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'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Is Up And Running Again

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 08.07.2014 | Entertainment

Attention all sequels coming out in 2015: Don't even try to be clever with your titles. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" already has you beat. ...

Cows, Sacred or Otherwise: Another Overrated Movies Blog

Jon Eig | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

We all have one. Some of us have two or three. It may be a movie. It may be an actor. But there's no doubt there is some film-related icon that you just don't get. Everybody else loves it, or him, or her, but not you.

Why American Women Hate Their Faces and What They Could Learn From the Brits

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Lorraine Devon Wilke

We've all seen one famous face after another tumble down the rabbit hole of peer pressure, cultural expectations, show business demands, sheer vanity, fear of death, revulsion of aging and the simple miscalculation that the only beauty is youthful beauty. It's a heavy burden.

Richard Gere Checks Into 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful is open for business again, and this time it will feature a few new guests. Richard Gere,...

'Downton Abbey' And 'The Walking Dead': The Same Show?

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.09.2014 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Here are just a few of the major similarities between the two monster hits.

Somebody Left Downton Abbey's Cake Out in the Rain

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.08.2014 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Yesterday's two-hour snooze fest lacked drama and wit, taking its dour tone from Zombie Lady Mary. Most of the characters seemed to be sleep-walking through the episode -- or worse, acting like animatronic versions of themselves in a Yorkshire Disneyland.

10 Actors Who Are Just On The Big Screen To Pay Their Rent

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Television and film may seem to rule the entertainment world today, but live theater will not be silenced (the show, after all, must go on). It's well...

First Nighter: London's Latest Private Lives Comes Cheerfully to Movie Screens

David Finkle | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Some plays need to look as if they're being performed with absolutely no effort whatsoever. They must seem merely tossed off. That's the fun of them. Perhaps the most famous example is Private Lives, the jazzy romantic comedy Noel Coward wrote in 1930.

The Great Beauty: The Glory That Is Rome

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Admiring his central actor, Toni Servillo, I asked Paolo Sorrentino how he directed him in the key brilliance of being both text and subtext simultaneously. Having worked with Servillo before, Sorrentino said, I just tell him, go.

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Is Getting A Sequel

The Huffington Post | Kelsey McQuade | Posted 10.29.2013 | Entertainment

You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is getting a sequel. Penelope Wilton, who played Jea...

A Big Win For 'Breaking Bad'

Posted 09.22.2013 | TV

Anna Gunn has won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama at the 2013 Emmys. "Breaking Bad" is certainly set to go out with a bang in its...

WATCH: 'Downton Abbey' Meets Madonna In Hilarious New Music Video

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

If you roll your eyes when your friends suggest ANOTHER post-brunch "Downton Abbey" marathon, then you'll probably love the latest Funny or Die music ...

Chris Harnick

Dana Ivey, Not Maggie Smith

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Harnick | Posted 05.08.2013 | TV

From originating the titular role in the stage version of "Driving Miss Daisy" to playing a key part in "The Addams Family" films, there's quite a lot...

LOOK: 'Downton Abbey' Like You've Never Seen Before

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 05.06.2013 | HuffPost Home

Yeah, we think the obsession with this show is getting a bit...much.

WATCH: When 'Downton' Met 'The Hills'

The Huffington Post | Eva Hill | Posted 02.27.2013 | TV

Those who watch "Downton Abbey" most likely have an appreciation for The Dowager Countess' zingers and sharp wit. She has a way of making those in...

Caregiving Goes To The Oscars

Sherri Snelling | Posted 04.24.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

As more than 1 billion viewers gear up to watch the annual Academy Awards this Sunday, it struck me that we have two Oscar Best Picture contenders and one movie overlooked by the Academy but chock full of Oscar gold players and a first-time director which represent some of the most poignant caregiving moments brought to film in 2012.

The Queen Of The 'Downton' Double-Take

Posted 02.21.2013 | TV

It's no secret that Maggie Smith brings joy to millions of viewers as the Dowager Countess on "Downton Abbey," but she also delights the cast. In t...

Older Movie Couples With Chemistry

Michele Willens | Posted 04.17.2013 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Maybe it was just the particular media I happened to watch this week, but I have been thinking about chemistry. (No, not the kind I couldn't pass in high school.) But a different kind of chemistry. And what I am finding is that coupling among 'mature' adults does not necessarily connote sedate or boring.

Maggie Smith Has Never Seen 'Downton Abbey'

Posted 02.14.2013 | TV

"Downton Abbey" star Maggie Smith -- who plays The Dowager Countess -- has a shocking confession: She's never seen the Masterpiece series. When as...

12 Reasons I Will Miss 'Downton Abbey'

Grown And Flown | Posted 04.14.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

Discovering a show that both my husband and I enjoy is a gift. We watch together even if it means one of us must wait for the other to be available. In our almost empty nest, enjoying "Downton Abbey" has turned Sunday evening into a new date night.

Coming of the Aged

Warren Adler | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Warren Adler

Recent movie releases such as The New and Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet seem to be a crack in the mantra of marketing pundits that the only worthy targets of mass media are teenagers and those who reach the ceiling age of forty-nine, not beyond.

WATCH: Face It, 'Skyfall' Was Kiiiiiinda Overrated

Posted 02.05.2013 | Comedy

Did you think "Skyfall" was just another run-of-the-mill movie about a sleazy spy with a big torso and small head, riddled with plot holes and dumb di...

Why I No Longer Care About Downton Abbey

Debbie Leon | Posted 04.02.2013 | TV
Debbie Leon

Like so many millions of others, I was enthralled by the first two seasons of Downton Abbey. But now I am done. I find myself alternately bored and irritated while watching the show, and here are my reasons I no longer care.

Popcorn Preview: Quartet

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.28.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Quartet (2012) Cast includes: Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass), Billy Connolly (The Boondock Sa...

Long Wait Ahead For 'Downton Abbey' Season 4

The Huffington Post | Chris Harnick | Posted 01.15.2013 | TV

Brace yourselves, "Downton Abbey" fans: "Downton Abbey" Season 4 won't premiere in the US for another year. Yes, it's the usual wait time for the new ...