Prior to 2007, Dev Patel was just another London teenager, albeit one with a passion for acting and tae kwon-do. But after landing a role on the controversial television series "Skins" (E4, 2007- ), h...
The pair began dating after they met on the set of the multi Oscar-winning movie, but they went to huge efforts to stop news of their relationship leaking to the media.
Patel admits he feared their romance would be dismissed as "marketing" and a "product" of the film, and he was surprised the public's interest in the couple waned after they confirmed their relationship.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "The talk was all about the film at that time and we weren't going to come out as some kind of product. We weren't doing it for marketing. If we could we would probably have kept it totally under wraps.
"But there comes a point when you get more attention from the 'Are they aren't they?' debate. So we figured that 'All right, everyone knows now'. Once we did come out the attention died down and that is great."
The Slumdog Millionaire star lives mostly in hotels as he spends a lot of his time shooting movies on location and promoting the films across the globe.
And the actor likes nothing more than heading to his parents' property for some home comforts when he's off-duty.
Patel tells Britain's The Sun, "When I say I am back at home for a bit people say, 'Why?' But I am sort of living out of a suitcase and when you haven't seen your family for five months because you are on a film set it is nice to go back and see your parents and get some of mum's cooking."
The Slumdog Millionaire star takes on the role of Prince Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan's blockbuster, which was released in the U.S. last month (Jul10).
But critics have panned the fantasy film and Patel admits he's finding it hard to talk about the movie.
He tells Britain's Playlist magazine, "You know, you can't lie and say that every single review written about the film is wrong.
"But for me, it's really tricky. Because at this stage in my career I didn't have as much say as I would have liked in the film. Yes, there are parts in it that truly amaze me. But there are others, you know..."
It was another solid weekend for Hollywood, with a slew of studio blockbusters keeping audiences entertained (and in air-conditioned theaters) in this post-July 4th weekend. The box office estimates for this weekend's top five films come from Hollywood.com's own Paul Dergarabedian, our resident box office expert:
Universal Picture's Despicable Me, starring the voice of Steve Carell as the villain 'Gru', conquered this weekend's box office, taking down an estimated $60,117,420. That haul comes courtesy of the 3,475 theaters in which the 3D animated movie ran in its opening weekend.
Summit Entertainment's Twilight: Eclipse remained a strong draw in its second week, pulling in $33,350,000 from 4,468 domestic locations. Twilight heartthrobs Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart have helped the third installment of the vampire (and werewolf) saga gross a cumulative $237,012, 377 to date, after opening June 30th with the largest ever midnight take of $30 million.
Fox's R-Rated Predators reboot opened behind Twilight with $25,300,000, with the star-studded ensemble cast including Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, and Laurence Fishburne appearing in some 2,669 US locations.
Meanwhile, Disney's Toy Story 3, starring the familiar voice of Tom Hanks as 'Woody', continued to attract audiences in its third week, taking down another $22,021,000 this weekend. The third Toy Story, which premiered June 18th -- some 15 years after the original Toy Story -- has now grossed over $340 million dollars in the United States alone.
Paramount's The Last Airbender -- director M. Night Shyamalan's blockbuster live action adaptation of the popular cartoon series -- grossed $17,150,000 in its second week, while increasing its run in theaters to 3,203. The 3D blockbuster stars Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, and Jackson Rathbone.
The actor insists he'll be buying up a number of Prince Zuko toys - so all his friends can have one.
He says, "That is so cool. I really want to get one. Hopefully they got the ears right and I'll be happy. It's so cool to have your own action figure.
"I'm gonna buy one for all my mates and just make them keep it. Once I learn to drive I'll put it in my car dangling from the rear view mirror."
The British star shot to fame in director Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning film and found love with his movie girlfriend Pinto after shooting on the 2008 picture wrapped.
The couple is still together and recently dismissed reports of an engagement, but Patel admits he has no plans to team up with the Indian beauty on film again.
He tells WENN.com, "We laugh too much around each other now. It would be too awkward."
By both critical and commercial measures live-action anime adaptations boast a record of futility second perhaps only to videogame adaptations. Some essential aspect of the source material is irretrievably lost during the process of translating Japanese cartoon to Hollywood tentpole something that even the most bloated visual effects budget can’t conceal. Think Dragonball Evolution and Speed Racer.
And yet Hollywood keeps trying lured by tantalizing visions of cash-cow franchises fed by loyal built-in — and most importantly international — audiences. The latest casualty of this misguided ambition is The Last Airbender based on the hit Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. To be fair Avatar isn’t anime in the orthodox sense in that it was conceived and produced in the States but its style and soul are almost exclusively anime-inspired. As such its big-screen fate is similarly sealed.
Who could possibly break such a rueful trend? For some reason the minds at Paramount thought M. Night Shyamalan that notorious purveyor of ponderous and increasingly shlocky supernatural thrillers might succeed where so many other directors had failed. Even worse they saw fit to hire him to pen the screenplay as well ensuring that every vital aspect of the film would feel the crushing weight of his heavy hand. With such a hacky burden to bear it comes as no surprise that The Last Airbender never really takes flight.
The film's story is set in a world divided into four tribes each aligned to an element: Air Earth Water and Fire. Certain gifted tribe members known as a “benders ” can manipulate the properties of their assigned element to suit their ends. In order to do so they must first perform an elaborate and utterly ridiculous kung fu dance after which a torrent of fire water or whatever arises to obey their command.
For the better part of a century the oppressive and warlike Firebenders have besieged the other nations gradually thinning their respective ranks. The Air Nomads have faired the worst of the lot and are presumed to be extinct until Water peeps Katara (Nicola Peltz) and Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) discover a boy named Aang (Noah Ringer) trapped in a giant ball of ice. Not only is Unfrozen Kung Fu Warrior the last remaining Airbender (thus the title) he is also an Avatar the only being on the planet capable of wielding all four elements. And only he can bring an end to the Firebenders’ evil reign.
Blessed with an opportunity to reinvent himself in a new genre and with a new demographic Shyamalan can’t avoid falling back on old habits most notably his penchant for awkward and cumbersome dialogue. It’s difficult enough for adults to deliver his lines but it’s absolute hell for The Last Airbender’s youthful protagonists whose not yet fully-developed temporal lobes can’t hope to adequately process the inanities of Shyamalan-speak. One can almost see the smoke coming from little Noah’s ears as he labors to complete each portentous sentence. Poor kid. Where are the Child Labor people when you need them?
But bad dialogue is only one of a litany of problems that plagues The Last Airbender which suffers from mediocre CGI inexplicable casting decisions (caucasians actors none of whom are especially talented are tabbed for asian roles when sufficiently mediocre race-appropriate actors were surely available) and a plot comprehensible only to the most ardent fans of the Nickelodeon series. Much as Aang bends the air Shyamalan tries to bend the laws of quality cinema to his will but they refuse to yield to the force of his ego. I only wish the execs at Paramount had been as stalwart.
The Slumdog Millionaire stars grew close during filming of the hit movie and confirmed their romance last year (09).
In May (10), the couple sparked speculation they were preparing to tie the knot when they were spotted in a bakery looking at wedding cakes.
But Patel is adamant they aren't planning their big day - and he's had to deny the rumours to his mother after she spotted the online gossip.
He tells People.com, "I was like, 'Mum, I didn't (get engaged) - trust me.' Nothing's happened. Everything is fine. I'm just shooting a film.
"My mum will go to work and (have to) explain to everyone why they have written that her son is going to get engaged and got a wedding ring, and how it's all not true."
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.
Landed debut acting role, playing Muslim boy Anwar Kharral on the controversial British series "Skins" (Channel 4)
Played news blogger Neal on Aaron Sorkin's drama series "The Newsroom" (HBO)
Nominated for the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("Slumdog Millionaire")
Made feature film debut in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed "Slumdog Millionaire"
Co-starred in the ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Co-starred with Jackson Rathbone in the action adventure film "The Last Airbender," based on the Nickelodeon animated series
Prior to 2007, Dev Patel was just another London teenager, albeit one with a passion for acting and tae kwon-do. But after landing a role on the controversial television series "Skins" (E4, 2007- ), he caught the attention of director Danny Boyle, who was desperate for a non-traditional leading man of Indian descent for his new film. The picture, "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), was a charming comedy-drama about a young resident of the Mumbai slums who earns a shot at improving his life via the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Patel's endearing performance helped to make the film a hit with festival audiences around the world; it also signaled the emergence of a comic talent whose full screen potential had yet to be tapped.