Dev Patel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

If you’re not here for the apparent “suggestive comments” this first trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has to offer, it’s time you check out and move on. Perhaps there’s a third best hotel you can rest your weary bones at. The next film in the improbable (and best and exotic) franchise is on its way, and it’s got a fresh trailer to show it off. This trailer is really more of a teaser, perhaps because, if you’re going to see the film, you don’t need a trailer to sell it to you. You already know you like it. You probably liked the first film (a charming surprise hit that really is just lovely) and are ready for more adventures with your favorite group of crotchety old English blokes and ladies. It certainly does’t offer much in the way of plot, and its role call gag is more indicative of its content. We can tell you, however, that the title isn’t just a silly one, it’s also the name of a possible new hotel in Sonny’s (Dev Patel) expanding hotel empire. Before we watch the trailer, ponder this: how mad would you be if you could only afford to stay in the second best hotel in a chain?

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Of course you do. We’ve talked quite a bit about Stephen Elliot’s About Cherry here on the site, and now all our lovely Gotham-based readers have the chance to actually go see the film for free tonight in the Big Apple (we know no one calls it that, but About Cherry is about being starry-eyed, and damn if we aren’t too). About Cherry will screen tonight, Tuesday, September 18th, at 7:30PM at the IFC Center, thanks to IFC Midnight and Fleshbot, and you can go.

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Your parents probably don’t want to go to The Avengers this weekend (and that’s okay!) but audiences can do far worse for themselves than to take a quick cinematic trip to John Madden‘s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. While a film about a pack of retired Brits heading off to live in a swank retirement resort in India that, surprise!, turns out to be a rundown old hotel might sound like the most boring and narrowly appealing film of the year, Madden’s film is actually consistently delightful and charming, with enough characters and plot points to engage just about any viewer. Running just over two hours, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is able to tackle issues big (homophobia, arranged marriage) and small (there are too many flies in my rundown retirement hotel room!), and despite a few moments that feel far too obvious, Madden and his cast have crafted a lovely film with unexpected mass appeal.

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If this first trailer for Cherry is to be believed, stumbling into a career in pornography is shockingly easy – all it takes is one dirtbag boyfriend and one impressionable teenage girl. In Cherry, Ashley Hinshaw (who you might recognize from Chronicle) takes a few dirty pictures for some pocket change, as encouraged by her skeezy boyfriend Jonny Weston, but her cash-grabbing photo shoots have an unexpected result – they allow her enough money to run off to San Francisco with her best friend (played by, of all people, Dev Patel). In the city by the bay, Hinshaw (obviously) ends up starring in fetish porn films, falls into a destructive relationship with a coked-up lawyer (played, of course, by James Franco), and apparently lies a lot. Without that marquee cast, Cherry would sound a lot like some classic After School Special material. But while Cherry sounds a bit basic, it does come complete with an interesting pedigree – it’s directed and co-written by first-time filmmaker Stephen Elliot, a former sex worker and author most famous for his lauded book “The Adderall Diaries.” The film also marks Elliot’s co-writer Lorelei Lee‘s first foray into screenwriting, though she has an extensive list of starring roles in various pornos, all complete with titles I can’t list here, because this is a family site. Check out the trailer for Cherry after the break, hopefully after you nix any plans for your own porno career.

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If you’re looking to take the geriatrics in your life out on a hot movie date, have we got a film for you! John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! It’s about old British people who move to India because it’s cheap! Fun, right? You know how the title’s syntax is just a smidge off? That’s probably how the cultural minglings (manglings?) of the film will pan out, too – just a little off and just a tad incorrect. The film stars a murderer’s row of prime British talent, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson. Playing a pack of retirees looking for a cheap place to kick it (you know, until they die), the group sets off for distant India (exotic! and best! now with more marigolds!) to a rehabbed hotel that’s been marketed as a swank retirement home that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Of course, said hotel isn’t quite up to snuff. Adventures will be had, lessons will be learned, something about saris and curry, and so on and so forth. Grab some prunes and check out the first trailer for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel after the break.

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James Franco has another project in the works. Somebody sound the Franco Alarm! It will be for a film where author Stephen Elliot makes his directorial debut filming a script that he co-wrote with a former porn star named Lorelei Lee. Don’t pretend like you aren’t familiar with her work. Cherry tells the story of a bright-eyed young girl who moves to San Francisco, enters the world of pornography, and presumably then has a great time working a fulfilling job in an industry where everyone is stable and well adjusted. Or maybe they’ll go another route, and the opposite will happen to her. Regardless, the role of the 18-year-old girl has not yet been cast, but several others have. For his part, Franco will be playing a coke-addicted lawyer that the girl becomes involved with. Lili Taylor (High Fidelity, Six Feet Under) will play the girl’s mother, who shockingly has a drinking problem. Heather Graham will be an ex porn star/current porn director who becomes obsessed with the young girl, and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel will play the girl’s best friend, who is secretly in love with her. Probably once she starts blowing dudes on camera he will have some sort of existential crisis. Also, it sounds like whomever they find to play the female lead is going to have to be ridiculously charismatic to justify having all of these people falling all over her. What do you think? Are you ready for another movie about the porn industry? As […]

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Hollywood turned in its assignments early this week with releases on Wednesday and Thursday. Now Fat Guy Kevin Carr hands out his grades for the latest installment of The Twilight Saga and the big screen adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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Squeeeeee! Kevin and Neil run around the Magical Studio in the Sky without their shirts on, desperately trying to shape-shift into a werewolf so they too can be worthy of sickly-looking Bella Swan’s fickle infatuation… yet they still have a better time than they did when they saw The Last Airbender.

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I mean no offense, but my job isn’t to be an avenger of fandom. I’m here to talk about whether or not the movie is good, from the most objective place possible. But this time I can’t help it. It’s just too much to bear. To the fans of The Last Airbender: I am offended on your behalf.

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I will admit to still being excited about The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s foray into the world of adapting popular kids cartoons into mega-budget action movies. But from the beginning — or at least that first teaser trailer — it’s been about the action. Assuming Shyamalan’s dialog is anywhere near as bad as it was in The Happening, the less talking, the better. And that’s exactly what we get in these two new clips.

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So it’s about time for that other Avatar movie to come out, the new flick The Last Airbender from director M. Night Shyamalan. The good folks here at Film School Rejects have arranged for some early screening passes for the screening in Columbus, Ohio, next week. Here’s your chance to see the movie early, on Tuesday, June 29 at the AMC Easton Town Center 30 at 7:30 PM.

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Paramount Pictures has released the theatrical trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender this afternoon, following the fire of their Super Bowl spot with yet another grand two-minutes of unstoppable cool. As I’ve said before, M. Night Shyamalan has never made a movie that looks more awesome than this…

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Is it just me, or does M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender look like the coolest damn movie ever in this new Superbowl TV spot? If not “coolest movie ever,” then at least “coolest movie featuring a little dude whose forehead lights up” or “coolest thing M. Night Shyamalan has ever done, period.”

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One of our Most Anticipated of 2010 gives us two more reasons to get excited.

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It is difficult to say what exactly everyone was expecting from director M. Night Shyamalan and his latest work, The Last Airbender. Although, we can be almost certain that they didn’t expect the level of cool that we see in the first teaser trailer.

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The folks at USA Today have unleashed the first cast pictures from the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film The Last Airbender. Included in these first looks is a shot of Slumdog Millionaire Dev Patel as Zuko and Noah Ringer as Aang.

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Over the course of the last few months we’ve received somewhere in the vicinity of 9 million emails from activists groups complaining about the casting of M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of the hit Nickelodeon cartoon The Last Airbender. They want more Asian castmembers. Well now Dev Patel has been cast… is that good enough?

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Directed by a Brit (Danny Boyle), based on a book by a former Indian diplomat and delivered with generous helpings of Bollywood flash and old-fashioned Hollywood-style romantic melodrama, Slumdog Millionaire is one of this year’s movies that will make you believe in the hype, among other things.

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Time for another multiple choice review. How this works is I break a review up into 4 different categories and you judge it based on how you rate each particular area in importance.

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