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MovieMash: The Week in Film At A Glance


Looking for a quick fix of all the latest breaking news? You've come to the right place. This is MovieMash.

Spoilerific Josh Gad cannot be trusted

He did his damndest to try and coax Star Wars secrets from Murder on the Orient Express co-star Daisy Ridley, but it seems Josh couldn't even spoil the secrets of Frozen 2 if he tried.

The man behind loveable snowman Olaf hasn't even seen the script for the Disney sequel out of fear that he'll give things away. What makes it even funnier is the movie is already in production with original directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

Says Josh: "I don't want to spoil anything but Olaf only lasts for the first act. I'm kidding. Disney has kept all of it from me. They're gonna give me pieces of dialogue out of context because I have a big mouth."

Due for release on 27th November 2019 the Frozen follow-up will have a major challenge competing with its predecessor, currently the highest-grossing animated movie of all time with $1.2 billion worldwide in the bank.

In the meantime you can see Josh in Kenneth Branagh's all-star Agatha Christie adaptation, Murder on the Orient Express.

Chris Pratt is schooled by his own son

The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star is regarded as one of the most affable and charismatic A-listers in the business – surely no one could steal Star Lord's thunder, right?

Wrong – this Halloween Chris came a cropper when his own son chose to dress up as the other guy for Halloween, singlehandedly defeating his celebrity dad where the likes of Kurt Russell and a rampaging Indominus Rex failed.

What side do you fall down on: Team Pratt or Team Evans? In the meantime check out Gwyneth Paltrow's awesome Halloween costume here.

Infinity War will pit Hulk vs Rocket Raccoon

Now here's a rivalry we want to see played out. Next year's Marvel opus will pit Mark Ruffalo's rampaging green rage monster against Bradley Cooper's loudmouthed, gun-toting rodent, a story development teased by Ruffalo himself.

The actor told USA Today: "All of the universes coming together is just a sight gag within itself... It's a very funny relationship that the two of them have: First of all, it's the biggest superhero and the smallest. Just keeping them in a frame together is a feat and hilarious in itself."

Not only that: we're also getting more of the hilarious teenage Groot glimpsed in the Guardians Vol. 2 post-credit scene. He'll be played by Planet of the Apes motion capture specialist Terry Notary – in 2016 Vin Diesel said adolescent Groot will also be presenting problems for Hulk.

"I know that somewhere in the universe, you are going to see Groot and Hulk battle," says Diesel. "You can write it somewhere, you are going to see that poster: Hulk Vs Groot!"

Avengers: Infinity War arrives on 27th April 2018.

DC's Shazam! finds its villain in Mark Strong

We love the title of this DC Extended Universe property, if only because it allows us to accentuate in the 'pow! 'whack!' manner of Adam West's Batman.

Flippancy aside Shazam! revolves around teenager Billy Batson who becomes a superhero by uttering the titular phrase, which grants him the combined power of six mythological gods. Created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck, the somewhat obscure DC hero is coming to the screen courtesy of Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg.

And it gets better with the news that the reliably villainous Mark Strong is in talks to play Shazam's nemesis, Dr Sivana. Already a veteran of both the DC comic movies (as Sinestro in the ill-fated Green Lantern) and the Kick-Ass and Kingsman universes, Strong's usually malevolent presence will no doubt be put to good use.

Just think of his glitteringly malicious performances as gangster Frank D'Amico in Kick-Ass or the scheming Godfrey in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood – we've no doubt this is a great piece of casting. Shazam! is due for release in April 2019.