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Watch: Check Into The 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' With The First Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 12:51 PM
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2
Not all franchises are built for 18-24 year olds with disposable income and too much time on their hands. The quaint "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was a sleeper hit a couple of years, earning over $135 million worldwide at the box office. Not bad for a dramedy with a bunch of middle-aged to elderly British actors. And so of course, a followup has been made, with new faces being brought into the fold including Richard Gere — but don't call it a sequel.

Casting: Christian Bale Eyes 'Travis McGee,' Dev Patel Discovers 'Infinity' & Pierce Brosnan Joins 'The Crusades'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2014 9:05 AM
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Out Of The Furnace, Christian Bale
Will "Travis McGee" finally get made? The project has been bouncing around Hollywood for years, at one time positioned as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio (who is still producing), while directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone circled at various times. Now James Mangold ("The Wolverine," "Walk The Line") is attached to direct and an old friend may star.

Dev Patel Tested For 'Star Wars: Episode 7' In Past Few Weeks, But Didn't Get Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2014 10:36 AM
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Months of speculation preceded the official cast announcement of "Star Wars: Episode 7" earlier this week (which we went into further detail about right here), and while many rushed to write thinkpieces about the lack of diversity and women in the film, it was perhaps a bit premature. There is still more casting to come, including a major female role, which means there is likely more speculation to come before everything is locked down. But until we know more, here's a bit of trivia you might want to hang on to.

Frank Grillo Leads 'The Purge 2,' Zac Efron Catches 'Fire,' Imogen Poots Visits 'A Country Called Home' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 12, 2013 1:36 PM
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One of the surprise hits of the year was this summer’s cheap Ethan Hawke-starring horror movie “The Purge,” and with the $3 million-budgeted film making nearly $90 million worldwide, you better believe Universal wants a re-up.

Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2, Episode 2 'The Genoa Tip'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 10:03 AM
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If last week's premiere was the small pebble, rolling down the mountain of the second season of "The Newsroom," you can start seeing the eventual massive snowball forming with the second episode. This new approach from Aaron Sorkin, with one large news story anchoring the narrative, is an interesting touch, but it doesn't get in the way of his usual combination of lefty liberal political posturing, speech-ifying, genuine drama and truly shameful emotional manipulation. And this week's "The Genoa Tip" has it in spades with a finale that nearly tips over into offensive bad taste.

Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2 Episode 1, 'The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 9:58 AM
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After a rocky first season, both compelling and cringe-worthy in equal doses, and sometimes all at the same time, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is back for a second season and it has undergone some significant retooling. The writers' room was given a shakeup, and even as production got underway, Sorkin seemingly changed plans midstream. After the first two episodes had been shot, and while Sorkin was writing the third, he realized his story wasn't going to play out way he wanted. So he went to HBO, asked to reshoot major portions of the first two episodes and rewrite the third, which they agreed to, though the cost was dropping the season order from ten to nine episodes. So, what was the result of all this overhauling? Well, mostly more of the same, outside of one key structural difference.

Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' Looking To Add 'Slumdog Millionaire' Dev Patel

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 9, 2013 9:24 AM
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We’re just under a month away from Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore feature “Elysium,” and the “District 9” director’s next feature, “Chappie,” looks to be nearing production as he’s locked up another actor to star in his secretive sci-fi comedy.

Watch: Porn Isn't So Fun In Trailer For 'About Cherry' With James Franco, Heather Graham & Dev Patel

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 26, 2012 12:17 PM
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When making a film about a seedier career path – for instance, stripping in Steven Soderbergh’s excellent summer fling “Magic Mike” – it’s important to approach the topic with a delicate and nuanced touch. Our writer on the scene at Berlinale 2012 didn’t exactly find that to be the case with porn career flick “About Cherry,” writing it off as a film that “tries hard to provoke us into reassessing the porn industry, but is so ham-fisted that the result is not a look on the bright side, but a whitewash.”

Review: While Hopelessly Drunk On The Ideals Of Bygone Journalism, ‘The Newsroom’ Is Still An Engaging Broadcast

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 24, 2012 10:48 PM
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The longer Aaron Sorkin’s deeply-nostalgic-for-the-golden-age-of-news show “The Newsroom” goes on for, the more improbable the workplace drama (and dramedy), set at a fictional cable-news show, becomes. A complacent and apathetic news anchor known as the MOR Jay Leno of news anchor suddenly explodes with outrage and opinion. An old school news division president orchestrates a brilliant subterfuge in order get back to “real” journalism and an executive news producer genuinely believes that if you build it will they will come -- that the American public is starved for authenticity and will tune in for honest to goodness reporting instead of sensational TV journalism.

Toni Collette & Dev Patel To Star In India-Set Honor Killings Thriller 'Defiant'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 24, 2012 12:39 PM
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A new film based on true events, set in the world of “honor killings” in India, has picked up steam today as two talented actors have signed on for principal and supporting roles.

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