Press Archive 2020

A new look at the upcoming A Discovery of Witches episodes has arrived and can be watched using the player below! Season 2 of the hit series will have its North American premiere on Sundance Now and Shudder on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

New Look at Upcoming A Discovery of Witches Episodes

New A Discovery of Witches episodes will premiere every following Saturday. Season 2 of the supernatural thriller will also be available within the AMC+ bundle just one day after its UK Premiere on January 8.

Featuring lead performances from Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), A Discovery of Witches is the most successful series in Sundance Now’s history.

Adapted from Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, the 10-part second season finds Matthew (Goode) and Diana (Palmer) hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London.

They must find a powerful witch teacher to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life.

In Elizabethan London, Matthew and Diana’s romance faces a barrage of new threats. Diana’s unleashed magic takes a dark and frightening turn, while Matthew struggles to re-inhabit the dangerous life he led over four centuries ago.

They must overcome deep personal fears and jealousies, baring their darkest secrets to one another if they are to stay alive, stay together and find a way back to present day.

While Matthew and Diana hide out in Elizabethan London, back in present day, Diana’s beloved aunts, Sarah (Alex Kingston, Doctor Who, ER) and Em (Valarie Pettiford, Half & Half), must take shelter with notorious witch hunter Ysabeau de Clermont (Lindsay Duncan, The Honourable Woman) at her ancestral home, Sept-Tours.

Meanwhile, in Oxford, Marcus (Edward Bluemel, Killing Eve) and Miriam (Aiysha Hart, Line of Duty) take on Matthew’s mantle to protect daemons Nathaniel (Daniel Ezra, All American) and Sophie (Aisling Loftus, War & Peace), whose pregnancy is advancing.

And Gerbert (Trevor Eve, Waking the Dead), Knox (Owen Teale, Game of Thrones), Satu (Malin Buska, The Girl King) and Domenico (Gregg Chillin, Da Vinci’s Demons) are determined to hunt down every clue they can to Diana’s and Matthew’s disappearance, and the secrets their allies are keeping from them.

Also starring James Purefoy (Rome, Pennyworth), Steven Cree (Outlander), and Adelle Leonce (Black Mirror) as new characters introduced in Season 2.

Made by Bad Wolf Productions, A Discovery of Witches has been adapted for screen by Pete McTighe (Doctor Who) and Susie Conklin (The Musketeers), who are also executive producers. The co-founders of Bad Wolf, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, and Lachlan MacKinnon are executive producers along with Deborah Harkness and Farren Blackburn.

Farren Blackburn (The Innocents), Philippa Langdale (Harlots) and Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) are the directors.

Filming took place in South Wales and on location in Oxford and Venice. The first season of the series became available in January 2019 on AMC Networks’ services such as AMC Premiere, Shudder, and Sundance Now.

The series will return for a third season as well on Sky and the AMC Networks services.

New Look at Upcoming A Discovery of Witches Episodes

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A Discovery of Witches’ Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer talk time travel, book changes and the pressures of season two – Radio Times – 

The Sky One drama goes back in time for a long (and we mean long) awaited second series.

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Now, though, season two is imminent with A Discovery of Witches season three filming already – and according to series stars Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer (who play vampire Matthew and witch Diana), even they had some trouble readjusting to their characters after a 16-month break from set.“For me, it was such a long gap, that actually I had a lot of trepidation stepping back,” Goode told RadioTimes.com and other press during season two filming.

“I was like, ‘I can’t f**king remember how I did it.’ And then also, certainly for my character, it’s a very different series, really, because he regresses into his past, and psychologically that really changes him. So I think that’s one of the reasons why I felt a little bit discombobulated.”

“It’s been really fun this season because I’m getting to do so much more magic stuff, and learning about weaving, and the history behind witches, and the idea of the threads of the universe, and weaving them together.”

Following star-crossed lovers Matthew and Diana’s escape into the past at the end of series one, series two sees the pair in Elizabethan London (specifically 1590), where they have to stay under the radar and find Diana a magic teacher while Matthew poses as his younger self.

“To be thrust back so many years, is incredibly confronting and challenging, and Diana’s in a very vulnerable position,” Palmer told us. “So she’s having to navigate lots of different things.

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Matthew Goode as Matthew de Clairmont in A Discovery of Witches season 2 (Sky)

“It’s enthralling and exciting, but also she understands the danger. And then it’s hard for her because when we go back in time, the Matthew that she knows seems really different. So he shifts into this darker version of who he is.”

“He regresses,” Goode explained. “He’s evolved from 1590 to where we first saw him. Obviously, he’s controlling his blood rage, and he’s just a very different person. So when he goes back, his friends are immediately spun out by the fact that he clearly isn’t [his former self] Matthew Roydon anymore.”

And off-camera, the actors were feeling the pressure as well. After fans responded positively to the first series, the build-up for the long-delayed series two means that expectations are sky-high, with both Goode and Palmer hoping that viewers would respond well to the big story shift in the new episodes.

“I think going back in time, it suddenly becomes a period drama, so there’s many more things you have to think about,” Goode told us.

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Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches (SKY)

“But I don’t think we’re sitting on our laurels. Our immediate reaction was…”

“How do we make it even better and go deeper with it?” Palmer said, finishing his thought.

However, Goode did note that fans would have to be prepared for more changes to the source material, which had already been majorly diverged from in series one.

“They’re incredibly difficult books to adapt, so there are going to be people who are huge fans of the book that might be like I am, where you’re not disappointed but you’re like, ‘Why isn’t that in there?’.” Goode said. “Obviously you have to make those changes and they can be occasionally quite broad.

“But we think we’ve made something so far that’s going to appease both sides. It can be a difficult story to follow. So we’ve had to change the order of events.”

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Matthew Goode as Matthew de Clairmont, Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop in A Discovery of Witches season 2 (Sky)

“But it’s all under the guise of [author] Deb Harkness, which is great,” Palmer added. “Man, it comes with its challenges, absolutely. But knowing that she’s steering this ship takes the pressure off, I think, because the fans really look to her to dictate how the story goes, and what’s included, and what’s not.”

Overall it sounds like A Discovery of Witches series two will be worth the long, long wait – and despite their early concerns, it seems like Goode and Palmer had a better time than ever making it.

“I think we’ve had more laughter than season one – by quite a bit,” Goode told us.

“Yeah, it’s been fun,” agreed Palmer.

“Though I can’t wait to get back into modern dress,” Goode laughed.

A Discovery of Witches series two comes to Sky One on Friday 8th January. 

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A Discovery of Witches season 2: First look at Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode and Tom Hughes as Sky drama travels back to Elizabethan London – Metro News – 24th December 2020

By Harry Fletcher

New look pictures have been released for A Discovery of Witches, giving fans a taste of what fans can expect from the upcoming season 2.

The fantasy series returns in January and sees the action transported from modern day Oxford to Elizabethan London, with stars appearing in stunning period costumes in the first-look pictures.

Based on the novels by Deborah Harkness, the first season of A Discovery Of Witches saw Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) discover her magical abilities after an encounter with vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode).

The end of the first season saw the pair travel through time to escape the shadowy Congregation, with the second chapter seeing Matthew and Diana hunting to find a powerful witch teacher to help her harness her magic.

Despite the deeply-held mistrust between witches and vampires, the pair fell for each other in unlikely circumstances during the first season. They vowed to protect the powerful manuscript Ashmole 782 after Diana unintentionally discovered it in Oxford, heading back in time to keep it falling in the wrong hands.

The pair can be seen stepping out on the cobbles of the capital during the 16th century in the new pictures, with the episodes seeing them encounter historical figures from the age.

Matthew Goode as Matthew de Clairmont

Matthew Goode as Matthew de Clairmont (Picture: Sky UK Ltd)

Teresa Palmer as DIANA BISHOP, Matthew Goode as MATTHEW DE CLAIRMONT

Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode in series two (Picture: Sky UK Ltd)

One of the figures is Kit Marlowe, an English playwright, poet and translator, played by Tom Hughes. Steven Cree (Outlander), Sheila Hancock (Doctor Who), James Purefoy (Altered Carbon), and Paul Rhys (Vincent and Theo) also star in the new series. Cree plays Gallowglass De Clermont, a vampire and soldier who develops a strong bond with his uncle, Matthew. Purefoy plays founder of the Congregation and commander of the Knights Of Lazarus, Philippe De Clermont, who is a stepfather to Matthew.

Elsewhere, Paul Rhys plays Andrew Hubbard, a vampire ruler of all creatures in London in 1590, while Sheila Hancock plays an elder witch called Goody Alsop. The 10-part second season will follow events in the novel Shadow Of Night.

A Discovery Of Witches season two will premiere on Sky One and NOW TV on January 8.

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10 HANDSOME BRITISH STARS WHO MAKE GLASSES LOOK GOOD – Anglotopia – 18th December 2020 [Extract]

If the looks of these British celebrities weren’t enough, they decided to take it a step further by wearing glasses. It’s about time now we romanticise the glamour of glasses, if still not convinced, these celebrities will make you want to buy a pair today.

From throwing them on for a red carpet look, pairing them as a travel accessory or just a part of their signature style, whatever the reason, the impact of their glasses elevating celebs’ look is immaculate.

To prove our point, we’ve compiled the top 10 best looking British celebrities in glasses, looking damn good.

  1. Matthew Goode

Just by the name of Matthew Goode, the instant thought is sheer sophistication. From his leading roles in Downton Abbey and The Crown, it’s hard not to steal his style at every instant of screen time. Donned in the sharpest formals with an immaculate pair of eyeglasses, he’s no less than a Greek god.

From the thousands of “Matthew Goode’s glasses appreciation posts”, it’s quite evident that he looks his best in glasses.

Full Article – https://www.anglotopia.net/news-features/10-handsome-british-stars-who-make-glasses-look-good/

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Everyone is bearded and angry in the trailer for A Discovery Of Witches‘ second season – 12th December 2020 – AV Club.

By William Hughes

The wonderful thing about genre TV is that you can get away with all sorts of patently ludicrous things. Like, say, you can have a character in the trailer for the second season of your TV show say a line like “Matthew and Diana have disappeared into time,” and the immediate response from your audience will be, not bewilderment, but a knowing “Well, obviously, they timewalked on All Hallows Eve, what else did you expect to happen.” Which is to say that that’s exactly what happens in the new trailer for the long-anticipated second season of Sky One’s A Discovery Of Witches, the TV show in which Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode play a witch and a vampire, respectively, who find themselves snogging and smooching (respectfully).

But all is not well in vampire-witch-kissing-land, as pretty much everybody the couple encounters during their time in The Past (including their various ancestors) seems to be both bearded and profoundly pissed off. (Plus, Goode’s character, who is also named Matthew—convenient!—appears to be tormented by his sins in a way that gives the impression that he might have actually timewalked into an episode somewhere circa the second season of Angel.) Adapting the second book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, the second season of A Discovery Of Witches looks lush and moody as ever, with all the vampire-witch lip-locking—and consequent drama—that its audience could hope for. The series returns for its second season on January 8; it airs in the U.S. on AMC and BBC America.

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It’s many Abbey returns for Downton’s dowager – Daily Mail –

Maggie Smith will return to Downton Abbey for the Dowager’s last hurrah, in a film sequel that’s set to shoot in the spring

Maggie Smith will return to Downton Abbey for the Dowager’s last hurrah, in a film sequel that’s set to shoot in the spring

The Downton movie, released last September, included a moving scene where Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, confided to her granddaughter Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) that she was sick and ‘may not have long to live’.

Fans of the picture, based on the blockbuster television drama, assumed they would never see Violet again, and that any follow-up film would not feature the deliciously sharp-tongued matriarch.

However, the great dame has agreed to put on Violet’s posh frocks once again for a final outing.

She’ll be joined by her screen family, including Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern, as his wife Cora. Lady Mary will return (along with Matthew Goode as her husband Henry), as will her sister Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael).

Penelope Wilton’s cousin Isobel and Allen Leech’s Branson will also be back; along with trusted retainers Jim Carter (Mr Carson), Phyllis Logan (Mrs Carson, nee Hughes), Mr Bates (Brendan Coyle) and his wife Anna (Joanne Froggatt).

In the meantime, despite her very British stiff upper lip as Lady Mary, Michelle Dockery has been spreading her wings across the Atlantic to play the American mother of a boy accused of murder, alongside Chris Evans (Marvel’s Captain America), in the Apple TV+ mini-series Defending Jacob.

Downton will shoot from March until May next year under strict Covid-secure safety protocols. Maggie — who will be 86 by the time filming starts — will have a bubble of her own, to keep her extra safe.

In the meantime, despite her very British stiff upper lip as Lady Mary, above, Michelle Dockery has been spreading her wings across the Atlantic to play the American mother of a boy accused of murder

Creator Julian Fellowes told me just before the quarantine that he had written a draft script. And during the summer, Carmichael teased that he had been ‘polishing’ the screenplay during the lockdown.

Scripts were sent out to cast members last month; and casting has begun for the film’s guest stars.

Imelda Staunton and Tuppence Middleton were introduced in key roles in last year’s picture, and they’ll be back, too.

Producers at Carnival Film and Television and Universal’s Focus Features want to film in spring because it’s the best ‘availability window’ for the cast and creative team.

Scripts were sent out to cast members last month; and casting has begun for the film’s guest stars.

Imelda Staunton and Tuppence Middleton were introduced in key roles in last year’s picture, and they’ll be back, too.

Producers at Carnival Film and Television and Universal’s Focus Features want to film in spring because it’s the best ‘availability window’ for the cast and creative team.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8895701/BAZ-BAMIGBOYE-Abbey-returns-Downtons-dowager.html?fbclid=IwAR2NHiT4mSk56QFMaFmnHzsZ7TOgMdtxFjcz0unjqltrsWCgbd2rsRCP3VY

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Keira Knightley gives us Christmas… with a twist – Daily Mail 18th September 2020

An unfinished version was shown privately to distributors at a series of Covid-secure screenings in Soho, London, this week, one of which I snuck into … keeping my distance, of course.

Knightley and Matthew Goode are Nell and Simon, a privileged couple who live in a country pile with their three sons.

Keira Knightley and the ensemble from Silent Night are preparing to complete post-production on the film

Keira Knightley and the ensemble from Silent Night are preparing to complete post-production on the film

Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode play Nell and Simon, a privileged couple who live in a country pile with their three sons

Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode play Nell and Simon, a privileged couple who live in a country pile with their three sons

The movie is directed by their mother, Camille Griffin, a first-time feature filmmaker who also wrote the screenplay.

Nell and Simon are preparing to welcome some old college pals, plus their partners and offspring.

They include Sope Dirisu, Lily-Rose Depp, Annabelle Wallis, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy Punch, Rufus Jones and Davida McKenzie (a golden find).

Roman Griffin Davis in Silent Night

[Roman Griffin Davis in Silent Night]

The film is partly inspired by conversations that took place in the Griffin Davis household, about climate change and unconscious bias (racism and sexism in particular), among other stingers. For good measure, Griffin takes a few sly swipes at wealthy types from both sides of the political divide.

Where’s Christmas, you may ask? Well, in the opening scenes, as guests travel to Nell and Simon’s, there’s a ditty called The Christmas Sweater song playing gaily on the radio. It’s sung by Michael Buble, who co-authored it with Matthew Vaughn, Gary Barlow and Jane Goldman.

There’s a Christmas tree and presents. And folks do sit down to a turkey lunch, though oddly there’s only one potato each, to go with the other trimmings. And what’s up with the murky tap water? No worries, though, because they’re knocking back the Prosecco like there’s no tomorrow. Much more I will not tell you, because the film contains an incredible twist that will become a mega talking point.

Suffice to say that Silent Night is a brilliant Christmas satire, reflective of the times we’re in. And that Marv Films (run by Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer, along with producers Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray) want it to open in cinemas over the Yuletide holidays.

During filming of the low-budget offering, Silent Night was a temporary, working title. But Griffin and the producers decided to make it permanent. Post-production will involve the actors doing voice work, further editing and the completion of its score.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8745969/BAZ-BAMIGBOYE-Keira-Knightley-gives-Christmas-twist.html

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The Duke review, Venice Film Festival 2020: Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent shine in this zingy Ealing-style caper  The Telegraph 4th September 2020

5/5

Roger Michell’s fim about the real-life theft of a Goya masterpiece proves they do make ’em like they used to, and Oscars surely beckon

Cert tbc, 96 min. Dir: Roger Michell; Starring: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Fionn Whitehead, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode, Jack Bandeira

Everything about Kempton Bunton is improbable. For one thing, his name. For another, the fact that in 1961, at the age of 57, he allegedly broke into the National Gallery in London, stole Francisco Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington, then took it home to Newcastle and hid it in a wardrobe, hoping to use it to blackmail the Macmillan government into funding free TV licences for pensioners.

Bunton’s absurd-but-true quest has the unmistakable zing of a classic Ealing caper – and it has now been wonderfully adapted by director Roger Michell and screenwriters Richard Bean and Clive Coleman into a film that could stand alongside the very best of them.

The Duke, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday evening, is that rarest of things: a comedy that knows a twinkle in the eye and a fire in the belly needn’t be mutually exclusive. Although the England it depicts disappeared half a century ago, it speaks mindfully and movingly to our own divided times – asking how institutions should best serve the public that funds them, and speaking up for those who find themselves excluded by class, geography or birth. However long the 2021 Baftas and Oscars end up being postponed – the current plan is April – this wise and wry film should be a non-negotiable presence at both.

So too, in person, should be Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, who give two of the finest performances of their careers here as Kempton and Dorothy, his wife. The pair are soulmates in many ways and opposites in others, but both clearly learned long ago how to rub along together in curmudgeonly accord. (You can see every year of their marriage in Broadbent and Mirren’s interplay on screen.)

There is considerable fun to be had in watching Kempton’s scheme unravel, particularly since it was barely ravelled in the first place. The Ealing feel is only enhanced by Matthew Goode, who could be channeling Alec Guinness as Kempton’s barrister, while George Fenton’s playful, jazz-driven score matches the screenplay’s wit step for step.

The Duke premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 4, and will be released in UK cinemas in early 2021

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The King’s Man Theory: The Movie’s REAL Shadowy Villain – 22nd June 2020

The trailers for The King’s Man have showed the villainous Rasputin, but obscured the film’s main antagonist. Who is this shadowy character?

https://screenrant.com/kings-man-villain-secret-identity-shepherd-matthew-goode/

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Scene Extra: Metro goes on the set of Four Kids And It to talk modern families and childhood inspirations

RUSSELL BRAND has just spent the morning chasing It. No, not another It Girl. The ‘It’ in question is the Psammead, the creature at the heart of Jacqueline Wilson’s 2012 book Four Children And It. The comedian, who plays villainous Tristan in the movie adaptation, takes aim at the puppet… ‘Then they take it away,’ he says, ‘and I swing a broom at the limitless nothingness that we all live within.’
[Combined effort: Matthew Goode and Paula Patton as David and Alice with their children from previous relationships]

We meet in the grounds of a cottage in rural Ireland, Brand dressed in shorts and a light green shirt that’s speckled with white excretion. Four Kids And It is his first live-action children’s movie (although he’s voiced several animations) and he’s the perfect choice to play Tristan, an English eccentric desperate to capture the Psammead, which is voiced by Sir Michael Caine, no less. To Brand, Tristan isn’t such a bad chap.

‘You have to play the character in a way where you think, “He’s a nice person, really. He’s just trying his best,”’ he says. ‘But when I’m staring down some delightful creature or manhandling a child, you have to think he’s got his reasons.’

[Wishful thinking: The Psammead voiced by Sir Michael Caine and, below, the eccentric Russell Brand]

Adapted from Wilson’s story — itself inspired by Edith Nesbit’s 1902 children’s classic, Five Children And It — the film begins as dating couple David (Matthew Goode) and Alice (Paula Patton) bring their kids from other partners for a getting-to-know-you holiday in Cornwall. While this goes predictably badly, things change when the four children encounter the Psammead, which has the ability to grant wishes.

On the set, the four kids are bright, noisy presences. Billy Jenkins, who featured as the young Prince Charles in the first series of The Crown, and Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, half-sister of singer Lily Allen, play David’s kids, Robbie and Ros. Newcomer Ellie-Mae Siame and Ashley Aufderheide, who made her debut in Infinitely Polar Bear with Mark Ruffalo, play Alice’s children, Maudie and Smash. The chemistry has been there from the off, says Patton.

‘Ellie-Mae just sat on my lap and Billy is so loving — he came over and hugged me,’ she says. ‘You can’t make these things happen. That’s the thing with kids, they don’t have all the walls up that we adults have. They can love straight away, they haven’t had their hearts broken.’

Patton, famed for her role in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol opposite Tom Cruise, was immediately drawn to her single-mother character.

‘She’s a bit frazzled, trying to handle her kids and this new romance at the same time, so I could definitely relate to that,’ she says.

Patton divorced her husband Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke in 2014.

‘You have this separate life when you get divorced,’ she adds. ‘You become a teenager again and you have this time alone when you’re not with your kids, so then new love can blossom.’

As a mother — to nine-year-old Julian — she connected to the awkwardness of bringing a new partner into the family fold.

‘It’s not introducing him to your parents like when you were young but introducing them to your kids,’ she says.

[Uplifting story: Filming special effects]

While Brand hasn’t endured this — his two daughters, Mabel and Peggy, are both from his relationship with wife Laura Gallacher — having kids has inspired his movie choices.

‘I think it has an influence,’ he says. ‘This film is delightful — it will become part of the fabric of their imagination.’

Or you could be in Goode’s position. He has three children — Matilda, Teddie and Ralph, all under the age of 11 — with his wife Sophie Dymoke.

‘I was looking to do something my children could watch without my a*** bobbing up and down!’ he laughs in reference to films on his CV such as Watchmen, Stoker and Allied that were geared towards adult audiences. ‘It’s over the last few years that I’ve realised there’s nothing I’ve done that they could see.’

Thankfully, Four Kids And It offers good, clean fun for all the family.

‘The whole film is about the children so we’re just window dressing,’ says Goode. ‘Glorious window dressing!’

As Goode sees it, director Andy De Emmony’s movie has a quaint charm about it, like an old-school children’s cartoon. He says: ‘I can’t imagine if you made The Flumps now that CGI’ing the s*** out of it, would make it any better. I don’t think you’d find an audience.’

Well said.

Four Kids And It is out now

Scene Extra: Metro goes on the set of Four Kids And It to talk modern families and childhood inspirations

 

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‘Four Kids and It’ set visit: Reinventing the Psammead for the 21st century

Hanna Flint – Yahoo Movies March 30, 2020