Paddington Bears All

We’ve known about the third Paddington film for a while now, it was announced in 2021 but no other details. It then emerged that Paul King will not be directing. So what on earth was going on? Well, we now have an answer.

The third Paddington film will be called Paddington in Peru and will be directed by Dougal Wilson. The film will shoot in 2023 in London and Peru. Dougal says “As a huge fan of the first two films, I am very excited (if not a little intimidated) to be continuing the story of Paddington. It’s a massive responsibility, but all my efforts will be focussed on making a third film that honours the love so many people have for this very special bear.”

No word on casting as of yet but its same to assume Ben Whishaw will return to voice the bear along with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin will all reprise their roles. Director of Paddington 1 & 2 Paul King comments: “After ten years of working on the Paddington movies, I feel absurdly protective of the little bear, and I’m delighted that Dougal will be there to hold his paw as he embarks on his third big screen adventure. Dougal’s work is never less than astounding: funny, beautiful, heartfelt, imaginative, and totally original. Aunt Lucy once asked us to ‘Please Look After This Bear.’ I know Dougal will do so admirably.”

Paddington was recently seen with The Queen at Buckingham Palace for her Platinum Jubilee celebration in which he appeared with Her Majesty for afternoon tea as well as Paddington 2 writer and star, Simon Farnaby. It was a surprise to all watching and compared to the time she appeared alongside James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. No release date as of yet but with shooting commencing next year we can probably expect it to come out in 2024, we hope!

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The Knives Are Out Once More

A second Knives Out film was announced way back in March 2021, about a year and half after the first film came out. It’s pretty surprising that it took that long, normally studios are desperate to announce sequels but with this they’ve really taken their time. Possibly because it switched hands to Netflix who are in fact developing two sequels of the murder mystery with Rian Johnson directing both. The first of the two planned sequels now had a name. It will be called Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Rian Johnson is also writing this second film with Daniel Craig reprising his role as Benoit Blanc. He’s joined by Ed Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr, Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.

Upon revealing the title name on Twitter, Rian said this about his greatest inspiration for these films: “Something I love about Agatha Christie is how she never tread water creatively. I think there’s a misperception that her books use the same formula over and over, but fans know the opposite is true.

“It wasn’t just settings or murder methods, she was constantly stretching the genre conceptually. Under the umbrella of the whodunnit she wrote spy thrillers, proto-slasher horrors, serial killer hunts, gothic romances, psychological character studies, glam travelogues. When I made Knives Out, that’s what excited me about the prospect of making more mysteries with Daniel as Benoit Blanc – to emulate Christie and have every film be like a whole new book, with its own tone, ambition, reason for being… and (ta dah) title.” Glass Onion, which apparently is a large hand blown glass bottle used aboard ships to hold wine or brandy, will be released this year.

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Say Yeah To Nope

Be warned! Jordan Peele is coming back but this time, it’s a very different story although one that will most likely make us question something about life and humanity. Nope is his latest film, and the final trailer is here.

Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, the pair play brother and sister whose father dies and they think something from up above is the cause of it. Is it aliens or something else? Who knows?? Ooooooooo! Steven Yeun also stars as a potential cult leader of some kind. From the trailer it looks as if he has come from out of town to present the residents with something. Presumably there will be answers to all of these questions.

They are joined by Michael Wincott and Brandon Perea who seem to be some sort of UFO spotting duo. Honestly, these are all just guesses from what we see in the trailer. But frankly it’s better to go into this without knowing too much! Jordan Peele writes and directs his third feature film which will release in July this year.

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Black Adam Arrives

Cast your mind back to 2014, the UK was still in the EU, Obama was President, this generation had never been through a global pandemic and Dwayne the Rock Johnson was cast as Black Adam. That’s right, eight years later we finally have a proper look at his DC anti-hero in this brand new trailer.

The trailer shows Black Adam’s origin story which goes back almost 5,000 years when he was given these God-like gifts but was imprisoned at the same time. He reveals that back then he was a slave, died and then his son saved him by sacrificing himself. He has now been released from his tomb to bring justice (of course it’s justice, it’s DC!) to the world. The film also stars Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Shahi, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Marwan Kenzari and more. The trailer features other super-powered being like Hawkman and Atom Smasher who look pretty cool.

There’s plenty of action to get your teeth into including Black Adam catching a rocket and letting it explode in his face with pretty much no consequences. You can almost imagine Dwayne Johnson doing the same in real life to similar results. The latest DCEU entry has been directed by Jaume Collet-Serra whose previous films include Jungle Cruise, The Shallows and Unknown. Black Adam will release in October this year.

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Star Wars Celebration To Return To London

It’s been a wonderful weekend of Star Wars news filled with all sorts of new announcements. Some amazing, some less so… but just as Star Wars Celebration ends in Anaheim, it has been announced it will be returning to London next year.

Coming back to the ExCel Centre (ignore the silly American spelling of centre), the convention returns to the capital for the first time since 2016 which was during the height of the sequel trilogy. During this years convention attendees were treated to stars of The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka, Andor, The Book of Boba Fett and more. As well as footage and trailers from a lot of these shows, including The Mandalorian which those outside of the convention won’t have seem yet and a trailers for Andor and The Bad Batch season 2. I should probably watch season one.

So what might we get in 2023 I hear you ask? Well, quite a bit if all goes ahead with the current plan. New shows announced this weekend include Skeleton Crew, Tales of the Jedi and Young Jedi Adventures, plus Taika Waititi’s Star Wars film will release in 2025 (might be a bit too early for that one). 2023 is also the year for season 3 of The Mandalorian, not to mention Jon Favreau discussing the fact that he is writing season 4. There was also a celebration of Episode II: Attack of the Clones so are there any Star Wars related anniversaries for 2023?? Probably not!

So plenty to get excited about. No announcement of tickets as of yet but still a long way off. The European Star Wars Celebration 2023 will take place between April 7th – 10th. Until then, may the force be with you.

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Rebel With A Cause

It’s Star Wars Celebration weekend and with that in mind, there will be plenty of news and announcements over the next few days about one of the biggest franchises of all time. Here is one of the huge events from day one, Andor has a trailer. Check it out below.

Starring Diego Luna who is reprising his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One, this takes place five years before they steal the plans for the Death Star. He is joined by Anton Valensi, Adria Arjona, Stellan Skarsgård, Fiona Shaw, Genevieve O’Reilly, Denise Gough, Alex Lawther and more. The show will follow the lead character who is trying to make a difference and how during a time when more and more were rebelling against the Empire, showing how these people and their worlds became involved.

Andor is being released on August 31st, with the first two episodes available on that day. And speaking of episodes, a second series of 12 episodes has also been ordered and will begin shooting this year. How exciting! Well I hope it’s exciting, might be rubbish! Who knows?? The trailer does look cool and less hopeful like other Star Wars stories, there is something grim, intriguing and gritty about this story and this complex character who, if you remember from Rogue One he will kill people good or bad to get his way. Anyway, the showrunner and creator for Andor is Tony Gilroy who wrote the Bourne films and Rogue One.

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Two Thors For The Price Of One

Just a month after the teaser we now have a full blown trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder. There’s plenty to see but not so much that you feel as if the whole film has been shown. Check it out below.

Chris Hemsworth, playing Thor for the eighth time (I think), is reunited with Natalie Portman aka Jane Foster for the first time since Thor: The Dark World and it feels like they’ve never been apart. You can feel the chemistry between them immediately as Thor laments how long it’s been since they last saw each other. Clearly one of them has missed them more than the other. We get a proper look at Russell Crowe as Zeus and Christian Bale who is playing Gorr the God Butcher and looks bloody terrifying.

The plot revolves around Thor teaming up with Korg (Taika Waititi), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Jane to defeat this God killing maniac who is apparently almost immortal. Almost. Well that’s good then. Will the Guardians be helping with this? Or will they have buggered off before this? It’s hard to tell as they are in both trailers but there isn’t much of them. Hopefully they stick around long enough for Thor and Peter to annoy each other, even if it’s just for a couple of scenes. That’ll do. Getting to see Jane and Valkyrie interact is fantastic as are Jane’s powers which are as formidable as Thor’s. How she gets these powers and can now wield a repaired Mjolnir remains to be seen.

Directed by Waititi who co-wrote the script with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Marvel Studios’ 29th film, Thor: Love and Thunder is out 8th July 2022.

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It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Marvel Studios has its foot firmly on the accelerator and it looks like there’s no letting up just yet. The trailer and a full title for the next Marvel/Disney+ show has been revealed. Check out the first official look of She Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Played by Tatiana Maslany, Jennifer Walters is in her 30s and a lawyer (in case the latter wasn’t obvious from the title). She has been asked to be the face of a new Superhero division at her law firm and of course that’ll come with it’s own complications thanks to the fact that she turns in the 6ft plus She Hulk. Cousin to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), we see the pair interact in a fun way in a controlled experiment where Bruce aka Smart Hulk is trying to get her to control and unleash her powers. How she got those powers is anyone’s guess as they don’t go into that.

In the comics she’s given a blood transfusion from Bruce but whether this is the route they will go down remains to be seen. Also in the cast are Tim Roth who returns for the first time in human form since The Incredible Hulk in 2009 as well as Benedict Wong as Wong. The pair were seen together in Shang-Chi but fighting in some sort of cage match with Roth as the Abomination. They are joined by Ginger Gonzaga (who I’m pretty sure plays She Hulk as she looks totally different to Maslany), Jameela Jamil, Josh Segarra, Renée Elise Goldsberry and more.

Directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, the 10 episode series has been written by Jessica Gao and it certainly feels as if it had a modern feminist feel to it with She Hulk dating, taking control of a man and the fact that women are in constant fear and anger. The new series will begin on August 17th. In the meantime we’ve got Ms. Marvel coming up next week on June 8th as well as Thor: Love and Thunder out in July.

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Game Of Thrones Is Back In The House

Whilst the end of Games of Thrones has left a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths, we’re still getting plenty more from this world. It’ll be curious to see how they follow up one of the biggest shows of all time with this prequel but the teaser looks pretty promising. Here is the first trailer for House of the Dragon.

So much going on, as you’d expect from a show like this. The discussion of legacy connects this to the original story as does the familiar names (Targaryen, Lancaster, Velaryon to name but a few), talking of it being a game, similar visuals and a hint of the Game of Thrones theme. Starring in this prequel is a smorgasbord of talent including Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, Mills Alcock and many more.

The prequel show will be on HBO Max and Sky Atlantic from August 21st this year with the first series being 10 episodes long. Ryan J. Condal and Charmaine De Grate are the primary writers of the show along with George R.R. Martin of course. The series is being directed by Miguel Sapochnik, Greg Yaitanes, Clare Kilner and Geeta Vasant Patel.

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Avatar Sequel Trailer Makes A Splash

It feels like a long time coming but that’s mostly because it is. Ever since 4 Avatar sequels were announced, we’ve been curious to see what James Cameron had in store for us as we headed back to Pandora. Well we finally have an answer and a title for Avatar 2. Whilst it has been playing in cinemas for a few days before Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness it has now finally been released online. Here is the first teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water.

For those of you who remember the first film, it used brand new technology built specifically for this film, where the graphics were so stunning they were almost real. It brought with it a new age of 3D which frankly never took off but with Avatar it was worth the extra cost. From this trailer, we may be getting more of that and frankly we should all be here for it. The shimmer and colour throughout this trailer is beautiful, never bet against James Cameron. The blue of the trailer from the characters, to the sky, to the water itself, it takes you back to the original from 2009.

Of course there isn’t too much in terms of the plot and not much really happens in this trailer besides it being about family (no this isn’t a secret Fast and Furious film) but we see a few returning characters including Sam Worthington as Jake Tully and Zoe Saldana as Neytiri. Also returning are Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine and Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge. Newcomers include Kate Winslet as Ronal, Michelle Yeoh as Dr. Karina Mogue, Oona Chaplin as Varang, and more.

Avatar: The Way of Water has been written and directed by James Cameron, and the film will release in December this year.

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