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Netflix’s Wallace and Gromit: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

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Netflix’s Wallace and Gromit: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

Everyone’s favorite dog and inventor pairing will soon be back on the big screen. Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit are making their triumphant return with an all-new Netflix movie set for release in 2024.

First debuting in 1989 with the short A Grand Day Out, the titular man and man’s best friend have starred in four short films, two television series, and one feature film. The upcoming movie will be the first appearance of the two since the short-lived TV series Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention in 2010.

From the description, it sounds like this movie will take the characters on a new adventure while preserving what made the original work so well. Keeping that in mind, let’s see what we know about the currently untitled Wallace and Gromit adventure. What can we expect from the story, and where will it take our favorite characters? Are previous cast members returning, and will anyone new join them? While we anticipate a 2024 release, where can audiences see the movie? And what else should be known about the next adventure of Wallace and Gromit?

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Wallace and Gromit: The Plot

Since A Grand Day Out in 1989, the essential formula of the franchise has remained largely the same. Wallace and Gromit run into a problem or have a task they need to accomplish. Wallace, who often has a different career in each film, creates an invention to take care of the problem that inevitably malfunctions in some way. The duo must then find some way to fix the haywire invention, often with the silent and more intelligent Gromit leading the way.

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It sounds as though the upcoming movie will not stray too far from that premise. While we do not have specific details yet, we do have an official logline courtesy of Netflix.

The logline reads:

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“Gromit’s concern that Wallace has become over-dependant on his inventions proves justified, when Wallace invents a “smart gnome” that seems to develop a mind of its own…As events spiral out of control, it falls to Gromit to put aside his qualms and battle sinister forces – or Wallace may never be able to invent again!”

We can tell from that logline that the duo will again face some rogue invention that rebels against them. The concept of a “smart gnome” sounds like it will be in line with other modern “smart” inventions, which could allow the duo to take their formula and adapt it to the modern world of tech gadgets. It’s also refreshing for audiences to see that the franchise knows what originally made it a hit, even more than three decades after the first short.

In any case, we can only wait and see if this new film lives up to the hype and standards of its predecessors. All early indicators show that it will.

Wallace and Gromit: The Cast

Casting Wallace and Gromit shorts must be one of the simpler tasks in the industry. The early shorts often featured just the two titular characters. In addition, Gromit has never spoken, instead communicating exclusively via his facial expressions and body language.

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The later adventures and the 2005 feature Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit added more cast members as the franchise expanded from the two lead stars. As of this writing, no additional characters have been confirmed yet for the new film. It is probable that we will learn more about new characters joining the duo on their next adventure as the release date approaches.

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Iconic British actor Peter Sallis was the voice of Wallace in all the duo’s previous film and television appearances. Sallis died in 2017, marking the 2010 series as his last time voicing Wallace. Actor Ben Whitehead has portrayed Wallace in various secondary appearances since 2005 and will take the role for an upcoming VR game and “future appearances,” including the new film. That “future appearances” note seems to indicate that there are more adventures with the two on the horizon, bringing their livable antics to a whole new generation.

Release Date

Netflix is aiming to release the new film in 2024. This is fitting, as it is exactly 35 years since the duo’s first outing. The film will stream around the world exclusively on Netflix, with the exception of home country the United Kingdom. There, it will premiere on the BBC first before coming to Netflix at a later date. The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, and A Matter of Loaf and Death all premiered first on the BBC, so the broadcaster is keeping with tradition.

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Wallace and Gromit are back, and Aardman looks to be doing everything they can to ensure the franchise remains the same for all who grew up with it. If this new film is successful, it could lead to the revival of the franchise to be enjoyed by an entirely new generation.

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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