Sherlock Holmes inspired animation is coming soon

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A sequel to the romantic comedy animation Gnomeo and Juliet is released on the 23rd of March 2018.

Gnomeo and Juliet was based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – the animation was far less tragic and a lot more musical, with songs by Elton John. The British-American collaboration was greeted with mixed reviews but did well in the box office and became the highest-grossing animated feature among those released at the time until it was beaten by The Lego Movie in 2014. Its sequel introduces new characters and a new literary inspiration: Sherlock Holmes… Sherlock Gnomes. 

There is a host of famous voices returning for the sequel as well as some new characters. James McAvoy is back as Gnomeo alongside Emily Blunt as Juliet, with Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, and Richard Wilson as their parents. Sherlock Gnomes and his friend Gnome Watson are played by Johnny Depp and Chiwetel Ejiofor, with Mary J. Blige appearing as Sherlock’s ex-girlfriend and general bad girl doll Irene.

Check out the trailer below to see what is in store for the Redbricks and the Blueburys.

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Young Adult Author Lands 7-Figure Deal for Fantasy Novel and Movie

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Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s critically acclaimed debut young adult (YA) novel, Children of Blood and Bone has gained a deal with Fox to produce her fantasy novel as a movie.

Described as “a Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy novel”, Children of Blood and Bone combines modern-day issues and West African myth. The novel is set in Orïsha, a fictional world, and follows Zélie Adebola, a diviner with magic powers that transform her into a maji. When the King of Orïsha orders for all who posses black magic to be killed, it is up to Zélie to bring the magic back.

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Harper Lee’s Estate to Sue Over Broadway Mockingbird Adaptation

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It’s been reported today that the estate of the late Harper Lee is reportedly suing the producers of a Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s argued that the much anticipated stage adaptation of the show written by Aaron Sorkin differs too much from the classic book.

To Kill a Mockingbird is an iconic text, exploring race relations in the Deep South. For years it’s been a pivotal text used by schools, but we heard little about the author. Deeply private, Harper Lee preferred to stay out of the limelight but since her death it seems her estate has been rarely out of the news.
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Is Terry Pratchett’s Discworld coming to our televisions?

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There has been much speculation over the years over whether Terry Pratchett’s Discworld will be heading to our TV screens.

Pratchett’s books have been adapted to film many times since the 1990s; noteably the late, great Christopher Lee starred as Death in both Soul Music (1997) and Wyrd Sisters (1998). Fan-made movie versions of Mort (2001) and Lords and Ladies (2005) showed how Discworld fanatics were not done with it yet, and in 2006 a £6 million version of The Hogfather was adapted into a made-for-TV movie by Sky 1. Hogfather starred David Jason in the role of Albert, and features Terry Pratchett in a brief cameo role as the Toymaker.

Pratchett appeared in two subsequent adaptations- The Colour of Magic (2008) and Going Postal (2010)- playing an astrozoologist and postman respectively.

The question on everyone’s lips since Terry’s death in 2015 is “Will the Discworld grace our screens again?”

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Official Trailer Released

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Calling all Harry Potter fans, the first full length trailer for the second Fantastic Beasts film has been released, and it looks great! We’ve had plenty of teases over the past few months for the film, but now we can finally get a sneak peek at what to expect when the film is released in cinemas later this year. Eddie Redmayne returns as the ‘magizoologist’ Newt Scamander in the sequel to the 2016 hit film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More

Apparently we need another Grinch movie- watch the trailer here…

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Two Grinch movies were apparently not enough according to filmmakers so here we go again.

After the success of the 1966 animated Christmas television ‘featurette’, and then the Jim Carrey live-action film How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a new Grinch has been dragged kicking and screaming into town.

Benedict Cumberbatch- of Smaug fame, and star of the BBC’s Sherlock- will voice The Grinch in Illumination Entertainment’s newest animated movie released in November 2018.

Check out the trailer below, I guess.

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A New Trailer for the Second Season of Hulu’s ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ Reveals Release Date

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Fans of Margaret Atwood, or the televisual adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, will be excited to hear the news of the second season’s release date!

After testing their knowledge on our Handmaid’s Tale quiz, Reading Addicts can also watch the trailer to see what the second season entails… It looks as darkly atmospheric as last season!

Check out the trailer below.

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Get your sneaky peek at Winnie the Pooh’s latest movie!

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It seems movies based on Winnie the Pooh are like buses- at first nothing and then -WHAM!- two come so close together.

After the success of Goodbye Christopher Robin the buzz surrounding the family favourite, fuzzy, old bear was infectious and it soon spread to Disney. Unlike Goodbye Christopher Robin, this latest venture into Hundred Acre Woods is not based on a true story, it looks like it takes us to years later when Christopher Robin is all grown up with a family of his own, and is revisited by his old pal Pooh. Christopher Robin is played by Ewan McGregor, and also stars Hayley Atwell, Mark Gatiss with a full voice cast of Disney actors as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga and Owl.

Christopher Robin hits cinemas this Summer on the 3rd of August.

Check out the teaser trailer below- I dare you not to get teary-eyed and sentimental as you watch!

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Harry Potter and the Poltergeist of Mischievous Giggles

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Harry Potter is one of the biggest British films of all time, but one star it seems was just too big for the franchise. There’s no denying that Peeves the Poltergeist is an integral part of the Harry Potter books, but he doesn’t make any appearances in the movies at all, and here’s why.

If you haven’t heard of Rik Mayall then you’ve either been hiding under a rock, or you don’t know much about British culture. Mayall was an English comedian, actor writer who along with Ade Edmonson brought us the alternative comedy of Bottom and The Young Ones. Over the years he’s produced some of the funniest television to come out of the UK and seemed the perfect choice to play mischievous Peeves the Poltergeist. Read More