Another incredibly popular children’s book series is getting the big screen treatment. This time it’s Paddington, which is about a small bear who travels to London and gets taken in by a kind family. Based on the popular series written by Michael Bond, Oscar-winner Colin Firth will provide the voice of the Paddington bear, Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman will play a villainous taxidermist and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky) are the mother and father. Also appearing in the film, which will be a mixture of live action and CG, are Harry Potter alums Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.
David Heyman, producer of Gravity and the Harry Potter films, is producing and Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) is directing. It’ll be released in the UK in November 2014 and in the US early 2015. Read More »
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I had the distinct pleasure to take part in a round table discussion with Bunny & the Bull director Paul King and stars Edward Hogg and Simon Farnaby at this weekend’s cosplay-tastic MCM Expo, where they provided a brief welcome relief amongst the rampaging hordes of toons-made-flesh on a good time mission.
Farnaby has recently completed filming on David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness, in which he is playing one of a gang of “Elite Knights” who he says are the “baddies” of the picture. When the round table was wrapping up and the old “What’s next for you?” standby came out, he was forthcoming with some details of his scenes and on-set experience. Full quotage after the break.
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While we were previously privy to a clip from Paul King‘s Bunny and the Bull, the full trailer for the film has now been launched, and you can see it embedded below the break. This is the first film from the director of The Mighty Boosh and features several alumni of that show in the cast, including hipster heartthrobs Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. It also looks rather like an episode of The Boosh, which isn’t a bad thing.
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Drawing early comparisons to the films of Michel Gondry is Bunny and The Bull, the debut feature from writer/director Paul King, best known for his work on the BBC‘s wonderfully disoriented comedy series The Mighty Boosh. The movie co-stars the Boosh‘s Noel Felding and Julian Barratt, the latter of which can be seen in the below clip…as a bum who savors a creature’s teat. Peta is likely nonplussed, but it’s pretty funny, to Tom Green included.
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One of the best BBC sitcoms of recent years is The Mighty Boosh, created by and starring Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding and directed by Paul King. Originating as a stage show – essentially stand up comedy with theatrical elaborations – then undergoing a typical Britcom rite of passage on radio, Boosh became an instant TV cult with it’s first airing in 2004. I reckon the show has notably improved not just once but twice with the advent of each subsequent season. I like shows that keep getting better and wish there were more of them.
Boosh is effectively a flat share comedy (though that flat has also been a zoo, dessert island or magic shop as well as a flat) which takes determinedly off the wall dives into pop surrealism. It’s effortlessly the hippest show on the BBC. For the last year now a feature film version of the show has been in development, which seems to mean Fielding and Barratt have been writing away while Paul King has been shooting his debut feature, the Boosh-less Bunny & The Bull. More on that beyond the break – as well as a video with some of the Boosh boys talking about their desired casting for the big screen episode.
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