‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Film Review: Joe Cornish Turns Arthurian Legend Into ’80s-Style Kid Romp

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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Film Review: Joe Cornish Turns Arthurian Legend Into ’80s-Style Kid Romp
In Joe Cornish’s follow-up to his sci-fi breakout hit “Attack the Block,” the sophomore director mines the rich mythical realm of the legend of King Arthur. But rather than pick up the story in medieval times, “The Kid Who Would Be King” takes place in the modern world, one where our heroes wear school uniforms and, at first, don’t know how to wield swords or ride horses.

The Kid Who Would Be King” is a charming story of fantasy, pop-culture references and myth-making. It’s a movie with the playful camaraderie of “Goonies” and a few elements from ’80s sagas — like “Labyrinth,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The NeverEnding Story” and “Legend” — where young people go on character-building adventures. “The Kid Who Would Be King” even uses a synth-heavy score from Electric Wave Bureau to give the movie that old-school sheen.

Alex wants to do the right things
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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: Harry Potter Meets Harryhausen

‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: Harry Potter Meets Harryhausen
Let’s say you’re a kid, growing up in England’s middle-class suburbs circa right now. You’re not popular — in fact, it’s safe to say that most of your fellow students would characterize you as a dork, a geek, possibly a dweeb … and that’s if they’re being polite. But you’re smart, and you’ll stand up to the schoolyard pricks if they pick on your best friend — he’s chubby and equally as unpopular as you — even if that means risking public humiliation and a potential beating.
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The Kid Who Would Be King Review: Excalibur Returns in a Fantastic Adventure

The Kid Who Would Be King Review: Excalibur Returns in a Fantastic Adventure
The Kid Who Would Be King is an exceptional family film based on the Arthurian legend. The rousing fable of Excalibur, the mythical sword in the stone, and the gallant Knights of the Round Table gets a pertinent update for modern times. Director/writer Joe Cornish, who previously made the near classic sci-fi adventure Attack the Block, returns to form. The Kid Who Would Be King has big budget special effects, swashbuckling sword fights, and clever humor; but truly stands out as a morality play.

The story begins in an English suburb. Louis Ashbourne Serkis stars as Alex, a seemingly average twelve-year-old boy who lives with a doting single mother (Denise Gough). He's constantly defending his best friend, Bedders (Dean Chaumoo), from the merciless bullying of the older Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kay (Rhianna Doris). The torment causes Alex to question the cruelty and ugliness in the world. One fateful
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Louis Ashbourne Serkis Relished “Amazing” Journey Of ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

The Kid Who Would Be King, directed by Attack the Block filmmaker, centers on an average kid named Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) who discovers the magical sword Excalibur. With the ability to wield the weapon, Alex teams up with his friends and Merlin (Patrick Stewart) to stop Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) from taking over Earth.

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Review: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ is a Humdrum Episodic Adventure

Like many directorial debuts, Attack the Block was an ideal venture for writer-director Joe Cornish to exercise his pet obsessions. The cult-film-in-the-making was the product of Cornish’s longstanding cinephilia, inspired by a childhood filled with horror films and Fangoria magazines, and parodic, deconstructive impulses honed on his Channel 4 sketch series co-hosted with his comedy partner Adam Buxton. Attack the Block was generally acclaimed for its genre-bending/mixing and sharp humor, but retrospectively, its sociopolitical filter sets it apart from its contemporaries. Cornish’s not-so-subtle political subtext lends his debut some much-needed weight, especially its final scene: a whole neighborhood cheering for a black teen who’s unlawfully arrested for saving mankind. Strip away the monster-movie elements and Attack the Block falls squarely into the social realism playbook; “marginalized teens living in a council estate forced to defend a neighborhood that rejects them as hoodlums” could conceivably be the
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‘Glass’ Cracks $89M 3-Day Global Bow; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Nears $800M Ww – International Box Office

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‘Glass’ Cracks $89M 3-Day Global Bow; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Nears $800M Ww – International Box Office
Update, writethru: M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass took the top spot at the international box office this weekend with $48.5M in 55 markets. That’s right in line with pre-weekend projections and positions the Blumhouse pic at 13% ahead of its predecessor, Split. Disney, which handled the first movie in Shyamalan’s Eastrail 177 trilogy, 2000’s Unbreakable, has overseas on Glass via Buena Vista International. Combined with the domestic take (via Universal), the global three-day weekend is $89.1M.

Coming into the frame, we were reminded that there is lower awareness of Unbreakable outside the mature major territories, but the Bruce Willis/Samuel L Jackson/James McAvoy-starrer opened at No. 1 in the majority of its offshore hubs. While some expected Glass to be front-loaded, we
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The Captain Picard Show Will Protect What Fans Love About Star Trek: The Next Generation

Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard is all set to make his big return to TV screens, but what about his former crew?

We know that the legendary actor will soon appear in a new Star Trek show from CBS and franchise architect Alex Kurtzman, with the idea for it to be a standalone series that’ll aim to explore Picard’s next steps now that The Next Generation has come and gone. However, there’s been no word yet on if any of his old crew will join him on the bridge.

Of course, fans are hoping that they’ll get to see Stewart back alongside some of his Trek family, which included LeVar Burton (Geordi Laforge), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Data) and Michael Dorn (Worf), and while we still don’t know if any of them will be involved, folks can at least
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Boss Talks Tig Notaro, Picard Limited Series and Season 3

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Boss Talks Tig Notaro, Picard Limited Series and Season 3
There are many mysteries in the “Star Trek” universe. One of them was explained on Thursday night at the season two premiere party for “Star Trek: Discovery” in New York when showrunner Alex Kurtzman revealed the backstory of how Tig Notaro found her way onto a spaceship in the role of brilliant engineer Jet Reno.

Turns out, Kurtzman and Notaro have worked together before — more than 20 years ago when both were employed as assistants for filmmakers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert at the duo’s Renaissance Pictures banner in Los Angeles.

“She answered phones and I answered phones,” Kurtzman told Variety during the after-party at the Conrad Hotel.

The two stayed friends over the years and he had her in mind when the Reno character was crafted for season two.

“I thought, ‘It has to be Tig,’ ” he said. He’s gratified to see her performance — a departure for the
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International box office preview: 'Glass' to shatter Hollywood rivals

International box office preview: 'Glass' to shatter Hollywood rivals
Bumblebee to cross $400m worldwide.

M Night Shyamalan is not a name one associates much with box office pyrotechnics these days, yet in the wake of the hit Split two years ago, the follow-up Glass is expected to sparkle this weekend.

The finale of Shyamalan’s so-called Eastrail 177 Trilogy that began with Unbreakable back in late 2000 launches day-and-date with Universal’s North American Martin Luther King Jr. holiday debut in most major markets this weekend via Buena Vista International.

Disney and Universal teamed up on Glass several years ago after having released the first two films (separately) to great success:
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'Glass' to shatter the competition at global box office

'Glass' to shatter the competition at global box office
Bumblebee to cross $400m worldwide.

M Night Shyamalan is not a name one associates much with box office pyrotechnics these days, yet in the wake of the hit Split two years ago, the follow-up Glass is expected to sparkle this weekend.

The finale of Shyamalan’s so-called Eastrail 177 Trilogy that began with Unbreakable back in late 2000 launches day-and-date with Universal’s North American Martin Luther King Jr. holiday debut in most major markets this weekend via Buena Vista International.

Disney and Universal teamed up on Glass several years ago after having released the first two films (separately) to great success:
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How Much ‘Star Trek’ Is Too Much? CBS All Access Boldly Tests Limits of Viewers’ Fandom

CBS All Access will boldly go as far as it can to mine viewers from “Star Trek.”

As the small-but-growing streamer tries to compete with Netflix and Hulu, executives are looking to Gene Roddenberry’s creation to take CBS All Access to the next frontier. The company will try to stretch the rabid fandom for “Star Trek” all the way into the outer reaches of space. But the streamer’s head of programming promises Vulcan-like logic and restraint.

“There’s no benefit to just pushing out into the marketplace tons of ‘Star Trek content. That’s not our intention,” Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content, CBS All Access, told TheWrap. “We’re looking to mine it wisely and effectively.”

Also Read: CBS All Access to Develop Michelle Yeoh-Led 'Star Trek' Standalone Series

Along with “Star Trek: Discovery,” which debuted its second season on Thursday,
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Peter Sarsgaard to Star in CBS All Access True-Crime Drama ‘Interrogation’

Peter Sarsgaard to Star in CBS All Access True-Crime Drama ‘Interrogation’
Peter Sarsgaard will star in “Interrogation,” CBS All Access’s true-crime drama.

Co-created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz, “Interrogation” is based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, with the conclusive season finale to be released at a later date.
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CBS officially announces Michelle Yeoh’s Star Trek: Discovery spinoff series

Back in November it was reported that Michelle Yeoh was in talks to reprise her Star Trek: Discovery role as Philippa Georgiou for a spinoff series centred on her character’s exploits in Starfleet’s Section 31 black ops division, and now CBS All Access has officially announced that the project is in the works.

“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich Star Trek stories,” said Yeoh. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes — certainly I believe it will go ‘where no woman has ever gone before!’”

“Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades,” added executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her. [Showrunners Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt] are remarkable,
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TVLine Items: Yeoh's Trek Spinoff a Go, The Twilight Zone Adds Two and More

TVLine Items: Yeoh's Trek Spinoff a Go, The Twilight Zone Adds Two and More
The Star Trek universe continues to expand: CBS All Access is officially developing a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, a member of Starfleet’s Section 31 division, which is a shadow organization within the Federation.

The actress returns to Discovery in Season 2, premiering Thursday, Jan. 17.

If it goes to series, the Georgiou offshoot would join the previously announced Jean-Luc Picard spinoff (with Patrick Stewart returning to play the iconic Next Generation captain) and animated comedy Lower Decks in CBS All Access’ Star Trek franchise.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* DeWanda Wise
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Michelle Yeoh Star Trek Spinoff Series is Officially in Development at CBS All Access

CBS All Access is officially moving forward on the development of the Michelle Yeoh’s standalone spinoff Star Trek series.

The series will focus on Yeoh’s character Philippa Georgiou, and it will expand “on the character’s current position as a member of Section 31, a shadowy intelligence agency operating within the Federation.”

There have been rumors about this series since Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 came to an end but now it’s official and this is what the actress had to say in a statement:

“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories. Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no Woman has ever gone before!’”

The new series will be written by Bo Yeon Kim
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Star Trek: Discovery Spinoff Starring Michelle Yeoh Developing for CBS All Access

Joseph Baxter Jan 14, 2019

Michelle Yeoh’s Philippa Georgiou will return with a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff series in the works for CBS All Access.

Michelle Yeoh’s Star Trek: Discovery character, Philippa Georgiou – captain, emperor, take your pick – will step into the franchise spotlight with a series of her own!

While the imminently returning series, Star Trek: Discovery, was a late-2017 launch centerpiece for CBS All Access, the venerable sci-fi franchise it adapts continues to extend it presence, dominating – or, should we say, assimilating – the streaming service with Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Jean-Luc Picard spinoff, Short Treks offerings and at least two animated series already in the works. The Discovery spinoff is being planned as an ensemble series starring Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, according to Deadline. As Yeoh expresses in a statement:

“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich Star Trek stories. Being
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Captain Georgiou Star Trek Spinoff Officially In Development

Back in the summer, CBS dropped a bombshell on us by announcing that Patrick Stewart was all set to reprise as Jean-Luc Picard for the first time since 2002. But a new era of Star Trek is on the horizon, and the beloved Captain has been thrust into the center of a new story from Alex Kurtzman, who’s seemingly taken on the role of franchise architect – at least, on television.

Not much is known about what he has planned for the next chapter of Picard’s story, but it seems CBS is looking to go all-in on Trek, with the network having recently announced a kid-friendly animated show as well. But they aren’t stopping there, as we’re now learning that they’ve officially given the green light to that rumored Captain Georgiou spinoff.

Yes, “the former ruler of the Terran Empire in the Mirror universe who ended up
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Michelle Yeoh Standalone ‘Star Trek’ Series in Development at CBS All Access

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CBS All Access is officially moving forward on the development of a standalone “Star Trek” series starring Michelle Yeoh, Variety has learned.

The series would see Yeoh reprise the role of Philippa Georgiou, expanding on the character’s current position as a member of Section 31, a shadowy intelligence agency operating within the Federation. Yeoh is also set to appear in the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery,” which debuts this Thursday on All Access.

There have been rumors of a Yeoh-led Section 31 series since the conclusion of Season 1 of “Discovery,” after a deleted scene revealed Georgiou being approached by a member of the organization on the Klingon homeworld.

“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” said Yeoh. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all
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It’s Official! Michelle Yeoh ‘Star Trek’ Spinoff In Development At CBS All Access

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It’s Official! Michelle Yeoh ‘Star Trek’ Spinoff In Development At CBS All Access
Just hours after Crazy Rich Asians won the Best Comedy award at the Critics’ Choice Awards last night, Michelle Yeoh has scored another win with a Star Trek series of her own.

As Deadline exclusively reported back in November, CBS All Access has put a Star Trek Discovery spinoff into development with the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actor.

Set to return for the January 17-launching second season of the Sonequa Martin-Green led Discovery as Captain Philippa Georgiou, the Yeoh series is in the very early stages, I hear. At present, with Yeoh likely planned to also be a part of future Discovery seasons, the new Trekverse addition from co-ep Aaron Baiers, Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt is shaping up to be an ensemble

“Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades,” Star Trek Ep and expansion overlord Alex Kurtzman said in a statement today.
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Movie Review – The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

The Kid Who Would Be King, 2019.

Written and Directed by Joe Cornish.

Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Angus Imrie, Patrick Stewart, Dean Chaumoo, Rhianna Dorris, Rebecca Ferguson, Denise Gough, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Nick Mohammed.

Synopsis:

A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.

Separating writer/director Joe Cornish’s (Attack the Block) first foray into kids-oriented filmmaking (and general blockbuster filmmaking) is that, unlike most offerings from the genre, The Kid Who Would Be King goes about treating younger audiences with respectful intelligence alongside its rather cliché narrative about togetherness and being yourself. Before the legendary Excalibur is pulled out of any stones, we see these children commuting to school and partaking in their daily routines, consistently overhearing negative news briefs about a divided United Kingdom. And while polarizing events such as Brexit are not explicitly mentioned, most children should be able to
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