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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Julie Walters: ‘The Secret Garden might be my last movie role’

Julie Walters has admitted The Secret Garden could “possibly” be her last movie appearance following her recent health battle. The Educating Rita actress was on set filming the latest movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel in spri…

Julie Walters has admitted The Secret Garden could “possibly” be her last movie appearance following her recent health battle.

The Educating Rita actress was on set filming the latest movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel in spring 2018 when she received a call from a specialist who told her an abnormality had been discovered in her intestine, and she was later diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer.

Walters, who had to be cut from certain scenes from the film due to her recovery, is doing well and is all clear following surgery and chemotherapy, but her health crisis has made her realise she has to scale back on her work commitments.

When asked by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire if The Secret Garden could be her last film, the 69-year-old said it was possible, even though she isn’t planning to retire.

“It’s possible, yeah, it’s possible. It would have to be something I’m really engaged with that didn’t have a killing schedule,” she commented. “I’m not saying I’ll never act again. But I don’t think I can go back to (a film that requires working) six days a week, five days a week, five in the morning till seven o’clock at night, with a big part, with having to learn lines, and the stress of it.”

The Mamma Mia! star confessed that she felt a “huge relief” being able to get off the “merry-go-round” of starring in films and on television, which was enjoyable but stressful and all-consuming.

“I was due to do two big series… and there were two films. And I just didn’t have to do any of it. And that was wonderful,” Walters added.

The Secret Garden, also starring Colin Firth and newcomer Dixie Egerickx, is set to be released in April.

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Jessie Buckley wasn’t familiar with country music before Wild Rose

Jessie Buckley had no prior knowledge of country music before making Wild Rose.The Irish singer/actress, who began her career in 2008 as a contestant on TV talent show I’d Do Anything, is appearing as Rose-Lynn in the film, about a musician from Glas…

Jessie Buckley had no prior knowledge of country music before making Wild Rose.

The Irish singer/actress, who began her career in 2008 as a contestant on TV talent show I’d Do Anything, is appearing as Rose-Lynn in the film, about a musician from Glasgow, Scotland who dreams of becoming a Nashville star.

However, Jessie has now insisted she knew nothing about the music genre before signing on for her breakthrough role.

“I’d no relationship to it at all. I’ve always loved the blues, which I connect to Irish music, and I used to sing jazz before I went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA),” she recalled in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I think I prejudged country as being like, you know, (Irish singer) Daniel O’Donnell. But the film’s music supervisor Jack Arnold got together this amazing bunch of musicians … and along with the writer Nicole Taylor, who’s a hardcore country fan, they drowned my ears in the best stuff.”

Jessie went on to explain that Emmylou Harris’ To Daddy, a tune penned by Dolly Parton, was the first country song she learned. And she quickly immersed herself in the music, becoming inspired by the storytelling aspect.

“Country has taught me a lot about acting, actually, because you have to get out of your head and let images come to you when you perform,” the 29-year-old stated.

Elsewhere, Jessie spoke about the film and the way in which she relates to some elements of Rose-Lynn’s journey, especially when it comes to pursuing dreams and displaying vulnerability.

“I recognise Rose-Lynn in me at different moments in my life. There was something powerful in me I was afraid of, that I felt the need to experience, but I didn’t know how to channel that,” she added.

Wild Rose, also featuring Julie Walters, is now showing in cinemas.

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Jessie Buckley to perform concert as Wild Rose movie character

Actress Jessie Buckley is set to perform songs from her new movie Wild Rose, while in character, at a concert in June (18). The Beast star will perform tracks as Rose-Lynn Harlan at Kenwood House in London on 22 June as a special guest of country musi…

Actress Jessie Buckley is set to perform songs from her new movie Wild Rose, while in character, at a concert in June (18).

The Beast star will perform tracks as Rose-Lynn Harlan at Kenwood House in London on 22 June as a special guest of country music star Kris Kristofferson, who is hosting an exclusive birthday show. The concert, which also features Rufus Wainwright, will mark the first time Jessie has performed the original songs to a concert audience, giving fans the first glimpse of the music and her character.

Wild Rose, which was originally titled Country Music, follows Rose-Lynn, a young singer from Glasgow, Scotland who dreams of making it as a country artist in Nashville, Tennessee following her release from jail.

Jessie stars alongside Julie Walters, who plays Rose-Lynn’s mum, and Sophie Okonedo, who champions Rose-Lynn, her cleaner’s, dreams. Presenter Bob Harris, known for his country show on BBC Radio 2, will also appear in the film.

The comedy-drama will showcase country music from both sides of the Atlantic, with Rose-Lynn’s band led by U.K. folk star Neill McColl. The soundtrack, which will be released on Island Records later this year, features a range of classic and modern country music and includes an original song by Caitlyn Smith, actress Mary Steenburgen and Kate York.

The project has been directed by Tom Harper of Peaky Blinders fame, who previously worked with Jessie on miniseries War & Peace, from a script by Three Girls screenwriter Nicole Taylor.

“Nicole Taylor has written a cracking script, full of energy and charm,” said producer Faye Ward in a statement last year (17). “Her witty dialogue will have you in stitches but at its heart, this is a moving, universal story about roots and dreams. Jessie Buckley is a revelation in the lead role and I can’t wait for audiences to hear her sing.”

Wild Rose will be released later this year.

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