Fox Searchlight struck box office gold with Danny Boyle's 2008 Oscar darling Slumdog Millionaire, which combined an exotic locale with an outstanding cast, so it comes as little surprise that Fox is returning to India for its upcoming adaptation of Deborah Moggach's novel These Foolish Things, to be retitled "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."
Fox Searchlight is reportedly trying to recapture the Slumdog magic with an all-star ensemble cast including Julie Christie, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, and Peter O’Toole, as well as Slumdog star Dev Patel. The studio is also looking to book John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin) as the film's director.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is “a movie about a group of British senior citizens who travel to India to live out their dotage — an outsourcing, after a fashion — and find a new lease on life.” Author Deborah Moggach describes it as a "comedy of manners between east and west" that evolved out of the question "how about... outsourcing the elderly? How about setting up retirement homes in developing countries where it’s sunny and labour is cheap?" Moggach then "created an Indian whizz-kid called Sonny who sets up a retirement home in Bangalore and fills it with Brits."
It probably won't have the broad appeal that helped Slumdog Millionaire gross over $377 million, but with no less than twenty Oscar nominations between Christie, Dench, Wilinson, and O'Toole, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel could certainly be another critical success for Fox Searchlight.
The former Playboy Playmate and reality TV star is working on a new travel guide about the odd stop-offs she has visited between the two cities.
Madison, who lives in Sin City with her boyfriend Benji Madden, tells Life & Style magazine the book will feature details about a lot of "freaky roadside attractions" - like a haunted hotel in Death Valley.
Hilton confirmed she ended her on/off romance with former The Hills star Reinhardt earlier this month (Apr10), and insists she is already "over" the break-up.
And according to U.S. magazine OK!, the hotel heiress has danced into the arms of Salling, who plays reformed bad boy Puck on hit U.S. TV show Glee - and she's already introduced the actor/musician to her parents.
A source says, "Paris is definitely smitten."
Hilton likes her bad boys - past lovers have included punk pop star Benji Madden and wildman Rick Salomon.
"We're hanging out. We're getting to know each other. He's really an awesome guy, but he's in L.A. and I'm here. And he works a lot. My problem is I'm always attracted to workaholics and I'm a workaholic, so that doesn't make a lot of time for togetherness." Former Playboy Playmate HOLLY MADISON admits her romance with rocker BENJI MADDEN isn't exclusive - yet.
Appearing on late-night U.S. chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (11Mar10), Richie refused to correct the host when he kept referring to the Good Charlotte star as her husband.
When Kimmel quipped, "Thankyou for being here on your husband's 31st birthday..." Richie smiled and responded, "I'm so excited to be spending it with you." The comedian later referred to Madden's twin brother Benji as her brother-in-law.
The host later corrected himself by explaining Richie is engaged to the rocker.
At the Oscars on Sunday (07Mar10), where Madden was the house DJ, Richie was asked about her wedding plans and joked, "It's tomorrow... We actually wanted to do it here."
"It's a big deal. I've been on the road. I just got home, so it's really going to be like now that's the time for me to sit down and think about what I want. The same thing as our engagement, we're kind of doing it at our own pace. We have no idea right now." NICOLE RICHIE is finally ready so start planning her wedding to fiance JOEL MADDEN.
The Simple Life star was travelling to the city to promote her fashion designs for her Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960 labels.
And she was delighted when her business partners Rick and Brian Cytrynbaum allowed her to enter the cockpit of their jet and take over the controls.
Richie, who recently announced her engagement to rocker Joel Madden, later took to her online blog to show off photos of herself in action, telling fans, "This past Thursday, I flew to Montreal... and by flew, I mean I actually flew. My partners, Rick and Brian, let me be the co-pilot once again on their jet! It was so much fun! Now if only everyone else on the flight felt the same way.”
Richie's not the only celebrity to fly the friendly skies - supermodel Gisele Bundchen is working towards her pilot's license, while Hilary Swank and Angelina Jolie have also been taking flying lessons.
The socialite and former reality TV star has small tattoos of her own while the Good Charlotte rocker's arms are fully inked.
And Richie admits she would be "heartbroken" if little Harlow, two, and Sparrow, five months, decided to take after their dad and tattoo themselves all over when they grow up - so she's set a strict age limit for the pair.
She says, "To be honest, I would be heartbroken, but what can I say? I would say wait until you're 18, that's what I would say."
Socialite-turned-jewelry designer Nicole Richie and longtime boyfriend Joel Madden are set to wed at last.
The couple celebrated Valentine's Day by getting engaged, and Richie was spotted showing off her new ring while dining out with her rocker beau in New York on Monday night.
Richie and Madden have been together for three years and have two children together.
Life & Style magazine confirms the happy news, revealing that Richie gushed and said "thank you" when a fan congratulated her on her engagement at Abe & Arthur's.
A source tells the publication, "She’s beyond thrilled and so excited to start planning her dream wedding."
Richie was previously engaged to late DJ Adam Goldstein.
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