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Paddington Bear goes from Peru to your local Odeon, with surprisingly strong results...
Now here's a family film that does an awful lot of things right. Based on Michael Bond's books, Paddington brings Peru's most famous bear to the screen, courtesy of a CG creation in the midst of a live action world.
Boasting the voice of Ben Whishaw (a relatively late replacement for Colin Firth), we're introduced to Paddington in an outstanding opening ten minutes, where his world is pretty much turned upside down. Through a series of events, and a tragedy, he ends up alone, at Paddington Station. Where nobody seems interested in him at all.
That is until the Brown family walk by. Hugh Bonneville's Mr Brown isn't much of an initial fan, but it's Samuel Joslin's Jonathan Brown who instantly warms to Paddington, and off they go to the London suburbs. It must »
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”).
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- David James
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, »
“We felt there was no added experiential value to having Paddington in 3D,” Heyman told an audience at a preview screening on Saturday. “We didn’t even discuss it.”
But he dismissed the idea of making a 3D version of Paddington and said: “You could easily do 3D to get more money. But there are some films where it’s right and some where it’s not.”
Screentech Interview: The perfect Paddington
Director Paul King also argued against the use of 3D as it would have gone against the “classic” feel he was attempting to achieve.
“It’s quite a domestic setting for 3D. What were people »
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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
Ben Whishaw, best known as Q in Skyfall, lends his voice to the talking bear, stepping in to replace Colin Firth back in July after he dropped out in June. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Sally Hawkins (Godzilla) star as the parents who take in Paddington, before the villainous taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) becomes intent on adding the lovable bear to her collection.
Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Samuel Joslin, Madeleine Harris and Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi co-star in director Paul King's upcoming adventure, which hits U.K. theaters November 28 before arriving stateside January 16, 2015.
Paddington comes to theaters January 16th, 2015 and stars Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Samuel Joslin, George Newton. The film is directed by Paul King. »
Just in time for Halloween, Creepy Paddington has made his way back into our hearts with a new full-length trailer from StudioCanal UK. Full of new footage, we get to see how Paddington made his trek from the Jungles of Peru all the way to New York City, where he finds a new family to live with and bother.
From the producer of Harry Potter, Paddington comes to the big screen for the first time in this 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. Adapted from Michael Bond's beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.
World premiere of family feature set for Nov 23 in London.
They join a cast that includes Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear, Hugh Bonneville as uptight patriarch Mr Brown, Nicole Kidman as evil taxidermist Millicent, Sally Hawkins as the free-spirited Mrs Brown, Jim Broadbent as Paddington’s wise advisor Mr Gruber, Peter Capaldi as the Browns’ curtain twitching nosey neighbour and Julie Walters as eccentric housekeeper Mrs Bird.
The film, about a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home, is based on »
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The actors, both of whom appeared in the Harry Potter films, will lend their voices to the characters of Paddington Bear's Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy.
Heyday Films and StudioCanal, who are producing the film, have also announced that Paddington's world premiere will be held at Odeon Leicester Square on November 23, ahead of its UK release on November 28.
The Weinstein Co. just sent over the above first look at Nicole Kidman in the upcoming live-action/CG-hybrid feature Paddington, the new movie based on the beloved fictional character from children's literature created by Michael Bond in 1958, along with a new teaser poster for the film at the bottom of this post. Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) with a passion for all things British who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, 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 -- "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 bears catches the eye of »
- Brad Brevet
13 year old Jack Hollington from Liverpool is set to star in the title role of the new BBC adaptation of LP Hartley's classic novel The Go-Between.
The Go-Between follows Leo Colston, who as an elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old. A nostalgic tale about lost innocence, The Go-Between paints beautiful pictures of British life, humanity and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.
Jack (represented by Cam) attends classes at Southport’s So Talented! Academy of Performing Arts. He appeared in the Christmas episode of Doctor Who in 2013, and has a number of stage roles under his belt including playing Nathan in The Full Monty in the West End. Last year he filmed his first feature film role in The Devil's Harvest.
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Colin Firth's departure from the project was amicable, revealing in a statement last month that the bear, "simply doesn't have my voice." The project is still on track to make its December 25 domestic release date, although there may be a bit more of a time crunch for its international release, since Paddington is scheduled to open in the U.K. on November 28, which is just over four months away.
Based on the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington follows the adventures of this talking Peruvian bear, who journeys to London to experience city life for the first time, where he is taken in by a family while catching the eye of a museum taxidermist. Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville »
With just six months until Paddington is released on Christmas Day, Colin Firth, who was set to voice the title character, has parted was with the live-action/CGI hybrid project. Here's what the actor had to say about his departure in a statement.
"After a period of denial, we've chosen 'conscious uncoupling.' It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn't have my voice. I've had the joy of seeing most of the film and it's going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I'm pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him."
The parting of ways was amicable between the actor, TWC-Dimension and director Paul King, who said that a replacement will be announced in the next few weeks. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a statement, »
A new Paddington poster promises it will rise to the standards set forth by the Harry Potter franchise, as both share the same producers. Paddington Bear is making quite the name for himself these past couple of days, with a well received trailer and a series of creepy new photos. Now the bear, with his infamous jelly-stained jacket and red hat, is introducing himself to the real world in a glorious one-sheet that should make fans happy. Sure, it looks like the second coming of 2010's Yogi Bear...But so what? Families will surely make the movie a hit when it arrives in theaters this Christmas.
Paddington comes to theaters December 12th, 2014 and stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Samuel Joslin, George Newton. The film is directed by Paul King. »
With the arrival of new images from Paddington – you can see them in the gallery lower down the page, along with the latest poster – it was only a matter of time before the trailer showed up looking for a home online. Here, then, is the latest look at the sort of immigrant Ukip would probably try to have sent packing as soon as he rocked up at the eponymous train station.In this first full trailer, we find Paddington ensconced in the home of the Browns, with Mr. Brown (Hugh Bonneville) consulting his insurance company about coverage for their furry overnight guest. It’s a smart move, since Paddington has already used all the toothbrushes in the house and will have an unfortunate encounter with the toilet (no, not like that; this isn’t directed by the Jackass team). Paul King is the man charged with wrangling the marmalade-loving one »
Striking while the iron is hot, The Weinstein Company has released the first full-length trailer for Paddington, which finds the iconic bear trying to avoid an evil museum taxidermist. Starring Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and the voice of Colin Firth as Paddington Bear, the classic children's novel comes alive on screen this Christmas.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Colin Firth) 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 »
Yesterday, we showed you two new images from the upcoming Paddington adaptation, which brings Michael Bond's beloved children's books to life in a new CG-animated/live-action adventure. And as we previously stated, they certainly do present Paddington in a pretty creepy light. We weren't the only ones that thought so, as a new viral Tumblr has launched which places Paddington Bear at the scene of some iconic slasher films for the ultimate horror movie mash-up. Shortly after the photos debuted, the meme '#CreepyPaddington' sprang to life, giving the family film a marketing boost that certainly can't hurt its chances at the box office. Check out our gallery of favorites. To visit the full site, where Paddington makes his presence known in such genre classics as The Shining, Oculus, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Trick 'r Treat and more: clickHere
Two new photos give us our first look at Paddington Bear in the Paddington adaptation arriving this Christmas...And he's kind of creepy. Voiced by Colin Firth, Paddington springs to CG life from the pages of Michael Bond's beloved children's books for an updated adventure that finds him moving to London to live with a new family. Take a look at the star of Paddington before he arrives by train in theaters everywhere.
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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, »
He may not be a sass-mouthed, hard-nut outer space criminal with a tree for a friend, but if yesterday’s poster of Rocket Raccoon left you craving more images of a furred critter striking out on an adventure, here are two new pictures from Paddington to fill that void. Adapted from Michael Bond’s books, it’s just the latest attempt to put the beloved bear on our screens, and promises a CG/live-action update still full of everything you might expect from a Paddington story. It’ll detail his encountering the likes of the Browns (Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin), Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters) and the cranky Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent), as well as a new nemesis in the shape of demented taxidermist Millicent (Nicole Kidman). Incidentally, we’ve found what should be Millicent’s favourite Twitter feed lurking right here.Lest you think the »
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