Paul King won’t return to direct Paddington 3

Paul King has revealed he won’t be back to direct Paddington 3. The British filmmaker helped bring Michael Bond’s fictional bear to the big screen for the first time with 2014’s Paddington and followed it up with a sequel in 2017. Both films have been…

Paul King has revealed he won’t be back to direct Paddington 3.

The British filmmaker helped bring Michael Bond’s fictional bear to the big screen for the first time with 2014’s Paddington and followed it up with a sequel in 2017. Both films have been critical and commercial successes, with Paddington 2 currently holding the Rotten Tomatoes record for the film with the most reviews to have a 100 per cent approval rating.

In an interview with Empire magazine, King revealed that a third film was in the works but he was stepping down as director to focus on his other projects.

“At some point, you just have to stop. It might be time for somebody else to do a twist on it,” he explained. “I’m trying not to do a third bear movie, which is a huge, huge mistake.”

He admitted that although the movies have been “one of the great treats of my life”, he’s working on “far too much” other material, such as a new collaboration with Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby and a movie about Willy Wonka.

King, who recently directed two episodes of new Netflix comedy Space Force, will remain connected to the franchise as an executive producer. He confirmed that a screenplay is being written for Paddington 3 and there is much life left in the franchise.

“It’s not like Paddington dies at the end. He doesn’t ascend into the sky on a rocket-powered marmalade jar,” he added.

James Bond actor Ben Whishaw voices the CGI Peruvian bear, who lives in London with his adopted family, the Browns, played by live-action actors including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, and Julie Walters.

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Judi Dench dislikes how she looks in Cats

Judi Dench doesn’t like how her character looks in the live-action Cats movie.The Oscar-winning actress played the wise and beloved elderly cat Old Deuteronomy in director Tom Hooper’s big-screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which was…

Judi Dench doesn’t like how her character looks in the live-action Cats movie.

The Oscar-winning actress played the wise and beloved elderly cat Old Deuteronomy in director Tom Hooper’s big-screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which was released last year.

The movie faced a barrage of criticism, notably for its visual effects, with eagle-eyed viewers noticing that the digital fur technology, which made the actors look like felines, had been missed in one scene and Dench’s human hand, complete with wedding ring, was visible.

During her cover interview with British Vogue magazine, the 85-year-old revealed she disliked her character’s costume, with her stating: “The cloak I was made to wear! Like five foxes f**king on my back.”

Dench, who hasn’t seen the film due to her deteriorating eyesight, told the publication that she was appalled at how she looked once the digital fur technology had been applied in post-production.

“A battered, mangy old cat,” she said, noting that she hoped she would’ve looked elegant as the Jellicle cat tribe’s matriarch. “A great big orange bruiser. What’s that about?”

However, she noted that she received a message of support from her Skyfall co-star Ben Whishaw, who was quick to lavish praise on her performance.

“I had a very nice email… no, not an email. A text, from Ben Whishaw, who just doted on it. So sweet. So lovely,” she added.

Elsewhere in the interview, she bristled at the thought of retiring from acting and said she’s holding out for a role that’s different to anything she’s played before.

“(Someone) who everyone thinks is a kindly, saintly, beatified kind of person, and she’s actually killing people,” Dench laughed.

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James Bond bosses to lose up to $50 million after postponing release – report

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the plann…

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.

Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the planned release of No Time to Die from April until November due to the global coronavirus spread, which has so far infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.

It has now been reported that the release change could lead to a staggering loss of between $30 million (£22.7 million) and $50 million for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The figure stems largely from a costly marketing campaign which was already being run, including a trailer spot at the Super Bowl which is reported to have cost $4.5 million (£3.4 million).

However, if bosses hadn’t postponed the date and had gone ahead with the April releases, they could have lost an estimated $300 million (£227 million) – around 30 per cent of the predicted $1 billion (£76 million) global box office take. In China alone, where the coronavirus outbreak originated last year, more than 70,000 cinemas have been closed since January.

Bond bosses announced the postponement in a statement, which read, “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020.

“The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020.”

The movie, which will serve as Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the 007 agent, also stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ben Whishaw.

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Daniel Craig felt Spectre wasn’t right place to conclude run as James Bond

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy. After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agen…

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy.

After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agent, particularly after he famously said he would “rather slash (his) wrists” than play the character again, a statement he later retracted.

However, he decided to come back and reprise the role for the fifth and final time for No Time to Die, and in an interview with Empire magazine, Craig explained that he wouldn’t have been satisfied if he’d stopped after Spectre.

“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.'”

He added that he had his own thoughts about where the continuing story might end up.

“I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is,” the 51-year-old noted.

Craig, who began playing Bond with 2006’s Casino Royale, confirmed he was “done” with Bond movies during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

He also told USA Today he has had a “really good run” as the spy, and stated, “It was the right thing to do one more… I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

No Time to Die, which takes place a few years after the events in Spectre, features returning stars Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes as well as newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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Prince Charles offered role in Bond 25 – report

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at …

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. 

The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at Britain’s The Sun newspaper.  

A source told the publication film that bosses were inspired by his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s appearance alongside Craig’s 007 in the short homage to the spy films which aired during the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games.  

“They loved the buzz around The Queen’s appearance alongside Daniel Craig and think Charles could top even that,” the insider said. “He is the epitome of everything British, perfect for a cameo role and Bond fans worldwide would absolutely love it… Now, he is considering it.”  

The idea for a cameo reportedly came up when the royal paid a visit to the film set earlier this year and posed for photos with the 51-year-old actor. However, the source added that his sons, Princes Harry and William, might be offered the cameo next if Charles declines.  

Harry and William are no stranger to making appearances on film – they shot cameos as Stormtroopers in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but their role was cut out because they were considered too tall. 

Bond 25 is currently filming ahead of a cinema release in April 2020. Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  

Christoph Waltz will be reprising his role of Blofeld, while Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw also return. New castmembers include Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch, who will reportedly take over the 007 codename in the movie.  

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The Personal History of David Copperfield to open London Film Festival

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival. The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the a…

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival.

The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the annual film extravaganza with a premiere at the Odeon Luxe cinema in London’s Leicester Square on 2 October.

The film stars Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel in the lead role, with support from an all-star British cast which includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, and Gwendoline Christie.

“The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it,” The Thick of It creator/director shared in a statement.

“Scotland’s Armando Iannucci is one of the most prodigiously talented and original filmmakers hailing from the U.K.,” Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director, added. “The Personal History of David Copperfield shows his trademark wit and a joyous sense of style – it’s a delight from start to finish, with Dev Patel and co-stars delivering performances of megawatt charm and comic flair.

“I’m so excited to be opening the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with this film which is not only wildly entertaining but also a timely celebration of the power of generosity and compassion.”

Iannucci and his frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell wrote the adaptation, which follows the good-hearted David as he sets out to be a writer and meets an array of vivid characters in Victorian England.

The film was shot on location in the U.K. and is produced by Iannucci and Kevin Loader.

The 2019 London Film Festival runs from 2 to 13 October.

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Daniel Craig to undergo ankle surgery after Bond 25 injury

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James…

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.

Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale, hurting himself a few weeks later on the Jamaican set.

The official James Bond Twitter account has now confirmed the English star’s injury needs proper medical attention, but reps insist it won’t halt production.

“BOND 25 update: Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica. Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date in April 2020,” the tweet reads.

Following the incident, a shoot planned for Pinewood Studios near London was cancelled, but the schedule is now back on track and filming will continue as the 51-year-old undergoes surgery and then spends time recovering.

Reports suggest filming in Jamaica has now wrapped and the production has moved to Europe.

Bond 25 will likely be Daniel’s 007 swan song. Rami Malek has joined the franchise as the villain, with Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw among the Bond regulars returning for another outing.

Cary Joji Fukunaga is helming the new film, after Danny Boyle exited the project due to creative differences.

Danny was also co-writing the movie, leaving producers to draft in Scott Z. Burns to take over the role. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also on the writing team, with reports claiming she was brought in to spice up the script.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge drafted in to ‘liven up’ Bond 25 script

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script. The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James …

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script.

The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James Bond actor Daniel Craig to bring her wit, humour, and quirkiness to the screenplay as he is a fan of the show and her other series Killing Eve, which she helped write and produce, according to Britain’s The Observer.

The 33-year-old has recently been in New York City, where Craig lives, performing a stage version of Fleabag, and during her stay, they reportedly discussed how to improve the script. Film sources claim the British actor felt the screenplay needed some “polishing” and could do with some of Waller-Bridge’s brand of offbeat humour.

Representatives for the film and Waller-Bridge did not respond to comment, while Craig’s U.S. agent said, “I’m not the guy to talk of rumours.”

There have been a number of writers attached to Bond 25. It was originally being written by John Hodge when Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle was in the director’s chair, however, after the duo left in August (18) due to creative differences, Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who helped write recent instalments Spectre and Skyfall, were brought in to rework Hodge’s script. In February (19), it was then revealed that The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns had been asked to do a rewrite.

If she does join the project, Waller-Bridge will become the second female writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, the secretary of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, co-wrote the first film, Dr. No, and its follow-up, From Russia With Love.

The film, now to be directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, has suffered numerous delays, but is now scheduled to be released in April 2020. Pre-production work has begun in locations like Italy, Norway and Jamaica, and it is thought filming will start later this month.

Craig will be joined by returning stars Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux, while Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is believed to be a new addition to the cast.

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Scott Z. Burns to rewrite Bond 25 script – report

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has reportedly been drafted in to rewrite the Bond 25 script. According to a report by The Playlist, The Bourne Ultimatum writer has been brought in to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, followi…

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has reportedly been drafted in to rewrite the Bond 25 script.

According to a report by The Playlist, The Bourne Ultimatum writer has been brought in to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, following the news that the film’s release has been pushed back by two months to April 2020.

Bond producers had reportedly been courting Burns for months to get him onboard for a rewrite, but he was busy with his own directorial feature The Report, which received much acclaim when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Burns is now in London and will be spending at least four weeks working on the script, according to the report.

Burns is one of Hollywood’s go-to script doctors, doing uncredited rewrites on films such as Ocean’s Twelve and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in addition to his credited work on The Mercy and Steven Soderbergh movies like Contagion, Side Effects and the upcoming The Laundromat, a drama starring Gary Oldman and Meryl Streep inspired by the Panama Papers scandal.

Over the weekend, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that the 25th instalment would be hitting cinemas on 8 April 2020 instead of its previously scheduled date of Valentine’s Day 2020. The film had originally been scheduled for release this November (19) but it was pushed back after original director, Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle, quit due to creative differences and was replaced by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in March at Pinewood Studios near London but it is unclear if this is still the case. Daniel Craig is back for his fifth turn as 007 and will be joined by returning stars Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes.

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