Paddington movie review

Paddington is a PG-rated family film about a talking bear who moves from the jungles of Peru to London. That premise, based on a popular series of children’s book by Michael Bond, is obviously silly. Yet writer director Paul King‘s adaptation is so on the money, so well-done, so deceptively simple, heartfelt and flat-out entertaining, it make movies with far more plausible plots seem silly by comparison.

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Paddington hit a snag this summer when lead voice actor Colin Firth dropped out, with both sides mutually agreeing that he “didn’t seem to fit.” After a few weeks of searching, Ben Whishaw was brought on as his replacement. Today, we finally have our first listen at Whishaw’s take on the beloved Brit bear thanks to a new Paddington trailer. Check it out after the jump.

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There is a whole crop of new and in some cases changed release dates, as studios including Paramount, Fox and The Weinstein Company have shuffled around dates for the end of this year and going all the way into late 2015. The big changes are significant pushes for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Hitman: Agent 47, but there’s a lot more, including date tweaks for Independence Day 2, Paddington, and the Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Chrismas movie. We’ve got a full rundown after the break. Read More »

Ben Whishaw Paddington

After assisting James Bond in 2012′s Skyfall, Ben Whishaw is stepping up to aid another British icon. He’s just been cast as the voice of the title character in Paddington, one month after Colin Firth dropped out. Get more details after the jump.

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Colin Firth Exits ‘Paddington’

Colin Firth Exits Paddington

One British icon is “consciously uncoupling” from another. Colin Firth has dropped out of the upcoming Paddington movie, in which he was set to voice the title character.

Luckily for Warner Bros., though, the Internet has plenty of ideas for #NewPaddingtonVoices. Hit the jump to learn why Firth left, and whom Twitter wants to replace him.

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new Paddington trailer

In light of this new Paddington trailer, the recent #creepypaddington meme is even more odd than it was in the first place. (Granted, it was also rather funny.) Because there isn’t anything creepy at all about this footage. Here we see the bear Paddington (endearingly voiced with grunts and gasps by Colin Firth) as he tries to navigate a few of the complexities of modern life. That includes a long sequence in a bathroom, much of which is utterly adorable. Watch below. Read More »

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A live-action adaptation of the popular book series Paddington is one of this year’s big Christmas films. The Weinstein Company released a teaser trailer a few months back but it offered only a glimpse at the talking bear. Now, the first images from the film – which features Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent – have been released. That, in itself, isn’t particularly exciting. What the photos spawned is.

In the photo (seen above) Paddington looks rather ominous, which inspired an online meme called “#CreepyPaddington.” There, people have been photoshopping the bear into various horror movies and the results are pretty hilarious. Check out a bunch of Creepy Paddington images below. Read More »

Paddington trailer

Seth MacFarlane is still working on that sequel to Ted, but in the meantime our screens will be filled with a kinder, gentler breed of stuffed animated animal. While the first Paddington trailer doesn’t reveal much, it does set the tone for a sweetly fantastical family adventure — basically, everything Ted was not. 

At the center of the story is the titular bear (voiced by Colin Firth), an unfailingly polite Anglophile who arrives in London from Peru to start a new life. He’s lost and alone until he’s taken in by the generous Brown family (led by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins). Watch the cute new trailer after the jump.

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