Maggie Smith turns in another outstanding performance in The Lady in the Van – based on Alan Bennett’s memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who “temporarily” parks her van in Mr. Bennett’s driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years!
The Lady in the Van comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on April 19th. Follow the jump for details.
The Lady in the Van tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
The Lady in the Van premieres on November 13th. Check out the incredibly charming trailer following the jump.
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.
Downton Abbey returns to PBS on January 4, 2015. If you need to get caught up, Season 4 will be available on multiple PBS platforms beginning on December 7th.
As well, a special “Downton Abbey, Season 5” preview and panel discussion with cast members will be live streamed from New York City on December 9 on the PBS YouTube channel (youtube.com/pbs) beginning at 7:30 p.m (6:30C).
Mathias ‘Call me Jim’ Gold is broke, thrice-divorced and hoping that he can sell the Parisian apartment his father left him to get out of the hole. Mathilde Girard is the old lady who lives in the apartment with her daughter, Chloe. Thanks to a complicated French law, called a viager, Mathias must pay Mme. Girard a monthly fee until she dies – then, and only then, will he be able to sell the apartment complication-free.
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.
‘You have a straightforward choice,’ says Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess as the new trailer for Downton Abbey’s fourth season begins. She is speaking to Michelle Dockery’s Mary, but she isn’t finished yet, ‘You must choose either death or life.’ It’s the kind of pronouncement that could come across as way over the top, but coming from Smith it’s a simple statement of the way things are. That’s what keeps the show not just watchable, but addictive.
Downton Abbey returns to PBS’ Masterpiece Classic on January 5, 2014. Check out the trailer following the jump.