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At first sight, Paddington Bear looks monstrous, his creepy photorealistic fur bringing to mind 2010’s astonishingly misconceived Yogi Bear. You can almost hear the soft, squelching sound as audience’s hearts sink, the sound of teeth gritting as they prepare for yet another sacrilegious plundering of a beloved children’s classic. What nightmares are we going to have to endure? Is Paddington Bear going to have an attitude? Is he going to wear a puffa jacket? Oh god.. he’s going to rap, isn’t he?
This consuming sense of dread isn’t director Paul King’s fault. It’s just that we’ve been burned so many times by overblown, gagless, soulless cinematic abortions that we expect the worst; to look into the eyes of a CG bear is to see a grinning studio exec staring back (probably doing some warped approximation of the hated “Dreamworks face”).
This is a pity, »
- David James
Everyone's favorite marmalade loving bear from darkest Peru hits our shores this Friday (next year for our friends in the states), and we have a fun new clip to share with you, featuring the titular bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) and Mr. Brown (Hugh Bonneville) paying a visit to the Geographer's Guild. Released: 28th November (Irl/U.K.)/ 16th January 2015 (U.S.) Synopsis: From the producer of Harry Potter and Gravity, Paddington comes to the big screen for the first time in an epic new adventure. Featuring an all-star cast and effects courtesy of award-winning VFX company Framestore, Paddington is The big family film of Christmas. Voted Best Animated Character at the 2012 British Animation Awards, and adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos. Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
A couple weeks ago it was reported that Christoph Waltz was going to play the villain in Sam Mendes' Bond 24. It wasn't announced who exactly he would play, but today we have word that he will take on the role of none other than James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld!
Rumors of the character were sparked last year after MGM settled a lawsuit with writer Kevin McClory regarding the rights to the Blofeld character and the infamous Spectre organization. Now it looks there was a reason they made the settlement. When Bond 24 writer, John Logan, was asked about the character in a previous interview all he said was:
"You know, I think our villain's appropriate to the story we're telling."
Blofeld has been a part of six of the previous James Bond films that have been made. Sometimes his face is shown, other times we just hear his voice. »
- Joey Paur
TWC-Dimension announced today that Grammy award winning recording artists Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani have teamed up to co-write and perform the original song 'Shine' for the upcoming family comedy adventure Paddington.  The film will be released in the Us and Canada on January 16, 2015, with a qualifying run in December. The response to the film from advance screenings has already been fantastic.
Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani previously teamed up on songs including 'Hollaback Girl', 'Can I Have it Like That?', and 'Spark the Fire'. Pharrell Williams recently received an Academy Award Nomination for his original song "Happy" featured in the animated film Despicable Me 2.
Paddington is the first film adaptation of author Michael Bond's beloved classic series of children's books. The film is produced by David Heyman and stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, »
Williams and Stefani have previously collaborated on 'Hollaback Girl', 'Can I Have It Like That' and Stefani's latest single 'Spark the Fire'.
"We are so proud to have them be a part of this classic film," he added.
Williams said: "What a wonderful opportunity, as a parent, to contribute to something as classic, authentic and generational to all of our lives, as Paddington Bear."
Meanwhile, Stefani said that she is "honoured" to have worked with Williams and to be »
The film will be released in the U.S. and Canada on Jan. 16 by The Weinstein Co. with a qualifying Academy Awards run in December. The song is not included in the British version of the film, due out Friday.
Williams and Stefani previously teamed up on “Hollaback Girl,” “Can I Have It Like That” and “Spark the Fire.” Williams received an Academy Award nomination for his original song “Happy” in “Despicable Me 2.”
Ben Whishaw replaced Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington during the summer. The film, produced by “Gravity” and “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman, stars Nicole Kidman as a villainous taxidermist, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters.
The film follows the comic misadventures of the bear from darkest Peru who »
- Dave McNary
MGM, Amplify & Stage 6 Films
Shooting begins next month on the still untitled (or at least officially untitled) Bond 24 and from the looks of things, 007 should be prepared to face a familiar foe. According to the Daily Mail, Christoph Waltz, recently cast in the movie as the main villain (could he really have been anything else?), will be portraying the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the recurring big baddie from the early Bond novels and films.
The two-time Oscar winner would bring all his European flare to play the devious, cunning foe, famous for his white cat and haunting scar. Sources say Blofeld will be “just as sinister as early incarnations, although a lot less campy” this time around and it will be a rebirth of sorts for Bond’s ultimate nemesis. He hasn’t appeared on screen since he was unceremoniously killed off in the opening title sequence of 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. »
- Jamie Mulvaney
Earlier this month it was reported that two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is wanted for the main villain role in Bond 24, and now The Daily Mail is claiming that Waltz is set to play 007’s arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
According to the paper, Eon “will announce the star is playing an unknown character called Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to Bond. But senior sources believe the casting is a double bluff worthy of 007 himself and that Waltz is actually playing Blofeld.” They go on to quote an unnamed source as stating that: “Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007.”
If true, Waltz will join actors Donald Pleasance, »
- Gary Collinson
Just weeks after we reported that Christoph Waltz is playing the main villain in Bond 24, The Daily Mail claims that the actor is actually playing the classic James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in this highly-anticipated sequel.
Eon Productions is expected to confirm Christoph Waltz's casting during a press conference to be held in the first week of December. At that time, they will announce that the actor is playing Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who was a father figure to 007 (Daniel Craig). However, one unidentified source claims that the announcement will be a misdirect, and that Christoph Waltz is actually playing Blofeld.
"Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007."
We reported in November 2013 that »
I don't think this rumor will have anyone gasping as The Daily Mail is reporting recently cast Christoph Waltz will be playing iconic James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24. I know, shocker rightc Upon the announcement Waltz would play one of the film's villains I asked about the likelihood of him playing Blofeld on Twitter. For those that don't know, Blofeld is head of the global criminal organization Spectre and he first appeared in Ian Fleming's novel "Thunderball", but his first theatrical "appearance" was in From Russia with Love (1963), followed by a part in 1965's Thunderball before his face was finally seen in 1967's You Only Live Twice as portrayed by Donald Pleasence. The character would later be portrayed by Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, by Max Von Sydow in Never Say Never Again and Charlse Gray in Diamonds are Forever before finally »
- Brad Brevet
Kevorkian, Shoval, Haq, Fiennes, Sigurðsson, Nikonova and Runarsson heading to Les Arcs European Film Festival with upcoming projects.Scroll down for full list of projects
The UK’s Johnny Kevorkian and Sophie Fiennes, Israeli Tom Shoval, Norwegian Iram Haq and Russia’s Angelina Nikonova will be among the filmmakers presenting their upcoming projects at the Les Arcs Co-Production Village this year.
The event, running Dec 13-16 within the Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 13-20), will present 25 projects in development and a further 10 Works-in-Progress.
“I thinks it’s a good sign that filmmakers whose projects we presented in development are now coming back to show their films in Work-in-Progress, which is the case for Sparrow and Rams,” said Les Arcs industry head Vanja Kaludjercic.
“Conversely, we’ve got directors who presented in Works-in Progress, such as Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, who came with Paris of the North last year, who is back with his new project The Tree »
Spoilers: This article contains Bond 24 details some readers may wish to avoid.
A classic villain from James Bond's past is expected to return for the next 007 outing.
A source reportedly said that the more serious tone of the Daniel Craig movies has led producers to "change the character to fit in with the new-look 007".
The character featured prominently in You Only Live Twice (played by Donald Pleasence), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Telly Savalas) and Diamonds Are Forever (Charles Gray), while also appearing in 1983's rogue Bond movie from McClory, Never Say Never Again.
Production is finally set to start on the 24th James Bond film in December, with a formal announcement of that expected in the next week or two. The new movie will see Daniel Craig play 007 for the fourth time, this time reunited with his Skyfall director, Sam Mendes. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are all back for the new film.
One of the new additions to the cast is Christoph Waltz, and over the weekend, a major rumour surfaced regarding the identity of his role. If you want to know more, you'll need to scroll below Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel...
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Right then. The Daily Mail isn't our favourite source on planet Earth, but it does have a good track record when »
StudioCanal has released a series of character posters from the upcoming live-action Paddington movie, featuring Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as Mr. Brown, Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas) as Mr. Gruber, Sally Hawkins (Godzilla) as Mrs. Brown, Julie Walters (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as Mrs. Bird, Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) as Mr. Curry and Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco) as Millicent…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Paddington here
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to cook marmalade, listen to the BBC World Service, and dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides the time has come to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Trusting of the kindness of strangers, »
- Gary Collinson
The early reviews are in, and Paddington is a hit with critics! The Weinstein Company has released a series of new character posters introducing this family adventure's colorful cast of characters, including star Nicole Kidman as the evil Millicent, who is out to capture and stuff the iconic bear.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman ("Harry Potter" films), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of »
“No bears were harmed in the making of this film,” boast the closing credits of “Paddington” — and happily, that promise extends to Michael Bond’s ursine literary creation. 56 years after first appearing in print, the accident-prone Peruvian furball is brought to high-tech but thoroughly endearing life in this bright, breezy and oh-so-British family romp from writer-director Paul King and super-producer David Heyman. Affectionately honoring the everyday quirks of Bond’s stories, while subtly updating their middle-class London milieu, King’s film may divide loyal Paddingtophiles with its high-stakes caper plot, but their enraptured kids won’t care a whit. If Paddington’s signature line — “I think I’m in trouble again” — is absent from his feature-length debut, that’s because even the fretful bear should feel bullish about its prospects.
With “Paddington” out in Blighty on Nov. 28, roaring domestic holiday biz is a given, though whether TWC-Dimension can sell U. »
- Guy Lodge
The British Board of Film Classification has taken the curious step of giving Paddington, the Studiocanal family movie about the polite bear from deepest darkest Peru, a PG rating. The Parental Guidance certificate has surprised many in the UK, especially as it originally came with a warning of “dangerous behavior, mild threat, mild sex references, (and) mild bad language.” The author of the original book series, Michael Bond, told The Daily Mail, “I’m totally amazed… I might not sleep well tonight. I can’t imagine what the sex references are.” The BBFC later amended its wording after an approach by distributor Studiocanal, and replaced “sex references” with “innuendo.” On its website, the board said the innuendo comes during a scene in which Hugh Bonneville is dressed as a woman and “is flirted with by another man.” I asked the BBFC if the issue would have been different had it »
- Nancy Tartaglione
One thing you don't equate with the upcoming family film "Paddington" is sex, or rather sexual innuendo.
Nevertheless, earlier this week the British Board of Film Classification handed down its official rating for the upcoming family film. They gave the movie a PG for several reasons including "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references and mild bad language" and warned that "some scenes may be unsuitable for young children".
It's the inclusion of 'mild sex references' that has raised eyebrows. 88-year-old Michael Bond, who created the iconic marmalade-loving bear character, tells The Daily Mail:
"I'm totally amazed. I'd be very upset. I might not sleep well tonight. I can't imagine what the sex references are. It doesn't enter into it with the books, certainly."
The film's U.K. distributor StudioCanal wasn't happy with it either and requested a reconsideration and more clarification. Subsequently the BBFC agreed to alter their decision. »
- Garth Franklin
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from “mild sex references” to “innuendo” for the new Paddington film.
The BBFC has altered its guidance for upcoming family film Paddington after an approach from film distributor StudioCanal.
The feature, rated PG, was originally classified with the advice: “dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references, mild bad language”.
But when the decision was published on the BBFC website, Paddington’s distributor requested a reconsideration of the insight for the film, specifically to the description: ‘mild sex references’ and more clarity to the frequency of mild bad language.
Subsequently the BBFC agreed to alter the term ‘mild sex references’ to ‘innuendo’ and added clarity to the frequency of mild bad language. The revised BBFC insight for the film reads: dangerous behaviour, mild threat, innuendo, infrequent mild bad language.
The BBFC ruled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The BBFC has changed its decision to label Paddington as containing mild sex references.
The film is now classified as having innuendo, but keeps its PG rating.
The scene in question involves Hugh Bonneville's character dressing up as a woman and flirting with a security guard.
"I can't imagine what the sex references are," he said. "It doesn't enter into it with the books, certainly."
Paddington's parental guidance advice now states the film contains "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, innuendo and infrequent mild bad language".
The film, which features the voice talents of Ben Whishaw in the title role, is released in cinemas on November 28.
Watch a trailer for Paddington below: »
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