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StudioCanal has officially announced the March 23rd blu-ray release of Paddington, the blockbuster family film starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. Details can be found below, as well as artwork for a Zavvi exclusive steelbook…
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 dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. »
- Scott J. Davis
In Teenage, documentarian Matt Wolf examines the origins of a term and a people that we take for granted nowadays: the teenager. The idea of a teenager did not always exist, and in this film Wolf goes back to the creation of this stage of life—a stage of life that was just as riddled with angst as it is today. The film tells the history of teenagers from the 1870s-1940s using mostly archival footage and photos. Diary entries read by Ben Whishaw, Jena Malone, and others serve as the only narration for the film.
In the 1870s child reform during the industrial revolution forces children out of the workplace and into the schoolroom. Suddenly a group of people who normally go straight from child to adult at the rough age of 12 now find themselves with more free time and fewer responsibilities. And so the teenager is born. Teenage »
- John Keith
"...a cryptic message from the past of 'Bond' sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
"Then while 'M' battles political forces to keep the secret service alive...
"...Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind 'Spectre'..."
"Spectre" will be released in North America, November 6, 2015, also starring Rory Kinnear as 'Tanner', Ben Whishaw as 'Q', Naomie Harris as 'Eve Moneypenny', Ralph Fiennes as 'M', Jesper Christensen as 'Mr. White', Andrew Scott as 'Denbigh'...
...and Christoph Waltz as 'Oberhauser'.
"Spectre" will also include a new 'Aston Martin' , called the 'DB10', designed specifically for the film.
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- Michael Stevens
This weekend's box office went to American Sniper hands down. But besides that film there was one other triumph that graced the screens of cinemas nation wide. I'm talking, of course, about Paddington: a film that pleases children but also gives adults something to think about and laugh about. Adults have been coming out of screenings of Paddington absolutely charmed, in no small part thanks to Ben Whishaw's terrific performance as the Peruvian bear. But what also generates appeal with adults is the fact that the humor and drama transcend what a mere children's film can do. For instance, Mr. Gruber's story about escaping Germany during World War II is a good example of where the film could have just said that Gruber was sent away, just like Paddington. With the added detail, the film becomes more relatable on a historical level. Which got me to thinking, what »
Filming is currently underway in Austria for the latest James Bond film Spectre, and some new set photos have arrived online showing a big action sequence being shot…
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd 2015 in the UK and November 6th 2015 in the States. The film sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr. »
- Thomas Roach
Paddington brings to the small screen the beloved children’s novels penned by Michael Bond about a young Peruvian bear who travels to London. Written and directed by Paul King, Paddington follows the eponymous bear’s misadventures as he finds a home with the Brown family (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins). While Paddington (Ben Whishaw) settles into […]
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- Chelsea Regan
TWC-Dimension released their new family/adventure film, "Paddington," into theaters today, and all the top,major critics have let us know what they thought about it with their reviews. It turns out that it resonated quite well with most of them, getting an overall 77 score out of a possible 100 at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville. We've provided blurbs from a few of the critics (below). Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it a great 91 score, stating: "There are plenty of laughs — and nothing that goes over a kid’s head to an adult funny bone is smutty or smarmy — and the sentiment never feels strained or artificial." Jason Clark at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 91 score too, saying: "Paddington is fast-paced yet unhurried, serving up surprisingly subtle ideas on melting-pot urban diversity—Paddington is a stranger in a strange land, »
- Andre Braddox
Chicago – It may prove hard to recall an era of talking creatures in live-action movies before the napalm hellfire of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” or “The Smurfs.” But, lest we forget, “Babe” has more Academy Awards than “The Master.” Arriving at the coy and wise time of the film year where expectations are either golden or underneath the barrel, talking bear Paddington arrives stateside as a well-behaved throwback to brighter days for a simple genre, with an efficient sense of humor and a few globs of vision, too.
Voiced with clear-eyed wonder by Ben Whishaw, cheery children’s book icon Paddington is a Peruvian bear with both a refined English vernacular and ravenousness for orange marmalade, attributes learned from British artifacts left by visiting explorer Montgomery Clyde. When Paddington’s home is destroyed in an earthquake, the young bear stows away to foggy London to meet the revered adventurer. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 16th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Blackhat Director: Michael Mann Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Leehom Wang, Manny Montana, William Mapother, Archie Kao, Spencer Garrett, John Ortiz, Holt McCallany Synopsis: "Set within the world of global cybercrime, 'Blackhat' follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta." Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (8 reviews) Paddington Director: Paul King Cast: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Matt King, Samuel Joslin, Ancuta Breaban, Daniel Westwood, Dominic Coleman Synopsis: "A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search »
- Steve Greene
January films are often rather ghastly. Whether they be comedy, action, or otherwise, chances are you will have an unfortunate time in the theater when seeing a film in January, unless you are seeing the awards contenders from the previous year. Family films are also quite the crapshoot, with most of them being rather insufferable. Combine the two together, and you are headed for the disaster. So, when the swath of positive reviews of Paddington started to come out, I was a bit shocked. You have to be joking! But as it turns out, this story about a bear becoming part of a middle-class British family is exactly the movie I wanted to see. The bear I speak of is the titular Paddington (his "bear name" is a little too hard to pronounce), voiced by the charming Ben Whishaw. Decades earlier, his aunt (Imelda Staunton) and uncle (Michael Gambon) were »
- Mike Shutt
Going into Paddington, I fully expected a film with the cinematic nutritional value of a marmalade sandwich. Saddled with the most cringe inducing trailer of last year, and the fact that its U.S. release got bumped into the dread month of January, Paddington, appeared positively hair brained. But, some bears cannot be judged by the coats they arrive in. Because as it turns out, Paddington, like the iconic red hat & blue overcoat wardrobe of the title character, is a colorful, well fitting pleasure. From the book by Michael Bond, Paddington stars a small, intelligent, anthropomorphic bear, voiced lovingly by Ben Whishaw (the most recent "Q" in 007), and expressively rendered via CGI. In this world, an upright walking, talking bear is apparently not abnormal. All...
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Just what we need, another cute kids’ movie about a lovable, talking animal. Children can’t seem to get enough of these movies, despite how dreadfully awful they usually are, by most adults’ standards. Spy on parents some time while they treat their little ones to these chatty creature films and you’re likely to find most of them struggling to grin and bear the experience. Yeah. See what I did there?
Normally, you’d be hard pressed to find me caught anywhere near one of these movies. There are, of course, always those rare exceptions that lead you to eat that bitter N word… “never.” This is why I try and never say never about a film, unless its in the title. Paddington (2014) is a family-friendly film, and by that I mean its friendly for the entire family, children and adults. The film is based upon the beloved books by author Michael Bond, »
- Travis Keune
Directed by Paul King
Disclaimer: This review is in regards to the version released earlier in UK cinemas, which did not seem to feature Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani’s single “Shine”. As such, this reviewer can not vouch for the recently released song’s presence in any scene alterations for the North American release. I would, however, like to publicly request that Mr. Williams’ song “Happy” be pulled from the radio. Thank you.
A big screen, CG-assisted adaptation of Michael Bond’s beloved Paddington Bear book series could have gone so horribly wrong, becoming yet another offender in the line-up of pandering kids-aimed film atrocities like Yogi Bear, Garfield, and The Smurfs. Thankfully made with clear love for the material and smart execution from writer-director Paul King, Paddington is instead a welcome breath of fresh air in a family film market that, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a family film as clever and charming as this British import, based on the lovable character introduced in Michael Bond’s children’s books (with Peggy Fortnum’s illustrations) decades ago. Since it’s no longer revolutionary to integrate a CGI-animated character into a live-action movie, Paddington doesn’t try to impress us on that score (although its use of movie magic is formidable). It relies instead on a good script, a perfectly chosen cast, and a high degree of filmmaking skill to woo and win us. Ben Whishaw provides the voice of the innocent young bear from Peru who has dreamed of traveling to London ever since a British explorer dropped...
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- Leonard Maltin
It’s pretty impossible for producer David Heyman to top the global success of the Harry Potter franchise, but it sure looks like he’s having fun trying. He’s since produced Alfonso Cuarón’s visually stunning Gravity and now it looks like he’s gearing up for another profitable franchise with Paddington-- and let’s not forget the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The legendary marmalade-addicted bear from deepest darkest Peru created by Michael Bond in the 1950s has received the big-screen treatment thanks to the VFX company behind Gravity and the voice of Ben Whishaw. Paddington (opening Friday) shows the young bear’s journey to the Brown family in London where he adapts to human life while getting himself into...
- Jason Guerrasio
One of the more obnoxious trailers I've seen in the last six months was for "Paddington," which looked like loud, annoying children's trash. I've sat through so many of those movies since I had my kids, and even when it's my job to review them, it is one of those things that I have to steel myself for ahead of time. Whoever cut the trailers for "Paddington" owes writer/director Paul King a personal apology, though. I mean, I get it. I know why they didn't push the whole "From the director of 'The Mighty Boosh'" angle in the trailers, but it would have at least convinced me. I am delighted to report that King's movie is sweet and smart and silly, beautifully made from top to bottom. While my kids were entertained by it, I found it very moving and was pleased to see how well King's sense of style, »
- Drew McWeeny
Though most of us are still focused on this year’s Oscars, the nominations for which were announced earlier this morning (Rip The Lego Movie), Warner Bros. is already making a bid for next year’s awards, having shifted Ron Howard’s whaling thriller In the Heart of the Sea from March 13th to the much more Oscar-friendly date of December 11th.
Perhaps we all should have expected the move – March never really seemed like the appropriate time to drop the Chris Hemsworth starrer, which has all the trappings of a prestige pic. It’s based on a bestselling book – Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea – and centers on a fascinating historical event, the sinking of the whaleship Essex in 1820 and her crew’s fight for survival at sea.
Warner Bros. obviously thinks Howard’s film has a fighting chance of breaking into next year’s Oscar race. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Just two months before it was set to hit theaters, Warner Bros. has pushed the release of its true story adaptation In the Heart of the Sea from March 13, 2015 to December 11, 2015, putting it in the heart of awards season contention. Surprisingly, In the Heart of the Sea has the December 11, 2015 date all to itself, although it comes one week after Universal's horror-comedy Krampus and one week before Universal's Sisters and Disney's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The studio has also pushed its thriller Run All Night from April 17, 2015 to March 13, 2015.
In the Heart of the Sea is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's book of the same name, which recounts the real-life maritime disaster that would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, »
Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. The cast of Paddington is led by acclaimed British Talent, Ben Whishaw (voice of Paddington), Hugh Bonneville (Mr. Brown), Sally Hawkins (Mrs. Brown) and Nicole Kidman as the villainous Millicent. Nicole Kidman and producer David Heyman, known for the Harry Potter films, sat down in Los Angeles to talk about the live action and CGI film, and why Colin Firth was dropped as the voice of Paddington in favor of Ben Whishaw (Skyfall).
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