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Buy 'Paddington' film props on charity sale

Cute bear; great cause. To celebrate the release of Paddington—about an orphaned bear (voiced by Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw) who’s welcomed into the hearts and home of the Brown family— is selling curated movie memorabilia from the film with proceeds going to The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

“It just feels perfectly appropriate for Paddington,” says film producer David Heyman about the charitable initiative, featuring one of Britain’s favorite bears. “[The film] is about the generosity and kindness of strangers.”

Here’s a look at the props up for grabs during the sale, which kicks off Dec. 10 at 12 p.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

Colin Firth leaving as voice of 'Paddington' movie -- EXCLUSIVE

Paddington is losing his voice.

Colin Firth, who was providing the impeccably polite tones of the stuffed bear in a red hat, has split with the film in the midst of production.

“After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling,'” The King’s Speech Oscar-winner said in a statement to EW.

It’s rare for an actor to leave a project this late, with a trailer for the December movie having already been released. But it’s not uncommon for voice actors to drop out periodically.


'Paddington' trailer: Hugh Bonneville learns a bear in the house can be a real animal


Ready to see Creepy Paddington where he actually belongs?

The first full-length trailer for Paddington, a live-action/CGI update of the classic children’s story about a Peruvian bear who finds himself in London, is here. Rather than setting up the plot, this first look shows one specific scene — Paddington (voiced by Colin Firth) attempting to get ready for bed, and Mr. Brown (Lord Grantham Hugh Bonneville) wondering how much trouble one world traveling little bear can be.

Turns out, quite a lot. The film adaptation also stars Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown, Nicole Kidman as the villain, as well as Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Peter Capaldi. Say goodbye to your childhood (or get ready to love the updated take) below: READ FULL STORY

Paddington Bear comes to the big screen

That lovable, polite stuffed teddy bear in the red hat will make his way to the movie screen thanks to producer David Heyman (Harry Potter) and StudioCanal (Moonrise Kingdom). The CGI live action adaptation of Michael Bond’s best-selling books will be a modern take on Paddington, directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh).

“Paddington Bear is a universally loved character, treasured for his optimism, his sense of fair play and his perfect manners, and of course for his unintentional talent for comic chaos,” Heyman said in the announcement. “Michael Bond’s books offer such wit and wonder, and I am so delighted at this chance to bring Paddington to the big screen.”

The first Paddington book was published in 1958 and they have gone on to sell more than 35 million copies worldwide, in 40 different languages. Just two months ago Paddington was crowned the most loved animated character in the UK at the annual British Animation Awards. No word on whether there’ll be a run on marmalade sandwiches.

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