While the first film was a box office hit in 2011, FOX Searchlight Pictures decided to do a sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and some exclusive photos can be seen down below!
In the film, is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel) and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tena Desae). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy– posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is the newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith) the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a tradition Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.
Disney XD and Lucasfilm announced on March 3 that Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined the cast of their hit animated series, Star Wars Rebels, in an undisclosed role.
Dave Filoni, Executive Producer said:
“We’re thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two. She is a true STAR WARS REBELS fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions.”
Michelle Gellar joins a voice cast that includes her husband Freddie Prince Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray and David Oyelowo.
Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, STAR WARS REBELS unfolds between the events of Star Wars: Episode III and IV and tells the story of the motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost who together face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries and embark on thrilling adventures. In its second season, STAR WARS REBELS will feature recurring appearances by fan-favorite characters including Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano.
The season one finale aired already, with Season 2 set to debut later this year though attendees of this year’s Star Wars Celebration will get to see the premiere episode at the Anaheim event in advance.
Beasts of No Nation, an upcoming film written and directed by Emmy Award-winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Idris Elba (Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Luther) will debut later this year in select theaters in the US and worldwide on Netflix.
Produced by Red Crown Productions, and co-financed with Participant Media, BEASTS OF NO NATION is based on the acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the tale of Agu, a child soldier from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Newcomer Abraham Attah portrays Agu, while Elba plays Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.
The film debuts on the same day in select theaters in the US and worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the world’s leading Internet TV network is available.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer said:
“BEASTS OF NO NATION is a powerful film that unfolds beautifully in the hands of director Cary Fukunaga with Idris Elba delivering a career-defining performance. We are so proud to bring a film of this caliber exclusively to Netflix members around the world at the same time as it appears in select theaters.”
Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Co-Founder of Red Crown Productions said:
“Making this film has been one of the most profound professional experiences of our careers. Everyone, from Cary to our productions assistants, sacrificed so much to make this film authentically in West Africa, where Uzo’s story was set. To know that this harrowing and beautiful movie is going to reach more than 50 million people within Netflix’s reach is beyond our wildest dreams. The Netflix team is bold and has the same pioneering spirit about distribution that I like to think we had about making the film in the jungles of Ghana. We could not be happier about this partnership.”
Jonathan King, EVP, Narrative Film at Participant Media added:
“There are hundreds of thousands of children fighting as soldiers in conflicts around the world and with BEASTS OF NO NATION, Cary has succeeded in humanizing their terrible struggle with an incredibly emotional story and brilliant filmmaking built around Idris Elba and Abraham Attah’s performances.”
Golden Globe winner actor Idris Elba was last seen as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company’s biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. His performance also earned him a NAACP Image Award nominations. He will be seen next in Pierre Morel’s The Gunman, alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, and just recently completed production on A Hundred Streets, which he is producing, as well as James Watkin’s Bastille Day and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.
On TV, Elba is known for his portrayals of the chillingly charismatic drug lord Russell “Stringer” Bell in HBO’s hit The Wire as well as Detective John Luther in BBC One’s Luther. The latter for which he won a Golden Globe plus he received an additional Golden Globe and three Emmy Award nominations. He’s currently in production on the final installment of Luther, which he will appear as two, two-hour episodes.
Check out the very first clip that Legendary has released for their upcoming video game adaption Dead Rising: Watchtower, which can be seen down below!
The film streams on Crackle on March 27, stars Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen, Dennis Haysbert and Rob Riggle.
DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.
The Dead Rising game franchise has sold more than 7.6 million copies worldwide.
Check out the newest trailer that A24 has released for Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which can be seen down below!
The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine makes his directorial debut with this stylish and cerebral thriller. Caleb Smith (Gleeson) a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Isaac).
Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test– charging him with evaluating the capabilities and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Vikander), a breathtaking A.I whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive– and more deceptive– than the two men could have imagined.
Written and directed by Garland, the film is produced by Scott Rudin and Andrew MacDonald, and will be released in the US on April 10. The film will have its world premiere at the SXSW festival on TOMORROW, Saturday, March 14.
Starz, in partnership with the BBC, announced that production has officially begun on March 3rd, for their upcoming movie for television, The Dresser, an adaption of Ronald Harwood’s play directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris). The production will film in and around London.
THE DRESSER brings together Hopkins and McKellen working on the film for the very first time. Both men were acclaimed for their own stage roles as Shakespeare’s great tormented king: Hopkins as The National Theatre under the direction of David Hare in 1986 and McKellen in Trevor Nunn’s production for the RSC in 2007. The television film is directed by Eyre who directed an award winning production of the play with Ian Holm for the National Theatre in 1997.
Rounding up the cast are Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything, War Horse) as Her Ladyship and Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) as stage manager Madge. Also in the cast are Vanessa Kirby as Irene, Edward Fox as Thornton, Tom Brooke as Oxenby/Edmond, John Ashton as Gloucester, Ian Conningham as Kent, Annalisa Rossi as Goneril, Helen Bradbury as Regan, Carl Sanderson as Cornwall, Matthew Cottle as Albany and Martin Chamberlain as Gentleman.
THE DRESSER tells the story of one fateful night in a small regional theatre during World War II as a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakepeare’s King Lear. Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is up in an hour but the actor/manager Sir who is playing Lear is nowhere to be seen. His dresser Norman must scramble to keep the production alive but will Sir turn up in time and if he does will he be able to perform that night?
The play is one of the great portraits of life in the theater and was first adapted for the screen by Harwood himself 32 years ago, in the 1983 Peter Yates film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtnay. The current production reverts to Ronald Harwood’s original text and presents the play as it was written for the stage.
Produced by Colin Callender of Playground Entertainment with Sonia Friedman for Sonia Friedman Productions. Polly Hill, BBC Head of Independent Drama and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning are executive producers.
Starz retains all US multiplatform pay TV rights as well as worldwide multiplatform distribution rights to THE DRESSER. BBC retains UK television rights.
Written and directed by three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Stone (Platoon, JFK). The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. The latter book mainly deals with former information analyst Snowden’s time in Russia hoping to get asylum while the United States was demanding his extradition to potentially face jail time for leaking classified information.
The film also costars Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto and Melissa Leo. SNOWDEN is produced by Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle and hits theaters on December 25.