Paddington Featurette: From Page to Screen

PaddingtonProducer David Heyman, director Paul King, animation director Pablo Grillo, actors Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, and Julie Walters, and author Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel talk about bringing Paddington to the screen. I remain dubious about this whole thing, but this video did make it look slightly better than the original trailer did. It’s interesting how they talk about Ben Whishaw being their perfect Paddington voice given that he was in fact a last-minute addition and not their first choice.

Trailer: Paddington

PaddingtonWell, we’ve finally got a full trailer for the new Paddington movie, set to hit theaters at Christmas. But I’m disappointed to see that despite the classic source material and amazing cast – Colin Firth! Hugh Bonneville! Nicole Kidman! Sally Hawkins! Peter Capaldi! Julie Walters! – this looks . . . kind of terrible. Sigh.

The Railway Man Featurette: Colin Firth as Eric Lomax

The Railway ManThe Railway Man, in which Colin Firth plays Eric Lomax, a WWII veteran who sets out to confront his Japanese labor camp torturer, will be in theaters tomorrow. In this featurette, Lomax’s widow Patti Lomax, director Jonathan Tepkitzsky, Firth’s co-star Nicole Kidman, and Firth himself discuss his relationship with Eric and how he brought the real-life figure to the screen.

Teaser Trailer: Paddington

PaddingtonHere’s a delightful first look at the Paddington movie, based on the books by Michael Bond. Unfortunately, since it’s just a teaser, we don’t get to hear the voice of Colin Firth as Paddington or to see Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, or any of the other actors. But still! The movie will be in theaters in December.

Movie News & Links: Paddington, The Hobbit, Fifty Shades of Grey, & More

  • Paddington, starring Colin Firth, Hugh Bonneville, and Nicole Kidman, will hit theaters Christmas 2014.
  • In other Colin Firth news, he’s set to star in an adaptation of French thriller Three to Kill by Jean-Patrick Manchette, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
  • Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. to play lead villain Blackbeard in their Peter Pan origin story Pan, from Joe Wright and Greg Berlanti.
  • You can listen to clips from 29 soundtrack tracks of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at Entertainment Weekly.
  • Also at Entertainment Weekly: E.L. James talked about her feelings about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

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Trailer: The Railway Man

The Railway ManLionsgate UK has released the first trailer for upcoming World War II prisoner of war drama The Railway Man, based on the memoir of the same name by Eric Lomax. The movie stars Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) playing older and younger versions of the main character, along with Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Hiroyuki Sanada, and more. There’s no U.S. release date yet, but it will be out in the U.K. on January 3rd.