Paddington is back in the new trailer for his incredibly charming and very British sequel — well, mostly charming. Everyone’s favorite Marmalade-loving bear is pleasantly minding his own pleasant business when an evil actor (Hugh Grant; no, really) frames him for a crime he did not commit and it is decidedly very UNPLEASANT. Dastardly deeds aside, the trailer for Paddington 2 promises a sequel every bit as charming as its predecessor.
Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cheree, Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins looks so darn lovelyyyy. (Sorry, never sorry.) As you might have guessed from my dumb little rhyme there, today brings some new photos from Mary Poppins Returns, Disney’s upcoming musical sequel in which Blunt steps into Julie Andrews’ whimsical shoes as the magical British nanny.
Doctor Who will reach a major turning point over the course of 2017, first saying goodbye to showrunner Steven Moffat in Season 10, and then Peter Capaldi himself in this year’s Christmas special. We won’t know the name of this replacement for some time, but U.K. oddsmakers are already placing strong bets on James Bond star Ben Whishaw, if Season 11 doesn’t opt for a major change.
The feature-length Paddington movie came as a pleasant surprise to audiences in 2014, delivering good humor and warm pathos in the latest adventure from the beloved, shabbily-attired storybook character. As our adorable ursine hero made his way through the world in search of a home after leaving his native Peru, a new generation of youngsters were introduced to his kindness, can-do spirit, and unflagging love of marmalade. The healthy box-office grosses ($288.7 million ain't nothing to sneeze at, even if you're a sneezy, hijinks-prone bear) practically guaranteed a sequel, and a new casting notice today promises that the upcoming Paddington 2 will be cuddlier than ever.
In what is shaping up to be the most pleasant of Disney’s new live-action offerings, the consistently pleasant Ben Whishaw is in talks to join the similarly quite pleasing Emily Blunt and the equally personable Lin-Manuel Miranda in the indubitably enjoyable Mary Poppins sequel. It may be fairly unsurprising news, but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful.
Today, a small development that may have major ramifications down the line: Deadline reports that yesterday, fledgling film distributor A24 quietly struck the March 11 release date of The Lobster from their schedule, with plans to announce a new release date ‘shortly.’ (A24 recently took over distribution of the film from another company, Alchemy.) The Deadline item also takes care to note that the relatively young distribution outfit waltzed away from the Oscars on Sunday night with three key wins — Ex Machina picked up the Best Visual Effects prize, Amy Winehouse chronicle Amy snagged the Best Documentary Feature award, and their adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel Room earned Brie Larson the Best Actress Oscar. Though we’ll find out shortly, it smells a bit like A24 may be considering a release later in the year, to pose The Lobster as a possible awards contender.
We haven’t heard much about the Freddie Mercury biopic since Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the project over disputes with the remaining Queen band members. Queen Films and producer Graham King are still trying to get the film off the ground, and have hired The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten to draft a new version of the screenplay, while Ben Whishaw is reportedly the current top choice to play Mercury.
The newest TV spot for Spectre is short and sweet and straight to the point, but it does offer a little bit of new footage for fans clamoring to see more of the 24th James Bond film before it hits theaters. There’s some additional flashes of action, as well as looks at new characters played by Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz, the latter of whom is reportedly playing a new iteration of classic Bond foil Blofeld.
There's something weird about this 'Paddington' trailer, right? Not the change in Paddington's voice from Colin Firth to Ben Whishaw, but like, Paddington is kind of an aggressive and obnoxious bear -- not like the pleasant little bear who unwittingly gets into trouble in the books we remember from our childhood. But these days what kid wants to watch a movie about an animated bear that's the equivalent to kiddie tea and snuggles and Ambien?