The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was, to say the least, a most unexpected global hit. The idea of a group of English senior citizens moving to Jaipur, India to give themselves a better retirement – although intriguing – was expected to make money as a niche bit of counterprogramming but then people started seeing it and telling their friends. And suddenly, a sequel didn’t seem like a bad idea.
Now we have The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and, if it’s not quite got that shiny, new film intrigue, seeing it is certainly like visiting some old, dear friends.
In the sequel to the surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, hotel proprietor Sonny Kapoor has opened a second hotel – and it the first was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, then the second must be The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Sonny’s English if very good – but a bit literal).
Joining the most of cast of the original is Richard Gere as Guy – an gentleman of a certain age whose looks prompt a bit of unsubtle banter. If the film’s first trailer is any indication, writer Ol Parker and director John Madden may have just captured lightning in a bottle for the second time. Check it out after the jump.
Wake Up Call is the second season premiere of Alphas (Syfy, Mondays, 10/9C). It’s been eight months since Dr. Lee Rosen went public about the alphas and he has spent the intervening time in a mental health facility while the government has attempted to build a case for his having a history of mental health issues. But he is patient…
Syfy’s new original series, Alphas [Mondays, 10/9C], is a unique take on people with extraordinary powers. It may remind of things we have seen before, but it manages to take familiar ideas into fresh territory. They might seem like superheroes on paper, but the reality is far more interesting.
Syfy’s ambitious new series pilot, Alphas, has signed Azita Ghanizada [Entourage, Castle] to lock its regular cast and persuaded Callum Keith Rennie [Battlestar Galactica’s Leoben] as the episode’s guest star.
Syfy has gone above and beyond for its upcoming 90-minute paranormal action-adventure pilot, Alphas, by enlisting the talents of David Strathairn. The multiple-award nominee [Oscar®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors’ Guild] for his role as Edward R. Murrow in the film Good Night, and Good Luck, will play “the unconventional, eccentric Alphas team leader Dr. Leigh Rosen. Though he comes across as somewhat of an absent-minded professor at times, he is also a cunning and manipulative power-player willing to bend the rules in pursuit of his objectives and in support of his team.”