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.
Louis Leterrier’s remake of Clash of the Titans the 1981 cult favorite that fused Greek mythology with sci-fi theatrics is a grand experiment in the ancient art of alchemy a big-budget attempt to spin fanboy nostalgia for a 30-year-old novelty into contemporary box-office gold. The main ingredients in this ambitious concoction are a potent arsenal of CGI weaponry and the star of the biggest movie ever Sam Worthington who inherits Harry Hamlin’s role as the heroic Perseus. But it’s what’s missing from the formula that ultimately dooms this remake.
Clash of the Titans redux mimics the original film’s epic ethos and preference for spectacle over all else but its storyline differs dramatically. Perseus is still the half-breed product of a one-night stand between the god Zeus and a human hottie and he still must to defeat the monstrous Kraken in order to save the lovely Princess Andromeda. Almost everything in between however has been altered — and not necessarily for the better.
The new version casts the Greek city of Argos as the primary battleground in a proxy war fought by dueling Olympian superpowers Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes). Born of a god but raised by and partial to humans Worthington’s Perseus battles not for the hand of Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) — as Hamlin’s character did — but instead for the people of Argos who stand to perish along with their princess at the hands of the dreaded Kraken. The film’s love story if it can be called that consists of the briefest of flirtations between Perseus and Io (Gemma Arterton) his self-appointed spiritual guide. (Cursed with immortality by the gods Io’s been secretly watching him all his life — which ostensibly makes her a glorified stalker.)
This detail is a small but crucial one. Strong-willed Perseus braves an obstacle course of giant scorpions gorgons and other horrors laid out for him by the wheezy fiend Hades but it’s never quite clear why he bothers with it all since what’s at stake is a princess he isn’t particularly interested in and a community of people he doesn’t really know — and who frankly don’t seem all that worth saving. His deadbeat dad up on Mount Olympus certainly isn't worth dying for nor are the battlefield compatriots he met barely a week prior. And while I’m sure that a few inviting glances from Gemma Arterton are positively delightful I wouldn’t risk being doused in flesh-eating scorpion venom for them.
This narrative oversight triggers a drain in enthusiasm that persists throughout the film. For a movie so epic in scale Clash of the Titans makes for a disappointingly bland ride. Leterrier’s CGI set pieces are at times magnificent but they’re proffered in the service of weak story filled with characters whose motivations are either unclear or unconvincing. During the film’s climax when Neeson’s Zeus utters the portentous words “Release the Kraken ” what should be an emotional high point instead feels perfunctory and anticlimactic. The only excitement it spawns comes from the knowledge that the end is mercifully imminent.
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.