richard Gere.
In case the pace gets too leisurely, Dev Patel is always on hand like a shot of epinephrine, bouncing off the walls as Jaipur entrepreneur Sonny who is courting an American firm to bankroll plans for the titular second hotel. »
Dame Judi Dench has revealed that she can no longer travel by herself due to her poor eyesight.
The actress suffers from age-related macular degeneration, which causes the gradual loss of central vision.
The star had to travel to India to film scenes for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and speaking to the Radio Times she explained: "These days I can't really travel on my own because I need someone to say, 'Look out, there's a step here!' or else I fall all over the place like a mad, drunk lady."
On reuniting with the cast from the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's comedy sequel - including Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith - Dench enthused: "That's why it was just glorious going back to India again with Mags, Celia, Pep and Bill.
"We're all great friends and we've done masses of things together. It was like an »
Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, stars of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, tell Andrew Pulver how the continuation of the franchise deepens and extends the story. Nighy suggests that it 'unlocks something in the audience which allows you to briefly properly join the human race' and sings the praises of his co-stars, many of whom he has known for four decades Continue reading »
- Andrew Pulver and Jonross Swaby
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd February 2015…
In just two weekends, Universal’s adaptation of the E.L. James bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has become the highest-grossing 18 certificate film ever here in the UK, with a second weekend haul of £4,597,092 pushing its total to £25,242,636. The previous record was held by Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which pulled in £22.7 million.
With an unchanged top four, the highest newcomer of the week was the Kevin Hart / Josh Gad / Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting comedy The Wedding Ringer with £990,445, followed by found footage sci-fi Project Almanac in sixth with £868,030.
Number one this time last year: The Lego Movie
1. Fifty Shades of Grey, £4,597,092 weekend; £25,242,636 total (2 weeks)
2. Big Hero 6, £2,581,806 weekend; £16,178,232 total (4 weeks)
3. Shaun the Sheep Movie, £2,429,181 weekend; £10,352,125 total (3 weeks)
4. Kingsman: The Secret Service, £1,216,457 weekend; £13,385,637 total (4 weeks)
5. The Wedding Ringer, £990,445 weekend (New)
6. Project Almanac, £868,030 weekend »
- Gary Collinson
As the ever present shadow of the grave looms larger and darker above you, how do you make what little time you have left on this earth count for something? Do you get hung up on the past and your little insecurities, or do you throw caution to the wind and tackle head on whatever life has left to throw at you? These are the sort of questions the protagonists are faced with in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2011 surprise hit comedy. Of course, these relatively dark and heady questions play out against the colourful backdrop of Rajasthan, India and the light-hearted if clichéd antics of the returning group of septuagenarians and their ever suffering hotelier.
- Liam Dunn
Dame Judi Dench can no longer travel alone because her eyesight is so bad. The 80-year-old actress' eyes are failing because she is suffering from dry and wet macular degeneration, with the former causing blurry vision, while the latter can cause blind spots. Dench admits her sight is now so bad she needs a companion when she goes out to warn her of hazards she may not have spotted. Speaking to Radio Times magazine, she revealed: ''These days I can't really travel on my own because I need someone to say, 'Look out, there's a step here!' Or else I fall all over the place like a mad, drunk lady.'' Dench appreciated the support of her 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' co-stars Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy in regards to her failing sight when they shot the movie in India. Continuing to discuss her visual problems, »
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" wasn’t just a surprise hit of 2012, it was a welcome one, in being a rare film about elderly people that had as much fun and sauciness as it did pathos. Its gentle mix of drama and comedy was delivered by a formidable array of British thespians, some remarkably in their 70s, using their life experience in a much more engaging manner than, say, the veterans of "The Expendables." So one certainly can’t begrudge a sequel, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," even one that begins to creak a little beneath its conceit. It’s again directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker, now moving beyond the original source of Deborah Moggach’s novel. The original cast returns as the retired Brits discovering an Indian summer, fittingly in India, courtesy of a young entrepreneurial hotelier with a vision to “outsource old age »
- Demetrios Matheou
The 2015 Oscars are in the books and it's time to take a step back and see what we think of the show and the results as Laremy and I discuss everything from Neil Patrick Harris' performance as host, Eddie Redmayne's win, John Travolta's touchy-feely behavior and a wide variety of reactions from the big show. We also answer your questions and voicemails, play a few games and hey, look! The timeline is back! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and »
- Brad Brevet
Director: John Madden.
Running Time: 122 minutes
Synopsis: Sonny (Patel) looks to expand his business by trying to lock down a second site for another hotel, while also planning his wedding. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel once again traverse the world of love in their advanced years.
There are some films that are geared towards specific demographics. It doesn’t mean others can’t enjoy said film, it just means that they have been manufactured with a clear and defined selling point. Such films can be stale and bland, but when they are aimed at a smaller demographic not usually catered for, then it’s kind of hard to begrudge their existence. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Bad weather hurting theme park attendance and a weak lineup of films that hurt its distribution business meant weaker financial results for Australian multinational Village Roadshow Limited.
For the six months to end of December – the first half of its 2015 financial year – the film and entertainment group reported revenues down 2% at Us$417 million (A$470 million) and net profits down 27% to Us$12.2 million (A$13.8 million) compared with the same period last year.
The bad weather affecting the East Coast of Australia particularly damaged its business in Sydney and the Gold Coast.
The company says the second half will be significantly better than the first, but still represent a drop on the 2014 financial year. “The second half of FY2015 is expected to be significantly stronger than the first half, however due to the results to 31 December 2014, it is estimated that Vrl’s attributable net profit, before material items and discontinued operations for »
- Patrick Frater
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the second installment of the star-studded British comedy that follows a group of British retirees who decide to spice up their lives in magical India.
In theaters on March 6, 2015, the sequel was once again directed by John Madden, best known for his acclaimed movies Shakespeare In Love (Academy Award winner for Best Picture, 1998), Proof (based on the eponymous Pulitzer Prize winning play, 2005) and The Debt.
The renowned cast has reunited for the film including stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Tina Desai, Diana Hardcastle and Lillete Dubey. Additional cast making their debut include Tamsin Greig, with David Strathairn and Richard Gere.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Monday, March 2 at 7:00Pm in the St. »
- Movie Geeks
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