A statue of Paddington Bear has been decapitated just days before it was due to be sold as part of a charity auction to celebrate the release of the beloved character's recent movie revival. Fifty models of the marmalade-loving bear were designed by stars including Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and David Beckham and placed in locations across London last month (Nov14) to celebrate the cinema release of the Paddington movie.
They are due to be auctioned off to raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), but one bear has met a nasty end.
The statue, which was designed by a 13-year-old girl, on Shoreditch High Street in east London was attacked and decapitated on Saturday night (20Dec14).
Charity bosses have expressed their outrage and urged the culprit to make a donation to ease their guilty conscience.
A statement from the NSPCC reads, "As we are in party season someone might well have thought it was a bit of fun to remove Paddington's head. However they should be aware that this figure and many others are being auctioned to raise money for our services which help children who have been abused. It was also designed by a young girl who was absolutely delighted when it was chosen to go on display and will undoubtedly be upset about what's happened.
"We are currently assessing the damage to see if the situation can be retrieved. But in the meantime if there is someone out there with a guilty conscience who wants to make a donation to the NSPCC they can find us at Nspcc.org.uk."
Kids' movie Paddington stormed to the top of the U.K. box office by raking in $8.2 million (£5.1 million) in its opening weekend (28-30Nov14). The movie, which stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville, toppled last week's (beg21Nov14) chart-topper, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which fell to second, with $7.9 million (£4.9 million).
The Imitation Game and Horrible Bosses 2 took third and fourth place, with ticket sales of $2.3 million (£1.4 million) and $2 million (£1.3 million) respectively.
Interstellar rounded out the top five, with $1.9 million (£1.2 million)
Pals Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani have teamed up again to write and perform the new Paddington movie theme. The Grammy winners, who previously worked together on hits like Hollaback Girl and Stefani's new single Spark the Fire, have co-written Shine for the family friendly film.
Williams has a good track record for composing tracks for such movies - his original Despicable Me 2 song Happy won him an Oscar nomination and became one of the last year's biggest hits.
He says, "What a wonderful opportunity, as a parent, to contribute to something as classic, authentic and generational to all of our lives, as Paddington Bear."
The film adaptation of author Michael Bond's beloved classic children's books will hit cinema screens in Britain this Christmas (14). The movie will be released in the U.S. early in 2015.
"Well obviously I was the kid that loved the wicked witch in The Wizard Of Oz, so of course I grew up to be the girl who wants to play the villain in a movie. I'm always happy to play the bad girl. I just get to have fun, and it's obviously all done with a smile." Nicole Kidman relished the chance to play villain Millicent in new movie Paddington, based on the adventures of author Michael Bond's beloved Paddington Bear character.
Officials at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have agreed to change their parental guidance disclaimers about new family film Paddington after producers complained about a "mild sex references" warning. Even Paddington author Michael Bond, 88, was left dumbfounded by the BBFC's advice to film fans, insisting he had no idea what the board members saw in the film to warrant the warning.
Fearing the disclaimer might keep some concerned parents from cinemas when the film is released in Britain this month (Nov14), the distributors urged the BBFC bosses to relax their warning.
They have now altered the term "mild sex references" to "innuendo".
The film, which features Ben Whishaw as the titular bear, hits cinemas on 28 November (14).
Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown in the movie, previously told the BBC he was stunned by the "mild sex references" disclaimer in relation to a scene, in which he disguises himself as a cleaning woman.
He said, "I was scratching my head thinking, 'What are the censors talking about?' There were four and five year olds watching it (preview screening) the other day laughing uproariously, so I don't think it's going to damage any young children."
The author behind the Paddington books is upset after U.K. censors warned parents the new film based on his beloved bear contains sexual "innuendo" and "bad language". Censors at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have given the Paddington movie a Parental Guidance (PG) certificate because it features "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, innuendo, infrequent mild bad language".
The news has upset Michael Bond, the writer behind the original book series, and he fears he may be in for a nasty surprise when he eventually sees the film based on his creation.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I'm totally amazed. I'd be very upset. I might not sleep well tonight. I can't imagine what the sex references are. It doesn't enter into it with the books, certainly."
Censors issued the guidelines based on a scene in the film in which a villain "threatens to kill and stuff" Paddington Bear and a comical moment when a man dressed as a woman is flirted with by another man.
Paddington features Skyfall star Ben Whishaw voicing the title role.
Nicole Kidman held a storytime session for children at a book shop in Tennessee this week (beg03Nov14).
The Hours actress read from Michael Bond's Paddington Bear books for a group of around 100 youngsters at a Barnes & Noble branch in Brentwood on Thursday (06Nov14).
Kidman told the young audience, "If I wasn't an actress, I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. Dreams do come true."
The Oscar winner appears in a new movie version of Bond's classic tales.
Paddington is due for release in Britain this month (Nov14), and in America in January (15).
The author of the Paddington Bear books has landed a cameo in the film adaptation of his beloved stories. Michael Bond will join Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman in the much-anticipated movie, which features the voice of Ben Whishaw as Paddington.
Bond tells the BBC he shot two scenes for the film, but only one will remain in the final cut.
He says, "It was a night-time shoot. I am sitting in a restaurant on my own by the window when Paddington goes past in a black taxi.
"He has just arrived in London for the first time and is going back with the Browns to their house. I catch his eye as he goes past and raise a glass to him."
Studio bosses are hoping to find success on the small screen with an adaptation of hit animated film franchise Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. Executives at DHX Media, the same company behind the upcoming Paddington Bear film, are teaming up with bosses at Sony Animation to turn the comedy about a town where food falls from the sky into a "re-imagined" TV series.
Based on the beloved children's book, the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs grossed $243 million (£150.7 million) at the worldwide box office in 2009, and the follow-up raked in $274,325,949 (£170.1 million) last year (13).
Both films featured the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris, but neither star is expected to sign on for the TV series.
Harry Potter co-stars Sir Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton are reuniting onscreen to help bring beloved children's character Paddington Bear to life in an upcoming movie. Gambon, who replaced the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the boy wizard films, will provide the voice of Uncle Pastuzo, while Staunton will play Aunt Lucy.
Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw will take on the title role in Paddington after Colin Firth walked away from the project earlier this year (14).
Another Harry Potter star, Julie Walters, will also be part of the cast, alongside Nicole Kidman, Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi.
The film, based on the books by author Michael Bond, is scheduled for release at Christmas (14).
When his Aunt Lucy, a bear, retires and goes to the home for retired bears in Lima, Peru, her nephew stows away on a ship bound for England. He is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Brown, a couple who find the bear and name him Paddington, after the train station in which they find him. The series depicts Paddington's adventures as he learns about various aspects of life.